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ILO opens meeting of Caribbean ministers of labour in Jamaica

February 25, 2017
ILO opens meeting of Caribbean ministers of labour in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (ILO) -- The director-general of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has opened in Jamaica a meeting with labour ministers and government representatives of 17 countries of the Caribbean, stressing the need to face the challenges of the world of work.

South Florida man arrested in connection with fraudulent Jamaica lottery scheme

February 24, 2017
South Florida man arrested in connection with fraudulent Jamaica lottery scheme MIRAMAR, USA -- A 49-year-old Florida man has been arrested in Miramar, Florida, in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica, following the return of a 12-count indictment against him by a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida. Claude Shaw aka Mac and Claude Mac...

Grenada PM requests Bolt's participation in inaugural Invitation track and field meet

February 21, 2017
Grenada PM requests Bolt's participation in inaugural Invitation track and field meet TORONTO, Canada -- Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has made a special request of his Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Holness to get Jamaica’s superstar multiple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, to Grenada for the inaugural invitation track and field meet on April 8 in St George's.

Dual Jamaican-US Citizen sentenced in lottery fraud scheme based in Jamaica

February 20, 2017
Dual Jamaican-US Citizen sentenced in lottery fraud scheme based in Jamaica CHARLOTTE, USA -- A dual Jamaican and US citizen charged in connection with the operation of a Jamaican-based fraudulent lottery scheme was sentenced on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Felecia Roxanne Lindo, 33, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and three years’ supervised release.

Jamaica to benefit from framework agreement with China

February 18, 2017
Jamaica to benefit from framework agreement with China KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is to benefit from increased investments in infrastructural development and other critical areas, following the signing of an agreement with China. Through a framework agreement, both governments will be collaborating on various production capacity and...

Jamaica looking to strengthen trade relations with EU

February 17, 2017
Jamaica looking to strengthen trade relations with EU KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica is examining ways to utilise more effectively the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to strengthen Jamaica’s trade relations with the 27-member EU. This is against the background of...

Jamaica implements IMF enhanced general data dissemination system

February 17, 2017
Jamaica implements IMF enhanced general data dissemination system KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica has implemented the recommendations of the enhanced general data dissemination system (e‑GDDS) -- endorsed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board in May 2015 -- by publishing critical data through a national summary data page.

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

Jamaica crowns 2017 spelling bee champion

February 13, 2017
Jamaica crowns 2017 spelling bee champion KINGSTON, Jamaica -- This year’s spelling bee competition finals in and around the Caribbean kicked off with the Jamaican parish finals on February 8, 2017. Corporate sponsors have contributed to the national building of youth development through Jamaica’s own spelling bee.

Jamaica ready for health and wellness tourism

February 6, 2017
Jamaica ready for health and wellness tourism MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the country’s medical talent pool is at a stage where a successful launch into the health and wellness tourism market can be done. Addressing the launch of the Zierlich International...

Commentary: Doping charge strikes Usain like a lightning Bolt

February 3, 2017
Commentary: Doping charge strikes Usain like a lightning Bolt It’s a matter of public record that doping among Jamaican Track and Field athletes is nearly as pervasive as it is among their Russian counterparts. For example, 30 Jamaicans have tested positive for banned substances in recent years, including every notable Olympic champion … except Usain Bolt.

Letter: Trump, xenophobia may be the solution to our brain-drain problem

February 3, 2017
Letter: Trump, xenophobia may be the solution to our brain-drain problem The recent actions of the new American president, Mr Donald Trump, in limiting the access that some people may have in getting into America and the recent vote by the British to leave the European Union, which was partly driven by the concerns that the British have with too many people...

Letter: Diaspora voting rights is a direct challenge to the last bastion of colonial rule in Jamaica

February 2, 2017
Letter: Diaspora voting rights is a direct challenge to the last bastion of colonial rule in Jamaica It is indeed one step closer to complete freedom of the Jamaican people – the unshackling of last vestige of slavery; a direct challenge to the ruling class who have openly opposed ordinary Jamaicans gaining significant political and economic power. If you agree with me that, ever since independence...

US will continue to support regional energy programme

February 1, 2017
US will continue to support regional energy programme MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, Maura Barry, says the United States government will continue to give full support to Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to become energy independent.

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Trinidad and Tobago wins 2008 Olympic gold after Jamaican athlete found guilty of doping

January 28, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago wins 2008 Olympic gold after Jamaican athlete found guilty of doping PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD -- Trinidad and Tobago's track and field relay team will soon have another gold medal -- nearly nine years after they ran the race. The stunning news that Nesta Carter -- part of the four-man relay team that powered through to win gold in the 4x100m event at the...

Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

January 27, 2017
Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness LONDON, England -- Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organization.

Jamaica partners with Singapore to develop special economic zone

January 27, 2017
Jamaica partners with Singapore to develop special economic zone KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday morning met with Daniel Seah, Deputy Director of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) and representatives from the Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZA) to discuss the partnership between both governments...

Former Jamaican minister suggests cooperation beyond CARICOM to boost regional economy

January 27, 2017
Former Jamaican minister suggests cooperation beyond CARICOM to boost regional economy KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- Opposition spokesman on finance and planning and former minister of finance of Jamaica, Dr Peter Phillips, has proposed that Caribbean governments and private sector extend economic cooperation beyond the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in order to bring about...

Japan praises Jamaican third-wave coffee industry

January 27, 2017
Japan praises Jamaican third-wave coffee industry KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A statement by the ambassador of Japan to Jamaica praised the quality of Jamaican coffee and wished success to the Coffee Industry Board after devastating bush fires in 2015. The ambassador stated that he expected coffee trade between the two countries to grow.

Jamaica to benefit from high-end luxury tourism market

January 25, 2017
Jamaica to benefit from high-end luxury tourism market KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica stands to benefit tremendously from the high-end luxury tourism market, noting that there is a lot of investor interest for the destination. Fresh from his one-week stint in Spain where he attended the FITUR...

Jamaica to deploy surveillance aircraft to strengthen border protection

January 20, 2017
Jamaica to deploy surveillance aircraft to strengthen border protection KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica is to deploy a surveillance aircraft as part of a raft of new measures to strengthen the country’s border-protection system. This was disclosed by minister of national security, Robert Montague, during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Customs at JFK seizes cocaine in Jamaican beef patties

January 20, 2017
Customs at JFK seizes cocaine in Jamaican beef patties NEW YORK, USA -- A traveller from Jamaica had more than a snack in her suitcase when she arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Fortunately, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were there to stop her in her tracks. On January 17, CBP officers...

Jamaica's deadly police: 'We live in constant fear'

January 20, 2017
Jamaica's deadly police: 'We live in constant fear' KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The strength of the sun shining down on the colourful Orange Street in downtown Kingston announces lunchtime is approaching. A group of young men chat on the pavement while reggae music floats out of a small radio in a corner. Three women catch up on the...

Jamaica turns down UK offer of new maximum-security prison

January 16, 2017
Jamaica turns down UK offer of new maximum-security prison KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has turned down the United Kingdom’s offer to assist in the building of a new maximum-security prison in the island. This was disclosed in the Senate on Friday by minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

Number of Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago reduced by 64 percent

January 14, 2017
Number of Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago reduced by 64 percent KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade has reported a 64 per cent reduction in the number of Jamaicans who have been denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago for the period March to December 2016. Portfolio minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith...

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