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

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information


STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks


Disaster preparedness and risk management is so critical for our fragile island states, in these uncertain times of climate change. Yes, we have heard it all before, but it bears repeating. Many of our sister islands face specific challenges – including volcanic activity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are an example. With a small population, … More Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans


I have spent some time in the beautiful central parish of Clarendon in the past year. Studies (and recent events) have shown that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding, prolonged drought, and other impacts of climate change.  Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out in Parliament in October that Clarendon was responsible for a large … More Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

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

Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change


This month is Child Month in Jamaica – although it is one of those cases of “every month is Child Month.” The dedicated Christine Staple-Ebanks, the founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, is unusually aware of the vulnerability of our children, especially those with special needs like her own son. The Foundation is organizing a … More Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017


As you may have noticed in various posts on this blog – in the past year or two, at least – the impact of tourism developments on the environment cannot be overstated. Sand has been removed from beaches to create new beaches at new tourism resorts (they have created a “fake beach” recently at the … More Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017