• Discovery Bay – Present, Past, Future

        I sit on my verandah, it is about 10:00 am, a gentle cool breeze wafting, and I gaze at the sea — prussian blue, ultramarine and turquoise, studded here and there with diamonds. A ray jumps, it must be a spotted eagle, mantas have not been in...
  • The laws, or lack of laws, that have led to the Discovery Bay debacle

            I am neither scientist, lawyer nor scholar, and therefore ask you to forgive errors and omissions in what is an attempt to illuminate or describe the legal framework of current fisheries and marine management in the context of the egregious approval of a captive dolphin...
  • Why do so many people love to visit captive dolphins?

        By Erica Hamilton   In the middle of all the controversy about the approved captive dolphin facility in Discovery Bay, I read a comment by a member of our Facebook Group “Save Discovery Bay”, and I quote with her permission: “As a ‘tourist’, but also a business...
  • Leave the oil in the ground

    Jamaica has struck oil, black gold. After many years of speculation and guessing it was confirmed early in 2018 that Jamaica does indeed have oil deposits which may be feasible enough to exploit. Normally this would be greeted by cheers of joy and delirium as we in this country...
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    The brave new world of public transportation

    As a child I grew up on public transportation. All of my secondary and most of my tertiary education was pursued under the offerings of the Jamaica Omnibus Service Ltd (JOS) — an English-owned company which was nationalized by the Government of Jamaica in the 1970s before going out...
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    Don’t blame politicians, blame the society that breeds them

    Politicians — everyone loves to hate them. They are hated because they constantly engage in acts contrary to the will of the people; they are made butt of jokes because they do extremely daft things, and we rail against their acts of incompetence because they affect us directly. We...
  • Nationalism needed on this issue of plastic

    Jamaica has taken a big step as it relates to protecting the environment. As of 2019 and phased through to 2020, Jamaica will be banning the importation and production of single-use plastic, styrofoam and cling wrap, in all but the most urgent cases such as hospitals, etc. This step...
  • The real legacy of storytelling

    The art of storytelling is an important tool in the communication and preservation of ideas, information, the retention of religious beliefs, and life skills required for self-preservation under difficult circumstances. For many people across the globe it has been their only method of preserving knowledge and passing these to...
  • Years don’t necessarily make for better relationships

    Years don’t change bad behaviour. A concerted effort and a resolve to change a behaviour is what usually works. That said, many people stay in bad/sad/toxic/dead-end relationships because they have been in it for years, and therefore do not want to “waste those years”. However, the years of being...

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