ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle

Community is still important, even in our confusing old city of Kingston. More important than ever. Kingston Creative is doing it in their own way, downtown, through the arts. Up here in Golden Triangle, we still believe in it, too. We also have many concerns (see this open letter to the Prime Minister, co-signed by … More Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle

A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

The recent tendency to redesign the city of Kingston (especially uptown areas) for automobiles rather than people is a deeply worrying trend. I have written and spoken on this topic many times in the past year or so, as have others. The so-called “Golden Triangle” (actually, Seymour Lands) is my neck of the woods. It … More A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

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

“The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not?  On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

After a good rise in the rankings last year, it is disappointing to see that Jamaica has slipped in Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index. National Integrity Action (NIA) gives us a few reasons why – issues that we have certainly reported on in this blog. I will continue to be vigilant and I hope … More Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

A part of this review appears in today’s Sunday Gleaner – incomplete and wrongly attributed to the author! The newspaper also does not mention the excellent local publishers, Ian Randle Publishers (IRP). Here is my review (yes, I wrote this!) in full.  In the context of today’s strife within the People’s National Party, the timing of this … More Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

We’ve been having some lovely rain in Kingston, but on the eastern side of the island rural residents have been struggling with some flooding, landslides, lack of electricity and water and damaged roads… Some real challenges, and a schoolgirl, Brittany Cowell, sadly drowned in flood waters in St. Thomas. I do hope they get help … More Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French

I am a little late sharing this, but for those of you who have not yet read it – it’s a provocative read. Now, since the article was written immediately after the elections, the reference to the results in the first paragraph is now dated, as the seat count remained at 32 – 31. However, … More Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French