ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is


I wish I could say that it has been an easy-going, free-flowing week. But far from it. There have been challenges, and there are challenges ahead. Everything has been revolving around politics, the debates, while COVID-19 has kept us all in a state of confusion. Yes, I think confusion is the word; every evening, when … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is

COVID-19: Jamaica Has 69 Confirmed Cases (Saturday, April 11)


Here’s an update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on the current situation regarding COVID-19 in Jamaica. Note the information on the cases under investigation. Are these early signs of “community spread”?  Jamaica now has sixty-nine (69) confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The four (4) new cases are: A 52-year-old male … More COVID-19: Jamaica Has 69 Confirmed Cases (Saturday, April 11)

COVID-19 Update: 47 Cases, Curfew Shenanigans, the Homeless in Jamaica and Generosity


This evening, the Ministry of Health and Wellness shared that we have three new cases today. Details are below. KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, April 2, 2020: The National Influenza Centre has advised that of the five pending test results from yesterday (April 1), two samples have tested negative while three are positive for the Coronavirus Disease … More COVID-19 Update: 47 Cases, Curfew Shenanigans, the Homeless in Jamaica and Generosity

With 34 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Jamaica Is Now Increasing Testing Capacity


As I noted in a previous post, there has been much discussion about whether Jamaica should be testing more for COVID-19. Globally, there is much debate about how and when testing should be (or should have been) ramped up, what tests are available, etc. The New York Times reports today that the U.S. “lost” a … More With 34 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Jamaica Is Now Increasing Testing Capacity

Staying Inside


Life under COVID-19 is starting to bite. Online, we share memes and videos all day long (and half the night too – I am turning into an insomniac). We are turning to nervous eating. Comfort food continually pops up on my Twitter timeline, whether it’s hominy porridge or just a series of snacks at odd … More Staying Inside

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook


There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport


It is very hard to write this, but I have learned, as of today in fact, that cock fighting is thriving in some rural areas of Jamaica. It’s hard to write, because I always hope and trust (naïvely, I suppose) that we humans must, at least, treat our domesticated animals with some decency. That’s when … More Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport

The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition


As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland. Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate … More The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition