On Martin Luther King Day, When We Are Reminded to Raise Our Voices


Only two weeks into the new year, it is Martin Luther King Day – and it is amidst anger (among African and Caribbean nations in particular, but also across America and the world) at the words of the President of the United States. I have promised myself not to mention his name, nor will I … More On Martin Luther King Day, When We Are Reminded to Raise Our Voices

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…

Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Comment Made by the President of the United States of America


By now, I am sure we all know what the comment was, and I will not repeat it here. Although somewhat belated, I am happy to see that CARICOM has united around this issue, as have many other organisations and individuals. This response was posted on CARICOM’s website at midday today (Saturday, January 13). It is … More Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Comment Made by the President of the United States of America

Submit Your Comments on the Privacy of Personal Data Bill By January 17!


The National Identification and Registration Act 2017 (known as the NIDS legislation) was passed in the House of Representatives on November 21, 2017, amidst considerable public debate. You can read the entire legislation here.  For more information on NIDS, go to the dedicated website. You can also submit queries on the site, which has an extensive … More Submit Your Comments on the Privacy of Personal Data Bill By January 17!

Goat Islands To Become a Wildlife Sanctuary for Endemic and Endangered Species: A Wonderful Win for Jamaica


This is really a Christmas gift from the Government for all those (including myself!) who campaigned for years for Goat Islands to be rescued from the threat of a transhipment port. I remember my heart sinking when former Transport Minister Omar Davies stood in Parliament and referred dismissively to “two likkle lizards.” The Government’s application for the … More Goat Islands To Become a Wildlife Sanctuary for Endemic and Endangered Species: A Wonderful Win for Jamaica

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister


Our precious Cockpit Country is now formally, and officially, protected. At last, the waiting is over and a decision has been made. Please find below a press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group which, while noting one specific concern, welcomes the Government’s efforts to find a solution, with all the conflicting interests. As I noted yesterday, … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister