Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index


National Integrity Action (NIA) held a virtual press briefing this morning, to announce Jamaica’s latest rating on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The island is ranked at 69th out of 179, alongside Tunisia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Hungary, and Romania. Six CARICOM countries are ranked higher than us: that is, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the … More Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition


This year is going to be warming up, according to my friends who do weather. It seems to be warming up in more ways than one. Our yard is turning into a dust bowl. We have had no rain since Christmas in Kingston. Other things are warming up too – the gently rising COVID-19 cases … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition

An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister


Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton updated the Lower House this afternoon on the situation regarding COVID-19 and the possibilities regarding a vaccine. It’s really a mixed picture of some successes, some concerns – and otherwise hanging in there and continuing to believe that “this too shall pass.” I have highlighted a few … More An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister

Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing


Today, October 1, 2020, is the International Day of Older Persons. The theme (like most other themes for discussions and commemorations, these days) includes reference to the ever-present virus: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing? According to the United Nations: “Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in … More Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

Roll-out of Relief Programme from PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Begins


Last week, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) provided an update to the public on the progress of its COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund, a partnership with the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and others. It is a carefully targeted fund that aims to provide resources … More Roll-out of Relief Programme from PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Begins

Jamaica Records Its First Death from COVID-19 and Other News on March 18, 2020


There was another press briefing this evening at the Office of the Prime Minister. Here are the highlights and you can watch it all here. Firstly, a Jamaican man from Clarendon, traveling from New York, sadly passed away from COVID-19 at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. He was 79 years old and already suffering from diabetes … More Jamaica Records Its First Death from COVID-19 and Other News on March 18, 2020

COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Jamaica has confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 13, as of this evening (March 17). This case is linked to “Patient 1” (formerly called “Patient Zero”) who traveled from the UK  on March 4 for a family funeral, and linked to the Bull Bay area now under quarantine. Five results were … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities


Social inclusion is more than a buzzword. It is, and has to be, an action-oriented concept. The expression refers to embracing, in an proactive way, citizens who are regularly excluded from the everyday activities of life. It has to be deliberate, and ongoing. Last week, the Inter-American Development Bank came out in support of inclusion, … More IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges


A disturbing report in the Jamaica Gleaner recently highlighted the issue of unregistered nursing homes on the island. Here is the response of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP). Be careful! With so many homes for the elderly unregistered, do check the list of those registered posted below, before making any arrangements for your loved … More Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges

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