Jamaica

Jamaican Prime Minister Begins High-Level Talks in Washington, D.C.

 Prime Minister Bruce Golding Arrives at Washington’s Ronald Reagan Airport (JIS Photo) Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding arrived in Washington, D.C. yesterday for high-level talks. The talks are part of a five-day visit for Golding. He was met by Jamaica’s …

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 …

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 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 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 …

 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, …

 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 …

 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, …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 The Jamaica Defence Force is facing criticism after it is refusing to publicize the results of an internal review that examined its operation in West Kingston last year. “The no-comment is not acceptable,” said Dr Carolyn Gomes, the executive director …

 New low-fare Caribbean air carrier REDjet is unable to fly to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and is asking politicians in the two countries to change their current policy. “REDjet is extremely disappointed for its passengers in Trinidad and Jamaica …

 Ian Wilkinson, the president of the Jamaica Bar Association, described calls for a domestic final court of appeal in Jamaica “a retrograde step,” saying that it was time for the country to sign on to the Caribbean Court of Justice …

 Angela Brown-Burke is the vice president of Jamaica’s People’s National Party, along with being Councillor for the Norman Gardens Division and Minority Leader in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. Caribbean Journal talked to Brown-Burke about the ongoing problems of …

 The 4.2-magnitude earthquake this morning in Jamaica originated in Chestervale, St. Andrew in the country’s Blue Mountains, according to the University of the West Indies – Mona Earthquake Unit. The quake was felt in St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew. …