These are tense times. While most of Jamaica has been glued to the Olympics track events – obviously, our forte – the number of COVID-19 cases has been accumulating rapidly. New cases are now in three digits daily, and so are hospital admissions. It is alarming, but what’s happening in Tokyo has provided a welcome … More Jamaica Update, August 3, 2021: Andrew pleas for peace, Elaine flies down the track, and everyone must get vaxxed
There is plenty of excitement over the COVID-19 vaccine. In Parliament today, Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton said 16 percent of the population will be vaccinated next year: One per cent would receive the vaccine by April 2021, another three per cent by mid-2021 and the remaining 13 per cent by the end … More Health and Wellness Ministry Names Vaccine Commission
Here are a couple of useful websites, before I forget to share them: This one is for people to do a self-assessment for COVID-19, and for employers to check on employees’ status. There is another general one that is updated with local and global states, where you should self-report if you have arrived in Jamaica … More COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv
This is a quick postscript to my earlier blog with the Medical Association of Jamaica’s (MAJ) press release. I had a response from a Negril hotelier that I wanted to share with you. I do hope the MAJ and the Ministry of Health will look into this as soon as possible, before major problems result. … More Postscript: On Eating Ganja Cakes and Cookies – Be Careful!
The topic of ganja is never far from the news in Jamaica. Ganja is our word for marijuana. It is now a minor ticketable offence to possess two ounces of ganja under the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015. Cultivation of five or fewer plants in any one household is also allowed; and Rastafarians may use … More Medical Association of Jamaica Concerned About Health Impacts of Ganja on our Youth
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
“Get informed. Take Control. Tell a Friend.” This was the advice given by Lisa-Ann Ogilvie, Founder of Caribbean Woman Addressing Uterine Fibroids and Project Manager at The Caribbean Events Group. We were at the launch of the first National Fibroid Awareness Week (March 15 – 21) – a friendly gathering with a slightly informal feel, despite the … More This Week Is National Fibroid Awareness Week – And This Is Important
The past few days have been “smh” days. As you probably know, dear readers, “smh” means “shake my head” in social media parlance. The accompanying emoticons might vary from that baffled one with mouth open to the one with tears flowing copiously. This would apply to both local and overseas news. #SpeakUpUWI: There has been growing … More SMH! The Panty Tree, Half-Senators and Saying Goodbye: Monday, February 16, 2015