Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 8, 2017


It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Here’s an update of the week’s news and issues. I hope you find it useful! I am adding more links so you can read more about these stories. I’ve highlighted one or two “big stories” in purple. P.S. Happy Europe Day! That is actually tomorrow, … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 8, 2017

51% Coalition Calls for Accountability at Port Authority of Jamaica


This week, some startling news emerged regarding activities at the Port Authority of Jamaica, a major Government agency. An Auditor General’s (AG) report tabled in Parliament on July 25 revealed millions of dollars in bonus over-payments to senior employees at the Authority and multiple pensions to the same individuals. The employment contracts for 14 senior officers … More 51% Coalition Calls for Accountability at Port Authority of Jamaica

#AtoZChallengeJamaica A is Audley Shaw, a man of whom we’re hardly sure?


Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
Audley Shaw isn’t new to finance minister ‘rodeos’. I’m getting a first chance to observe him closely on this ride. He’s theatrical and best when ‘off the leash’; he’s Mr. Ray-ray. Though he tempers that in Parliament, it’s still there: watch this CEEN TV clip He’s good for a…

Jamaica, Sunday, May 15, 2016: One Point Five, Men in Hard Hats, Thumbs Down Queen’s School, #SaveGoatIslands


It has been a very busy and somewhat turbulent week – rather like the weather, which is sunshine in the morning and rain in the afternoon, with a bit of thunder and lightning thrown in. We are remembering that one year (and two years) ago, we were already deep into drought conditions. I for one … More Jamaica, Sunday, May 15, 2016: One Point Five, Men in Hard Hats, Thumbs Down Queen’s School, #SaveGoatIslands

National Integrity Action Comments on the Throne Speech and Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation


The Official Opening of Parliament took place yesterday, with all the “olde worlde” colonial pomp and ceremony. Members of Parliament and their spouses, all dressed up to the nines, walk self-consciously down Duke Street to the unprepossessing little building that is our Parliament. Supporters of both political parties were ordered to keep their distance, even further … More National Integrity Action Comments on the Throne Speech and Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation

Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French


I am a little late sharing this, but for those of you who have not yet read it – it’s a provocative read. Now, since the article was written immediately after the elections, the reference to the results in the first paragraph is now dated, as the seat count remained at 32 – 31. However, … More Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French