ICYMI in Jamaica: November 21, 2020, The Bad Dog Edition


It has been quite a week. The debate over the threatened mining operation in Puerto Bueno Mountain (Dry Harbour Mountain) dominated much of the local media (including social media), with many radio interviews, discussions, letters to the editor and columns, such as this piece by environmentalist Peter Espeut (who does not mince his words). Besides … More ICYMI in Jamaica: November 21, 2020, The Bad Dog Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition


Well, the past week has been, to say the least, pretty intense. The ever-evolving Eta, as expected, turned around after wreaking havoc in Central America, and passed along to the west of us this time. Our already battered and bruised island had suffered enough. So now, roads have split in two, there is a major … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition

COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston


This is not very encouraging news, breaking on this rainy Sunday night. 74 positive cases from 125 samples seems a very high positivity rate. Meanwhile, I have not heard any more news about the situation at Mustard Seed Communities, another faith-based organization serving extremely vulnerable Jamaicans – where there has also been an outbreak. UPDATE: … More COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston

Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?


Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, we will start picking up the pieces. Tropical Storm Zeta has passed us by, but according to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, is “interacting” with a tropical wave. Sort of a double whammy, created by an intermingling of systems. There is a flash flood warning, and the rains may … More Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?

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

Toots Hibbert in the Hall of Fame (and Maybe a Jamaican One?)


One of my blog followers and friends whom I love to hear from is Roger Steffens, the reggae archivist, author, trained Shakespearean actor and more, who has rooms full of reggae memorabilia. Roger has contributed to countless music anthologies as a writer and photographer – including the ten-CD series entitled The Complete Bob Marley & the … More Toots Hibbert in the Hall of Fame (and Maybe a Jamaican One?)

Climate change and COVID-19: We humans are not in control, and we know it


“And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains.  Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.”  ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias How arrogant we humans are, in the edifices we … More Climate change and COVID-19: We humans are not in control, and we know it

ICYMI in Jamaica: September 29, 2020 – The Law and Order Edition


Well, the past week has been – I would say, chaotic. We point fingers at the Americans and the British madly partying during the pandemic, but we have had some shameful incidents ourselves. What has gone wrong? COVID-19 protocols are being flouted uptown, downtown and in rural areas. Gang violence seems to be on the … More ICYMI in Jamaica: September 29, 2020 – The Law and Order Edition