UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19


My recent post on an Oxford University study seems to have stirred some interest (partly, I suspect, because of some Jamaican readers’ partisan political leanings!) On March 25, 2020, the University’s Blavatnik School of Governance launched its COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, (including a Stringency Index), which it describes as “the first ever tool to track and … More UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally


The world has reached a critical point. Economies are being squeezed by various lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus. States in our “powerful neighbor to the North,” while eager to “ease up” – I realized the other day that domestic flights are still operating there – are recording soaring numbers of cases (well over … More Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally

Winnie


Winnie Mandela has been on my mind, all week. I campaigned against apartheid in my student days at Oxford. It was my cause, my Number One Cause (although there were others – it was, after all, during the Cold War Years. Those were difficult times). I suppose that in some ways, at that time, I … More Winnie

Diana McCaulay Retires as JET’s CEO and Introduces New Leadership


I don’t like to use the phrase “end of an era” when someone retires (after all, I have been retired for a few years now, myself!) but I have known Diana McCaulay for a long time, since her days as a Humphrey Fellow in Seattle, Washington. And I have known Suzanne Stanley for even longer … More Diana McCaulay Retires as JET’s CEO and Introduces New Leadership

Belly Full! Lend Your Support for an Upcoming Book on Caribbean Food in the UK


Today is World Food Day. It seems just the right day to tell you about a very interesting new venture: a cookbook/storybook in the making that tells the stories behind Caribbean restaurants, bars and food places across the United Kingdom. There are, of course, solidly established West Indian communities in areas such as Harlesden, North … More Belly Full! Lend Your Support for an Upcoming Book on Caribbean Food in the UK

Words, Words…


I think the rain dripping off the awnings at home puts me in a philosophical mood. It’s been a very wet weekend; the end of a month that has been in many ways edgy and distracting. I want to settle down again. And this morning I am thinking about…words. I am on Twitter a lot … More Words, Words…

#HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016


A grey cloud has descended over much of Jamaica. Literally, that is, although in some respects the cloud is a bit more than a weather phenomenon. Everything seems to be a bit of a struggle. Where are we heading? Jamaicans seem uncertain and not entirely hopeful. Or maybe that’s my mood. There is no doubt, … More #HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016