October is always the month when Jamaicans turn their attention to their cultural heritage. National Heroes Day is Monday, October 17, 2022, at the end of Heritage Week, which begins on October 8 with an Interfaith Service at the University of the West Indies Chapel (I like this). President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, … More Wattle and Red Earth Collective kicks up its heels for National Heritage Week
On March 17, during the Budget Debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the Cockpit Country Protected Area has now been officially designated and gazetted. Is that the end of this long story, with its many twists and turns? Well, not quite. You can find the Environmental Impact Assessments on the National Environment … More JET acknowledges the declaration of the Cockpit Country Protected Area, but..
We love roads. We are continuously building new ones. More concrete, oil consumption, noise, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution are definitely the way to go, it appears. The mindset seems to be: Let’s try to get from A to B faster! It’s so important to get from, say, Kingston to Mandeville in an hour rather … More Why are so many Jamaicans still dying on our roads?
International Women’s Day was a bit of a blur for me, as I was so busy. It was warmly embraced by many. Social media was swamped with memes, videos, and photo-ops. My bank gave me a lovely cup cake. WhatsApp was filled with empowering messages. There is certainly plenty about Jamaican women to recognize and … More Three Jamaican women who worked for women and the most vulnerable
I am rather late with this information, but this is important work being done island-wide by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). It coincides with the just-concluded UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). If you would like further information, you may contact Project Manager … More Community Disaster Risk Management Plans take climate change considerations on board
Our health workers have been putting in the hours. Who can deny this – they have been dedicated, hard-working and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The United Nations in Jamaica decided to recognize them by encouraging government and private sector buildings to “light up blue” in recognition of the efforts of our … More House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica
For me, there is a strong connection between preserving and protecting our cultural traditions and history and environmental conservation. In Jamaica, we are not very good at either. One example is the continued deterioration of the Vale Royal building in St. Andrew, which is the responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister. The late … More WARE Collective’s Virtual Art Auction to support Jamaica’s unique architectural heritage
It was my pleasure recently to be invited to join the panel of judges for two environmental competitions for young people. The first was for the Schools’ Environment Programme, which Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has hosted for over twenty years now (since 1997). JET itself is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year. Congratulations to Lauren … More Participants in Jamaica Environment Trust’s Schools’ Environment Programme show resilience, overcome challenges
What a week. After the relative peace and quiet of the holidays (apart from an intrusively loud motorbike rider – we need to do something about the “enhanced” mufflers they put on their bikes) we were thrown straight into 2021 with a great deal of agonizing over “back to school” (a dilemma shared by other … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition
The Ministry of Health and Wellness gave us a short update today on the situation at the Golden Age Home in Kingston, where testing has been under way. The “first case,” (a somewhat impersonal phrase) – died yesterday – along with a resident of the St. Elizabeth Infirmary in Black River. Both institutions are the … More An Update on COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home