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Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West

March 25, 2017
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West KEY WEST, USA -- When it comes to combating transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean and securing America’s borders, the cooperation with partner nations in the region continues to thrive. This relationship was tangible as representatives from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad...

Letter: 2017 is the year to prosecute superior commanders of Tivoli Gardens Massacre

March 24, 2017
Letter: 2017 is the year to prosecute superior commanders of Tivoli Gardens Massacre May 2017 marks seven years since Jamaican security forces massacred more than 70 people in the Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston area. There is no indication that without people pressure the state has any interest in holding anyone accountable. The facts are that overwhelming force was...

Jamaican farmers to benefit from GBP35.5 million UK grant

March 23, 2017
Jamaican farmers to benefit from GBP35.5 million UK grant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Farmers in Essex Valley in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, are to benefit from the development of an irrigation system, which will supply water to approximately 700 hectares of agricultural land in that parish. The project is being funded through a grant of GBP35.5 million from...

Regional energy efficiency building code project to be launched in Jamaica

March 22, 2017
Regional energy efficiency building code project to be launched in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A regional project team (RPT), established to develop a regional energy efficiency building code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week. The launch and the first face-to-face working meeting with the contracted consultant...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Led by survivors, a powerful movement against sexual violence arises in Jamaica

March 21, 2017
Led by survivors, a powerful movement against sexual violence arises in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One of the founders of Jamaica's Tambourine Army, a bold new movement led by women and survivors of sexual abuse and violence, was arrested and charged on three counts of “the use of computer for malicious communication”. Latoya Nugent was charged under the...

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Letter: The black atheist

March 13, 2017
Letter: The black atheist During the brutal and inhumane slave trade in the 18th century, black families were mercilessly torn apart. Men were tortured and killed, women raped, and children separated from the protective arms of their mothers. Our native beliefs and customs were removed from our daily rituals, and...

Commentary: Is the Jamaican Parliament tracking Vision 2030 progress?

March 9, 2017
Commentary: Is the Jamaican Parliament tracking Vision 2030 progress? One responsibility a Member of Parliament (MP) has is to inform and educate his/her constituents of any central government policies that affect them and to receive feedback to guide his/her own actions in carrying out legislative duty in parliament. I won’t regret making the statement that...

Former Jamaican culture minister threatened over remarks about dancehall's violent lyrics

March 7, 2017
Former Jamaican culture minister threatened over remarks about dancehall's violent lyrics KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The debate over the potentially harmful influence of the dancehall culture on youth and whether it fuels crime and violence is nothing new in Jamaica, but nowhere is this more starkly illustrated than in the life and career of Adidja Palmer. Better known by his stage name...

Letter: Homophobia in Jamaica: Time to end the cowardice

March 6, 2017
Letter: Homophobia in Jamaica: Time to end the cowardice Jamaica is so damned homophobic. A former public defender once told me that though he privately doesn’t support homophobia he couldn’t publicly agitate against it for fear that people would think that he was gay. I once heard a liberal, radio talk-show host declaring that he was straight...

Tenth ILO Caribbean ministers of labour meeting concludes in Jamaica

March 3, 2017
Tenth ILO Caribbean ministers of labour meeting concludes in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (ILO) -- Following two days of deliberation on realizing decent work under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the ministers of labour and other high-level representatives of the ministries and departments of labour of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean...

Commentary: Perversion in paradise

March 3, 2017
Commentary: Perversion in paradise On the night of December 28, 2016, police officers patrolling the town of Santa Cruz in the Jamaican parish of St Elizabeth in approached a parked car which aroused their suspicions. Upon investigating, authorities reportedly found 64-year-old Rupert Clarke, the pastor of a church...

Joint Open Letter to Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness

March 3, 2017
Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) write to you on the first anniversary of your election to office as an opportunity to advance some of the most pressing human rights issues in Jamaica. When Amnesty International presented last November the report...

OAS invites Bahamas human rights group to regional consultations in Jamaica

March 1, 2017
OAS invites Bahamas human rights group to regional consultations in Jamaica FREEPORT, Bahamas -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has invited the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association to take part in high level regional consultations on the development of its 2017 – 2020 strategic plan. Representatives from select NGOs across the region...

Letter: Kartel's case highlights the challenges faced by modern incarceration

March 1, 2017
Letter: Kartel's case highlights the challenges faced by modern incarceration Even though Vybz Kartel is supposed to be imprisoned in a maximum security establishment, his obvious continued ability to produce and release hit “songs”, his access to the means to do so and the threats made against a leading politician calling for his songs to be banned highlight some of...

ILO opens meeting of Caribbean ministers of labour in Jamaica

February 25, 2017
ILO opens meeting of Caribbean ministers of labour in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (ILO) -- The director-general of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has opened in Jamaica a meeting with labour ministers and government representatives of 17 countries of the Caribbean, stressing the need to face the challenges of the world of work.

South Florida man arrested in connection with fraudulent Jamaica lottery scheme

February 24, 2017
South Florida man arrested in connection with fraudulent Jamaica lottery scheme MIRAMAR, USA -- A 49-year-old Florida man has been arrested in Miramar, Florida, in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica, following the return of a 12-count indictment against him by a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida. Claude Shaw aka Mac and Claude Mac...

Grenada PM requests Bolt's participation in inaugural Invitation track and field meet

February 21, 2017
Grenada PM requests Bolt's participation in inaugural Invitation track and field meet TORONTO, Canada -- Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has made a special request of his Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Holness to get Jamaica’s superstar multiple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, to Grenada for the inaugural invitation track and field meet on April 8 in St George's.

Dual Jamaican-US Citizen sentenced in lottery fraud scheme based in Jamaica

February 20, 2017
Dual Jamaican-US Citizen sentenced in lottery fraud scheme based in Jamaica CHARLOTTE, USA -- A dual Jamaican and US citizen charged in connection with the operation of a Jamaican-based fraudulent lottery scheme was sentenced on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Felecia Roxanne Lindo, 33, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and three years’ supervised release.

Jamaica to benefit from framework agreement with China

February 18, 2017
Jamaica to benefit from framework agreement with China KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is to benefit from increased investments in infrastructural development and other critical areas, following the signing of an agreement with China. Through a framework agreement, both governments will be collaborating on various production capacity and...

Jamaica looking to strengthen trade relations with EU

February 17, 2017
Jamaica looking to strengthen trade relations with EU KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica is examining ways to utilise more effectively the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to strengthen Jamaica’s trade relations with the 27-member EU. This is against the background of...

Jamaica implements IMF enhanced general data dissemination system

February 17, 2017
Jamaica implements IMF enhanced general data dissemination system KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica has implemented the recommendations of the enhanced general data dissemination system (e‑GDDS) -- endorsed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board in May 2015 -- by publishing critical data through a national summary data page.

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

Jamaica crowns 2017 spelling bee champion

February 13, 2017
Jamaica crowns 2017 spelling bee champion KINGSTON, Jamaica -- This year’s spelling bee competition finals in and around the Caribbean kicked off with the Jamaican parish finals on February 8, 2017. Corporate sponsors have contributed to the national building of youth development through Jamaica’s own spelling bee.

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