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Regional drivers confirmed for ROC Caribbean in Barbados

October 31, 2014
Regional drivers confirmed for ROC Caribbean in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- The two-driver teams selected to represent Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural ROC Caribbean during next month’s Race Of Champions 2014 have been confirmed. They will race head-to-head against the host nation at Bushy Park Barbados.

Cuban Ebola experts to train health care workers in Jamaica

October 30, 2014
Cuban Ebola experts to train health care workers in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Two experts are to arrive in Jamaica from Cuba next week, to assist with the training of health care workers and other designated Ebola frontline responders. This will form part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalize Cuba’s commitment to provide...

Economic forum in Jamaica a success, says IMF director

October 29, 2014
Economic forum in Jamaica a success, says IMF director MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Western Hemisphere Department, Alejandro Werner, has declared a high level forum held last week in Jamaica a success in facilitating frank discussion on economic challenges in the region and ways to improve...

Jamaica seminar to focus on enhancing tourism's social and economic impact

October 28, 2014
Jamaica seminar to focus on enhancing tourism's social and economic impact KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An impressive cadre of local, regional and international tourism stakeholders will converge in Montego Bay, Jamaica, next month to share ideas, examine best practices and discuss strategies for advancing tourism. The annual Tourism Outlook Seminar (TOS) will take place...

IMF forum in Jamaica discusses proposals to raise growth in the Caribbean

October 25, 2014
IMF forum in Jamaica discusses proposals to raise growth in the Caribbean MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Caribbean economic officials and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) discussed possible improvements in energy provision, tax regimes, and the financial sector in an effort to boost economic prospects in the region. The proposals were discussed during a high-level forum...

Trinidad Muslim leader told to face reality of past actions

October 23, 2014
Trinidad Muslim leader told to face reality of past actions 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...

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