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Caribbean cocoa inspires the world's chocolatiers

March 28, 2015
Caribbean cocoa inspires the world's chocolatiers MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The popularity of dark chocolate throughout the world has surpassed just being a flavour of the month. The rapid growth in demand for fine flavour cocoa, primarily used in the sought-after dark chocolate, over the past five years, is set to continue bringing lucrative benefits...

Commentary: Sounding the alarm in Jamaica!

March 28, 2015
Commentary: Sounding the alarm in Jamaica! Although the very last label I will like to wear is that of an “alarmist,” I have to sound the alarm today. You see, the term “alarmist” carries with it an urgent emotional connotation that heightens the need for immediate intervention and task force response, and that is exactly what I think is needed.

Commentary: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth

March 27, 2015
Commentary: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth Lee Kuan-Yew, who led Singapore for three decades, died on March 23rd. He was a remarkable man who is best remembered for courageous leadership that converted a tiny island with virtually no natural resources into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This commentary recalls...

Small states to have say on rule of law and justice in post-2015 negotiations

March 24, 2015
Small states to have say on rule of law and justice in post-2015 negotiations LONDON, England -- Commonwealth law experts will meet in New York to ensure negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda reflect rule of law and justice perspectives of small states. The meetings will take place from 23-27 March 2015 during the UN’s third session of the post-2015...

Jamaica to lead reform of international laws on marijuana

March 20, 2015
Jamaica to lead reform of international laws on marijuana MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of industry, investment and commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the international treaties concerning marijuana. The aim is to change the schedule class of marijuana.

Letter: Thorough investigation called for after death of another 14-year-old in Jamaica

March 20, 2015
Letter: Thorough investigation called for after death of another 14-year-old in Jamaica The Youth For Change (YFC) wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family, school mates and the wider community of August Town in St Andrew where Mr Joel Lovelace lived. From the reports gathered, Joel was fatally shot and killed at his home.

US president to make state visit to Jamaica

March 19, 2015
US president to make state visit to Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has announced that US President Barack Obama will pay a state visit to Jamaica on April 9, 2015. Obama and Simpson Miller will hold bilateral discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest. During the visit, Jamaica will host...

US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean

March 14, 2015
US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- A top US general has warned that Caribbean countries are unable to track nationals that could return from fighting for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean.

More than 500 lottery scammers arrested in Jamaica under new legislation

March 14, 2015
More than 500 lottery scammers arrested in Jamaica under new legislation KINGSTON, Jamaica -- More than 500 people have been arrested and assets seized under Jamaica’s anti-lottery scamming law since it was passed in 2013. National security minister, Peter Bunting, said some of the cases have already resulted in convictions. He was speaking at the...

Jamaica sees gradual recovery in foreign direct investment inflows

March 13, 2015
Jamaica sees gradual recovery in foreign direct investment inflows MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Industry, investment, and commerce minister, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica has recorded a “gradual recovery” in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, in the wake of the global economic depression, to remain a viable location for this engagement.

Jamaica reaffirms commitment to fight corruption

March 13, 2015
Jamaica reaffirms commitment to fight corruption KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against corruption, with Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, emphasising that, if it is not eliminated, it can threaten the country’s development. “The administration recognizes that corruption...

Belizean CARICOM Single Market spokespersons ready to show the way

March 12, 2015
Belizean CARICOM Single Market spokespersons ready to show the way BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Nineteen Belizeans from the government, education and private sectors were formally launched as spokespersons for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Belize on February 25 after a two-day intensive training workshop. As spokespersons they...

Jamaica targets Central America for export at Panama trade show

March 11, 2015
Jamaica targets Central America for export at Panama trade show KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Brand Jamaica will be on full display in Panama at Central America’s largest trade show Exposición Comercial Internacional (EXPOCOMER) on March 11-14, 2015. A Jamaican delegation led by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be promoting...

Commentary: The CCJ and Regionalism: The 1932 West Indian Conference in Roseau

March 11, 2015
Commentary: The CCJ and Regionalism: The 1932 West Indian Conference in Roseau Dominica became the first Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the fourth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to join the appellate jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) at a momentous gathering in Roseau – extending its sovereignty quest.

Jamaica secures US$75 million loan from World Bank

March 7, 2015
Jamaica secures US$75 million loan from World Bank KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has received US$75 million in loan support from the World Bank to bolster the ongoing programme of economic growth and development for the island. The provision, under the first competitiveness and fiscal management...

Jamaica poised to gain large share of global nutraceutical industry, says PM

March 7, 2015
Jamaica poised to gain large share of global nutraceutical industry, says PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is poised to gain a significant share of the fast growing global nutraceutical industry, which is estimated at US$270 billion. “I am a firm supporter of the nutraceutrical industry in Jamaica. My firm belief in...

Jamaica takes early lead in Caribbean Motor Racing Championship

March 6, 2015
Jamaica takes early lead in Caribbean Motor Racing Championship OLD HOPE, Jamaica -- Jamaica, host country of the opening round of the 2015 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship last weekend (February 28/March 1), has taken a huge early lead in the Country standings; highest points-scorer for the home side was Jordan Powell.

Commentary: Pass D Dutchie

March 5, 2015
Commentary: Pass D Dutchie One of the signatures of Caribbean culture is our food. Caribbean cuisine stands out in the world with a taste and texture of its very own. Perhaps it is the fresh organic home grown fish, meat, poultry, herbs and vegetables. Or just maybe it is the rhythm in how wi stir fi wi pot dem?

Commentary: Jamaica's new marijuana law, is it legalization or new marketing strategy?

March 4, 2015
Commentary: Jamaica's new marijuana law, is it legalization or new marketing strategy? Jamaica’s new congeniality push: When the Jamaican Parliament approved an act to decriminalize small amounts of “ganja” (marijuana, weed, pot) as it is locally called, many received it with joy. However, it will not change the economy overnight and it is more of a paper statement.

Jamaica targeting US-based IT firms

March 2, 2015
Jamaica targeting US-based IT firms MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, said the ministry will be intensifying efforts to attract more information communications technology (ICT) firms to Jamaica. He said the ministry will be going after US-based companies.

Letter: No to IADB office in residential community in Jamaica

March 2, 2015
Letter: No to IADB office in residential community in Jamaica I have noted with alarm the grand ground breaking ceremony led by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mrs Simpson-Miller, and a sign erected by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), signaling that they will be constructing their offices on a lot of land on Montrose Road, near to Vale Royal.

Open letter to DPP: Break your silence on the 2010 Tivoli Gardens massacre

March 2, 2015
At least 76 people were killed in 2010 during the security forces operations in Tivoli Gardens/West Kingston and nearly five years later the Bureau of Special Investigations whom you rely on for criminal investigations has yet to present you with a report for possible prosecution.

IMF concludes review mission to Jamaica

February 27, 2015
IMF concludes review mission to Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Jamaica during February 16-25, 2015, to conduct discussions on the seventh review of Jamaica’s IMF-supported program under the extended fund facility (EFF). At the conclusion of the mission, IMF mission chief...

Marijuana reform in Jamaica opens up new commercial opportunities

February 27, 2015
Marijuana reform in Jamaica opens up new commercial opportunities DENVER, USA -- Legislation to make provisions for ganja (marijuana) reform was approved by the Jamaican Cabinet and tabled in the Senate in January 2015. This Bill, the Dangerous Drugs Act 2015, and popularly called the Ganja Bill, opened the door to the emergence of new financial and...

Two confirmed chikungunya deaths in Jamaica

February 26, 2015
Two confirmed chikungunya deaths in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health in Jamaica has reported that, of the notification of 14 deaths suspected to be related to chikungunya (CHIKV), two of those have so far been confirmed as having had the virus. According to acting chief medical officer in the ministry of health...

Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology

February 25, 2015
Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology ST ANN’S FORT, Barbados -- The Canadian government in conjunction with the Barbados Defence Force hosted the second session of a ten-week information technology (IT) workshop on information technology systems support for military members within the Caribbean region.

UK Education Fair to be held in Jamaica on March 3

February 24, 2015
UK Education Fair to be held in Jamaica on March 3 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A number of UK universities, training institutions and skills training schools will join local higher education institutions that are offering UK qualifications, to showcase the wide array of options in the UK. The inaugural UK Higher Education and Skills Fair will take place on March 3.

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