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Emma Lewis

London-born, Oxford graduate, living in Kingston, Jamaica for 31 years. Writer, blogger, social media activist. A passion for human rights, the environment, climate change and issues affecting Small Island Developing States. Formerly Public Affairs Specialist at U.S. Embassy Kingston (16 years) and worked in publishing/retail book business (8 years).

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“One, Two, Three!” Jamaicans thrilled by their women sprinters’ Olympic run

The race ended with Elaine Thompson-Herah breaking American sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner's 1988 Olympic record with a time of 10.61 seconds, making her the second-fastest woman ever.

In the face of elite tourism projects, the Barbuda Warbler isn't the only one that might lose its home

After 2017's Hurricane Irma, Barbudans were made to evacuate the island. Little did they know this would coincide with the washing away of their centuries-old communal land rights.

Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A region-wide coalition gets serious about climate change action

"The Caribbean contributes less than one per cent to global greenhouse emissions, but we are increasingly bearing the burden of the environmental devastation that climate change events bring."

Roland Watson-Grant, Caribbean regional winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells a tale of rural Jamaica

"I think the collective Jamaican experience can be summed up in the words of Paulo Coelho: ‘We all have one foot in a fairytale, and the other in the abyss.’"

World Oceans Day: The Caribbean Sea faces dual threat of climate change and overfishing

It is clear the Caribbean is on the frontline of climate change, and its creeping impact on the marine environment is showing itself in various ways.

Jamaica’s ‘Mommy Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is the fastest woman alive

On June 5, Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the second fastest woman in history to win the 100 metres with a blazing 10.63-second run.

As tourists party, citizens under COVID lockdown ask: Are there ‘two Jamaicas'?

When video of an event at a popular entertainment spot emerged, the images of hundreds of maskless revelers partying in close quarters prompted a wave of anger across Jamaica's blogosphere.

Jamaican literacy activist puts more books into the hands of children isolated by COVID-19 restrictions

"For children who were reading before and continue to have access to books, the pages have been a safe place from the pandemic. For others, the situation has worsened."

Jamaican bees are beautiful—and their survival is crucial

Beekeeping has been steadily catching on in Jamaica for some years now, enriching livelihoods, helping the environment, and providing lots of photographic opportunities.

Destruction of coastal forest for a major tourism project raises questions about Jamaica’s climate change posture

"A development of this nature is inappropriate for an area which has been afforded several levels of environmental protections, and is well recognised for its diverse and healthy coastal ecosystems."

Attack on a woman in a parking lot has Jamaicans furious and a parliamentarian in limbo

Anger and cynicism have characterised online discussion about the incident, which fed into the bigger issue of gender-based violence.

Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination blitz administers 75,000 doses just before expiry date

A shipment of 75,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Jamaica on April 8, but expired a few days later, leading to a race against the clock.

Jamaica's spate of femicides raises perennial questions about the influence of dancehall music

The uptick in female murders has the prime minister chastising the perceived influence of dancehall music, and fanning the flames of an issue on which Jamaicans remain quite divided.

Jamaicans agonise, politicians seek solutions after another young woman is killed

News of a young woman's murder comes against the backdrop of record murder rates in Jamaica which, according to one 2020 survey, is the highest in the region.

Bert Rose, pioneer of Jamaica’s independence-era dance movement, dies at 81

"Mr. Rose’s contribution to nation-building has created the foundation for others to rise to their own greatness. He has left behind a legacy that will live on for generations."

Connecting the dots: ‘Motus’ programme uses technology to track migrating birds in the Caribbean

Designed to enable conservation and ecological research by tracking movement, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System has hundreds of receiver stations and thousands of deployed nanotags on over 236 species, mostly...

As Jamaica sends a large shipment of rescue dogs to Canada, animal rights activists hope regional attitudes will change

The foreign rehoming of Jamaican stray dogs is seen as a "game-changer," sending an important message to "those who have been accustomed to treat[ing] dogs with cruelty rather than kindness."

Jamaica's first vaccination day brings optimism, though COVID-19 numbers continue to soar

"As more people get vaccinated, share their experiences, and the effects of fewer [...] severe cases of disease are documented, more people who are currently hesitant about [vaccination] will become...

Reggae icon Bunny Wailer, last of the original ‘Wailers,’ passes away

"We remember with great pride how Bunny, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh took Reggae music to the four corners of the earth."

The misty beauty of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains captured on camera

The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, recently designated a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated its 28th anniversary with a photography competition. Here's a look at the winning entries.

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