Trinidad’s ‘Dangerous Dogs’ act and what it says about us

You know a country by how it treats its most vulnerable: its children, its seniors, its ‘differently abled’, its ‘minorities’, its natural environment – including its animals. Shame on us all, mostly for permitting so many governments and political parties to get it so, so wrong for so, so long. Shame. Shame. Shame. The Dangerous Dogs Act is a deeply flawed though well intentioned piece … Continue reading Trinidad’s ‘Dangerous Dogs’ act and what it says about us

Saving the soul of the city | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2011 The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is one of the most impressive historical landmarks in Trinidad & Tobago’s capital of Port of Spain. With a foundation stone laid back in 1816, this magnificent Roman Catholic minor basilica was completed and consecrated in 1851. But after nearly 200 years, the cathedral, which was reconstructed after a 1966 … Continue reading Saving the soul of the city | Caribbean Beat

SOS: Saving Tobago’s turtles | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2011 It’s 4 am. Weary volunteers from Save Our Sea Turtles (SOS Tobago) have been patrolling the beaches since 8 pm the night before, ensuring that the evening’s nesting turtles and their hatchlings go undisturbed by poachers, predators, or even fascinated onlookers. In another 90 minutes or so, the sun will rise over the Caribbean Sea – just in … Continue reading SOS: Saving Tobago’s turtles | Caribbean Beat

Sun, sea and whales | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 Whale-watching may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean, but last December saw the formation of a new organisation, CARIBwhale, designed to change that. In the face of growing aggression from powerful pro-whaling interests worldwide, CARIBwhale is taking a stand to protect these giant creatures and their … Continue reading Sun, sea and whales | Caribbean Beat