Our beloved and beautiful endangered species, the Jamaican Rock Iguana, is making a serious comeback

It may not be beautiful, but the Critically Endangered Jamaican Rock Iguana has a mystique all its own. In April, 25 more iguanas raised at Hope Zoo under the Headstart Programme were released into the dry limestone forest of the Hellshire Hills, bringing the total released to date to some 600. Let’s hope they will soon find a permanent haven on Great Goat Island – sooner, rather than later. … More Our beloved and beautiful endangered species, the Jamaican Rock Iguana, is making a serious comeback

Jamaican Kwame McPherson wins Commonwealth Short Story Regional Prize for the Caribbean

Kingston-born Kwame McPherson has won the Caribbean Regional Prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for his story, “Ocoee,” a narrative fusing a terrible racist attack in the U.S. 100 years ago with Caribbean folklore. Congratulations Kwame! The overall winner will be announced on June 27. … More Jamaican Kwame McPherson wins Commonwealth Short Story Regional Prize for the Caribbean

Women in Agriculture: a new FAO report points to ongoing inequality

On average, women spend 4.2 hours per day in unpaid work. Men spend 1.9 hours. In agriculture, women earn roughly 82 cents compared to the man’s dollar. There is considerable inequality. 36 percent of women globally work in agriculture, and it is about the same percentage for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the … More Women in Agriculture: a new FAO report points to ongoing inequality

Sustainable Hydroponics Production to increase food security in Jamaica

I am currently compiling a list of topics that I believe the Jamaican Government should be talking more about, educating the public about (and taking action on). Not only environmental topics (although the existential ot only in relation to the environment. It is getting quite long. One of these is sustainable, climate-smart agriculture in all … More Sustainable Hydroponics Production to increase food security in Jamaica

Congratulations to Jamaica’s Margarette May Macaulay, elected President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Jamaican Margarette May Macaulay has been elected President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for the 2nd time. Congratulations to her! But why is the Jamaican Government so unresponsive to the Commission’s concerns about environmental and LGBTQIA+ rights? … More Congratulations to Jamaica’s Margarette May Macaulay, elected President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Building resilient Caribbean infrastructure: What about earthquakes, asks Jamaica’s Advocates Network?

Is the attitude of the Jamaican and other Caribbean governments “Let’s keep fingers crossed”? We are forging ahead with infrastructure development, but we need to build our defences and ensure accountability. … More Building resilient Caribbean infrastructure: What about earthquakes, asks Jamaica’s Advocates Network?

We need an Ocean Treaty – like, yesterday

This time, it’s got to work. Our oceans are facing an unbelievable array of challenges, and I think we know them by now: pollution, over-fishing, the many manifestations of climate change, and now the threat of deep sea mining. It’s urgent. So, the final negotiations for a UN Ocean Treaty resumed on Monday, February 20, 2023 in … More We need an Ocean Treaty – like, yesterday

Deep sea mining: an undercover video, the French say “Non!” and an upcoming event you cannot miss

Quite a lot has been happening regarding the ongoing campaign against deep sea mining. Here goes… First, a quick reminder of an exciting event at the University of the West Indies Mona campus (Undercroft) on Thursday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will include a Panel Discussion (starting at 12:00 noon), booth … More Deep sea mining: an undercover video, the French say “Non!” and an upcoming event you cannot miss

National unity needed more than ever, say Advocates Network… How to achieve it, is the question

What’s gone wrong? A few days ago, I watched footage of the laughable, but sad spectacle of German police officers, weighed down with their riot gear – stuck in the mud while trying to defend a coal mine from angry, jeering protesters. The struggle has been going on for weeks against the demolition of a … More National unity needed more than ever, say Advocates Network… How to achieve it, is the question

How far back can you go? Some family trees have broken branches.

This was our recent Bloganuary post… How far back can you go in your family history? My father did a lot of delving into genealogy. He worked on it, painstakingly and diligently, without the benefit of a computer or the Internet. He dug up records and family documents and made phone calls and took copious … More How far back can you go? Some family trees have broken branches.