The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


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?

Choppy Waters, Outameni and No Ebola Mistakes, Please: Wednesday, November 5, 2014


It has been a week (or two) from hell for the Portia Simpson Miller administration, it seems. One journalist described the Government’s current state as “drifting.” I would prefer to call it “floundering” from one controversy and faux pas to the other. Is somebody in charge? Some of our Ministers and heads of agencies seem … More Choppy Waters, Outameni and No Ebola Mistakes, Please: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Heritage Matters – For Young Jamaicans, Too


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey. I recently had the honor of volunteering with the JN Foundation again. This time, we were at the venerable Institute of Jamaica, a  colonial relic that still maintains its dignity and still functions … More Heritage Matters – For Young Jamaicans, Too

Two New Environmental Films by Independent Filmmaker Esther Figueroa


Originally posted on Repeating Islands:
Jamaican filmmaker Esther Figueroa, whose earlier film Jamaica for Sale addressed the environmental costs of tourism development in Jamaica, has just released two environmental films available through youtube. Her documentaries on Caribbean environmental issued showcase the power of film to bring attention to the myriad environmental tragedies taking place everyday throughout…