National Integrity Action: It’s Time For Some Good News on Jamaica

“You could call this a ‘good news’ press conference,” said National Integrity Action (NIA) Chairman Martin Henry, welcoming the Jamaican media and others this morning for a briefing on the new Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2015 released today by Transparency International (TI) in Berlin. NIA is the Jamaica Chapter of TI. You can download the … More National Integrity Action: It’s Time For Some Good News on Jamaica

Tears and Trauma in Tivoli, Inappropriate Remarks and A “Goat Pen” to be Renamed: Friday, September 11, 2015

This has been an interesting week. All kinds of discoveries and revelations seem to be popping up in rather unexpected places. It’s election time, and grand announcements are also the order of the day. Oh, and by the way, the drought continues (at least in Kingston). Which reminds me… Water: How about this idea, Ministry of … More Tears and Trauma in Tivoli, Inappropriate Remarks and A “Goat Pen” to be Renamed: Friday, September 11, 2015

Know Your Right, Know Your Vote, Know Your Responsibility

Unless you have been living under a rock (as they say) you would know that general elections are in the air. Three-quarters of last night’s television news broadcasts consisted of political party rallies (we need to watch these; are relevant issues, important to the Jamaican people, addressed at these rallies, or is it just “ray, … More Know Your Right, Know Your Vote, Know Your Responsibility

Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

We have had an amazing two weeks with family, exploring various corners of the island, eating too much jerk chicken and drinking too many sodas, while dandling our small grandson on our knees. It has been quite a long break, and I won’t attempt to go back over the past two weeks or more; I … More Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

UWI’s New Ganja Plantation, A Cable Debacle and a Sign Disappears: Friday, April 24, 2015

Well! In just a few days since I last wrote, we have seen some interesting developments. I have been dashing up and down the city in the ever-growing heat (is it really still only April?) but will backtrack a little now and go over some of the mini-dramas that have occurred meanwhile. Hyper-ventilating: Government ministers and … More UWI’s New Ganja Plantation, A Cable Debacle and a Sign Disappears: Friday, April 24, 2015

Women’s Sector Elects Representative to the Partnership for Jamaica

Twenty-eight representatives from various organisations in Jamaica’s women’s sector met recently to discuss its continued participation in the Partnership for Jamaica (PFJ) and to elect a four-woman team that will attend the meetings on behalf of the sector. The four women are: Nadeen Spence – President, Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Marcia Forbes – Executive Chairperson, … More Women’s Sector Elects Representative to the Partnership for Jamaica

Our Mosquitoes Get a Shock, The Cop/Robber, and Obama Day Draws Nigh: Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Easter weekend has been breathtakingly quiet in Kingston. Our neighbors have all flitted off to the country, leaving us to wander around the yard in peace and quiet, listening to the birds, enjoying light rain showers, and admiring the few orchids we possess, which seem to be indulging our wishes and actually blossoming, for … More Our Mosquitoes Get a Shock, The Cop/Robber, and Obama Day Draws Nigh: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Shooting Yourself in Both Feet, The Power of Wind – And Yes, We Still Have Chik V Pains: Thursday, February 26, 2015

We are into the Lenten season now (for those who are of religious persuasion) and the pre-Carnival season (for the hedonists among us), with weekly soca sessions in . It’s an odd combination, isn’t it? The timing of Jamaica’s Carnival, a foreign import that started in the late 1980s, is from a religious point of … More Shooting Yourself in Both Feet, The Power of Wind – And Yes, We Still Have Chik V Pains: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Partnership for Jamaica: Letter from the Environmental Sector to the Prime Minister

Please find below a press release posted by the environmental sector, together with the text of the letter sent to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, to be read out at today’s meeting of the Partnership for Jamaica (PFJ). Environmental sector suspends attendance at Partnership for Jamaica meetings Following sector-wide consultation and participation in two meetings … More The Partnership for Jamaica: Letter from the Environmental Sector to the Prime Minister

The Partnership for Jamaica: Letter from the 51% Coalition to the Prime Minister

Please see below a letter to the Prime Minister submitted by 51% Coalition re: the suspension of participation of the Women’s Sector in meetings of the Partnership for Jamaica (PFJ). This was delivered to Jamaica House a little after 2pm yesterday (December 15). The Coalition has requested the Governance Committee to read the letter at … More The Partnership for Jamaica: Letter from the 51% Coalition to the Prime Minister