A fire at the historic Hunts Bay Jewish Cemetery highlights negligence for Jamaica’s cultural heritage

There are some Jamaican habits and attitudes that make me very sad. I am very late in reporting this* First of all, let me tell you about the fire at Hunts Bay Cemetery, which exemplifies two aspects of Jamaican life that I find depressing. *(This summer has turned my life a little upside down, or … More A fire at the historic Hunts Bay Jewish Cemetery highlights negligence for Jamaica’s cultural heritage

60 Reasons for Apologies and Reparations from Britain and the Royal Family

I am sorry I did not attach the “60 Reasons” referred to in the Letter from the Advocates Network that I posted last night. Here they are. I have noted suggestions that there could have been a petition that members of the public could sign onto, and that would certainly have been an option. However, … More 60 Reasons for Apologies and Reparations from Britain and the Royal Family

Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were … More Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

Kingston Creative partners with IDB Lab to enhance global market access for Creative Entrepreneurs

Andrea Dempster Chung is one of those determined Jamaican women who sticks to their vision, remains focused, and makes it happen. Kingston Creative – that blossoming of the arts in downtown Kingston – is her brainchild and a shining example of the amazing potential of Jamaica’s creative industries. My favorite memory of the pre-COVID days … More Kingston Creative partners with IDB Lab to enhance global market access for Creative Entrepreneurs

#COVID19Chronicles-101: July 24, 2020: Should our official attitude towards domestic tourism annoy me? #Staycation Johnny come lately!

Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
Certain things rile me for their blatant insensitivity for the mass of people at whom they are addressed. That’s why I got riled up when I saw the Ministry of Tourism was launching a ‘Rediscover Jamaica’ programme this week to make residents a ‘priority at this time’. https://twitter.com/jamaicaobserver/status/1285703444775555073?s=21 It…

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

Staying Inside

Life under COVID-19 is starting to bite. Online, we share memes and videos all day long (and half the night too – I am turning into an insomniac). We are turning to nervous eating. Comfort food continually pops up on my Twitter timeline, whether it’s hominy porridge or just a series of snacks at odd … More Staying Inside

On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love

Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love

And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition

With a whoop and a shout, Deron Douglas leapt onto the stage at the Institute of Jamaica. Before he accepted his prize for Best Overall Film from the head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, he punched the air a few times. As Deron beamed (he couldn’t stop) I could not … More And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition

2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1

To be honest (from my personal perspective) 2019 wasn’t a particularly encouraging year. It seems the only thing to do nowadays is to “play it safe” – something, perhaps, that I am not very good at, myself. There were some disappointments and frustrations – and worst of all, That Man is still President of the … More 2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1