With 34 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Jamaica Is Now Increasing Testing Capacity


As I noted in a previous post, there has been much discussion about whether Jamaica should be testing more for COVID-19. Globally, there is much debate about how and when testing should be (or should have been) ramped up, what tests are available, etc. The New York Times reports today that the U.S. “lost” a … More With 34 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Jamaica Is Now Increasing Testing Capacity

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

Countdown to the Vote for a Caribbean Media Mega-Merger


On November 23, 2015, the Press Association of Jamaica organized a panel discussion in Kingston during National Journalism Week. The theme was: “Modern Media: Competition and Customer Choices.” Speakers included Cordel Green of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (an engaging and outspoken man); Kenisha Malcolm-Howard, Homepage Editor at the Washington Post; Oliver McIntosh (Digicel Sportsmax); … More Countdown to the Vote for a Caribbean Media Mega-Merger

African Postman: Sudanese Volunteers Help with Flood Relief


Disaster preparedness and response is something that we are all concerned with these days in the developing world – more than ever before. The impact of climate change is real. This is an encouraging story from the United States Institute of Peace on how community volunteers can make a difference. You can read the story … More African Postman: Sudanese Volunteers Help with Flood Relief

Women’s Leadership: Transforming Self, Community and Country


U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela E. Bridgewater gave this lecture on June 6, 2013 at the University of the West Indies. I thought I would share it with you. You can also find it on the U.S. Embassy website at http://kingston.usembassy.gov/sp_06062013.html. Good evening and my thanks to the organizers of this evening’s forum: The Mona School … More Women’s Leadership: Transforming Self, Community and Country

The Second Coming


Last night, the great African writer Chinua Achebe passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 82 years old. Up until his death, he was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in the United States. Chinua Achebe has a special place in Jamaicans’ hearts – largely because of his … More The Second Coming

My Wildest Dream


I must write this down, before I forget. I got up yesterday morning and told my husband, “Dear, I dreamed about giant crabs.” Now, one of my favorite films is called “Dreams” (Yume).  Directed by the iconic Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in 1990, the film has just the right combination of surreal images, discordant messages, and troubled emotions … More My Wildest Dream

African Postman: A Great South African Scientist and Humanitarian


Former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki said at the funeral of Professor Phillip Tobias that his legacy was “too important and too durable to be forgotten.”  Professor Emeritus at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Tobias died on June 7 at the age of 86. Many dignitaries, including President Jacob Zuma, attended his funeral at … More African Postman: A Great South African Scientist and Humanitarian