Cruise Ship Workers: A Joint Statement from the Jamaican Government

Cruise ships have proved to be such a headache for Caribbean nations and for countries around the world. Back in early February, the Diamond Princess off the coast of Japan was quarantined, and later, together with the Grand Princess off California produced a total of over 800 positive cases and at least ten deaths. Earlier on, various ships were … More Cruise Ship Workers: A Joint Statement from the Jamaican Government

COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jamaica has confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 13, as of this evening (March 17). This case is linked to “Patient 1” (formerly called “Patient Zero”) who traveled from the UK  on March 4 for a family funeral, and linked to the Bull Bay area now under quarantine. Five results were … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Health Ministry Issues Interim Guidelines for Cruise Ships Visiting Jamaica

The cruise shipping industry, which had been flourishing in the Caribbean in 2019, is proving to be a major headache for island ports (and for the cruise passengers). The economic fallout must be tremendous for cruise ship lines – and for those agencies, tourism companies and individuals who depend on them for income. If the … More Health Ministry Issues Interim Guidelines for Cruise Ships Visiting Jamaica

Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier

On February 8 I saw a lovely tweet from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, regarding a floating cruise ship pier to be installed at Port Royal. It was accompanied by a video… Port Royal’s SeaWalk floating pier system is ready! Here’s a video from the manufacturer, showing it in operation at their dock. It is currently … More Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier

51% Coalition Calls for Accountability at Port Authority of Jamaica

This week, some startling news emerged regarding activities at the Port Authority of Jamaica, a major Government agency. An Auditor General’s (AG) report tabled in Parliament on July 25 revealed millions of dollars in bonus over-payments to senior employees at the Authority and multiple pensions to the same individuals. The employment contracts for 14 senior officers … More 51% Coalition Calls for Accountability at Port Authority of Jamaica

Government of Jamaica Again Blocks Information on Goat Islands Transshipment Port Project in Protected Area

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 11, 2014 KINGSTON, JAMAICA GOVERNMENT ISSUES ANOTHER CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION TO PREVENT RELEASE OF INFORMATION ON GOAT ISLANDS TRANSSHIPMENT PORT PROJECT The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has learned that the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, the Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, has issued a new Certificate of Exemption to exempt … More Government of Jamaica Again Blocks Information on Goat Islands Transshipment Port Project in Protected Area

“Having Your Goat and Eating it Too”

Does there really have to be a trade-off on Goat Islands? A trade-off, that is, between the environment and development – an idea that has often characterized the conversation on the proposed transshipment port on Goat Islands, in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). In this particular case, does it have to be one or the other? … More “Having Your Goat and Eating it Too”

Trashing Court Cases, Land Grabbing and Hubbing: Sunday, October 26, 2014

It really has been a strange week. Moreover, Kingston has reverted to drought mode, which is not good. Thunder – yes; rain – no… In the wake of the wave of murders, the people of Rockfort are not co-operating with the police. It’s a case of “See no evil, hear no evil…” If they don’t give any information … More Trashing Court Cases, Land Grabbing and Hubbing: Sunday, October 26, 2014

What a Week! Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The week started dramatically. In just five minutes and one or two sentences, Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey upheld a no-case submission by the defense, dismissing a corruption case against a well-known politician that had dragged on for six years. Former Minister of State in the Energy Ministry Kern Spencer and his personal assistant Colleen … More What a Week! Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Save Goat Islands 1: Minister Omar Davies’ Statement to Parliament, February 25, 2014

There have been several major developments on the Portland Bight Protected Area/Goat Islands issue in the past week or so. Please bear with me while I share a couple of things with you. Firstly, and for the record, I am reproducing below yesterday’s statement by Minister Omar Davies on the matter. I will subsequently share … More Save Goat Islands 1: Minister Omar Davies’ Statement to Parliament, February 25, 2014