“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

Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Well, the week’s not over yet, and it has been pretty intense. News arriving daily, at home and from abroad, has made us sit up and say “What?…Oh, no!” The rain has gone and summer is settling in. I am huddling over the fan. If air conditioning were to fall down from the sky, it … More Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jamaica, Saturday April 9, 2016: Anti-Nepotism, Our CARICOM Grievances and Deaf Can! Coffee is Delicious!

We had rain and yes – plenty of it, in Kingston. Nights are deliciously cool. Our adolescent dog, perhaps invigorated, is busy destroying everything (she does not want to grow up, it appears). She has a particular love of plastic – we should employ her at one of our growing number of recycling centers. The … More Jamaica, Saturday April 9, 2016: Anti-Nepotism, Our CARICOM Grievances and Deaf Can! Coffee is Delicious!

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

“Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

The weather has been cool, damp and low-key – rather unusual for the tropics, but I like it. The garden, which has had to endure some harsh weather this year, likes the frequent showers of rain, too. Nothing low-key about happenings in Jamaica though – in particular, the politics. The party rallies are becoming ever … More “Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

Joint Statement of Civil Society Groups Concerning the Repeated Fires at the Riverton City Dump

Yesterday afternoon (March 17), a group of concerned individuals representing a wide range of civil society, non-governmental and private sector organizations gave a press briefing at the office of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica to express their outrage at the latest fire at the Riverton dump. I would like to add my voice to … More Joint Statement of Civil Society Groups Concerning the Repeated Fires at the Riverton City Dump

“Are the country’s best days behind us or ahead of us?”

I don’t often reproduce speeches on my blog. But at the National Bakery’s launch of its remarkable “Bold Ones” initiative in support of upcoming Jamaican manufacturers, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association of Jamaica Brian Pengelley gave a hard-hitting presentation that made me sit up and think. Apart from the strong points that he made … More “Are the country’s best days behind us or ahead of us?”

Making a Bold Move: Jamaican Manufacturers Step Forward

“We all rely on each other.” So said President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica Christopher Zacca this morning. A simple and true statement. We had better start believing in it. And today, a large and successful Jamaican firm, National Bakery, joined hands with eight new entrepreneurs. These are the “Bold Ones,” the appointed … More Making a Bold Move: Jamaican Manufacturers Step Forward

Sunday Sparkle

I have named my weekly overview thus because we had some glamor and glitter in the Jamaican news this week.  Fun times! Firstly, our Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller appeared in a long sequined gown at the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People Awards in New York.  She looked composed and glamorous, and her face … More Sunday Sparkle