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

Ross Urken is in Kingston to Launch His Book, “Another Mother”


Heads up for book lovers – and all the many people who I think would be so interested in this book! Ross Kenneth Urken is in Kingston and getting ready to launch Another Mother, on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Redbones Blues Café(a place that has moved quite a bit, but now … More Ross Urken is in Kingston to Launch His Book, “Another Mother”

More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative


I have been writing so much (too much?) about what is now called COVID-19 in the past few weeks, including a Caribbean update yesterday for Global Voices. I just want to keep people informed. Today it’s good news for Jamaica, as three patients who were in isolation have tested negative for COVID-19. The other good … More More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake


It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny


This book is about to be officially launched! Long Island, New York on October 21 will be the first celebration. I am looking forward to a 2020 launch with Ross Kenneth Urken present! Meanwhile, here is an invitation, in the author’s words: I have many events in the works — from Toronto, to London, to … More Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook


There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit in Montego Bay on October 1


Debt is a big word for the Caribbean. So is crisis. Sometimes the two words go together. An important meeting – the Caribbean’s first debt summit – will take place this week in Montego Bay. Please see the press release below: Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit set for Montego Bay October 1 Kingston, Jamaica, September 23, 2019. … More Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit in Montego Bay on October 1

Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21


I am saving my energy for International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day Jamaica 2019 – this coming Saturday, September 21. I hope you will be participating! Congratulations to the Jamaica Environment Trust for again gathering a huge number of volunteers and registered sites – see the full list in the press release below; and cheers to the awesome … More Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21