Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016


Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Politics, Crime, Politics, Crime, Politics, Politics, Politics: December 7, 2016 in Jamaica


Where did the time go? You may be wondering if you would ever see one of my weekly reviews again. The fact is, I have been horrendously busy, running around, writing and reporting – here, there and everywhere, as the Beatles song goes. What a sweet song that was (click on the link!) Also, I’ve … More Politics, Crime, Politics, Crime, Politics, Politics, Politics: December 7, 2016 in Jamaica

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

1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET


I am posting below a press release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), strongly opposing the construction of a 1000MW coal-fired power plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth. Such a large plant would cause untold harm in terms of pollution of the earth, sea and air – and consequently our own health. It would also greatly … More 1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016


It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016


What a week. The weather is hot – day and night. The White-Crowned Pigeon (“Baldpate”) is coming to our bird bath in the middle of the day, just to drink. When I refill the baths (making sure all the old water is gone, so as not to breed mosquitoes) the birds are just sitting in … More A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016


We’ve been having some lovely rain in Kingston, but on the eastern side of the island rural residents have been struggling with some flooding, landslides, lack of electricity and water and damaged roads… Some real challenges, and a schoolgirl, Brittany Cowell, sadly drowned in flood waters in St. Thomas. I do hope they get help … More Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016