Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge


Our tourism sector has not yet emerged from the doldrums. In Jamaica, while battling COVID-19 with what appear to be depleting resources, we “opened up” to tourism on June 15. Now, close to one month later, we seem to be just feeling our way. Nevertheless, our ever-upbeat Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told us a few … More Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge

International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are


On our weekly visits to Hellshire Beach in St. Catherine during the 1980s and early 1990s,     a stop at Miss May’s restaurant was a must. Her escoveitch fish was mouth-watering, her festivals melted in the mouth. We sat at the simple board tables in her restaurant shack, our feet in the cool sand, … More International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”


Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally


The world has reached a critical point. Economies are being squeezed by various lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus. States in our “powerful neighbor to the North,” while eager to “ease up” – I realized the other day that domestic flights are still operating there – are recording soaring numbers of cases (well over … More Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally

A Night Curfew Starts Tomorrow, and 38 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed in Jamaica


The latest news on COVID-19 in Jamaica seems rather mixed, but we have to take everything “one day at a time” these days. Firstly, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced at last night’s press briefing that a curfew will be imposed, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1) at 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., and ending at 6:00 … More A Night Curfew Starts Tomorrow, and 38 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed in Jamaica

A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update


We are bombarded with news on COVID-19 from all directions. There are heartbreaking personal stories from all over the world on social media. I feel that we are just bracing ourselves for a big wave, here. Have we managed to “flatten the curve”? Who knows. Have we been testing enough? I am concerned about the … More A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks


Disaster preparedness and risk management is so critical for our fragile island states, in these uncertain times of climate change. Yes, we have heard it all before, but it bears repeating. Many of our sister islands face specific challenges – including volcanic activity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are an example. With a small population, … More Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti


The Toronto-based Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (CTFF)l is back and will be coming to those lucky Canadians this month (September 4 – 20). In a press release, CTFF notes: Twenty-one filmmakers will take part in the Tenth Annual Caribbean Tales Market Incubator (CTI) in partnership with The Caribbean Development Bank, Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada, and with support from the National Film & Video … More Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti

The Commonwealth Foundation Sees Gender and Climate Change Through a Caribbean Lens


The discussions were frank and open. As Jamaica Environment Trust’s Executive Director Suzanne Stanley put it, the Commonwealth Foundation’s Second Conversation on “Exploring the Intersection Between Gender and Climate Change in the Caribbean” was “diverse, lively, sometimes even heated!” The discussion was a partnership with the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) at United … More The Commonwealth Foundation Sees Gender and Climate Change Through a Caribbean Lens

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018