Another Jamaican COVID-19 “blitz” to get second doses done

The Ministry of Health and Wellness did incredibly well with a so-called “blitz” of vaccinations back in April, when they managed to get 75,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines into Jamaican arms within a few days, just before their expiry date. Now, the Ministry is at it again – for “second dose” people. My husband and … More Another Jamaican COVID-19 “blitz” to get second doses done

Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday

It was an unusual weekend in Jamaica. We were under lockdown (a half-day curfew on Saturday and all day Sunday) – but the gates were opened for vaccinations across the island. This afternoon was pretty busy at some locations, but reports were generally very positive. Some had to wait, but altogether there were good reviews … More Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday

Jamaican Government provides further information on Vaccination Implementation Plan

As I observed in my last post, we seem to be obsessed with the vaccines and who will get them first, or in what order. I am still not quite clear where the Government officials will come into the picture – after everyone else? As for my husband and I, we will float around in … More Jamaican Government provides further information on Vaccination Implementation Plan

Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home

I had a déjà vu feeling last week on hearing the news of another fire at a children’s home. Fortunately, no lives were lost but the The human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) – currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary – has consistently lobbied on behalf of Jamaican citizens in state care, including children … More Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home

Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth

“Inclusion” is a word with a simple meaning: not leaving out any man, woman or child, whatever their situation. It’s really important when we are talking about people with special needs. So, as the hurricane season approaches, this is a great partnership among the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) related to … More Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change

This month is Child Month in Jamaica – although it is one of those cases of “every month is Child Month.” The dedicated Christine Staple-Ebanks, the founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, is unusually aware of the vulnerability of our children, especially those with special needs like her own son. The Foundation is organizing a … More Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change

Jamaica Fire Brigade Better Equipped to Investigate Wildland Fires

Wildfires (“bush fires”) are frightening. As I noted in my recent post on air pollution, open fires contribute greatly to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; many of us are literally gasping for breath.  And fires are incredibly destructive. As I also noted, Jamaicans in both rural and urban areas tend to be very careless … More Jamaica Fire Brigade Better Equipped to Investigate Wildland Fires

“No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas

It is a little late to inform you about this particular event – but the message must go out, anyway. First thing tomorrow morning (Friday, February 16, 8:00 a.m.), in Papine Square, St. Andrew, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will host an “Anti-burning Road Show,” in partnership with the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Forestry Department, Rural … More “No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas

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