BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People


The Municipality of Portmore in St. Catherine is the second largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. The dormitory town’s population was officially 182,000 in 2011, but many say it is now closer to 300,000. I’m not sure quite why this figure is in dispute; but I know there are some boundary issues. It’s also the … More BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

JET Asks: Why No Information on Kingston Harbour Oil Spill?


A few days ago, photos started to appear on my Twitter timeline of a considerable oil spill near Gordon Cay, in Kingston Harbour. Now here is a release from the Jamaica Environment Trust, suggesting that it would be very nice if we could have some information from the relevant Government agencies. Who was responsible, and … More JET Asks: Why No Information on Kingston Harbour Oil Spill?

My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016


A gentleman (well, maybe rather a rough man actually) named Matthew has taken over our lives. Someone commented that Matthew is an “uptown name,” so we might have expected him to be better behaved. But alas. He has been very difficult so far: slow to make up his mind, at times hesitant and even stopping … More My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016

23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!


Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016


It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Zika Virus, Cleanup Day, H1N1 Flu Virus, and More


The Ministry of Health is working hard to inform the public on the various health concerns plaguing us at the moment. Please note the following important information, taken from several recent press releases. For Zika Virus updates, go to: http://moh.gov.jm/be-aware-zika-is-here/  For more information, visit the Ministry’s excellent website at http://moh.gov.jm. Like and follow them on http://www.facebook.com/themohgovjm; on … More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Zika Virus, Cleanup Day, H1N1 Flu Virus, and More