Jamaicans for Justice Statement on the Killing of Two Policemen by Criminals in St. Catherine


What terrible times we are living in. We woke up this morning to the news that two policemen were shot dead and two others are battling for life in hospital, after an encounter with gunmen on the outskirts of Spanish Town. Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice has just issued a statement on the matter. … More Jamaicans for Justice Statement on the Killing of Two Policemen by Criminals in St. Catherine

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

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

Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018


I have been a little off the radar, so this update is not a weekend one, but a post-holiday break post! In the past ten days, much has been happening – including a delicious three days at Couples Sans Souci on the north coast, an evening at the Independence Day celebrations, and more…Anyway, here goes. … More Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018


It’s April 1, and I got fooled by one or two tweets today! Also, of course for those who celebrate it, it’s Easter Day. Large quantities of bun and cheese are being eaten, as I write. I am trying to catch up a little on the news, so here goes… Caribbean: Haitian photo-journalist Vladimir Legagneur disappeared on March … More Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018


The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Director General of Japan’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau Visits Minister Johnson Smith


I often mention the support given to Jamaica by the Japanese Government, because I like their focus and the projects that they choose to fund. So, here is a little overview about a diplomatic visit this week. I’m concerned about the coffee industry. I also did not know there were as many as 40 Japanese volunteers … More Director General of Japan’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau Visits Minister Johnson Smith