The news has been dominated recently by stories of returning Jamaican cruise ship workers – sometimes complaining, sometimes happy to be home – with another cruise ship arriving today carrying around 174 workers. Then there are the deportees, a monthly delivery of Jamaicans – a separate issue altogether, but all have to go into quarantine … More Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic
As we know, at any one time there are many thousands of Jamaicans living or staying temporarily in the United States. I believe around one third of Jamaican immigrants to the U.S. (who total close to one million) live in New York, and about one quarter in Florida. But there are also thousands of seasonal … More A Digital Town Hall for Jamaicans Living in the U.S.
STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information
The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) is taking place in Miami this week. The Inter-American Development Bank is a major sponsor and will host sessions on the Blue Economy and on electric vehicles. I am not completely “sold” on the Blue Economy; I think the Caribbean may have already missed the boat, and where exactly … More IDB Champions Caribbean’s Transition to Resilient Renewable Energy at CREF 2019
It’s been a busy summer for BirdsCaribbean. It will soon be a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria roared through, causing terrible damage to several smaller islands. The initial response from BirdsCaribbean was the shipment of thousands of bird feeders and bottles of nectar and tons of bird seed to the islands where birds, bereft of … More BirdsCaribbean: Rescuing the Region’s Birds
There is much happening on the renewable energy front in the Caribbean. I would like to see Jamaica fully on board at this point. Are we? Be that as it may… Do you know about Solar Head of State? They are a very interesting non-governmental organisation with a simple mission: to set up a solar … More Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum: New Partnerships, a Hopeful Future and a Sense of Urgency
So much news! My apologies for the delay in delivering these items to your doorstep… Please click on highlighted links for more details. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s first solar power plant! At last we have a solar power generation plant – in Content District, southern Clarendon. It has been built by Content Solar Ltd., a subsidiary … More Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017
Living as we do on our respective islands and countries bordering the Caribbean Sea, we must realize by now the importance of protecting our vulnerable coastlines. We may not be always aware of our marine biodiversity, however – the incredible variety of species that live beneath the waves and are less visible; but their fate is … More Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments
Last week we popped up the road to Mandeville (it’s quite an easy trip from Kingston these days, apart from one painfully narrow and potholed stretch of road) – at the invitation of the Communication Studies students of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU). Now, NCU is a private, faith-based institution run by the Seventh Day Adventists … More Big Thank You to NCU Journalism Students!
I am now once again in “playing catch-up” mode, so forgive me. Several important meetings have been taking place recently related directly to environmental concerns in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and this is perhaps the most critical for our marine environment. Here is a press release regarding a series of meetings in Miami this week, … More Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea