Riverton Smoke Signals: Riverton Smoke 101

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Yesterday Jamaica’s Ministry of Health released a statement about tests on last week’s Riverton Smoke.  The most important bit is: “there were high levels of hazardous substances including benzene.”  OK.  But what does that mean? What are the other hazardous substances? What does “high levels” mean? Wait, wait, wait: WHAT is in this smoke? The Government … Continue reading

Riverton Smoke Signals: A Distress Call

riverton fire - march 13 - JET FB image

One of the oldest methods of long distance communication is the smoke signal.  Since last Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Jamaica has been sending an urgent and persistent smoke signal for all who care to see: H-E-L-P. The Riverton Dump, the main dumping site for all manner of waste produced by Jamaicans, is on fire.  It … Continue reading

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

2014 Ja Back to School List: Books, Bag, Bucket o’ Water…

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A couple of years ago when folks were especially gung-ho about introducing tech (e.g., tablets) into Jamaican schools as the way to improve the education system, I pointed out that too many schools still had pit latrines, and suggested that perhaps the focus should be on upgrading those basic facilities before pushing ahead with integrating … 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

My St. Andrew Science Story…Because Girls in Science Matter

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On Sunday June 1, four St. Andrew High School classmates (Mikaela, Reneé, Tayo, and Camille) and I launched a 30-day crowdfunding Campaign to raise money for the fourth lab on the Old Science Block at our alma mater in Kingston, Jamaica.  Our goal is big – USD$25,000 – but achievable.  For me, our efforts are … Continue reading

Environment v. Development…and the Loss of Our Dignity

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I cannot get them out of my head. Thoughts of them stop me every time I begin to delve into the tangled theories and murky machinations at work behind the proposed Goat Island/Logistics Hub development plan, or the Bog Walk Dam, or the fate of the Falmouth Pier.  I feel I cannot get into those weeds … 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

Bottleneck in My Brain…The Soundtrack

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I feel caught in a whirlwind of news and I can’t clear my head.  There is so much to think and write about…yet, since this weekend, I’ve been unable to put words onto paper in a way that makes sense.  That is, words about the things I’d really planned to post about and have notes … Continue reading

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