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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending July 25th, 2014

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GOVERNMENT CREATES POLICY TO REDUCE POVERTY—07/19/14
The government of Jamaica is developing a social protection policy that is meant to alleviate poverty and even eliminate from the country altogether, according to Dr. Peter Phillips, Finance Minister. The project is a partnership of the Jamaican government and the World Bank that was introduced at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in St. Andrew. The plan features a combination of public and private resources, non-state agencies, and non-governmental organizations that will have direct involvement in the social protection structure,

DROUGHT IN JAMAICA GETTING WORSE, SAYS PICKERSGILL—07/20/14
Robert Pickersgill, Jamaica’s Environment Minister, has stated that the serious drought occurring on the island is getting worse, and water supply systems are already significantly below normal. The government is bringing water into farming districts by truck to alleviate the worst impacts.

FORMER POLICE OFFICER GETS SENTENCED FOR FRAUD—07/21/14
Devon Campbell, a former Jamaican police officer, received a sentence of 10 months on charges of immigration fraud. According to prosecutors, Campbell entered the United States in 2001 with a Jamaican passport stating a false name of Willmott Alvin Livingston. He lived under that name, married a U.S. citizen, attained permanent residency in the U.S. in 2004.He became a U.S. citizen in 2008 and used the fake name and illegal naturalization papers to get the police certification.

WATCHING WORLD CUP MEANT LOWER MURDER RATE—07/22/14
Criminals in Jamaica were so intent on watching the 2014 World Cup matches that the murder rate fell by 12 percent during the month-long soccer competition.

TEACHERS RECEIVE COMPUTER TABLETS IN E-LEARNING PROJECT—07/23/14
Teachers and students in Jamaica will receive 25,000 tablet computers through the Tablets in Schools Pilot Project. When the delivery of the tablets is completed, teachers will be able to receive training in seven institutions participating in the pilot phase. The tablets were provided by Digicel Jamaica.

JAMAICA DROPS IN RANKING ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT—07/24/14
The latest Human Development Index issued by the United Nations shows that Jamaica has fallen by 11 places in the ranking and is at risk of demotion into the category of nations with medium human development. While its 96rh place rank remains in the “high human development” category, but it is only six places away from nations with the “medium human development” label.

SHAW BELIEVES TAX COLLECTION ACT AMENDMENTS ARE “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”—07/25/14
Amendments to the Tax Collection Act will provide the commissioner general of Tax Administration Jamaica with the power to place liens against personal, intellectual, and real properties that are owned by tax debtors. According to Dr. Peter Philips, finance minister, the amendments represent a response to a culture of tax evasion and tax avoidance. Audley Shaw, Opposition spokesman on finance, called the action “Gestapo-like” and also believes the amendments are in violation of the nation’s constitution.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY IN ELLINGTON CASE—07/25/14
Amnesty International, the international watchdog organization, is calling for the Jamaican government to be fully transparent in regard to charges of human rights violations by the Jamaican Constabulary Force and the reasons Owen Ellington, former police commissioner, suddenly left his job. The refusal by Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s National Security Minister, to provide answers in the matter represents a threat to the country’s global obligations on justice, truth, and reparations for human rights violations.

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JAMAICAN SPENDS SUMMER AT ALASKA CAMP—07/19/14
Robert Rose of Jamaica comes from St. Andrews and is participating in an international exchange program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. Rose, 28, has been a scout leader for nine years and earned the Jamaican equivalent of an Eagle Scout. He also is a pastor with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and volunteers as a chaplain for his local police force in Jamaica.
He holds a local conference license as a pastor with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. He is the volunteer chaplain for the local police force.

DELAYED VISA FOR DOCTOR ANGERS JDCF—07/20/14
The opening sessions of a Jamaican health forum held in Toronto, Canada, went on without the participation of a well-known trauma expert because Canadian immigration authorities in Kingston delayed his visa to travel to the country. Dr. Hugh Wong, the head of accident and emergency medicine at Kingston Public Hospital, was ultimately allowed a visa after the intercession of letters and phone calls to Canada’s High Commission in Kingston. Kingsley Gilliamof the Jamaica Diaspora Canada Foundation the organizer of the event, was annoyed at the extra work necessary and was angry that Wong missed the beginning of the meeting.

JAMAICAN-BORN CONVICT SAVED FROM DEPORTATION FROM UK—07/21/14
The High Court in the United Kingdom ruled that a Jamaican-born man who was in prison for nine years on a murder conviction, may not be deported, Eric Errion Johnson cannot be deported to Jamaica because he faced discrimination on the basis of being an illegitimate child. Johnson was born out of wedlock, and his mother is Jamaican. He can now appeal to an immigration authority to revoke the order of deportation.

JAMAICANS IN UNITED STATES PREPARE FOR FUTURE—07/22/14
The National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO) , which operates in the United States, shows the broad roll of the Diaspora in the world. NAJASO held a three-day conference in Washington, D. C., to discuss the changes in Jamaica’s economy and society and to find ways to modernize the organization.

JAMAICAN GANJA FEATURED AT POLICY MEETING ON DRUGS IN BUDAPEST—07/23/14
The plan by Jamaica to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana made a singular impression on delegates to the Drug Policy and Human Rights conference in Budapest, Hungary. IF marijuana is decriminalized, Jamaica will be the first of the Small Island Developing States to do so. International delegates to the conference discussed the impact of the action on international treaties, the global war on drugs, and access management control

TOURIST BOARD SETS UP IN GLASGOW—07/24/14
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) began its effort to spread the feeling of Jamaica throughout Glasgow, Scotland, as the Commonwealth Games begin. Starting on July 23, the 29 Private Members Club will fill the role of handling all things Jamaica. It will be open to everyone and will offer traditional Jamaican f

FIRST JAMAICAN ASSOCIATION FORMED ON STATEN ISLAND—07/25/14
Organizers on Staten Island in New York have organized the neighborhood’s first Jamaican Association. The group is planning to take immediate action in the community, focusing on unemployment, crime, and poverty among Jamaica’s population. It also plans to offer help to those who have a difficult time adjusting to American life.

THREE JAMAICANS HAVE LUNCH WITH QUEEN ELIZABETH II—07/25/14
Three Jamaicans were among those selected to lunch with Queen Elizabeth II of England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The Queen met with a group of some 70 athletes from competing countries at the Athletes’ Village. Richard Phillips, hurdler, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, netballer, and Martin Lyn, president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica, were chosen to represent Jamaica at the royal feast.
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CARIBBEAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION HELD IN BROOKLYN—07/19/14

FAMOUS CRICKETEERS APPOINTED TO KEY ROLES IN CPL—07/20/14

JAPAN, CARICOM HOLD FIRST JOINT SUMMIT IN TRINIDAD—07/21/14

GROWING HEALTH CARE COSTS CONCERNING TO CARIBBEAN—07/22/14

CARIBBEAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR LEADERS—07/23/14

USAID FUND TO GIVE US$500 MILLION TO FIGHT AIDS/HIV IN CARIBBEAN—07/24/14

CARIBBEAN OVERSEAS TERRITORY HEADS MEET WITH UK PARLIAMENT REPS—07/25/14

 

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JAMAICAN ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE TO  DRIVE TOURIST ARRIVALS—07/19/14
A summer entertainment program “Jamrock Summer – 90 Days, 90 Ways – has been launched in Montego Bay by Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment. According to Damion Crawford, Minister of State in the Tourism Ministry, entertainment is the part of the culture that can be sold and can encourage visitors to come to the island on holidays.

YOUNG JAMAICANS TO BENEFIT FROM DIGITAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES—07/20/14
A loan of US$20 million for a Youth Employment in Digital & Animation Industries Project, which received approval from the World Bank’s Board of Directors, will make it possible for some 15,000 Jamaican youths to receiving training, digital work opportunities, and investments to encourage the development of digital and animation industries on the island. International firms are looking to Jamaica as an outsourcing location for animation production. The global animation industry is valued at about US220 billion annually, and Jamaica can be well positioned to participate in this market.

COMPANY IN CARIBBEAN SEEKS TO TRADEMARK MH17—07/22/14
An unknown firm in the Caribbean wants to trademark the terms “MH17” and “MH370,” the flight numbers referring to planes from Malaysia Airlines that have been involved in major tragedies. MH370 was the flight that disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and has not been found to date, while MH17 was shot down over Ukraine and crashed with no survivors.

CLOSE EXAMINATION OF VOIP BLOCK CONDUCTED BY OUR—07/23/14
Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is examining the issue of whether VoIP services may be considered illegal bypass before it decides if LIME and Digicel can continue their block on the services from their networks. Internet users utilize VoIP services to make and get free calls via mobile Internet networks. OUR is meeting with LIME and Digicel along with Consumer Affairs Commission representatives to determine if the VoIP service providers constitute a bypass action.

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JAHMIEL WILL PERFORM WITH TOP REGGAE ARTISTES AT “REGGAE UPRISING”—07/19/14
The young reggae artiste Jahmiel will perform on the same stage as some of the most famous reggae musicians in the world at the “Reggae Uprising” event on August 10, 2014, in St. Elizabeth. The event is the news and most diverse two-day roots reggae festival, and it will showcase aspects of local culture in a local national park in St. Elizabeth.

CHRONIXX PERFORMS HIT TUNE ON TONIGHT SHOW—07/23/14
Reggae artiste Chronixx performed live on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He offered his hit single “Here Comes Trouble” on the late-night talk show. Jamaicans on the home island and around the world tuned in to watch his performance. Chronixx was one of the lead performers at Reggae Sumfest’s international night.

CONSULTANT PRAISES JAMAICA’S TALENT, BUT NOTES LACK OF INVESTMENT—07/24/14
Horace Madison, an entertainment business consultant, believes Jamaica has a considerable amount of talent, but is hindered by its lack of investment and structure. Madison was invited to the island by JAMPRO to build relationships for the investment and exportation of the creative industry in Jamaica. He believes the business sector has a role to play in developing the creative industry.

PEE KAY IN JAMAICA FOR VIDEO DUET WITH BUSY SIGNAL—07/25/14
Pee Kay, a noted hip-hop artiste from Zimbabwe, is visiting Jamaica to perform in a video with Jamaica’s Busy Signal. The track, called “Show Me Love,” was to be released in early June but has been delayed until the end of 2014. The two musicians finished shooting the video in Kingston and believe the song will appeal to audiences all over the world.

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HENRY LOOKING TO BOOST BADMINTON LOCALLY WITH COMMONWEALTH GAMES—07/19/14
Jamaican Gareth Henry is returning to the Commonwealth Games hoping his participation there will boost awareness and popularity of badminton as a sport on the home island. Henry traveled to Glasgow with Garron Palmer, Ruth Williams, and sister Geordine Henry. Dr. Kingsley Ford, coach, and Ricardo Teape, manager, accompanied the team.

SPENCER KEEPS WINNING STREAK GOING—07/21/14
Jamaican Kaliese Spencer added to her winning streak in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, taking the top spot in the event at the Herculls international competition in Monaco. She ran distance in 54.09 seconds. She was the only Jamaican to win at the meet.

ALIA BREAKS 50-METER BREASTSTROKE RECORD IN GLASGOW—07/24/14
Alia Atkinson of Jamaica broke the record at the Commonwealth Games for the 50-meter breaststroke for a second time. Atkinson, 25, broke the record the first time to win her race in 30.49 seconds. She then came back to swim the distance in 30.17 seconds in the semi-final 2.

IN OREGON, JAMAICANS FIGHT COLD AND RAIN TO ADVANCE IN WORLD JUNIORS—07/25/14
Jamaican athletes fought against the cold and rainy weather in Eugene, Oregon, to advance to the next round at the World Junior Championships at Hayward Field. All four Jamaicans advanced, with Tiffany James finishing second with 54.58 seconds to qualify for the girls’ 400-meter semi-final.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 25th, 2014

CARIBBEAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION HELD IN BROOKLYN—07/19/14
The 2013 Caribbean American Heritage Month in Brooklyn, New York, featured stop performers and had attendees rollicking to the music of the bands. The 2014 event celebrated its ninth year in June and was marked by the memorable performance of six-year-old Kamarley, who managed to hold his own with performers like Soca Queen Claudette “CP” Peters of Antigua, and Magaly of Panama. The child wowed the audience with his renditions of reggae and soca music.

FAMOUS CRICKETEERS APPOINTED TO KEY ROLES IN CPL—07/20/14
Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards, two icons of cricket from the West Indies, received appointments to major roles in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Sobers is considered the first all-rounder in the history of cricket and will be brand ambassador. Richards will be mentor to the Antigua Hawksbills franchise, where he was once team manager.

JAPAN, CARICOM HOLD FIRST JOINT SUMMIT IN TRINIDAD—07/21/14
CARICOM’S heads of governments will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in Trinidad on July 28, 2014. This will be the latest in a series of summit meetings between CARICOM and its various partners from around the world. The participants will discuss sustainable growth, creation of stronger exchanges and deeper cooperation among the nations.

GROWING HEALTH CARE COSTS CONCERNING TO CARIBBEAN—07/22/14
Caribbean health care officials held a meeting in Washington, D. C. to define the major concerns among health ministers in the Caribbean region. The top concerns included rising health care costs and illness related to lifestyle. This was the first meeting of its kind since 2008 and was attended by representatives of Public Health England and the British Embassy in Washington.

CARIBBEAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR LEADERS—07/23/14
A roundtable meeting of the membership of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) was held to allow the members to network, learn about new business and investment options, and announce those who will be honored at the group’s pending anniversary celebration. The honorees will be those who have made major contributions to the Caribbean American community.

USAID FUND TO GIVE US$500 MILLION TO FIGHT AIDS/HIV IN CARIBBEAN—07/24/14
More than US$500 million will be provided for new programs designed to create an AIDS-free generation in the Caribbean. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing the funds, which will be used to support the implementation of plan for Barack Obama’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

CARIBBEAN OVERSEAS TERRITORY HEADS MEET WITH UK PARLIAMENT REPS—07/25/14
A meeting between Caribbean overseas territory leaders (OTs) and members of Parliament in the United Kingdom is scheduled to focus on economic diversification. The heads of Caribbean OTs had a meeting to define topics of discussion, which also include stability of the environment, immigration and security, financial regulation, and good governance.

TEACHERS RECEIVE COMPUTER TABLETS IN E-LEARNING PROJECT—07/23/14
Teachers and students in Jamaica will receive 25,000 tablet computers through the Tablets in Schools Pilot Project. When the delivery of the tablets is completed, teachers will be able to receive training in seven institutions participating in the pilot phase. The tablets were provided by Digicel Jamaica.

JAMAICA DROPS IN RANKING ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT—07/24/14
The latest Human Development Index issued by the United Nations shows that Jamaica has fallen by 11 places in the ranking and is at risk of demotion into the category of nations with medium human development. While its 96rh place rank remains in the “high human development” category, but it is only six places away from nations with the “medium human development” label.

SHAW BELIEVES TAX COLLECTION ACT AMENDMENTS ARE “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”—07/25/14
Amendments to the Tax Collection Act will provide the commissioner general of Tax Administration Jamaica with the power to place liens against personal, intellectual, and real properties that are owned by tax debtors. According to Dr. Peter Philips, finance minister, the amendments represent a response to a culture of tax evasion and tax avoidance. Audley Shaw, Opposition spokesman on finance, called the action “Gestapo-like” and also believes the amendments are in violation of the nation’s constitution.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY IN ELLINGTON CASE—07/25/14
Amnesty International, the international watchdog organization, is calling for the Jamaican government to be fully transparent in regard to charges of human rights violations by the Jamaican Constabulary Force and the reasons Owen Ellington, former police commissioner, suddenly left his job. The refusal by Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s National Security Minister, to provide answers in the matter represents a threat to the country’s global obligations on justice, truth, and reparations for human rights violations.

 

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending July 18th, 2014

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GOVERNMENT ACTION NOT POSSIBLE IN VOIP DISPUTE—07/12/14
Jamaica’s government has no way to address the concerns of consumers impacted by the bans on VoIP applications imposed by Digicel and LIME, major telecommunications services providers. There is no current legislation in place that would allow the government to counter these limits. Duane Smith, deputy spokesperson for science, ICT, and digital society development, believes there should be new legislation designed to address the activities of Internet service providers.

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO LICENSE PSYCHOLOGISTS—07/13/14
The government of Jamaica will start issuing licenses to psychologist in an attempt to resolve issues arising from the provision of psychological services by unqualified individuals. According to Dr. Kai Morgan, vice president of the Jamaican Psychological Society (JamPsych), this move will help to stop operations by “quacks” who charge high prices and offer services without having the required qualifications. Members of JamPsych can apply for licenses through the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine.

CULTURAL CENTER OPENS IN MONTEGO BAY—07/14/14
The people living in western Jamaica will now have the chance to enjoy cultural experiences due to the official launch of the Montego Bay Cultural Center in Sam Sharpe Square. The center, previously known as the Montego Bay Civic Center, has undergone re-development via the Tourism Enhancement Fund. It will be home to a national art gallery. The cost of the refurbishment was J$109 million.

NEW JLP WEBSITE TO REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON LARGE DONORS—07/15/14
According to Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s Opposition Leader, the expansion of social media access by the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) is designed to reduce its dependence on a few large donors and allow ordinary Jamaicans, both locally and around the world, to take a larger role in the performance of the party. Currently, the culture of politics is funded by businessmen and large contributors, said Holness, and has not created a way for average voters to contribute to the causes or issues about which they are concerned. The JLP website will now have the capacity to handle small donations to specific causes.

PRISONS DO NOT REHABILITATE ADULTS, SAYS AUDITOR GENERAL—07/16/14
Jamaica’s Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has stated that the nation’s Department of Corrections (DCS) has failed in making determinations of risk profiles and rehabilitation needs of individuals entering the correctional facilities. Additionally, she said that the DCS was unable to show that rehabilitation activities meet the needs of inmates and that there are no structured opportunities for rehabilitation offered to address the needs of mentally challenged inmates or those convicted of drug abuse or sexual offenses.

BUNTING SAYS FUNDING LOST DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS—07/17/14
According to Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s portfolio minister, law enforcement agencies in Jamaica have lost funding from international sources because of alleged human rights abuses by members of the security forces. The report from the Office of the Public Defender on the security forces and their activities in Kingston in May 2010 has caused some international funders to review their support.

AGRICULTURE RECOVERING FROM RECENT NATURAL DISASTER—07/18/14
The agricultural sector in Jamaica has recovered from the impact of recent natural disasters. Banana production is up 64 percent, for example, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing. Donovan Stanberry, Minister of Agriculture and Fishing, noted the production level is higher than the level registered before Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

POLICE TAKE ACTION ON HOMELESS MEN IN NEW KINGSTON—07/18/14
Police in the St. Andrew Central Division plan to meet with stakeholders and business owners to address problems associated with homeless men in the area who are “terrorizing” the new business area in New Kingston. The area requires appropriate management to address the issue, said senior superintendent Fitz Bailey, who also noted the matter is affecting businesses and creating serious concerns in the business community.

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JAMAICAN MAY BE FIRST FEMALE BISHOP OF CHURCH OF ENGLAND—07/12/14
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who was born and raised in Montego Bay, is a contender to become one of the first female bishops in the Church of England. The Anglican Church has decided to allow female bishops after many years of debate on the issue dating back to the 1920s. Currently, Hudson-Wilkin is a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II and the Speaker of the House of Commons. She is very prominent in the Church of England and a strong advocate of women’s right to take part at the highest level of the church’s hierarchy.

JAMAICAN MARTIAL ARTISTS TO DEFEND REPUTATION IN FLORIDA—07/13/14
Martial artists from Jamaica will defend their reputation at the International Sport Karate Association United States Open competition of 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Jamaica has sent a team of 54 fighters of different ages to the competition. In 2013, Jamaicans won a record-setting 90 medals: 29 gold medals, 30 silver and 31 bronze.

FIRST JAMAICAN BOBSLED COACH, HOWARD SILER, DIES—07/14/14
Howard Siler, the first coach of the Jamaican bobsled team and twice a United States Olympic bobsledder himself, has died at the age of 69. Siler died at his home in Florida on July 8, 2014. He is best known for bringing the sport of bobsledding to Jamaicans, who competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. His efforts became the basis of the film “Cool Runnings.”

POETRY FEST TO FEATURE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN JAMAICAN—07/15/14
The 2014 Jamaica Poetry Festival, which will take place in St. Andrew on August 10, will feature a performance by Jean “Binta” Breeze of Jamaica and the United Kingdom. She recently received honors from the Queen of England and is known as the “One Woman Festival.” The festival will also feature Dr. Neal Hall of the U.S., who has performed around the world.

2014 DIASPORA COMMUNITY HONORS ANNOUNCED—07/16/14
Franz Hall, Jamaica’s Consul General, announced the names of ten individuals being recognized with Diaspora Honors for 2014. These individuals received the award for outstanding contributions to the community development in South Florida. They include Victoria Mutual Building Society corporate executive, Ms. Suzette Rochester for Business Leadership; South Florida entrepreneur, Ms. Patricia M. Lee for Public Service; Dr. Fidel Goldson, Jr. for Philanthropy; educator Rupert Rhodd, PhD. for Education; attorney George Crimarco for Law and Justice; accountant and community activist, Leary Mullings for Entrepreneurship; President of Jamaica International Female Football Development, Ms. Lavern Deer for Sports Development, and Broward County student and community volunteer, Adam Azan for Youth Leadership. Lloyd Finlay of Finlay’s Shipping received a Special Community Merit Honor for his commitment to community enrichment.

BARTLETT WANTS DIASPORA TO SUPPORT DIPLOMACY—07/17/14
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, suggests the government give Jamaicans in the Diaspora special assignments to support the nation’s diplomatic staff around the world. He is not in support of a proposal to assign a seat to a representative of the Diaspora in the Senate, saying such a position cannot be sustained due to the nature of Jamaican democracy. However, he does believe the Diaspora has a diplomatic role to fill overseas with voluntary positions such as ambassadors-at-large or honorary consuls.

LONDON CEREMONY DEDICATES SITE FOR STATUE OF MARY SEACOLE—07/18/14
A dedication ceremony was held in London to recognize the site at which a statue of Mary Seacole, pioneer Jamaican nurse, will be placed at the Gardens of St. Thomas Hospital in Westminster. Lord Clive Soley, the chairman of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statute Appeal, noted that the statute will be the first one in the city dedicated to a named black woman. It will erected in 2015 in honor of the 160th anniversary of Seacole’s arrival in Crimea.

JAMAICAN SUMMER CAMP MOVES TO UNITED KINGDOM—07/18/14
The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) UK Resolution Project One Week Summer Camp is being made available to parents and guardians of children between 13 and 17 years of age. The program is designed to promote advocacy among younger people via photography. The project has been offered in Jamaica since 2004 in rural high schools and has trained many students in photography, photo-journalism and advocacy. In 2012, images from the project were shown in London to highlight the work of Jamaica’s rural high school students. The 2014 program in the UK will run from July 28 to August 2, 2014.
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GUYANA WINS OPENER AT 2014 CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE—07/12/14

480 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN ANTIGUA—07/1314

NYC MAYOR SIGNS LAW CREATING CITY ID FOR CARIBBEAN, OTHER IMMIGRANTS—07/14/14

NEW SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE NAMED AFTER JENNIFER LOPEZ—07/16/14

CARIBBEAN HERITAGE FETED AT GOLDEN KRUST BAKERY IN BROOKLYN—07/17/14

HEAD OF UNITED NATIONS URGES SOLUTION TO DOMINICAN CITIZENSHIP ISSUE—07/18/14

 

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PAULWELL SAYS RUSAL MAY LOSE BAUXITE LICENSES IN JAMAICA—07/12/14
Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Minister of Mining and Energy, says he has lost his patience with UC Rusal, the Russian aluminum company, and may be preparing to revoke the firm’s licenses to mine at Ewarton. Paulwell told Rusal on July 1, 2014, that he would revoke the licenses for the Kirkvine and Alpart plants if they did not restart their operations in six months. The plants have been out of operation since 2009. Rusal replied that restarting the plants is impossible without time-consuming and costly modernization and equipment replacement necessary to convert them to coal or gas-firing.

CARIBBEAN’S YOUNGEST ENTREPRENEUR JUST 15 YEARS OF AGE—07/14/14
Warren Cassell Jr. , 15, has already established himself as a global entrepreneur, published author, and successful investor. Cassell is from Montserrat and has founded several companies, contributed to the Huffington Post website, and earned a first-degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. He was named a “Youth on the Rise” by the Montserrat Department of Youth Affairs” and also “Youth Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2014 by the Caribbean Journal. His business involvement includes media, food manufacturing, hedge funds, private equity and real estate investments.

JAMPRO CONSIDERS ANOTHER RARE METALS MINING PROPOSAL—07/16/14
Jampro, Jamaica’s investment promotion agency, is considering an offer from Nippon Light Metals of Japan, in partnership with the Jamaica Bauxite Institute. The proposal indicates the firm’s interest in extracting rare-earth metals from the island’s bauxite waste. Nippon applied in 2014 to patent its extraction process, and approval could take some three years. Nippon’s proposal involves US$500 million in investments.

BUSINESSES SHOULD MAKE USE OF SERVICES OFFERED BY GOVERNMENT—07/17/14
According to Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, Jamaica’s State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Jamaica will need more innovative and creative entrepreneurs once the new logistics hub goes into operation. She is encouraging entrepreneurs to use the aid and services offered by the government to advance their business operations. Training and technical aid is offered by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation and other agencies, including HEART/NTA.

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DANCE4LIFE JAMAICA COMING TO KINGSTON—07/12/14
An international group of dance professionals will be providing workshops at Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Dance, and Chai Dance Studios between July 31, and August 15, 2014. The workshops will focus on teaching technique and involvement with Jamaican culture as it relates to dance. According to director Nejila Innerarity, Dance4Life is committed to offering programs that highlight the use of dance to empower, unite, and change the way people relate to one another. Dance4Life: Kingston Engaged brings professional dancers and teachers to teach students in Kingston with 25 classes per day.

EVENT TO RECOGNIZE CHINESE PIONEERS OF JAMAICAN MUSIC—07/13/14
The Tribute to the Greats Awards Show and Dance for 2014 will be held to the Chinese Benevolent Association in St. Andrew on July 26, 2014. This is the first time in many years the event has not been held at Curphey Place. The change of venue marks the event’s focus on the Chinese connection to the music of Jamaica. The show coincides with the 160th anniversary of the arrival of Chinese people to the island.

FESTIVAL QUEEN GRAND CORONATION SLATED FOR JULY 19—07/15/14
The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation is scheduled for July 19, 2014, at Ranny Williams Entertainment Center in Kingston. The theme of the 2014 competition is “Jamaican Women…Shaping Our Culture and Our Nation.” Thirteen contestants will vie for the title of Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014. Several prizes and awards, including a $500,000 cash prize, are at stake in the competition.

JAH CURE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER—07/17/14
The new album from Jah Cure, which is set to release in September 2014, features the lead single “Life We Live.” This is his sixth album. Jah Cure will perform at Reggae Sumfest on International Night. He believes that his new album represents “spiritual growth” and reflects his roles as artiste, father, husband, and producer.

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BLAKE INJURED AT GLASGOW GRAND PRIX, ASHMEADE WINS—07/12/14
Jamaican champion sprinter Yohan Blake suffered a hamstring injury at the Glasgow Grand Prix, adding to a list of fitness difficulties that have followed him since 2012. The event was only his second race in the 2014 season. Blake, 24, started slow in the 100-meters Diamond League final and appeared uncomfortable at the middle of the distance. He fell to the track just as Nickel Ashmeade, fellow Jamaican team member, claimed the first prize with a time of 9.97 seconds.

JAMAICAN WOMEN WIN CARIBBEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP—07/14/14
Jamaica’s women’s basketball team defeated the Dominican Republic with a score of 51-45 at the Caribbean championships in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Shanneika Smith, guard, achieved 14 points, while Sasha Dixon, shooting guard, also scored 14 points, and Jennifer George, power forward, won 13 points. A $1 million donation by Olympic champion Usain Bolt allowed the team to raise the money necessary to participate in the tournament.

POWELL, SIMPSON ALLOWED TO RETURN TO COMPETITION—07/15/14
Appeals to a ruling related to positive tests for a banned substance filed by Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, Jamaican sprinters, has been upheld in part by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Both sprinters had positive results in tests conducted at Jamaica’s national trials in 2013. While an earlier ruling had suspended the athletes for 18 months from competition, the new CAS decision reduced their ineligibility period to six months, time that has already been served, and thus clearing them to compete in coming 2014 events.

ASAFA POWELL RETURNS TO TRACK—07/16/14
Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter, is back in competition one day after his doping ban was lowered. He competed in the 100-meter race at the Lucerne meet with a time of 10.30 seconds. He finished in third place, after Julian Foote, and Antoine Adams. Powell remains the fourth fastest man on record.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 18th, 2014

GUYANA WINS OPENER AT 2014 CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE—07/12/14
The captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Denesh Ramdin, was key in the team’s victory of Antigua’s Hawksbills by two wickets in the opening match of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League. The Amazon Warriors were aided by Ramdin’s 51 from 36 deliveries at the National Stadium in Grenada, the site of the match.

480 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN ANTIGUA—07/1314
Antigua’s Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy announced the seizure of over EC$17 million in illegal drugs, and two people are scheduled to appear in court in connection with the seizure. The discovery of 480 kilos of cocaine is the largest amount taken into custody by authorities in the Caribbean in recent memory. The cocaine seizure follows the successful apprehension of 2,300 pounds of marijuana valued at EC$37 million.

NYC MAYOR SIGNS LAW CREATING CITY ID FOR CARIBBEAN, OTHER IMMIGRANTS—07/14/14
The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, signed into law a plan to create a municipal identification card for immigrants from the Caribbean and other countries who are now living in the city. The cards will be issued to undocumented individuals as well as to those who have other forms of identification. According to de Blasio, the new ID will bring significant benefits and allow immigrants to identify themselves to police safely.

NEW SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE NAMED AFTER JENNIFER LOPEZ—07/16/14
A new species, the Pontarachnid mite, discovered in Mona Passage off Puerto Rico’s coast, has been named for the singer Jennifer Lopez. The newly found species was discovered at an ocean depth of 70 meters, the deepest place this type of mite has ever been found. Researchers at the University of Montenegro named their discovery after Lopez because her songs and videos kept them in a “continuous good mood” while writing up their study and watching the 2014 World Cup.

CARIBBEAN HERITAGE FETED AT GOLDEN KRUST BAKERY IN BROOKLYN—07/17/14
One of the best examples of Caribbean heritage at work in a business is that of the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in Brooklyn, New York. Lowell Hawthorne, CEO, and his family, along with cousin Stanley Dennis have worked together for years at the business. In June, a surprise party was planned for Dennis to celebrate his 60th birthday and his work as a business visionary who help his family and friends and was instrumental in helping communities in Brooklyn to grown. Dennis has long been active in many community organizations.

HEAD OF UNITED NATIONS URGES SOLUTION TO DOMINICAN CITIZENSHIP ISSUE—07/18/14
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is urging lawmakers in the Dominican Republic to reach a solution to the turmoil arising from a court ruling that could make thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic stateless. He has called for a humanitarian resolution of the problem. The country recently enacted a law creating a path to citizenship for thousands of migrants who came from Haiti, but the law would exclude most people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic, causing them to be without a home country.

PRISONS DO NOT REHABILITATE ADULTS, SAYS AUDITOR GENERAL—07/16/14
Jamaica’s Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has stated that the nation’s Department of Corrections (DCS) has failed in making determinations of risk profiles and rehabilitation needs of individuals entering the correctional facilities. Additionally, she said that the DCS was unable to show that rehabilitation activities meet the needs of inmates and that there are no structured opportunities for rehabilitation offered to address the needs of mentally challenged inmates or those convicted of drug abuse or sexual offenses.

BUNTING SAYS FUNDING LOST DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS—07/17/14
According to Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s portfolio minister, law enforcement agencies in Jamaica have lost funding from international sources because of alleged human rights abuses by members of the security forces. The report from the Office of the Public Defender on the security forces and their activities in Kingston in May 2010 has caused some international funders to review their support.

AGRICULTURE RECOVERING FROM RECENT NATURAL DISASTER—07/18/14
The agricultural sector in Jamaica has recovered from the impact of recent natural disasters. Banana production is up 64 percent, for example, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing. Donovan Stanberry, Minister of Agriculture and Fishing, noted the production level is higher than the level registered before Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

POLICE TAKE ACTION ON HOMELESS MEN IN NEW KINGSTON—07/18/14
Police in the St. Andrew Central Division plan to meet with stakeholders and business owners to address problems associated with homeless men in the area who are “terrorizing” the new business area in New Kingston. The area requires appropriate management to address the issue, said senior superintendent Fitz Bailey, who also noted the matter is affecting businesses and creating serious concerns in the business community.

 

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending July 11th, 2014

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FERGUSON EMPHASIZES CUBAN COOPERATION IN REPORT—07/05/14
Jamaica’s Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson focused on the cooperation between Cuban and Jamaica in a report made to Parliament. The bilateral Technical Cooperation Agreement involves 36 Cuban medical professionals who were sent to various regions in Jamaica beginning in 2013. The doctors handled specialty care such as neonatology, nephrology and odontology. More workers are expected to arrive in Jamaica before the end of 2014.

HYLTON, BAUGH ARGUE OVER ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT—07/06/14
Anthony Hylton, Jamaican Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade, and Dr. Ken Baugh, opposition member of Parliament, disagree about the benefits of signing onto the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). The EPA involves requiring signers to develop duty-free access to markets in the EU and the Caribbean. While some 13 percent of CARIFORUM nations’ markets are protected, the other 87 percent of governments are prohibited from imposing tariffs on the EU. Hylton believes the decision to sign the agreement in 2008 was a poor one.

CANADIAN GROUP TO CONDUCT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE—07/07/14
A nation-wide disaster preparedness exercise will be conducted in Jamaica by C4i Consultants of Canada on July 14 through 18, 2014. The Jamaican Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will host the exercise, which will feature Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation software (EDMSIM). The exercise is designed to develop and test plans to address the coming hurricane season and is the first nation-wide computer simulation exercise in history to be tried in the Caribbean.

AIRPORTS TO IMPLEMENT NEW SECURITY PLANS—07/08/14
Officials in Jamaica are preparing for new changes in airport security to be adopted by authorities in the United States. The new plans require some airports overseas that provide direct flights to the U.S. to step up their screening of electronic devices. According to John McFarlane, senior director of operations at the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), local officials have yet to receive specific directives concerning the new requirements.

HANNA SAYS JAMAICA NOT READY FOR SAME-SEX FAMILIES—07/09/14
While there has been a change in what constitutes a “family” in many countries, Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture, says that Jamaica is not ready to accept international proposals for redefining families to include same-sex couples and their children. The International Human Rights Commission has been talking with nations like Jamaica and encouraging them to recognize the increasing diversity of families in regard to sexuality, ethnicity, race, and religion.

JAMAICAN WILL NOT EXTRADITE “DEATH SQUAD” EX-POLICEMAN—07/10/14
According to Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions (DPP) in Jamaica, a request from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to extradite from Canada a Jamaican ex-policeman charged with being part of a “death squad” has been denied. Llewellyn said that this particular case is “fraught with issues” that do not meet the threshold required for extradition.

JAMAICAN PURPLE YAMS HAVE CANCER-FIGHTING PROPERTIES—07/11/14
According to researchers at the University of the West Indies, Mona, anti-cancer properties have been found in Jamaican purple yams. Dr. Dennis Bailey of the Biotechnology center made the discovery during a study that focused on various yams grown on the island. Purple yams have powerful phytochemicals that slow the growth of cancer cells, said Dr. Bailey.

TAVARES-FINSON SAYS NO NEED FOR CARICOM COMMISSION ON GANJA—07/11/14
Tom Tavares-Finson, the leader of Opposition Business in the Jamaican Senate, believes the government should ignore a plan to create a CARICOM Ganja Commission. Instead, Jamaica should move ahead using its own 20-year-old ganja commission report. He said that Jamaica does not need to participate in any CARICOM commission to talk about ganja because the government already knows what its position on the matter is. Mark Golding, Minister of Justice Senator, noted that Jamaica is sharing leadership on the ganja issue already on the basis of its own Cabinet decisions.

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PROGRAM AT MIAMI ART MUSEUM EXAMINES CARIBBEAN FILMS—07/05/14
The Perez Art Museum Miami is hosting a program throughout July 2014 that features weekly videos and films from the Caribbean that “challenge conventional notions” of the region. The program, “Crossroads” Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean,” examines stories and images that have been inspired by the complex social, cultural and political elements in the Caribbean. At the first event in the series, two films by Oneika Russel, a Jamaican artist, were screened. The films included a series of short video animations designed to provide perspective on Jamaican culture and the Diaspora.

JAMAICAN TAINO WOMAN PROUD OF HER HERITAGE—07/06/14
When Erica Dennis was going to school in St. Elizabeth, her teacher said the Tainos in Jamaica were dead and that their culture was extinct. Because students didn’t argue with teachers in those years, Dennis remained silent about the fact that she and her family were proud Tainos living in Jamaica. Dennis is now Dr. Erica Neeganagwedgin and a professor at the Center for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research at Canada’s Athabasca University. She has lived in Canada for over 25 years. At the Charles Town Maroon conference, she presented her paper “My Taino Nation: Identity, Indigeneity, Resurgence, and Self-Determination,” which she hopes will help to increase awareness in Jamaica of the Jamaican Taino people.

SOCCER TEAM IN PHILADELPHIA TO GET STRIKER BRIAN BROWN ON LOAN—07/07/14
The Philadelphia Union soccer team has decided to acquire Jamaican striker Brian Brown, 21, on loan for the remainder of the 2014 season. Brown said his strength is speed and shots on goal, but plans to work on improving what he sees as his weakness, heading the ball. The announcement of Brown’s participation was made by the Harbor View FC of Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League.

“INSPIRING WOMAN” HONORED BY NEW YORK LIBERTY—07/08/14
Sonia Wilson, administrator of Medgar Evers College, has been honored by the Women’s National Basketball Association’s New York Liberty basketball team as an “inspiring woman.” Wilson, who is a Jamaican-American, will receive recognition on the floor of Madison Square Garden when the team holds its celebration of women who demonstrate leadership in business. The honor is part of a league-wide program that honors women throughout the United States for their outstanding contributions.

JAMAICAN SPORTS STAR, FORCED TO LEAVE HOME, HAS NEW LIFE IN NORWICH—07/09/14
In Jamaica, Donine Wiles was a celebrity and top table tennis star at the age of 15, but as she walked home with a friend from training one day, she was violently attacked by a gang of men who wanted to “cure” her of homosexuality. She left her homeland after identifying the attackers. Now, at age 32, she is speaking out to help other women who may be living in similar circumstances. While it took her 15 years to receive asylum in the UK, she is now living in Norwich and finally feels free.

NOMINATIONS UNDERWAY FOR SOUTHERN USA DIASPORA REPRESENTATIVE—07/10/14
The nomination process is now open for a new Diaspora Advisory Board Representative for Southern USA. Any Jamaican national or individual of Jamaican descent who lives in any of the 13 southern states in the U.S. may be nominated. These states include Florida, Georgia and Texas. Applications are due by July 22, 2014, and those interested may visit the website http://www.JamaicaDiasporaElection2014.com for more information. All nominations will be collected and distributed throughout the community of the USA Southern States.

VP RECORDS MARKS 35TH ANNIVERSARY—07/11/14
VP Records has been a leader in the evolution of Jamaica’s music for 35 years. Since moving their headquarters from Kingston to New York, Vincent and Patricia Chin succeeded in creating the largest reggae company in the world. On July 20, 2014, the firm will celebrate its history and the history of reggae music with a pop-up exhibit debuting at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The event will feature a storyboard, detailed map of the global impact of reggae, and a timeline covering each musical era beginning in 1958 with the establishment of Randy’s Record Mart and Studio 17 in Kingston.

JAMAICANS IN UNITED KINGDOM WARN AGAINST PRIVATIZATION—07/11/14
A public forum hosted by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) saw the participation of over 500 individuals from across the United Kingdom. They attended the meeting in Birmingham to learn about how their home island will be changed from a chiefly agricultural environment to a business and holiday tourist destination with a world-class transportation network through various multi-million-dollar projects underway. Dr. Omar Davies, Jamaica’s Transport Minister, was a presenter at the forum and informed the audience of opportunities available to them from these projects. During a question-and-answer session after the presentations, however, audience members urged the government to be cautious about privatization.
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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES DENIED FLORIDA LANDING, STRANDING PASSENGERS—07/05/14

SPAIN, CARIBBEAN TO DEVELOP STRONGER PARTNERSHIP—07/07/14

ST.KITTS AND NEVIS CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY CARICOM—07/08/14

MONTSERRAT USING “VOLCANO POWER” TO PRODUCE ENERGY—07/09/14

BALTIMORE CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL PARADE FEATURES SYMBOLIC COSTUMES—07/10/14

AUTHOR LAUNCHES FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK AT D.C. MUSEUM—07/11/14

 

 

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$500,000 FOR COMPETE CARIBBEAN—07/05/14
The Information and Communication Technology and Business Process Outsourcing sector received a boost from a US$500,000 grant via the Compete Caribbean Program. The grant is being allocated through the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica, which made an application for technical support aid to create a call center incubator in the Montego Bay Free Zone. The initiative is designed to support start-ups of new business processing, information, and communications entities.

PRICESMART PROHIBITION ON CUBAN DIPLOMATS VIOLATES LAWS—07/08/14
The government of Jamaica believes that the ban on Cuban diplomats imposed by PriceSmart, a retailer based in the United States, violates Caribbean laws. The ban imposed by the American business on diplomats from Cuba doing business with its outlet in Jamaica runs against non-discrimination provisions operating in the Caribbean region, Jamaican law and its constitution, and the laws of the 15 member states of CARICOM.

VOIP PROVIDERS OPERATING AFTER START OF TATT INVESTIGATION—07/09/14
VoIP operators, including Viber and Nimbuzz, are operating again in Jamaica after an investigation was launched by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). The operators had been banned from providing services in Jamaica by Digicel. TATT recommended that Digicel put plans to block the VoIP apps on hold during the investigation,

ENERGY GRASS SUPPLY CONTRACT SIGNED—07/10/14
The producer of Giant King Grass, which is a low-carbon fuel that can be used to provide clean generation of electricity, has signed a supply contract with ReSource Bioenergy. The contract between Viaspace and ReSource means that Viaspace will provide energy grass for Jamaica’s bioenergy projects. ReSource is working to create a commercially beneficial business model that will offer positive energy results for people, the planet, and corporate profits.

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VOLUNTEERS FIND COMPLEX JEWISH HISTORY IN JAMAICA—07/06/14
Marina Delfos works with a group of volunteers who visit Jamaica every year via Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions. She and the group are taking an inventory of all the Jewish gravestones in Jamaica in an attempt to uncover the 360-year-old history of Jewish Jamaicans. She recently found evidence of a cemetery in Black River. In the 1800s, it is estimated that as many as 3,000 Jews were living on the island, compared to about 400 today.

VYBZ KARTEL FILES DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST POLICE COMMISSIONER—07/09/14
Vybz Kartel, the dancehall artiste who is currently serving life in prison for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in 2011, plans to sue Owen Ellington and Television Jamaica (TVJ) on defamation charges. He cites comments Ellington made during TV show, which stated that the deejay was the leader of a gang that committed some 100 murders across Jamaica. Ellington, who recently retired, led the Jamaica Constabulary Force since 2009.

CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL BOOSTED BY REGGAE MUSIC—07/10/14
The founder of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Warren Smith, said that organizers’ decision to emphasize the diversity of reggae contributed to the success of the 2014 staging of the event. Located in Boonvile, California, the 21st annual music festival was characterized as “a feast for music lovers” and focused on reggae roots. Performing was Derrick Morgan, Bob Andy and Carlton and the Shoes, as well as Sly and Robbie, and Tarrus Riley.

RECORD LABEL TO PROMOTE ARTISTES FROM CENTRAL JAMAICA—07/11/14
Manchester was the center of the dancehall roots revival in the 1990s, and now Zionnoiz Freeze Records plans to make central Jamaica a major market again. The production company is operated in Mandeville by Sanjay Pennant, Norris Griffiths, and Hasani Jones, as well as Manuel Sieber, who is based in Munich, Germany. The label is working with artistes like Laden, Jah Mason, Ray Tay, Regal, Libran, Saige and Ngeno and has produced songs by Sipple Steppa, Bounty Killer, Konshens, and Peter Morgan, among many others.

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PARCHMENT SETS HURDLES RECORD—07/05/14
Hansle Parchment has set a new Jamaican national record in the 110-meter hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris, France. Parchment achieved a personal best of 12.94 seconds, becoming the first Jamaican male hurdler to break the 13-second barrier. Parchment won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.

BOLT, FRASER-PRYCE TO JOIN JAMAICAN TEAM IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES—07/06/14
Jamaica’s 68-member team set to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in August will include Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who were both named to the team. Both of the sprinters are only entered to compete in the 4×100-meter relays.

JAMAICA LOOKS OVERSEAS TO RECRUIT FEMALE FOOTBALL PLAYERS—07/07/14
In order to improve the squad aiming to compete at the 2014 Women’s Caribbean Cup in August 2014, Jamaica is looking for players with Jamaican heritage in nations as far away as England. The competition will take place in Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica will be attempting to qualify for the 2014 Canada FIFA World Cup.

BOOTHE WINS SIX MEDALS AT SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS—07/10/14
Danielle Boothe won six of 20 medals received by Jamaica at the 20th Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Barbados. She won four silver and two bronze medals, leading the Jamaican 12-member team, which won a total of four golds, nine silvers, and seven bronze medals. Boothe, 18, won medals in the 200-meter backstroke, the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley, the 50 meter backstroke, and the 100-meter backstroke and butterfly competitions.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 11th, 2014

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES DENIED FLORIDA LANDING, STRANDING PASSENGERS—07/05/14
A number of passengers on a Caribbean Airlines flight were left stranded at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport after the plane, traveling to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, was denied landing privileges by the United States Border Patrol. The plane was in mid-flight when it was denied access to the airport. The General Manager for Jamaican operations of the airline, Clive Forbes, believes this incident occurred because of a curfew imposed by the Customs and Border Control authority.

SPAIN, CARIBBEAN TO DEVELOP STRONGER PARTNERSHIP—07/07/14
A stronger, more stable and friendly partnership is being forged between Spain and the Caribbean region. Both areas are committed to common values of rule of law, human rights, sustainable development, and the principles of democracy. The partnership was announced at the 35th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community. Priority will be given to the issues of poverty, sustainable management of natural resources, and climate change.

ST.KITTS AND NEVIS CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY CARICOM—07/08/14
The members of CARICOM are supporting St. Kitts and Nevis in its implementation of the Citizenship and Investment Program. CARICOM also commended the country for its work in making legal, statutory and administrative structures stronger so that the program operates above international standards.

MONTSERRAT USING “VOLCANO POWER” TO PRODUCE ENERGY—07/09/14
The Caribbean island of Montserrat, which experienced a huge volcanic eruption in 1997 that totally buried its capital city of Plymouth, is now using the power inherent in volcanoes to provide its residents with electric power. Montserrat is using the enormous quantity of thermal energy under the Earth’s crust to generate power, 24 hours a day, regardless of weather or season. The island has the perfect geology to tap into this very large source of power. The first two geothermal wells were drilled in 2013, and testing the technology is ongoing. It is expected that these two wells will ultimately produce electric power to service some 5,000 residents.

BALTIMORE CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL PARADE FEATURES SYMBOLIC COSTUMES—07/10/14
Kenley Shortmus John of Baltimore, Maryland, makes approximately 100 costumes every year, which are then featured in the annual Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival. According to John, leader of one of the 15 bands participating in the parade in 2014, the costumes symbolize life in the tropics. A native of St. Vincent, John spends about $12,000 every year to make the costumes, which reflect the Caribbean cultural heritage. After the parade, the event includes vendors, Caribbean foods, and music. Twenty-one Caribbean nations are represented at the event.

AUTHOR LAUNCHES FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK AT D.C. MUSEUM—07/11/14
Anacostia Community Museum is hosting the official launch event for the children’s book “Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale” by Caribbean author Marjuan Canady. Canady, who is of Trinidadian descent, wrote the story as a play upon receiving a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. It follows a boy from Brooklyn who is magically transported to Tobago to gather ingredients for callaloo prepared by his aunt. During his visit, he meets characters from Caribbean folklore. Canady was inspired to write the book because there are not many books about the Caribbean American experience.

HANNA SAYS JAMAICA NOT READY FOR SAME-SEX FAMILIES—07/09/14
While there has been a change in what constitutes a “family” in many countries, Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture, says that Jamaica is not ready to accept international proposals for redefining families to include same-sex couples and their children. The International Human Rights Commission has been talking with nations like Jamaica and encouraging them to recognize the increasing diversity of families in regard to sexuality, ethnicity, race, and religion.

JAMAICAN WILL NOT EXTRADITE “DEATH SQUAD” EX-POLICEMAN—07/10/14
According to Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions (DPP) in Jamaica, a request from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to extradite from Canada a Jamaican ex-policeman charged with being part of a “death squad” has been denied. Llewellyn said that this particular case is “fraught with issues” that do not meet the threshold required for extradition.

JAMAICAN PURPLE YAMS HAVE CANCER-FIGHTING PROPERTIES—07/11/14
According to researchers at the University of the West Indies, Mona, anti-cancer properties have been found in Jamaican purple yams. Dr. Dennis Bailey of the Biotechnology center made the discovery during a study that focused on various yams grown on the island. Purple yams have powerful phytochemicals that slow the growth of cancer cells, said Dr. Bailey.

TAVARES-FINSON SAYS NO NEED FOR CARICOM COMMISSION ON GANJA—07/11/14
Tom Tavares-Finson, the leader of Opposition Business in the Jamaican Senate, believes the government should ignore a plan to create a CARICOM Ganja Commission. Instead, Jamaica should move ahead using its own 20-year-old ganja commission report. He said that Jamaica does not need to participate in any CARICOM commission to talk about ganja because the government already knows what its position on the matter is. Mark Golding, Minister of Justice Senator, noted that Jamaica is sharing leadership on the ganja issue already on the basis of its own Cabinet decisions.

 

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending April 4th, 2014

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CLARKE PROPOSES COMPULSORY NATIONAL SERVICE—03/29/14
All Jamaican youth should be required to perform national service to their country, according to a proposal from Senator Navel Clarke. Clarke says he believes Jamaica should treat its young people with discipline and behavioral norms appropriate to a Christian, law-abiding society.

GOVERNOR GENERAL WANTS JAMAICANS UNITED TO FIGHT CRIME—03/30/14
Jamaica’s Governor General Sir Patrick Allen believes one of the most important issues facing the nation is the threat represented by criminals. Allen made his remarks at an event in Black River, St. Elizabeth, in which Beryl Rochester was made Custos Rotulorum.

THREE ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED WITH MURDERS—03/31/14
The Independent Commission of Investigations has announced that three more police officers in Clarendon were arrested on charges alleging murder. The Commission is charged with investigating abuses committed by Jamaica’s security forces. The arrested officers include Detective Cpl. Kevin Adams, who was charged with the killings of four men between 2011 and 2013. All three of the officers have been suspended.

EDUCATION MINISTRY SAYS UNIVERSITIES MUST BE MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT—03/31/14
Jamaica’s Ministry of Education has stated that universities must find innovative ways to obtain funding for their operation; they must become more self-sufficient as greater focus is placed on early childhood education. The University of the West Indies Mona asked the government to pay more than $5.4 billion it believes is owed due to a failure of the government to honor a commitment to pay 80 percent of tuition costs for Jamaican students there.

MARIJUANA GROWERS WANT GOVERNMENT TO STOP CROP DESTRUCTION—04/01/14
While the Jamaican government is thinking about decriminalizing marijuana, some ganja farmers and supporters are calling for government authorities to stop arresting people for possessing the drug and destroying their crops. These issues were raised at a meeting of the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association (GFGPA).

PRISON OFFICIAL IN JAMAICA DIES IN GUN AMBUSH—04/02/14
Cpl. Easton Williams, a Jamaican prison officer, died from bullet wounds he suffered during an ambush attack by gunmen in late March 2014. Williams was shot several times as he was on his way to work at a prison in St. Catherine. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

CHINESE FIRM HIRED TO BUILD TRANSSHIPMENT HUB—04/03/14
The Jamaican government has hired a subsidiary of a top Chinese construction firm to build the transshipment hub. According to Jamaica’s information service, China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. will build the hub in the area of Portland Bight. The firm is a unit of China Communications Construction Company Ltd. Environmentalists are opposed to the proposed construction site, as it is near the Portland Bight Protected Area.

PROSECUTORS RECEIVE DEATH THREATS AFTER VERDICT IN KARTEL CASE—04/04/14
Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions, confirmed that she and other members of her team received death threats have Vybz Kartel was found guilty of murdering Clive “Lizard” Williams. Llewellyn said that the team had received threats during the trial, but they had to ignore them in order to do their job. Security was enhanced for prosecutors as a result.

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JAMAICAN PATENTS SOURCE OF HYDROGEN ENERGY—03/29/14
Phillip Scott, a Jamaican-born real estate entrepreneur, is considering his options for partnerships in the commercialization of a fuel-system enhancer and energy source that he has created and patented in Jamaica and the United States. He has received partnership offers from companies of both countries for his invention, which is called Elhydro Power. It uses a system based on hydrogen that acts as a generator and fuel-system enhancer that makes mechanical and electronic energy from electrolyzed water.

“BOBSLED” ACTOR JOINS “INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW 2014″—03/30/14
Malik Yoba, an actor and activist, will be among those attending the 2014 Caribbean Week in New York in June. Yoba is participating in the event to express support for the Invest Caribbean Now summit, which seeks to promote sustainable development and investment to create stronger economies in the Caribbean region. Yoba played the role of a Jamaica bobsledder and wrote the theme song for the film “Cool Runnings.”

JOBSON ENCOURAGED BY MCNEIL’S VISIT TO GERMANY—03/31/14
Margaret Jobson, Jamaica’s ambassador to Germany, was encouraged by the visit of Dr. Wykeham McNeill, the island’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, earlier in March 2014. She plans to use his visit as the starting point of a big Jamaican promotion in Germany over the year. Among the events planned are a Reggae Meets Opera concert, a visit to Germany by a top Jamaican athlete, and a film festival in May.

JAMAICAN NIXES PRISONER TRANSFER PLAN—04/01/14
Hundreds of Jamaicans will now remain in United Kingdom prisons as the government of Jamaica has refused to take these individuals back to their home country. The cost to the UK of housing these prisoners is £27 million per year. The UK Ministry of Justice had tried to convince Jamaica’s government to allow as many as 737 prisoners to be returned to Jamaica to serve out their sentences. Jamaicans are the third largest group of foreign nations in UK jails.

MUSIC STUDIO IN LOS ANGELES HONORS JAMAICAN SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE—04/02/14
Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, California, announced a new exhibit that will focus on the sound system feature of Jamaica’s music culture. The Hometown HiFi exhibit is designed to celebrate the ways in which Jamaica “changed listening forever.” The exhibit explores the dub movement going back to the 1950s when engineers found a new method of enjoying music.

TEENAGER IN JAMAICA GETS NINE SCHOLARSHIPS TO U.S. UNIVERSITIES—04/03/14
Tchakamau Mahakoe, a Jamaican student, has been accepted by 11 universities in the United States, and nine of them have offered her scholarships. Mahakoe has not decided which university she will attend. The 17-year-old had been home-schooled before attending Immaculate Conception High School in St. Andrew and Hillel Academy. The U.S. institutions offering scholarships include Duke, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford.
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FIVE FROM T&T HELD IN ALLEGED PLOT TO OVERTHROW MADURO—03/29/14

FINANCIAL SECTOR DEFENDED BY LEADER OF BAHAMAS—03/31/14

CARIBBEAN COULD TO BENEFIT FROM MEDICAL TOURISM—04/01/14

JUDICIAL ETHICS DISCUSSED BY MAGISTRATES IN EASTERN CARIBBEAN—04/02/14

BRITISH MAN FOUND DEAD NEAR BURNING YACHT HAD “BLAST INJURIES”—04/03/14

CARIBBEAN NATIONS CONSIDER MORE LENIENT MARIJUANA LAWS—04/04/14

 

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WOMEN’S NETWORKING GROUP SEEKING JAMAICAN MEMBERS—03/30/14
Ethnie Miller-Simpson, president of Jamaica’s chapter of Women Entrepreneurs Network of the Caribbean (WENC), stated that a benefit of membership is the ability to access Caribbean markets via links formed with other businesswomen in the area. The regional networking group for women entrepreneurs is looking to enlist new members for its May 2014 launch in Jamaica. Miller-Simpson expects to see as many as 100 businesswomen at its next meeting, doubling its numbers in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COULD PRODUCE US$200 MILLION IN SAVINGS—03/31/14
The Caribbean suffers from its high energy costs, with over 97 percent of the region’s electric power generate from fossil fuels. On some islands in the Caribbean, electricity costs are six times higher than those in the United States. According to the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, the area could reap significant savings by turning to sustainable energy sources.

LOCAL JAMAICAN PRODUCE GETS COMPETITIVE, SAYS SENATOR GRANT—04/03/14
Jamaican Senator Norman Grant, the president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), has urged Jamaicans to support local farmers by buying more local produce. He said the quality of Jamaican produce is high enough to compete with any in the world. The price of local produce is also very competitive with those of imported goods.

TELECOM LICENSES RENEWED IN JAMAICA—04/04/14
Jamaica will generate an estimated J$12.6 billion in revenue due to the renewal by the government of telecom and spectrum licenses for Digicel Jamaica and LIME. The licenses will be in effect for 15 years. The license renewals and provision of additional spectrum to both firms represents approximately US$85 million in investment from Digicel and US$30 million from LIME.

 

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FILM INDUSTRY IN CARIBBEAN TO BENEFIT FROM ONLINE DATABASE—03/29/14

RJR COMMUNICATIONS LAUNCHES FIRST OTT SERVICE IN JAMAICA—04/04/14

 

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BOI-1DA A TOP PRODUCER—03/29/14
While not well known in Jamaica’s music industry, the Canadian Boi-1da, which is pronounced “Boy Wonda,” is one of the most popular producers in contemporary pop music. Raised in Toronto, he has worked with many hip-hop and R&B stars, but he was born in Kingston and lived in Braeton, Portmore. His credits include work with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and others.

JAMAICAN BILLIONAIRES PAY THOUSANDS FOR SONGS BY TESSANNE CHIN—04/01/14
Three Canadian-Jamaica billionaires paid $40,000 to Tessanne Chin’s performance of three songs at a fundraiser in Toronto, Canada. Chin, winner of “The Voice” during its fifth season, was being honored at a banquet to raise money for the University of the West Indies when Michael Lee-Chin and Raymond Chang got into a bidding war for Chin to sing three songs. The bidding started at $1,000, but Lee-Chin boosted the price by bidding $10,000 for a single song performance by Tessanne.

BEENIE MAN TO PERFORM IN COLOMBIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL—04/02/14
Jamaican music star Beenie Man will be featured among international stars invited to perform at the 2014 Jamming Festival. This is the largest reggae event in Colombia and is held at the end of May. Thirty-five artists will perform at the event, including Seed from Germany and Zona Ganjah from Chile and Argentina.

JAMAICA WILL NAME POET LAUREATE—04/04/14
Jamaica is set to name its first poet laureate in 50 years. The title will be a national honor and not just an honorary title in its newest iteration. The ceremony for naming the new poet laureate was postponed to April 15, 2014 in order to facilitate the government’s decision to make it a national award. The nation’s two previous poet laureates were named by the National Library of Jamaica.

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20 YEARS OF SERVICE BY TEAM JAMAICA BICKLE TO PENN ATHLETES—03/29/14
Team Jamaica Bickle has provided 20 years of service to the Jamaican athletes competing at the Penn Relays. The milestone reached in 2014 marks the benefits of the hospitality initiative begun in 1994 to aid athletes from the Caribbean as they compete in the Penn Relay event. The initiative began with the provision of meals and has expanded to include transportation, health care, and hotel rate negotiations. The goal is to make the athletes comfortable.

BOLT OUT OF COMPETITION UNTIL MIDDLE OF JUNE—03/30/14
Jamaica’s champion sprinter Usain Bolt will not be able to race until the middle of June at the meet in the Czech Republic due to an injury sustained to his foot. He will participate at Ostrava in June, Paris in July and Malmo in August, says Ricky Simms, Bolt’s agent.

JAMAICAN GO-KARTERS PERFORM WELL IN FLORIDA—03/31/14
Thomas Issa and Colin Daley of Campion College and St. George’s College, respectively, provided outstanding performances at the Florida Winter Tour in the United States. The go-karters aided Jamaica in finishing in seventh place at the National Cup, right behind Mexico. The Jamaica Karting Association is very happy with their performance at the race.

JAMAICA TO FACE BARBADOS IN WRAY & NEPHEW BOUT—04/01/14
Glenroy “Bumpy” Beckford (Green Team) will face Christopher Henry of Team Caribbean in the third bout of the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing competition. The Yellow Team won against the Green Team during the week, and Henry chose Beckford as his opponent. The Green Team features Jamaican boxers, while the Yellow Team includes boxers from the wider Caribbean under the new organization of the boxing series. Boxers are vying for $3 million in prize money.

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