Audubon, Earth Day and Haiti


Originally posted on ancillenodavis:
Thinking about what it means when someone calls a Caribbean nation a “shithole” (sorry for the profanity, but the word is presidential now). Not long ago, I gave a series of presentations telling ornithologists and bird enthusiasts about the race, gender and nationality of the history of ornithology. One of the…

More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals


Jamaica’s cultural calendar is a year-round phenomenon, and it’s expanding. While this is not the only aspect of our creative industries, it is gratifying to see more support for reggae music evolving. Digital media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson (who celebrated a decade in business last year) is busy again, breaking new ground. Over Christmas last year, … More More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals

Me and My Dictator


Happy New Year! I hope it’s not too late to wish all my dear readers and followers much success and happiness in 2019. Indeed I have not posted since 2018. Those of you who follow me on social media may know that on December 30 I slipped, fell and broke my wrist. My right wrist. … More Me and My Dictator

Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton was scheduled to visit the community of Gregory Park in St. Catherine today. The whole of the Portmore area is quite a “hot spot” for mosquitoes; after all, it was built on or near wetlands. The problem of dengue fever continues, especially among children, where suspected cases have increased. Be … More Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses

“What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On


It’s not easy to write the kind of book that Jamaican-born coach and facilitator Marguerite Orane has produced. It may look easy to write a thoughtful but cheerful memoir (of sorts) that “keeps it real” about family, migration and ageing. But to get the right tone – not to be too self-indulgent, but to be open … More “What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On

Jamaica among Four Countries to Benefit from Regional Rainwater Harvesting Project


Water remains a critical issue for the Caribbean, and one aspect of the Investment Plan of the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) focuses on this issue. What do we do in long periods of drought? What happens when we fail to store water properly? Water is much more complex than … More Jamaica among Four Countries to Benefit from Regional Rainwater Harvesting Project

Jamaicans for Justice Statement on Scheduled Ending of States of Public Emergency (Dated December 12)


Now, something else to catch up on. It’s an issue that has been gnawing away at the political landscape for the past two weeks, although many of the underlying issues have been around for much longer than that (I am thinking of the terrible conditions in our police lock-ups, for example). Since the December 11 … More Jamaicans for Justice Statement on Scheduled Ending of States of Public Emergency (Dated December 12)