Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle

Community is still important, even in our confusing old city of Kingston. More important than ever. Kingston Creative is doing it in their own way, downtown, through the arts. Up here in Golden Triangle, we still believe in it, too. We also have many concerns (see this open letter to the Prime Minister, co-signed by … More Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle

Award to Honor Environmental Leadership in the Insular Caribbean

Please share this Call for Nominations from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. It is aimed primarily at smaller Eastern Caribbean islands.  For over three decades, one Caribbean award has consistently recognized and honored individuals in the insular Caribbean who demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership. Since 1987, 27 individuals from 17 Caribbean islands have been … More Award to Honor Environmental Leadership in the Insular Caribbean

The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

It’s summer camp time, again. The school holidays are long. While more privileged children enjoy exciting activities throughout the summer, and may even travel abroad, for some communities a summer camp is a lifeline for children and their parents. Please see the following urgent message from the Rose Town Foundation, below, and help a child … More The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton

Politicians and others always talk about “the environment” as if it is separate from ourselves, without realizing that everything is connected (and so are we). So, whatever we do to the environment will affect us, sooner rather than later. and vice versa. And by the way, drought, floods, storms, air pollution, sea pollution and so … More Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton

JET Objects to Public Consultation Taking Place After Alcar Asphalt Plant Has Been Built

“Oh no! Not again!” I hear you cry. What do our government agencies not understand about this consultation/approval process? In this case, the plant was reportedly built and operating months BEFORE public consultations – scheduled now for next week. When are the relevant agencies going to get this in the right order?  When are they … More JET Objects to Public Consultation Taking Place After Alcar Asphalt Plant Has Been Built

Soon Come!

My apologies, dear readers, for neglecting this space in the last week or two. Events have overtaken me! However, I have been busy writing elsewhere. You can find me on the Gleaner’s blog pages here under Social Impact – where recently I have been writing about environmental issues in the Caribbean, and whether we are … More Soon Come!

Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!

I described the dilemma of our non-governmental organisations (with one or two exceptions) that are scraping along in an earlier post. Our environmental NGOs are no exception. JET is the most high-profile of these I believe, due to their strenuous advocacy on behalf of our environment in the past decade or two (the NGO celebrated its 25th … More Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!

23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!

Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!

Sharpen Your Keyboards! Second Jamaica Blog Day: May 23, 2014

Last year, two Jamaican bloggers came up with the brilliant idea of a special day where we focus on one issue of concern. Last year focused on human rights abuses by the security forces (which, interestingly, have declined steeply this year to date – perhaps the pen IS mightier than the sword!) This year’s theme is … More Sharpen Your Keyboards! Second Jamaica Blog Day: May 23, 2014