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Mega-technology companies ready to meet with Jamaica tourism

August 24, 2017
Mega-technology companies ready to meet with Jamaica tourism KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is set to travel to San Francisco, California, this week to engage in strategic meetings with American technology mega-companies Google, Airbnb, and Uber Technologies Inc. The meetings are in tandem with two of the five strategic...

Letter: INDECOM commissioner now links with public defender to expose their complicity

August 16, 2017
Letter: INDECOM commissioner now links with public defender to expose their complicity INDECOM joins the Public Defender (and others such as Jamaicans For Justice) in bringing the WKCOE whitewash of the Tivoli Gardens/West Kingston massacre to a full circle. Not surprisingly “INDECOM agrees with the public defender that this report [JCF’s Administrative Report] should be withdrawn."

Jamaica police review absolves officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

August 14, 2017
Jamaica police review absolves officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just over seven years ago, Jamaican security forces entered the troubled West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, in search of alleged drug don Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was wanted for extradition to the United States. During the security operations -- which raised......

IDB Jamaica appoints new chief of operations

August 14, 2017
IDB Jamaica appoints new chief of operations KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Jamaica has appointed Adriana La Valley as its new chief of operations (COO), with effect from August 1, 2017. With over 20 years of international experience in development financing, La Valley takes up the position after serving...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Has rail a future in the Caribbean?

August 12, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Has rail a future in the Caribbean? Historically Caribbean railways existed to carry cane to factories, or raw sugar and molasses to ports. Later they were used to transport other agricultural crops, minerals, and, as urban populations grew, provided passenger services. However, the demise of sugar, high operating and maintenance costs...

Letter: Should the Diaspora dig Jamaica out of China debt trap without the right to vote?

August 12, 2017
Letter: Should the Diaspora dig Jamaica out of China debt trap without the right to vote? A classic case of underdevelopment at play with China’s involvement in Jamaica now being played out in Sri Lanka as “Sri Lanka has fallen knee deep in China’s debt trap after it invested billions of dollars in huge infrastructure projects – on China’s guidance and promises.” Is Malaysia next after Sri....

Commentary: Gatlin wins 100m, becomes skunk at Bolt's farewell party

August 11, 2017
Commentary: Gatlin wins 100m, becomes skunk at Bolt's farewell party Bolt insisted this would be the final individual race of his storied career – his swan song. This is why everyone was so anxious for him to go out on a high note. Alas: Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt finished third in the men’s 100 meters in 9.95 seconds at the IAAF World Championships.

CDB funds US$25 million street lighting project in Jamaica

August 10, 2017
CDB funds US$25 million street lighting project in Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$25 million to replace existing streetlights in Jamaica with high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. The funds are being provided to the Jamaica Public Service...

Letter: A redemption award for Jamaica

August 10, 2017
Letter: A redemption award for Jamaica I first visited Jamaica in 1985. I was on a mission. To see, understand. While there I was fortunate to interview Jean Binta Breeze, a poet, who in those days they would have called “roots”, “dread”; a woman of smarts and great consciousness. Then Mutaburaka, another “roots” gospeller. And John Hearne...

Commentary: Can Jamaica fix the crime problem by issuing more guns to its citizens?

August 9, 2017
Commentary: Can Jamaica fix the crime problem by issuing more guns to its citizens? The role of law enforcement has always been a tough task. It remains a struggle between perception and reality. An officer, as I have argued, takes on work that many could not fathom. At the end of each shift, they only want to get back home to their family like everyone else. Today, on some of these troubled islands...

Letter: Jamaican public defender Arlene Harrison Henry must resign now

August 8, 2017
Letter: Jamaican public defender Arlene Harrison Henry must resign now 1. The Public Defender was under no legal obligation to give her “open arms... embrace” of Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO). 2. This was a political and personal decision on the part of the Public Defender. 3. The Public Defender is not obliged to give so-called “human rights” training to military...

Jamaica's superstar sprinter comes in third to an old, unloved rival in his final race

August 8, 2017
Jamaica's superstar sprinter comes in third to an old, unloved rival in his final race LONDON, England -- After the excitement of his final race on Jamaican soil at Kingston's National Stadium, Jamaicans at home and abroad were filled with nervous anticipation – and a sense of celebration – as their adored champion sprinter Usain Bolt entered the Olympic Stadium in Stratford...

CDB to provide grant funding for updated flood monitoring system in Jamaica

August 2, 2017
CDB to provide grant funding for updated flood monitoring system in Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The road through the Bog Walk Gorge in Jamaica is a major thoroughfare for vehicles travelling between the north and south coasts of that island. However, it is at times rendered impassable due to heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and this puts persons in surrounding...

Cannabis licensing authority in Jamaica receives 236 applications

July 28, 2017
Cannabis licensing authority in Jamaica receives 236 applications KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) in Jamaica has, to date, received 236 applications for licences since commencing the process last year. Chairperson, Hyacinth Lightbourne, said five categories of licenses are issued, covering: cultivation, processing, transportation...

CDB helping Development Bank of Jamaica to manage environmental, social risks

July 28, 2017
CDB helping Development Bank of Jamaica to manage environmental, social risks BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For investors, carbon output, ethical supply chains, and renewable energy and energy efficiency are emerging sustainability issues that can have serious financial implications. Institutions with mandates for promoting private sector investment, such as the...

Letter: Diaspora integration should include lands for returning citizens

July 28, 2017
Letter: Diaspora integration should include lands for returning citizens Mr Prime Minister, Jamaicans overseas have been pouring some US$300 million in real estate development annually, since 2013. Which is better for the economy mass tourism or diaspora resettlement? If the Jamaican economy was been properly managed this would have been translated into some US$4.8...

Jamaican scientist's marijuana-based anti-cancer drug is now FDA approved

July 27, 2017
Jamaican scientist's marijuana-based anti-cancer drug is now FDA approved KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted orphan drug approval for Chrysoeriol, a cannabis-based drug used to treat acute myeloid leukaemia, which was developed by Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe. Lowe founded Medicanja Ltd -- described as “Jamaica's...

Music royalty and Raging Fyah figure prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017

July 27, 2017
Music royalty and Raging Fyah figure prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017 TOPANGA, USA -- When Yellowman, the perennially provocative “King of Dancehall Music”, pointed at the assembled crowd at this year’s eighth annual Reggae on the Mountain (July 22-23) in California, “nobody move, nobody get hurt” – a historic refrain in music history, rang out – echoing throughout...

Jamaica's first woman prime minister retires amidst praise, criticism

July 26, 2017
Jamaica's first woman prime minister retires amidst praise, criticism KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On June 29, 2017, Jamaica's first female prime minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, made her final speech in parliament. It marked, at the age of 72, her retirement from representational politics. Simpson-Miller had been under some pressure to step down as opposition leader...

CDB approves funding to strengthen disaster risk management capacity in Jamaica

July 25, 2017
CDB approves funding to strengthen disaster risk management capacity in Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved grant funding to the government of Jamaica to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Portmore Municipal Corporation (PMC). Due to its location, geology and socio-economic...

Tourism earns US$1.46 billion for Jamaica in six months

July 22, 2017
Tourism earns US$1.46 billion for Jamaica in six months KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica generated US$1.46 billion in tourism earnings during the first six months of the 2017 calendar year to record an impressive 7.5 percent increase over the corresponding period in 2016. Additionally, the country welcomed 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June.

IMPACT Justice trains 100 educators in restorative practices in Jamaica

July 18, 2017
IMPACT Justice trains 100 educators in restorative practices in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Approximately 100 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders are receiving training in restorative practices and restorative justice conference facilitation in four workshops in Jamaica. The workshops are being sponsored by the Canadian government...

After media revelations, Jamaicans ask why their finance minister cannot manage his phone bill

July 15, 2017
After media revelations, Jamaicans ask why their finance minister cannot manage his phone bill KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The temperature in Jamaica's capital city of Kingston has “tun up” in more ways than one recently. It has been a stressful week in Jamaican politics -- and finance minister Audley Shaw has been feeling the heat. It's all to do with phone bills. Television Jamaica and its...

Falmouth cruise withdrawal a temporary setback, says Jamaica tourism minister

July 14, 2017
Falmouth cruise withdrawal a temporary setback, says Jamaica tourism minister KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this week that Jamaica’s cruise tourism sector is still on a strong growth path despite the coming temporary withdrawal of two cruise ships from the Port of Falmouth. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) has not included Falmouth...

Letter: Jamaica PM's deeper obsession with creating the new national security state

July 14, 2017
Letter: Jamaica PM's deeper obsession with creating the new national security state Gleaner headline “’No Brutality’ Holness promises doors won’t be broken down with new crime law” needs some deeper analysis. Doors were broken down and furniture and house fixtures criminally and deliberately damaged during the 2010 security forces operations in Tivoli Gardens and West Kingston.

Patois-speaking doll promotes Jamaica and culture

July 13, 2017
Patois-speaking doll promotes Jamaica and culture KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- “Wha gwaan… Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button. She is the first-ever patois...

Feature: Raising charity one child at a time

July 13, 2017
Feature: Raising charity one child at a time On June 27, 2017, Aveeno Campbell, a promising five-year-old, became the first recipient of Carleas’ Dream Initiative award. The JA$50,000 (US$391) bursary was made possible due to Carleas’ efforts and the kind patronage of Regina Franklin and Dr Renee Reynolds PMP, in support of a little girl's...

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