INDECOM Commissioner Addresses the Issue of INDECOM and Police Effectiveness


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Last night – January 11, 2018, in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town, Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams spoke about the often repeated claim that the work of INDECOM has had a chilling effect on police morale and has…

Do Not Buy Protected Species as Christmas Gifts!


This is a reminder… Note, the Jamaican Slider Turtle is a freshwater turtle (Trachemys terrapin) found only in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning members of the public, who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season, to be careful not to buy protected species. … More Do Not Buy Protected Species as Christmas Gifts!

New UNICEF Report Explores the Impact of the Digital World on our Children


Following on from my last post, UNICEF just brought out its annual report. This year it focuses on the dangers (and benefits) of the Internet for the children of the world. You can look at Jamaica’s statistics on the UNICEF website, and download the report here. UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing … More New UNICEF Report Explores the Impact of the Digital World on our Children

The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls


A couple of days ago, a friend tweeted the following: MISSING TEEN: Ariell Lawrence has been missing since late last night. Last seen in this birthday outfit. After 1 am she took taxi from Portsmouth Portmore to Spanish Town. She texted re feeling unsafe in the taxi & did not arrive. Help to find her. Plz … More The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls

The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017


National Integrity Action (NIA) celebrated its sixth anniversary today (Saturday, December 9) – UN International Anti-Corruption Day. Around 1,500 Jamaicans (mostly young people) from across the island joined the Integrity Gathering in downtown Kingston. NIA founder and CEO Professor Trevor Munroe hearkened back to a meeting six years ago at the University of the West Indies (UWI), … More The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

Canada, CARIMAC Host National Cyber Security Conference Next Week


There’s a lot going on at the moment – I guess before everything goes quiet over the Christmas holiday. An important conference on Cyber Security with a lot of international speakers is coming up. This is yet another huge issue for Jamaica at the moment, with the fierce debate over the upcoming National ID System (NIDS) continuing. … More Canada, CARIMAC Host National Cyber Security Conference Next Week

Jamaica’s Tourism Dilemma: A BBC interview with Minister Bartlett


Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:
The BBC did an interview with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett this weekend. Minister Bartlett is defending the nation’s tourism industry, citing a retention rate of 42 per cent. He is denying that tourists are in danger. This is probably true, as most tourists leave Jamaica unscathed. However, I find the…