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Jamaica negotiating with major oil and gas company for licence to explore

February 10, 2016
Jamaica negotiating with major oil and gas company for licence to explore KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Science, technology, energy and mining minister, Phillip Paulwell, says the ministry is in the final stages of negotiation with a major oil and gas company, to explore another section of Jamaica to determine the potential for commercial oil and gas.

Commentary: What is the colour of good governance after an election, Jamaica?

February 10, 2016
Commentary: What is the colour of good governance after an election, Jamaica? Every election has consequences, and regardless of what colour one identifies with, after the paint job has been completed, the nation has to deal with it until the rust emerges again. The people will always be the body shop to select the right paint and hope the dents are fixed from years...

KingstOOn offers a career path in animation for Caribbean youth

February 9, 2016
KingstOOn offers a career path in animation for Caribbean youth KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Hundreds of professional animators, students and artists from across the Caribbean region and around the world will participate in a two-day animation conference and film festival, an initiative of the government of Jamaica in collaboration with the World Bank and...

Commentary: Misleading 'pro-voting' preaching in Jamaica

February 8, 2016
Commentary: Misleading 'pro-voting' preaching in Jamaica During the election season, "pro-voting" media content and conversations become almost unbearable trying to save "nonvoters" and "undecided" from everlasting torture in pit of Hell-ocracy, with everyone reading from the same bible. Vote evangelists want you to put an X beside something.

Jamaica targeting job opportunities in global animation industry

February 5, 2016
Jamaica targeting job opportunities in global animation industry KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government is moving to position Jamaica to tap into potential job opportunities in the global animation industry, estimated to be worth over US$222 billion and for which there is a demand for 30,000 animators. Industry experts believe that of this number...

Commentary: From Russia with love

February 4, 2016
Commentary: From Russia with love 2015 was a remarkable year for Russia and Jamaica: on 12th March both countries celebrated 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. On that day, the Foreign Ministers Sergey V. Lavrov and Arnold J. Nicholson exchanged congratulatory messages. From the Russian side...

Jamaica goes to the polls on Feb 25

February 2, 2016
Jamaica goes to the polls on Feb 25 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaicans will go to the polls on Thursday February 25, 2016, in an early general election announced on Sunday night by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at a rally of her ruling People’s National Party (PNP). Parliament will be dissolved on Friday, February 5.

Letter: CARR or no vote

February 2, 2016
Letter: CARR or no vote General elections are to be held on February 25. The PNP government has reeled off a long list supposed accomplishments. The JLP’s response is predictable. For the next days until the 25th, potential voters will be saturated with claims of all sorts – much of it likely to be unfounded or distorted.

Jamaica confirms first case of zika virus

February 1, 2016
Jamaica confirms first case of zika virus KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health has confirmed one case of the zika virus in Jamaica. The patient, who has now recovered is a four year old child. The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016, after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.

Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

January 29, 2016
Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming...

CDB throws support behind KingstOOn 2016 animation conference

January 29, 2016
CDB throws support behind KingstOOn 2016 animation conference KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Recognizing that the creative industries are important for regional economic diversification and employment generation, particularly for youth, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has partnered with the World Bank and Jamaica to stage KingstOOn 2016.

Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems

January 28, 2016
Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago is one of six Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$800,000 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant to develop and implement a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system. The other Caribbean nations...

Turks and Caicos gaming delegation visits Jamaica

January 25, 2016
Turks and Caicos gaming delegation visits Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica’s Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) on Friday hosted consultations with government officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TC), to aid that British territory in the finalisation of its gaming policy, reformation of its gaming laws and...

IMPACT Justice hosts Caribbean law librarianship workshop in Jamaica

January 23, 2016
IMPACT Justice hosts Caribbean law librarianship workshop in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Forty law library assistants from across the region will be trained at a workshop entitled “Caribbean Law Librarianship in the Digital Age” hosted by the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice).

Letter: Mr Seaga must tell Tivoli's full story

January 22, 2016
Letter: Mr Seaga must tell Tivoli's full story Now at a mature age, Edward Seaga is determined to rewrite his political legacy and die a saint. In his article: ‘Wignall Wrong on Tivoli Broad-brush’ (Gleaner, December 20, 2015), he accused critic and columnist Mark Wignall of being “biased” and proffered a clever defence of ‘the Tivoli...

Letter: To sir, with love

January 21, 2016
Letter: To sir, with love It always seems to happen. We procrastinate expressing our love and appreciation to our family and friends. Suddenly the opportunity fades away and that moment is lost. We then struggle with the old adage: If I could, I would, I should. This is my tribute to a dear friend who shaped...

New and exciting local products and services for expanded Expo Jamaica in 2016

January 16, 2016
New and exciting local products and services for expanded Expo Jamaica in 2016 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is currently recruiting international and local buyers of Jamaican products for a larger and improved Expo Jamaica 2016, which will be in its 43rd year at its next staging. The Caribbean's largest trade exhibition will be held on...

Jamaica moves ahead with oil and gas exploration

January 14, 2016
Jamaica moves ahead with oil and gas exploration KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- An offshore two-dimensional seismic survey is to be conducted by Tullow Jamaica Limited over the next 30 days to determine Jamaica’s potential for commercial oil and gas. Tullow, a leader in independent gas and oil exploration and production, is undertaking...

US general reiterates warning on Islamic extremists in the Caribbean

January 11, 2016
US general reiterates warning on Islamic extremists in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- General John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), has repeated an earlier warning that Islamic extremists leaving the Caribbean to join the international terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East...

The ultimate Caribbean driving experience at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

January 7, 2016
The ultimate Caribbean driving experience at the 2016 North American International Auto Show DETROIT, Michigan -- The launch of the Ultimate Caribbean Driving Experience in the Motor City capital of the world brings a fresh focus to Detroit’s 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). January 11, 2016, kicks off with 1,800 foreign members of the press, then the world’s largest...

Jamaica police to redouble efforts 'to rid nation of criminals'

January 7, 2016
Jamaica police to redouble efforts 'to rid nation of criminals' KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, said on Monday that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will redouble its efforts to rid the nation of acts of criminality, while focusing more on community policing. “Although we have seen progress in a number of critical areas...

New Turks and Caicos law halts path to permanent residency and citizenship

December 31, 2015
New Turks and Caicos law halts path to permanent residency and citizenship PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The House of Assembly in the Turks and Cacios Islands (TCI) has passed a new law that stops the path to permanent residency status and eventual citizenship for foreign workers. This appears to affect numerous Haitian, Jamaican and Dominican Republic guest workers.

IDB to support modernisation of Kingston Container Port in Jamaica

December 19, 2015
IDB to support modernisation of Kingston Container Port in Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved its largest single non-sovereign guaranteed transaction in Jamaica with a senior secured loan of up to US$175 million for Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, to finance the optimization and expansion of...

IMF approves US$39.3 million disbursement to Jamaica

December 18, 2015
IMF approves US$39.3 million disbursement to Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday completed the tenth 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)...

Vincentian and Jamaican nationals top gala awards in Northern Ireland

December 17, 2015
Vincentian and Jamaican nationals top gala awards in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Registered charity -- African Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI) -- held a Christmas Gala awards event in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to honour those individuals and organisations from Africa and the Caribbean that have made an outstanding...

Loan recovery management featured in CDB training programme for the first time

December 16, 2015
Loan recovery management featured in CDB training programme for the first time BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Caribbean Development Bank’s 2015 training programme for development finance institutions, which was held in collaboration with the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis, closed on Friday in St Kitts. The four-week, four-module, training programme opened on...

Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus

December 12, 2015
Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of health Horace Dalley has called on Jamaicans to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from the zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases as the ministry of health heightens its response to the spread of zika in the region and its threat to Jamaica.

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