Jamaica Should Retain its Proactive Stance in Managing COVID-19, Say Private Sector, Civil Society Representatives

I tuned in to a press briefing today organized by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), with four speakers: Keith Duncan, President of the PSOJ; Lloyd Distant, President, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce; Helene Davis-Whyte, President, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions; and gender advocate Nadeen Spence. All four are members of the COVID-19 Task Force team. The word “proactive” featured heavily … More Jamaica Should Retain its Proactive Stance in Managing COVID-19, Say Private Sector, Civil Society Representatives

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: Another Community Quarantine, Electioneering, and Irresponsible Behavior

Happy Independence Day, Jamaica! Our health officials have been trying to press home the need for social distancing and the wearing of masks, as our local transmission numbers for COVID-19 and the numbers of those hospitalized who are suspected of the virus continue to climb. As of today (August 6) we had eight new cases … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: Another Community Quarantine, Electioneering, and Irresponsible Behavior

How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

Kenyan blogger, cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara has done it again! This, his latest blog post on Gathara’s World could apply to Jamaica, don’t you think? Or actually, many other countries. It’s election time in Kenya, and I thank Mr. Gathara for a welcome dose of reality. You can find this article here. In the coming days, especially … More How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

Thank you, Michelle and Suzanne and Max: Let the Dance Begin

I very rarely write about spiritual matters. I have also not commented on the current U.S. election campaign, except to share some tweets. Yet, like many other women around the world, I have been deeply disturbed, spiritually and mentally, by the growing atmosphere – the scornful hatred and the focused disrespect against women (AND girls) … More Thank you, Michelle and Suzanne and Max: Let the Dance Begin

The U.S. Embassy and 51% Coalition Invite Jamaican Youth to View First U.S. Presidential Debate

The U.S. presidential election campaign (and what a strange one it is) is now in its “tun up” phase – to use a current Jamaican phrase. The first Presidential Debate is tomorrow evening, and the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is partnering with the 51% Coalition, and Panos Caribbean as implementing partner, for a live viewing … More The U.S. Embassy and 51% Coalition Invite Jamaican Youth to View First U.S. Presidential Debate

Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016

With a new month, almost on cue everything feels different. The intensity of the summer is gone, but rain clouds constantly gather. For some reason, however, the storms deliberately bypass our little dry garden. It’s most upsetting. And so is this week’s news… I am sad about the People’s National Party (PNP). Some very unpleasant stuff … More Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016

NIA Calls on Director of Public Prosecutions to Prosecute Delinquent Candidates

Well, general elections took place on February 25, and political candidates were to have filed their information on how much they spent on their respective election campaigns not later than April 6, 2016. Now, 41 candidates have not met this deadline and are in breach of the law. How can our lawmakers be breaking their own … More NIA Calls on Director of Public Prosecutions to Prosecute Delinquent Candidates

J-FLAG Focuses on Human Rights Ahead of General Elections

The election campaign began, unofficially, well before Christmas. After a short break it returned, swelling to a crescendo after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced the election date on January 31 (she took a full hour to announce it!) There has been a lot of noise and a lot of unpleasantness, frankly. February has not been … More J-FLAG Focuses on Human Rights Ahead of General Elections

Something Rotten

In the state of Denmark, yes.  A Jamaican version of “Hamlet” would be a challenge for any playwright (who would be our Ophelia, for example?) but let’s just insert the name of our hapless island in there, for Denmark, anyway. Last week was celebrated (if that’s the word) as International Anti-Corruption Day.  And oh, it … More Something Rotten