Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

We’ve been having some lovely rain in Kingston, but on the eastern side of the island rural residents have been struggling with some flooding, landslides, lack of electricity and water and damaged roads… Some real challenges, and a schoolgirl, Brittany Cowell, sadly drowned in flood waters in St. Thomas. I do hope they get help … More Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril

I am quickly copying this from the “Gleaner” newspaper. You may find the article at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160125/govt-lifts-order-barring-sand-removal-negril-property  So now we know. The “economy” (that is, foreign investment) “outweighs all other consideration” and is clearly far more important than the environment… says the Environment Minister. And “the material belongs to the developer.” Interesting that our own beaches – our … More Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril

Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril

Here’s a follow-up on the difficult and confusing situation that unfolded this week regarding the removal of sand from Rutland Point in Negril. 60,000 cubic metres of sand, to be precise, to be used at a mega-development in Llandovery, St. Ann. The clay and peat that covered it was reportedly “dumped.” Isn’t it amazing how careless … More Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril

The PNP Does a Wobbly, Marlon James Makes a Killing, and What Color Are Mosquitoes? Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The last few days have been surprising, and interesting. One of the pleasant surprises was that we are celebrating the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize, Marlon James. A bit of good news here and there can’t do any harm; God knows, we need it. Positive energy news: There is good news from … More The PNP Does a Wobbly, Marlon James Makes a Killing, and What Color Are Mosquitoes? Wednesday, October 14, 2015