Jamaica’s private sector calls for transparency, adherence to rules in Bengal mining plans at Puerto Bueno

Today, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) expressed concern in a press release today about what seems to be a volte face by the Prime Minister on the matter of mining permits for the Bengal area of St. Ann (Puerto Bueno or Dry Harbour Mountain), which for a while appeared to have been abandoned … More Jamaica’s private sector calls for transparency, adherence to rules in Bengal mining plans at Puerto Bueno

Sterling Asset Management raises funds for Haiti

Did I mention that this is an awesome company? Sterling Asset Management Ltd. is showing great corporate social responsibility towards our close neighbors. This appeal began at Christmas, so I am rather late posting it. However, it ends on January 31, 2022 – so you still have time to send some funds for a really … More Sterling Asset Management raises funds for Haiti

The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Apart from the collective “meh” among most Jamaicans that greeted the Prime Minister’s “Cabinet reshuffle” announced a few days ago, one thing struck me immediately. Where has the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change gone? It seemed to be settling down a little, under the leadership of Minister Pearnel Charles, Jr., who … More The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Creative Hack JA – a team effort for the New Year from Kingston Creative

The New Year brings new projects, and last month Kingston Creative launched a really interesting one for 2022. However, this is a reminder that the deadline for applications – January 14 – is just around the corner! Here’s more… Creative Hack JA is a hackathon that brings together entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, creatives and other problem-solvers … More Creative Hack JA – a team effort for the New Year from Kingston Creative

CATAPULT Arts Grant for Caribbean creatives is up for a second year

The CATAPULT Arts Grant is back for a second year with small grants for hundreds of creatives across the Caribbean. It is a partnership of Kingston Creative and The American Friends of Jamaica, with partial funding support from the Open Society Foundations. This grant also enrolls 300 artists into an existing Kingston Creative programme, funded … More CATAPULT Arts Grant for Caribbean creatives is up for a second year

Thank you, Therese Turner-Jones

Many Jamaicans were saddened, and puzzled, to learn earlier this month that Therese Turner-Jones would be leaving the Inter-American Development Bank – a very important and influential multilateral donor in Jamaica and across the region. She had served as Country Representative for Jamaica (since 2013); four years later, she was appointed General Manager of the … More Thank you, Therese Turner-Jones

BirdsCaribbean Expresses Alarm at the Escalation of Illegal Bird Trafficking in Cuba

Wildlife trafficking breaks my heart. Now, BirdsCaribbean has discovered that a huge online trade in wild birds has escalated in Cuba. Here is their press release: December 21, 2021—BirdsCaribbean is extremely concerned at the drastic increase in the capture and trafficking of wild birds in Cuba over the past two years, and is urging the … More BirdsCaribbean Expresses Alarm at the Escalation of Illegal Bird Trafficking in Cuba

COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

We got our booster shots this week. Our regular vaccination centre was bursting at the seams, so we drove down the road apiece to St. Joseph’s Hospital. As far as getting a needle stuck in your arm can be a pleasant experience – it really was! We sat under a big, airy tent on the … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave