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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.

Five-star Jamaica are Women's Super50 champions

August 14, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The invincible women of Caribbean Women's cricket, Jamaica, nailed their fifth Regional Women's Super50 title by blowing away Guyana by 218 runs in the final of the tournament at Windsor Park on Wednesday. Guyana finished as runners-up in the competition.

Caribbean Export awards US$1 million to firms in Jamaica

August 12, 2014
Caribbean Export awards US$1 million to firms in Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the award of over US$1million to firms and business support organisations (BSOs) in Jamaica via its flagship programme the direct assistance grant scheme (DAGS) as part of the regional...

Jamaica reports two new cases of chikungunya

August 11, 2014
Jamaica reports two new cases of chikungunya KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health confirmed on Thursday two additional cases of the chikungunya virus in Jamaica. This was revealed by minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, during a press briefing held at the Ministry’s downtown Kingston offices.

Open letter to Jamaican minister of health: Stop the daily chemical attacks against innocent citizens

August 9, 2014
I write you to ask that you immediately suspend the policy in regard to Ministry of Health mosquito spraying programme. This method of constant spraying without warning to residents is an absolute criminal assault, especially against those who have respiratory problems.

US foundation gives development support to Jamaican counterpart

August 8, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Executive director of the ScotiaFoundation in Jamaica, Joylene Griffiths Irving, visited the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) last month to gain insights to further strengthen the ScotiaFoundation as the leading corporate foundation in Jamaica.

Increased focus on addressing corruption in Jamaica

August 7, 2014
Increased focus on addressing corruption in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- National Security Minister Peter Bunting says there is increased intensity and focus on addressing corruption and organised crime in Jamaica. “If you look at what has happened over the last couple of years… there has been no period when so many public officials, professionals...

Commentary: Preventing tyranny of the majority in Jamaica: Human rights protect us from each other

August 7, 2014
Commentary: Preventing tyranny of the majority in Jamaica: Human rights protect us from each other The protection of universal human rights and the separation of church and state are foundational for a robust democracy. As a normative framework, a human rights approach to law and governance, by design, protects the rights and freedoms of all groups – including Christians. Contrary to the divisive...

Panel warns of Caribbean dependence on PetroCaribe

August 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- With the Venezuelan economy worsening and residents of Caracas unable to buy diapers or even toilet paper due to foreign-exchange shortages, how much longer will Venezuela be able to subsidize cheap oil for its political allies throughout the Caribbean.

Cocaine seized from Dominican Republic; caterpillars from Jamaica

July 29, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- A traveller had more than a laptop in her computer bag when she arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and agriculture specialists at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport discovered a new type of caterpillar.

Jamaica called on to act with full transparency on allegations of human rights violations

July 25, 2014
Jamaica called on to act with full transparency on allegations of human rights violations KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Recent declarations made by minister of national security, Peter Bunting, refusing to disclose information on an investigation into allegations of human rights violations by the Jamaican Constabulary Force, are a threat to Jamaica’s international obligations on justice...

Caribbean Maritime Institute appoints former Jamaican consul chair of international committee

July 25, 2014
Caribbean Maritime Institute appoints former Jamaican consul chair of international committee KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) based in Jamaica has appointed Dr Geneive Brown Metzger, trade and investment analyst and former Jamaican consul general in New York, as chair of its international committee. The CMI is a key partner, with the government of Jamaica...

Discussions underway to address nursing shortage in Caribbean

July 24, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says that discussions are underway to facilitate the seamless movement of nurses throughout the Caribbean in order to address needs in various areas. The aim is to address imbalances.

US president honours Jamaican for 28 years of service in US Air Force

July 24, 2014
US president honours Jamaican for 28 years of service in US Air Force WASHINGTON, USA -- A commendation from US President Barack Obama featured among accolades bestowed upon Jamaican-born colonel Jacqueline Motherselle Payne-Borden as she retired recently from the US Air Force Reserve as chief nurse executive, after serving 28 years.

Jamaican health ministry heightens chikungunya response

July 22, 2014
Jamaican health ministry heightens chikungunya response KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Having confirmed Jamaica’s first imported case of the chikungunya virus, the ministry of health has further heightened its response to prevent the disease from spreading across the country. “Public education is being stepped up right across the island through our vast network of...

Regional Under-15 Tournament starts in Jamaica

July 22, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Holders Trinidad and Tobago will start their defence against Windward Islands at the Kensington Cricket Club ground, when the Regional Under-15 Tournament opens on Tuesday in Jamaica. In the other first round matches of the tournament...

About 15,000 Jamaican youth to benefit from digital employment opportunities

July 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- About 15,000 young Jamaicans will benefit from training, digital work opportunities and seed investments to boost the digital and animation industries in the country as a result of a US$20 million loan for a youth employment in digital and animation industries project.

Jamaican health facilities to generate energy from sewage

July 21, 2014
Jamaican health facilities to generate energy from sewage KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- In another 19 months, six health facilities across Jamaica will be able to generate energy from the upgrading of their sewerage system through anaerobic technology developed by the Scientific Research Council (SRC), and funded with a $389 million (US$3.47 million) grant.

GraceKennedy acquires US$80 million revenue food business in US

July 19, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In continuation of its strategy of transforming from a Jamaican trading company to a global consumer group, and to grow exports significantly, GraceKennedy through its wholly owned subsidiary GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC has entered into an agreement...

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