Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

Environmental Activist and Writer Diana McCaulay to Speak at the Schomburg Center, New York on November 15


I am extremely pleased to share this information from the New York-based Caribbean International Network (CIN) television station, which sponsors an annual lecture at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture. This year, environmental advocate (and activist) Diana McCaulay will give the lecture on November 15. I cannot think of a better person; she … More Environmental Activist and Writer Diana McCaulay to Speak at the Schomburg Center, New York on November 15

Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016


We’ve been having some lovely rain in Kingston, but on the eastern side of the island rural residents have been struggling with some flooding, landslides, lack of electricity and water and damaged roads… Some real challenges, and a schoolgirl, Brittany Cowell, sadly drowned in flood waters in St. Thomas. I do hope they get help … More Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jamaican Veterans, The PJ Highway and a Featherless Carnival: Saturday, April 11, 2015


Almost as soon as President Obama flew off on Thursday evening, we all went back to normal. The crab vendors returned to their regular spot by National Heroes Park. There were three murders last night. Yes, I am sounding cynical – but still hoping that some of the inspiration we felt a couple of days … More Jamaican Veterans, The PJ Highway and a Featherless Carnival: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Internal Affairs, Too Many Lawyers and Tangible Intangibles: Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Two long-winded but very important issues have dominated the news. Firstly there is the confusing muddle that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has put himself into over the Senate resignation letters. Secondly, the Commission of Enquiry into the incursion by security forces in Tivoli Gardens re-started this week. And thirdly – oh yes – there is … More Internal Affairs, Too Many Lawyers and Tangible Intangibles: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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 Storms


I am waiting for the daily thunderstorm, that has generally announced its arrival with much rumbling every lunchtime. The week’s news has been a little stormy indeed in Jamaica – although some of the storms were certainly of the kind that you serve tea in.  Like the weather, there has been a lot of ominous … More Sunday Storms