Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week


Valentine’s Day is pretty big in Jamaica. In uptown Kingston, there are brunches and concerts and special events. The town is flooded with imported roses, shiny boxes of chocolates and teddy bears with loving messages. The flower sellers on the corner near our house went into overdrive yesterday, setting out tables full of merchandise. It’s … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country


There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

Wild Animals Captured for Our Entertainment (and Tourism Dollars)


After I returned from my travels, I saw a headline, a week or two old, about a new Dolphin Cove facility, to be built next to Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay. The beach was recently rehabilitated and turned into a major tourist attraction. I have so many questions and concerns I don’t even know … More Wild Animals Captured for Our Entertainment (and Tourism Dollars)

Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery


Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards


Ernie Smith’s voice always brings back good memories for me. When he was a solo artist, he used to do stints at the Devon House Grog Shoppe (itself a place of good memories) on Friday evenings. Under that huge mango tree in the courtyard we sat (once a barn owl sat, looking down on us) … More Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards

Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area


Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area