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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending November 22nd, 2013

22 Nov

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THIS WEEK”S SUMMARY
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DOPING ISSUES COSTING BOLT MONEY, HE SAYS—11/16/13
Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s Olympic sprint champion, stated that the scandal over Jamaica’s anti-doping program has scared off some his potential sponsors and is having a negative financial impact on him. According to Bolt, things should be made clearer about the drug controversy, since it is beginning to cause problems for those trying to earn a living from their sports.

GENDER GAP NARROWS IN JAMAICA—11/17/13
Jamaica now has the highest ratio of women to men in the combined category of senior officials, legislators, and managers of anyplace in the world, according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI), which was issued by the World Economic Forum. Jamaica leads a group of five nations in which the number of women in these positions exceeds the number of men. Jamaican women represent 59 percent of the total number of lawmakers and managers in the country, compared to 41 percent for men.

HOLNESS SAYS ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE INADEQUATE—11/18/13
Andrew Holness, leader of the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) and Spokesman on Finance and Planning, has noted that the 0.9 percent economic growth during the quarter ending in September 2013 is “insignificant” and “nothing to smile about.” Holness aid Jamaicans are not excited by the reported rate, since they continue to face hardships in the form of high utility costs, high food prices, and high expenses for fuel, bus, and taxi fares.

WILLIAMS, TUFTON OUT AS OPPOSITION SENATORS—11/18/13
Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton, both well-known members of the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) have lost their posts as Opposition senators, while Ruel Reid, educator, has been brought in to fill one of the positions. Williams’ post as leader of Opposition business has been provided to Tom Tavares-Finson. JLP leader Andrew Holness has taken control of the shadow portfolio responsibility for finance, planning, and economic development.

BUSINESSES IN ST. JAMES ENOURAGED TO USE POLICE ESCORT SERVICES—11/19/13
Police in St. James are encouraging businesses in the area to utilize their protective services when going to make deposits at financial institutions. The police appeal follows the murder of Clifton Young, operator of the Flagstaff Bakery in Montego Bay. He was shot and killed at about nine in the morning on his way to a bank when accosted by two gunmen. The police escort service is offered free of charge.

JAMAICANS CATCH 800-POUND SUNFISH—11/20/13
Two fishermen caught an 800-pound sunfish off the coast of Jamaica hear Portland Parish and thought they had hauled up an alien life form. The giant fish did not look like the usual bright-colored round “sunnies” typically caught in the area. It took the men about an hour to take the fish onto their boat. Sunfish can reach a weight of one ton, but are rarely seen at this size.

200 CHILDREN IN STATE CARE RECEIVE SPECIAL TREAT—11/21/13
Columbus Communications Jamaica Ltd., the operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, along with Burger King, have joined to provide a Christmas treat at the Hope Zoo for 200 children from Spanish Town and Kingston, who are currently in the care of the state. The event, which will be held on December 4, 2013, features a tour of the zoo, a movie, games and other activities, and a meal provided by Burger King.

GOVERNMENT CONCERNED THAT T&T TURNS BACK MANY JAMAICANS—11/22/13
The Jamaican government has expressed its concern that Trinidad and Tobago appears to be denying entry to a large number of Jamaicans trying to enter the country.  Most recently, 12 Jamaicans were turned away from T&T after being stopped at the international airport in Port-of-Spain at the end of a flight on Caribbean Airlines. Immigration officials at the airport refused entry to the Jamaicans, but no further details were available on this incident, which, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, was only the latest in a series of similar situations.

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JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
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CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS CELEBRATED—11/16/13
Young Caribbean-American entrepreneurs were honored at the “20 under 40 Awards” in New York by the Caribbean Life Newspaper and DiasporaDashboard.com. The inaugural event was designed to highlight the achievements of talented entrepreneurs in the community. Among those honored were Shelley Worrell, founder of the Flatbush Film Festival, and Marc Chin, global project manager at Google.

JAMAICAN-BORN MAN NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR—11/17/13
Garfield Pilliner, who was born in Jamaica, has been named the New Haven Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2014 in Connecticut. Pilliner, who teaches at Engineering Science University Magnet School, said he was surprised to receive the award. Teachers are nominated by principals, curriculum supervisors, and directors. Pilliner has taught at the magnet school since 2009, but has been teaching for a decade.

JAMAICAN FILMMAKER, ARTIST, OCEANOGRAPHER CELEBRATED—11/18/13
Dr. Guy Harvey, a famous marine wildlife artist, filmmaker, and oceanographer who was born in Jamaica, is to be honored as a notable Caribbean American at the 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Award Gala on November 22, 2013, in Washington, D.C. He will be the recipient of the Luminary Award for his achievements as a diver, oceanographer, angler, filmmaker, and marine biologist. His commitment to preserving the sea and his work to raise public awareness about marine issues was cited in his being given the award.

AFTER 24 YEARS IN PRISON, NY JURY ACQUITS JAMAICAN MAN OF MURDER—11/19/13
A jury in New York has acquitted a Jamaican man after 24 years of imprisonment. Derrick Deacon, 58, was convicted in 1989 for the death of Anthony Wynn, who was shot during a robbery in a Brooklyn apartment complex. Deacon had always maintained his innocence and was granted a new trial in 2012 after a witness identified a different person as the gunman.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
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FASHION INDUSTRY INSTRUMENTAL IN PROMOTING REGIONAL INTEGRATION—11/16/13
 
UN MISSION IN HAITI WORRIED ABOUT VIOLENCE—11/17/13
 
AWARD FOR BAJAN COMEDY AT FILM FESTIVAL—11/18/13
 
RULING FROM DOMINICAN COURT ON CITIZENSHIP DISCUSSED BY CARICOM—11/19/13
 
PRIME MINISTER OF HAITI, SEAN PENN VISIT CALIFORNIA TECH FIRMS—11/20/13
 
SOME ILLEGAL CARIBBEAN IMMIGRANTS GRANTED REPRIEVE IN U.S.—11/21/13

 

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BUSINESS NEWS SUMMARY
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PRESIDENT OF HAITI WANTS JAMAICAN INVESTMENTS—11/16/13
Michel Martelly, president of Haiti, met with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to offer his country as a potential location for Jamaican investors. Martelly said Haiti will welcome investors from Jamaica, noting his nation’s many investment opportunities in areas like road construction, ports, houses, and airports. Jamaica Broilers, a top Jamaican firm, is already taken a major stake in Haiti via the subsidiary Haiti Broilers, which has been in operation since 2011.

CARIBBEAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEES IN THE TV RIGHTS BUSINESS—11/17/13
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the award of rights to broadcast the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to CANOC Broadcasting Incorporate (CBI). CBI is a firm that has been created by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) in the Caribbean to buy, monetize, and manage broadcast rights to the Olympics and other sporting properties.

DATA ON MONEY TRANSFERS TO CARIBBEAN SECRETLY COLLECTED BY CIA—11/18/13
Records about money transfers to the Caribbean and other locations that are handled by Western Union and MoneyGram, among other firms, have been secretly collected by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to government officials, the records included transactions into and out of the U.S. under the same authorization used by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) uses for its database of phone records of American citizens. Dean Boyd, CIA representative, would not confirm or deny the existence of such a program, but said the agency performed legal intelligence collection that targets foreign activities.

MEDIA GROUP CONCERNED ABOUT CHARGES AGAINST BARBADOS WORKERS—11/21/13
The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) is worried about a response from Minister of Industry and International Business, Donville Inniss, to the position of the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper on the matter of a published news story about sexual acts involving two students. The ACM stated that a review of the publication, Barbados Nation, suggested that while there could be justifiable concerns about the way the story was treated, the actions of the publication did not rise to the level of criminal behavior.

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Caribbean Science and Technology News provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
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ENVIRONMENTALISTS WORRIED AOUT REVISED EMISSIONS GOAL—11/18/13
 
TECHLINK INSPIRES GREATER USE OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLGOY—11/20/13
 
SATELLITE BROADBAND OFFERED IN FRENCH GUYANA, WEST INDIES—11/21/13
 
CYBER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS NEEDED IN CARIBBEAN—11/22/13

 

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 
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TESSANE CHIN ADVANCES TO TOP 10 ON “THE VOICE”—11/16/13
Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin, 28, continues to move up through the competition on the popular U.S. television show “The Voice.” Tessanne is now among the top ten contestants on the NBC program. She has consistently earned the praise of her coach, Adam Levine.

YOUNG ARTISTES UNAWARE OF JAMAICA’S MUSICAL ROOTS—11/19/13
According to the curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, younger recording artistes do not know about the museum’s existence or that it provides a place to discover the roots of the island’s musical traditions. Although the museum has been promoted in print, online, and in broadcasts, many Jamaicans still do not view it as a benefit. They perceive the museum as something for tourists rather than as a link to their own culture.

PENTHOUSE STUDIO CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH NEW CD AND DVD—11/20/13
The legendary music producer Donovan Germain and his Penthouse Studio label is celebrating 25 years making history in the reggae music industry by issuing a two-CD/DVD collection called “Penthouse Records 25 years – The Journey Continues.” The new collection will be available on January 14, 2014, and will highlight essential hits, new tracks, and two unreleased tracks by Garnett Silk.

INVESTIGATOR AT KARTEL TRIAL SAYS BLOOD FOUND IN HOME—11/21/13
A forensic investigator testifying in the murder trial of Jamaican entertainer Vybz Kartel said he found bloodstains at Kartel’s home in St. Andrew, where Clive “Lizard” Williams had allegedly been beaten before being killed in 2011. Kartel and four other mean are being tried in the Home Circuit Court on murder charges.

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SPORTS
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OFFICIAL CALLS WADA JAMAICA CRITICISM “EXCESSIVE”—11/16/13
Nick Davies, the deputy general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has called the criticism of Jamaica’s anti-doping programs by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) “excessive.” Davies warned that the approach taken by the international agency could undermine the work of the IAAF in protecting the security of the sport.

BOLT, FRASER-PRYCE NAMED TOP WORLD ATHLETES OF 2013—11/17/13
Jamaican runners Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce were both named top world athletes for 2013 by the IAAF. Bolt won the Male World Athlete of the Year for a fifth time, and Fraser-Pryce won her first and Jamaica’s second World Female Athlete of the Year. This was only the third time that athletes from the same nation won both male and female awards.

FRASER-PRYCE THREATENS TO STRIKE AFTER LACK OF SUPPORT FROM JAAA—11/18/13
Jamaica’s top world athlete of 2013, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has threatened to pull out of international competition because of what she views as inadequate defense of Jamaican athletes by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Authority (JAAA) in regard to doping accusations and help for emerging runners.

ATKINSON ENDS SWIMMING COMPETITION IN CHINA—11/19/13
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson ended her performance at the World Cup swim meet in Beijing after dominating the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke competitions. Atkinson, 24, won the gold, overpowering Dorothea Brandt of Germany and Suo Ran of China, who received silver, and bronze, respectively.

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