Jamaica Update, July 5, 2021: Elsa swamps us, Mindi stands firm, and Tashekia meets an untimely death

What a week of upheaval and apprehension as Tropical Storm Elsa approached, seemingly setting her sights on us. In the end, she squeezed between our island and Hispaniola, dragging a huge bag of rain along with her. And as you know, Jamaica has just “reopened” and the Delta variant is on the horizon (or quite … More Jamaica Update, July 5, 2021: Elsa swamps us, Mindi stands firm, and Tashekia meets an untimely death

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

We are bombarded with news on COVID-19 from all directions. There are heartbreaking personal stories from all over the world on social media. I feel that we are just bracing ourselves for a big wave, here. Have we managed to “flatten the curve”? Who knows. Have we been testing enough? I am concerned about the … More A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

BirdSleuth Caribbean Program Connects Kids to Science and Nature

Bird sleuthing! An important part of the work of BirdsCaribbean (the region’s largest conservation NGO) is education. Not the “chalk and talk” kind of education, but hands-on, creative, experiential – and fun. Thousands of children – schools, youth groups and so on – have learned all about birds and the habitats they live in, thanks … More BirdSleuth Caribbean Program Connects Kids to Science and Nature

Mountain Chickens, Solar Radiation, Watersheds and More: Environment/Climate Change Roundup, July 10, 2016

I hope you find something of interest here… Feedback is always welcome! Here are my Top Ten articles… Jamaica and the Caribbean: Caribbean Island’s Last Two Rare Frogs are Reunited: What is a Mountain Chicken? It’s a frog! The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is coordinating a Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme, and recently brought together a male and … More Mountain Chickens, Solar Radiation, Watersheds and More: Environment/Climate Change Roundup, July 10, 2016

Taking the Samoa Pathway: Second Caribbean Green Economy Conference in Kingston, February 23 – 25, 2015

I will be writing, tweeting and reporting from this very special and important conference hosted by the Jamaican Government in Kingston this week. Below is the official press release. For more information, do contact Alison Christie Binger: Tel: 876-330-1155(cell); email: achristie@illuminartecommunications.com I DO hope that the local/Caribbean media will report on more than the Minister’s keynote speech, … More Taking the Samoa Pathway: Second Caribbean Green Economy Conference in Kingston, February 23 – 25, 2015

She Did Not Die in Vain… The Story of Machi the Whimbrel

Dear readers: What is a Whimbrel, you may ask? A Whimbrel is a large, graceful wading bird, similar to a curlew, with a haunting cry, long legs and a long slender beak that curves downwards. It migrates great distances (as you can see below) from the Arctic down to South America, and through the Caribbean. … More She Did Not Die in Vain… The Story of Machi the Whimbrel