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Milestone agreement signed for solar generation project in Jamaica

September 20, 2014
Milestone agreement signed for solar generation project in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- WRB Enterprises and Jamaica Public Service (JPS) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) on Thursday, paving the way for JPS purchasing energy from the renewable power generation company.  The 20-year agreement with Content Solar Limited, WRB’s Jamaican...

OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Jamaica

September 19, 2014
OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Jamaica report on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of...

New Jamaican police commissioner pledges greater accountability

September 18, 2014
New Jamaican police commissioner pledges greater accountability KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Newly installed Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams, has pledged to ensure greater transparency and accountability on the part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), as it works to improve its service and ultimately, engender the trust and respect...

Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched

September 17, 2014
Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Domestic workers and artisans in five countries who want to move to another country within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) now have access to support services through collaboration with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC).

Letter: Lessons of Mario Deane's death in police custody in Jamaica

September 16, 2014
Letter: Lessons of Mario Deane's death in police custody in Jamaica A new police commissioner has been chosen in the midst of public outrage over Mario Deane's death in police custody. One of the legacies of the previous police commissioner was that he presided over one of the highest rates of police extrajudicial killings in Jamaica's history.

Addressing corruption in Jamaica a national priority, says minister

September 15, 2014
Addressing corruption in Jamaica a national priority, says minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of finance and planning, Dr Peter Phillips, says addressing the issue of corruption in Jamaica remains a national priority. He said public perception of corruption continues to mar the political process in Jamaica, despite the passage of various pieces of legislation.

Caribbean Export supports Start Up Jamaica

September 15, 2014
Caribbean Export supports Start Up Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has pledged financial support towards the launch of Start Up Jamaica, as part of the regional private sector development programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European...

Jamaica called on to end corporal punishment in schools

September 13, 2014
Jamaica called on to end corporal punishment in schools MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Commissioner of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Dr Rose Davies, says the organization remains strident in its quest to rid Jamaica’s schools of the practice of corporal punishment. Noting that the practice is still very prevalent in some schools...

GraceKennedy acquires additional 50pct interest in St Lucia insurance company

September 13, 2014
GraceKennedy acquires additional 50pct interest in St Lucia insurance company KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The GraceKennedy Group has announced the acquisition of an additional 50% of the shares in Saint Lucian company, EC Global Insurance Company Limited, bringing its shareholding to 80%. The group first acquired its 30% shareholding in EC Global in 2004.

Jamaica ends active search operation for missing plane

September 9, 2014
Jamaica ends active search operation for missing plane KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been conducting search operations for the single engine aircraft that crashed in Jamaican waters last Friday and assets from both the JDF Coast Guard and the JDF Air Wing were deployed in the search area. However, a decision...

Possible debris from plane crash spotted north of Jamaica

September 8, 2014
Possible debris from plane crash spotted north of Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A search and rescue team from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Air Wing has spotted and photographed what is believed to be debris from an aircraft that crashed in Jamaican waters on Friday. The debris field was spotted on Friday, in an area about 24 nautical miles north...

Commentary: Jamaica's new police commissioner

September 8, 2014
Commentary: Jamaica's new police commissioner Welcome: Now that the search is over, and you have been selected to lead the Jamaican Police Department as the “Top Cop.” First, congratulations! It has been a tumultuous year. Many hearts have been broken, millions of dollars spent on previous leaders, some have been imported...

Letter: China Harbour Engineering Company

September 8, 2014
Letter: China Harbour Engineering Company There has been a call from the very beginning about China Harbour Engineering Company and the lack of transparency, oversight and accountability as it pertains to the contracts they have been awarded in Jamaica. The agreements and MOUs continue to be locked behind the cloak of protection...

CDB supports economic growth and poverty reduction through private sector development in Jamaica

September 6, 2014
CDB supports economic growth and poverty reduction through private sector development in Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has thrown its support behind the upcoming Development Bank of Jamaica’s 2nd Annual Venture Capital Conference slated for September 9, 2014, at the Jamaica Conference Centre. Among its objectives is highlighting...

Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas announces first seven destination partners

September 6, 2014
Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas announces first seven destination partners ST MICHAEL, Barbados -- Seven destinations in the Caribbean and Central America region will receive support to enhance the long-term viability of their tourism sectors. On Thursday, the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) announced its first seven destination partners.

Jamaica signs US$105 million loans with World Bank

September 5, 2014
Jamaica signs US$105 million loans with World Bank WASHINGTON, USA -- Three loans totalling US$105 million were signed by the government of Jamaica and World Bank at its headquarters in Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon. Minister of finance and planning, Dr Peter Phillips signed on behalf of Jamaica, while World Bank country director...

Jamaica makes significant upward move in global competitiveness ranking

September 5, 2014
Jamaica makes significant upward move in global competitiveness ranking KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The minister of industry, investment and commerce, Anthony Hylton has welcomed the news of Jamaica’s upward movement of eight places in the Global Competitiveness Rankings. Hylton cited the work of the National Competitiveness Council, which he chairs...

Four additional cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica

September 2, 2014
Four additional cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health in jamaica has confirmed four additional cases of chikungunya, bringing the total number of confirmed cases for the country to 21. Of this number, 18 are from local transmission, two imported and one considered cryptic due the uncertainty of...

CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations

August 30, 2014
CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened three regional consultations to discuss the findings of a major consultancy on government procurement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The consultations are being facilitated by...

JAMPRO leading regional delegation to China business summit

August 29, 2014
JAMPRO leading regional delegation to China business summit KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be leading a regional delegation from the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and local exporters to the eighth annual China-LAC Business Summit taking place from September 5 - 14.

Open letter to Jamaica's director of emergency services: Chemicals used in fogging are not safe

August 28, 2014
Open letter to Jamaica's director of emergency services: Chemicals used in fogging are not safe I am outraged but not surprised to read that you are contending that the chemical malathion that is used to attack people or "fog" them as you call it is "safe".  According to you, "this is recognised on the safe list in terms of the international health organisation." Which health organisation are you referring to?

'Jamaican Girls Coding' summer programme narrows gender gap in male-dominated ICT sector

August 27, 2014
'Jamaican Girls Coding' summer programme narrows gender gap in male-dominated ICT sector KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In an effort to close the significant gender gap present in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, the Jamaica Coalition of Services Industries (JCSI) hosted a four week ‘Jamaican Girls Coding’ summer camp for twenty teenaged girls.

Jamaica set for further draw-down from IMF

August 25, 2014
Jamaica set for further draw-down from IMF KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) - Jamaica seems set to receive approval for draw down of SDR 45.95 million (US$71 million) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This follows a successful fifth staff review of the country’s performance under the four-year extended fund facility (EFF).

Commentary: The Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

August 20, 2014
Commentary: The Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey Marcus Mosiah Garvey, born on August 17, 1887, is considered the father of the modern Pan-African movement. Garvey was a man before his time who urged Africans worldwide to be proud of their skin colour, the texture of their hair, the fullness of their lips, the shape of their noses, bodies and...

Ten cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica

August 19, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health in Jamaica has confirmed two additional locally transmitted cases of chikungunya. Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse said the positive results were received on August 15.

Jamaica surpasses all IMF targets for first fiscal quarter

August 16, 2014
Jamaica surpasses all IMF targets for first fiscal quarter KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Co-chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, said Jamaica surpassed all the critical targets under the extended fund facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at the end of the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

Four new locally transmitted cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica

August 15, 2014
Four new locally transmitted cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health has confirmed another four locally transmitted cases of chikungunya in Jamaica. Director, emergency, disaster management and special services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, said the positive results were received on Wednesday from samples.

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