Jamaica Update, June 11, 2021: Shelly-Ann runs like the wind, George Wright makes a cameo appearance, and Mark Golding does TikTok

I have had a long hiatus from my weekly updates. Life has been a little overwhelming. “Tempus fugit.” I am scraping the surface here, but will go more in depth next week and will try to stick to a Friday/Saturday update! Environmental stories will follow in due course and there is much to report; however, … More Jamaica Update, June 11, 2021: Shelly-Ann runs like the wind, George Wright makes a cameo appearance, and Mark Golding does TikTok

An Important Privy Council Ruling on the Promotion of Police Personnel Allegedly Involved in Misconduct

This news received very little coverage in local media – whose recent headlines have primarily involved politics, crime and the annual school athletics battle at the National Stadium. Nevertheless, this is a very important ruling by the Privy Council (which is still Jamaica’s highest court of appeal) in support of an appeal by Jamaicans for … More An Important Privy Council Ruling on the Promotion of Police Personnel Allegedly Involved in Misconduct

Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

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…

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Lawyers Are Busy, The Fire Smolders and a Speech is Interrupted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Well, what a week it’s been. Blustery weather (figuratively and literally) and our dry stretch continues. And the smoke, you may ask? Smoke? Well, since you asked… Rumor has it that the fire at the Riverton Dump is finally out, fifteen carcinogenic days later. It is apparently “smoldering” and some businesses downtown reported smoke nuisance this … More The Lawyers Are Busy, The Fire Smolders and a Speech is Interrupted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Revolving Issues, Costly Matters and a Fraudster Out of Jail: Thursday, January 22, 2015

I often get the sense in Jamaica that things are repeating themselves, over and over. It’s a bit like a revolving door: People (and problems) come in, stay for a little while and then go back out through the door, only to come straight back in again just when you thought they had gone. It’s … More Revolving Issues, Costly Matters and a Fraudster Out of Jail: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amnesty, Tax Delinquents and a Bad Back: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yes, the drought is still on and it’s miserable. Many Kingstonians, uptown and downtown, are without water some or all of the time. We are hanging on by our fingernails, and scouring satellite maps for any sign of clouds. Even more clouds would be nice. We just get burning sun, hotter every day.  So, our … More Amnesty, Tax Delinquents and a Bad Back: Thursday, July 24, 2014