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Tourism to play greater role in reducing crime in Jamaica, says tourism minister

June 22, 2017
Tourism to play greater role in reducing crime in Jamaica, says tourism minister KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says, although the destination is not at risk, his ministry will increase efforts to tackle the issue of crime affecting the people of Jamaica. Addressing delegates at the 56th annual general meeting and awards luncheon of the...

Commentary: Jamaica struggles to differentiate scammers from legitimate success

June 21, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica struggles to differentiate scammers from legitimate success The question now in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean is proving that you are not a scammer from any image of being successful. On Thursday, April 26, 2017, many Jamaicans became dismayed, outraged, ashamed that their beautiful shores has become a hub for lottery scamming after...

IMF concludes visit to Jamaica to discuss progress of economic program

June 20, 2017
IMF concludes visit to Jamaica to discuss progress of economic program KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Uma Ramakrishnan visited Kingston from June 12–16, 2017, to take stock of progress on Jamaica’s economic reform program supported by the IMF’s precautionary stand-by arrangement (SBA). This was an interim short visit.

Commentary: Jamaica moves to regulate the use of force in law enforcement

June 20, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica moves to regulate the use of force in law enforcement Since 2000, more than 3,000 people have been killed by law enforcement personnel in Jamaica. Until recently, however, there has been little progress in addressing crimes committed by police. Though murders by law enforcement personnel have fallen since 2000, between January and October of 2016...

Letter: Foolish obsession with hair in Jamaica

June 20, 2017
Letter: Foolish obsession with hair in Jamaica The assault upon a male student at Vauxhall High School by three teachers for the crime of not complying with school policy regarding his hair style raises political and constitutional issues beyond the assault itself.  And the response of the minister of education is indicative of Jamaica’s laissez-faire...

Tropical systems continue to strengthen

June 19, 2017
Tropical systems continue to strengthen MIAMI, USA -- Two tropical systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami continued to strengthen on Sunday, with a corresponding increase in the likelihood of cyclone formation. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in...

Jamaica welcomes one millionth stop-over visitor

June 17, 2017
Jamaica welcomes one millionth stop-over visitor MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s tourism industry marked a historical milestone on Thursday with Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett welcoming the millionth stop-over visitor to the island for the year to date. In tandem with this landmark achievement, the tourism sector has earned...

Jamaica government to tackle crime decisively, says PM

June 16, 2017
Jamaica government to tackle crime decisively, says PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his government will tackle crime decisively to secure a better future for Jamaica. “The only obstacle in the way of our growth potential is crime,” the prime minister stated on Thursday. “We know that crime is a significant drag...

Letter: The fight for political and economic power is essential to the Jamaican Diaspora

June 15, 2017
Letter: The fight for political and economic power is essential to the Jamaican Diaspora If you accept a Global Diaspora Migrant Card, which doesn't carry the rights as a passport holder, you may also lose you financial assets if the banks or the National Housing Trust (NHT) fail in Jamaica, owing to the lack of "binding state action" under international law. Issuing a Diaspora Jamaican...

'I don't think, I've ever been that nervous!' - Usain Bolt as he finished his final race in Jamaica

June 13, 2017
'I don't think, I've ever been that nervous!' - Usain Bolt as he finished his final race in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- It was his last official race in Jamaica: Before Usain Bolt finishes his career as the fastest man alive in 2017 in London, he said farewell where everything began: In Kingston, Jamaica. Bolt had his last official race in Jamaica at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium.

Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain

June 12, 2017
Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain On Friday, May 27, 2017, I had reason to interact with the public health services in Jamaica, namely, the May Pen Hospital. Unfortunately, I'm aware that my experience is not singular but is normal for most Jamaicans who don't have the luxury to seek private care. We've band-aided a sore and...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors

June 7, 2017
Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors MIAMI, USA -- Pan American Finance on Tuesday released the first edition of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, measuring the investment potential in renewable energy for then countries in the region: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala...

Jamaica on the verge of visitor arrivals history, says tourism minister

June 7, 2017
Jamaica on the verge of visitor arrivals history, says tourism minister MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- With earnings for the first four months of this year at an all-time high of over US$1 billion, or a 6.5 percent increase over last year, minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett announced on Sunday that Jamaica’s tourism industry is heading for a historic one million visitors...

Letter: Diaspora Jamaicans invest heavily in their homeland

June 6, 2017
Letter: Diaspora Jamaicans invest heavily in their homeland Because remittance is a unilateral transfer of wealth, for which the Jamaican people and government do not work and they do not have to pay it back, and there is no interest, it is time that our policymakers start seeing it as a form of direct investment, Direct Remittance Investment (DRI).

South Florida man sentenced in Jamaica lottery fraud scheme

June 5, 2017
South Florida man sentenced in Jamaica lottery fraud scheme FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- A South Florida man was sentenced on Friday to prison in connection with the operation of a Jamaican-based fraudulent lottery scheme. Claude Shaw, 49, of Miramar, Florida, was sentenced to serve 36 months in prison and three years supervised release by...

Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service

June 3, 2017
Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has published its initial flight schedule of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, beginning November 5, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals. Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement...

Jamaica to seek UNWTO executive council position

June 2, 2017
Jamaica to seek UNWTO executive council position KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said Jamaica has submitted its candidacy to occupy one of five seats allocated to the Regional Commission of the Americas on the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021.

Sunwing introduces direct winter flights from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica

June 1, 2017
Sunwing introduces direct winter flights from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica TORONTO, Canada -- Beginning December 19, 2017, and available weekly until April 3, 2018, Canada's Sunwing will be operating a direct flight service this coming winter and early next spring to the popular resort destination of Montego Bay in Jamaica. Vacationers that choose to take advantage...

Commentary: The infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms in Jamaica

June 1, 2017
Commentary: The infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms in Jamaica In July 2016, Jamaica’s attorney general, Marlene Malahoo Forte, declared that some “fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to Jamaicans may have to be abrogated, abridged, or infringed.” The attorney general proposed an amendment to the Bail Act in murder cases involving intentional homicide...

Jamaican cultural landmark gets some much-needed tender loving care

May 30, 2017
Jamaican cultural landmark gets some much-needed tender loving care KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Councillor Delroy Williams, who recently took up his post as mayor of Kingston and St Andrew in Jamaica, has hit the ground running with his vision for the redevelopment of downtown Kingston, inspired by the city's United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

US citizen sentenced in multimillion dollar Jamaican Ponzi scheme

May 29, 2017
US citizen sentenced in multimillion dollar Jamaican Ponzi scheme BOSTON, USA -- Mark Jones, 64, a US citizen, was sentenced last week by US District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to 70 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $3,749,039 and forfeiture for his part in multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme based in Jamaica.

Flooding exposes Jamaica's poor planning and environmental practices

May 24, 2017
Flooding exposes Jamaica's poor planning and environmental practices KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Three days of heavy rains associated with a trough caused chaos and disaster in many parts of Jamaica between May 14 and 17, 2017, raising burning questions over poor planning and development, badly designed and inadequate drainage systems, and Jamaicans’...

Jamaica PM concludes successful visit to the Dominican Republic

May 23, 2017
Jamaica PM concludes successful visit to the Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica has signed a visa waiver agreement with the Dominican Republic, one of several bilateral agreements brokered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a recent official visit to the country. The visa waiver will facilitate easier travelling for holders of diplomatic and...

New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop

May 23, 2017
New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM

May 22, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM A few days ago, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship. Beyond the widely-reported desire of both nations to increase trade and investment, the language contained in the joint...

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