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Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

Jamaica installs automated immigration kiosks at Montego Bay

December 16, 2014
Jamaica installs automated immigration kiosks at Montego Bay MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Ten automated immigration kiosks have been installed at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which is expected to significantly reduce the processing of airline passengers. The establishment of the ten stations brings to 15...

Jamaica to strengthen climate resilience with IDB support

December 15, 2014
Jamaica to strengthen climate resilience with IDB support KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica will increase its resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity of the agriculture and tourism sectors and watershed management, using a US$10 million highly concessionary loan and a US$7,895,000 grant approved by the Inter-American...

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

2014 a good year for Jamaica's tourism sector, says minister

December 12, 2014
2014 a good year for Jamaica's tourism sector, says minister OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill says that 2014 has been “a very good year” for tourism in Jamaica. He said that November 2014 “has gone down as the best November Jamaica has ever had” with arrivals showing an increase of more than six per cent.

Cuba credited with assisting Jamaica's athletics success

December 11, 2014
Cuba credited with assisting Jamaica's athletics success HAVANA, Cuba -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has credited Cuba with assisting Jamaica to become a world leader in athletics, noting that the GC Foster College, which was a gift to Jamaica from Cuba in the 1970s, has been responsible for training many of Jamaica´s outstanding athletes and coaches.

CXC holds council meeting in Jamaica

December 10, 2014
CXC holds council meeting in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) held its 46th meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, on Friday 5 December and the meeting of the School Committee on Thursday 4 December 2014 under the chairmanship of Professor E Nigel Harris, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

Critical matters on the agenda for 100th ACP council meeting

December 9, 2014
Critical matters on the agenda for 100th ACP council meeting BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group will devote its landmark 100th session to tackling major issues for the organisation, including its future perspectives as an international coalition. The meeting, scheduled for 9 – 12 December...

Open Letter: Why the Gleaner hates me

December 6, 2014
I can't imagine why you would "hope for much" from someone who loves to latch on to "populist causes", who loves the "limelight" and "martyrdom", who is "rude", a "distraction", a "hindrance", etc. and then devote an editorial to facilitate those desires. It sounds contradictory.

Venezuela may sell PetroCaribe debt

December 5, 2014
Venezuela may sell PetroCaribe debt NEW YORK, USA -- According to a blog post by John-Paul Rathbone and Andres Schipani in the Financial Times, socialist Venezuela may sell out its Caribbean friends to capitalist Wall Street by securitizing debts owed under its $3.5 billion a year PetroCaribe subsidised oil program.

PetroCaribe worries drag Jamaican dollar to new record low

December 3, 2014
PetroCaribe worries drag Jamaican dollar to new record low KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaican dollar traded at a new record low on Monday after oil prices continued to plunge in international markets, leading to renewed speculation that Venezuela may be forced to terminate or restrict the supply of oil under the PetroCaribe initiative.

Hotel projects to create jobs for thousands of Jamaicans

December 3, 2014
Hotel projects to create jobs for thousands of Jamaicans KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham NcNeill, and finance and planning minister, Dr Peter Phillips, have hailed the significant investments in tourism on the north coast which, they estimate, will provide jobs for thousands of Jamaicans, while expanding the industry.

Jamaica to enter tourism timeshare market

December 1, 2014
Jamaica to enter tourism timeshare market KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Senate on Friday approved the Timeshare Vacations Bill, facilitating the country’s entrance into the tourism timeshare market. Timeshare/vacation ownership is defined as a method of use and or shared ownership of vacation real estate.

Open letter to Public Defender Matondo Mukulu

December 1, 2014
I am truly shocked to see in a Gleaner report that after four year and a half years the best that the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) can do re the criminal destruction of people's property during the 2010 Tivoli Gardens massacre is to submit, cap in hand, a list of 70 out of 700 claims...

Faster processing for air travellers arriving in Jamaica

November 29, 2014
Faster processing for air travellers arriving in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- As part of a $200 million airport improvement project, the Jamaican government has installed five automated immigration kiosks to process airline passengers arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, and ten at the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay.

Bob Marley Foundation partners with JAMPRO for Jamaica Film Festival 2015

November 29, 2014
Bob Marley Foundation partners with JAMPRO for Jamaica Film Festival 2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Bob Marley Foundation has agreed to partner with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) to provide support for the Jamaica Film Festival that will be held in 2015. The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday by minister of industry, investment and...

Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive?

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive? The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014.  Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.

Jamaica could host Woodstock Festival

November 27, 2014
Jamaica could host Woodstock Festival MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Minister of state in the ministry of tourism and entertainment, Damion Crawford, says Jamaica could soon be hosting one of the world’s biggest music festivals. Speaking in Montego Bay recently, Crawford said he has already had discussions with promoters.

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe

November 26, 2014
Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe MIAMI, USA -- At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil subsidy as crude prices plunge, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  The four countries are Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

New York event celebrates cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa

November 24, 2014
New York event celebrates cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa NEW YORK, USA -- This year, the Black Culinary Alliance (BCA) global cultural awareness salute and black tie gala was held in New York on Friday night under the theme “Crossing Cultures: Jamaica and South Africa”. The event was held in support of the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa.

Jamaica on track to welcome 3.5 million visitors this year

November 24, 2014
Jamaica on track to welcome 3.5 million visitors this year MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, said Jamaica is on track to welcome some 3.5 million visitors this year. The number, he said, involves a combination of cruise passengers and stopover arrivals. McNeill was addressing the opening session of...

Jamaica expects more Chinese visitors

November 22, 2014
Jamaica expects more Chinese visitors MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- The recent elimination of the need for Chinese tourists to obtain a visitor’s visa to vacation in Jamaica is expected to play a major role in attracting nationals from that country, says tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill.

Jamaica to host CXC governance meetings

November 22, 2014
Jamaica to host CXC governance meetings KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica will host the annual governance meetings of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on 4th and 5th December 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting of the School Examinations Committee (SEC) will be held on Thursday 4th December and the 46th meeting of Council...

OAS launches reintegration program for young offenders in Jamaica

November 21, 2014
OAS launches reintegration program for young offenders in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the importance of providing young offenders a path to reintegrate into their communities, in his address at the launch of the project: “A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment...

The History of CXC to be launched on December 2

November 19, 2014
The History of CXC to be launched on December 2 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A book chronicling the 40 years since the establishment of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will be launched during a ceremony on Tuesday, 2 December, in Kingston, Jamaica. Entitled “A History of the Caribbean Examinations Council, 1973-2013”, the book...

Antigua-Barbuda to work with Jamaica to increase shipping revenue

November 17, 2014
Antigua-Barbuda to work with Jamaica to increase shipping revenue KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, says his country will collaborate with the government of Jamaica to increase the Caribbean region’s market share of the lucrative global shipping industry, through ship registration services.

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