A fire at the historic Hunts Bay Jewish Cemetery highlights negligence for Jamaica’s cultural heritage

There are some Jamaican habits and attitudes that make me very sad. I am very late in reporting this* First of all, let me tell you about the fire at Hunts Bay Cemetery, which exemplifies two aspects of Jamaican life that I find depressing. *(This summer has turned my life a little upside down, or … More A fire at the historic Hunts Bay Jewish Cemetery highlights negligence for Jamaica’s cultural heritage

Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were … More Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

We could also call this the “U.S. Election Edition,” since many Jamaicans have been nervously following that particular emotional rollercoaster. Why are Jamaicans so engaged? Well, as people say, “When the U.S. sneezes, we catch cold.” We are geographically so close and many of us have family there. South Florida is nicknamed “Kingston 21” – … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

Yesterday (June 16), a report by the excellent environmental reporter and Associate Editor of the Jamaica Observer Kimone Thompson appeared in the newspaper with the headline “Government wants to lease Holywell land.” The article did not mention the name of the government minister, who reportedly wished to lease a piece of land in the Blue and John … More Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

A Pair of Big Eyes, Dry Leaves and Ice Cream at Mason River

If you have never driven (slowly) through the hills of northern Clarendon…you should. There are neat piles of sugar cane at the side of the road. There are quiet, silvery donkeys (some of whom were loaded on each side with the cane). There is the stunning view of Lluidas Vale, the home of the Worthy … More A Pair of Big Eyes, Dry Leaves and Ice Cream at Mason River

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country

Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his long-awaited Statement in Parliament on the boundaries of the Cockpit Country. There are mixed reactions this evening. The Jamaica Environment Trust has noted that the new boundary agreed on by Cabinet represents 67 per cent of the proposed Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group boundary, which was the widest one. However…the … More A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country