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US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Correspondent banking issue being addressed by Jamaica

August 20, 2016
Correspondent banking issue being addressed by Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government of Jamaica is strengthening initiatives to tackle the threat of international banks ending their correspondent banking relationships with local financial institutions. In order to reduce reputational risks...

IMF concludes review mission to Jamaica

August 20, 2016
IMF concludes review mission to Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Uma Ramakrishnan visited Jamaica during August 9–19, 2016, to conduct discussions on the 13th review of Jamaica’s IMF-supported program under the extended fund facility (EFF). At the end of the visit...

Jamaican bishop blames the country's coat of arms for crime

August 19, 2016
Jamaican bishop blames the country's coat of arms for crime KINGSTON, Jamaica -- If any period in the year could be described as the “silly season” in Jamaica, it would be the month of August. Once the independence day festivities have retreated, a torpor descends on public life. Journalists complain that there is no news, as the “movers and shakers”...

Grace Foods recalls specific batches of curry products

August 19, 2016
Grace Foods recalls specific batches of curry products KINGSTON, Jamaica -- GraceKennedy Limited has announced the recall of the following batches of its curry products in keeping with a recall by a former supplier, Miami-based Oriental Packing Company, Inc. The products being recalled are packaged in the USA and distributed within...

Month-long camp grooms young Caribbean scientists

August 18, 2016
Month-long camp grooms young Caribbean scientists BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- One month ago, 17-year-old Jamaican students Arianna Stephenson and Emmanuel Sylvester didn’t know much about building a wind turbine, or developing and programming an underwater robot. Today, not only can they do both of these things, but they...

IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road

August 17, 2016
IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has appointed three consultants to conduct interviews of key stakeholders in the region for its legal education survey. The consultants are Dr Adrian Cummins...

Reggae renaissance in Burbank, California

August 17, 2016
Reggae renaissance in Burbank, California BURBANK, USA -- “BNV Productions is strictly a mom and pop operation – we don’t have rules here; we can do whatever we want,” said Brian Vasquez, co-owner of BNV Productions, a multifaceted, full-service boutique recording studio in Burbank, California. “When artistes come to BNV...

Agreement to be finalised for 33.1 megawatt solar facility in Jamaica

August 16, 2016
Agreement to be finalised for 33.1 megawatt solar facility in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of science, energy and technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says the government of Jamaica is to finalise an agreement with Eight Rivers Energy Company to build and operate a 33.1 megawatt solar facility at Paradise Park, in Westmoreland.

Delta to expand service from Boston to key Caribbean destinations

August 16, 2016
Delta to expand service from Boston to key Caribbean destinations BOSTON, USA -- Delta Air Lines has announced today the expansion of its service from Boston to some key destinations in the Caribbean. The airline will launch a Saturday nonstop flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a Saturday nonstop flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt flies into the history books

August 16, 2016
Jamaica's Usain Bolt flies into the history books RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Jamaica’s Usain Bolt flew into the history books on Sunday evening winning, for the third consecutive time, the men’s 100m at the Olympic Games. And, of course, he did it in fine style, clocking 9.81 seconds, coming from behind to beat the USA’s Justin Gatlin.

Ministers welcome acquisition by Virgin Group of renewable energy company in Jamaica

August 15, 2016
Ministers welcome acquisition by Virgin Group of renewable energy company in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of science, energy and technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has welcomed the move by British billionaire and head of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, to acquire Blue Mountain Renewables (BMR) Jamaica Wind Limited.

Cruise shipping industry being repositioned in Jamaica

August 15, 2016
Cruise shipping industry being repositioned in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s cruise shipping industry is being repositioned to better enable it to generate significantly higher earnings. This, he says, is aimed at ensuring that the tourism industry is able to record the US$5 billion in...

Letter: Refusal to own up to the policy of planned police killings in Jamaica

August 15, 2016
Letter: Refusal to own up to the policy of planned police killings in Jamaica Today’s Gleaner report (8/11/2016) of its Editors’ Forum confirms how skilful the Jamaican state is in maintaining its policy of permitting the police to carry out extrajudicial killings as part of social control. Until INDECOM and the Public Defender explicitly own up to the fact that...

Commentary: Forgotten within the din: A desire for Jamaica

August 11, 2016
Commentary: Forgotten within the din: A desire for Jamaica As one of the Caribbean’s most supreme and sought after destinations reemerges in the public eye as potentially one of the utmost, volatile and anarchic places on earth; a place that, despite its positive projections, synthesized athletes and world acclaimed music, cuisine and scenery, continues...

Jamaican government providing avenues for greater Diaspora participation

August 10, 2016
Jamaican government providing avenues for greater Diaspora participation WASHINGTON, USA -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness has implored members of the Jamaican Diaspora to renew and reaffirm their commitment to playing a part in addressing critical aspects of national life that remain issues of concern. The prime minister made his comments in a message...

Letter: Thank economics not rebellion for emancipation

August 10, 2016
Letter: Thank economics not rebellion for emancipation This year, like all the others, we will be celebrating emancipation from slavery throughout much of the former British Empire. Here in Jamaica, we have taken it for granted that, if it weren’t for very brave people like Sam Sharpe, Tacky and others, we wouldn’t be celebrating emancipation...

UWI Open Campus to sign MoU with Jamaica Constabulary Force

August 6, 2016
UWI Open Campus to sign MoU with Jamaica Constabulary Force KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Monday. This agreement sets forth a framework for future collaboration in the areas of teaching and research.

Jamaicans excited about their athletes and a little nervous about Rio

August 6, 2016
Jamaicans excited about their athletes and a little nervous about Rio KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Excited anticipation is at its peak in Jamaica on the eve of the Olympic Games in Rio. Patriotic fervour, with support for Jamaican track athletes in particular, is expected to grow. However, inadequate accommodation arrangements and security concerns are putting...

Global tech conference launches in Jamaica

August 4, 2016
Global tech conference launches in Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- A new global conference and community platform in Jamaica will encourage relationships between tech entrepreneurs, investors and executives, and serve as a true business catalyst offering a more immersive experience for participants. Tech Beach Retreat...

Jamaica to pay off PetroCaribe debt with food, medication and fertilizers

August 3, 2016
Jamaica to pay off PetroCaribe debt with food, medication and fertilizers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica has announced it will pay off its PetroCaribe oil debts to Venezuela with food, medication, and fertilizers, instead of cash, at a time when Venezuela is suffering from acute shortages of basic products amid a major economic and political crisis, with few signs...

Tropical storm expected to form in northwest Caribbean

August 2, 2016
Tropical storm expected to form in northwest Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea, centered about 275 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, at 2 pm EDT on Monday, continued to move quickly westward at about 20 mph. Environmental conditions were expected to be conducive for additional...

Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings

August 1, 2016
Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings MIAMI, USA -- A strong and fast-moving tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea resulted in flash flood warnings being issued for the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico though Monday night. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, as of 2 pm EDT...

Letter: The Zong incident was unfortunate, but not a massacre

August 1, 2016
Letter: The Zong incident was unfortunate, but not a massacre I saw the Jamaica Observer editorial cartoon on July 28 depicting a man representing Great Britain hiding behind a cross labelled “Zong slave ship tragedy” and another man representing a Jamaican cursing the British man for hiding from his responsibilities to pay reparations.

Chinese company buys Jamaican alumina refinery

July 30, 2016
Chinese company buys Jamaican alumina refinery KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ALPART alumina refinery in Jamaica has been sold to Chinese entity Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCo). Transport and mining minister, Mike Henry, said an interest purchase agreement negotiated between JISCo and Russian alumina firm, UC Rusal...

Report on Jamaica elections presented to OAS Permanent Council

July 29, 2016
Report on Jamaica elections presented to OAS Permanent Council WASHINGTON, USA -- Former Bahamas minister of foreign affairs, Janet Bostwick, who headed the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral observation mission (EOM) at the general elections held earlier this year in Jamaica, officially presented the mission’s report to the OAS.

Jamaica business leaders take part in CARICOM review

July 28, 2016
Jamaica business leaders take part in CARICOM review KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has commended Jamaican business leaders for participating in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission. Johnson Smith also praised the leaders for their demonstrated interest...

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