“A Million Aunties”: My Review of a Novel by Alecia McKenzie

An “Auntie” occupies a unique space in Jamaican society. I have a few “nieces” and “nephews” myself, although they are not related to me in any way. I love them all. In general, Jamaican Aunties are middle-aged or older women. They usually embody certain qualities (at least, in the eyes of the young people who … More “A Million Aunties”: My Review of a Novel by Alecia McKenzie

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Jamaica Now Has 25 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Six in the Last Two Days (March 24, 2020)

Here is the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Jamaica from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: KINGSTON, Jamaica. Tuesday, 24 March 2020.  Jamaica now has 25 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), following the return of six additional positive tests over the last two days. The six new cases are: Two males, … More Jamaica Now Has 25 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Six in the Last Two Days (March 24, 2020)

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

COVID-19: United Kingdom Added to Countries with Travel Restrictions for Jamaica

Across the Caribbean, Governments are tightening up on travel restrictions. Our first two cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica were “imported” from the United Kingdom, and so were several other cases in the region. My personal view is that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made matters worse over there by apparently embracing the concept of “herd … More COVID-19: United Kingdom Added to Countries with Travel Restrictions for Jamaica

Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

It is quite clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on the travel industry. Yesterday a cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, was turned away from the Jamaican cruise port of Ocho Rios. Subsequently it was denied access by the Cayman Islands. It has, however, been given permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico this … More Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

New UNICEF Report Explores the Impact of the Digital World on our Children

Following on from my last post, UNICEF just brought out its annual report. This year it focuses on the dangers (and benefits) of the Internet for the children of the world. You can look at Jamaica’s statistics on the UNICEF website, and download the report here. UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing … More New UNICEF Report Explores the Impact of the Digital World on our Children

The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation

Here we are in Kingston, right on the very edge of Hurricane Irma’s huge spiral of destruction. Lightning flickers, the thunder is terrifying our dogs, and we have had very heavy rain for the last hour or two. The Caribbean has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of Irma, which is making its way up … More The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation

Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech