ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018

The “remnants” of a storm named Isaac descended on us, and now we have the remnants of Kirk. The rain is welcome! At the same time, we had an earthquake, widely felt in Kingston. And I am very, very late with this post – again! Forgive me but I have been intensely busy. Is tomorrow … More Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!

I feel so sorry that I missed the final event of the Katalyxt Youth Innovators Awards; I always closely follow the progress of the competition, which lasts throughout the school year. Sponsors were the Development Bank of Jamaica, the Export Import Bank of Jamaica and Katalyxt. The young and enthusiastic Katalyxt team is led by … More Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!

“This Dangerous Tendency”: National Integrity Action Airs Concerns Over Proposed Civil Society Legislation

Well. One can always count on Jamaican civil society to express itself with vigor and conviction, and this morning was no exception at Gordon House – the unimpressive and cramped building where our Parliament sits in downtown Kingston. Executive Director Professor Trevor Munroe and members of the anti-corruption body National Integrity Action (NIA) – including … More “This Dangerous Tendency”: National Integrity Action Airs Concerns Over Proposed Civil Society Legislation

The PM Is Here But The Soup Is Boiling Over, 60 Dead Buses, Nurses On Sick-Out: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I’m not sure if there’s something in the water (or perhaps it’s the shortage) over the weekend, but the last few days things have gone a little “bonkers,” to coin a lovely English phrase. Or perhaps it was the wild and wonderful thunderstorm that moved quickly over and might have turned some Jamaicans’ heads. Who … More The PM Is Here But The Soup Is Boiling Over, 60 Dead Buses, Nurses On Sick-Out: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Policemen in Trouble, The Teachers Give In, and It Rained: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First off… The rain has been glorious. We almost feel human again. It is cooler, and we are hoping that some of the rain will have fallen in our watershed areas and made its way down to one of Kingston’s two reservoirs. Water: This word crops up in almost every news item, and in every Kingston … More Policemen in Trouble, The Teachers Give In, and It Rained: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

“Game Changers” Galore, An Attack on the Press, and Tweeting with “Uncle INDECOM”: Sunday, August 9, 2015

It’s the weekend after Independence Day. I have had an unproductive and somewhat miserable week, struggling with allergies – brought on, I suspect, by the endless drought. Only the lignum vitae trees in our yard seem to be thriving. I am not, and the yard is now undergoing a desertification process. Even Arsenal Football Club … More “Game Changers” Galore, An Attack on the Press, and Tweeting with “Uncle INDECOM”: Sunday, August 9, 2015

Marcus Garvey’s Birthday, Kentucky Kid, and a Radio Tower: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy birthday, Mr. Garvey! Celebrations have been taking place at our National Hero’s former headquarters, Liberty Hall on King Street. It’s been an edgy sort of week. No rain fell in Kingston this week. The drought has returned, and so has the heat. The holiday mood is steadily evaporating. One thing that has not returned is … More Marcus Garvey’s Birthday, Kentucky Kid, and a Radio Tower: Sunday, August 17, 2014