Online Film Festival to Highlight the Global Scourge of Extraction Industries

I remember, many years ago, being taken on a tour of the Bingham Canyon Mine (Kennecott) in Utah, the United States. It’s promoted as a tourist attraction. I was proudly told that this was the largest (deepest) open pit copper mine in the world. It resembled a vast moon crater, up close. Monstrous trucks moved … More Online Film Festival to Highlight the Global Scourge of Extraction Industries

Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth

“Inclusion” is a word with a simple meaning: not leaving out any man, woman or child, whatever their situation. It’s really important when we are talking about people with special needs. So, as the hurricane season approaches, this is a great partnership among the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) related to … More Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth

View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Over 21,000 People Sign #SayNOtoCoalJA Petition Opposing Coal-Fired Power Plant in Jamaica

In recent weeks, I have been sharing information on the incredibly harmful health and environmental effects of coal-fired power plants (including the huge amounts of waste it produces) – whether from the pollution of air, water and land or from the high carbon emissions contributing to climate change. (There’s a good website from the Union of … More Over 21,000 People Sign #SayNOtoCoalJA Petition Opposing Coal-Fired Power Plant in Jamaica

Prime Minister Holness Takes Note of Coal Power Plant Issue, Promises Transparency

Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness issued a press release, taking note of ongoing concerns among Jamaicans regarding the possible construction of a coal-fired power plant at Alpart in Nain, St. Elizabeth. He did not mention the word “coal” in his release, as you can see below. However, I am very glad that he is engaged … More Prime Minister Holness Takes Note of Coal Power Plant Issue, Promises Transparency

The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! It’s very quiet in Kingston, but no doubt a few parties will break out later on. I was happy to attend a “Rae Town Oldies” party at the residence of the Spanish Chargée d’Affaires two days ago, which was huge fun (and, of course wonderful oldies in … More The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET

I am posting below a press release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), strongly opposing the construction of a 1000MW coal-fired power plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth. Such a large plant would cause untold harm in terms of pollution of the earth, sea and air – and consequently our own health. It would also greatly … More 1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016