ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition

Well, the past week has been, to say the least, pretty intense. The ever-evolving Eta, as expected, turned around after wreaking havoc in Central America, and passed along to the west of us this time. Our already battered and bruised island had suffered enough. So now, roads have split in two, there is a major … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition

Well, Hurricane Delta went away (taking most of Bluefields Beach in Westmoreland away with it) and we are left to reflect, once more, on our own human fragility in the face of climate change and COVID-19. Some of us would rather pretend, however, and sip on Bacardi or whatever their favorite drink is, without a … More ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, August 16, 2020: Andrew Says Let’s Go, el-Faisal Says Goodbye, and JAMP Says Sorry

This week was a momentous one for those who get excited about elections. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced the date in Parliament (not in front of a large crowd of frenzied supporters, as is normally the case): Thursday, September 3. Nomination Day will be next week – Tuesday, August 18. Thankfully, it will not … More ICYMI in Jamaica, August 16, 2020: Andrew Says Let’s Go, el-Faisal Says Goodbye, and JAMP Says Sorry

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

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

51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Here’s a statement from the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Empowerment and Development, following general elections. Women certainly showed a higher profile during the election campaign, both as candidates and as commentators in the traditional and social media. I look forward to their energetic participation in the new administration.  The 51% Coalition would like … More 51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica ́s General Parliamentary Elections 2016

February 26, 2016 The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in Jamaica, led by former Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mrs. Janet G. Bostwick, congratulates the people of Jamaica on the conclusion of the General Parliamentary Elections on Thursday, February 25. The EOM … More OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica ́s General Parliamentary Elections 2016

CARICOM Election Observer Mission Preliminary Statement on Jamaican General Elections 2016

At the invitation of the Honourable Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty O.J., Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mounted an eleven member CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the General Elections of Jamaica held on 25 February 2016. The team arrived in Jamaica over the period 21 to 22 February 2016. … More CARICOM Election Observer Mission Preliminary Statement on Jamaican General Elections 2016

Dennis Jones’ “Lexi-con for Jamaica’s Next Election”

With general elections now breathing down our necks, and many difficult and disconcerting developments arising, I thought I would “reblog” my friend and fellow blogger Dennis Jones’ witty piece. However, it wasn’t possible, so I have copied and pasted as best I can. If you want to see the many interesting illustrations, I would recommend … More Dennis Jones’ “Lexi-con for Jamaica’s Next Election”

#HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A grey cloud has descended over much of Jamaica. Literally, that is, although in some respects the cloud is a bit more than a weather phenomenon. Everything seems to be a bit of a struggle. Where are we heading? Jamaicans seem uncertain and not entirely hopeful. Or maybe that’s my mood. There is no doubt, … More #HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016