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

Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean


Well, not so much the Caribbean, you might think. However, in case we had not noticed, there have been rumblings in Dominica of late (politics and then some), and Haiti has seen a year of protests. As I noted in my previous post, “Poor People Fed Up”! There is a lot of discontent, in particular … More Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean

An Important Correction to the News Regarding the Escazú Agreement


Two days ago I wrote about Jamaica’s signing (and, as we thought, ratification) of the Escazú agreement at the United Nations – such a welcome development. Both the World Resources Institute and Jamaica Environment Trust issued statements welcoming the news. Unfortunately there was a technical error. In fact, the agreement was signed, but not ratified. … More An Important Correction to the News Regarding the Escazú Agreement

Signing of the Escazú Agreement: a Big Step Forward for Environmental Justice and Transparency


Please note! As noted in my blog post of October 1, Jamaica signed, but did not ratify the Escazú Agreement, due to a “technical error” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. However, I am keeping this (now edited) blog post up, since there are useful links that you might like to … More Signing of the Escazú Agreement: a Big Step Forward for Environmental Justice and Transparency

Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis


Following on from my last post, here are some thoughts from Secretary General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, ahead of next week’s Regional Conference in Montego Bay. I shared some thoughts on the obesity/hunger issue on Gleaner Blogs yesterday. These issues are so complex and interlocking, but solutions there are…and … More Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis

IDB Launches Call for Artists Interested in Development Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean


IDB launches call for artists interested in development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) opens a call for artists who want to offer new perspectives on the development challenges of the region, as well as to demonstrate the immense artistic creativity of Latin America and the Caribbean. Artists from … More IDB Launches Call for Artists Interested in Development Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017


So much news! My apologies for the delay in delivering these items to your doorstep… Please click on highlighted links for more details. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s first solar power plant! At last we have a solar power generation plant – in Content District, southern Clarendon. It has been built by Content Solar Ltd., a subsidiary … More Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017

Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016


Yes – it’s been a while. I have been too busy to put together this regular compilation of stories – local, regional and international. However, let’s bring you up to date. Please click on the links for more information… Jamaica and the Caribbean Cuban Crocodiles Pose a Problem: The Cuban Crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is critically endangered. For decades, there … More Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016

A Cocaine “Error,” Much Ado About a Power Cut, Mixed Messages and Contradictions: Wednesday, April 20, 2016


It’s been a funny sort of week. Not particularly humorous, but some positive developments to report. Obsessed with power: There was a power cut on Sunday evening, which lasted perhaps half an hour for some people, longer for others. It took place across the island; but in some areas (like my mother-in-law’s neighborhood) there was … More A Cocaine “Error,” Much Ado About a Power Cut, Mixed Messages and Contradictions: Wednesday, April 20, 2016