A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017


It has been a while, and this feature, which was going along on a weekly basis, has fallen behind badly! Blame it on January 2017… Anyway, here are Jamaican and global stories on the environment and climate change, for your interest. Click on the links for more info!  (The cover photograph is of a Glossy … More Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017

Seven Jamaican Men Share Their Thoughts on 2017: What Do They Want to See?


A week or so ago I shared the thoughts of eight Jamaican women on their priorities, hopes and plans for Jamaica in 2017. Now it’s the men’s turn! I hope you find the comments interesting, and I think you will find they share similar preoccupations. Hubert Chin, Administrative Director, PRO Communications Limited: As we begin … More Seven Jamaican Men Share Their Thoughts on 2017: What Do They Want to See?

In Pursuit of Good Local Governance: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell


Local Government elections will take place in Jamaica on Monday, November 28. And by the way, the first of two televised debates will take place this evening. Last week, I attended two excellent workshops for media conducted by the Electoral Office of Jamaica, in which I learned a great deal of background on our electoral … More In Pursuit of Good Local Governance: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

Public Health Hazard: Garbage Dumped on Downtown Street Outside Health Facility


It is so tiring, so baffling. Why is there such a problem with solid waste in this country? Is it selfish, careless members of the public who think someone else is there to clean up after them? Or is it incompetent national and local authorities who are not doing their job properly? Perhaps a combination … More Public Health Hazard: Garbage Dumped on Downtown Street Outside Health Facility

A Legal Tantrum, The PNP Prolongs The Agony, and Foreign Languages Are Actually Very Useful: Saturday, June 11, 2016


Goodness! A whole week has flown by, and a roundup of our news is well overdue. It’s been a slightly hectic week and I am attempting to “refocus.” Our yard is also full of mangoes (the Bombays are coming into their own), bees…and heat. Phew. I’m searching for a nice cooling thunderstorm. Or a place … More A Legal Tantrum, The PNP Prolongs The Agony, and Foreign Languages Are Actually Very Useful: Saturday, June 11, 2016

But Won’t They Panic If We Tell Them? Communication re #ZikaVirus and Other Health Emergencies


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I found myself nodding in agreement frequently as I watched a presentation given by Dr Barbara Reynolds at the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Zika Action Plan Summit which was held in Atlanta, GA on April 1. The title of Dr Reynolds’ talk was…

Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister


Well. Last night there was an almost audible sigh of relief across our island, when the final count for the last constituency was completed and the Jamaica Labour Party was confirmed as winners of the general elections – with the slimmest possible minority. Many column inches and much airspace is now being used with recommendations, suggestions, … More Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister

New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016


My first news post of 2016, and nothing of great moment so far – except that Jesse and Walt are in trouble again, this time with Mexican drug dealers… Oh, sorry. We acquired Netflix recently and have become immersed in “Breaking Bad,” which if you haven’t seen it is superior television, even if emotionally draining. New … More New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cities and Climate Change: An Uncertain Future


“We are cities. Cities are us.” So said the dynamic young Mayor of Tirana, Albania, during a discussion on sustainable cities hosted by the World Bank in Lima, Peru. Mayor Erion Veliaj’s basic premise is true: Cities are more than buildings and roads and gullies. They are people. By the year 2050, the United Nations … More Cities and Climate Change: An Uncertain Future