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

Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26


It’s fair to say that the ongoing disintegration of social and political life in Venezuela has thrown most of the countries in the English-speaking Caribbean into something of a quandary. There is no doubt that these islands (with the exception of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Montserrat) have benefited greatly from the PetroCaribe arrangement with … More Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26

The Blue Economy: New World Bank Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Boost Growth in the Caribbean Sea while Preserving its Ecosystem


This morning I attended a media call-in with Pawan Patil and Sophie Sirtaine at the World Bank’s Head Office in Washington, DC. as they launched their new report on prospects for a “Blue Economy” for the Caribbean. Thanks to Gerry McDaniel at World Bank’s Jamaica Office for facilitating this. The link to the report (overview … More The Blue Economy: New World Bank Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Boost Growth in the Caribbean Sea while Preserving its Ecosystem

Cuba, USA Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations: Text of Letters Exchanged on a Historic Day for the Americas


We are the Americas. Cuba is Jamaica’s closest neighbor, and the United States’ closest neighbor too. The U.S.A. is, I dare say, Jamaica’s most influential neighbor. Today is another historic day for our hemisphere, although there are some tricky obstacles on the horizon (Guantánamo Bay, for example, and the lifting of the trade embargo). Today … More Cuba, USA Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations: Text of Letters Exchanged on a Historic Day for the Americas

Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015


It’s been an interesting week. Rain has fallen. There was a holiday in the middle of it (Ash Wednesday) when we took a little pause. The weather remains “cool” by Jamaican standards, and we can’t complain. Parliament officially reopened yesterday. The annual colonial-era parade of the two parties striding down Duke Street, while their little groups … More Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chilling


The Petchary wants to extol the virtues of an online music radio station.  It’s called Cafe Cody, and if you like your music chilled, this one is for you.  You can find it at cafecody.com. You may occasionally hear a deep, husky voice announcing that the music is “from Majorca, Spain.”  But apart from that … More Chilling