ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

It’s been one of those weeks that makes you weary. But, we toil on. The New Year (which we welcomed in rather muted fashion) already seems old. However, we were described by one overseas media house as a “gutsy” island. Sometimes one just feels tired. Perhaps it’s the humid, not-quite-ready-to-rain weather in Kingston. Nevertheless, let … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016

A gentleman (well, maybe rather a rough man actually) named Matthew has taken over our lives. Someone commented that Matthew is an “uptown name,” so we might have expected him to be better behaved. But alas. He has been very difficult so far: slow to make up his mind, at times hesitant and even stopping … More My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016

Sunday Environment and Climate Change RoundUp: July 3, 2016

I started this series last week, and plan to continue with my selection of ten interesting and important articles on the topic that is dear to my heart. And It’s not all bad news! Do browse through, and let me know if I missed something important to you! Jamaica and the Caribbean: Unique underwater caves … More Sunday Environment and Climate Change RoundUp: July 3, 2016

Book Review: “Gone to Drift” by Diana McCaulay

“Gone to drift.” What a sweet phrase to describe a fisherman lost at sea. Like the tides and currents that swirl around our island, this young adult novel carries the reader along – floating, spinning and sometimes swerving unexpectedly, like a small boat on the vast face of the ocean. It’s an adventure story, with … More Book Review: “Gone to Drift” by Diana McCaulay

Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister

Well. Last night there was an almost audible sigh of relief across our island, when the final count for the last constituency was completed and the Jamaica Labour Party was confirmed as winners of the general elections – with the slimmest possible minority. Many column inches and much airspace is now being used with recommendations, suggestions, … More Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister

The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delicious rain fell in the wake of the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium. The discordant ring of the vuvuzelas (a once-popular invention  Jamaicans apparently still cling to) has receded, the busloads of students have careered off into the distance. It is cool and it is relatively calm. But local journalists are still … More The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Coral Reefs, Fish and People: More Thoughts on the Portland Bight Protected Area

I wrote recently about the 2014 assessment of the coral reefs in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) (including several sites around Goat Islands, which are threatened by a transshipment port development). The University of the West Indies survey, funded by the Waitt Foundation, concluded that the reefs are in fairly good shape, although their … More Coral Reefs, Fish and People: More Thoughts on the Portland Bight Protected Area

Easy Business, Talking on the Phone and Thanks to the Cubans: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This week has been interesting so far. There is always something new popping up. And at the same time, the same old dreary issues drag their way along from one end of the week to the next, and the next… Talking diseases: Yes, it’s Jamaica’s obsession. An audience of Jamaicans in business clothes packed an auditorium … More Easy Business, Talking on the Phone and Thanks to the Cubans: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two New Environmental Films by Independent Filmmaker Esther Figueroa

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:
Jamaican filmmaker Esther Figueroa, whose earlier film Jamaica for Sale addressed the environmental costs of tourism development in Jamaica, has just released two environmental films available through youtube. Her documentaries on Caribbean environmental issued showcase the power of film to bring attention to the myriad environmental tragedies taking place everyday throughout…