It’s Heritage Week in Jamaica, But Some of our Heritage is Looking the Worse for Wear


We went for a stroll around the neighborhood this morning – but not a leisurely stroll as thunder was rumbling all around. The streets were very quiet, as today is National Heroes’ Day, a public holiday. This week is Heritage Week, when we reflect on the legacy of our National Heroes, and on our history … More It’s Heritage Week in Jamaica, But Some of our Heritage is Looking the Worse for Wear

Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge


Co-founder of Solar Head of State James Ellsmoor is forging ahead, encouraging and empowering young people across the Caribbean to think seriously about renewable energy and the impact it can have on their countries. Last year Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented prizes to the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge at Jamaica House (which has now … More Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge

What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?


Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?

Olympic Champions Will Join the Call For Children’s Safety on the Road at a Policy Forum


While it appears that fatalities on the road in Jamaica have declined slightly this year, we must not take our eyes off the ball – especially as far as our vulnerable children are concerned. This week there will be an important policy forum. Please find details below… Olympic Champions Join Call For Road Safety: Shelly-Ann Fraser … More Olympic Champions Will Join the Call For Children’s Safety on the Road at a Policy Forum

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister


Our precious Cockpit Country is now formally, and officially, protected. At last, the waiting is over and a decision has been made. Please find below a press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group which, while noting one specific concern, welcomes the Government’s efforts to find a solution, with all the conflicting interests. As I noted yesterday, … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister

Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)


There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the … More Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

Deliberations Advanced On Cockpit Country, Says Prime Minister Holness


Here is an update from the Office of the Prime Minister, dated November 1. It is online here. Prime Minister Andrew Holness in response to the Jamaica House Petition on the Cockpit Country is advising that The Cabinet of Jamaica continues to deliberate on matters concerning the area. He noted that in September, the Jamaica … More Deliberations Advanced On Cockpit Country, Says Prime Minister Holness

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum: New Partnerships, a Hopeful Future and a Sense of Urgency


There is much happening on the renewable energy front in the Caribbean. I would like to see Jamaica fully on board at this point. Are we? Be that as it may… Do you know about Solar Head of State? They are a very interesting non-governmental organisation with a simple mission: to set up a solar … More Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum: New Partnerships, a Hopeful Future and a Sense of Urgency

The Save Cockpit Country Petition Was Taken Offline for 18 Hours. The Good News: It’s Back Up Now, Says JET


The organisers of the Save Cockpit Country petition have no interest in an illegitimate process.  I know National Integrity Action, among other organisations, has thrown its support behind the campaign, which may partly account for a surge in signatures. The increased number of signatures (currently at 12,569 signatures – 83.79% of the required 15,000) is due to a … More The Save Cockpit Country Petition Was Taken Offline for 18 Hours. The Good News: It’s Back Up Now, Says JET