INDECOM Reports 8 Police Fatal Shootings in the Past Week: Any Body-Worn Camera Footage?


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In two press releases this week, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) reported on eight people having been killed in the past seven days by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). In one of those incidents, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) were also involved.…

Our Roads Are in a Terrible State. NIA Asks: Is Political Favoritism to Blame?


Over the past week or so, on a daily basis, citizens of mostly rural areas of Jamaica have been protesting the appalling state of our roads. We have all observed that the roads have deteriorated even further since this year’s rains set in, opening up yawning potholes, dangerous breakaways and sinking, subsiding surfaces. This is, … More Our Roads Are in a Terrible State. NIA Asks: Is Political Favoritism to Blame?

Kids no Longer to be Sent Home from School Because of Lack of Water, Thanks to Climate Change Grants


Climate change has all kinds of impacts on people’s lives that may not be obvious – but they are there. They may be small things – but they are important to Jamaicans’ lifestyle, healthy living, and productivity too.  I recently visited Mount Airy Primary and Infant School in Clarendon with a team from the Environmental … More Kids no Longer to be Sent Home from School Because of Lack of Water, Thanks to Climate Change Grants

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017


It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Will Award Grants Totalling J$228 Million for Climate Change Adaptation


Are you aware that the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) is doing a great deal of important work, partnering with the Jamaican Government and with funding from the Climate Investment Fund/Inter-American Development Bank? The EFJ has already received hundreds of proposals, conducted site visits in deep rural areas, assessed, approved and disbursed dozens of projects, … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Will Award Grants Totalling J$228 Million for Climate Change Adaptation

Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day: Let’s Start Greening


I should have given you more warning: Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day. Unless the rain washes us all away (which, the way the weather is going, is more than possible) I hope there will be some efforts made to try and redress the balance. Balance? You may ask. Well, yes. You see, although Jamaica’s forests … More Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day: Let’s Start Greening

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian – My Feet Is My Only Carriage


This week’s challenge is, on the face of it, quite straight forward. As Bob Marley sang: “My feet is my only carriage.” Of course, “pedestrian” can also have a different interpretation from that simple meaning. It can just mean someone plodding along, dull and laborious. I have stuck to the literal version, because I do not want to … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian – My Feet Is My Only Carriage