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Eight extradited from Jamaica to US to face lottery fraud charges

April 29, 2017
Eight extradited from Jamaica to US to face lottery fraud charges BISMARCK, USA -- Eight Jamaicans charged in a transnational organized crime advance fee “lottery scam” fraud are now in federal custody in the United States, after the Jamaican government ordered them extradited last month. The eight were arrested in Jamaica over one year ago, shortly after...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Addressing the loss of health care professionals

April 29, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Addressing the loss of health care professionals Around the world, public health care systems are in crisis. From India to Australia, nations in the developing and developed world are struggling to meet the expectations of their local populations. The Caribbean is no exception. There are multiple reasons for this. In the Anglophone Caribbean,

Letter: Divisional offices must be government offices

April 27, 2017
Letter: Divisional offices must be government offices In his 2017-2018 Sectoral Debate presentation, Minister Desmond McKenzie made it clear he wanted to transform Jamaica’s local government and strengthen it as an institution. The minister announced his plans to make councilors more responsive to the needs of their constituents through funding...

Commentary: Is radio still relevant?

April 25, 2017
Commentary: Is radio still relevant? Some weeks ago some friends and I were discussing how far along we have come with technology. Just think of all the technology available to afford us and interconnectivity like never before. My mother reminisced on the good old days when radio dramas were among the most exciting...

Letter: Pointless fearing death

April 25, 2017
Letter: Pointless fearing death I remember being at this particular place when a group of religious people began preaching about how, with God’s help of course, death can be avoided. Of course, while I do respect people’s religious beliefs, I really couldn’t help myself but chuckle. When asked why I was laughing...

Animation training programme launched in Jamaica

April 24, 2017
Animation training programme launched in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A project that seeks to train 150 young people annually for the global US$230-billion animation industry was launched in Jamaica on April 19. With an estimated investment of US$779,000, the Creative Industries Education and Employment Programme (CIEEP) aims to...

Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica

April 22, 2017
Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its capacity as an international tribunal with sole authority for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) recently denied an application by Cabral Douglas for leave to commence proceedings against the Commonwealth of...

Letter: America should stop squealing about being fed a dose of its own medicine

April 22, 2017
Letter: America should stop squealing about being fed a dose of its own medicine The United States is clearly upset about what it sees a Russian interference in its internal affairs, when according to the American government; Moscow used sophisticated means to influence the way Americans voted in the last elections. If this American protest isn’t the kettle calling the...

Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon

April 21, 2017
Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon TORONTO, Canada -- To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network, the largest travel agency that is both owned and operated in Canada, has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry

April 20, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry I was having a conversation recently with some entertainment industry practitioners at a meeting convened by the film commissioner of the creative unit at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), when someone said that Jamaica has a film industry – one that persons earned from...

IMF concludes first review under stand-by arrangement for Jamaica

April 19, 2017
IMF concludes first review under stand-by arrangement for Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- On April 14, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the first review of Jamaica’s performance under the program supported by the stand-by arrangement (SBA), on a lapse of time basis. The 36-month SBA with a total access of...

More than half of electricity demand in Jamaica to be supplied by renewables

April 19, 2017
More than half of electricity demand in Jamaica to be supplied by renewables KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government is projecting that, within two years, more than half of Jamaica’s electricity demand, totalling nearly 700 megawatts, will be generated from renewable sources. According to finance and public service minister, Audley Shaw, this is based on the government’s...

ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

April 18, 2017
ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience significant disabilities. With populations ageing and an increasing number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases...

Jamaica to spend US$14 million to upgrade port facilities in Ocho Rios

April 17, 2017
Jamaica to spend US$14 million to upgrade port facilities in Ocho Rios KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- In anticipation of larger cruise vessels coming to Jamaica, US$14 million has been allocated to improve port facilities in Ocho Rios, says minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett. Bartlett said that two mega liners, one from Carnival and the other from Norwegian Cruise Line...

Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

April 12, 2017
Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016 SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean...

Twenty minutes with reggae legend Don Carlos

April 12, 2017
Twenty minutes with reggae legend Don Carlos With his signature sweet voice and a successful career spanning over four decades, Don Carlos is unquestionably a legendary figure in reggae music. The worldwide appeal of Carlos’ unique style of conscious roots reggae music is well-documented; an often-cited example well-worth...

Cruise lines hail Jamaica's visitor anti-harassment thrust

April 11, 2017
Cruise lines hail Jamaica's visitor anti-harassment thrust MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has hailed Jamaica’s success in significantly reducing visitor harassment, saying it augurs well for future relations. During a three-day fact finding trip to the island, the FCCA team led by president, Michelle Paige...

Commentary: Light on violence - no violence in love

April 11, 2017
Commentary: Light on violence - no violence in love The alarming incidences of violence in Jamaica should be a cause for deep cultural introspection for all citizens on the causes of violence. I launched a #noviolenceinlove campaign, which aims to decode and decrease ideas causal to violence in our society. My team and I have created films...

Letter: The cause of poverty

April 11, 2017
Letter: The cause of poverty Jesus said the “the poor you will always have” and he was right, but only if we do nothing about it. Poverty is manmade, and as such can be eliminated by us. To do so, we must understand it and design a system to eliminate it. Poverty is a derivative of a combined political, monetary and education...

Jamaica to benefit from international financial services centre

April 10, 2017
Jamaica to benefit from international financial services centre KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister without portfolio in the ministry of economic growth and job creation, Daryl Vaz, says Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from the establishment of an international financial services centre. “The economic opportunities… cannot be overstated...

Trump reinforces bond between Jamaica and the United States

April 10, 2017
Trump reinforces bond between Jamaica and the United States WASHINGTON, USA -- United States President Donald Trump says he looks forward to working with Jamaica’s Andrew Holness administration on bilateral and regional issues. The president’s comments came during a courtesy call paid on him by Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States.

Letter: Christianity was triggered by luck and not facts

April 10, 2017
Letter: Christianity was triggered by luck and not facts Every Easter, Christians celebrate the supposed resurrection of the good lord, Jesus. Now, while everyone is entitled to their beliefs, there are very compelling reasons that the faith, or at least the central belief of the faith – namely, Jesus’ resurrection not only did not happen, but was in fact...

Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission

April 8, 2017
Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Citing what he described as several procedural irregularities, Cabral Douglas, the unsuccessful applicant in a recent case against Dominica before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), has filed a formal complaint with the Regional and Judicial Legal Services...

Jamaican prime minister apologizes to Rastafarian community for 1963 killings

April 8, 2017
Jamaican prime minister apologizes to Rastafarian community for 1963 killings KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On April 4, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness made a historic apology for the “grave injustice” of an attack made on Rastafarians between April 11 and 12, 1963 – the year after Jamaica gained its independence from Great Britain. Alexander Bustamante was...

Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean

April 7, 2017
Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean Horse racing has a rich history in the Caribbean: the sport takes place not just on the English-speaking islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, but also in Dominican Republic, Martinique and Puerto Rico. The most prestigious and popular race in the Caribbean is the Clasico...

Jamaica's new opposition leader sworn in

April 5, 2017
Jamaica's new opposition leader sworn in KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- New president of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, was sworn in on Monday as Jamaica’s leader of the opposition. He was presented with the instrument of appointment by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen. The ceremony was attended...

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