ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition

This year is going to be warming up, according to my friends who do weather. It seems to be warming up in more ways than one. Our yard is turning into a dust bowl. We have had no rain since Christmas in Kingston. Other things are warming up too – the gently rising COVID-19 cases … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition

ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences

Well, the past week has been pretty intense, with politics, crime and COVID-19 vying for the headlines (and sometimes getting mixed up together). Click on the highlights for links to the stories. Your feedback is always welcome! Agriculture: Here’s a good piece in Forbes magazine about the challenges for Jamaica’s small farmers in the face of climate change … More ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences

COVID-19 in Jamaica: We Knew What We Were Up Against

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, I attended a Media Breakfast at Kingston’s Knutsford Court Hotel on COVID-19. The aim of this session hosted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness was to explain and update the media on the Ministry’s response plan to COVID-19. It was also, by the way, the last public event I … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: We Knew What We Were Up Against

Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

Phew! It’s been quite a week, again. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening! I highlighted the “big” stories in purple… By big I mean those we should keep an eye on, in my view. Click on the links for more details. CHEC land deal:  The Office of the Contractor General is continuing his probe. Former … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

Guest Blog Post: Matters of Life and Death – On Euthanasia, by Wayne Campbell

I am very pleased to share a post from my thoughtful fellow-blogger Wayne Campbell. Wayne won a Certificate of Merit at the Press Association of Jamaica’s Awards 2015. This is a very thought-provoking but balanced approach to an issue I confess I have never tried to tackle; although it did cross my mind when my … More Guest Blog Post: Matters of Life and Death – On Euthanasia, by Wayne Campbell

The Non-Debate Election Campaign: UWI Blocks Town Hall Meeting on Campus, RJR Cancels Forum

My dear, patient readers: Please ignore my last blog post regarding a planned Town Hall Meeting with Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, Senator Mark Golding and representatives of the two smaller political parties. This was organized by two dynamic youth-led organizations, UWILeads and Integrity Action Movement (the student arm of National Integrity Action). The University of … More The Non-Debate Election Campaign: UWI Blocks Town Hall Meeting on Campus, RJR Cancels Forum

Responses from National Integrity Action, Press Association of Jamaica and Private Sector Groups to PNP Withdrawal from Television Debates

There have been strong reactions to yesterday’s statement from the incumbent People’s National Party (PNP) outlining its stance on televised political debates prior to the February 25 general elections. The PNP’s statement was issued a short time after both parties signed a Political Code of Conduct. Its letter to the Jamaica Debates Commission is also … More Responses from National Integrity Action, Press Association of Jamaica and Private Sector Groups to PNP Withdrawal from Television Debates

Countdown to the Vote for a Caribbean Media Mega-Merger

On November 23, 2015, the Press Association of Jamaica organized a panel discussion in Kingston during National Journalism Week. The theme was: “Modern Media: Competition and Customer Choices.” Speakers included Cordel Green of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (an engaging and outspoken man); Kenisha Malcolm-Howard, Homepage Editor at the Washington Post; Oliver McIntosh (Digicel Sportsmax); … More Countdown to the Vote for a Caribbean Media Mega-Merger

The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015

The rain! How glorious it has been – the gloom, the damp grey clouds… I do enjoy this weather, perhaps because it is so unusual in Jamaica. After a year of stressful heat and drought, it is welcome. Once again I have been overwhelmed and too busy, and my comments are late, but  before I get … More The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015