Update in Jamaican Parliament on Vaccines and COVID-19: Tuesday, February 2, 2021


Things seem to be happening rather rapidly this year, and it’s hard to keep up. In case any of us are confused or don’t have the current full picture on COVID-19 and the availability of vaccines, etc., I am sharing the text of Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton’s presentation in the House of … More Update in Jamaican Parliament on Vaccines and COVID-19: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition


It’s 2021, and everything seems to be happening at once. It’s hard to keep up. Education, health, crime (crime!!), travel and tourism – and more – all seem to be “hot button” issues. The new year is already shaping up to be quite crowded; we need to wrap our heads around some fundamental issues, and … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”


Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

A New Year Message from CARICOM’s Chairwoman


I am not particularly enchanted by Caribbean politicians on the whole, but I do like the new Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley. She has a deep, rather soothing voice and a straight-forward manner. She is refreshingly lacking in pomposity. I also like the scarves she drapes … More A New Year Message from CARICOM’s Chairwoman

Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge


Co-founder of Solar Head of State James Ellsmoor is forging ahead, encouraging and empowering young people across the Caribbean to think seriously about renewable energy and the impact it can have on their countries. Last year Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented prizes to the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge at Jamaica House (which has now … More Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge

A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana


As I do believe I have mentioned before, James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State, is an innovator (and island lover). He also believes in partnerships. Following last year’s Solar Challenge – a competition to empower  youth – in Jamaica, he has got together an impressive group to sponsor a national competition in Guyana.  … More A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana

Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)


Jamaica’s relationship with Venezuela (generally a warm one during the Chavez era and for decades prior to that) has become increasingly difficult and complex since the political crisis there, which is as yet unresolved. There has been much controversy (and internal disagreement) among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, and Jamaica’s Opposition has spoken loudly about … More Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)

Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland


This month has been tremendously busy  – at home and abroad – with all kinds of weighty matters under discussion and debate. For a start, the Jamaican delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-24) wrapped up warm and travelled to Katowice, Poland, where they worked very hard. Here are a few of my comments … More Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland