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UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth...

Letter: The Jamaican government cannot continue to ignore these basic economic facts

December 1, 2016
Letter: The Jamaican government cannot continue to ignore these basic economic facts That foreign direct investment (FDI) driven by tourism and Chinese-funded infrastructure as well as the constant devaluation of the Jamaican dollar to support tourism investments are disincentives to real economic growth. This was the main economic policy thrust of the previous PNP...

Ruling party wins local government elections in Jamaica

November 30, 2016
Ruling party wins local government elections in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has won the local government elections, which were held on Monday. Preliminary results indicate that the JLP won nine of the municipal corporations, while the People’s National Party (PNP) won three.

Commentary: The demons of the night!

November 28, 2016
Commentary: The demons of the night! November 24, 2016 was a chilly, wet and gloomy Fall day in the city of Toronto. And for me, I too was under the weather as I got up reflecting on my brother who I lost to liver cancer earlier in the year and whose birthday it was. You see, a day like this siphons out of you the drive to venture outside.

Yet another report on extrajudicial killings in Jamaica reinforces calls for police reform

November 26, 2016
Yet another report on extrajudicial killings in Jamaica reinforces calls for police reform KINGSTON, Jamaica -- It's really nothing new. Extrajudicial killings by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been a persistent human rights concern over decades, highlighted in numerous local and international reports, including the US State Department's Human Rights Report.

Letter: JFJ welcomes plan to reform policing legislation in Jamaica

November 24, 2016
Letter: JFJ welcomes plan to reform policing legislation in Jamaica Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) welcomes the plan to legislatively reform the Jamaica Constabulary Force by replacing the current, antiquated legislation, The Constabulary Force Act (1935) with a new Police Service Act by October, 2017. The government’s plan, mentioned in the...

IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues

November 21, 2016
IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Since the appointment last April of Therese Turner-Jones as general manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Caribbean country department, there has been increased academic and social engagement with the youth across the region.

Open Letter to Andrew Holness: Leadership must not only be aspirational, but also inspirational

November 21, 2016
The Jamaican Diaspora Overseas has a legitimate right to determine the government with whom they have been investing consistently over US$2.7 billion annually to include charities and tourism dollars. This right is no different from the rights of those who...

Crime rates trending down in Jamaica

November 19, 2016
Crime rates trending down in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- There has been a downward trend in overall crime rates in Jamaica, with the January to September 2016 period recording a 20.2 percent decline from the previous year. This refers to Category One crimes, which include murder, shooting, rape, aggravated...

Unemployment rate in Jamaica lowest in five years

November 18, 2016
Unemployment rate in Jamaica lowest in five years KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Unemployment in Jamaica continues to decline, with the figure at 12.9 per cent as at July 2016, the lowest quarterly rate in five years. This is according to the latest labour force survey undertaken by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN). The rate for...

BVI concludes investment promotion study tour in Jamaica

November 17, 2016
BVI concludes investment promotion study tour in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The British Virgin Islands has concluded an Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) investment promotion study tour in Jamaica. Junior minister for trade, investment promotion and consumer affairs, Marlon Penn, led a delegation in a series of meetings with...

Regional organisation promotes intellectual property, innovation, and technology in the Caribbean

November 17, 2016
Regional organisation promotes intellectual property, innovation, and technology in the Caribbean MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The Caribbean and Americas Intellectual Property Organization (CAAIPO) was established in October 2015 under the laws of Jamaica, in response to the need for substantial research, information and action in the field of intellectual property law and...

Commentary: Autonomy for local government in Jamaica

November 16, 2016
Commentary: Autonomy for local government in Jamaica Jamaicans are now preparing for another round of delayed local government elections, which seem set to be kicked further down the road by another administration who would rather have enough political mileage on their opponents before allowing Jamaicans to exercise their fundamental democratic...

Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm

November 15, 2016
Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm MIAMI, USA -- Surface pressures are slowly falling over the southwestern Caribbean Sea, and a broad low pressure system is expected to form in this area during the next day or two. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions are forecast...

Caribbean support for call on Obama to clean-up Garvey's name before leaving White House

November 15, 2016
Caribbean support for call on Obama to clean-up Garvey's name before leaving White House CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The head of the Caribbean’s top university is getting support from the region for his call on the departing black American president to clean-up Marcus Garvey’s name before leaving the White House. Vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles...

Usain Bolt's 'Gifted' music video has the internet singing

November 15, 2016
Usain Bolt's 'Gifted' music video has the internet singing CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Declaring his intention to break more records, the world's fastest man, Olympian Usain Bolt, is creating viral buzz and has the internet singing along to his new holiday song entitled "Gifted." Inspired by Eddie Murphy's 1980s hit "Party All the Time", the music...

IMF approves US$1.64 billion stand-by arrangement for Jamaica

November 14, 2016
IMF approves US$1.64 billion stand-by arrangement for Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved a three-year stand-by arrangement (SBA) for Jamaica to support the authorities’ continued economic reform agenda. Access under the SBA arrangement amounts to about US$1.64 billion.

US president called on to exonerate Marcus Garvey

November 14, 2016
US president called on to exonerate Marcus Garvey KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) has called on US President Barack Obama to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction in the United States.

Jamaican parliament debates bills to facilitate development of horse-racing industry

November 12, 2016
Jamaican parliament debates bills to facilitate development of horse-racing industry KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Debate began on two Bills in Jamaica’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, to establish a regulatory framework that will attract and support investment in the island’s horse-racing industry and facilitate the development of Caymanas Track into a modern...

Civil society groups research report reveal billions lost due to poor governance in Jamaica

November 12, 2016
Civil society groups research report reveal billions lost due to poor governance in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Waste, inefficiency and gross non-compliance by government ministries and departments are costing Jamaicans billions of dollars in public funds, according to a recently completed research report done by the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC) and the Caribbean...

Jamaican cabinet approves plan to boost arrivals from Canada

November 11, 2016
Jamaican cabinet approves plan to boost arrivals from Canada KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaican Cabinet has given approval for the implementation of a rescue plan for the Canadian tourism market. The objective is to increase arrivals to the island from Canada for the 2016/2017 winter season, which starts in December. Minister of education...

Caribbean reacts to Donald Trump election victory

November 10, 2016
Caribbean reacts to Donald Trump election victory MIAMI, USA -- His campaign was vitriolic, sometimes acrimonious. He was labeled a racist, a bigot, anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim. Despite this, Republican candidate Donald Trump was on Tuesday elected the 45th president of the United States, defying the polls and popular media hype..

Letter: The decision to compensate must not be used as another form of state violence

November 10, 2016
Letter: The decision to compensate must not be used as another form of state violence This is the final stage, six years later, of the Jamaican state laying to rest the most savage and brutal attack against poor citizens, since the British colonialists, led by Governor John Eyre, ordered the infamous 1865 Morant Bay Massacre in which more than 500 ex-slave peasants...

Design Caribbean to pop-up in London

November 9, 2016
Design Caribbean to pop-up in London LONDON, England -- Design Caribbean will be popping up in Camden Market, one of London’s most sought-after shopping areas for those looking for an eclectic mix of unique gifts and hand-crafted products, from November 24-28, 2016. The Design Caribbean Pop-Up Shop will be...

Commentary: Banking Jamaican money laundering operations

November 9, 2016
Commentary: Banking Jamaican money laundering operations In a recent lecture given in New York to expatriates, the Jamaican ambassador to the United States disclosed that, over the past ten years, 20,000 Jamaican nationals have been deported from the United States. While she was quoting that disturbing statistic in connection with her campaign to...

Jamaica to give historical pardons to national heroes and freedom fighters

November 7, 2016
Jamaica to give historical pardons to national heroes and freedom fighters KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Monday, October 17, was National Heroes Day in Jamaica. The subsequent week, Heritage Week, is the busiest on the Jamaican cultural calendar. This year was no exception. Leading up to the date, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Olivia...

Some 20,000 Jamaicans deported from the US over the past ten years

November 4, 2016
Some 20,000 Jamaicans deported from the US over the past ten years WASHINGTON, USA -- Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, has revealed that some 20,000 Jamaicans have been deported from the US to Jamaica over the past ten years. Jamaica has also received the highest share of individuals deported from the US on criminal grounds.

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