Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)

Jamaica’s relationship with Venezuela (generally a warm one during the Chavez era and for decades prior to that) has become increasingly difficult and complex since the political crisis there, which is as yet unresolved. There has been much controversy (and internal disagreement) among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, and Jamaica’s Opposition has spoken loudly about … More Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)

Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland

This month has been tremendously busy  – at home and abroad – with all kinds of weighty matters under discussion and debate. For a start, the Jamaican delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-24) wrapped up warm and travelled to Katowice, Poland, where they worked very hard. Here are a few of my comments … More Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Remember the “formidable team” appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and chaired by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding to assess Jamaica’s position with regard to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)? As I noted at the launch of the CARICOM Review Commission in July 2016, the eighteen-member group consisted mostly of business people with five sixths of … More The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Comment Made by the President of the United States of America

By now, I am sure we all know what the comment was, and I will not repeat it here. Although somewhat belated, I am happy to see that CARICOM has united around this issue, as have many other organisations and individuals. This response was posted on CARICOM’s website at midday today (Saturday, January 13). It is … More Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Comment Made by the President of the United States of America

Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region

CARICOM is a 15 member body. It also has five associate states and eight observer states. Of the 15 states, two were significantly affected by the recent hurricanes (Antigua/Barbuda, and Dominica). Three Associate Members were impacted (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands). I assume that it is primarily the first-named countries … More Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region

Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26

It’s fair to say that the ongoing disintegration of social and political life in Venezuela has thrown most of the countries in the English-speaking Caribbean into something of a quandary. There is no doubt that these islands (with the exception of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Montserrat) have benefited greatly from the PetroCaribe arrangement with … More Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26

Eco-Foam, Our Plan for Forests and Bad News for the EPA: Environment News, February 17, 2017

There is a lot happening. Well, that’s an understatement! But here are my latest articles from Jamaica, the Caribbean and further afield, for your interest. Just click on the links for more information. P.S. I am looking forward to returning to C-CAM in Salt River next week!  Jamaica The Forestry Department warned on World Wetlands … More Eco-Foam, Our Plan for Forests and Bad News for the EPA: Environment News, February 17, 2017

Your Fuel Cost and You: CARICOM Energy Month Continues with Knowledge Webinar

We may think theres is nothing at all we can do about the price we pay for gas at the pumps. Well, this may well be true to some extent – but on the other hand, we can get ourselves better informed on the topic. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is currently hosting an energy month … More Your Fuel Cost and You: CARICOM Energy Month Continues with Knowledge Webinar