UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19


My recent post on an Oxford University study seems to have stirred some interest (partly, I suspect, because of some Jamaican readers’ partisan political leanings!) On March 25, 2020, the University’s Blavatnik School of Governance launched its COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, (including a Stringency Index), which it describes as “the first ever tool to track and … More UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean


Well, not so much the Caribbean, you might think. However, in case we had not noticed, there have been rumblings in Dominica of late (politics and then some), and Haiti has seen a year of protests. As I noted in my previous post, “Poor People Fed Up”! There is a lot of discontent, in particular … More Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean

Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region


In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates


Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas


Today (May 22) is International Day for Biological Diversity and the theme is, appropriately for this region, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. What does much of our region’s tourism depend on? The Caribbean Sea. It’s a special place. Biodiversity – that wide range of species, plant and animal life in the sea and on land that helps to … More International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas

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

Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016


Yes – it’s been a while. I have been too busy to put together this regular compilation of stories – local, regional and international. However, let’s bring you up to date. Please click on the links for more information… Jamaica and the Caribbean Cuban Crocodiles Pose a Problem: The Cuban Crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is critically endangered. For decades, there … More Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 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

Saving our Caribbean Sea: Pollution Experts Commit to Support the Development of the First State of Marine Environment Report


There is a great deal of focus on our  ≈ oceans these days – as well there should be. Here are some of the current projects under way in the Caribbean: ≈ The U.S. State Department is currently hosting the Our Ocean Conference in Washington, DC. ≈ Last month, I attended the Kingston launch of the … More Saving our Caribbean Sea: Pollution Experts Commit to Support the Development of the First State of Marine Environment Report