Jamaica Congratulates Biden and Harris

Today was a wonderful day. It has been a long time coming. I haven’t watched so much television in a long while – I was mesmerized. I enjoyed sharing the occasion with friends online: noting down beautiful quotes, commenting on the fashions (Lady Gaga’s Schiaparelli splendor and Bernie Sanders’ “grumpy chic”); laughing at memes (many … More Jamaica Congratulates Biden and Harris

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” 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

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition

Well, Christmas is over. We tried to make the best of it. Apart from a young man who insisted on riding his noisy motorbike up and down our street, Christmas was also quiet – perhaps because of the 7:00 p.m. curfew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, in some places the illegal parties continued … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic

The news has been dominated recently by stories of returning Jamaican cruise ship workers – sometimes complaining, sometimes happy to be home – with another cruise ship arriving today carrying around 174 workers. Then there are the deportees, a monthly delivery of Jamaicans – a separate issue altogether, but all have to go into quarantine … More Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

Life in the Time of COVID-19. It’s hard not to keep focusing on the rising numbers, the gloomy predictions and the heart-wrenching stories of pain and loss. We are living in Strange Days. To be honest I am also getting tired of the attempts at humor online that sometimes fall terribly flat (my sense of … More COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA

I spent a few hours at Bellevue Hospital in Kingston this week, for the launch of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Mental Health Campaign. Despite the heat and humidity, it was a cheerful experience. I had harbored an image of Bellevue (despite its pretty name) as a glowering, Victorian-style edifice. Later, I got the … More Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA

JET Disappointed at Reversal of Ratification of Environmental Treaty by Jamaican Government

I posted the press release earlier this week from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, correcting an announcement that Jamaica had both signed and ratified the Escazú Agreement. In fact, Jamaica signed but has not yet ratified. This is the Jamaica Environment Trust’s response… The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) notes the October 1 press … More JET Disappointed at Reversal of Ratification of Environmental Treaty by Jamaican Government

Letter from Minister Johnson Smith Regarding Temporary Closure of Jamaican Embassy in Caracas

As expected, the relationship between Jamaica and Venezuela continues to spark controversy. The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna, reacted to the closure of Jamaica’s Embassy in Caracas. And Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has responded swiftly and emphatically to Ms. Hanna’s comments (as … More Letter from Minister Johnson Smith Regarding Temporary Closure of Jamaican Embassy in Caracas