Tag: security


No, Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is at liberty to propose and bamboozle his subjects with a Ministry of Peace and Human Development, or “Whatever he wants to call it”.Shell-shocked, over-promised, and underdeveloped by governments that insist on patronage as the way to secure their stranglehold on the levers of power, Jamaicans do not have the liberty to hold their breath […]


WTO Urges Move To Trade Ties For Food Security

The World Trade Organization is urging world leaders to strengthen trade ties as food insecurity, and climate change heightens concerns. Deputy Director-General of the WTO Jean-Marie Paugam says the need for countries to use trade to create sustainable and resilient food systems is of fundamental importance in today’s global economy. He was addressing a group of ministers at the recent […]


Jamaica Set To Begin Digitized Traffic Ticketing System

According to Jamaica’s Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, the country will begin an end-to-end digitized ticketing system starting February 1. The Minister said that the system will “not only increase the efficiency of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) officers by ensuring that motorists who break the law receive with immediacy, the prescribed consequence, but […]


IDB — Haiti Set To Get US$60 million Food Security Help

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$60 million in non-reimbursable financing to Haiti to improve the food security of rural households. It said the project will promote rural productivity and connectivity to rural markets. The project will be co-financed with US$18.3 million from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. The IDB said a menu of agricultural technologies has […]


Did The U.S. Get Played By The Afghan Government?

The U.S., in trying to sell democracy around the globe has been generous to a fault, some would say. The country’s foreign assistance is said to support global peace, security, and development efforts, and provide humanitarian relief during times of crisis. According to the Congressional Research Service, foreign aid for the fiscal year 2016, 42% was spent on long-term development, […]


Dr. Chang — “Cybercrime Is A Clear And Present Danger”

In a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) report, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, noted that the Government is committed to improving the national and regional cybersecurity resilience and response. “Cybercrime is a clear and present danger to every country in the region. This is the new frontier of national and regional security resilience, and an […]


Celebrating Chicken Back Day, Where Is The Steak?

Ever so routinely often, the guardrails of Security Guards, militarized police, and soldiers become defenders of our liberty, such that their presence, rather than be repugnant to us, are instead viewed and reflected as manna from heaven and guarantors of our unsecured lives. Our gratitude for this liberation, less we be reluctant or hesitant to recognize our salvation, can always […]


Security Fix?

In The Gleaner, I read that a teacher who pointed a gun at a student and “swung a machete” at a security guard appealed his dismissal and won reinstatement. The points of contention were one; the punishment of job separation was excessive; two, there was no protocol in place to guide the deliberations; and three, the Vice Principal’s haste to […]


Trinidad And Tobago Pastor Charged

The raid last year by Trinidad and Tobago security forces on the Transformed Life Ministry Church has led to the new charge of Pastor Glen Awong. The pastor was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and trafficking in persons. He was offered bail in the sum of $900,000. According to reports, last year October Trinidad and Tobago’s Special Operations Response Team, […]


Jamaica Set To Acquire DNA Database

The Ministry of National Security is to acquire the software and associated equipment for a DNA database at a cost of US$450,000 this financial year. This was announced recently by the Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang. He noted that the acquisition of the DNA database is part of the recent upgrades his Ministry has undertaken in keeping true […]