Thursday, August 17 is Marcus Garvey’s 130th Birthday


On Thursday, August 17, 2017 Jamaica will celebrate our National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s 130th birthday. A few things will be happening: As always, there will be an official floral tribute in National Heroes Park by Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Gender Affairs and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange. Liberty Hall, at 76 King Street in downtown … More Thursday, August 17 is Marcus Garvey’s 130th Birthday

Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations


The Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) did the right thing – after more than a gentle nudge from the Prime Minister, it appears – by resigning yesterday (August 2) in the wake of ongoing major concerns over the issuance of gun licenses to suspected criminals. I wrote about several of these issues in … More Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations

Why Corruption Is a Women’s Issue: An Article by Joan Grant Cummings


A single anti-corruption body. What a marvellous concept; an idea whose time has come. It’s actually long overdue. While many government ministers have been busy with the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference – downtown Kingston was abuzz with activity this week – the long-awaited Integrity Commission Bill landed back with a thump in the Lower House of … More Why Corruption Is a Women’s Issue: An Article by Joan Grant Cummings

WROC and NIA To Launch Skills Training Project to Promote a Culture of Integrity: Wednesday June 28


The combination of the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) and National Integrity Action (NIA) is a powerful one, especially when reaching out to empower members of some of Kingston’s most vulnerable communities. This project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as you read below, it is part of a … More WROC and NIA To Launch Skills Training Project to Promote a Culture of Integrity: Wednesday June 28

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017


Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017


Perhaps a weekend review works better. In any case, it’s two weeks since I last posted an update. There’s much to catch up on! Mostly floods and crime… Please click on the highlighted areas for links to more information… We have had rain and more rain. We have barely recovered from the floods of mid-May – but … More Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017