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Spectre of climate change looms large, say small island nations

September 29, 2014
Spectre of climate change looms large, say small island nations NEW YORK, USA -- Leaders of small island developing states (SIDS) on Friday urged the United Nations General Assembly to prioritize climate change and assist in their front line battle against its mounting impact. The president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, said that the survival of this group of states...

Canada commits to supporting justice reforms in Jamaica

September 29, 2014
Canada commits to supporting justice reforms in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Canadian High Commissioner Robert Ready has pledged the continued commitment of the Canadian government to Jamaica’s justice reform goals. He gave the commitment, while addressing the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme...

Open letter to the collective, political state leadership in Jamaica

September 29, 2014
I write to you collectively and publicly to make the point that in the face of a human rights crisis in Jamaica you have not been able to respond to the crisis in a decisive way, either in your individual portfolio capacity or, collectively as government. You seem either to not recognize the crisis...

Marketing plans afoot for Jamaican marijuana

September 27, 2014
Marketing plans afoot for Jamaican marijuana PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the coming weeks, the government of Jamaica has committed itself to legalizing “the weed” – a move that Jamaica's minister of tourism, Wykeham McNeill, indicated “can only be good for tourism”. A few other people, especially the Miller family, which owns the...

IMF approves US$68.8 million disbursement to Jamaica

September 25, 2014
IMF approves US$68.8 million disbursement to Jamaica WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday completed the fifth review of Jamaica’s economic performance under the program supported by a four-year, SDR 615.38 million (about US$932 million at the time of approval) arrangement.

Jamaica credit rating moves from stable to positive

September 25, 2014
Jamaica credit rating moves from stable to positive KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- International credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), has improved its outlook on Jamaica from stable to positive. In a release on September 19, Standard and Poor’s says it has affirmed its ‘B-’ long-term foreign and local currency and ‘B’ short-term foreign...

Jamaica to launch business reforms under competitiveness and growth project

September 25, 2014
Jamaica to launch business reforms under competitiveness and growth project KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the wake of Jamaica’s recent eight-point advance in the Global Competitiveness Report rankings, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been appointed to coordinate the first component of a US$50 million World Bank Project geared at improving the country’s business environment.

Jamaica's tourism ministry educating industry stakeholders about chikungunya virus

September 24, 2014
Jamaica's tourism ministry educating industry stakeholders about chikungunya virus KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of tourism and entertainment is taking proactive steps in preparing stakeholders in the hospitality sector for any effects from the chikungunya virus, which has been affecting sections of Jamaica. Portfolio minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, said that...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Letter: Away with Ronnie Thwaites and his planter class mentality

September 22, 2014
Letter: Away with Ronnie Thwaites and his planter class mentality Chris Zacca's call for a reshuffling of the Cabinet in Jamaica is obviously a diversion from the real speech he should have given, which was to exhort those in the private sector who avoid and evade paying taxes to pay up. Zacca knows precisely where to fire his diversionary blank shots.

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...

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