COVID-19 in Jamaica: Another Community Under Surveillance

On Friday afternoon (June 26) the Western Regional Health Authority began surveillance for COVID-19 in the community of Norwood, St. James, just outside Montego Bay. The Ministry of Health and Wellness reported: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) this afternoon began community surveillance activity in Norwood, St. James. This comes on the heels of confirmation … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: Another Community Under Surveillance

COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

How is the COVID-19 situation in Jamaica? I am not sure what to say. I have heard a few disturbing anecdotes and reports of returning nationals not quite obeying the home quarantine rules. There have been a few “import-related” cases in recent days – in other words, people coming in, who have infected others. I … More COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

It’s summer camp time, again. The school holidays are long. While more privileged children enjoy exciting activities throughout the summer, and may even travel abroad, for some communities a summer camp is a lifeline for children and their parents. Please see the following urgent message from the Rose Town Foundation, below, and help a child … More The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

Asma Jahangir, Renowned Human Rights Defender, Dies: Her Visit To and Report On Jamaica In 2003

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I was saddened to learn on Sunday of the sudden death of Asma Jahangir, the remarkable Pakistani lawyer and human rights advocate, who died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Ms Jahangir was a courageous human rights defender, who had great impact within her…

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

JCF Administrative Review Committee Clears JCF…Of Pretty Much Everything

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Two days ago (August 8, 2017) Commissioner of Police George Quallo released the “Report of Administrative Review Committee Appointed to Review Conduct of JCF Named Officers During the 2010 West Kingston Operation and Related Matters”. ? (Click for JCF West Kingston Administrative Review Committee Report – June 2017)…

When Will The Public See The JCF Administrative Review Report, Commissioner Quallo?

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Last Friday, July 28, 2017, the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) released the following statement indicating that it has completed an Administrative Review into the May 2010 operation in Western Kingston.Jul.28l.17 – High Command responds to Editorial The release referred to a Gleaner editorial…

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Nearly A Year Later: Time for Western Kingston Commission of Enquiry Recommendations Update

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Next week will be seven years since the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) joint operation in Western Kingston which resulted in the death of more than 70 people. Next month will be a year since the report of the Western Kingston Commission of…

Rolling Jamaica’s Economic Cricket Pitch, Hit and Run Sadness, and Awesome Vets: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yes, it’s been a while… But you know how it is. I have been very busy with one or two projects, while trying to fit them in with the Olympics. To be honest, I have been missing out on the news quite a bit. Oh, and did I mention the heat? I know. Excuses, excuses… … More Rolling Jamaica’s Economic Cricket Pitch, Hit and Run Sadness, and Awesome Vets: Sunday, August 21, 2016