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
Jamaica’s relationship with Venezuela (generally a warm one during the Chavez era and for decades prior to that) has become increasingly difficult and complex since the political crisis there, which is as yet unresolved. There has been much controversy (and internal disagreement) among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, and Jamaica’s Opposition has spoken loudly about … More Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)
This morning, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith held a press briefing updating journalists on the current situation regarding the Jamaican Government’s planned repurchase of the 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam held by Venezuela’s PDV Caribe. This move, which the Minister stressed was a purely economic one to safeguard the … More Updates From the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade On The Acquisition Of The 49% Shareholding In Petrojam Held By PDV Caribe
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
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, I am wondering if we are actually going to celebrate the holidays this year. Now, I personally am not particularly keen on Christmas (we don’t go to church, and we haven’t had a Christmas tree in years) but now I find myself longing for some Christmas cheer. Why is … More Help! We Need Christmas! Now!
What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018
I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting
What’s happening in Jamaica (and the world)? Far too much to cover it all. August has been pretty intense – which is why I am rather late in posting this. It started with our hottest day in Kingston for 24 years – on August 3 it was just about 37º C. Even the nights have … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: August 19/20, 2017
A few days ago, photos started to appear on my Twitter timeline of a considerable oil spill near Gordon Cay, in Kingston Harbour. Now here is a release from the Jamaica Environment Trust, suggesting that it would be very nice if we could have some information from the relevant Government agencies. Who was responsible, and … More JET Asks: Why No Information on Kingston Harbour Oil Spill?
This will be my very last news post of 2015! As you can see, I have posted hundreds of articles this year – although not all were written by me, because I also like to share interesting stuff that you might otherwise have missed. In the next week or two, I plan to do a … More A Bad Case of Gas, More Gun-Toters and Jamaicans Are Still Hungry: Thursday, December 31, 2015