Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

It is quite clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on the travel industry. Yesterday a cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, was turned away from the Jamaican cruise port of Ocho Rios. Subsequently it was denied access by the Cayman Islands. It has, however, been given permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico this … More Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

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

I could have been among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Conclusion): Guest Post by Professor Bernard Headley

I am pleased to present to you, for your reading pleasure, the second part of Professor Bernard Headley’s family story of migration, and what might have been. In those days, as now, these are weighty and complex decisions that vary from one family – or one family member – to the next. Sometimes, too, timing … More I could have been among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Conclusion): Guest Post by Professor Bernard Headley

A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 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

Why Coal? Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Urges Disclosure

I had a conversation on radio this morning, hosted by Marvia Lawes, together with Eleanor Jones, CEO of Environmental Solutions Limited – who made several of the points below spelled out in yesterday’s press release by the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals. We need much more information on this planned project and would urge the … More Why Coal? Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Urges Disclosure