The International Seabed Authority, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Mining


Five years ago, I attended one of the annual meetings of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). It was their 20th-anniversary session. In case you did not know, this UN body is headquartered in Kingston, and meetings take place once a year at the Jamaica Conference Centre. At the time, I wrote about the crisis facing … More The International Seabed Authority, Greenpeace and Deep Sea Mining

Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston


In Jamaica, we love our food. Our island cuisine is quite famous (ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken and the like). But…aren’t you a little sick of the plethora of fast food outlets, everywhere you look? There are long lines at drive-ins and certain fast food outlets are bursting with Jamaicans – many of them young … More Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston

A Reggae Hall of Fame is a Must for Kingston (Part Two)


Some years ago, we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is all glassy and modern, on the shore of Lake Erie (think: Kingston Harbour). It is packed with memorabilia- odd bits and pieces designed with the rock music fan in mind. There are quirky little things to amuse … More A Reggae Hall of Fame is a Must for Kingston (Part Two)

Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?


July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?

Natural History Museum of Jamaica and Highway 2000 East-West: Big Promoters of Jamaica’s Biodiversity


I confess to being biased: I just love the Biodiversity Awareness Programme of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica. I also love the partnership with Highway 2000 East-West, who are steadfast supporters of environmental education programmes at five primary schools close to the highway. The company’s support over the years has been hugely appreciated and … More Natural History Museum of Jamaica and Highway 2000 East-West: Big Promoters of Jamaica’s Biodiversity

Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful


As we keep saying to each other: “The heat is on!” We are all shocked by the soaring temperatures across the island. On June 22, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica recorded the highest temperature on record in Kingston – just over 39 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Professor Michael Taylor of the Climate Studies … More Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful