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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...

Letter: Get real - reparations will never happen

July 27, 2016
Letter: Get real - reparations will never happen I saw a funny news item on local television recently. The new government of Jamaica has reconstituted the cause for reparations in a new reparations council. During her presentation in parliament, the culture minister stated that this new council demonstrates the seriousness of the government...

Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme

July 25, 2016
Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- Criminal charges were unsealed on Friday against multiple defendants relating to their participation in a sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme, involving the takeover or compromise of cell phone customers’ accounts and the “cloning” of their phones to make...

Jamaica takes part in clinical trials for zika

July 25, 2016
Jamaica takes part in clinical trials for zika KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of health, Dr Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica will shortly be participating in a number of clinical trials in the drive to find a vaccine to treat the zika virus. Addressing a Ministry of Health/Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) parish town hall...

Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic

July 21, 2016
Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is close to finalising a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Speaking in a recent interview, the minister said that an agreement has already...

Letter: Review and change Jamaican police policy of removing bodies of those they shoot

July 21, 2016
Letter: Review and change Jamaican police policy of removing bodies of those they shoot We call upon Terrence Williams, Commissioner for INDECOM, to immediately review the discredited police policy of taking those whom they shoot to the hospital to supposedly save their lives. We can recall no case in which the police have saved the life of anyone they shot. If there is...

Jamaica and Trinidad PMs meet to discuss critical issues

July 20, 2016
Jamaica and Trinidad PMs meet to discuss critical issues KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness, said a bilateral meeting with prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, on Monday, has led to a deeper understanding of critical issues between the two countries. Making a brief statement following the meeting...

Jamaica company signs MOU in relation to medical marijuana business opportunities

July 20, 2016
Jamaica company signs MOU in relation to medical marijuana business opportunities KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Timeless Herbal Care Jamaica Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) in Washington DC for the purpose of providing “a cooperative framework for Timeless to serve as the NBCC’s exclusive...

Commentary: Upside down politics?

July 19, 2016
Commentary: Upside down politics? Has politics as we have come to know it turned upside down? Traditionally, it was politically correct for countries to say they are capitalist democracies. This meant toeing a particular ideological line, with periodic elections, the rule of law, parliamentary supremacy, advocating human rights...

Letter: Exercise command responsibility

July 18, 2016
Letter: Exercise command responsibility The recent report by the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry made a blatant error in not treating the matter of command responsibility seriously. Consequently, there is no standard by which to hold superior commanders for the conduct of those whom they command. This shortcoming is...

Jamaica government to take decisive action to tackle crime

July 15, 2016
Jamaica government to take decisive action to tackle crime KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, Karl Samuda, says the Jamaican government will take decisive action to tackle the issue of crime. “We must amend our laws to put tougher penalties in place for persons convicted of violent crimes...

Melia Braco Village in Jamaica, the ultimate experience

July 15, 2016
Melia Braco Village in Jamaica, the ultimate experience NEW YORK, USA -- The newly opened, all-inclusive Meliá Braco Village in Jamaica was introduced to the media at a cocktail reception at sister brand hotel, Innside New York on Tuesday. Meliá’s award-winning name has fully transformed this Jamaica property – its first ever on the island...

CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking

July 11, 2016
CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the region and heads of government have taken the decision to approach the government of the United States directly. Prime minister of Jamaica...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Commentary: Jamaica's CARICOM Review Commission - understanding the elephant

July 8, 2016
Commentary: Jamaica's CARICOM Review Commission - understanding the elephant Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission has been established and has had its first meeting. Quite what is the purpose of the Commission is not clear, nor is the prism through which the review will take place. But, the work of the Commission, headed by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding...

Letter: Dancehall devalues black pride more than anything else

July 8, 2016
Letter: Dancehall devalues black pride more than anything else From time to time, we in the Caribbean, and especially here in Jamaica, are constantly reminded that we should be proud of who we are. We are told that we should be proud of our heritage, culture, achievements and especially our skin colour. Many times, many of us get very upset...

CARICOM heads of government begin discussions in Guyana

July 6, 2016
CARICOM heads of government begin discussions in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The plenary sessions of the 37th meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) got underway in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday morning. The heads of government will discuss a wide range of issues.

Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates?

July 5, 2016
Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates? The people of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean in general woke up on the morning of June 7, 2016, to a new reality; Dr Kenny Anthony is no longer the prime minister of that country. The almost flippant and matter-of-fact announcement of the dissolution of parliament and an election...

Kingston container terminal divested by Jamaica government to French company

July 4, 2016
Kingston container terminal divested by Jamaica government to French company KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced on Friday that the government of Jamaica has divested the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), a local company formed as a subsidiary of global terminal operators CMA CGM.

IIC finances expansion of Kingston container terminal in Jamaica

July 2, 2016
IIC finances expansion of Kingston container terminal in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has signed a US$265 million financing package with Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited. The project will optimize and expand Kingston’s...

Jamaica prime minister launches CARICOM review commission

June 30, 2016
Jamaica prime minister launches CARICOM review commission KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday afternoon launched the CARICOM Review Commission. The chairman of the commission is Bruce Golding, former prime minister. In his address, Holness said, “We cannot preempt what the commission...

Enjoy the sounds, tastes, sights and vibes of Jamaica across the US during Reggae Fest

June 30, 2016
Enjoy the sounds, tastes, sights and vibes of Jamaica across the US during Reggae Fest ORLANDO, USA -- This summer, you don’t have to go all the way to the islands to celebrate International Reggae Day on July 1. Bahama Breeze’s Reggae Fest, kicking off on International Reggae Day, will bring the “don’t worry, be happy” attitude to life with the sounds, tastes, sights and...

Commentary: Jamaica's state of emergency 2010

June 30, 2016
Commentary: Jamaica's state of emergency 2010 On 15 June 2016 a Commission of Inquiry published its much anticipated report into the events that took place in Western Kingston, Jamaica, during the state of emergency declared on 23 May 2010, which left almost 70 civilians dead. The report centers on events that took place in...

Letter: No name change for Denbigh High

June 30, 2016
Letter: No name change for Denbigh High I write this in firm opposition to the proposal of a name change now before the ministry of education for Denbigh High School to be renamed the Michael Henry High School, not only as a Denbigh alumnus but a resident of the parish of Clarendon. In situations such as this, where a name...

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