Vaccination Time for Jamaican Seniors

This morning was an interesting experience. My dear husband, who falls in the over-75 bracket, received an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. This is the much-discussed AstraZeneca, which is the first vaccine that Jamaica has received, to date. By the way, Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to receive vaccines through the World Health Organization’s … More Vaccination Time for Jamaican Seniors

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

Documentary Film “Miss Representation” Examines Media Images of Women

The way women are portrayed in traditional media (and now, I dare say, in social media) has been the subject of complex and often heated debate around the world for decades. In Jamaica and across the Caribbean, this is still very much a burning issue. For example, Women’s Media Watch (now WMW Jamaica) has worked … More Documentary Film “Miss Representation” Examines Media Images of Women

A Book-Filled Week Begins! The Kingston Book Festival, March 1 – 7, 2015

Today is March 1, the beginning of a full week of books, writers, readings and discussions. Yes, Kingston Book Festival begins today. In fact, it started today – but due to domestic issues I was unable to attend what I understand was a wonderfully lively Sunday morning session at the University of the West Indies … More A Book-Filled Week Begins! The Kingston Book Festival, March 1 – 7, 2015

Sweet Honey In The Rock Celebrate Black History Month in Jamaica: Friday February 27, Emancipation Park

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica has, for close to twenty years, presented a free concert in celebration of Black History Month on the last Friday in February at various locations in Kingston. The annual – FREE – concert has been, without exception, an expression of joy, relaxation and delicious self-indulgence in the wealth of African-American … More Sweet Honey In The Rock Celebrate Black History Month in Jamaica: Friday February 27, Emancipation Park

Corruption, Religious Marches and Indomitable Women of the Press: Sunday, September 14, 2014

As usual, political issues are threatening to swamp much of our media coverage. But there is a lot more going on that gets relegated to the back pages… “Fighting corruption is a national priority”: So says Finance Minister Peter Phillips. I am sure his supervisors at the International Monetary Fund were glad to hear these words. … More Corruption, Religious Marches and Indomitable Women of the Press: Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Selection: July 15, 2012

Good morning, all. This week’s news was a little lighter, apart from the usual killings (see my “In Memoriam” section). Some things even made me laugh (hollow laughter sometimes, admittedly…) Firstly, the political representatives who made fools of themselves in the Lower House recently were told to apologize, like naughty boys. The word “sorry” got stuck … More Sunday Selection: July 15, 2012