View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight


Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Olympic Champions Will Join the Call For Children’s Safety on the Road at a Policy Forum


While it appears that fatalities on the road in Jamaica have declined slightly this year, we must not take our eyes off the ball – especially as far as our vulnerable children are concerned. This week there will be an important policy forum. Please find details below… Olympic Champions Join Call For Road Safety: Shelly-Ann Fraser … More Olympic Champions Will Join the Call For Children’s Safety on the Road at a Policy Forum

JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant


Breathing a huge sigh of relief over this announcement yesterday! The possibility of a coal-powered plant that Mining Minister Mike Henry announced would be built at the aluminium plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth has been hanging over our heads for over a year now. A coal power plant would have been a nightmare for Jamaica’s air quality … More JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017


Today is National Heroes Day and #BigUpJamaica Day (a nice initiative of Fi Wi Jamaica). This review is in a somewhat different (and hopefully more concise) format, so I hope it’s easier to get through. I’ve divided it up into topics (some may overlap, I realise). Click on the highlighted sections for more information… And … More A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017

Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017


Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017


Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Jamaica Environment Trust Welcomes News About Goat Islands Hub


For me personally, this is probably the biggest and best news of the year! Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the following to Diana McCaulay, the CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust from the Town Hall meeting he was holding in Queens, New York. Here is JET’s press release of September 23, welcoming the … More Jamaica Environment Trust Welcomes News About Goat Islands Hub

Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016


With a new month, almost on cue everything feels different. The intensity of the summer is gone, but rain clouds constantly gather. For some reason, however, the storms deliberately bypass our little dry garden. It’s most upsetting. And so is this week’s news… I am sad about the People’s National Party (PNP). Some very unpleasant stuff … More Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016