International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas


Today (May 22) is International Day for Biological Diversity and the theme is, appropriately for this region, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. What does much of our region’s tourism depend on? The Caribbean Sea. It’s a special place. Biodiversity – that wide range of species, plant and animal life in the sea and on land that helps to … More International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas

Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017


Phew! It’s been quite a week, again. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening! I highlighted the “big” stories in purple… By big I mean those we should keep an eye on, in my view. Click on the links for more details. CHEC land deal:  The Office of the Contractor General is continuing his probe. Former … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

In The Debates About Immigration, “Foreign” Is Also a Noun: A Blog Post by Dr. Anne C. Bailey


Here’s a book review from Dr. Anne Bailey, Jamaican/American teacher and scholar (and blogger – you may find her blog at http://annecbailey.blogspot.com )  The topic of migration is – for Jamaicans as well as many other nationalities – an endlessly fascinating and complex one that has as much resonance as ever in various contexts. Dr. Hilary Robertson Hickling’s … More In The Debates About Immigration, “Foreign” Is Also a Noun: A Blog Post by Dr. Anne C. Bailey

Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 8, 2017


It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Here’s an update of the week’s news and issues. I hope you find it useful! I am adding more links so you can read more about these stories. I’ve highlighted one or two “big stories” in purple. P.S. Happy Europe Day! That is actually tomorrow, … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 8, 2017

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017


I have completely dropped the ball on this regular post (it used to be regular!) and so am trying to redeem myself by making it a “weekend special” again. There is so much very important news in this area that you may have missed… Here goes. Please click on the coloured links for more information. Jamaica … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017

From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Gender-Based Violence: Jamaica Urgently Needs More Shelters


Women who are experiencing violence and abuse in their lives, especially at the hands of a partner, are incredibly vulnerable. Yet we may chat with them in a line at the supermarket, pass them by on the street, even work with them on a daily basis, without realising what they are going through. Gender-based violence … More From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Gender-Based Violence: Jamaica Urgently Needs More Shelters