IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19


Yesterday (Friday, March 5) Jamaica recorded its highest ever number of new cases (527). In the past seven days, 29 people have died from COVID-19 and we have had around two thousand new cases. We have COVID-19 cases in every community, in every parish. As we are still waiting for the vaccine (the first batch … More IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19

ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition


I would like us to go back to quiet, low key life on our island, where nothing much happens. The past week has not been in the least quiet or low-key. Crime and COVID-19 are running along hand in hand and picking up speed; and the Prime Minister seems to be busy with something else. … More ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition

Kingston Creative partners with IDB Lab to enhance global market access for Creative Entrepreneurs


Andrea Dempster Chung is one of those determined Jamaican women who sticks to their vision, remains focused, and makes it happen. Kingston Creative – that blossoming of the arts in downtown Kingston – is her brainchild and a shining example of the amazing potential of Jamaica’s creative industries. My favorite memory of the pre-COVID days … More Kingston Creative partners with IDB Lab to enhance global market access for Creative Entrepreneurs

An Appeal for André Thomas: A Member of Stand Up for Jamaica, in Need of Help


Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) is a human rights non-governmental organization, which works diligently for the rehabilitation and welfare of our prisoners. SUFJ is supporting an urgent fund-raising initiative started by Alexis Goffe. André Thomas is 39 years old and he is a prisoner at Tower Street Correctional Centre. André was a member of the Stand Up … More An Appeal for André Thomas: A Member of Stand Up for Jamaica, in Need of Help

ICYMI in Jamaica, February 2, 2021: The Degenerate Behavior Edition


Happy World Wetlands Day! There have been several events on the day, although mostly virtual – including an Instagram chat organised by the #WetlandWarriors – yes, the #Youth4PuertoBueno strike again! Crime and violence continues to hit the headlines, COVID-19 churning away in the background, and social media is wringing its collective hands over it all. … More ICYMI in Jamaica, February 2, 2021: The Degenerate Behavior Edition

IDB Invest and JMMB Bank promote access to financing for small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica


We are constantly seeking solutions, in these uncertain times. Why are small and medium-sized enterprises missing out so badly on financing? The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has partnered with JMMB Bank (Jamaica) Limited to try to address this. IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, signed an agreement with JMMB Bank (Jamaica) Limited, which … More IDB Invest and JMMB Bank promote access to financing for small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica

Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index


National Integrity Action (NIA) held a virtual press briefing this morning, to announce Jamaica’s latest rating on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The island is ranked at 69th out of 179, alongside Tunisia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Hungary, and Romania. Six CARICOM countries are ranked higher than us: that is, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the … More Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index

The Extinction Variations: An Elegy for Earth’s Abundance and a Call to Action


The arts can be a powerful vehicle to express our concern over the ongoing annihilation of our Planet – as vividly and in as many and diverse ways as the arts offers. Here is just one such vehicle. This is from a completely different culture to Jamaica’s; but it is an example of what can … More The Extinction Variations: An Elegy for Earth’s Abundance and a Call to Action

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition


This year is going to be warming up, according to my friends who do weather. It seems to be warming up in more ways than one. Our yard is turning into a dust bowl. We have had no rain since Christmas in Kingston. Other things are warming up too – the gently rising COVID-19 cases … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition

A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Manchester, Vaccines, Testing and More


This morning the Ministry of Health and Wellness held a press briefing. This was most welcome as we had not had one since January 2, and a lot has happened since then. So it was fairly long and time ran out before the Minister had got through all the questions (I am waiting for answers … More A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Manchester, Vaccines, Testing and More