COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow


How is the COVID-19 situation in Jamaica? I am not sure what to say. I have heard a few disturbing anecdotes and reports of returning nationals not quite obeying the home quarantine rules. There have been a few “import-related” cases in recent days – in other words, people coming in, who have infected others. I … More COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

Saint Lucia’s Heritage, Biodiversity and Beach Access at Risk


This blog has been rather preoccupied with COVID-19, and I am sure there will be more news to come. Nevertheless, much is happening (or has been happening) before, during (and hopefully after) the virus, so I am trying to catch up a little. I recently received this press release from the Saint Lucia National Trust. … More Saint Lucia’s Heritage, Biodiversity and Beach Access at Risk

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guides in Jamaica Over Christmas


Whenever we have visitors from overseas, we automatically turn ourselves into tour guides. Now, where shall we take them? What would they like to see? What would they enjoy, even if they don’t know it yet? So, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge was quite straightforward for me, since my brother and his wife visited us … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guides in Jamaica Over Christmas

“Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister


My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

#WithNature This World Environment Day – in Jamaica and Everywhere


The theme for World Environment Day (June 5) this year is a good one: Connecting People to Nature. The hashtag is #WithNature  It’s important for us to make that special connection with nature. Yes, we know it feels good. And yet I always thought we were part of it already. Perhaps the idea is to … More #WithNature This World Environment Day – in Jamaica and Everywhere

JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny


In its recent Big Up Wi Beach campaign, JET (and students participating in the program) have found sand mining – whether legal or illegal – to be a factor in the deterioration of some of our beaches. So why has the Minister approved a permit (originally turned down by the NRCA) for sand mining on a turtle … More JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny

Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”


“The Beach” (a generic term) occupies a special place in the heart of every Jamaican. What does The Beach mean to us? For some it means socialising – with a group of friends or family. For others, it is “fish and festival” or the equivalent, and some drinks. For the children, it is play, play, … More Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”