The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information


STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence


If Jamaica was a human being, then she (or he) would be middle-aged. But of course, in the scheme of things s/he is relatively young. 56? Just a “spring chicken.” Well, although rather mature chickens ourselves, we made our way last night to the National Stadium to get a feel for the Grand Gala, the … More Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence

Kingston at 145: Connecting the Past, Building the Future


One more occasion that I really regret missing was the formal ceremony commemorating the designation of Kingston as Jamaica’s capital, 145 years ago, which took place on April 11. I was under the weather that day. I must confess though, I like a bit of pageantry. And I’m a sucker for marching bands, especially of … More Kingston at 145: Connecting the Past, Building the Future

A Conversation with Councillor Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew


The Mayor has a vision for the City – as all good mayors should. I manage to secure a half hour with His Worship the Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Delroy Williams, on a busy afternoon. He is in between important visitors departing, and pressing matters brought to his desk by Town Clerk … More A Conversation with Councillor Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew

Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016


Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015: Return to Fort Rocky


At six in the morning, we volunteers squeezed into a bus in Kingston, water bottles in hand. We were all a little quiet (sleepy, in other words). It was International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015, coordinated as always by the Jamaica Environment Trust with major sponsors the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Tourism Ministry’s Clean … More International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015: Return to Fort Rocky

#ObamaStress: Some Purely Parochial Thoughts on The Visit


This article was written yesterday. Due to an extended Internet outage, I am just posting it today… Darkness falls, and an air of nervous anticipation hovers over Kingston town. Why? Because the President will actually be on our island tomorrow evening! Yes, the President. The one with the now graying hair and the big smile despite everything. … More #ObamaStress: Some Purely Parochial Thoughts on The Visit

Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014


The World Cup final was exhausting and I must admit I could not have taken much more stress. It was a hot afternoon, we had the fans turned up full and ate mangoes and drank coconut water at half time. This did not help Argentina to a victory, sadly. But all the Jamaicans who suddenly … More Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014