Here in Jamaica, the sun is shining and a gentle breeze blows. But we cannot say the same thing for many of our Caribbean neighbours, who are struggling to pick up the pieces after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has shared some timely information … More Minister of Foreign Affairs Comments on Our Week of Disasters – and How We Can Help
Well, I skipped last weekend. I was out of town, attending a wedding that only happened in fits and starts. I might write an account of it; it truly was an experience. The good thing is I have started journaling (thanks to Susan Goffe!) so I might remember things in more interesting detail in future. … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 15/16, 2017
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
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?
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
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!
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