Chikungunya Notebook: The Basics

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Some questions and hopefully helpful answers based on my understanding after reading a number of sources.  Let’s go… What is chikungunya? Chikungunya is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. This disease name sounds fool fool.  Where it come from?  After an outbreak in 1952 in what is now Tanzania, the name “chikungunya” was given to the … Continue reading

Chikungunya Notebook: Mitigate and Educate

aedes aegypti mosiquito

The Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is scheduled to address Jamaicans some time this afternoon or early evening.  I have no idea why this address wasn’t done on Friday, when it was announced, because really there need not be any pomp or any more vague information from him.  The viral fever chikungunya is now out … Continue reading

Jamaica, Jamaica: For Sale, No Offer Too Low

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This week the Mount Rosser toll road bypass from Kingston to the North Coast opened to much fanfare.  So serious was it that, allegedly, a member of government who showed up to the road opening in a tropical country in August in polo shirt and jeans was asked by the Prime Minister of Jamaica to … Continue reading

“…Give us vision lest we perish…”

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I’ve been wondering a lot lately what the leaders of Jamaica see for Jamaica’s future.  I understand about the country managing its debt, about the country taking advantage of the expansion of the Panama Canal, about getting crime under control.  But that’s all basic stuff, yes? Those are checklist items in basic governance.  I’d think … Continue reading

The Value of the Vybz Kartel Trial – Part I

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There is so much rich detail in the charges that were brought against Mr. Palmer.  So many moving parts: the victims (Who were they?), the defendants (Who are they? How are they connected to each other or to the victims?), the court dates, judges.  I am grateful for the page on The Jamaica Gleaner that lists … Continue reading

I Dare You To Care…After the Show

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The 2014 Shaggy and Friends show is concluded. The Twitter campaign has wound down. Money has been raised, awareness has been sharpened, and a large audience saw, by most accounts, a good show. Now what? Well, the next logical thing step that there should be a full report on the amount of money raised for … Continue reading

Prime Minster Portia Simpson-Miller at European Development Days 2013

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As has become the norm, there are lots of questions about Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s travel itinerary.  The questioning and criticism have been growing for months as Prime Minister Simpson-Miller seems increasingly absent from national life, appearing only intermittently in Parliament or on TV or at Jamaica House press briefings; many feel that as … Continue reading

“Soft Sustainability” and Jamaica – A Twitter Conversation with Minister Damion Crawford

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Earlier this evening I saw the following tweets from Government Of Jamaica State Minister Damion Crawford As it turns out we ended up in a long-ish Twitter conversation about his statements, which I have captured here.  (I can’t figure out how to embed it into the post but if I do I’ll update the post.) … Continue reading

Some Lotto Scamming Context

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Earlier this year I was home and I answered the house phone, which is unusual for me.  On the other end of the line was a woman telling me that she was calling to talk about lowering the interest rates on my credit cards.  That alone gave me pause.  For as long as I’ve had … Continue reading

Beauty Queen Politics

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Beauty pageants and a former beauty queen have been atop Jamaican news recently. Dr. Dayton Campbell (again) found himself on the wrong side of the Twitterverse when he shared his opinion (a now deleted tweet) about a contestant in the Miss Jamaica World 2013 pageant: “bout best shape, she shape like the Jamaican economy.” Setting … Continue reading

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