I set up the meeting with the client in Ocho Rios a few weeks before to coincide with my usual visit to my Kingston Office. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Ocho Rios, and the plan was to drive over.
Sitting in the railway station with my suitcase in my hands, a famous refrain from a song made popular by Simon & Garfunkel came to mind as I sat waiting on my train to take me to the airport. On this trip I had no choice but to Continue reading
I was invited to visit the head offices of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, specifically to carry out a pre-proposal inspection. Having previously worked on the renovation of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity located in Kingston, I have a particular passion for historical buildings and their preservation. Hence, my answer to the request was a quick yes. Continue reading
The meeting concluded and we huddled around the table reviewing the construction drawings. I looked around me for the first time and took a deep breathe as I thought of the prospects that awaited my weekend in the Dominican Republic. This weekend I happen to traverse to Dominica Republic to rectify a drawing that Contractor Jorge was working on completing. Continue reading
On June 2 I turned 51. Being that it was my birthday I left out a bit later than usual as I was not going directly into my Kingston office, but was instead heading to a meeting with a Government consultant who is working on the development of a new engineering workflow for a new government statutory body. Continue reading
I met our new engineering intern for the first time last week. Continue reading
The Jamaican policy-makers are nowhere closer to finding a lasting solution to the energy crisis that the country is currently facing given the fact that the 381 MW project has ran into another road block. The Enterprise Team announced by the Government as part of the strategy to move the process forward was only this week cleared by an Act of Parliament to begin its work. Continue reading
Engineers play a critical role in the development of any country’s infrastructure. Therefore, it is incumbent on society to maintain its engineering capacity to engender growth and economic prosperity. Continue reading
The Daily Gleaner headlines of May 11, 2016, screamed “A Royal Mess”, and just below another tag “Engineering company not registered”. Continue reading
The price of oil is back on the agenda and this time the news is good for non-oil producing nations. Eighteen months ago, the price of a barrel of oil was Continue reading
I arrived early expecting the meeting to start on time, and given the fact that I had two other meetings scheduled for the day. As I entered the improperly lit conference room, fifteen minutes before the scheduled start, only three other persons were present. To pass the time I engaged in small chitchats with the buxom lady from NWA and another lady in the bright orange from an agency I cannot now recall. The chitchat lasted until other participants started to drift into the room half an hour after later, the CARICOM Consultation on the Regional Procurement System started. Continue reading
I read a wonderful piece today, “A Triad of Identity Issues” by Justice Patrick Robinson in which he dealt with three topical issues, Reparation, the Monarchy, and the Caribbean Court of Justice. This article brought a quite refreshing viewpoint as it put squarely on the table three issues from the perspective of one of such international standing, and who is Jamaican. I saw the article in my Facebook news update and after sharing this article I promptly went back to Facebook to continue with my usual browsing on a slow Sunday early afternoon. Continue reading
I can remember vividly Ronald Reagan standing in front of the Berlin Wall back in 1987, daring Mikhail Gorbachev by boldly stating
“Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall”.