A Jamaican People post

RIP Dr. Knight

Petchary's Blog

At the moment, I am celebrating Jamaicans. Not “celebrities” – I am not fond of celebrities in general. They serve no purpose, except for filling endless Instagram posts and providing employment for photographers and videographers. They are in a world of their own, one that I am not interested in and not impressed by.

When I write my news posts (one is long overdue, but the news has been overwhelmed by COVID-19) I try to keep a little section for People. However, I often miss people out that I wanted to talk about.

So, here goes – a few Jamaicans who have been in the news lately (one or two, unfortunately, in a negative way, and some in a sad way)…

On the COVID-19 front, our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, who is basically an established superstar, continues to work incredibly hard. Lately, another in the formidable all-woman team…

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Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine – BBC News

The drought – the worst in four decades – has devastated isolated farming communities in the south of the country, leaving families to scavenge for insects to survive. “These are famine-like conditions and they’re being driven by climate not conflict,” said the UN World Food Programme’s Shelley Thakral. The UN estimates that 30,000 people are currently experiencing the highest internationally recognised level of food insecurity – level five – and there are concerns the number affected could rise sharply as Madagascar enters the traditional “lean season” before harvest. “This is unprecedented. These people have done nothing to contribute to climate change. They don’t burn fossil fuels… and yet they are bearing the brunt of climate change,” said Ms Thakral. In the remote village of Fandiova, in Amboasary district, families recently showed a visiting WFP team the locusts that they were eating.

Source: Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine – BBC News

COVID-19: B.C. university students will not need proof of vaccination to attend classes in person | Globalnews.ca

Michael Byers, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, said he will not teach in a lecture room unless there is a vaccine mandate for students.

Source: COVID-19: B.C. university students will not need proof of vaccination to attend classes in person | Globalnews.ca