Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018


It’s April 1, and I got fooled by one or two tweets today! Also, of course for those who celebrate it, it’s Easter Day. Large quantities of bun and cheese are being eaten, as I write. I am trying to catch up a little on the news, so here goes… Caribbean: Haitian photo-journalist Vladimir Legagneur disappeared on March … More Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018

Please Let Us Save Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica! A Plea from Jamaica Environment Trust


Last night I attended the première of a short documentary produced by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), highlighting three communities that have benefited (and remain involved with) the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica programme. (Kudos to Enola Williams and the team at Redbones Blues Café in Kingston for their support and cool drinks for the audience!) The fact is … More Please Let Us Save Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica! A Plea from Jamaica Environment Trust

Jamaica Fire Brigade Better Equipped to Investigate Wildland Fires


Wildfires (“bush fires”) are frightening. As I noted in my recent post on air pollution, open fires contribute greatly to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; many of us are literally gasping for breath.  And fires are incredibly destructive. As I also noted, Jamaicans in both rural and urban areas tend to be very careless … More Jamaica Fire Brigade Better Equipped to Investigate Wildland Fires

World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too


It’s well known that we Jamaicans are hooked on poetry. But this year, we will have an official World Poetry Day celebration, with the Governor General’s endorsement. It is a result of the close co-operation between the National Library of Jamaica and our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison. There is also a new prize for young … More World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

Shakespeare in the Caribbean Documentary Premieres at UWI’s “March is Movie Month”


The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus is hosting a March is Movie Month film festival. The British Council will present the premiere of  Shakespeare in the Caribbean, a documentary commissioned in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Entrance is free! Please see the information below. Shakespeare in the Caribbean | the Caribbean … More Shakespeare in the Caribbean Documentary Premieres at UWI’s “March is Movie Month”