ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences


Well, the past week has been pretty intense, with politics, crime and COVID-19 vying for the headlines (and sometimes getting mixed up together). Click on the highlights for links to the stories. Your feedback is always welcome! Agriculture: Here’s a good piece in Forbes magazine about the challenges for Jamaica’s small farmers in the face of climate change … More ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences

Message from the Prime Minister on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims


Today we have been remembering those whose lives were suddenly taken from them. They leave a void in the lives of many. According to the Ministry of Transport’s weekly report, 370 people have died on our roads this year – whether pedestrians, drivers, cyclists or motorcyclists. Most alarmingly, child fatalities and motorcyclist fatalities are expected … More Message from the Prime Minister on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Taking Responsibility for Our Lives: Road Safety is About Our Behaviour


“The wound is still fresh,” said the woman. She had offered a prayer at the start of a mid-year briefing by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) today. She was the mother of a young man – her only son, a “wonderful son” – who was killed in a motor vehicle crash on the North-South … More Taking Responsibility for Our Lives: Road Safety is About Our Behaviour

Olympic Champions Will Join the Call For Children’s Safety on the Road at a Policy Forum


While it appears that fatalities on the road in Jamaica have declined slightly this year, we must not take our eyes off the ball – especially as far as our vulnerable children are concerned. This week there will be an important policy forum. Please find details below… Olympic Champions Join Call For Road Safety: Shelly-Ann Fraser … More Olympic Champions Will Join the Call For Children’s Safety on the Road at a Policy Forum

A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016


What a week. The weather is hot – day and night. The White-Crowned Pigeon (“Baldpate”) is coming to our bird bath in the middle of the day, just to drink. When I refill the baths (making sure all the old water is gone, so as not to breed mosquitoes) the birds are just sitting in … More A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jamaica on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A Promise That Cannot Be Broken, A Tidal Wave Hits, and Carnival Cricketing Joy


The long Easter weekend passed, leaving in its wake a slew of car crashes and (very sadly) murders. We had a minor earth tremor (did you feel it? I didn’t) fourteen kilometers below Clarendon. We had no rain. The well-heeled went to parties costing the equivalent of US$50 upwards, and posted pictures of themselves on … More Jamaica on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A Promise That Cannot Be Broken, A Tidal Wave Hits, and Carnival Cricketing Joy

Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015


We move now into that lovely “in between” period where it is neither Christmas nor New Year. I rather like this feeling of “limbo” – a time to daydream, make vague plans and generally laze around. The weather is calm, blue and utterly perfect. So far, though our post-Christmas mood can be summed up in … More Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Police, NRSC Warn About Drunk Driving, Speeding and Motorbike Crashes


There has been a startling increase in deaths on the road this year. Please take note of this, and of the road safety tips that Jean Lowrie-Chin posted in her blog today, here: http://lowrie-chin.blogspot.com/2015/12/10-road-safety-tips-for-holiday-season.html  Be careful out there! And please share this information, and the tips… I also wrote on this issue earlier this year on … More Police, NRSC Warn About Drunk Driving, Speeding and Motorbike Crashes