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Providenciales Named World’s Best Beach Destination by TripAdvisor

Above: Grace Bay Club in Providenciales By the Caribbean Journal staff The Turks and Caicos’ Providenciales has been named the world’s best beach destination for 2012, according to this year’s Travelers’ Choice awards from Trip Advisor. It is the second […]

Alejandro Garcia Padilla Wins Election for Governor of Puerto Rico

Above: Alejandro Garcia Padilla By the Caribbean Journal staff Challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla won an exceedingly close election over incumbent Governor Luis Fortuño. Padilla, the leader of Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party, won by the narrowest of margins, less than […]

Mia Love Falls Short in Bid to Be First Haitian-American Elected to US Congress

Above: Mia Love casts her ballot Tuesday By the Caribbean Journal staff Haitian-American Mia Love narrowly lost the election Tuesday for Utah’s District 4 to incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson. Love, the former city councilwoman and mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, […]

In St Kitts, a Boost for Small Business

Above: Basseterre (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Entrepreneurs in St Kitts and Nevis will be receiving support from a new source, thanks to a soon-to-launch programme by the St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. The Small […]

St Lucia to Debate 8 Percent Value Added Tax on Hotel Sector

By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s House of Assembly is meeting this week to debate several major motions, including a proposal from the Minister of Finance to set a Value Added Tax rate of 8 percent on the country’s […]

Grenada PM: No Threat to Press Freedom

Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada’s government said it maintained its “commitment” to press freedom on Tuesday, following allegations to the contrary by the Media Workers Association of Grenada. Prime Minister Tillman Thomas released the statement […]

Interview with Barbados Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy

Above: Tourism Minister Richard Sealy (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell The Caribbean tourism sector is in a period of change, as the region seeks to emerge from the global downturn. As Caribbean nations like Barbados look to move beyond the […]

Op-Ed: A Death in Kingston

By David Rowe Op-Ed Contributor Retired Senior Superintendent Anthony Hewitt was shot dead by gunmen last week in Kingston. This was very bad news for Jamaica’s law enforcement community and the international agencies with whom they cooperate. It was a […]

In Chile, a Boost for Haiti’s Agriculture

Above: an irrigation channel in Haiti (IDB Photo/Paul Constance) By the Caribbean Journal staff A start-up company intending to bing innovation to Haiti’s agriculture sector is one of 101 companies to be elected into Start-Up Chile, the Chilean government’s innovation […]

Rubble from Haiti’s National Palace to Help Rebuild Cite Soleil

Above: demolition work on Haiti’s national palace (Photo: J/P Haitian Relief Organization) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti’s damaged national palace was one of the lasting images of the country’s 2010 earthquake. But while Haiti has already begun the demolition […]

Op-Ed: Cayman’s Lionfisher Kings

By Jim Hart, Stacy Frank and Courtney Platt Op-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 […]

Aerostar Wins Bid to Operate Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin Airport

Above: Terminal A at Luis Munoz Marin airport (Photo: OG) By the Caribbean Journal staff Aerostar Airport Holdings has won a public bidding process to become the private operator of Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin airport. The bid was approved […]

Forbes: Women and Facebook in Dominica, Jamaica, Trinidad and the US

Dr Marcia Forbes’ Streaming: Social Media, Mobile Lifestyles, examines the behaviour of youths online, using research from participants from Jamaica, Dominica, Trinidad and the USA. The following is the latest in a series of excerpts from the book published in […]

Forbes: Performing Identity Online

The following is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Dr Marcia Forbes’ new book, STREAMING: Volume 1; #Social Media, Mobile Lifestyles. By Marcia Forbes, PhD Look at Meeee!! It has been said that we write ourselves into existence […]

Op-Ed: The Bahamian Election and the Importance of Small Business

By Mark A Turnquest Op-Ed Contributor Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) owners must carefully review all political parties’ platforms for the upcoming May 7, 2012 general election in the Bahamas. SME owners must determine which political party best articulates […]

Op-Ed: Dance and Jamaican Politics

By Lorenzo Smith Op-Ed Contributor Dance as an expression and practice of relations of power and protest, resistance and complexity, has been the subject of a number of historical and ethnographic analyses in recent years. These analyses complicate issues of […]

In the Bahamas, a Brotherhood in Art

Above: image by Allan Wallace By the Caribbean Journal staff Following the five-month Bahama Mama exhibition, which explored the art of Bahamian women, a new initiative takes a look at the art of Bahamian men. “Nurturing Brotherhood” is the latest […]

Guyana Must Capitalize on Country’s Close Proximity to Brazil: Ramotar

Above: Guyana President Donald Ramotar with Secretary of State of Roraima Eduardo Oestreicher (left) and Guyana’s Consulate General in Brazil, Leila King By the Caribbean Journal staff It is incumbent on Guyana to take advantage of the country’s close proximity […]

Op-Ed: Political Suspense in Jamaica

By Ramesh Sujanani Op-Ed Contributor It is now the eve of parish council elections in Jamaica. This time it is concurrent with the General Elections in which the PNP (People’s National Party) surprisingly won a mandate over the JLP (Jamaica […]

Jamaica Unveils Hydroelectric Plans, Considering “All Options” on Energy Costs

Above: Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell at NCU this week (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The high cost of energy is the biggest issue affecting Jamaica today, according to Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell. “On the matter of fuel, I […]

Op-Ed: 50 Years and Sovereignty

Above: the Middlesex Guildhall in London By Jeffrey Foreman Op-Ed Contributor This year is a historic one in the region. In August, Jamaica, then Trinidad and Tobago will mark 50 years as independent nations. These two countries were the first […]

Interview with Jamaican Minister of National Security Peter Bunting

By Alexander Britell GRENADA – The seventh UK-Caribbean Forum that met in Grenada earlier this month looked at a range of areas of cooperation as the Caribbean and the UK open up a “new and more modern relationship” going forward. […]

IMF Concludes Jamaica Visit, Talks to Resume in February

From left: IMF Caribbean Regional Director Luis Breuer, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips, Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter; and Dr Gladstone Hutchinson, PIOJ Director General. (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The International Monetary Fund concluded its visit […]

Op-Ed: Jamaica’s Election Paradoxes

By Patrick A Gallimore Op-Ed Contributor The recently concluded general election in Jamaica was filled with a few glaring paradoxes. There was low voter turnout on election day, yet, the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party government administration was vigorously voted out, […]

Kent Gammon: What Are the Priorities of the New Jamaican Government?

By Kent Gammon Op-Ed Contributor The Peoples’ National Party led by the Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, was handsomely rewarded by the Jamaican people in the country’s 16th general election, taking 42 of the 63 seats in the House of Parliament. The […]

Jamaica Tackles its Lionfish Problem

By the Caribbean Journal staff The invasive Lionfish has spread across the Caribbean – from the Cayman Islands to Grenada. The continued threat has led to some unusual solutions – like that of renowned Chef Michael Schwartz, whose eponymous restaurant […]

Interview with Professor Ian Boxill

By Alexander Britell Jamaica’s elections are quickly heating up, and one of those monitoring the political developments closely is University of the West Indies Professor Ian Boxill, who is the Carlton Alexander Chair in Management Studies. Dr Boxill is also […]

Interview with Jean Lowrie-Chin

By Alexander Britell Jean Lowrie-Chin is one of Jamaica’s leading media experts, having founded public relations firm PROComm and created the Jamaica Gleaner’s Flair magazine. Lowrie Chin is also a veteran political analyst, having been a columnist for the Jamaica […]

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