ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences


Well, the past week has been pretty intense, with politics, crime and COVID-19 vying for the headlines (and sometimes getting mixed up together). Click on the highlights for links to the stories. Your feedback is always welcome! Agriculture: Here’s a good piece in Forbes magazine about the challenges for Jamaica’s small farmers in the face of climate change … More ICYMI: August 9, 2020: A Pair of Desert Boots, A SWAT Team, and More Weak Fences

Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean


This could turn into a long post, because there is “so much things to say,” as Bob Marley sang. Where to start? I have been browsing, reading, and writing, for most of the day. There were of course several events for International Women’s Day in Jamaica, including a tribute to Mary Seacole at the Institute … More Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean

Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica


It seems that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is by no means finished with us yet. Earlier today, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a press briefing (full audio here) that:  “As of 6am Geneva time this morning, there are 24,363 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in China, and 490 deaths. … More Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally


There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol for the Caribbean


What is the Nagoya Protocol and how is it important for the Caribbean environment? Videos are always a good way of explaining things, and the IUCN and UNEP have partnered on this project to raise awareness and to show how Caribbean people can benefit from the Protocol. I am sure you have heard of intellectual … More IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol for the Caribbean

Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26


It’s fair to say that the ongoing disintegration of social and political life in Venezuela has thrown most of the countries in the English-speaking Caribbean into something of a quandary. There is no doubt that these islands (with the exception of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Montserrat) have benefited greatly from the PetroCaribe arrangement with … More Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26

LAC Principle 10: Governments Must Take Attacks on Environmental Defenders Seriously, Says Regional Civil Society


Environmental justice, and the human rights context of land rights and environmental defenders has been a huge issue – especially in our hemisphere – for some years now. Sadly though, it has not been given a very high profile in the media. I should have already written on this topic – and still plan to … More LAC Principle 10: Governments Must Take Attacks on Environmental Defenders Seriously, Says Regional Civil Society

Catching Up on COP22, and We Wait to Hear Cockpit Country Decision: Environment News, November 21, 2015


All my news updates are now so long overdue, but I am trying to get back on track. So here goes with my regular “Top Ten” stories on the environment and climate change from the past two or three weeks… Please click on the embedded links for more information. Most of the stories this week … More Catching Up on COP22, and We Wait to Hear Cockpit Country Decision: Environment News, November 21, 2015

Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016


I am playing some serious “catch-up” now with my newsy stuff. So much has been happening! Please click on the links for more information on these stories I pulled together for you…I’m afraid some of these stories are somewhat depressing. I will try to find some more encouraging ones, next time! Jamaica and the Caribbean The … More Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project


I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very  recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project