Jamaica’s Diana McCaulay wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean, for the second time

Huge congratulations to Jamaican writer and environmentalist Diana McCaulay, who is the Caribbean winner for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize – her second win (she first won ten years ago). The regional winners were announced on May 23 (London time). Diana’s strong competitors were fellow Jamaican Sharma Taylor and 2019 winner Alexia Tolas from … More Jamaica’s Diana McCaulay wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean, for the second time

Disaster preparedness in Jamaica: Are we becoming complacent?

We are just two weeks away from the official start of the 2022 Hurricane Season (June 1). I have noted a few news items this month (which is Hurricane Preparedness Month in the U.S., but regrettably not in Jamaica) – as follows: The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the primary Government agency … More Disaster preparedness in Jamaica: Are we becoming complacent?

Three Caribbean writers shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

There are three woman writers, from The Bahamas and Jamaica, vying for the Regional Prize for the Caribbean in the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The shortlist, announced on April 25, includes two previous winners, Jamaican Diana McCaulay (2012) – who has just completed her sixth novel, stay tuned! – and the Bahamas’ Alexia Tolas … More Three Caribbean writers shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Grant opportunity: ‘Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development’ launches Thursday, April 21

The Caribbean cultural and creative sector is to benefit from a three million Euro Grant Support Programme, with significant funding from the European Union (EU) and support from the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). The project will be launched virtually on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 11:00 EST – that’s 10:00 am … More Grant opportunity: ‘Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development’ launches Thursday, April 21

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

Last Chance! Concerned Bahamians call upon PM Davis to be “brave” in confronting the climate crisis and to reevaluate plans for Disney Cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point

There has been a lot of discussion on social media regarding political leaders who make grand speeches at the ongoing Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), while on the ground actions at home seem to belie their comments. This does not only apply to the developed countries, who are by far the most responsible for … More Last Chance! Concerned Bahamians call upon PM Davis to be “brave” in confronting the climate crisis and to reevaluate plans for Disney Cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold landmark hearing on extractive industries, rights, and climate change in the Caribbean

Environmental justice – and climate justice – and related human rights issues are pushing themselves further and further forward in the regional agenda. On October 8, the United Nations Security Council “recognized, for the first time, that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right.” High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet … More Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold landmark hearing on extractive industries, rights, and climate change in the Caribbean

September 21, 2021 in Jamaica: The car that broke down, the toast that burnt, and the polls that flopped

With tropical storms pottering around in the Atlantic (two are called Peter and Rose, the names of our nephew and niece, respectively), it has been warm and muggy in Kingston. Clouds appear and do not bring rain. It has been a week of surprising developments – not least that of the toast to “No Movement … More September 21, 2021 in Jamaica: The car that broke down, the toast that burnt, and the polls that flopped

Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

It was an awful August, truly. Ten days in, the month had already got the thumbs down from me on many counts. The predictable but still shocking report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was one thing. Then there are the relentlessly soaring COVID-19 numbers, reflected in the tired faces of Minister Christopher … More Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A Cultural Celebration of Trees

Next week (July 5 to 11, 2021) is the first Caribbean Tree Planting Week. So what, you may ask? This is certainly not a symbolic week, but the result of over a year of activities and networking (Zoom was working overtime!) among citizens of all ages and backgrounds (including a major youth contingent) – in … More Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A Cultural Celebration of Trees