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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending January 31st, 2014

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PRIME MINISTER VISITS CUBA—01/25/14
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will meet with Raul Castro, president of Cuba, to discuss international and regional matters. The two leaders will also talk about the 2014 CARICOM/Cuba Summit, the fifth such meeting to occur. According to Sandrea Falconer, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, topics of discussion for the meeting include trade within the region, sustainable development, climate change, transportation, natural disasters, and science and technology.

GOVERNMENT WILL NOT LEGALIZE MARIJUANA NOW—01/26/14
While Jamaica’s government has received encouragement from advocates overseas to move ahead with its decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, suggest the nation will continue to proceed cautiously. He also said that legalizing the use of marijuana is “out of the question” for now.

JCF WAITS FOR DECISION ON PARTNERSHIP WITH AGRICULTURE MINISTRY—01/27/14
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is waiting for the nation’s Ministry of National Security to make a decision on a proposal that the police agency partner with the Minister of Agriculture in a new approach to fighting farm theft. This crime results in losses for Jamaica’s farmers of more than J$6 billion every year. The JCF has proposed that it be permitted to create a division that would work out of local police stations and be responsible only for protecting and supporting the agricultural sector.

HILL CHALLENGES PRIME MINISTER TO CREATE “KNOWLEDGE-DRIVEN” ECONOMY—01/28/14
Financial consultant Aubyn Hill believes that knowledge and education are key if Jamaica wants to end its high poverty rate and poor economic condition. He is challenging the nation’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to begin changing the economy into a “knowledge-driven” proposition. Jamaican could become the “knowledge capital of the Caribbean,” Hill says, using this approach to grow its economy.

HEAD OF JCAA SAYS COUNTRY COULD BE “EXPORTER” OF AVIATION PROS—01/29/14
Leroy Lindsay, the director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has called for Jamaica to become a source of pilots and air traffic controllers for the world. Lindsay says that Jamaica’s pilots are in demand in countries like the United Arab Emirates and in other Caribbean nations. Jamaican should focus on training pilots to meet the global demand. Air traffic controllers are also sought after throughout the world because of their high level of training.

JAMAICAN TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM TRAINING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION—01/30/14
Many classroom teachers in Jamaica will see the benefits of a Special Education module that is designed to equip them with ways to help teach students who have special needs. The Ministry of Education in Jamaica believes that the training course, called “Inclusive Education: Teaching Children with Exceptionalities in Mainstream Classrooms,” is the work of the Special Education Project of the Education System Transformation Program. The Nathan Ebanks Foundation developed the training module.

FORMER PRIME MINISTER SUPPORTS BANKS—01/31/14
Former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding says that Jamaicans should be fair when considering the issue of banking fees. He wants the discussion to avoid “sensationalism” and “populist tendencies.” The financial sector in Jamaica has been criticized for the fees and charges imposed by commercial banks. A report from the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) suggests that income from fees represented a larger portion of total revenues at commercial banks in 2012 than in 2010. The report stated that fee income at commercial banks rose 30.8 percent during this period. Golding says the increase reflects a response to the current economic environment that is impacting banks.

HISTORIC LOCATION CLAIMED BY RASTAFARIANS—01/31/14
Rastafarians in Kingston showed their support for a claim to a hilltop location where one of the founding members of the spiritual movement headed a community in the 1940s. The community was ultimately destroyed by the British colonial authorities in 1954. Some 100 demonstrators believe their community has a rightful claim to the hilltop known as the “Pinnacle.” The first self-sustaining Rastafarian settlement was founded there by Leonard P. Howell, and the site, which is located in St. Catherine parish, is held sacred by Rastafarians. The ruins of Howell’s home was designated a national heritage site by Jamaica in 2013, but adjoining lots are owned by St. Jago Hills Development Ltd.

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POLICE IN GUYANA SEEK JAMAICAN IN MURDER INVESTIGATION—01/25/14
Police in Guyana are looking for Jamaican Anthony Lloyd Neville Morrison, 36, in connection with the murder of a Jamaican woman, Anesta Gardner, whose body was found in a hotel room. The woman allegedly came to Guyana a few weeks ago and checked into the hotel with Morrison, who has disappeared. Jamaican passports of both individuals were found in the room with the body.

JAMAICAN-BORN DENVER BRONCO TEAM MEMBER LIVES “DREAM”—01/26/14
The Denver Broncos are set to play in the Super Bowl in New Jersey, and when they take the field, Jamaican-born Orlando Franklin, 26, will meet a career goal envied by most National Football League players in the United States. Franklin, who plays right tackle, is expected to take a major role in protecting quarterback Peyton Manning. While this is a lot of pressure for Franklin, he says playing in the Super Bowl is a “dream come true.”

JAMAICA JOINS WITH CUBA, CELEBRATES REVOLUTION—01/27/14
A celebration of Cuban independence was held at the residence of  Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica. Many guests attended the event, which also represented a welcome for the new Cuban Ambassador and his family, despite inclement weather. Flags of Jamaica and Cuba were prominently displayed as the audience listened to the Cuban national anthem played in honor of the country’s 55th anniversary of its revolution.

BRITISH BROADCASTING COMPANY AIRS REGGAE SPECIAL—01/28/14
Individuals from the West Indies migrated to England by the thousands in the 1950s after World War II, and as a result, Jamaican music took hold in the country. In the 1960s, the music became more popular, with ska and rocksteady influencing trends. In the 1970s, reggae and Bob Marley took center stage, and in 2014, a crew from BBC1 and BBC Xtra radio broadcasting stations from England traveled to Jamaica to record a five-hour documentary on Jamaican music. The crew is led by Wilber Wilberforce, a Briton of Jamaican heritage, who noted how reggae’s influences are evident in all types of modern music today.

IN FLORIDA, MORRIS CHALLENGES ADVENTISTS TO ACCEPT THE DISABLED—01/29/14
Floyd Morris, the president of the Jamaican Senate, has called for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to become more accepting and accommodating of people with disabilities. He also urged the church to include the disabled in its leadership and decision-making roles. Morris made his remarks at a Special Needs Ministry Summit at the headquarters of the church in Miami, Florida. He said the church is meant to meet the needs of society’s most vulnerable people.

MLS AN OPTION FOR TALENTED JAMAICAN PLAYERS—01/30/14
A demand for players from Jamaica by Major League Soccer (MLS) increased in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. This represents more opportunities for local players to seek professional careers overseas. Jamaicans favor playing in Europe, but they could be looking to North American leagues next. According to Damani Ralph, player agent, young players tend to view the MLS as a second choice, but he believes the league offers good opportunities for players to mature before trying for their top choices.
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MAHABIR NOT AFRAID OF D.E.A. INVESATIGATION—01/25/14

AGRICULTURAL TALKS BEGIN IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO—01/26/14

FOOTBALL UNION SAYS PRO LEAGUE MUST BE SANCTIONED—01/27/14

TWO CARIBBEAN NATIONS TO COMPETE AT SOCHI OLYMPICS—01/28/14

INITIATIVE TO EXAMINE INEFFICIENCIES IN CARIBBEAN PRISONS—01/29/14

LEADERS IN CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA DECLARE “PEACE ZONE”—01/30/14

 

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JAMAICA’S TELECOMS MODEL TO BE ADOPTED BY CARIBBEAN REGION—01/25/14
According to Phillip Paulwell, Jamaican Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, said that CARICOM nations are investigating the possibility of adopting Jamaica’s telecoms model. This would include the financing of the Universal Service Fund (USF).

OVERSIGHT PLANNED FOR CRAFT MARKET SECTOR—01/26/14
Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, announced the formation of a craft market oversight agency that will regulate and monitor the 14 markets in Jamaica showcasing items for sale to tourists. According to McNeill, the agency will create a “level playing field” for all craft markets, with the same rules and regulations applying to all.

HISTORIC DEAL WITH NIKE LANDED BY TEEN FOOTBALLER—01/29/14
Jamaica’s Leon Butler, 16, is the first football player in the area to receive an endorsement contract from Nike, a major sporting goods firm. Butler obtained the three-year contract from Nike because of its recognition of his talent and the good reviews received from its scouts. Butler came up through the ranks of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy and signed with Ajax of the Netherlands.

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA TO SELL JAMAICAN OPERATIONS TO SAGICOR GROUP—01/30/14
The Royal Bank of Canada, the second-largest lender in the region in assets, will sell its Jamaican banking business to Sagicor Group Jamaica Ltd. The sale is being completed at a loss of C$60 million to Royal Bank and marks the end of the firm’s six years of operation in Jamaica.
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NEW CARIBBEAN CLIMATE INNOVATION CENTER TO OPEN—01/26/14

SCIENTIST FINDS NEW CHEMICAL COMPOUND IN JAMAICAN GANJA—01/27/14

 

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TESSANNE TO PERFORM AT ST.KITTS FESTIVAL—01/25/14
Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin, winner of “The Voice” reality-television competition, is slated to perform at the St. Kitts Music Festival where she also performed 2007. The Tourism Authority in St. Kitts announced Chin’s participation in the festival, which will take place at the end of June 2014.

GRAMMY WIN BENEFITS FEW ARTISTES—01/27/14
Reggae obtained Grammy status 30 years ago, but Maxine Stowe of Jamaica who has worked with Dony Music International and Island Records, believes that the benefits of winning a Best Reggae Album award depend on the reputation of the artiste. According to Stowe, only the winners who have already obtained a good sales position in mainstream stores receive an increase in sales outside ethnic or reggae markets.

BLUE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL ANTICIPATED—01/30/14
Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment listed the Blue Mountain Music Festival officially as an event to take place during Reggae Month. The festival will take place in Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountains National Park on February 22 and 23, 2014. The event has its origin in Misty Bliss, a cultural festival held every year that has evolved into a two-day event.

GROUNATION 2014 STAGED AT JAMAICA MUSIC MUSEUM—01/31/14
The third staging of the Grounation will be held at the Jamaica Music Museum at the Lecture Hall at the Institute of Jamaica. It will open a series of four weekly programs and will feature Dr. Omar Davies and Dr. Clinton Hutton. The series them in 2014 is “Seeing Sound and Hearing Images: African Aesthetics in Popular Jamaica Culture

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JAMAICAN BOBSLEDDERS COMMIT TO FIGHT FOR VICTORY IN SOCHI—01/25/14
The two-man Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the Olympics in Sochi 26 years about the first team was introduced in 1988 in Calgary, Canada, and inspired the movie “Cool Runnings.” Most of the men on the 1988 team were also teammates in 1994 and 1998, and remain part of the federation. Winston Watts, one of the initial team’s members will drive Jamaica’s entry at Sochi in 2014.

NEW ANTI-DOPING BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED—01/26/14
Danny Williams, Jamaican businessman, was confirmed as the new chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO). His appointment follows the resignation of the entire board in November 2013. The panel will also include Dr. Winston Isles, Gary Peart, Neville Williams, Dennis Lalor, Dr, Thelma Nelson, Anthony Lawrence, Dr. Patricia Holness, Carmen Tipling, Reverend Devon Dick and Jacqueline Lyn Stewart.

FRASER-PRYCE VICTORIOUS IN 60-METERS IN LOCAL MEET—01/27/14
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica’s Olympic 100-meter champion, was the winner in the 60-meter dash at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet, a local competition. This was her first appearance in 2014. Fraser-Pryce plans to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. She ran the 60 meters in 7.11 seconds.

BAILEY SAYS TENNIS PROGRAM A SUCCESS—01/30/14
The president of Tennis Jamaica, John Bailey, praised the Play and Stay tennis program at Mannings Hill Primary School in St. Andrew. He called the program a “major success” and says Jamaica will see benefits right away. The program is sponsored by the National Commercial Bank and is designed to introduce the game to young people and inspire future tennis champions.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 31st, 2014

MAHABIR NOT AFRAID OF D.E.A. INVESATIGATION—01/25/14
The former director of Caribbean Sea Works, Krishnamurti Mahabir, says he has done nothing wrong and is not afraid to face the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He says he was never involved with the $644 million in cocaine that was seized in Norfolk, Virginia in December 2013. Caribbean Sea Works was named as the entity that shipping the illegal cargo, but the firm has been non-operational since the death of its chief owner in 2008.

AGRICULTURAL TALKS BEGIN IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO—01/26/14
A series of eight discussions to be held in the Caribbean region on agriculture, health, food safety, and fisheries began in Trinidad and Tobago. The first consultation of the project, which is funded by the European Union, seeks to increase production and trade in fisheries and agricultural sectors. The discussion was attended by public and private sector representatives from across the Caribbean.

FOOTBALL UNION SAYS PRO LEAGUE MUST BE SANCTIONED—01/27/14
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) warned that any attempts to create a professional football league in the region must be sanctioned by the relevant governing authorities. According to Damien Hughes, general secretary of the CFU, the two firms that announced plans to start a professional league in September 2015 must consult with the current authorities before moving forward.

TWO CARIBBEAN NATIONS TO COMPETE AT SOCHI OLYMPICS—01/28/14
Jamaica will have its bobsled team competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and they will be joined by their neighbor Dominica, which will have a ski team as its representatives. The Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) is expected to confirm the participation of Gary di Silvestri and his wife Angelica Morrone di Silvestre who qualified late in the season in Montana. They are the first husband-and-wife duo to compete in the same event at the Olympics. Gary will compete in the men’s 15k classical race, while Angelica will compete in the women’s 10k classical race. The couple became Dominican citizens through their philanthropy in the country and the Caribbean region.

INITIATIVE TO EXAMINE INEFFICIENCIES IN CARIBBEAN PRISONS—01/29/14
High costs linked to inefficiencies in the state prison systems of the Caribbean have prompted many to review their practices and accept an evidence-based approach known as justice reinvestment. The approach reduces the number of people in prison and reinvests the related savings in practices designed to improve public safety and lower costs. Seventeen states have utilized private and federal aid to gather data on drivers of costs and prison populations under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).

LEADERS IN CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA DECLARE “PEACE ZONE”—01/30/14
From Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, leaders of nations have signed a resolution that declares the entire region a “zone of peace.” This means that the countries promise to resolve any disputes respectfully, as neighbors, and without using armed force. The resolution was made at the end of a summit meeting of Western Hemisphere countries, excluding Canada and the United States.

 

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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 31st, 2014

NEW CARIBBEAN CLIMATE INNOVATION CENTER TO OPEN—01/26/14
The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) is an initiative of the World Bank’s InfoDev. The center will be inaugurated during a ceremony attended by Phillip Paulwell, Jamaican Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, and Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development of Trinidad and Tobago. The center is designed to develop institutional capacity required for the support of new ventures and small business initiatives aimed at resolving the impact of climate change.

SCIENTIST FINDS NEW CHEMICAL COMPOUND IN JAMAICAN GANJA—01/27/14
Hawthorne Watson, a local Jamaican scientist, has discovered what he characterizes as a new chemical compound from ganja. It has not yet been determined if the compound has any medicinal value, however. Watson calls the compound “Cannabitriol (CBT)” and believes its structure has the potential to be of use medicinally.

 

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Unbought And Unbossed: Shirley Chisholm’s USPS Black Heritage Stamp Revealed

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The first African American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was honored with an official stamp as part of the USPS Black Heritage series. Ronald Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General of  USPS, explained on “NewsOne Now” that it’s important to use the stamp to honor her contributions and teach her legacy to young people.

“You have to have a strong foundation and she set that foundation for those who came after,” said Stroman, “and the people who go first often time suffer backlash. She was willing to take on that challenge, willing to be independent and take all of the criticism that came.”

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in African American News

 

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Angry farmers hit the streets over GMO

By Myjoyonline.com

 Human beings like all other living things grow; therefore must die.

By: Alex Dzumador

Some farmers drawn from across the country are demonstrating in Accra against the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill, which is being debated in Parliament today.

The demonstration, organized by the Coalition for Farmers Rights an advocacy group against Genetically Modified Organisms  (GMO) started at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

The demonstrators have been shouting No GMO! No GMO! as they marched through the principal streets of Accra, Joy News’ Anna Agyapong reported.

According to her, majority of the protestors are wearing dreadlocks and brandishing placards with the inscription “GMO is poison.”

“Mahama say no to GMO”, “Say no to GMO.”
Some of the protestors said the country must not yield to the pressure to introduce GMO into the country.

“We are doomed if this bill is passed,” one of the demonstrators said adding, “we will be under colonialism if this bill is passed.”

Another angry protestor said there will be dire repercussions if this bill is passed into law.

“We are going to have farmers in Ghana, who cannot reproduce their seeds unless they go to buy it from abroad.

“The advent of lifestyle diseases, low sperm count, female infertility are on the increase,” he alleged.

Meanwhile, Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Elton John Brobbey said the Plant Breeders Bill is currently at the consideration stage.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has however, issued a directive for Parliament’s Committee to consult more on the merits and demerits of the GMO before the process is taken any further.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in African News

 

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending January 24th, 2014

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JAMAICAN “DEATH SQUADS” ALLEGED—01/18/14
Hamish Campbell, a former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Superintendent who moved to Jamaica after his retirement is conducting an independent investigation into allegations that the police have killed a civilian every day since the beginning of 2014 and that “death squads” operate on the island. Allegations of police violence have hounded the Jamaica Constabulary Force since the 1980, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into the new claims, which the police have denied.

TOLERANCE FOR LGBT PEOPLE GROWING IN JAMAICA—01/19/14
Jamaica has been criticized for its homophobia, but there are signs that tolerance of the LGBT community is growing, and there is a move to push for their rights as equals in Jamaican society. The government will conduct a non-binding “conscience vote” on discontinuing the Jamaican Offenses Against the Person Act.

PROPERTY WORTH $55 MILLION FORFEITED TO GOVERNMENT—01/20/14
The Jamaican government has received a $55 million house in Montego Bay that was forfeited by a Jamaican who is allegedly involved in money laundering and drug trafficking. The property also includes some 20 acres of farmland in Hanover. The Financial Investigations Division (FID) has the Supreme Court for the order of forfeiture. The FID is also going after eight additional properties linked to the alleged criminal.

CANADA SAYS IT WILL BUY JAMAICAN GANJA—01/21/14
According to Blaine Dowdle, chief executive officers of MedCannAccess, is calling for quick action in Jamaica in legalizing marijuana and creating an export market for the herb. Dowdle said Canada wants to take part in the CDN$1.2 billion medical marijuana industry, but that it is expensive to grow the product in Canada. Therefore, investors are eager to import it from Jamaica.

POLICE SAY NON-TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS PRODUCE CRIMINALS—01/22/14
According to a report by the Planning and Legal Services Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, 70 percent of the inmates incarcerated in adult prisons attended non-traditional high schools. The profile of a typical inmate describes a male under age 34 from the Corporate Area or St. Catherine and had some secondary-level schooling at a non-traditional high school. The typical prisoner also dropped out of school before Grade 11.

SOME POLICE UNITS IN JAMAICA TO RECEIVE WEARABLE CAMERAS—01/23/14
Some of the police units in Jamaica will receive wearable video cameras. The cameras represent a response from the Jamaica Constabulary Force to allegations that its members are “trigger happy.” The cameras are also to stem the high rates of killings by law enforcement officers. Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security, said “select” units will be wearing the cameras.

NEW GROWTH STRATEGY READIED BY JAMAICA LABOR PARTY—01/24/14
Andrew Holness, Opposition Leader, stated that the Jamaica Labor Party, plans to implement a new economic strategy. The new approach is based on developing a knowledge-based society that is necessary for growth. A new Jamaican economy requires citizens who are educated and who can use technology for innovation.

TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION CRITICIZES STUDY ON CRIMINALS—01/24/14
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association describes a government study that links prison inmates to poorly performing schools as “faulty” and “hypocritical.” Dr. Mark Nicely, president of the association, stated that schools are the reason more people are not in prison. He noted that schools must often take on parental roles in addition to their educational duties.

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WAITES BRINGS SOUNDS OF JAMAICA TO NEW HAVEN—01/18/14
Musician Basil Waites knew he wanted to sing at the age of 12, growing up in Montego Bay. He continued in his career as a singer-songwriter and performs music that reflects the culture of his Jamaican home, as well as he adopted home of New Haven, Connecticut.

WOMEN TRAVELING TO JAMAICA HELD FOR TRANSPORTING US$100,000—01/22/14
The United States Customs and Border Protection agency seized almost US$100,000 from two women who were traveling to Jamaica. The women, who have not been identified, were in violation of federal currency reporting regulations. The first woman was apprehended when attempting to get on a flight to Montego Bay. The next day, the second woman was also attempting to board a plane to Montego Bay. Both women reported having far less cash than was ultimately found in their possession.

CENTRAL ALABAMA DISAPORA GROUP WELCOMES TRINIDAD AMBASSADOR—01/23/14
The Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization welcomed Neil Parsan, the ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States. The meeting took place at the group’s third annual Christmas dinner dance. Ulato Sam, a native of Jamaica, performed a dance representing an introduction to Caribbean culture and explained the various accents heard in Caribbean speech.

GRANT-BRYAN TO LEAD GLOBAL EDUCATION TEAM—01/24/14
Dr. Elaine Grant-Bryan, a former counselor at Chamblee High School, will lead a team at the Global Education Consultants Group, offering services to her Jamaican community in Atlanta, Georgia. She decided to make the career change in order to provide more help to Jamaicans in the Diaspora and in the Caribbean.
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A THIRD FIRE DAMAGES GOVERNMENT OFFICE ON NEVIS—01/18/14

HUNTE CONGRATULATED BY WICB—01/19/14

ALUMINUM CAN PLANT IN PUERTO RICO RECEIVES $60 MILLION INVESTMENT—01/21/14

ENTREPRENEURSHIP USED TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN CARIBBEAN—01/22/14

DOUGLAS PRAISED FOR TRAINING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE—01/23/14

UN REPORT SAYS CRIME AFFECTS DEVELOPMENT IN CARIBBEAN—01/24/14

 

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INTERNET SUCCESS FOR JAMAICANS—01/18/14
While Jamaica continues to experience a struggling economy, there are opportunities for innovative Jamaicans who are using the Internet to obtain income. Many individuals are using their knowledge and skills to make money online. Oneil Wright, 25, earned his first online money by singing happy birthday in a video while dressed in rags. The uploaded video was a hit and he made US$750 in December 2013 just from the Internet. Wright said he was unemployed before this, but now he is making sales worldwide.

IOC GIVES OLYMPICS BROADCASTING RIGHTS FOR CARIBBEAN—01/22/14
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave exclusive broadcast rights for the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to International Media Content Ltd., the parent of SportsMax. The company will have exclusive English-language broadcasting rights on all media platforms, outside of the Internet and mobile.

EGG PRODUCERS EXPECT SUPPLY TO STABILIZE IN FEBRUARY—01/23/14
The Caribbean Broilers’ Corporate Affairs Manager Dr. Keith Amiel believes that “panic buying” during the holiday season contributed to the existing egg shortage in Jamaica. The shortage has lasted into the third week of January 2014 and persisted in spite of predictions from the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association that conditions would improve in January.

OPERATOR FOR KINGSTON HARBOR SOUGHT—01/24/14
The Jamaican government is looking to select an approved bidder who will manage operations at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) following the dredging of Kingston Harbor. Gordon Shirley, chairman in CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, announce that the request for proposal was issued to three pre-qualified bidders: Singapore Port Authority, Dubai Port World, and CMA-CGM in a partnership with a number of other entities, including China Merchant Marine.
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ANTIGUA TO EXPLORE JOINT ACTIVITIES WITH JAMAICAN UNIVERSITY—01/19/14

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH TIED TO ICT, HUMAN RESOURCES—01/20/14

INCREASE IN CLIMATE-SENSITIVE DISEASES WORRIES CARIBBEAN NATIONS—01/21/14

DIGITAL CURRENCIES USED TO FUND JAMAICAN BOBSLEDDERS—01/22/14

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JAMAICAN ARTIST USES BARBED WIRE FOR DESIGNS—01/18/14
Sean Wallace, a Jamaican artist, works in barbed wire, using the material to create portraits, logos, monograms and sculptures. His works combine strength, softness, and beauty using barbed wire to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. His pieces will be on display at Hopkinsville Community College in Kentucky through January 2014.

TESSANNE CHIN RAISED IN WORLD OF MUSIC—01/19/14
The newly famous international singing star, Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin, is the granddaughter of Kes Chin, the leader of Kes Chin and the Souvenirs Band of the 1970s and 1980s. His daughter, Ingrid, created a female band, Ingrid Chin and the Carnations; while his son played drums in several bands. He built the home studio where Tessanne and sister Tami, also a singer, practiced their craft. Tessanne went on to win “The Voice” and become extremely popular among the Jamaican Diaspora, which was very instrumental in her success.

PARAGONS REMAIN BIG DRAW AT CONCERT SHOWS—01/20/14
John Holt of the Paragons continues to draw large audiences even after 50 years in the music business. His name represents the sound of the 1960s, when he was performing with the Paragons. The group became a major force in music during those years. He was not one of the initial members of the group when it formed at the Kingston Parish Church in the early 1960s, but quickly became its driving force.

FIRST MUSIC SYMPOSIUM TO BE HOSTED BY INSTITUTE OF JAMAICA—01/21/14
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and the Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) are preparing to hold the first music symposium to address the potential for cultural industries on the island, particularly in music, to make measurable contributions to the island’s economy. The symposium is funded by CHASE and is themed “The Business of the Jamaican Music and Cultural Industries.”

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THREE JAMAICANS AMONG TOP TEN SELECTED IN SOCCER SUPERDRAFT—01/18/14
Three Jamaicans have the honor of being among the top ten players chosen in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Andre Blake is the first goalkeeper in the history of premier professional competition in North America to be so selected. Midfielder André Lewis and defender Damion Lowe were also in the top ten.

JAMAICAN NATIONAL WRESTLING TEAM AT GUELPH OPEN—01/19/14
The Jamaican national wrestling team competed in Canada’s Guelph Open meet at the Mitchell Athletics Center. Kevin Wallen “is” the team, in terms of wrestlers. He said that wrestling was a major part of his life and kept him from getting into trouble in his childhood. Wallen, 44, decided at age 35 upon moving back to Jamaica that he could make the same difference in the lives of other children. And he is happy being an example to them.

JAMAICA ON WAY TO BOBSLEDDING COMPETITION AT OLYMPICS—01/21/14
Fans of Jamaica’s bobsledding team helped to raise over $150,000 to cover the expenses of a trip to the Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi, Russia, for the Jamaicans. The team used crowdfunding websites like Crowdtilt and Indiegogo to raise money. This will be the first Olympic bobsledding event for the team in 12 years.

JAMAICAN ANTI-DOPING PANEL CONSIDERED FATE OF EDWARDS—01/23/14
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel continues is deliberations concerning the fate of Kenneth Edwards, Olympic tae kwon do athlete. Edwards failed a drug test in August 2013 for using Hydrochlorothiazide. Edwards says the use of the drug was not caused by fault or negligence on his part.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 24th, 2014

A THIRD FIRE DAMAGES GOVERNMENT OFFICE ON NEVIS—01/18/14
Records and computer services were destroyed as a fire caused serious damage to a Treasury Department building on Nevis. The fire was the third such incident at a government building in St. Kitts and Nevis in January 2014. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

HUNTE CONGRATULATED BY WICB—01/19/14
Dave Cameron, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), gave his congratulations to the former president D. Julian Hunte upon his award of Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. Dr. Hunte will be knighted for his contributions to the public and private sectors on St. Lucia and to the Caribbean Community.

ALUMINUM CAN PLANT IN PUERTO RICO RECEIVES $60 MILLION INVESTMENT—01/21/14
An aluminum can facility in Cidra, Puerto Rico, plans to export products to the United States, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and other nations in the region. It has received investments totaling about $60 million. The Caribbean Can Manufacturing Company produces 1,800 cans per minute, 650 million every year, and directly provided 75 jobs and 120 indirect jobs during its construction.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP USED TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN CARIBBEAN—01/22/14
The Caribbean region is making an effort to address climate change by encouraging entrepreneurship. The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center has been launched in Trinidad and is meant to act as a regional hub to support entrepreneurs as they develop solutions to problems linked to climate change. The Center is an initiative of the InfoDev unit of the World Bank.

DOUGLAS PRAISED FOR TRAINING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE—01/23/14
Barbados Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was praised by Europe’s leading diplomat in the Eastern Caribbean region for building a training center of excellence for the safety and security sector. His Excellence Mikael Barford, the head of the European delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean wished Douglas well in completing his vision for the center.

UN REPORT SAYS CRIME AFFECTS DEVELOPMENT IN CARIBBEAN—01/24/14
A report from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) discovered that the high rates of violent crime hinder development in the Caribbean region. While 8.5 percent of the world’s population lives in the Caribbean and Latin America, 27 percent of the world’s murders occur in this area. The report said the policies that Caribbean countries use to address the issue are “short sighted.”

 

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