ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences


Well, the past week has been pretty intense, with politics, crime and COVID-19 vying for the headlines (and sometimes getting mixed up together). Click on the highlights for links to the stories. Your feedback is always welcome! Agriculture: Here’s a good piece in Forbes magazine about the challenges for Jamaica’s small farmers in the face of climate change … More ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences

International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are


On our weekly visits to Hellshire Beach in St. Catherine during the 1980s and early 1990s,     a stop at Miss May’s restaurant was a must. Her escoveitch fish was mouth-watering, her festivals melted in the mouth. We sat at the simple board tables in her restaurant shack, our feet in the cool sand, … More International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are

EU Short Film Festival: For Jamaican Youth, About the Environment. Deadline October 4, 2019.


The European Union in Jamaica is offering an exciting opportunity for young filmmakers – not just to win prizes (including a trip to Europe), but also to gain valuable experience and training. But HURRY! The deadline is October 4, 2019. See full details below: Young, amateur and aspiring Jamaican filmmakers are in for the season … More EU Short Film Festival: For Jamaican Youth, About the Environment. Deadline October 4, 2019.

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music


Late last year, the cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO designated Kingston, Jamaica as a “Creative City.” The then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment lobbied hard for this, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund reportedly put up J$3.4 million in support of these efforts. So, this is all good stuff. It’s a good selling point. … More Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music

It’s Getting Beta: Young Tech Entrepreneurs in Jamaica


The world of Information Technology is a “borderless world,” a sphere of endless and as yet unimagined possibilities. No horizons. Perhaps for this reason, and despite my advancing years, I have had a fascination with technology for some time now – ever since I started using a computer. So I found myself last Friday ensconced at … More It’s Getting Beta: Young Tech Entrepreneurs in Jamaica