ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

We could also call this the “U.S. Election Edition,” since many Jamaicans have been nervously following that particular emotional rollercoaster. Why are Jamaicans so engaged? Well, as people say, “When the U.S. sneezes, we catch cold.” We are geographically so close and many of us have family there. South Florida is nicknamed “Kingston 21” – … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has expressed grave concern at the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home in Kingston – the largest such facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton gave an update on the situation at this evening’s press briefing… You may well recall that … More CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home

COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

The Ministry of Health and Wellness held two press briefings this week – the first, with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, was to break the news of the outbreak at the Golden Age Home in Kingston. First of all, our latest COVID numbers (which are posted daily after 10:00 a.m. on the … More COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

Health, Local Gov’t Ministries Uncover COVID-19 Cluster in Senior Citizens’ Home

As a member of and volunteer for the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), the non-governmental organization that advocates for the needs of our senior citizens, I have regularly asked about the condition of care homes in Jamaica at the weekly COVID-19 briefings with the Ministry of Health and Wellness. I have been assured that … More Health, Local Gov’t Ministries Uncover COVID-19 Cluster in Senior Citizens’ Home

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian – My Feet Is My Only Carriage

This week’s challenge is, on the face of it, quite straight forward. As Bob Marley sang: “My feet is my only carriage.” Of course, “pedestrian” can also have a different interpretation from that simple meaning. It can just mean someone plodding along, dull and laborious. I have stuck to the literal version, because I do not want to … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian – My Feet Is My Only Carriage

Catching Up With the Trench Town Reading Centre (and a Fundraiser)

Jamaicans love fashion. There’s no getting away from it. I feel extremely unfashionable most of the time, because I know I cannot compete. Be that as it may, I do love fashion shows, and regularly post the red carpet fashions on my Facebook page when it’s time for movie awards. Who doesn’t love a bit … More Catching Up With the Trench Town Reading Centre (and a Fundraiser)

Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)

Somehow I am not feeling what people call “the Christmas Spirit,” apart from some Christmas lights and talk of sorrel, pudding and the like. I need to tap into it some more. In fact, it may be my imagination, but people seem a little stressed out this year, for various reasons. Crime (and I am … More Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)

“They Always Come at Christmas”: The JN Foundation’s “Act!on” Volunteers

The warm December sun trickled down like honey. As we arrived at the gate, we noticed the calm. Pigeons lined up on the wire. We could hear muffled music from one of the buildings. But we seemed far away from the seasonal traffic and bustle on the roads. The air was still when I arrived … More “They Always Come at Christmas”: The JN Foundation’s “Act!on” Volunteers