A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence is Golden in Jamaica


Silence is not an easy thing to find these days anywhere – let alone in Jamaica, which is a noisy place. This week’s photo challenge is, therefore a tricky one, in that complete silence is virtually an impossibility. However, we all search for calm and quiet. Some places have silence; history has a silence of … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence is Golden in Jamaica

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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