Leo, Aliya, MLK, and the Parrots: A Lesson in Mentorship

Dr. Leo R. Douglas, a Jamaican ornithologist, conservationist, and all-round extraordinary scientist and person, was a recipient of The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, which was presented to him on February 2, 2021. Leo (can I call him Leo, please?) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Liberal Studies at NYU. … More Leo, Aliya, MLK, and the Parrots: A Lesson in Mentorship

The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations

The Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) did the right thing – after more than a gentle nudge from the Prime Minister, it appears – by resigning yesterday (August 2) in the wake of ongoing major concerns over the issuance of gun licenses to suspected criminals. I wrote about several of these issues in … More Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations

Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

It’s that sad anniversary again (why does 9/11 always seem to come round so fast?) That clear blue day when tragedy and horror struck, and nothing was ever the same again. We were in New York City at the time…But that’s another story. It’s also 29 years today since reggae star Peter Tosh was murdered. … More Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 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

“One Size Does Not Fit All”: Jamaica’s Statement at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS)

The Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith seems to have stirred some interest, including in the overseas media.  Here is the Explanation of Posititon, first: STATEMENT BY SENATOR THE HONOURABLE KAMINA JOHNSON SMITH, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FOREIGN TRADE  IN EXPLANATION OF VOTE ON THE ADOPTION OF THE OUTCOME DOCUMENT FOR … More “One Size Does Not Fit All”: Jamaica’s Statement at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS)

The PM Is Here But The Soup Is Boiling Over, 60 Dead Buses, Nurses On Sick-Out: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I’m not sure if there’s something in the water (or perhaps it’s the shortage) over the weekend, but the last few days things have gone a little “bonkers,” to coin a lovely English phrase. Or perhaps it was the wild and wonderful thunderstorm that moved quickly over and might have turned some Jamaicans’ heads. Who … More The PM Is Here But The Soup Is Boiling Over, 60 Dead Buses, Nurses On Sick-Out: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jamaica’s FBI, More Fire and Some Bad Hats: Monday, August 4, 2014

It’s that peculiar time of year in between the Emancipation and Independence holidays when I get the sense that no one really feels like working. It is quiet, the rains have gone away as quickly as they arrived, and the concept of garbage collection has, once again, completely disappeared. Two truck sightings passing up, then … More Jamaica’s FBI, More Fire and Some Bad Hats: Monday, August 4, 2014