As International Seabed Authority meeting winds up, more countries seek a pause on deep sea mining

The past week has been quite intense, with the critical and long-anticipated COP27 opening in Egypt and the equally crucial International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica wrapping up. It’s difficult to assimilate and sort out all the different threads, but there are some positives, at least regarding the latter meeting. Some brave … More As International Seabed Authority meeting winds up, more countries seek a pause on deep sea mining

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

Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Dear readers, my favorite people at Katalyxt have just completed their Seventh Annual Youth Innovators’ Competition – a very special competition for high schools intended to encourage innovation and creativity in business. The youthful entrepreneurs compete with presentations, displays, and demonstrations of the products and services they have been working on. Two products will be … More Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!

I feel so sorry that I missed the final event of the Katalyxt Youth Innovators Awards; I always closely follow the progress of the competition, which lasts throughout the school year. Sponsors were the Development Bank of Jamaica, the Export Import Bank of Jamaica and Katalyxt. The young and enthusiastic Katalyxt team is led by … More Vere Technical High School are Katalyxt’s Winning Youth Innovators!

Of Black Toads and Self-Cleaning Gullies: The Launch of International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

This is the second time I have felt nauseous during Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) launch of International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, which this year will take place on September 19. The global effort is supported by the Ocean Conservancy; in Jamaica, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has been a major sponsor of the cleanup since 2008. This … More Of Black Toads and Self-Cleaning Gullies: The Launch of International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

International Partners, “Chik V” and Slash and Burn: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The drought continues. The heat continues. I am thinking we should maybe pave over our lawn, or turn our front yard into a callaloo bed, or just a flower bed. Anything is better than the patch of bare earth and dying yellow grass that currently calls itself a lawn. Well, @JamaicaWeather shared a little map … More International Partners, “Chik V” and Slash and Burn: Wednesday, July 16, 2014