THIS WEEK”S SUMMARY
27 VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESCUED BAY JCF SINCE 2011—02/01/14
According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 27 victims of human trafficking have been rescued in the past two years, with a total of 41 rescues overall. The gains achieved by the police have caused an upgrade in Jamaica’s position on the United States State Department Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2.
FORMER SENATOR WANTS JAMAICANS TO SEE ECONOMIC REALITY—02/02/14
Former Jamaican Senator Dr, Christopher Tufton believes that Jamaicans must face economic reality before it can deal with conditions in the country. Tufton left his position as Jamaica Labor Party chair of the St. Elizabeth South west area in 2014. He said that Jamaica’s economy is not stable and that more people need to be involved with addressing the issues required to improve it.
FOOTBALL FEDERATION WANTS COACHES TO BE CERTIFIED—02/03/14
Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), announced that as of September 14, 2014, all football coaches in Jamaica will have to be certified and have a JFF certified coach’s license for all levels of coaching in the country. Burrell said all head coaches and assistant coaches must have JFF Level-One certification or an equivalent.
HYLTON SAYS GOVERNMENT WILL FAST-TRACK LOGISTICS HUB—02/04/14
Anthony Hylton, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, suggests that the government will take quicker action in regard to implementing the proposed logistics hub. The government will better understand the proposal by China Harbor Engineering Company for the trans-shipment hub on the Goat Islands within a few weeks and then decide how to proceed. There will also be a greater effort to keep the public informed about the progress of the project.
DAVIS WANTS PAULWELL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT 360MW POWER PLANT—02/05/14
Dr. Carlton Davis, the co-chair of the Energy Monitoring Committee (EMC) in Jamaica, is hoping that Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell will answer major questions about the 360-megawatt power plant project. Davis is special adviser to the Prime Minister, Portia Simpson MIller, and he wants to be reassured that Energy World International (EWI) has sufficient capacity to handle the project.
HANNA CONDEMNS MURDER OF SCHOOL GIRL IN ST. THOMAS—02/06/14
Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Youth Affairs Minister, issued a condemnation of the murder of eight-year-old Selena Edmund. She was a student at Whitehall Primary School in St. Thomas and was killed while performing an errand for her mother. Hanna stated that children are “too often” preyed upon by adults rather than protected by them.
FOUR POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT IN FALMOUTH—02/07/14
Four police officers face charges in connection with the alleged assault of Kamoza Clarke in October 2013 while Clarke was in custody at the police station in Falmouth. The officers were arrested and taken to Resident Magistrates Court. Two were charged with wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and misconduct in a public office, while the other two officers were charged with neglect of duty.
NEW KINGSTON HAS FARMERS’ MARKET—02/07/14
Farmers set up booths and sold crops at the Maggi Farmers’ Market in New Kingston among the crowds of business people who were happy to see it. Buyers in general thought it was an excellent idea to bring goods into the city. Especially favored was the chance to buy exotic fruits not normally available in that location. The farmers’ market is an attempt to link rural Jamaica with urban areas and encourage the purchase of locally produced crops and products.
JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
JAMAICAN APPOINTED RAPPORTEUR ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS—02/01/14
The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) has appointed Tracy Robinson, a Jamaican lawyer, to by the Thematic and Country Rapporteur for the Bahamas, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Suriname. She will also be Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual and Intersex Persons (LGTBI). Robinson, in addition to being a lawyer, lectures on Gender and the Law, Constitutional Law, and Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.
GROUPS IN U.S. DONATE BOOKS TO STUDENTS IN JAMAICA—02/04/14
The Read Across Jamaica Foundation and First Book Inc. plan to send thousands of books to Jamaica by May 2014. Representatives of the groups visited Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States Stephen Vasciannie in Washington D.C. to describe their plans. Read Across Jamaica is sponsored by the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations, a major Diaspora groups in the U.S.
JAMAICAN MAN ARRESTED WITH FAKE PASSPORT—02/05/14
United States Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Jamaican man who was deported after being convicted of fraud 17 years ago. Christopher Hagigal still faces marijuana charges from six years ago in Florida. He was arrested on the border with Canada after presenting a passport and U.S. Green Card in the name of Adrian Bandoo. He now faces prosecution in the U.S. for misuse of a passport, making false statements, and misuse of identification documents.
NETBALL STAR VICTIM OF CYBER STALKING IN AUSTRALIA—02/06/14
Romelda Aiken, Jamaican netball star, has been victimized in a “racist” cyber attack in Australia. According to Laura Geitz, captain of the Queensland Firebirds, the team supports Aiken after she publicly admitted that she has experienced bullying, cyber racism, and aggressive threats stemming from the posting of her photograph on social media. Queensland police are investigating the matter. Aiken has been with the Firebirds since 2008.
BERNARD HAPPY WITH SUPER50 PERFORMANC—02/07/14
Dave Verhard, captain of Jamaica’s cricket team, stated that he was pleased with how his players performed during a six-wicket victory over Ireland at the NAGICO Super50 tournament in Trinidad. He said the Jamaicans played well as a team and limited Ireland to 161 in an excellent effort.
FIVE JAMAICAN DESIGNERS SHOW WORK AT LONDON FASHION SHOWCASE—02/07/14
Five fashion designers from Jamaica will have their work on display at the 2014 International Fashion Showcase in London. The showcase will present the works of emerging designers Dexter Huxtable, Spokes Apparel; Claire Requa, Clairely Upcycled Jewellery; Ayanna Dixon, ASD Clothing; Simone Nielson, Ms. Sim; and Abenah Gonzalez, Abenah Adelaide Designs. The collection will be introduced on February 12, 2014, at an event hosted by the High Commission of Jamaica in London.
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CUBA RETURNS TO BASEBALL SERIES AFTER 54 YEARS—02/01/14
PRINCE GEORGE VISITS CARIBBEAN WITH HIS MOTHER—02/02/14
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL VISITS HAITI TO AID ADOPTIONS—02/03/14
LUIS RAUL MARTINEZ, PUERTO RICAN COMEDIAN, DIES—02/04/14
MEMBERS OF CRFM CONSIDER CASE ON IUU FISHING—02/05/14
SIGNIFICANT THREATS FOUND IN CARIBBEAN IN 2013, SAYS U.S.—02/06/14
BUSINESS NEWS SUMMARY
COGLE TO HELP SAGICOR DURING BANK OWNERSHIP TRANSITION—02/01/14
Robert Cogle, the top official at Royal Bank of Canada in Jamaica, has been loaned to Sagicor Group to facilitate the transition of ownership in the bank once the deal is completed. Cogle has worked at the bank since 2012 and was made group managing director in 2013. He will remain in that post until the transaction is finished, according to Donovan Perkins, president and CEO of Sagicor Investments.
SAMUDA ALARMED AT GOVERNMENT SILENCE ON EWI DUE DILIGENCE—02/03/14
Karl Samuda, the Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment, Commerce, Mining and Energy in Jamaica has expressed alarm at the reluctance of the government to tell the public about its findings in the due diligence performed on Energy World International (EWI). EWI is the preferred bidder on the building of a 360-megawatt energy plant. The government has not disclosed whether EWI is in a position to actually construct the proposed plant and handle the project.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SUMMIT HELD IN CARIBBEAN—02/04/14
Politicians and experts on renewable energy will meet on the private island owned by billionaire Richard Branson to discuss how to transition various operations to clean energy. They will also attempt to find ways to encourage small island nations in the region to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Branson is the CEO and founder of Virgin Group and is hosting the three-day meeting on Necker Island.
CPJ OF JAMAICA JOINS WITH ST.LUCIA BOTTLING FiRM—02/06/14
Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) is expanding its operations by entering into a partnership with Du Boulay’s Bottling Company, a manufacturing and distribution firm in St. Lucia. The new partnership will be known as CPJ St. Lucia and plans to target the growing hospitality sector. It plans to expand into food manufacturing in the future.
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LOCAL RESEARCH ON LIONFISH PUBLISHED IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL—02/02/14
POLICE IN JAMAICA FIRST IN AREA TO USE AUTOMATED DATA REQUEST SYSTEM—02/05/14
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SEAN PAUL RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM—02/01/14
Grammy- award-winning musician Sean Paul plans to launch his sixth studio album on February 18, 2014. The new album is called “Full Frequency” and will be released first on iTunes. It features cross-genre music and several top reggae, hip-hop, and pop stars, including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea.
ENGLISH SERVICE FOR CARIBBEAN LAUNCHED BY HBO—02/02/14
A new English feed of HBO Latin America will be launched in Trinidad and Tobago and provide the Caribbean with local content of special interest to audiences there. Gustavo Grossman, the corporate vice president of HBO Latin America, said T&T is one of the first countries to obtain the service because of its British influences, which is likely to mean that English content will represent a welcome addition to media offerings there.
“BUNNY RUGS” DEAD—02/03/14
William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, a pioneer of Jamaican reggae, has died in Florida. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Opposition spokesperson on Youth, Sports, Information, Culture and Gender Affairs, expressed “profound sorrow” at his passing. Clarke was the former lead singer of Third World. Grange called Clarke a performer who helped to make Jamaican music “a major force for world change, equality, and justice.”
SINGER PAYS TRIBUTE TO STUDIO ONE—02/04/14
The singer Visionary grew up listening to the sounds from Studio One, the legendary Jamaican record company. On his second solo album, “Grassroots,” the singer, who is based in Toronto, Canada, pays tribute to the music provided by Clement “Coxson” Dodd, the founder of Studio One in 1962. The album’s songs are driven by Studio One beats, but the lyrics have been written by Visionary.
JAMAICANS ON PODIUM AT MOSCOW INDOOR MEET—02/03/14
Akheem Gauntlett and Aleen Bailey of Jamaica won their spots on the podium at the Russian Winter Indoor meet in Moscow. Gauntlett took second place in the 400-meters with a time of 48.78 seconds. Bailey took third in the women’s 60-meters, clocking 7.31 seconds.
CLARKE TO UMPIRE BADMINTON IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES—02/05/14
Joseph Clarke, Jamaica’s first and mostly highly ranked international umpire, is the first Jamaican to be named to officiate badminton at the Commonwealth Games since the tournament was held in Jamaica in 1966. The 2014 games will be held in Scotland in July and August. This is just the latest in a series of historic achievements for Clarke, who is also the first Jamaican elected to the Badminton World Federation Council and the first and only Jamaican to become a BWF accredited umpire.
JAMAICAN BOBSLEDDERS HAVE GEAR AFTER AIRLINE LOSES IT—02/06/14
The Jamaican bobsled team arrived in Sochi to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but they did so without their gear, which was lost on the flight to Russia. Without clothes, sliding suits, helmets or runners for their sled, the Jamaicans could only watch the first day events. They finally received the gear around midnight, allowing them to participate in the second-day “unofficial” training. The delay in receiving their equipment has not dampened their enthusiasm for the competition, and they are ready to go.
SIMPSON DOPING CASE DELAYED AGAIN—02/07/14
The doping case against Sherone Simpson, Jamaican Olympic champion, has been delayed once against after officials could not figure out the meaning of a report from a Kentucky sports science laboratory. Lackston Robinson, attorney for the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), said he could not continue because he did not understand the report. Simpson’s lawyers said the test revealed that oxilofrine was in the supplement consumed by Simpson.
JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending February 7th, 2014