Month: August 2012

Forbes: Gender Identity in Jamaica

 The following is the third excerpt in Caribbean Journal from Marcia Forbes’ book, Music, Media & Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica . The research-based book examines relationships between teens and TV, in particular through the music videos they watch. Findings are …

Jamaica Looking to Cut Energy Bill

 Above: Jamaican Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica has begun implementing a $13.5 million USD programme aimed at reducing the government’s energy costs. Work has already started on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, …

For Kirani James, a Hero’s Welcome

 Above (from left): Annie James, Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and Kirani James By the Caribbean Journal staff Kirani James returned home to Grenada Thursday night as an Olympic champion and a national hero. James made …

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 CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on the 50th anniversary of its independence on Friday. The following is the text of LaRocque’s statement: On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), it is my distinct pleasure to extend …

 Above: Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Photo: OPM Trinidad) Trinidad and Tobago marked the 50th anniversary of its independence Friday. The country achieved its independence from the Great Britain on Aug. 31, 1962. The following is the text of Trinidad …

 Above: the meeting of the OAS’ Group of Friends of Haiti in Washington (OAS Photo/Maria Patricia Leiva) By the Caribbean Journal staff More than 81,000 hectares under cultivation in Haiti have reportedly been damaged by Tropical Storm Isaac, including bananas, …

 Above: Plage de Morisseau in Haiti (Photo: MT Haiti) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti’s Bank of the Republic of Haiti central bank is “well-capitalized,” the organization said in a release Thursday. The bank reported a positive balance of approximately …

 By Jim Hart, Stacy Frank and Courtney PlattOp-Ed Contributors The lionfish’s day of reckoning may be at hand, however a modest reckoning it may be. These beautiful, voracious feeders, with a prodigious reproductive rate of up to 30,000 eggs every …

 Above: Haiti Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin (far right) with Haiti’s Latin American and Caribbean partners By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin met this week with representatives of 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to …

 Above: the Royal Oasis By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti’s new Royal Oasis hotel will open its doors in Petion-Ville Dec. 12, according to Haiti Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin. The announcement followed a meeting between Villedrouin and Spanish hotel company …

 Above: the epicentres of the quakes were around 50 miles north of Anegada (Photo: USGS) By the Caribbean Journal staff There were a series of earthquakes of at least 4.4-magnitude on the Richter scale Wednesday, according to the United States …

 Above: Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas addressed the country Tuesday night following another no-confidence motion filed against him in Parliament. This motion, which followed one filed in May, was filed …

 Above: a UN peacekeeper provides medical help after Tropical Storm Isaac (MINUSTAH Photo/Victoria Hazou) By the Caribbean Journal staff Thousands of people were supported by Haiti’s Civil Protection office during Tropical Storm Isaac, and many of the vulnerable people in …

 Above: Antigua (Photo: Antigua Tourism) By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua and Barbuda has the Caribbean’s “healthiest” oceans, according to the Ocean Health Index. The index is a collaboration between 65 scientists and partnerships between organizations including National Geographic, the …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada’s economic outlook remains “stable,” according to ratings firm Standard & Poor’s, which affirmed its “B-” long-term foreign and local currency ratings on the country Tuesday. S&P also raised its short-term …

 Above: Antigua (Photo: AT) By the Caribbean Journal staff The International Monetary Fund recently concluded its seventh stand-by arrangement review mission to Antigua and Barbuda. The mission, which was led by Geoffrey Bannister, took place from Aug. 14 to Aug. …

 Above: Kirani James in London By the Caribbean Journal staff Newly-crowned sprinting superstar Kirani James will finally be returning home to Grenada this week, just a few weeks after he brought the country its first-ever gold medal. James will be …

 Above: La Grand rue in Bainet-Sud-Est (Photo: PC) By the Caribbean Journal staff The number of deaths due to Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti has reached 24, according to updated data released Tuesday by the country’s Civil Protection office. That …