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”

On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love


Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference


Waste management isn’t one of those “sexy” topics, I know. Yet, it is becoming an increasingly important conversation across the region. It is simply something that we have to deal with. I had a conversation recently with Vincent Sweeney, who heads the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kingston; and … More What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference

BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba to Highlight Tourism, Technology…and More!


Sigh. I wish I was going to Cuba for the 21st International Conference of BirdsCaribbean, but I cannot make it this time. It’s going to be wonderful, I know! Here is an article about some of the topics and speakers who will be there. It’s only two and a half weeks away, but “last minute” … More BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba to Highlight Tourism, Technology…and More!

Seventh Annual Caribbean Waterbird Census a Huge Success


The last few weeks have been very busy, but our birds are there – and as wonderful and fascinating as ever. I am looking forward to a birding weekend in eastern Jamaica with BirdLife Jamaica next weekend. Meanwhile, the long-running Caribbean Waterbird Census was very successful this year. Here’s the press release from BirdsCaribbean: March … More Seventh Annual Caribbean Waterbird Census a Huge Success