ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition


It’s 2021, and everything seems to be happening at once. It’s hard to keep up. Education, health, crime (crime!!), travel and tourism – and more – all seem to be “hot button” issues. The new year is already shaping up to be quite crowded; we need to wrap our heads around some fundamental issues, and … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition


What a week. After the relative peace and quiet of the holidays (apart from an intrusively loud motorbike rider – we need to do something about the “enhanced” mufflers they put on their bikes) we were thrown straight into 2021 with a great deal of agonizing over “back to school” (a dilemma shared by other … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition


Well, Hurricane Delta went away (taking most of Bluefields Beach in Westmoreland away with it) and we are left to reflect, once more, on our own human fragility in the face of climate change and COVID-19. Some of us would rather pretend, however, and sip on Bacardi or whatever their favorite drink is, without a … More ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition

Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017


Perhaps a weekend review works better. In any case, it’s two weeks since I last posted an update. There’s much to catch up on! Mostly floods and crime… Please click on the highlighted areas for links to more information… We have had rain and more rain. We have barely recovered from the floods of mid-May – but … More Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017

Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016


It’s that sad anniversary again (why does 9/11 always seem to come round so fast?) That clear blue day when tragedy and horror struck, and nothing was ever the same again. We were in New York City at the time…But that’s another story. It’s also 29 years today since reggae star Peter Tosh was murdered. … More Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

U.S./Canadian Funded BMR Jamaica Wind Farm Inaugurated, To Be Acquired by Virgin Group


On August 11, a U.S. company, BMR Energy LLC inaugurated Jamaica’s largest wind farm in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth, valued at US$89.9 million. Now, we learn that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is in the process of acquiring Blue Mountain Renewables (BMR) Jamaica Wind Limited, and there he was at the inauguration. It’s the first private sector … More U.S./Canadian Funded BMR Jamaica Wind Farm Inaugurated, To Be Acquired by Virgin Group

Peace Can Start With The Ladies: Daniel Pearl World Music Day in Kingston


It was simply a lunchtime concert, in celebration of Daniel Pearl World Music Day. And yet, as I left the U.S. Embassy, I felt the proverbial lump in my throat. OK, so I get emotional these days. When a woman called Anna (who has what Public Affairs Officer Joshua Polacheck called a “sultry” voice) started … More Peace Can Start With The Ladies: Daniel Pearl World Music Day in Kingston

I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014


The Christmas traffic in Kingston has now officially reached insanity level. I am not sure what all the frenzied activity is about; downtown at least business is reportedly very slow, worse than last year. But some people still have money in their pockets uptown, and the cost of gasoline has finally dropped (albeit far too … More I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014

Three Opportunities: From the U.S. Embassy, Kingston


I am putting in a “plug” this morning for my fabulous former employers, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Did you know that the Embassy offers opportunities in grant funding, overseas exchanges, and more? Don’t forget also the Paul Robeson Information Resource Center, which has the definitive collection of Americana on the island, as well … More Three Opportunities: From the U.S. Embassy, Kingston