August 1 – Emancipation Day – is as good a day as any to restart writing my weekly news posts. I have missed doing them, actually. They help me (and hopefully you) keep a finger on the pulse of things. So, it’s a humid evening, an hour to go before curfew kicks in at 11. … More ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020
Some people have asked me if I am going to do another update on COVID-19. We had two back-to-back press briefings and an online event with the Minister of Tourism, which I missed, at the end of this week. But first here are the latest numbers: We have two new cases today – June 14 … More “The Virus Is Still Out There”: COVID-19 in Jamaica – Travel, Tourism, More
Jamaicans take Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day) very seriously. This weekend, amidst a flurry of other activities, there will be the annual concert in aid of the Gregory Isaacs Foundation, headlined “Red Rose for Gregory.” The late reggae singer (greatly loved and missed by yours truly) battled substance abuse for much of his life. The Foundation … More It’s Valentine’s Day and JET Says “Love Where Yu Live”
Fellowship is a small community, situated along the narrow, winding road that runs up the Rio Grande Valley, just outside the town of Port Antonio in the parish of Portland. I actually used to know this place very well – one area in particular. This land is quite beautiful, with a shallow river winding through … More A Flood Warning System for Fellowship
Winnifred’s Beach is not just any beach. At least, not to us. It is at the bottom of a wildly rocky road down a hillside, a turning off the main road in Fairy Hill, Portland. There used to be a “wicker man” on the corner. We have been going to Winnifred’s for many years and … More Free Winnifred’s Beach: Keep It Free and Beautiful!
I am very fond of the eastern parish of Portland. It is always described as “lush and green,” and so it is. It has the lowest crime rate on the island; it is quiet, sleepy almost. It has some lovely beaches (although most of them you have to pay for) and the environment is relatively … More East Portland: A Picture of Long, Slow Decay With a Few Glimmers of Hope
This is my first news update of the year, and the weather is bright and breezy. After a rather long, lazy Christmas and New Year break (for most) it is time for our island to confront some pressing matters. Right at the top of the list is, inevitably it seems, crime – which did not … More Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017
The rains continue, off and on, and no one is worried about the “water issue” any more. At least, until the next crisis. We are worried, however, about mosquitoes. Health Minister Tufton pointed out this week that he’s discovered most of us have little breeding grounds in our yards, in our bins that we use … More Jamaica, Wednesday, April 13, 2016: Freedom of Movement, The Police Trust Factor and “Warmy” Sworn In!
On a slightly chilly and damp evening – no moon tonight, we noted – my neighborhood bookstore Bookophilia hosted the second in a miniseries of three, organized by our beloved Poet Laureate, Professor Mervyn Morris. The first was in Port Antonio, and the third will be in Mandeville (Thursday, November 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, … More The Poet Laureate Presents: Two Women Poets in the City
We returned from a funeral in the country on Sunday, with everywhere (including our home city) soaked in rain. Who’s complaining? We needed it so badly… Goat Islands update: Minister Omar Davies declared that there is nothing “ambivalent” (?) about plans to build a port and coal-fired power plant in a beautiful protected area. That’s not it, Minister. … More Rainy Sunday: May 18, 2014