New NIDS Bill to be Tabled in Parliament Shortly…and be Passed by Year End?


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
At the first session of the new Parliament on September 29, 2020, Prime Minister Holness made a statement about the National Identification System (NIDS) and laid out the timetable in which he hopes to see the new NIDS Bill passed into law. With legislation that will have…

COVID-19 In Jamaica: Quarantining Communities And a “New Normal” Begins June 1?


Yes, we are going to do both. Our political leaders are heading towards “normal” and “living with COVID” (whatever that is going to look like) while at the same time, numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise and three communities were placed in quarantine today (May 7). There is a great deal of news, derived from two … More COVID-19 In Jamaica: Quarantining Communities And a “New Normal” Begins June 1?

From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19


“World gone suicidal.” So said our cleaning lady as we scrubbed the bathroom from top to bottom this morning. I think that sums things up pretty well, don’t you? A short video clip on Twitter last evening gave me chills. Darkness had fallen over the community of Seven Miles/Eight Miles in Bull Bay – a … More From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19

Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful


As we keep saying to each other: “The heat is on!” We are all shocked by the soaring temperatures across the island. On June 22, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica recorded the highest temperature on record in Kingston – just over 39 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Professor Michael Taylor of the Climate Studies … More Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


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

No Written Rules Banning Sleeveless Dresses: An Access to Information Story


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I look at the Gleaner this morning and see that the issue of the banning of women wearing sleeveless dresses is again in the news here in Jamaica. The Gleaner’s editorial entitled “Dressing Sleeveless in Jamaica” was sparked by social media commentary pointing out “that women in Jamaica…

The JCF and Accountability: A Policeman Speaks Out; and Three Opportunities For Change


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Listen to Nationwide News Network’s special report “Hidden Culture”. It is narrated by Nationwide’s Marjorie Gordon and centres on an interview with a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It is a chilling account of the ways in which extrajudicial killings are carried out and…