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?

Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown


Kingston is our creative city. It always has been really, but now the enthusiastic team at Kingston Creative and increasingly, private sector supporters, are taking it to another level of possibilities (yes, more than one possibility – there are myriads). There is a bit of a flowering going on in downtown Kingston. As a cynical … More Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown

Is This Really “Development”?


This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from a group of Neighborhood Associations in Kingston (we are residents and members of one) outlines the dilemma of long-established residential areas such as ours. It was published in the Jamaica Observer here. I also wrote about our important community planning meeting last year on my Gleaner blog page. Thanks … More Is This Really “Development”?

The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?

Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018


I have been a little off the radar, so this update is not a weekend one, but a post-holiday break post! In the past ten days, much has been happening – including a delicious three days at Couples Sans Souci on the north coast, an evening at the Independence Day celebrations, and more…Anyway, here goes. … More Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018

JET Responds to NRCA’s Comments on its Schools’ Environment Programme


An article by Kimone Thompson (one of the small group of excellent environmental reporters we have in Jamaica) in today’s Jamaica Observer (June 20) has raised several issues regarding the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) Schools Environment Programme (SEP). Inexplicably, the article is not available online. I am quoting from the article here: SEP’s annual budget hovers … More JET Responds to NRCA’s Comments on its Schools’ Environment Programme

Forget the Stinkin’ Toe Tree and Walk-Foot People: Kingston Is The City of the Automobile


Our capital city (and my home) of Kingston is upside down at the moment. There is a mania of “road widening,” which has resulted in the destruction of several large (and by large, I mean very old) trees and a concomitant increase in the amount of concrete. I have written several times about the deforestation … More Forget the Stinkin’ Toe Tree and Walk-Foot People: Kingston Is The City of the Automobile

A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018


Whatever happened to January? Meanwhile, the issues pile up in Jamaica, with politics high on the agenda and all sorts of complexities in between. Phew! Agriculture: Juliet Holness, M.P., is forging ahead with her AgriHope programme, launched in July 2016, and inviting farmers who are interested to visit the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office at 197 … More An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018