IDB urges Caribbean economies to invest in infrastructure to secure post-COVID growth


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has just released its latest Quarterly Bulletin, which you can download at this link. The analysis for Jamaica can be found at pages 58 – 63. The IDB notes: “The shock to Jamaica’s economic output in 2020 is likely to be the largest on record,” but adds: “The Government of … More IDB urges Caribbean economies to invest in infrastructure to secure post-COVID growth

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability


Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Run! With This New Caribbean Young Adult Novel, “Off Track”


As I have mentioned before, I have acquired quite a taste for young adult novels (although Jamaican author Diana McCaulay says she doesn’t quite see her book “Daylight Come” as a “YA novel,” it has the feel of one, direct and emotional). I have read and reviewed several other Caribbean offerings besides Diana’s on this … More Run! With This New Caribbean Young Adult Novel, “Off Track”

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits


This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

Toots Hibbert in the Hall of Fame (and Maybe a Jamaican One?)


One of my blog followers and friends whom I love to hear from is Roger Steffens, the reggae archivist, author, trained Shakespearean actor and more, who has rooms full of reggae memorabilia. Roger has contributed to countless music anthologies as a writer and photographer – including the ten-CD series entitled The Complete Bob Marley & the … More Toots Hibbert in the Hall of Fame (and Maybe a Jamaican One?)

501 Not Out: A Cricket Fan’s-Eye View of Brian Lara


The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) from September 9 to 22 was, as with many other events nowadays, a “first,” since it was online. In fact it was the Festival’s fifteenth anniversary and over 120 films were shown, with major sponsorship from the Trinidad & Tobago Government’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts. … More 501 Not Out: A Cricket Fan’s-Eye View of Brian Lara

ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News


Jamaicans are election-weary and COVID-weary. With the first one out of the way (what a relief, really), we still have the second to contend with. September is generally considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and this year we have already had two brushes with Laura and Nana, but expect more rumblings from west … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News

A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: What We Know, and What We Don’t Know


It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of July. The time seems to go slowly in one sense – when are we going to come out of the woods on COVID-19? – and at the same time seems to hurry along. Now, on the eve of the Emancipation/Independence national holidays (August 1 … More A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: What We Know, and What We Don’t Know

Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge


Our tourism sector has not yet emerged from the doldrums. In Jamaica, while battling COVID-19 with what appear to be depleting resources, we “opened up” to tourism on June 15. Now, close to one month later, we seem to be just feeling our way. Nevertheless, our ever-upbeat Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told us a few … More Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge