Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally

The world has reached a critical point. Economies are being squeezed by various lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus. States in our “powerful neighbor to the North,” while eager to “ease up” – I realized the other day that domestic flights are still operating there – are recording soaring numbers of cases (well over … More Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

So much has been happening, and I am going to quickly paraphrase the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ latest update, as of 8:00 p.m. our time. Here goes: Jamaica now has 163 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 20 new cases in the past 24 hours. Details on 17 cases are to … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

We are bombarded with news on COVID-19 from all directions. There are heartbreaking personal stories from all over the world on social media. I feel that we are just bracing ourselves for a big wave, here. Have we managed to “flatten the curve”? Who knows. Have we been testing enough? I am concerned about the … More A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

Jamaica Welcomes 140 Medical Professionals from Cuba

I am quickly sharing this latest news with you. There will be more to follow tomorrow – and on Monday, when Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to update the nation after the regular Cabinet meeting. Can we expect more stringent measures related to COVID-19?  KINGSTON, Jamaica. 21 March 2020: Jamaica today welcomed 140 Cuban medical … More Jamaica Welcomes 140 Medical Professionals from Cuba

Jamaica Records Its First Death from COVID-19 and Other News on March 18, 2020

There was another press briefing this evening at the Office of the Prime Minister. Here are the highlights and you can watch it all here. Firstly, a Jamaican man from Clarendon, traveling from New York, sadly passed away from COVID-19 at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. He was 79 years old and already suffering from diabetes … More Jamaica Records Its First Death from COVID-19 and Other News on March 18, 2020

Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti

The Toronto-based Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (CTFF)l is back and will be coming to those lucky Canadians this month (September 4 – 20). In a press release, CTFF notes: Twenty-one filmmakers will take part in the Tenth Annual Caribbean Tales Market Incubator (CTI) in partnership with The Caribbean Development Bank, Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada, and with support from the National Film & Video … More Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti

A Reggae Hall of Fame is a Must for Kingston (Part Two)

Some years ago, we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is all glassy and modern, on the shore of Lake Erie (think: Kingston Harbour). It is packed with memorabilia- odd bits and pieces designed with the rock music fan in mind. There are quirky little things to amuse … More A Reggae Hall of Fame is a Must for Kingston (Part Two)

More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals

Jamaica’s cultural calendar is a year-round phenomenon, and it’s expanding. While this is not the only aspect of our creative industries, it is gratifying to see more support for reggae music evolving. Digital media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson (who celebrated a decade in business last year) is busy again, breaking new ground. Over Christmas last year, … More More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals

The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review

The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review