IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol for the Caribbean


What is the Nagoya Protocol and how is it important for the Caribbean environment? Videos are always a good way of explaining things, and the IUCN and UNEP have partnered on this project to raise awareness and to show how Caribbean people can benefit from the Protocol. I am sure you have heard of intellectual … More IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol for the Caribbean

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”


“Evanescent” is a haunting word. Even the sound of it suggests something lovely, but fleeting. Here today, gone tomorrow. It reminds me of one concept that I learned about when studying Japanese, and which I always loved: Uki-yo, the “Floating World.” It described the momentary pleasures of life, enjoyed by the growing middle class of the old … More Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”

The Spirit of Budo: An Upcoming Exhibition on the History of Japanese Martial Arts


Well, as a former student of Japanese, who lived in Japan for a while, I am always excited when this kind of cultural exhibit comes up. It refreshes my memory – and I suppose I will be forever “hooked” on Japanese culture. So now, here is one to look out for, early in the New … More The Spirit of Budo: An Upcoming Exhibition on the History of Japanese Martial Arts

Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016


I am playing some serious “catch-up” now with my newsy stuff. So much has been happening! Please click on the links for more information on these stories I pulled together for you…I’m afraid some of these stories are somewhat depressing. I will try to find some more encouraging ones, next time! Jamaica and the Caribbean The … More Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

The AG Wants to Curb Our Rights, Alpha Girl Recovering, and Farewell to JEEP: Jamaica, July 9, 2016


Another trying week. On CVM Television’s Live at Seven last night, my fellow panelists (Raymond Pryce and Shelly-Ann Curran) and I tried our best to put a lighter spin on the week’s news with host Simon Crosskill, but we barely succeeded. It was impossible to avoid the news of murder, violence and anger, both at home and … More The AG Wants to Curb Our Rights, Alpha Girl Recovering, and Farewell to JEEP: Jamaica, July 9, 2016

The Governor General Speaks About Goodwill: Goodness and Love


Yesterday afternoon at King’s House, the residence of the Governor General of Jamaica, was a rather moving experience for me. The occasion was the donation of six new ambulances to St. John Jamaica by the Japanese Government. I will write some more about this generous donation, but meanwhile wanted to share the Governor General’s speech … More The Governor General Speaks About Goodwill: Goodness and Love

1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams


Well, they’ve all packed up their laptops and gone home. The long-awaited UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris is now over. But now the dust has started to settle a little after all the hustle and bustle and expected drama and excitement…how do developing countries assess the results? Initial reactions have been very mixed. Here … More 1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams

A Penal Gift, Moving Right Along, and Vying for the Cannabis Cup: Wednesday, September 30, 2015


It seems impossible that September is almost over, but there it is. The year is waning, fast. And what a week it’s been so far. Where shall we start? Back to back Prime Ministerial visits: This is an unusual week. British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Jamaica yesterday with much fanfare, and departs this afternoon. … More A Penal Gift, Moving Right Along, and Vying for the Cannabis Cup: Wednesday, September 30, 2015