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Saturday, August 7, 2010

TORONTO, Canada (JIS) -- Jamaica's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Christopher Tufton, met on Thursday with Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Carol Mitchell, to discuss topics of mutual interest. The meeting took place at the Ontario Minister's offices in downtown Toronto. read more...



Saturday, August 7, 2010

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) -- World record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt crashed to his first defeat in two years on Friday when America's Tyson Gay won their eagerly-awaited 100m clash at the Diamond League meeting. Gay clocked 9.84sec to edge Bolt, who was second in 9.97sec. read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (OPM) -- Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding will pay an official visit to Bogota, Colombia, from August 6-9, to participate in a number of activities including the official swearing-in of the newly elected Colombian President Dr Juan Manuel Santos. Golding will have a busy first day... read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) -- World record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt and American rival Tyson Gay clash for only the third time in the 100m on Friday, but Asafa Powell has been forced out through injury. Bolt has ruled out lowering his world record at the Diamond League meeting. read more...



Thursday, August 5, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (OPM) -- Jamaica will host the Commonwealth Regional 'Conflict of Interest' Workshop from September 27 to 28. The two-day workshop will provide public officials with tools to address potential conflicts of interest. They will also be invited to adopt a Code of Conduct. read more...



Monday, August 2, 2010

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) -- Slovenia failed to reach the final of the women's 4x100m relay at the European Championships, but 50-year-old Merlene Ottey intends to keep on running. The former Jamaican sprinter became the oldest athlete in the history of the competition. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

MIAMI, USA (JIS) -- Jamaica's Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson, has assured nationals in Miami that relations between Jamaica and the United States remain strong. He cited President Barack Obama's nomination of career diplomat, Pamela Bridgewater, as Ambassador to Jamaica. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) - Jamaican and US sprint teams are set to face off at next month's athletics meet in Zurich, with the teams led by Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay lining up to challenge world records, organisers said on Thursday. Jamaicans and Americans are also set to clash in the individual races. read more...



Thursday, July 29, 2010

TORONTO, Canada (JIS) -- Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda is urging businesspeople in Canada to look to Jamaica, noting that Jamaica has a lot to offer investors. Samuda was speaking to potential investors and people already doing business in Jamaica. read more...



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says Kingston has begun to record improvement in visitor arrivals, following a fall-out resulting from the West Kingston unrest in May. This comes as welcome news for the capital city's tourism product, which was dented by the unrest. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is determined to carry on its operations to restore security, peace and order in Jamaica, despite the sudden ending of the State of Emergency in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine, says Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Real Change for Jamaica-Discussion Forum (“RCFJ”) is the world's largest USA based online Jamaican Discussion Forum, and Political Watchdog Group. As an independent, non-partisan group, our primary interest is to advocate for the best interests of Jamaica, and Jamaicans, both in Jamaica and in... read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, has announced a series of multi-pronged anti-crime strategies, which came into effect on Thursday, following the expiration of the State of Public Emergency in Kingston and St. Andrew, and St. Catherine. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- There are indications that the marketing initiative undertaken by Jamaica's Tourism Ministry in key overseas markets, to counter the negative publicity generated by the West Kingston unrest, is yielding fruit. In the aftermath of the unrest in May, Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett... read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Executive Director of Jamaica's Broadcasting Commission, Cordell Green, has emphasised the important role traditional media plays in the timely dissemination of accurate and credible information, citing shortcomings in the area of 'new media' outlets. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

MONACO (AFP) -- American Tyson Gay threw down the gauntlet to Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell by powering his way to victory in the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meet here on Thursday. As Bolt and Powell took a break, Gay provided the main focus with the American following his... read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- A senior US envoy will hold talks in Jamaica next week in the wake of a deadly assault on the island that led to the extradition of a suspected drug lord to the United States, officials said on Tuesday. Arturo Valenzuela, the assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere... read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, has said that criminals and gangs linked to transnational criminal networks threaten new opportunities for development and progress in developing countries. "Crime is the single most important deterrent... read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

PARIS, France (AFP) -- Sprint star Usain Bolt will head home to Jamaica for two weeks of intensive core strengthening as his comeback from an Achilles tendon injury saw him notch up another 100m victory. Bolt ran a meet record of 9.84 seconds at Friday's Paris Diamond League, with Asafa Powell 0.07sec back. read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (JIS) -- Jamaica's Ambassador to United States, Audrey Marks, has appealed to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the Jamaican government's bold efforts to establish sustainable socio-economic intervention programmes in vulnerable communities. read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica will be strengthening economic diplomacy, in order to help steer the country out of the grip of the global financial crisis and lay a solid foundation for future progress, said Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs, Dr Kenneth Baugh. read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, has said that engagement of the Jamaican Diaspora will continue to remain an important priority for the Jamaican government. Speaking during the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday... read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is to establish an Embassy in Kuwait City, the capital and largest city of the Arab emirate of Kuwait, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, has announced. Baugh was making his contribution to the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate. read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

PARIS, France (AFP) -- World sprinting sensation Usain Bolt comes up against Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell in the 100m for the first time this season at Friday's IAAF Diamond League meeting here. Bolt, the reigning world record holder in the 100 and 200m, opened his season with a 9.86sec outing in Daegu. read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Coffee Industry Board on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Hangzhou Coffee and Western Food Association from China, which will create another market for the distribution of premium Jamaican coffee. read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has called on the Jamaican business community to intensify its partnerships with businesses in other CARICOM states. Persad-Bissessar said this was needed to ensure that member states reap optimal benefits. read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PARIS, France (AFP) -- Jamaica's sprint superstar and keen football fan Usain Bolt on Monday acknowledged that Spain deserved to win the World Cup, but admitted to having supported losing finalists the Netherlands. The triple Olympic sprint champion, a self-confessed fan of current Argentine star Lionel Messi... read more...



Monday, July 12, 2010

NEWCASTLE, England (AFP) -- Tyson Gay, the 2007 double world champion, won his sprint showdown with Jamaica's Asafa Powell at the British Grand Prix athletics meet here on Saturday. The American, who has been struggling with a hamstring problem, twice dipped below 10 seconds. read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has confirmed that her government is prepared to honour the deal between Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines (CAL). She made the disclosure during a press briefing on Thursday in Jamaica.  read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has described the 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held this week July 4-7 in Montego Bay, as successful. Wrapping up proceedings at a press conference... read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) -- Jamaica's Olympic and world 100 meters champion Shelly-Ann Fraser has tested positive, her track club (MVP) president Bruce James said. Fraser, 23, was due to run at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday but withdrew before the start of the event. read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt's remaining 200 meters season may be in jeopardy because of a strained Achilles tendon, the Jamaican said on Wednesday. "I have no idea, but I am praying on it," Bolt told a news conference when asked if he would run another this season. read more...



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, has challenged leaders to make the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), now underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the turning point for the region. He was speaking at the opening ceremony... read more...



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Free Air Policy will get a boost from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference, which ended on Friday with the signing of 15 Air Services Agreement with member states at the Conference. There was high praise for the International Conference on... read more...



Monday, July 5, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The governments of Jamaica and Brazil are to embark on a technical co-operation project, following approval by Cabinet. Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz, made the announcement on Wednesday. read more...



Monday, July 5, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Following Thursday's international launch of the Ramphal Commission on Migration and Development in the Commonwealth in London, a Caribbean launch was held on Sunday in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sunday's launch took place during the 31st Regular Meeting of the... read more...



Monday, July 5, 2010

EUGENE, USA (AFP) -- Reigning Olympic and World 100 metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser takes the job of being a role model very seriously. "It is not easy being a role model but I am good at it," said Fraser. "I am just a normal person. I am quiet and I am a very sweet and warm person. I used to have a role model." read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (JIS) -- Senior United States Democratic Congressman, Charles Rangel, has reaffirmed his support for Jamaica, and says he is looking forward to seeing how he can play a part in the development agenda for the island. Rangel reiterated the long friendship between himself and Jamaica. read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Community Council of Ministers of CARICOM and the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations will convene in Montego Bay, Jamaica, ahead of Sunday’s formal opening of the 31st Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's House of Representatives has finally approved an amendment to the Jury Act to allow for majority verdicts, of no less than nine to three among a 12-man jury, in non-capital murder cases. Prime Minister Bruce Golding opened debate on the Bill on Tuesday June 15. read more...



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