A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jamaica’s Net Zero Energy Building: What It’s All About and Why It’s Important

Did you know that Jamaica now has the first and only Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in the Caribbean? We are all concerned about energy savings and efficiency, as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their impact on climate change. In 2010 buildings accounted for 32 % of total global final energy use and 19 % … More Jamaica’s Net Zero Energy Building: What It’s All About and Why It’s Important

“Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017

It’s been a rainswept, slightly upside-down week or two, since I last wrote. Christmas seems a stone’s throw away, and in the short intervals between rain showers it has been rather pleasant. But oh, the dramas on our dramatic little island continue… Agriculture: I wish our Agriculture Minister wasn’t so full of bluster. Now he has … More “Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017

Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017

At last, I am back with some more stories on environmental and climate change issues. I try to pick those that are relevant to Jamaica and the Caribbean, but some stories are of such extraordinary interest I feel bound to include them. Please click on the links for more information. Please don’t forget also that … More Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017

Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

Boxing Days are designed for doing nothing much. Christmas Day itself can be quite hectic – unless you are so well off that you have servant to direct to do things for you. Today is very low key for us – apart from our three young dogs, who are non-stop hyper. It’s ten days since … More Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

After a day or two of grey clouds and drizzle, an energetic breeze is livening us up this morning. Our little dog has been racing up and down the yard.  There is a shift in the season, and all around us there are depressions and burgeoning storms. Hopefully they will avoid our little island. We … More NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

U.S./Canadian Funded BMR Jamaica Wind Farm Inaugurated, To Be Acquired by Virgin Group

On August 11, a U.S. company, BMR Energy LLC inaugurated Jamaica’s largest wind farm in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth, valued at US$89.9 million. Now, we learn that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is in the process of acquiring Blue Mountain Renewables (BMR) Jamaica Wind Limited, and there he was at the inauguration. It’s the first private sector … More U.S./Canadian Funded BMR Jamaica Wind Farm Inaugurated, To Be Acquired by Virgin Group

Women Say No to Coal: 51% Coalition’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Holness

Please find below an Open Letter from the 51% Coalition – Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment. This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, expresses concern over the proposed coal-fired power plant for an industrial park in Nain, St. Elizabeth.  The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP   August 8, 2016 Dear Prime Minister: … More Women Say No to Coal: 51% Coalition’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Holness

The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! It’s very quiet in Kingston, but no doubt a few parties will break out later on. I was happy to attend a “Rae Town Oldies” party at the residence of the Spanish Chargée d’Affaires two days ago, which was huge fun (and, of course wonderful oldies in … More The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET

I am posting below a press release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), strongly opposing the construction of a 1000MW coal-fired power plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth. Such a large plant would cause untold harm in terms of pollution of the earth, sea and air – and consequently our own health. It would also greatly … More 1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET