Jamaica Records 400+ New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

This is grim news. We are waiting to hear what Prime Minister Andrew Holness says when he speaks to Parliament at 2:00 p.m. Jamaica time today. This will be broadcast live on the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) YouTube page, cable TV channel, and Facebook page. Health officials and aides will be doing a … More Jamaica Records 400+ New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister

The devil is in the details, they say, and as birders across the region gird themselves up and go out to muddy, sandy, wet places to spot birds, figuring out what is what is no joke. The birds are – what’s the word, indefinable? – at times. As I may have mentioned before, it’s always … More The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister

A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

The long-awaited public consultations on the Special Mining Lease 173 in Cockpit Country, held virtually on December 8, have been called many things over the past couple of weeks: Jamaica Environment Trust described the proceedings as a “sham.” I would say it made a mockery of what should have been a proper airing of the … More A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

Celebrating Oliver

They do say that you should always celebrate and show your appreciation for people while they are still “trodding this Earth.” In other words, don’t take the great human beings you know for granted. Shower them with praise and love while they are still around. Not that I am expecting Jamaica’s “King of Comedy” Oliver … More Celebrating Oliver

Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)

What is Caribbean literature, who is writing – and where? This weekend, tune in to two online sessions celebrating Caribbean Literature Day. Yes, this is a “first”! And a wonderful concept. See the information below… And thanks to National Librarian Beverley Lashley for letting me know about this. By the way, I have reviewed a … More Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)

Happy Summer Solstice

Tonight is the Summer Solstice. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the time when the Earth is tilted most closely to the Sun (23.4 degrees, to be precise). At the same time, it is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, where everything is the other way round. The … More Happy Summer Solstice

COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jamaica has confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 13, as of this evening (March 17). This case is linked to “Patient 1” (formerly called “Patient Zero”) who traveled from the UK  on March 4 for a family funeral, and linked to the Bull Bay area now under quarantine. Five results were … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

I mentioned the Spotlight Initiative, a partnership between the Jamaican Government, the European Union and the United Nations, in my last blog post. The initiative was officially launched today at the Office of the Prime Minister. You can watch the recording of the ceremony on Facebook here. Unfortunately I missed the ceremonies, but I understand that … More Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls