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Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday

May 3, 2016
Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, said he will be signing an agreement on Friday with his tourism counterpart in Cuba, which will facilitate multi-destination marketing between the countries. Addressing the official opening of the Jamaica...

Letter: World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
Letter: World Press Freedom Day One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...

Jamaica to take full advantage of CARICOM benefits

April 29, 2016
Jamaica to take full advantage of CARICOM benefits KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica will be appointing a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission, aimed at positioning the country to take full advantage of benefits under the organisation. This was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Jamaica's Christian conservatives point fingers over comprehensive sex education

April 25, 2016
Jamaica's Christian conservatives point fingers over comprehensive sex education KINGSTON, Jamaica -- There are two topics that really get Jamaicans hot under the collar: sexuality and religion. When the two are combined, fireworks are the likely result. The debate between fundamentalist Christian Jamaicans and those advocating for greater sexual and reproductive...

Jamaica Ponzi scheme may impact US charity linked to Royal Family

April 23, 2016
Jamaica Ponzi scheme may impact US charity linked to Royal Family MIAMI, USA -- On the eve of the 35th charity gala put on by the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) in Miami, whose patron of honour in previous years has been The Prince of Wales, it has come to light that a former director and treasurer of AFJ is Mark Jones, who was arrested last month.

$48,000 in unreported currency seized from Jamaica-bound passenger

April 23, 2016
$48,000 in unreported currency seized from Jamaica-bound passenger PHILADELPHIA, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Philadelphia International Airport seized $48,935 on Tuesday from a Massachusetts man for violating federal currency reporting regulations. There is no limit to how much currency...

Where are Caribbean footballers now?

April 23, 2016
Where are Caribbean footballers now? LONDON, England -- The Caribbean has had a strong history of producing quality players who have plied their trade in the Premier League. Dwight Yorke is the most notable name to emerge from the region, becoming the most successful player from Trinidad and Tobago by winning the...

Jamaica to buy farming equipment from Cuba

April 22, 2016
Jamaica to buy farming equipment from Cuba KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- As part of efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector in Jamaica, the government will be acquiring durable equipment from Cuba, while also relying on Cuban expertise in greenhouse technology. Minister without portfolio in the ministry of industry, commerce...

American cash smuggler charged with money laundering in Jamaica

April 21, 2016
American cash smuggler charged with money laundering in Jamaica MIAMI, USA -- Dalton Forrester, a 35-year-old American citizen who attempted to smuggle in over $100,000 in cash into Jamaica, has been detained, and charged with multiple counts of money laundering-related offences. He had concealed US$101,378 on his person and in his luggage.

Team from St Lucia studies PATH programme in Jamaica

April 21, 2016
Team from St Lucia studies PATH programme in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A delegation from the ministry of social transformation, local government and community empowerment in Saint Lucia is currently visiting Jamaica for a one-week study tour of the Programme of Advancement Though Health and Education (PATH).

Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic

April 20, 2016
Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism officials will meet with their counterparts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic this week to finalise an arrangement for the multi-destination marketing of the countries. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure at the opening of...

Jamaica Ponzi schemer negotiates; JA$59 million disappears

April 19, 2016
Jamaica Ponzi schemer negotiates; JA$59 million disappears BOSTON, USA -- Following his indictment and arrest on charges of running a $10 million “Jamaica bridge loan” Ponzi scheme, Mark Jones, the part owner and former director of a business process outsourcing (BPO) entity in Jamaica, is reportedly negotiating with US authorities.

Jamaicans aren't feeling the neighbourly love from Trinidad's airport border control

April 19, 2016
Jamaicans aren't feeling the neighbourly love from Trinidad's airport border control KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica's relationship with its neighbours to the base of the Caribbean archipelago, Trinidad and Tobago, has been an uneasy one for at least the past decade in one specific area -- it believes that its citizens are too often denied entry and unfairly treated when...

Regional tech community gathers in Jamaica

April 19, 2016
Regional tech community gathers in Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Anyone interested in the development of the Internet in Caribbean may have already heard of CaribNOG, the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Over the past decade, this volunteer-based community of computer engineers has grown into a formidable...

Jamaican citizen arrested at JFK attempting to smuggle cocaine in bags of coffee

April 16, 2016
Jamaican citizen arrested at JFK attempting to smuggle cocaine in bags of coffee NEW YORK, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection officers in New York are always discovering interesting concealment methods. Hiding cocaine in bags of coffee is another way that one would-be smuggler attempted to transport illegal drugs into the United States. On Wednesday...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Expo Jamaica looks to boost buyer attendance

April 13, 2016
Expo Jamaica looks to boost buyer attendance KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to bolster buyer participation in its upcoming Expo Jamaica 2016. Through its ‘Buyers’ Programme’, the agency is inviting potential buyers to visit the show and have meaningful business-to-business...

Jamaica diplomats implicated in suppressing press freedom

April 11, 2016
Jamaica diplomats implicated in suppressing press freedom WASHINGTON, USA -- The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), a government agency tasked with promoting foreign inward investment to Jamaica, may have implicated the Jamaican diplomatic corps in Washington, DC, in what appears to be a blatant attempt to suppress...

JAMPRO denies involvement in fraudulent investment scheme

April 11, 2016
JAMPRO denies involvement in fraudulent investment scheme KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has refuted media reports that it claims allege its involvement in a $10 million fraudulent investment scheme linked to Mark Jones, the part owner and former director of a business process outsourcing (BPO) entity.

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

April 11, 2016
IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

JAMPRO demands retraction

April 9, 2016
JAMPRO demands retraction KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On Thursday, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the government agency established to promote inward investment in Jamaica, wrote to Caribbean News Now demanding removal of an article published on Tuesday concerning JAMPRO’s...

UTECH Jamaica to house Caribbean regional procurement centre

April 9, 2016
UTECH Jamaica to house Caribbean regional procurement centre BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- After a rigorous and competitive process, The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has been selected to house a Caribbean regional procurement centre, which aims to improve procurement practices across the Caribbean. The centre, which was...

JAMPRO or SCAMPRO? The politics of investment funding in Jamaica

April 5, 2016
JAMPRO or SCAMPRO? The politics of investment funding in Jamaica MIAMI, USA -- More questions are being asked concerning the involvement and/or benefit (if any) on the part of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) in a $10 million Ponzi scheme that claimed to generate profits from "bridge loans" to businesses in Jamaica.

Jamaicans denied entry into Trinidad as likely charge on public funds, says foreign ministry

April 5, 2016
Jamaicans denied entry into Trinidad as likely charge on public funds, says foreign ministry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of Trinidad and Tobago said that 12 Jamaicans who were denied entry to the country last month were barred on the grounds that they were likely to become a charge on public funds. The ministry of foreign affairs said this decision is in keeping...

New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis

April 5, 2016
New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are jointly hosting a regional capacity building workshop in Kingston, Jamaica from 4-15 April 2016.

UN special envoy on AIDS and UNAIDS regional director to visit Jamaica

April 4, 2016
UN special envoy on AIDS and UNAIDS regional director to visit Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The United Nations secretary general’s special envoy for AIDS in the Caribbean, Dr John Edward Greene, and Latin America and Caribbean director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr César Núñez, will visit Jamaica from April 4 to 5.

Jamaica equipped to conduct zika testing for other countries

April 2, 2016
Jamaica equipped to conduct zika testing for other countries KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is equipped to conduct Zika virus testing on behalf of other countries if so assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO). Acting director of the National Virology Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI)...

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