CJ Politics

Jamaican Governor General Set to Receive Commission of Enquiry Report

Jamaican Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is scheduled to receive the report from the Manatt Commission of Enquiry today, and pressure is mounting from the opposition People’s National Party concerning the content of the report. The report was previously set […]


Ahead of Strong Hurricane Season, Worries over Jamaica's Preparedness

Ahead of a hurricane season that could see between three and six major hurricanes, Jamaica’s National Works Agency said it had only a third of the nearly $94 million ($8 billion JMD) needed to repair Kingston’s gully network. According to […]


Jamaican Tourism Looks to Latin America

Jamaican Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett announced that the Jamaica Tourist Board had negotiated deals to bring 10,000 Latin American visitors to the island this year, with airline seats secured out of Brazil, Chile and Colombia. “We succeeded,” Bartlett said. “We […]


Air Jamaica, Caribbean Airlines Merge

Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines have formally merged, with the Jamaican and Trinidadian airlines agreeing to create a “larger product which will build capacity and critical mass,” according to Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Minister of Finance. “It will also allow for […]

New Effort for Marcus Garvey Pardon

Jamaican Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange is looking to set up two committees to lobby the U.S. government to pardon Marcus Garvey. It would not be the first such effort; Edward Seaga, former prime minister of Jamaica, […]

Jamaican Minister Robertson Resigns

Following the news that the United States had cancelled his U.S. visa, Jamaica Energy and Mining Minister James Robertson has resigned, with the future of his involvement with the Jamaica Labour Party in doubt. “I am not stepping down from […]

CJ Politics

Jamaica's People's National Party Names New Shadow Cabinet

Jamaican Opposition Leader and former prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller has named a new shadow cabinet, replacing its members with many veterans of her administration in 2007. Peter Phillips, former minister of national security, is now the shadow minister for finance, […]

Study: Tivoli Gardens Unrest Cost Jamaica $258.8 Million

According to a study by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the unrest in Kingston’s troubled Tivoli Gardens neighborhood involving the raid on strongman Christopher Coke cost the country approximately $258.8 million (nearly $22 billion in Jamaican currency). The economic effects […]

Singer Spragga Benz Leads Campaign for Leniency in Buju Banton Case

By the Caribbean Journal staff Singer Spragga Benz is spearheading a campaign on Twitter to encourage fans to send letters supporting leniency for Buju Banton, who is awaiting a sentencing hearing on his conviction on three drug charges. Banton will […]


Jamaican Economy to Grow 1 to 2 Percent

The Jamaican economy could grow between 1 and 2 percent his year, according to the Bank of Jamaica. The growth will be driven by extensions in agriculture, mining and quarrying, along with hotels and restaurants. “The Jamaican economy has started […]

Jamaica to Enter Medical Tourism Market

Reginald Budhan, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Jamaica intends to enter the multibillion-dollar medical tourism market, although at this time it lacks the required facilities to do so. One investor, however, the Hospiten Group, is […]

Working to Preserve Reggae's Identity

Above: Carlyle McKetty (left) and Sharon Gordon By Alexander Britell For Carlyle McKetty and Sharon Gordon, protecting reggae is a way of life. The world recently marked the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s premature death, and in that time, much […]


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