Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

Is Social Enterprise About to Take Off in Jamaica? Yes, With More Policy Support…


It was a distinctly chilly and wet night in Half Way Tree. Yet, in the parking lot of Jamaica National Building Society, a glow of bright colors under a tent lit up the darkness. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming as we entered, for an absorbing rap session organized by the JN Foundation, Let’s Talk Social … More Is Social Enterprise About to Take Off in Jamaica? Yes, With More Policy Support…

The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016


After an unpleasantly dry and hot month, the rain arrived in Kingston yesterday, and there’s the promise of more rain, perhaps. The past few days have been quite dramatic , although not always the kind of drama you really welcome. But, there it is. Innocent baby: I apologize, but I have to start on this tragic … More The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

Prime Minister Holness Takes Note of Coal Power Plant Issue, Promises Transparency


Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness issued a press release, taking note of ongoing concerns among Jamaicans regarding the possible construction of a coal-fired power plant at Alpart in Nain, St. Elizabeth. He did not mention the word “coal” in his release, as you can see below. However, I am very glad that he is engaged … More Prime Minister Holness Takes Note of Coal Power Plant Issue, Promises Transparency

Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater


The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) was, in a word, “thrilled” to receive a letter from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) – the National Implementing Entity to the Adaptation Fund informing the Chamber that in June “the Cabinet approved a recommendation for the termination of Component 1 of the GOJ/AF Programme and all related … More Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater

Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue


Much more clarity is needed on the issue of the proposed breakwater for the resort town of Negril – one of several environmental issues left hanging in mid-air by the previous administration. A very confusing media report has apparently not helped matters. Here is the Negril Chamber of Commerce’s press release dated 20th June. You … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue

Bus Fares, A Boat Trip and Ice Buckets: Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Despite the weather forecast today (which predicted we would be “high and dry”) we actually had some refreshing rain. Another great stress reliever was the arrival of… Yes! A garbage truck! I like to think that my photo of our piles of garbage posted on Instagram did the trick. We feel very fortunate, as a … More Bus Fares, A Boat Trip and Ice Buckets: Wednesday, August 20, 2014