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Trinidad Muslim leader told to face reality of past actions

October 23, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a statement issued on Tuesday, Minister of National Security Senator Gary Griffith said that local Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr needs to face reality and not to blame Trinidad and Tobago for his recent detention and expulsion by Jamaican authorities.

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

Queen's College Guyana tops CSEC again

October 21, 2014
Queen's College Guyana tops CSEC again BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CXC) -- A student from Queen’s College in Guyana is once again the Most Outstanding Candidate in the region in the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Elisa Hamilton leads a trio of Queen’s College top performers.

Trinidad coup leader wants CARICOM to intervene in his detention in Jamaica

October 20, 2014
Trinidad coup leader wants CARICOM to intervene in his detention in Jamaica PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leader of the Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen group in Trinidad and Tobago, Yasin Abu Bakr, who staged a violent, unsuccessful coup attempt in 1990, sat immediately beneath a sign at his Mucarapo Secondary School that read: “Islam is the way” when he told the media...

Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaican students share CAPE Awards

October 20, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaican students share CAPE Awards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Students from schools in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica dominated the awards for the Most Outstanding Performance in the 2014 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). The awards were announced last Thursday at the meeting of CXC’s Sub-Committee...

Letter: Issues surrounding the foolish deportation of Abu Bakr

October 20, 2014
Letter: Issues surrounding the foolish deportation of Abu Bakr This is a call upon Jamaicans to take note of the full import of the decision by the Jamaican government, led by the Ministry (Minister) of National Security, to ban Abu Bakr from Jamaica. Jamaicans concerned about freedom of speech and freedom of movement and the right to travel within CARICOM...

Anniversary of Million Man March commemorated in Jamaica

October 18, 2014
Anniversary of Million Man March commemorated in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A public conference commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, DC, will highlight Nation of Islam Leader, Louis Farrakhan’s week-long visit to Jamaica from October 15 to 22. The conference is slated for the National Arena on Sunday.

Alcoa to sell Jamaica bauxite and alumina stake

October 18, 2014
Alcoa to sell Jamaica bauxite and alumina stake NEW YORK, USA -- Alcoa and Noble Group Ltd have signed a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) selling 100 percent of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture to Noble for $140 million.

Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary

October 18, 2014
Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary In our attempt to limit the impact of the impending Ebola virus on our fragile Jamaican healthcare system and more importantly the people, we have finally come to decision to follow Colombia and St Lucia with a ban on foreign travellers who have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in the last 28 days.

Trinidad coup leader refused entry into Jamaica, detained at airport

October 17, 2014
Trinidad coup leader refused entry into Jamaica, detained at airport KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leader of the Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen group in Trinidad and Tobago, Yasin Abu Bakr, who staged an unsuccessful coup attempt in 1990, was refused entry into Jamaica on Tuesday and later detained by security at Norman Manley International Airport after becoming agitated.

Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola

October 17, 2014
Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heads of state and government and other representatives of the countries that make up the regional integration bloc Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-Treaty of Commerce for the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), will meet in Havana on October 20 to address the prevention...

IMF and Jamaica to hold high-level conference on growth in the Caribbean

October 16, 2014
IMF and Jamaica to hold high-level conference on growth in the Caribbean MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in collaboration with Jamaica’s ministry of finance and planning will hold a high-level conference on “Unlocking Growth in the Caribbean” on October 23-24, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The event will focus on how to unlock...

Jamaican national security minister calls for militant regional response to Ebola threat

October 15, 2014
Jamaican national security minister calls for militant regional response to Ebola threat KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- With countries of the Caribbean region and Latin America at risk of a potential outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Jamaica’s minister of national security, Peter Bunting, has called on countries to take steps to protect their borders, and to treat it as a national security threat.

Jamaica increases Ebola preparedness

October 11, 2014
Jamaica increases Ebola preparedness KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaican authorities have stepped up planning for the prevention of Ebola and for effective management, should the virus present itself in the island. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Thursday during a press briefing.

New mangrove restoration project for Jamaica

October 11, 2014
New mangrove restoration project for Jamaica FALMOUTH, Jamaica -- This week, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launches a year-long project to restore mangroves in Jamaica called the Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves In Nature (JAMIN) project. The venture, joined with the University of the West Indies -- Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory...

Trinidad claims all border laws complied with after 13 Jamaicans denied entry

October 10, 2014
Trinidad claims all border laws complied with after 13 Jamaicans denied entry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Minister of national security, Senator Gary Griffith, has stated that the actions taken by immigration officers at the Piarco International Airport to deny entry to 13 Jamaicans on September 30, 2014, were fully compliant with Trinidad and Tobago’s Immigration Act.

Diaspora encouraged to invest in Jamaica stock market

October 10, 2014
Diaspora encouraged to invest in Jamaica stock market KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Members of the Jamaican Diaspora are being encouraged to actively participate in the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) as a means of helping to drive economic growth in the country. “The Diaspora presents a wonderful opportunity to help the development of the country...

Sports Photo Feature: Jamaican National Women's Team beat Florida Kraze/Krush

October 8, 2014
Sports Photo Feature: Jamaican National Women's Team beat Florida Kraze/Krush WINTER SPRINGS, USA -- The Florida Kraze/Krush women’s football team hosted the Jamaican National Women’s Team at Central Winds Park, Winter Springs, near Orlando, on Monday. The Reggae Girlz, who are preparing to qualify for the World Cup in Canada next summer...

Epic film trilogy to be produced in Jamaica

October 4, 2014
Epic film trilogy to be produced in Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, director of Rose Hall Developments Ltd, will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer -- The White Witch Of Rose Hall.

Letter: Public hospitals in Jamaica - a death trap

October 4, 2014
Letter: Public hospitals in Jamaica - a death trap The recent report of the death of Jason Forbes on the hospital floor of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Spanish Town Hospital brings into stark reality the fate that my family narrowly escaped a few months ago on two occasions. Consequently, we as a people can no longer sit back...

Spectre of climate change looms large, say small island nations

September 29, 2014
Spectre of climate change looms large, say small island nations NEW YORK, USA -- Leaders of small island developing states (SIDS) on Friday urged the United Nations General Assembly to prioritize climate change and assist in their front line battle against its mounting impact. The president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, said that the survival of this group of states...

Canada commits to supporting justice reforms in Jamaica

September 29, 2014
Canada commits to supporting justice reforms in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Canadian High Commissioner Robert Ready has pledged the continued commitment of the Canadian government to Jamaica’s justice reform goals. He gave the commitment, while addressing the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme...

Open letter to the collective, political state leadership in Jamaica

September 29, 2014
I write to you collectively and publicly to make the point that in the face of a human rights crisis in Jamaica you have not been able to respond to the crisis in a decisive way, either in your individual portfolio capacity or, collectively as government. You seem either to not recognize the crisis...

Marketing plans afoot for Jamaican marijuana

September 27, 2014
Marketing plans afoot for Jamaican marijuana PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the coming weeks, the government of Jamaica has committed itself to legalizing “the weed” – a move that Jamaica's minister of tourism, Wykeham McNeill, indicated “can only be good for tourism”. A few other people, especially the Miller family, which owns the...

IMF approves US$68.8 million disbursement to Jamaica

September 25, 2014
IMF approves US$68.8 million disbursement to Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday completed the fifth review of Jamaica’s economic performance under the program supported by a four-year, SDR 615.38 million (about US$932 million at the time of approval) arrangement.

Jamaica credit rating moves from stable to positive

September 25, 2014
Jamaica credit rating moves from stable to positive KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- International credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), has improved its outlook on Jamaica from stable to positive. In a release on September 19, Standard and Poor’s says it has affirmed its ‘B-’ long-term foreign and local currency and ‘B’ short-term foreign...

Jamaica to launch business reforms under competitiveness and growth project

September 25, 2014
Jamaica to launch business reforms under competitiveness and growth project KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the wake of Jamaica’s recent eight-point advance in the Global Competitiveness Report rankings, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been appointed to coordinate the first component of a US$50 million World Bank Project geared at improving the country’s business environment.

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