Stories about Jamaica from August, 2010
U.S. Virgin Islands: The Effects of Hurricane Earl
Hurricane Earl made its way across the U.S. Virgin Islands yesterday as bloggers continued to share their thoughts and experiences. Jamaican diaspora blogger Labrish, who “[has] been fortunate to travel to these islands several times”, was concerned about her acquaintances there: My thoughts go out to everyone living on the...
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Redemption
Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts a poem by Trinidadian Jennifer Rahim.
Jamaica: Garvey's Home
Repeating Islands links to a report that suggests the Jamaican government is interested in purchasing the childhood home of Marcus Garvey “in hopes of restoring it and converting it into a memorial or museum.”
Jamaica, U.S.A.: Remembering Andrew
Eighteen years after Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc on Florida, diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp posts a poem he wrote about the experience.
Jamaica: Policing Style
Jamaica Salt says the kill-or-be-killed approach to controlling crime is ineffective: “When things are tough it’s hard not to look at possible solutions like this. But this has been a style of policing in Jamaica for decades now and it is not working. The murder rates speak for themselves.”
Jamaica, U.S.A.: Thoughts on the Mosque
Jamaican diaspora blogger Dennis Jones weighs in on “the subject of plans to build a mosque near what is called Ground Zero.”
Jamaica: R.I.P. Seya
The National Gallery of Jamaica Blog “deeply regrets the passing of Seya Parboosingh” and pays the artist tribute.
Jamaica: Art About Dudus
“The Dudus Chronicles is a body of work I’ve had the opportunity to watch as it took root and developed in front of my eyes”: Annie Paul is excited about the exhibition's official opening, and republishes a series of Facebook comments in response to news of the upcoming show.
Jamaica: Garvey's Birthday
Caribbean bloggers honour the memory of Marcus Garvey today, on the 123rd anniversary of his birth.
Tallawah posts photographs from the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica's 2010 season.
Jamaica: Refugee Status
The Caribbean Camera reports on the case of “a gay man from Jamaica [who] has been granted refugee status in Canada on the basis of discrimination against him.”
Jamaica: Dudus’ Defence
Jamaica Salt notes that “after many many months, Christopher Coke finally gets himself a couple of defence lawyers.”
Jamaica: Buju's New Album
“Buju Banton’s new album will hit the stores the same day he hit[s] the courts…on September 13″: YardFlex.com reports.
Jamaica: Police Gangs?
YardFlex.com reports that the police officer who was filmed via cell phone shooting an unarmed man is to be charged with murder; Active Voice comments: “In the United States many counties do not permit citizens to videotape police in public. I sincerely hope this will not be the recommendation of...
Jamaica: Independence Day
“Jamaica jumps to life with music and dancing as the island commemorates the anniversary of its independence, which took place in 1962″: Repeating Islands blogs about today's Independence Day festivities.
Jamaica: New Politics?
Girl With a Purpose reports on the formation of a new political party: “…its name?: New Nation Coalition. It's based on Christian principles and promotes justice, peace and prosperity amongst Jamaicans.”
Jamaica: Managing Dengue
YardFlex.com says that the government “is urging the public to co-operate with…health workers involved in vector control and other activities associated with the elimination of Dengue Fever.”
Jamaica: Would Garvey Be Blogging?
Marcus Garvey, blogger? Geoffrey Philp posts a poll.
Caribbean: On Freedom
Yesterday, August 1, marked the 172nd commemoration of Emancipation Day in many English-speaking Caribbean territories, when African slaves were freed from their British colonists. Today is a public holiday in many countries throughout the region and a few bloggers are taking the opportunity to reflect on what the occasion means to these developing islands.