It’s “now or never” for our oceans: Part One on the Global Ocean Treaty

In just two days, one of the most critical UN conferences in the past decade or so will come to an end. It is likely to be the last in a series of discussions leading up to the signing of a Global Ocean Treaty in New York. It’s the fifth and final round of negotiations. … More It’s “now or never” for our oceans: Part One on the Global Ocean Treaty

Two rising stars in Jamaica’s art world go to AFJ Charity Gala through Kingston Creative

Kingston Creative “gets it”: Partnerships are key. American Friends of Jamaica is celebrating forty years (and I was happy to share a few of those years in helping to promote their charitable activities, at one time). They are “do gooders” in the best and most genuine sense of the word. This trip was a great … More Two rising stars in Jamaica’s art world go to AFJ Charity Gala through Kingston Creative

Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Earth Day 2022 just slipped past me, while my back was turned – which is most unfortunate. However, I did contribute to a really nice pictorial article produced by Global Voices’ Caribbean team (headed by my ever-encouraging editor, Janine, in Trinidad). We shared our personal memories and thoughts reflected in the photographs we chose. You … More Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Grant opportunity: ‘Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development’ launches Thursday, April 21

The Caribbean cultural and creative sector is to benefit from a three million Euro Grant Support Programme, with significant funding from the European Union (EU) and support from the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). The project will be launched virtually on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 11:00 EST – that’s 10:00 am … More Grant opportunity: ‘Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development’ launches Thursday, April 21

Jamaica needs to step up its inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2022

Yesterday (December 3) was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I am glad my friend and blogger Wayne Campbell wrote about it. You can find his post here. It took Jamaica seven years to bring the Disabilities Act into force after it was passed by Parliament in 2014; this will finally happen in … More Jamaica needs to step up its inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2022

The Reimagining Nanny Project: An open call for artists to participate

Nanny is the only woman among Jamaica’s National Heroes, and in many ways the most mysterious. When I think of Nanny, Queen of the Maroons, I think of mountain mists and waterfalls and dark hiding places and ambushes in the rain. Now there is an open call for artists to “reimagine” and interpret her spirit, … More The Reimagining Nanny Project: An open call for artists to participate

“I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

Our recently installed Poet Laureate, Olive Senior, has pledged to help foster environmental awareness through her poetry. She was guest speaker at this year’s World Poetry Day celebration organised by the National Library of Jamaica in partnership with UNESCO – a virtual event, of course. I am hoping that next year we will all be … More “I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

Yesterday (June 16), a report by the excellent environmental reporter and Associate Editor of the Jamaica Observer Kimone Thompson appeared in the newspaper with the headline “Government wants to lease Holywell land.” The article did not mention the name of the government minister, who reportedly wished to lease a piece of land in the Blue and John … More Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

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