Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

Wednesday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 23, 2017

A little late this week… I don’t know where to start. The floods have overwhelmed us, but we are still standing. At least, some of us are. I highlighted some stories in red, this time! Water, water everywhere: After a pretty rainy April in some parts, the weather gods (and climate change) decided to give us … More Wednesday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 23, 2017

Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Moves Ahead

Public sector rationalization (“transformation” sounds a little softer) is firmly on the 2017 agenda for Prime Minister Andrew Holness. If you may recall, last year’s Three-Year Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported the Jamaican Government’s goal to “re-orient public resource allocation toward infrastructure, social protection, and security-related spending, while transforming the public … More Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Moves Ahead

Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

I know. I have been rather missing in action – mainly because I have been so busy with all kinds of interesting things! But my blog has suffered. I propose to make up for it in the next few days. Since the strange and difficult period of Hurricane Matthew, I get the feeling that Jamaicans … More An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

“KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

I am not good at the “kmt” thing. In Jamaican social media slang this means “kiss my teeth” – a sound of irritation made when the tongue meets the front teeth. There were several occasions this week when I did a mental “kmt.” However, the cooler weather – bright sunny mornings and rainy afternoons – … More “KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rolling Jamaica’s Economic Cricket Pitch, Hit and Run Sadness, and Awesome Vets: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yes, it’s been a while… But you know how it is. I have been very busy with one or two projects, while trying to fit them in with the Olympics. To be honest, I have been missing out on the news quite a bit. Oh, and did I mention the heat? I know. Excuses, excuses… … More Rolling Jamaica’s Economic Cricket Pitch, Hit and Run Sadness, and Awesome Vets: Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Legal Tantrum, The PNP Prolongs The Agony, and Foreign Languages Are Actually Very Useful: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Goodness! A whole week has flown by, and a roundup of our news is well overdue. It’s been a slightly hectic week and I am attempting to “refocus.” Our yard is also full of mangoes (the Bombays are coming into their own), bees…and heat. Phew. I’m searching for a nice cooling thunderstorm. Or a place … More A Legal Tantrum, The PNP Prolongs The Agony, and Foreign Languages Are Actually Very Useful: Saturday, June 11, 2016