Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues


So much has been happening, and I am going to quickly paraphrase the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ latest update, as of 8:00 p.m. our time. Here goes: Jamaica now has 163 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 20 new cases in the past 24 hours. Details on 17 cases are to … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

An Employee at Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness Tests Positive for COVID-19


Things have been happening very fast this week in Jamaica, in relation to COVID-19. The good people at the Ministry of Health and Wellness have been working incredibly hard and keeping us all updated (although after each press briefing, I feel there are probably about a dozen more questions to be asked). The last two … More An Employee at Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness Tests Positive for COVID-19

Jamaica Has 73 COVID-19 Cases; Call Centre Closes; Mobile Testing Ready to Hit the Road


In the past two days, Jamaica has recorded four new cases of COVID-19. Testing has been beefed up, but there are concerns this evening. A second case has been confirmed at a Call Centre in Portmore, St. Catherine, which has closed for 14 days and is sanitizing. I understand that employees in call centres sit quite … More Jamaica Has 73 COVID-19 Cases; Call Centre Closes; Mobile Testing Ready to Hit the Road

The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost


You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme


“Plastic bans” are clearly not a quick or simple fix for our island’s overwhelming garbage problem. It only sounds simple (to the know-alls on social media, for example). There are obstacles to overcome. We know that plastic bottles are the most ubiquitous item, but we are not ready yet, it seems, to take them on. … More Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme

Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21


I am saving my energy for International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day Jamaica 2019 – this coming Saturday, September 21. I hope you will be participating! Congratulations to the Jamaica Environment Trust for again gathering a huge number of volunteers and registered sites – see the full list in the press release below; and cheers to the awesome … More Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21

Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges


A disturbing report in the Jamaica Gleaner recently highlighted the issue of unregistered nursing homes on the island. Here is the response of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP). Be careful! With so many homes for the elderly unregistered, do check the list of those registered posted below, before making any arrangements for your loved … More Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges

Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton was scheduled to visit the community of Gregory Park in St. Catherine today. The whole of the Portmore area is quite a “hot spot” for mosquitoes; after all, it was built on or near wetlands. The problem of dengue fever continues, especially among children, where suspected cases have increased. Be … More Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses

The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls


A couple of days ago, a friend tweeted the following: MISSING TEEN: Ariell Lawrence has been missing since late last night. Last seen in this birthday outfit. After 1 am she took taxi from Portsmouth Portmore to Spanish Town. She texted re feeling unsafe in the taxi & did not arrive. Help to find her. Plz … More The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls