Updates From the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade On The Acquisition Of The 49% Shareholding In Petrojam Held By PDV Caribe


This morning, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith held a press briefing updating journalists on the current situation regarding the Jamaican Government’s planned repurchase of the 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam held by Venezuela’s PDV Caribe. This move, which the Minister stressed was a purely economic one to safeguard the … More Updates From the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade On The Acquisition Of The 49% Shareholding In Petrojam Held By PDV Caribe

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


I am posting this because it sums up the confusion and futility of war. The photographs are stunning and the account of this photojournalist’s challenges is fascinating. Related articles Why We Should See War Trophy Photos (thedailybeast.com) Fearless French Photojournalist Reveals the Horror in Homs (petapixel.com) Featured photojournalist: Kieran Doherty (guardian.co.uk) War Photographers (slideshare.net) Featured … More

Endings


There have been some endings recently.  Or perhaps, the beginnings of endings.  Yes, it’s over.  But… There seems to be a “but.” Firstly, the last combat troops left Iraq.  They rumbled through the darkness towards the Kuwait border.  The Petchary wondered how the soldiers felt as the desert moved by, as prosaic and as empty … More Endings

Penguins


As if the painful sight of pelicans struggling in dark oil slicks is not enough, the Petchary is disturbed to hear of the deaths of hundreds of penguins that have washed up on the beaches of Brazil. As they began their brave migration northward in search of food, the penguins appear to have starved to death … More Penguins

It’s Going to be OK


It has stopped. After 85 days and 184 million gallons (if one can grasp that enormity) the oil “spill” (what a casual, light-hearted word for such a disaster) stopped. The Petchary’s heart skipped a beat when she saw the television footage. All was quiet. Small white sea creatures circled around the 75-ton metal cap, as … More It’s Going to be OK

Bleaky


Today was a bleaky day. In Jamaican terms, this means grey, cloudy, no sign of the sun (except when, early in the morning, it gave up the struggle with a swathe of bone-grey cloud, and allowed itself to be slowly smothered). On bleaky days there is no sun, nor is there any rain. But the … More Bleaky

More goodbyes


It was time to say goodbye, again, in Bloemfontein and Durban and Polokwane. Firstly, to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. I thought their wings were stronger, and would have carried them further. Kalu Uche scored his second goal of the competition. Young Uche was born in Aba, a bustling sea port in the south, surrounded … More More goodbyes