Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back


It has been a struggle for the islands that suffered from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last  year to get back on their feet.  The people, their homes, their villages and their societies were disrupted and in many cases damaged or destroyed. The same of course goes for the environment. Important habitats for birds like the … More Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Jamaican Connection to the Parkland Shooting, and A Letter to the Students


The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is haunting us all in Jamaica, as well as across the United States and around the world. We are so close (geographically, and otherwise) to that particular state that we feel touched by anything that happens there. There are over 200,000 Jamaicans living … More A Jamaican Connection to the Parkland Shooting, and A Letter to the Students

Jamaica Launches ACP Presidency Under Theme: Common Interests, Common Goals and Common Destiny


Jamaica will head the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States until July 31, 2018. This is a critical period for the grouping of 79 States, formed in 1975 through the Georgetown Agreement or “Cotonou Agreement,” which binds all members (except Cuba) to a Partnership with the European Union. It includes 48 countries from sub-Saharan … More Jamaica Launches ACP Presidency Under Theme: Common Interests, Common Goals and Common Destiny

A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jamaica Community Solar Competition Launched!


James Ellsmoor is an energetic young man who believes passionately in renewable energy. Now, his organisation, Solar Head of State, in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre, has launched a competition in Jamaican schools. It is aimed at encouraging students to research and understand more about renewables and to be creative in their entries. Here … More Jamaica Community Solar Competition Launched!

Director General of Japan’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau Visits Minister Johnson Smith


I often mention the support given to Jamaica by the Japanese Government, because I like their focus and the projects that they choose to fund. So, here is a little overview about a diplomatic visit this week. I’m concerned about the coffee industry. I also did not know there were as many as 40 Japanese volunteers … More Director General of Japan’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau Visits Minister Johnson Smith