“All Jamaica is watching”: Private sector groups join call for assailant in viral video to resign

The two most influential private sector groups in Jamaica have added their voice and supported yesterday’s call from civil society groups for the Member of Parliament to resign. This is their joint statement. The PSOJ had sent out an earlier statement on gender-based violence. Let’s see what happens. April 26, 2021   Private Sector Groups … More “All Jamaica is watching”: Private sector groups join call for assailant in viral video to resign

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

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

Asma Jahangir, Renowned Human Rights Defender, Dies: Her Visit To and Report On Jamaica In 2003

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I was saddened to learn on Sunday of the sudden death of Asma Jahangir, the remarkable Pakistani lawyer and human rights advocate, who died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Ms Jahangir was a courageous human rights defender, who had great impact within her…

Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017

This is my first news update of the year, and the weather is bright and breezy. After a rather long, lazy Christmas and New Year break (for most) it is time for our island to confront some pressing matters. Right at the top of the list is, inevitably it seems, crime – which did not … More Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017

Young People, Get Out Your 2017 Calendars Now! Save the Date For a Meeting With Obama Advisor Thione Niang

2016 is starting to wind down now, as we are all distracted by family plans, shopping trips and Christmas events. However, 2017 is just around the corner, and here is an exciting event to note in your 2017 calendar! Click on some links below for more information on the dynamic and amazing Mr. Niang! The … More Young People, Get Out Your 2017 Calendars Now! Save the Date For a Meeting With Obama Advisor Thione Niang

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

“A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting

Since the “Brexit” referendum, there have been mutterings in social media about whether Jamaica should leave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – especially in light of the recent concerns over the treatment of Jamaican travelers at some Caribbean airports. How about a “CARICOMexit,” they ask? Well, be that as it may, plans for a Commission to … More “A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting

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

Responses from National Integrity Action, Press Association of Jamaica and Private Sector Groups to PNP Withdrawal from Television Debates

There have been strong reactions to yesterday’s statement from the incumbent People’s National Party (PNP) outlining its stance on televised political debates prior to the February 25 general elections. The PNP’s statement was issued a short time after both parties signed a Political Code of Conduct. Its letter to the Jamaica Debates Commission is also … More Responses from National Integrity Action, Press Association of Jamaica and Private Sector Groups to PNP Withdrawal from Television Debates