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?

Celebrating 76 years, the UN focuses on frontline heroes and partnerships

I have been thinking a lot about peace recently, and my thoughts will be in a follow-up post – including the critical role that our young people can and will play. I particularly like the United Nations’ alliterative theme for UN Day this year – all those “P”s! In Jamaica, as almost everywhere else, climate … More Celebrating 76 years, the UN focuses on frontline heroes and partnerships

PSOJ urges a unified approach in the vaccination effort

The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) is sounding a little exasperated, and who can blame them? I attended a press briefing by the Ministry of Health and Wellness this evening (surprisingly, very poorly attended by the media), and came away with the feeling that we are plodding along, doing more of the same – … More PSOJ urges a unified approach in the vaccination effort

“All Jamaica is watching”: Private sector groups join call for assailant in viral video to resign

The two most influential private sector groups in Jamaica have added their voice and supported yesterday’s call from civil society groups for the Member of Parliament to resign. This is their joint statement. The PSOJ had sent out an earlier statement on gender-based violence. Let’s see what happens. April 26, 2021   Private Sector Groups … More “All Jamaica is watching”: Private sector groups join call for assailant in viral video to resign

Jamaica Should Retain its Proactive Stance in Managing COVID-19, Say Private Sector, Civil Society Representatives

I tuned in to a press briefing today organized by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), with four speakers: Keith Duncan, President of the PSOJ; Lloyd Distant, President, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce; Helene Davis-Whyte, President, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions; and gender advocate Nadeen Spence. All four are members of the COVID-19 Task Force team. The word “proactive” featured heavily … More Jamaica Should Retain its Proactive Stance in Managing COVID-19, Say Private Sector, Civil Society Representatives

Roll-out of Relief Programme from PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Begins

Last week, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) provided an update to the public on the progress of its COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund, a partnership with the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and others. It is a carefully targeted fund that aims to provide resources … More Roll-out of Relief Programme from PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Begins

PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date

  I recently mentioned the PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund – and I also mentioned the plight of our most vulnerable citizens during this period. The PSOJ’s Fund – a partnership with three key organizations – is almost half way to its goal. And it has a specific focus on those Jamaicans most in need … More PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date

COVID-19 Update: 47 Cases, Curfew Shenanigans, the Homeless in Jamaica and Generosity

This evening, the Ministry of Health and Wellness shared that we have three new cases today. Details are below. KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, April 2, 2020: The National Influenza Centre has advised that of the five pending test results from yesterday (April 1), two samples have tested negative while three are positive for the Coronavirus Disease … More COVID-19 Update: 47 Cases, Curfew Shenanigans, the Homeless in Jamaica and Generosity

First Imported Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Kingston, Jamaica

Please see the following statement from the Ministry of Health and Wellness at a press briefing at lunchtime today… Ladies and gentlemen of the press, Representatives of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Other stakeholders. Good afternoon. Thank you for joining us this afternoon for what is an important development with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 … More First Imported Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Kingston, Jamaica

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

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