View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight


Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

A Message and a Letter on the Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility


Please find below a message sent to the Jamaican Government, tourism officials and cruise ship companies by Diana Morency, which she shared with me. We all need to speak out and express our thoughts on matters if they do concern us – whether by email, in blog posts or on social media. You can follow … More A Message and a Letter on the Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility

Why Do People Love to Visit Captive Dolphins?


I wonder why. Here are some thoughts from Erica Hamilton, who is spearheading the opposition to the planned (and approved!) captive dolphin facility in Discovery Bay, adjacent to Puerto Seco Beach and jutting out into the pristine fish sanctuary in the Bay. There is some very useful and thought-provoking information in this article – do … More Why Do People Love to Visit Captive Dolphins?

Wild Animals Captured for Our Entertainment (and Tourism Dollars)


After I returned from my travels, I saw a headline, a week or two old, about a new Dolphin Cove facility, to be built next to Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay. The beach was recently rehabilitated and turned into a major tourist attraction. I have so many questions and concerns I don’t even know … More Wild Animals Captured for Our Entertainment (and Tourism Dollars)

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

Blood Pressure Drug – Valsartan Recall: What the Public Should Know


I’m quickly sharing this since it should be a matter of some urgency. Check with your doctor! Blood Pressure Drug – Valsartan Recall: What the Public Should Know KINGSTON, Jamaica. 27 July 2018: The Ministry of Health wishes to alert the Jamaican public to the recall of drugs containing the active pharmaceutical ingredient valsartan, which … More Blood Pressure Drug – Valsartan Recall: What the Public Should Know