Statement from the Jamaica Environment Trust on the port/logistics hub in Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands

In view of the many allegations being made on the above issue, JET would again like to state the organization’s position on this matter: 1)      JET is not opposed to the building of a port facility or logistics hub, or indeed any type of commercial or industrial development, anywhere in Jamaica.  We are not opposed to development; … More Statement from the Jamaica Environment Trust on the port/logistics hub in Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands

Midweek Special: A Jamaican News Update for April 17, 2013

This is the first of my twice-weekly bulletins. I am attempting to break down my focus on Jamaican happenings into more digestible chunks… Let me know what you think. The Azan mess: On Monday, the Office of the Prime Minister issued a press release on the matter of the construction of allegedly illegal shops on government-owned … More Midweek Special: A Jamaican News Update for April 17, 2013

Pollution Flowing from Land to Sea: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 1

I recently attended an absorbing and incredibly informative meeting with the United Nations Environment Programme. The Kingston office is situated in a building alongside the downtown Conference Centre that also houses the International Law of the Sea Convention offices. Here’s some background: This office administers the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), which was launched in 1976… … More Pollution Flowing from Land to Sea: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 1

A Great “Dig” for Jamaican Bloggers

Well, the Jamaica Blog Awards are nearly upon us, and the “hype” is building! (Jamaicans love the word “hype” – it has become a slang word meaning “cool.”) As a blogger with over 350 blog posts under my belt – it’s amazing how they add up – I have recognized the importance of research. Blogging is not about writing off … More A Great “Dig” for Jamaican Bloggers

Sunday Selection: July 15, 2012

Good morning, all. This week’s news was a little lighter, apart from the usual killings (see my “In Memoriam” section). Some things even made me laugh (hollow laughter sometimes, admittedly…) Firstly, the political representatives who made fools of themselves in the Lower House recently were told to apologize, like naughty boys. The word “sorry” got stuck … More Sunday Selection: July 15, 2012

This is a heartfelt blog post from a Jamaican woman living overseas that I really wanted to share. This is an issue that I have touched on in earlier blog posts. I find myself agreeing with CucumberJuice… See what you think.

African Postman: Concern, Protests over South African “Secrecy Bill”

“National Security” has always been a hot-button issue globally, especially in the past decade or so since 9/11.  Now, the issue has surfaced in South Africa – which since the fall of apartheid has been seen as a beacon of democracy on the African continent.  The new Protection of State Information Bill is the source of … More African Postman: Concern, Protests over South African “Secrecy Bill”