Political will and maturity required for a consensus on crime in Jamaica

The number of murders in Jamaica passed the 1,000 mark for the year recently (can you imagine). It is always a grim milestone. We measure our “crime problem” by the number of lives lost – men, women and children – every year. They are not numbers. They are grandmothers. They are schoolchildren. They are abused … More Political will and maturity required for a consensus on crime in Jamaica

States of Public Emergency in Jamaica: For or against, what to do now?

I wrote recently for Global Voices about the imposition of States of Public Emergency (SOPEs) in no less than seven police divisions across the island on November 14, in light of a tremendous spike in our murder rate. Well, the SOPEs will end this weekend, after just two weeks. After hours of debate, the Upper … More States of Public Emergency in Jamaica: For or against, what to do now?

“The greenest since Independence”: Jamaica Labour Party defends its environmental record

As COP26 (the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow) winds on, and Caribbean leaders make wonderful speeches at the podium, the Jamaican Government has been feeling a little pressure at home from some Jamaicans (including myself) who are concerned that the speeches don’t quite match up to activities on the ground. Such activities would include, of … More “The greenest since Independence”: Jamaica Labour Party defends its environmental record

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

#5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

Five per cent annual GDP growth in four years. That’s what #5in4 means. Doable? Well, let’s see now… The Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston was my favorite cinema before it closed a few years back; it had cozy comfortable seats but not many filmgoers. This evening it was the venue for a special event organized … More #5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016

I’ve never seen a Prime Minister singing along to a reggae song at his own swearing-in ceremony, as he did at the just-concluded event at King’s House this afternoon. But there’s a first time for everything… Here’s our new Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ speech as prepared for delivery, which you can read on the Jamaica … More Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016

51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Here’s a statement from the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Empowerment and Development, following general elections. Women certainly showed a higher profile during the election campaign, both as candidates and as commentators in the traditional and social media. I look forward to their energetic participation in the new administration.  The 51% Coalition would like … More 51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

CARICOM Election Observer Mission Preliminary Statement on Jamaican General Elections 2016

At the invitation of the Honourable Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty O.J., Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mounted an eleven member CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the General Elections of Jamaica held on 25 February 2016. The team arrived in Jamaica over the period 21 to 22 February 2016. … More CARICOM Election Observer Mission Preliminary Statement on Jamaican General Elections 2016

Advice of the Attorney General on Issue of Opposition Senators

In yesterday’s post, I discussed the quandary that Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness finds himself in following the judgment of the Constitutional Court last Friday. This afternoon, Attorney General Patrick Atkinson, Q.C. gave his advice and opinion on the matter. This is the press release he issued via the Office of the Prime Minister. … More Advice of the Attorney General on Issue of Opposition Senators

Jamaica Environment Trust Supports Opposition Motion on Goat Islands Port

Here is another development on the issue of the Jamaican Government’s proposal to allow the construction of a transshipment port in the Portland Bight Protected Area. This press release is from the Jamaica Environment Trust, which is spearheading the campaign to prevent the development in this location. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has learned that … More Jamaica Environment Trust Supports Opposition Motion on Goat Islands Port