A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?
On February 8 I saw a lovely tweet from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, regarding a floating cruise ship pier to be installed at Port Royal. It was accompanied by a video… Port Royal’s SeaWalk floating pier system is ready! Here’s a video from the manufacturer, showing it in operation at their dock. It is currently … More Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier
“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
Following recent concerns expressed by several local and international organisations regarding the impact of a major tourism development on the Maria Islands Nature Reserve off the coast of St. Lucia, the island’s Office of the Prime Minister has responded with a press release, with assurances that the project is “sensitive to the principles of sustainable development … More St. Lucian Government Says It is Sensitive to Environmental Concerns Over Planned Tourism Complex
Here’s my weekly news roundup, at home and abroad. I hope you find something of interest here… Please click on the links, some of which are embedded, for more information! Jamaica and the Caribbean (starting with the bad news, but it gets better): #SaynotocoalJA is the hashtag for the online campaign to protest the possible construction … More #SaynotocoalJA and Other Stories: Environment and Climate Change News, Sunday July 31, 2016
Here is a press release from the Negril Chamber of Commerce regarding the collapse of the Royalton Negril hotel building. The Chamber has been following the issue of the former Grand Lido Hotel very closely and has been very active in seeking information on the project – as well as persistently advocating on several other … More Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense
This is very disturbing news. Back in August 2014, a large group of concerned citizens met in Elderslie, St. Elizabeth and unanimously opposed bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country. There have been public consultations (I attended one about two years ago in Kingston), but still no decision on the issue of the boundaries of Cockpit Country. … More Bauxite Mining Begins in Cockpit Country: This Is A Betrayal, Says JET; An Invasion, Says Windsor Research Centre