Jamaica can be a wonderfully simple place, where it’s hard to understand that life poses enormous problems. Sometimes, it’s better to just look around and see the best in the things that go on around you. Foreign direct investment has risen. Here’s an example.
The government is working on a growth ‘strategy’. Most people just want to do a day’s work and try to provide for their families. Many show up early, set out their stalls, literally, and wait for customers to choose their wares over others.
Sometimes, the offerings are not visually exciting, but looks deceive. Sometimes, the appeal is just that they’re available.
The PM announced that a dozen rest stop sites will be set up across the country in phase 1 of a three-phase programme. Some may find that odd in a country well-known for its road food. But, maybe there’s a twist that I’ve not understood. The idea is to spread the benefits of tourism. So, maybe, we’ll see more visitors driving themselves around the island–unlikely. Or, we’ll see more organized tours that land at these new sites. Who’ll gain and who may lose from this?
We’ve lost about one Jamaican a day in road deaths.
It’s not because people fall out of the back of pickups. But, when you’ve a many-mile journey to work or school and no public or private transport in sight, do you refuse a ride because you can’t get a seat with a secure belt? Some of our more vulnerable users are cyclists and motorcyclists, who live with casual island-life care and think of helmets as an optional extra. Protective clothing in the Tropics is never a high consideration. But, roads are tougher than bodies, in temperate and tropical zones. We cry poverty? We cry over graves.