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Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools.

Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse

September 26, 2016
Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse NEW YORK, USA -- Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that, along with climate change and lingering indebtedness, Caribbean islands face another existential threat from the withdrawal by global banks of...

CARICOM not a failure, says former Jamaica prime minister

September 26, 2016
CARICOM not a failure, says former Jamaica prime minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Chairman of Jamaica’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission and former prime minister, Bruce Golding, says CARICOM is not a failure, having achieved successes in several areas. “I think we have done very well in terms of functional...

IMF concludes review with Jamaica and approves US$39.6 million disbursement

September 21, 2016
IMF concludes review with Jamaica and approves US$39.6 million disbursement WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed on September 16, 2016, the 13th review of Jamaica’s economic performance under the program supported by a four-year, SDR 615.38 million (about US$932.3 million at the time of approval)...

Jamaica bridge loan Ponzi scheme operator pleads guilty in US court

September 20, 2016
Jamaica bridge loan Ponzi scheme operator pleads guilty in US court BOSTON, USA -- Former Jamaican resident Mark Jones, who is accused by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Justice Department of running a $10 million “Jamaica Bridge Loan Fund” Ponzi scheme, has pleaded guilty to two criminal counts. At a hearing...

Caribbean pollution experts meet in Jamaica

September 20, 2016
Caribbean pollution experts meet in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- At a recent regional workshop convened by the UN Environment - Caribbean Environment Programme, (UNEP CEP) in Jamaica from August 15-17, over 30 national and regional experts committed their support to the continued development of the region’s...

Jamaica tackles latest trend in internet gambling - fantasy/virtual betting

September 19, 2016
Jamaica tackles latest trend in internet gambling - fantasy/virtual betting KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) is currently exploring options for regulating Internet gambling in Jamaica. Amid growing popularity in online and mobile gambling worldwide, the BGLC is conducting a thorough examination and analysis...

Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival planned for Kingston, Jamaica

September 17, 2016
Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival planned for Kingston, Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Kingston, Jamaica, the birthplace of Ska and Rocksteady music, two of the most popular musical genres played around the world today, will host the first Annual One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, 2016.

Expedia reports continued rise in travel demand for Caribbean destinations

September 15, 2016
Expedia reports continued rise in travel demand for Caribbean destinations SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, reported on Wednesday that travel demand to certain Caribbean destinations has continued to increase on Expedia group sites. During the second quarter of the year, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic...

CARICOM Secretariat engages Jamaica's private sector and immigration officers

September 12, 2016
CARICOM Secretariat engages Jamaica's private sector and immigration officers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that key stakeholders are knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and how they can maximise benefits under the CSME processes. On Monday, the Secretariat...

FBI and ATF to set up offices at US embassy in Jamaica

September 10, 2016
FBI and ATF to set up offices at US embassy in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will be setting up offices in Jamaica as part of measures to help fight crime and violence. The offices of both agencies will be located at...

Letter: Unjustified termination under fixed-term contract

September 10, 2016
Letter: Unjustified termination under fixed-term contract For a career public servant, contract employment is a very risky business. This form of employment runs the gamut from the telephone receptionist to the head of an agency. It is characterized by contracts with a minimum of one month to three years renewable. Most of these contracts are...

Prime ministers of Barbados and Jamaica hold bilateral talks

September 9, 2016
Prime ministers of Barbados and Jamaica hold bilateral talks BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, and prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, on Wednesday discussed the state of bilateral relations between the two countries via telephone. The discussions took place against the background of two...

Logistics hub a major investment thrust for Jamaica

September 9, 2016
Logistics hub a major investment thrust for Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s gradual transition to a ‘logistics centred’ economy has prompted the need for integration of various sectors, public-private partnerships and ongoing research and discussions by key stakeholders. The prospect of Jamaica becoming a globally competitive...

Red Stripe beer resumes exports from Jamaica to US

September 9, 2016
Red Stripe beer resumes exports from Jamaica to US KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness was on hand on Wednesday to see Red Stripe sending off its first shipment of locally brewed beer to the United States from Jamaica in four years. At a ceremony at Red Stripe’s Spanish Town Road location, Holness hailed the move...

Twenty-five enlightening minutes with Black Uhuru's Duckie Simpson

September 9, 2016
Twenty-five enlightening minutes with Black Uhuru's Duckie Simpson Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, founder of the world’s top-selling reggae band after Bob Marley and The Wailers, has been in the music business for over 50 years; but, at 66 years young you’d never know it, because as anyone who has seen (and heard) Black Uhuru perform recently can attest...

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Letter: Hypocrisy regarding corruption

September 8, 2016
Letter: Hypocrisy regarding corruption This is a period of great hypocrisy in Jamaican politics. Who is there that doesn’t suspect that Chinese companies, whether solicited or offered, have been giving bribes to Jamaican politicians of both parties to get these massive infrastructural projects going. The same thing has been happening...

Son of Cayman's chief justice busted in Jamaica on drug charges

September 7, 2016
Son of Cayman's chief justice busted in Jamaica on drug charges KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In what was described by Loop News as “A smelly affair”, the news service reported on Saturday that the son of Anthony Smellie, the chief justice of the Cayman Islands, has been busted in Jamaica, along with another man, on drug trafficking and other drug-related charges.

Black Uhuru blesses San Diego's Belly Up tavern with a soul-stirring performance

September 7, 2016
Black Uhuru blesses San Diego's Belly Up tavern with a soul-stirring performance When legendary reggae band Black Uhuru began playing the hypnotically addictive, haunting, head-bobbing, foot-stomping beat of their world-famous song, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego (on the night of September 1), a jovial, overly-sauced patron...

Commentary: Blurred lines birth inconsistencies: When private becomes public

September 7, 2016
Commentary: Blurred lines birth inconsistencies: When private becomes public Now for the life of me I can’t fathom why social media allows this cockatrice to continue to pervade the by-ways of entertainment -- because surely no one in their right mind is questioning the nature of this obviously staged occurrence let alone holding it as emeritus in the ascription of...

Jamaica to develop national health insurance scheme

September 6, 2016
Jamaica to develop national health insurance scheme KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The National Health Fund (NHF) has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a national health insurance scheme to fund the public healthcare system in Jamaica. NHF chairman, Christopher Zacca, said that the mandate was given by minister of health.

Jamaica's ambassador to US creates history with second appointment

September 5, 2016
Jamaica's ambassador to US creates history with second appointment WASHINGTON, USA -- The reappointment of Ambassador Audrey Marks has created diplomatic history for Jamaica, the first time an individual will serve the nation twice as the top diplomat in Washington, DC. Marks previously served as the country’s envoy to the United States for...

IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus

September 5, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 948 law books to the Faculty of Law of the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The official handing over ceremony for these books takes place...

Letter: JCSF calls for investigation into campaign finance allegations

September 5, 2016
Letter: JCSF calls for investigation into campaign finance allegations The Jamaica Civil Society Forum (JCSF) has followed the chain of events within the People’s National Party (PNP), the response of the leader of the opposition and the silence of the current prime minister, Hon. Andrew Holness regarding the allegation that it is “established practice” for...

Barbados government refutes alleged mistreatment of arriving Jamaican visitor

September 3, 2016
Barbados government refutes alleged mistreatment of arriving Jamaican visitor BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Division of Defence and Security in Barbados issued a statement on Thursday refuting claims that immigration officers mistreated a Jamaican national and her young son who had arrived on a flight from Trinidad last Saturday. Local media in Barbados and...

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