$75 Million Allocated To Retrofit Police Lock-Ups For Children: So What Happened?


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In 2013, the Jamaican Parliament was told that $75 million was to be spent retrofitting five police lock-ups with “child friendly” areas for the detention of children. In 2017, a Parliamentary Committee has now been told that the retrofitting of four lock-ups was completed in 2015 and…

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

Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn


There’s a new online paper Public Opinion launched on March 17. It is Jamaica’s first dedicated online newspaper that aims to bring thought leadership to Jamaica and to uplift public discourse on a wide range of topical issues. It is non-partisan and to this end, representatives of the political parties have agreed to contribute pieces on … More Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016


My first news post of 2016, and nothing of great moment so far – except that Jesse and Walt are in trouble again, this time with Mexican drug dealers… Oh, sorry. We acquired Netflix recently and have become immersed in “Breaking Bad,” which if you haven’t seen it is superior television, even if emotionally draining. New … More New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection


I touched on this issue in a recent post, and am happy to say that I now have the complete text of a speech by Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams to the Rotary Club on Mandeville on August 11, 2015. I am sharing this with you, because I feel Mr. … More Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection

“Informer Fi Dead”: Is It Really The Key Obstacle to Fighting Crime?


Is the allegedly widespread anti-informer mindset (described as “all pervasive” by the Director of Public Prosecutions some months ago) really the main factor in Jamaica’s inability to tackle our endless wave of crime and violence? Here is an article by Jaevion Nelson, a young human rights and development practitioner who writes a weekly column in … More “Informer Fi Dead”: Is It Really The Key Obstacle to Fighting Crime?

“Sick” Police, Ugly Classism and The Onion Makes Jack Warner Cry: Tuesday, June 2, 2015


This is going to be short and sweet, as time is pressing. Times are hard, but at least the weather is kind to us; we have had delicious showers and sunny interludes, and I can spend some time in the garden without burning up. Thank you, O Rain God! Running out of patience: We knew this … More “Sick” Police, Ugly Classism and The Onion Makes Jack Warner Cry: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Marley Celebrated, Women Abused, Opposition Embarrassed: Friday, February 6, 2015


Jamaica is supposed to be celebrating Bob Marley’s seventieth birthday today. Marley is getting plenty of “blessings,” as Kingston is drenched in rain. Oh – I would also like to sincerely wish media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson a happy birthday, too! Tomorrow evening there will be a concert with some Marley sons (I am not sure … More Marley Celebrated, Women Abused, Opposition Embarrassed: Friday, February 6, 2015

Let’s Stand For Government Accountability, Tomorrow: Monday, December 1, Emancipation Park Statue


Tomorrow (Monday, December 1) we will be back! STAND in greater numbers from 4 to 5:30 pm at the statue, Emancipation Park, New Kingston. A “groundation/reasoning” will take place thereafter, ending at 7:00 pm.  Message from the organizers, Jamaica Civil Society Coalition: We must SHOW UP. We go until 7:00pm on Monday. We’ll have a wonderful … More Let’s Stand For Government Accountability, Tomorrow: Monday, December 1, Emancipation Park Statue