Jamaica Update, July 27, 2021: Insults hurled, apologies not proffered, and COVID-19 fraying nerves

The problem-plagued Olympic Games in Tokyo finally got under way, and has proved a helpful distraction for Jamaicans fretting about COVID-19 and everything else. And we had some soothing rain – although it has been a contentious week, with insults flying here, there, and everywhere. Oh, and on a personal note…our roof is still leaking. … More Jamaica Update, July 27, 2021: Insults hurled, apologies not proffered, and COVID-19 fraying nerves

Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

This week has again been a “What’s wrong with the world/Jamaica/everywhere?” sort of week. At home, we had the horror of the murder of a little girl, reportedly left home alone; several police killings; and the usual mayhem on the roads – including the deaths of six people who ended up in the waters of … More Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

The collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton Hotel in Negril in the early hours of yesterday morning raises many issues and a multitude of questions. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has told the Hanover Parish Council to issue a 30-day stop order on the project. A three-man team of officials is investigating … More All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

Policemen in Trouble, The Teachers Give In, and It Rained: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First off… The rain has been glorious. We almost feel human again. It is cooler, and we are hoping that some of the rain will have fallen in our watershed areas and made its way down to one of Kingston’s two reservoirs. Water: This word crops up in almost every news item, and in every Kingston … More Policemen in Trouble, The Teachers Give In, and It Rained: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The PM on Gmail, INDECOM’s Fifth Birthday and the Middle Finger: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why is summer in Jamaica such a difficult and miserable time? I had an online discussion with the awesome broadcast journalist Cliff Hughes, who is looking forward to the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Jamaicans have high hopes for excellent performances from the likes of the wondrous Usain Bolt, et al. Yes, Cliff – … More The PM on Gmail, INDECOM’s Fifth Birthday and the Middle Finger: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bus Fares, A Boat Trip and Ice Buckets: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Despite the weather forecast today (which predicted we would be “high and dry”) we actually had some refreshing rain. Another great stress reliever was the arrival of… Yes! A garbage truck! I like to think that my photo of our piles of garbage posted on Instagram did the trick. We feel very fortunate, as a … More Bus Fares, A Boat Trip and Ice Buckets: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What a Week! Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The week started dramatically. In just five minutes and one or two sentences, Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey upheld a no-case submission by the defense, dismissing a corruption case against a well-known politician that had dragged on for six years. Former Minister of State in the Energy Ministry Kern Spencer and his personal assistant Colleen … More What a Week! Wednesday, March 26, 2014