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.#AToZChallengeJamaica: L is for Lizard

Susan, doesn’t lounge around showing her fascination for those reptiles less loved by many Jamaicans, especially women 😊🇯🇲🙈

Right Steps & Poui Trees

Lizards are not the most popular animals in Jamaica. In fact, many Jamaicans have a positive dislike for these reptiles, sometimes bordering on a phobia.

The other day, I spent some time observing a lizard in my garden, taking some photographs while he let me.

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Anolis lineatopus. The Jamaican Grey Anole or Stripefoot Anole, which is endemic to Jamaica. (I learned more about the classification of Jamaican lizards, while trying to identify this little chap, than I have ever known before! The internet is a fascinating place.)

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When I first spotted him, there was a female nearby, but she scurried off as I approached. He stood his ground, however, and looked at me askance.

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In fact, he stared at me face to face, not backing down at all…

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He even stuck his dewlap out at me, though I wasn’t quick enough to take a picture of him with it fully…

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So much things to say, right now: A firestorm over the suggestion that we “move on”

Source: So much things to say, right now: A firestorm over the suggestion that we “move on”

Discipline and Development in Jamaica

Excellent tour of the topic. One of my questions is what government does to counter or condone much of this behaviour.

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This article from Caribbean Journal makes so many important points about Jamaican society it is hard to know where to start. I thought I would share it with you, from the Executive Director of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Dennis Chung. It is just common sense!

You can read the article at http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/02/02/discipline-and-development-in-jamaica/

LAST Wednesday I was driving to work when I saw a man throw an orange peel and another item on the road. The confidence with which he seemed to do it implied that he thought that everything was right with what he was doing. He had no consideration for the fact that it would make the streets look unclean, could possibly be a health hazard, and that this sort of action is what contributes to increased costs to clean the streets and gullies.

If enough of this type of behaviour is multiplied then you can see the…

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Human Rights Round-Up

News and Views by Dionne Jackson Miller

Here are a few of the human rights stories making news around the world that I find interesting.

1. Reparations could be a step closer for the indigenous Maya Achi community in Guatemala, three decades after hundreds were killed to clear the way for a dam to be built.

The Guardian reports that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank financed the construction of the dam and survivors have been calling for the institutions to pay reparations for years.

The fresh hope comes as US President Barack Obama prepares to sign a bill that will, among other things, instruct the World Bank and IDB to report on steps taken to implement the provisions of a 2010 reparations plan.

2. The UK government continues to declare that it will not obey a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that a blanket ban on allowing prisoners to vote…

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Human Rights Round-Up

News and Views by Dionne Jackson Miller

Here are a few of the human rights stories making news around the world that I find interesting.

1. Reparations could be a step closer for the indigenous Maya Achi community in Guatemala, three decades after hundreds were killed to clear the way for a dam to be built.

The Guardian reports that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank financed the construction of the dam and survivors have been calling for the institutions to pay reparations for years.

The fresh hope comes as US President Barack Obama prepares to sign a bill that will, among other things, instruct the World Bank and IDB to report on steps taken to implement the provisions of a 2010 reparations plan.

2. The UK government continues to declare that it will not obey a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that a blanket ban on allowing prisoners to vote…

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Cool Sunday, January 19, 2014

This is really a great read each time it appears. Please note also the call for support for the national bobsled team.

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We have a visiting cold front, bringing lovely cool air and lovely rain to some parts of the island. Aah!

Graffiti wars: It’s either smart PR, or clever strategy to lure gang members. Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, who is in charge of West Kingston, stands in front of walls covered with graffiti calling for freedum”  (sic) for the oppressed inner-city area. There were over eighty murders in West Kingston last year. The spelling doesn’t matter, but the police seem happy with the defaced walls. The messages suggest that residents are tired of the lingering influence of Christopher “Dudus” Coke and his cronies. On previous occasions the police have whitewashed out some beautifully painted walls in inner city areas – because they celebrated the lives of supposed gangsters, one assumes. I’ve seen similar wall art in San Francisco in memory of a “ghetto youth” and no one would dream…

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Posting on a different site

Until further notice I will not be making new posts on this site. My commentaries can be found on my Living in Barbados blog (http://livinginbarbados.blogspot.com).