Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge


Our tourism sector has not yet emerged from the doldrums. In Jamaica, while battling COVID-19 with what appear to be depleting resources, we “opened up” to tourism on June 15. Now, close to one month later, we seem to be just feeling our way. Nevertheless, our ever-upbeat Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told us a few … More Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge

A Nicaraguan Ship Carrying 93 Men Brings Three with Malaria


Do we ever think about malaria? Perhaps not as much as we should, although please note – Jamaica is malaria free. A Nicaraguan ship intercepted in Jamaican waters turned out to have three malaria sufferers on board. This is not a question for the Health Ministry of course, but I am wondering why a ship … More A Nicaraguan Ship Carrying 93 Men Brings Three with Malaria

World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration


World Press Freedom Day, May 3, never really strikes me as a “celebration.” In fact, every year it appears less and less so. Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law is this year’s UNESCO theme. It seems appropriate. The catalogue of persecution, oppression, harassment, murder and imprisonment does not cover the past … More World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INDECOM Commissioner Addresses the Issue of INDECOM and Police Effectiveness


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Last night – January 11, 2018, in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town, Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams spoke about the often repeated claim that the work of INDECOM has had a chilling effect on police morale and has…

The IDB Seeks Applications from Regional NGOs for the Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Award


I wanted to share this opportunity for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Latin America/Caribbean region from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). For further information and a link for applications (an online form and a two-minute video is required), please take a look at the website . Applicants should have five years or more of experience … More The IDB Seeks Applications from Regional NGOs for the Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Award

IDB Launches Call for Artists Interested in Development Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean


IDB launches call for artists interested in development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) opens a call for artists who want to offer new perspectives on the development challenges of the region, as well as to demonstrate the immense artistic creativity of Latin America and the Caribbean. Artists from … More IDB Launches Call for Artists Interested in Development Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme


Congratulations to Deonne Smith, the energetic Communications and Partnership Officer at the UN Environment (UNEP) Caribbean Sub-Regional Office in Kingston and a UN volunteer. She will join a number of other young Caribbean conservationists next week at the beautiful St. George’s University campus in Grenada as a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Here … More Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme

Jamaica is Holding Its Own in New World Bank Doing Business 2017 Report


The World Bank has just released one of its Flagship Reports, and one which the Jamaican public and private sectors always pay close attention to. It is entitled: Doing Business 2017 and is subtitled, on a hopeful note, Equal Opportunity For All. The full report and accompanying datasets are available at http://www.doingbusiness.org How did Jamaica fare in the … More Jamaica is Holding Its Own in New World Bank Doing Business 2017 Report