JFJ has questions about Jamaica’s new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs

In the recently reshuffled Cabinet, a whole new Ministry was created. Environment and Climate Change was kicked to the kerb (as I mentioned earlier) and a new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs was set up, to be headed by former Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte. The new Attorney General, Dr. Derrick McKoy, is a … More JFJ has questions about Jamaica’s new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

Jamaica Has 30 Cases of COVID-19, Self-Quarantining, Testing And Other Issues: March 27

This evening’s online press conference produced some revealing information, and more food for thought. Here is an overview: Jamaica has four new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 30. These are as follows: A 87-year-old female from Manchester with a travel history that includes New York; A 51-year-old male from St Catherine with a travel … More Jamaica Has 30 Cases of COVID-19, Self-Quarantining, Testing And Other Issues: March 27

Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice

Another International Day passed without much comment from anybody on the island. I should have posted this last Friday, March 15, which was the actual date of International Day Against Police Brutality. It raises awareness of an issue that persists (and in many places is actually worsening) in developing and developed countries. According to the Independent … More Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

Now, if you read my blog regularly, you will know that almost every Jamaican, at home and abroad, has been agonizing over our soaring crime (read: murder) rate – especially since the start of the year. Murders are up some 30 per cent over the same period last year, which is of course very disturbing. … More Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

A Historic Day: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Comes Into Force

Today is a day of great moment for Planet Earth. The Paris Agreement, signed by 175 countries in New York last Earth Day, April 22, is now in force. This is unexpectedly early, and just ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. How did this happen? Well, the number of countries … More A Historic Day: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Comes Into Force

Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

I am playing some serious “catch-up” now with my newsy stuff. So much has been happening! Please click on the links for more information on these stories I pulled together for you…I’m afraid some of these stories are somewhat depressing. I will try to find some more encouraging ones, next time! Jamaica and the Caribbean The … More Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

Crimes Committed by People on Bail: An Access to Information Story

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Jamaica’s Access to Information (ATI) Act was passed in 2002 and I believe, despite some of the weaknesses which remain in its provisions, it is an extremely important and potentially powerful tool for members of the public. The following objectives are stated in the legislation: In addition…