The last two weeks have been busy (I skipped last week) and the weather is bright and breezy. However, as COVID-19 numbers have begun to really take off this month (an extended “spike”) the mood of cautious optimism in January seems to have evaporated – although we have had some lighter moments in the past … More ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition
It’s been one of those weeks that makes you weary. But, we toil on. The New Year (which we welcomed in rather muted fashion) already seems old. However, we were described by one overseas media house as a “gutsy” island. Sometimes one just feels tired. Perhaps it’s the humid, not-quite-ready-to-rain weather in Kingston. Nevertheless, let … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition
The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition
I wrote about this yesterday – please take a look for a bit more detail. Meanwhile, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has just posted the following press release: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed to Stand,” Says JET The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is disturbed by the decision of the Hon. Minister without Portfolio Leslie Campbell to … More Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET
“In keeping with my recent advocacy on national and international platforms, I wish to focus on the fact that our natural heritage, including our biodiversity and ecosystems, are an important part of our material heritage. We readily understand the value of our natural heritage when we are complimented on the beauty of our island, our … More Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?
The forces of nature have been flexing their muscles recently. During a heavy afternoon thunderstorm on Wednesday (Kingston went completely dark), two people in St. Elizabeth were killed by a lightning strike. Meanwhile, there are five – yes, five – named storms in the Atlantic basin. At the moment, Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy and Vicky … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 15, 2020: Sorting Out the Politicians, and More
Jamaica celebrated World Poetry Day last week. As last year, the atmosphere was warm and friendly despite the competitive element – the presentation of poetry prizes (the hopefuls sat together in an eager group). We were ready to enjoy the flow of words. And flow they did. Two women (supported by other players, of course) … More A Youthful World Poetry Day
Yes, the Blue Economy is here! Or is it? At least there are conferences being held about it. Just a few years back, we were talking about the Green Economy, it seems. There was even a Green Economy Scoping Study done for Jamaica (I wonder how that is working out). Now, we have moved, rather … More Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya
State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World
Jamaica (and the Caribbean’s) relationship with neighbors in Venezuela has suffered some tremors in recent years, especially since President Nicolás Maduro tightened his authoritarian grip on that country since taking up office five years ago. Nevertheless, over the decades that relationship has been consistently warm and supportive. Relations between Venezuela and the Organisation of American … More Jamaica did NOT Vote to Support Suspension of Venezuela from the Organisation of American States (0AS) – Pearnel Charles Jr.