Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016


Here are the week’s highlights, carefully selected by me! I hope you find them useful. Click on the underlined words and you will find the links to articles. Feedback is welcome! Jamaica and the Caribbean Trash Free Waters: The Trash Free Waters Initiative was launched on August 18 at the offices of the National Environment and … More Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016


This week has again been a “What’s wrong with the world/Jamaica/everywhere?” sort of week. At home, we had the horror of the murder of a little girl, reportedly left home alone; several police killings; and the usual mayhem on the roads – including the deaths of six people who ended up in the waters of … More Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue


Much more clarity is needed on the issue of the proposed breakwater for the resort town of Negril – one of several environmental issues left hanging in mid-air by the previous administration. A very confusing media report has apparently not helped matters. Here is the Negril Chamber of Commerce’s press release dated 20th June. You … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue

Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?


The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) issued a short press release today, expressing its shock at Monday night’s withdrawal of the Minister of Environment’s stop order for the removal of sand from a property in Negril to a new hotel development in St. Ann. Executive Director of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay observed that Minister … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?

Is Sustainable Development Even Possible in Negril?


I asked myself this question as I read environmental activist Diana McCaulay’s letter to the Gleaner this morning. I thought I would share it with you, so that you can see how very far the (once) beautiful tourist resort of Negril is from the concept of sustainable development. If you know anything about the sad … More Is Sustainable Development Even Possible in Negril?

I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014


The Christmas traffic in Kingston has now officially reached insanity level. I am not sure what all the frenzied activity is about; downtown at least business is reportedly very slow, worse than last year. But some people still have money in their pockets uptown, and the cost of gasoline has finally dropped (albeit far too … More I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014