Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

It was an awful August, truly. Ten days in, the month had already got the thumbs down from me on many counts. The predictable but still shocking report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was one thing. Then there are the relentlessly soaring COVID-19 numbers, reflected in the tired faces of Minister Christopher … More Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

Record numbers vaccinated in one day in Jamaica

No Movement Day #3. And it was hectic in some areas, as Jamaicans crowded vaccination centres – mostly outside the city of Kingston – in surprising numbers. Although the Government was targeting high school students, aged 12 to 18, for the Pfizer vaccinations, to enable them to return to face-to-face classes – many adults turned … More Record numbers vaccinated in one day in Jamaica

#COVID19Chronicles-101: July 24, 2020: Should our official attitude towards domestic tourism annoy me? #Staycation Johnny come lately!

Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
Certain things rile me for their blatant insensitivity for the mass of people at whom they are addressed. That’s why I got riled up when I saw the Ministry of Tourism was launching a ‘Rediscover Jamaica’ programme this week to make residents a ‘priority at this time’. https://twitter.com/jamaicaobserver/status/1285703444775555073?s=21 It…

Health Ministry Issues Interim Guidelines for Cruise Ships Visiting Jamaica

The cruise shipping industry, which had been flourishing in the Caribbean in 2019, is proving to be a major headache for island ports (and for the cruise passengers). The economic fallout must be tremendous for cruise ship lines – and for those agencies, tourism companies and individuals who depend on them for income. If the … More Health Ministry Issues Interim Guidelines for Cruise Ships Visiting Jamaica

COVID-19 Jamaica Update: More Countries Added to Travel Restrictions

As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads rapidly beyond China, Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton released the following statement this morning (Thursday, February 27, 2020): We wish to use this opportunity to provide the country with an update on the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. EXPANDED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to advise … More COVID-19 Jamaica Update: More Countries Added to Travel Restrictions

Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

It is quite clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on the travel industry. Yesterday a cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, was turned away from the Jamaican cruise port of Ocho Rios. Subsequently it was denied access by the Cayman Islands. It has, however, been given permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico this … More Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019

During two recent workshops with community activists (and musicians) conducted by Panos Caribbean, the issue of solid waste management – the garbage that clogs our roads, drains, gullies, rivers – and almost every scrap of empty land has been consistently raised. Although the workshops are focusing on climate change, the issue comes up repeatedly (along … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019

Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour

As those of you who read my book reviews may have noticed, I have acquired a taste for young adults books. I have reviewed a few Caribbean titles, which I very much enjoyed reading (please click on links to some of my reviews here and here). I will be following up with more reviews, but meanwhile, … More Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour