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

Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years


I was reminded today that there are a few anniversaries in Jamaica this year. One of them is Tyrone Wilson’s tenth. He has reached double digits. I wrote about him a few years ago, after visiting him at the University of Technology Entrepreneurial Centre, an incubator. At age 22, Tyrone was just about to “change … More Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years

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

Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Moves Ahead


Public sector rationalization (“transformation” sounds a little softer) is firmly on the 2017 agenda for Prime Minister Andrew Holness. If you may recall, last year’s Three-Year Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported the Jamaican Government’s goal to “re-orient public resource allocation toward infrastructure, social protection, and security-related spending, while transforming the public … More Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Moves Ahead

Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center


Three days ago, the Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), of which I am a proud member, spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library as part of the CIN 12th Caribbean Lecture Series. While his audience may have been largely members of the substantial Jamaican diaspora in that … More Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center