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OAS co-hosts launch of Jamaican national cyber security strategy

January 30, 2015
OAS co-hosts launch of Jamaican national cyber security strategy KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday co-hosted with the government of Jamaica, the launch of the country’s national cyber security strategy in Kingston, Jamaica. The OAS cyber security program has been working with the ministry of science...

Letter: Bodyguards only for the political aristocrats?

January 30, 2015
Letter: Bodyguards only for the political aristocrats? I am most outraged by the announcement in parliament by Jamaica’s national security minister Peter Bunting that only the political aristocracy will get close protection officers (bodyguards) at the expense of the state, while leaving our judges to the mercy of gunmen.

Jamaican government to pursue strategies to maintain downward trend in violent crimes

January 29, 2015
Jamaican government to pursue strategies to maintain downward trend in violent crimes KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government will be pursuing several strategies to maintain the long-term downward trend in serious and violent crimes in Jamaica. In a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, minister of national security, Peter Bunting, said the recent spike in...

$62.7 million assistance for Jamaica's largest private sector wind farm

January 28, 2015
$62.7 million assistance for Jamaica's largest private sector wind farm KINGSTON, Jamaica -- IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, with the support of the government of Canada and along with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC, the US government’s development finance institution) will help BMR Jamaica Wind Ltd build, operate and maintain...

Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM

January 27, 2015
Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stands to benefit from increased support from Cuba in the areas of health, education, disaster response, and support for the disabled. Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, said his government...

Travel demand for Caribbean on the rise

January 27, 2015
Travel demand for Caribbean on the rise SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, reported on Monday that travel demand garnered via the company’s platforms for the Caribbean region grew nearly 30 percent year over year during the first three quarters of 2014.

Jamaican exporters participate in national export strategy workshop

January 26, 2015
Jamaican exporters participate in national export strategy workshop KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), in partnership with Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), and Trade Board Limited, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and consultants Tourism Intelligence International, hosted a national export strategy (NES)...

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Jamaica

January 24, 2015
Commentary:  Bermuda's connection to Jamaica Bermuda has had a long-standing relationship and connection with Jamaica for over a century. Many Jamaicans first came to Bermuda in the early 1900s as skilled labourers who built the Dockyard area alongside other Bermudians and Caribbean workers. Many of the original parts of Dockyard...

Licensing authority to regulate medical marijuana industry in Jamaica

January 23, 2015
Licensing authority to regulate medical marijuana industry in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A Cannabis Licensing Authority is to be established to regulate the proposed hemp and medical marijuana industry in Jamaica. This is one of the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, which is expected to be tabled in the Senate on Friday.

Letter: Compensation now for victims of Tivoli Gardens massacre

January 20, 2015
Letter: Compensation now for victims of Tivoli Gardens massacre In light of the outrageous amounts being paid to commissioners, counsel and secretarial staff investigating the 2010 Tivoli Gardens massacre it is important to make the following points: 1. This obscene amount of money is being paid to the commissioners is partly to appease the United States.

Jamaica government prepared to facilitate investor interest in Cuba

January 19, 2015
Jamaica government prepared to facilitate investor interest in Cuba KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- State minister for foreign affairs and foreign trade, Arnaldo Brown, says the Jamaican government is prepared to assist, in whatever way possible, in facilitating local investors interested in exploring and tapping into business opportunities anticipated to materialize in Cuba.

Jamaican companies gear up for trade mission to Turks and Caicos

January 17, 2015
Jamaican companies gear up for trade mission to Turks and Caicos KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), in partnership with the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), will be leading a delegation of local companies to participate in a trade mission to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) from January 19 – 21, 2015.

Letter: Refer Tivoli Gardens massacre to ICC or try it under Terrorism Prevention Act

January 16, 2015
Letter: Refer Tivoli Gardens massacre to ICC or try it under Terrorism Prevention Act Either try the commanders of the Tivoli Gardens massacre under the Terrorism Prevention Act or refer the matter to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In either case we demand that justice be done. No less a person than Jamaica's ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie...

Canadians will be able to invest in Jamaican stock market come April 1

January 15, 2015
Canadians will be able to invest in Jamaican stock market come April 1 KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Beginning April 1, Jamaicans residing in Canada will be able to participate in trading and other related activities, on the local stock exchange. This, as the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) is set to receive authorization (designation) from the Canadian administration.

Jamaica agrees to international property measurement standards

January 15, 2015
Jamaica agrees to international property measurement standards WASHINGTON, USA -- As a result of high-level talks between the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the National Land Agency of Jamaica, the NLA has agreed to two important RICS standards initiatives: the international property measurement standard (IPMS) and valuer registration.

Significant benefits to flow from CELAC meeting in China, says Jamaican minister

January 12, 2015
Significant benefits to flow from CELAC meeting in China, says Jamaican minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, is projecting that “significant benefits” will flow to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, arising out of the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Beijing.

Murder figure in Jamaica lowest in eleven years

January 10, 2015
Murder figure in Jamaica lowest in eleven years KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Through sustained and intensified crime fighting strategies, murders in Jamaica in 2014 were at their lowest in 11 years, says Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams. He noted that the year 2014 ended with a major reduction in all categories of crimes in Jamaica.

Authorities at JFK seize cocaine hidden in luggage from Jamaica

January 10, 2015
Authorities at JFK seize cocaine hidden in luggage from Jamaica NEW YORK, USA -- A passenger arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Jamaica tried smuggling cocaine into the United States hidden in the hand rail of a suitcase; however, US Customs and Border Protection officers were there to derail her attempt. On Tuesday, CBP officers stopped...

Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries

January 9, 2015
Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Project Steering Committees of the Standby Facilities of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have approved funding for projects in the following countries. Dominican Republic EPA...

Job opportunities for Jamaicans in the United States

January 9, 2015
Job opportunities for Jamaicans in the United States KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Applications opened on Wednesday for temporary positions in the hospitality industry in the United States for qualified Jamaicans. Minister of agriculture, labour and social security, Derrick Kellier, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said vacancies are available...

Commentary: Lessons from Guyana and Norway

January 9, 2015
Commentary: Lessons from Guyana and Norway Forests are crucially important to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), “they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them – in principle in perpetuity”.

Jamaica-Canada employment programme pumps millions into local economy

January 8, 2015
Jamaica-Canada employment programme pumps millions into local economy KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Remittance inflows from the Jamaica-Canada employment programme contributed Cdn$15.5 million (approximately JA$1.7 billion) to the Jamaican economy during 2014. This was disclosed by Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, who noted that...

Regional mobile provider upgrades data networks

January 7, 2015
Regional mobile provider upgrades data networks KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Regional mobile phone network provider Digicel Jamaica has deployed new server infrastructure to support rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services over 2.5G, 3G, and 4G (HSPA+) networks. A longstanding partnership between Digicel and Alepo...

Letter: Jamaica's obsession with violence against the downtrodden

December 29, 2014
Letter: Jamaica's obsession with violence against the downtrodden Her words were that there should be no discrimination against any individual because of his or her sexual orientation. She rejected the 'not in my cabinet' doctrine. Fast forward to dozens of young men living in a New Kingston gully because their families have rejected them.

Jamaican minister calls for more support for Caribbean region

December 23, 2014
Jamaican minister calls for more support for Caribbean region KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, has cited the need for a “new agenda” of support for Jamaica and other Caribbean states by key international stakeholders. This, he said, to effectively address vulnerabilities related to climate change and significant debt.

Jamaican man sentenced for fraudulently obtaining US passport

December 23, 2014
Jamaican man sentenced for fraudulently obtaining US passport PHILADELPHIA, USA -- Wayne Christopher Morgan, 42, of Jamaica, was sentenced on Friday to eight months incarceration, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment in US District Court for obtaining a US passport through fraudulent statements.

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.

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