BirdsCaribbean Cuba Conference Connects Scientists and Promotes Conservation


Well, I knew I should have gone. After excellent conferences in Grenada (2013) and Kingston, Jamaica (2015), BirdsCaribbean held their 21st International Conference earlier this month in Topes de Collantes, Cuba. Here is their press release, plus one or two of the photos that I collected and shared during the meeting (Internet was expensive and … More BirdsCaribbean Cuba Conference Connects Scientists and Promotes Conservation

Why Corruption Is a Women’s Issue: An Article by Joan Grant Cummings


A single anti-corruption body. What a marvellous concept; an idea whose time has come. It’s actually long overdue. While many government ministers have been busy with the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference – downtown Kingston was abuzz with activity this week – the long-awaited Integrity Commission Bill landed back with a thump in the Lower House of … More Why Corruption Is a Women’s Issue: An Article by Joan Grant Cummings

A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26


Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26

National Dance Theatre Company Opens Its 55th Season with a Gala Event on July 21


Wow. The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is 55 years old – as old as the nation of Jamaica. But there’s nothing middle-aged about their performances, ever. The company’s 2017 season is about to open with a gala performance and cocktail reception at The Little Theatre this coming Friday, July 21. Here is their press … More National Dance Theatre Company Opens Its 55th Season with a Gala Event on July 21

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates


Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

National Consultation in Jamaica To Update Information on Its Biodiversity Hotspots


Caribbean environmental issues seem to be taking up a lot of energy at the moment. Here is another meeting in Kingston: consultations, in fact, based on the CEPF’s decision to reinvest in the Caribbean. So good news – and I expect, good discussions. It can only benefit Jamaica and, of course, the Caribbean. Here is … More National Consultation in Jamaica To Update Information on Its Biodiversity Hotspots