The International Seabed Authority, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Mining


Five years ago, I attended one of the annual meetings of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). It was their 20th-anniversary session. In case you did not know, this UN body is headquartered in Kingston, and meetings take place once a year at the Jamaica Conference Centre. At the time, I wrote about the crisis facing … More The International Seabed Authority, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Mining

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?

The Concretization of Jamaica Continues: Plans for the “New Negril” (A New Miami South Beach?)


It seems that the “concretization” of our coastline is to continue, and all in the name of tourism dollars. Yes, I know that’s not a real word, but it sprang to mind! I have been somewhat out of the loop for a while, but am trying to catch up. Below I am copying and pasting … More The Concretization of Jamaica Continues: Plans for the “New Negril” (A New Miami South Beach?)

Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges


A disturbing report in the Jamaica Gleaner recently highlighted the issue of unregistered nursing homes on the island. Here is the response of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP). Be careful! With so many homes for the elderly unregistered, do check the list of those registered posted below, before making any arrangements for your loved … More Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally


There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith


Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) responds to complaints of human rights violations. This is their work. Mr André Smith, who had filed several complaints to JFJ, INDECOM and the Police Inspectorate of the Constabulary regarding alleged harassment, unlawful detention and more, was one of two armed men who was shot dead by a licensed firearm holder … More Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith

Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018


I have been a little off the radar, so this update is not a weekend one, but a post-holiday break post! In the past ten days, much has been happening – including a delicious three days at Couples Sans Souci on the north coast, an evening at the Independence Day celebrations, and more…Anyway, here goes. … More Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018

No Written Rules Banning Sleeveless Dresses: An Access to Information Story


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I look at the Gleaner this morning and see that the issue of the banning of women wearing sleeveless dresses is again in the news here in Jamaica. The Gleaner’s editorial entitled “Dressing Sleeveless in Jamaica” was sparked by social media commentary pointing out “that women in Jamaica…

The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica


The story of the Windrush continues, in different ways. Or rather, should I say “stories”? Because I see the Windrush as a mosaic of many human stories – of endurance and success, determination and disappointment. There has been some more local coverage; the Sunday Gleaner’s Arts & Education section included an article by Amitabh Sharma last … More The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica