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Jamaica Begins Disaster Study

 Flooding from Tropical Storm Nicole (JIS Photo) Following the effects of five major hurricanes since 2004, along with two significant tropical storms, the Jamaican government is spearheading a study of coastal hazards and vulnerability. The study will be performed through …

Jamaica’s McKenzie Urges Fast-Track on Natural Disaster Legislation

 Flooding of the New River in St. Elizabeth in 2010 (JIS Photo) Jamaica’s government must fast-track legislation aimed at dealing with the mandatory evacuation of people from disaster-threatened areas, Sen. Desmond McKenzie urged in a resolution tabled in Parliament Friday. …

Anxiety as Banton Sentencing Nears

 Reggae star Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is set to be sentenced on Thursday in Federal Court on his drug-related conviction from February, and anxiety is growing among those closest to him. “I just hope the judge …

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 Jamaica has strong potential as an international financial centre, according to Eric Crawford, chairman of the Jamaican International Financial Services Authority. “It’s a very high value-added industry everywhere it exists,” he said at the Diaspora Convention in Ocho Rios this …

 CARICOM must improve intra-regional trade if it is to address the problems stemming from the global downturn, Jamaican Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce Michael Stern said yesterday at the University of the West Indies. “The reality is that we …

 Following the release of the Manatt Commission Report, portions of which focused on the Interception of Communications Act, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding has tabled a bill to amend the act in the House of Representatives. The amendment would provide …

 Jamaican Transport Minister Michael Henry is meeting with his counterpart from Barbados today to discuss a growing row between the three countries over REDjet’s application to fly into Jamaica. The meeting follows two significant events in the Caribbean airline market …

 Above: Demar Phillips (Photo source: CONCACAF) By Alexander Britell In the face of an ongoing FIFA scandal, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are bringing the sport’s attention to the West Indies in a far more positive light. With the football world’s eyes …

 Jamaica’s two political parties had vastly different reactions to the findings of the Manatt Commission of Enquiry report, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday. The ruling Jamaica Labour Party said it was “satisfied” with the findings, according to a release …

 Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding (JIS Photo) Following the controversial treatment of a Jamaican national at Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding questioned the alleged detention of a Caribbean Airlines plane in Barbados. “What I am …

 Brazilian air carrier TAM A Caribbean Journal editorial The shortest distance between Trinidad and Venezuela, at the Paria peninsula, is just seven miles. But as the World Bank’s most recent Global Economic Prospects report showed this week, the economic distance …

 Edward Seaga, left, and Jack Warner Former Jamaican Prime Minister and current President of the Football Association of Jamaica, Edward Seaga, called for embattled Trinidad Minister Jack Warner, the suspended head of CONCACAF, to resign. “We cannot continue this thing …

 By Alexander Britell Despite a number of landmark films shot in Jamaica, from Dr. No, the first James Bond film (along with several other Bond films) to Legends of the Fall, the domestic Jamaican film industry is very much in …

 Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Brookings Institution in Washington this week. (JIS Photo) The Jamaican Diaspora has a critical role in moving the country forward for growth, Jamaican Prime Minister said at a Washington reception held by Jamaican …

 By Alexander Britell Earlier this week, the World Bank released a report on growth prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean. That macro region had three distinct areas – Latin America itself, which is in the midst of an economic …

 Information Minister Daryl Vaz The Jamaican Cabinet will discuss the report of the Manatt Commission of Enquiry on June 13 at Jamaica House, according to Information Minister Daryl Vaz, and the report will be tabled in Parliament the next day. …

 Director of the Latin American Initiative at the Brookings Institute, Mauricio Cardenas and Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding (JIS Photo) Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding delivered a lecture on the Jamaican economy to Washington’s Brookings Institution think tank, focusing on …

 Bruce Golding and Hillary Clinton at the State Department (JIS Photo) Jamaican Prime Minister met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday in Washington, holding bilateral talks on a series of topics. Golding is on a five-day visit to …