A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Connecting Communities and Conservation with BirdsCaribbean

It’s been a challenging but exciting year for BirdsCaribbean. For me personally, it has been enormous fun too! I has been an amazing learning experience, helping out as a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 20th International Meeting, which took place at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston in late July. The people … More Connecting Communities and Conservation with BirdsCaribbean

Four Jamaican projects to receive first grants from Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

As the controversy over last week’s visit by UK Prime Minister David Cameron continues to rumble, here is some very positive news for four Jamaican private sector/non-governmental organizations – and for Jamaican youth – from the British High Commission. This is their press release. The areas of support are especially interesting.    For immediate release … More Four Jamaican projects to receive first grants from Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

A Penal Gift, Moving Right Along, and Vying for the Cannabis Cup: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It seems impossible that September is almost over, but there it is. The year is waning, fast. And what a week it’s been so far. Where shall we start? Back to back Prime Ministerial visits: This is an unusual week. British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Jamaica yesterday with much fanfare, and departs this afternoon. … More A Penal Gift, Moving Right Along, and Vying for the Cannabis Cup: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BirdsCaribbean International Meeting in Kingston: An “Irie” Experience

I use that slightly corny Jamaican expression in my headline because – yes, in fact the 20th International Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica was full of high spirits and happy “vibes.” The energy at the Knutsford Court Hotel was palpable, as we all shared, learned and networked. It was the largest conservation meeting to be held … More BirdsCaribbean International Meeting in Kingston: An “Irie” Experience

The Young Bird Detectives

As the summer gathers up its strength, school is out – and across Jamaica the summer camps get started. This week, a one-of-a-kind summer camp is taking place at the beautifully landscaped Hope Zoo, adjoining Hope Gardens. It’s a first for the regional non-profit conservation organization BirdsCaribbean, which is holding its 20th International Meeting at … More The Young Bird Detectives

Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A high pressure ridge is over Jamaica, which means considerable heat, no rain and a wind that offers no respite. I am almost hugging the fan right now (and no, air conditioning is not an option for us, although I would like to explore the possibility of solar a/c). We have a thick haze over … More Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Internal Affairs, Too Many Lawyers and Tangible Intangibles: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two long-winded but very important issues have dominated the news. Firstly there is the confusing muddle that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has put himself into over the Senate resignation letters. Secondly, the Commission of Enquiry into the incursion by security forces in Tivoli Gardens re-started this week. And thirdly – oh yes – there is … More Internal Affairs, Too Many Lawyers and Tangible Intangibles: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Day at the Beach: International Coastal Cleanup Day is September 20, 2014

Here’s a reminder of the upcoming International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica – Saturday, September 20. The Jamaica Environment Trust is expecting a tremendous turnout. Many thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Fund and to the Sandals Foundation for their ongoing support! The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has received an overwhelming response to International Coastal Cleanup … More A Day at the Beach: International Coastal Cleanup Day is September 20, 2014

Let’s Save Jamaica’s Portland Bight Protected Area

The Portland Bight Protected Area (the PBPA) is the largest protected area on the island of Jamaica. It was created in 1999 by the Jamaican Government under the Natural Resources Conservation Act. It encompasses 1,876 sq km of coastal land and sea, including cays such as the Goat Islands. It is home to birds, iguanas, crocodiles, manatees, sea … More Let’s Save Jamaica’s Portland Bight Protected Area