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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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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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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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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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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending March 28th, 2014

 

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NICHOLSON SAYS MYRIE’S WAIT NOT LONG—03/22/14
A.J. Nicholson, Jamaica’s Foreign Minister, says that the five months elapsing between the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice in the case of Shanique Myrie is not a long time to wait for payment of the judgment and legal costs. Myrie, who is from Jamaica, was awarded $3.6 million in damages after the court found the government of Barbados breached her right to enter the country under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

CHRISTIE PROPOSES STRONG MEASURES AGAINST CORRUPTION—03/23/14
Greg Christie, a consultant and the former Contractor General of Jamaica, is proposing measures designed to address corruption in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. He has recommended that a national and regional system of certification, decertification, debarment, and cross-debarment of government contractors be implemented to address those who consistently fail to adhere to required standards or who engage in fraudulent practices.

LAWS IN JAMAICA DO NOT ADDRESS KNOWING EXPOSURE TO HIV/AIDS—03/24/14
Jamaican laws do not provide for circumstances in which someone with HIV or AIDS, who knows they have the infection, knowingly or willfully exposes another individual to the infection by engaging in unsafe conduct and transmits the disease to that other person. Margarette Macaulay, women’s and children’s affairs advocate at attorney at law, notes that other countries have laws that make such transmission a crime. She has called Jamaica’s 1937 Venereal Disease Act “archaic” and “inadequate” to address current conditions.

DRUG TRAFFICKER FROM GUYANA FINED BY JAMAICAN COURT—03/25/14
Jonathan Fontanelle, a man from Guyana, was caught trafficking cocaine in Jamaica. He was sentenced to a fine of J$800,000 or 18 months in local prison as a result. Judith Pusey, Senior Corporate Area Magistrate, imposed the large fine on Fontanelle, whose own attorney described him as someone who did not understand what he was getting into when he carried two pounds and three ounces of the drug into Jamaica.

JEEP PROGRAM WILL BENEFIT 12,000 UNEMPLOYED JAMAICANS—03/26/14
Some 12,000 Jamaicans are likely to see the benefits of additional work performed under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Program (JEEP). The total value of the work is $630 million. Each of Jamaica’s 63 constituencies received an allocation of $10 million for development of the project in construction, road repair, retaining wall repair, and repairs to drains and pavements. The activities are part of projects facilitated through the Major Infrastructure Development Program (MIDP), which is funded chiefly by the government of China and the China Harbor Engineering Company.

JAMAICA TO PUT US$22 MILLION TOWARD AVIATION SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS—03/27/14
Jamaica’s government plans to spend US$22 million during the next two years toward improvements in aviation safety and security. The government will upgrade or replace old technology to bring Jamaica into compliance with international standards. Leroy Lindsay, director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, made the announcement of the government’s plans.

NET LOSS OF J$2.23 BILLION RECORDED BY PORT AUTHORITY—03/28/14
An unrealized exchange loss by the Port Authority of Jamaica of $4.38 billion is the fallout from a 13-percent depreciation of the Jamaican dollar against the dollar of the United States. The loss was recorded during the 2012/2013 financial year.

GOVERNMENT DISCUSSES BOG WALK GORGE DAM WITH CHINA HARBOR—03/28/14
The Jamaican government plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) for a feasibility study about the damming of Bog Walk Gorge in St. Catherine. The dam would provide a reservoir of drinking water and a means of electricity generation.

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TIES WITH MEXICO FEATURED IN REGGAE POSTER COMPETITION—03/23/14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City hosted an exhibit of the International Reggae Poster Competition to illustrate the importance of the Jamaican musical genre. The exhibit was implemented via a partnership between Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Jamaica in Mexico. Organizations collected the best reggae posters from the 2012 and 2013 competitions. The exhibit is called “World-A-Reggae” and features 50 posters chosen from 2,000 submissions from 90 countries. the 2013 award was won by Lenin Vasquez of Mexico.

CARIBBEAN STATES ORGANIZATION HOLDS TALKS IN D.C.—03/24/14
Talks between Alfonso Munera Cavadia, Secretary Generation of the Association of Caribbean States, and Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, were held in Washington, D.C. The talks focused on ways to build more dynamic partnerships between the two organizations to enhance their similar initiatives and programs.

HISTORIC STUDENT DEMOSTRATION NOW ON FILM—03/25/14
West Indian students at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Quebec, in Canada, took over the computer labs at the university in 1969 and changed the university and the students who took part in the affair. The Computer Riot at the university, which is now part of Concordia University, influenced its participants, many of whom went on to impact revolutionary events in the Caribbean. Now Selwyn Jacob, who was born in Trinidad, has created a documentary film about the 1969 events that will be distributed by T&T Film Company.

SIMPSON MILLER TO SPEAK AT LAFAYETTE COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT—03/26/14
Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the 179th commencement at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in May 2014. She will also be awarded an honorary degree in public service. Simpson Miller is the first woman to be Prime Minister of Jamaica and is serving her second term. She was previously a cabinet minister for 17 years with responsibilities spanning labor, sports, social security, tourism and local government.

TOP POLICE OFFICER IN WINNIPEG IS JAMAICAN—03/27/14
Devon Clunis of Jamaica has become the 17th Chief of Police in Winnipeg, Canada. He is the first black man and the first Jamaican to serve in this post. He is a native of Harmony Vale, St. Ann, and enlisted Winnipeg’s police force for 29 years.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY FETED BY JAMAICAN WOMEN OF FLORIDA—03/28/14
The Jamaican Women of Florida will mark its first anniversary by holding a Reggae/Jazz Brunch and Fashion Show at Broward Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Eugene Grey, Jamaican jazz musician, and his band will perform, along with Sabrina Williams, and Soleil Rowe, at 11 years of age the next-generation star.
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ISLANDS REBUILDING AFTER FLOODS—03/22/14

CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GIVES US$16.18 MILLION TO COLLEGE—03/23/14

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNEY INCLUDES 6 PLAYERS FROM CARIBBEAN—03/24/14

MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY TO END IN BARBADOS—03/25/14

END CUBAN EMBARGO, CARICOM TELLS U.S.—03/26/14

CLIMATE POLLUTERS COULD BE TRIED IN COURT—03/27/14

 

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REGIONAL FOOD LABELING URGED—03/22/14
CARICOM nations have been called upon to create regional food labeling standards. A report from the Second International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases of Children and Adolescents also recommended that marketing of fast food and drinks that contain lots of sugar been limited or even banned. The report was issued by the Health Caribbean Coalition and noted that countries in the Caribbean have done well responding to non-communicable disease among young individuals, no national policies have been made against advertising unhealthy foods to children.

RUSSIAN AIRLINE STOPS SERVICE TO JAMAICA—03/23/14
Political developments involving Russia and Ukraine have resulted in the suspension of service to Jamaica by Transaero Airlines, a Russian firm. Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism announced the suspension of flights between Moscow and Montego Bay will begin March 28, 2014. Services are set to resume in November. The change was attributed to currency fluctuations in Russia and the impact this has on the airline.

JAMAICA READY FOR EXPO 2014—03/25/14
The largest tradeshow designed to showcase locally produced goods opens at National Arena in Kingston in April 2014. The 2014 EXPO Jamaica is expected to be provide significant improvements over the previous year, according to co-chair of the EXPO Jamaica 2014 Committee, Aswad Morgan. Booths for the show are sold out, and 448 buyers have registered to date. Of that number, 193 are from Jamaica, and foreign buyers represent the Czech Republic, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, United states, Britain, Canada, and the Caribbean.

EDWARDS GIVES ADVICE TO FARMERS—03/26/14
Diane Edwards, president of JAMPRO, has advised farmers in Jamaica to upgrade planting methods and crop selection to take advantage of the agricultural export market, which represents billions of dollars. Edwards noted that farmers should research marketing methods to obtain higher profits.
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OAS TO HELP JAMAICA WITH CYBER SECURITY—03/22/14

TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM TESTED IN CARIBBEAN BASIN—03/26/14

 

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ART OF JAMAICA DISPLAYED IN CAYMANS—03/22/14
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands offers a new exhibit that examines the art of Jamaica in the 1960s and 1970s. This time period encompassed major social and political events in Jamaica and also saw art and artists proliferate. The Caymans collection includes 35 works that have been loaned by the National Gallery of Jamaica.

PROFESSIONALS TO REVIEW MUSEUMS’ ROLE IN NATIONAL IDENTITY—03/23/14d
Jamaican museum professionals and academics met at the University of the West Indies Museum to mark the launch of a new publication “Plantation to Nation: Caribbean Museums and National Identity.” The introduction brought co-editor Alissandra Cummins, director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, with two authors of Jamaica, Dr. Veerle Poupeye and Dr. Rebecca Tortell Cummins. The book is designed to explore how museums shape the identity of a country and should be studied themselves.

JUDGE CONSIDERS RESTITUTION PAYMENTS FROM KARTEL—03/27/14
Justice Lennox Campbell is considering whether Vybz Kartel, who was convicted in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, should be required to pay restitution to Williams’ family. The judge has looked for information concerning whether someone with talent like Kartel may continue to produce music was incarcerated. If so, the judge plans to order that proceeds from the productions be paid to the estate of Williams.

NEW FILM’S TRAILER CAUSES STIR—03/28/14
The promotion trailer for “Jamaican Mafia” is intended to increase public interest in what has been called the “biggest” film to come from the United States that features Jamaican talent. The film, which was written by Mykal Fax, tells the story of the life of Zoolian Anderson, also known as Zoo-Zoo, who gives up a corporate job for a life of crime after learning he is related to a notorious crime boss.

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EDWARDS MAY COMPETE IN TAE KWON DO—03/23/14
Kenneth Edwards, Jamaica’s Olympic athlete in tae kwon do, has been cleared to resume competition following a decision from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. While he can go on with his athletic career, he is considering an appeal, since the  Panel publically reprimanded him after an adverse analytical finding. He tested positive for a banned diuretic in the summer of 2013, but the authorities were satisfied that he did not intend to consume any substance to enhance his performance.

REGGIE MARLEY VICTORIOUS IN CARIHI CUP—03/25/14
Jamaican Reggie Marley is the first athlete to have his name on the Carihi Cup. He beat B.J. Laredo in the finals of an eight-man tournament hosted by the Pure Wrestling Association. The competitive event was given to raise funds for the 2014 Carihi graduation class.

CARIFTA GAMES TEAM ANNOUNCED BY JAAA—03/26/14
The list of the 78 members for the team representing Jamaica at the CARIFTA Games in Martinique in April 2014 includes five individual medalists from the World Youth Championships. Yanique Thompson, Jaheel Hyde, Martin Manley, and Marvin Williams, along with Tiffany James were named to the team.

CARTER PREPARED TO MOVE AHEAD—03/27/14
Sprint athlete Nesta Carter of Jamaica will not allow his experience at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships impact his future ambitions or the preparations he is making for his outdoor season. Carter tool a silver medal in the 2012 IAAF Worlds, but only ranked seventh at the Indoor Worlds in Sopot. His goal is to perform well on the circuit in preparation for major competitions over the coming three years and is getting ready for the outdoor season.

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending March 21st, 2014

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PRIME MINISTER SATISFIED WITH CARICOM’S FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE—03/15/14
Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, says she is satisfied with the greater focus placed on climate change by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). She said that Jamaica is paying close attention to developments in this critical area as well.

CONTRACTOR GENERAL: RULES BREACHED IN HOTEL DEAL—03/16/14
Jamaica’s Office of the Contractor General (OCG) found several breaches of rules governing procurement in a deal between the National Insurance Fund (NIF) and the Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts group. The OCG has recommended no punitive action be taken in the case, however, deciding to use the situation as a teaching moment for public sector interests.

CAMPBELL-BROWN’S LAWYER SAYS ERRORS RESULTED IN CLIENT’S CLEARING—03/17/14
Howard Jacobs, attorney for Veronica Campbell-Brown, said that errors made by officials in Jamaica during anti-doping procedures resulted in the athlete’s clearing of doping charges. The mistakes, which included failure to properly seal urine samples, led the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule in favor of Campbell-Brown’s appeal of the two-year ban.

JUROR IN KARTEL TRIAL CHARGED WITH BRIBERY—03/17/14
The Jamaica Constabulary Force stated that Livingston Cain, 50, has been charged with five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy in connection with attempted bribery in the murder trial of dancehall reggae artiste Vybz Kartel. Cain was a juror in Kartel’s trial, and after the guilty verdict was announced, he was arrested on suspicion of trying to bribe other jurors to free the defendant.

$42 MILLION FOR INNER CITY IMPROVEMENTS IN JAMAICA—03/18/14
Over 80,000 Jamaicans will benefit from improvements to services, infrastructure and interventions targeting crime and violence with a US$42 million project approved by the World Bank. Eighteen inner-city areas deemed “vulnerable” will receive aid designed to enhance safety and improve living conditions for residents.

UK AIR PASSENGER DUTY REFORMS WELCOMED BY JAMAICA—03/19/14
George Osborne, British Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced changes to the Air Passenger Duty (APD) that will benefit Jamaica and other Caribbean destinations. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has welcomed the changes, which will be effective in April of 2015, calling the reforms a “major victory” for the Caribbean community, which has worked for years to alter the system it characterized as unfair.

FISHERFOLK MOBILIZE FOR GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION—03/20/14
More than 20 leaders of the fisherfolk from the Jamaica Fishermen Cooperative Union (JFCU) and affiliated cooperatives, plus representatives of the Fisheries and Cooperatives Divisions, received training  in participatory governance at a workshop designed to enhance the capacity of these organizations to engage in processes to develop fishery policies.

SHAW WANTS FIXED RATE OF EXCHANGE IMPLEMENTED—03/21/14
Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s former minister of finance, is calling for a fixed rate of exchange to be introduced in the face of continued depreciation of Jamaica’s currency. The rate of exchange is currently over $109 to the US dollar.

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JAMAICAN MAN FINED FOR OVERSTAYING IN GUYANA—03/15/14
Rohan Brown, a Jamaican national, admitted that he overstayed his welcome in Guyana. He entered the country in September 6, 2013 and has been staying with his girlfriend at her home. He appeared before the Magistrates’ Courts in Georgetown, where he was fined. He had originally been granted a six-month stay.

JAMAICAN MUSICIANS OVERSEAS NOT GIVEN A CHANCE, SAY PRODUCERS—03/16/14
Many emerging local Jamaican artistes complain that local producers do not give them an opportunity to showcase their talents, things are even worse for foreign-based producers who say they are being attacked and their work disregarded just because they do not living in Jamaica. Many talented artistes of Jamaican heritage are not receiving attention on the home island, says producer Nicko Rebel.

JAMAICAN PLAY CELEBRATES NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH—03/17/14
“Not about Eve,” a play by Jamaican actor and writer Kari O’Brian Williams, will be staged in New York at the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning at the end of March 2013. Williams, who was born in Kingston, says her play was inspired by personal experiences and illustrates a Jamaican “aesthetic.” Andrew Clarke, the director of the Center, is from Montego Bay, and says its mission is to promote Caribbean issues and stories while providing a venue for actors, writers, and directors in the Diaspora.

FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS JAMAICAN STUDENTS IN UKRAINE ARE SAFE—03/19/14
Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade reports that four Jamaican students enrolled at a medical university in Ukraine are safe. The university is Kharkiv, a city in the northeastern part of the country. The Jamaican embassy in Berlin, Germany, has maintained contact with Ukraine and a student representative there, and while there is concern about the political situation in the country, students are still attending classes, and there is a “semblance of normality.”

CLARKE PRAISES REVIEW OF CARIBBEAN DEPORTATIONS—03/20/14
Yvette D. Clarke, Caribbean-American Congresswoman from the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, is praising the U.S. President Barack Obama for starting a review of deportations to the Caribbean region. Obama has stated that deporting undocumented immigrants should be conducted in a more humane manner.

JAMAICAN LEADING TRAUMA TEAM RESPONDING TO MISSING MALAYAN JET—03/21/14
Stephen-Claude Hyatt, a Jamaican clinical health psychologist and head of the Mental Health Department at International SOS Beijing, is heading the team in China that has responsibility for trauma therapy in response to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which is missing. Hyatt said that the airline firm is doing a great job in meeting the needs of family members of the passengers on the jet. Hyatt attended Calabar High School and is a native of Kingston.
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FORMER COLONIZERS SUED BY CARIBBEAN NATIONS—03/15/14

CARICOM TO ADDRESS MARIJUANA USE ISSUES—03/16/14

CARIBBEAN REGION COULD ACT AS GLOBAL HUB—03/17/14

POLITICAL PARTIES IN GUYANA LEAD ON CARIBBEAN INTEGRATION—03/18/14

DOMINICA CONSIDERING CCJ CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT—03/19/14

CUBA, UNITED STATES, CARIBBEAN NATIONS JOIN IN OILCLEAN-UP AGREEMENT—03/20/14

 

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MONTEGO BAY TO GET $200-MILLION HOSPITAL—03/16/14
Spain’s Hospiten Group has announced its final plans to build a specialized general hospital at Cinnamon Hill, Rose Hall, St. James in Jamaica. The facility will cost $200 million and will provide medical services to residents of the North Coast area and to visitors to the island. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed her appreciation to the group for its investment in the country.

PROFITS AVAILABLE IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE—03/17/14
Neil Curtis immigrated to the United States in 1972 and knows that there is significant money to be obtained through Jamaica agriculture. He spent one year in St. Elizabeth in Jamaica, buying and selling callaloo, and discovered the profitability of this crop. He made a profit of 800 percent from his callaloo enterprise.

USAID DIRECTOR BELIEVES JAMAICA SHOULD DEVELOP NEW BRANDS—03/18/14
Denise Herbol, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is calling for research into local, traditional industries that can help boost development potential for Jamaica. She noted that famous Jamaican brands like Blue Mountain Coffee were established through years of research, and she believes more should be done to duplicate those successful efforts.

FIRST JAMAICAN CASINO PLAN REVEALED—03/19/14
Jamaica is poised to receive a boost from the first casino resort proposal in its history. Celebration Jamaica would be the first licensed casino in the country, and it is scheduled to move ahead as early as the summer of 2014.The development will being as soon as the order is granted, says Robert Trotta, who is shepherding the casino, which would take three years to build. It would be located in Montego Bay.
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GRENADA HOSTS INNOVATION WORKSHOP—03/18/14

JAMAICA RECEIVES AID FOR CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT—03/20/14

 

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REGGAE MONTH ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD IN RANNY WILLIAMS COMPLEX—03/20/14
All of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) activities marking Reggae Month over the next five years will take place at the Louise Bennett Garden Theater and Ranny Williams Enterprise Complex in Kingston. The Honor Awards, the Dennis Brown Tribute, and the Trench Town Rock International Festival will continue to be held at their previous venues, however. JaRIA made the arrangements public at the annual general meeting, which also elected new board members.

MERCEDES KIRKWOOD DIES—03/17/14
In 2013, at the age of 92, Mercedes Kirkwood received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for her contributions to the development of Jamaican musical theater. The legendary performer has now died. Kirkwood, who was born in Del Rio, Cuba, began singing at the age of three. She moved to Jamaica and was a student at the Jamaica School of Music where she realized her potential to sing opera. She then migrated to the United Kingdom and had a flourishing career in operatic theater.

THREE JAMAICAN NOVELS VIE FOR BURT AWARD—03/18/14
Jamaica has three entries in the running for the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. They include “Island Princess in Brooklyn,” by Diane Browne; “All Over Again,” by A-dZiko Simba Gegele; and “Inner City Girl,” by Colleen Smith. The award is intended to encourage novel writing in the region, particularly novels for young adults.

JIMMY CLIFF JOINS CALL FOR SLAVERY REPARATIONS—03/19/14
Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff believes that communities in the Caribbean have the right to be reimbursed for the damages done by slavery during the colonial era. He believes that the 15 Caribbean nations suing Britain, France, and the Netherlands, among others, for reparations have a logical point and believes payment from those who benefitted from slavery to the region that suffered because of it would be fair.

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JAMAICAN BOXERS COMPETE IN 4TH WRAY AND CONTENDER—03/15/14
The Green Team at the Wray and Nephew Contender’s fourth season will feature Jamaican boxers who will compete against the Yellow Team comprising boxers from several other Caribbean countries. Eight Jamaican boxers are ready to battle Team Caribbean. They are competing for a share of J$3 million in prize money. The winner of the competition will receive J$2 million and the title of Jamaica’s Ultimate Welterweight Boxer.

CAMPBELL-BROWN CRITICIZES JAMAICAN ATHLETICS AND “FALSE REPORTING”—03/16/14
Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican champion sprinter, has been cleared to compete again after appealing a two-year ban for doping. She is now attacking the Jamaican athletics federation for not helping her more during her difficulties. She also accused press reporters with “smearing” her reputation. She said she took a lie-detector test to prove her innocence and that she has suffered significant financial and emotional devastation during her ordeal.

JAMAICANS WIN NCAA 60-METER TITLES—03/17/14
Omar McCleod, a Jamaican freshman at Arkansas, ran the men’s 60 meters at the NCAA Division 1 2014 Indoor Track and Field Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 7.58 seconds for the victory in the event. Jamaican Remona Burchell of Alabama won the women’s 60-meter title with a new personal best run of 7.11 seconds, the fastest time this season for a female college sprinter.

FRASER-PRYCE LEADS LINE-UP AT DIAMOND LEAGUE—03/18/14
Jamaica’s Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, the current world and Olympic 100-meter champion, will head the field for the opening meet of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, beginning on May 9. Fraser-Pryce, 27, will compete in the 100 meters after a win in the 200 meters in 2013 in Doha. She will be facing Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, double world sprint finalist, and Kerron Stewart, 100-meter finalist at the Moscow worlds, in addition to three runners from the United States.

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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending March 14th, 2014

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BERMUDA WAIVES VISAS FOR JAMAICAN TRAVELERS—03/08/14
Jamaican nationals traveling to Bermuda for business or vacation purposes will no longer need a visa. According to A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jamaicans will need a multi-entry visa to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in order to take advantage of the waiver.

POLICE FIND INCREASE IN DRUG SEIZURES ON CURACAO FLIGHTS—03/09/14
According to Jamaican police, there are a rising number of attempts to carry illegal drugs to and from the island of Curacao. Police at the international airport in Kingston arrested three alleged drug traffickers who were on a flight from Curacao, and just days before, another cocaine smuggler from the island was apprehended at the airport.

GAY TEENS CAN LIVE IN SEWERS, SAYS JAMAICAN JUDGE—03/10/14
A judge in New Kingston ruled that gay teenagers who have been thrown out of their family homes are free to live in the sewers. Jamaican police have attempted to evict the homeless young people, some only 12 years of age, in several early morning raids. While several youths were arrested for resisting the eviction efforts and were subsequently fined for using “calumnious language,” the judge ruled that they could not be evicted from the sewers because the sewers are public spaces.

HOLNESS TO SPEAK AT ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE—03/11/14
Jamaican Opposition Leader Andrew Holness will travel to the Cayman Islands to be the guest speaker at the Anti-Corruption Conference there. The speech is entitled “The Ethical and Anti-Corruption Framework of Jamaica: My Vision for Change.” Holness will also join a panel to discuss how effective formal education is in encouraging values and ethics. Holness is a former Jamaican Prime Minister and Minister of Education.

JAMAICANS LEAD COALITION FOR SLAVERY REPARATIONS FROM EUROPE—03/12/14
Slaver was abolished in Jamaica in 1833, and now Jamaicans are in the lead of a coalition of 14 Caribbean countries that is calling for reparations from Britain for damages suffered in the slave years. The coalition has a list of ten demands for Britain, Holland, and France. The list includes an apology, reparation funds, and assurances that slavery will never again occur.

JAMAICAN NATIONAL ARRESTED IN VIRGINIA—03/13/14
A Jamaican man, 40 years of age, was among the more than 40 “at large criminal aliens” arrested during a five-day operation by law enforcement officers in the state of Virginia. The man, who has not been named, was living in Virginia Beach. According to the U.S. immigration agency, he had been convicted in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He received a sentence of two years in prison on these charges.

JAMAICAN STUDENTS URGED TO HONOR CARIBBEAN HEROES—03/14/14
Students in Jamaica should respect and honor Caribbean heroes, including National Hero Marcus Garvey of Jamaica and Antonio Maceo of Cuba. Ronald Thwaites, Jamaica’s Minister of Education, encouraged students to find ways to serve and build up each other. He made his remarks at Garvey Maceo High in Clarendon.

KARTEL, THREE OTHERS GUILTY OF MURDER—03/14/14
The popular deejay and Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, along with three co-defendants, was found guilty of murder in a trial held under heavy security in the nation’s Supreme Court in Kingston. Police in riot gear barricaded streets outside the court as the jury brought in its verdict. The four were convicted in the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

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JAMAICANS OVERSEAS UTILIZE NEW ONLINE ERRAND SERVICE—03/08/14
Many Jamaicans in the Diaspora have found a convenient way to take care of errands back on the home island: the website Diasporaerrand.com. Marlon White founded the site when he saw the need among Jamaicans in North America to send money, pay bills, make purchases and deliveries, and perform other tasks for family members back home. Almost any errand can be handled by the site, which uses the latest technology to ensure the safety and confidentiality of each errand. The service relies on trustworthy runners across Jamaica. Payments are handled through transfers of funds via credit cards.

JAMAICA’S MARY SEACOLE TRAVELED TO CRIMEA IN 1850s—03/09/14
Long before Putin, a Jamaican woman was in the Crimea. When war broke out in the Crimea in the 1850s, Jamaica’s National Hero Mary Seacole made her way to the region to establish a healing mission. She acted as a nurse to the troops in the war years between 1853 and 1856, treating the wounded with herbs, supporting herself by selling food and beverages to army officers. She was considered a spy at one time, but French soldiers commuted her sentence. The story of Mary Seacole has finally been told in a book published in Ontario, Canada, “The Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole.”

VASCIANNIE REMINDS DIASPORA IN MARYLAND OF GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES—03/10/14
Stephen Vasciannie, Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, spoke to a group of Jamaicans in the Diaspora in Maryland and reminded them of the many government initiatives underway on the home island. In his speech, the Ambassador said the government was promoting the logistics hub and encouraging more foreign investment in the island economy.

COVENT GARDEN TO GET JAMAICAN PATTY SPOT—03/11/14
In late March 2014, the Jamaica Patty Company will establish a restaurant in London’s Covent Garden area. The restaurant was initiated by Theresa Roberts and is led by Executive Chef Collin Brown. The place will provide Jamaican specialties such as Jamaican patties, jerk chicken, and curried goat.

PRATT INSTITUTE HONORS DR. GOULDA DOWNER—03/12/14
Dr. Goulda Downer, who was born in Jamaica, and is an assistant professor at the College of Medicine at Howard University in Washington, D.C., will receive the Community Commitment award for 2014 as an alumnus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is being recognized for her health advocacy and her role in public health education.

IN HAITI, JAMAICANS SAY GOVERNMENT NEGLECTS THEM—03/13/14
Jamaicans arrested on drug charges and gun-related offenses in Haiti fell neglected by the government in their homeland. Twenty Jamaicans were arrested in Les Cayes in 2013, but deny any involvement in drug trafficking. These individuals, and several others arrested more recently, say the Jamaican government has not provided any aid despite their assertions of innocence.
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NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF WORLD MURDERS HAPPEN IN CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA—03/08/14

HEALTH AGENCY WANTS GUARANTEED ACCESS TO WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES—03/09/14

MAYOR OF NEW YORK DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY COUNCIL—03/10/14

CARIBBEAN ATHLETES WIN MEDALS AT WORLD INDOOR MEET—03/11/14

GOVERNMENT IN HAITI DEFENDS RESORT DEVELOPMENT PLANS—03/12/14

LED LIGHTING BUSINESS IN BARBADOS TO EXPAND—03/13/14

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JAMAICAN BAMBOO CHARCOAL TO BE SOLD OVERSEAS—03/09/14
Jamaica’s bamboo producers should be able to provide a container-load of bamboo charcoal needed to export to the United States by the middle of May 2014. The government has prepared the way by enacting an exemption that will allow bamboo charcoal to be exported from the island. The goal is to export some six million pounds of bamboo charcoal annually.

JPS APPEALS STATUS AS “ILLEGAL MONOPOLY”—03/10/14
The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) plans to appeal a decision from the Supreme Court in 2012 that labeled the agency as an illegal monopoly. The court found that the exclusive license held by Jamaica’s only power distribution firm was “invalid” and therefore illegal.

SUGAR WORKERS THREATEN INDUSTRIAL ACTION—03/11/14
Over 4,000 sugar workers in Jamaica are threatening to take industrial action after negotiations involving their unions and the Sugar Producers Federation (SPF) have failed to provide agreement on better wages and fringe benefits. The three unions that represent the workers and the SPF have reached a stalemate in negotiating wages and benefits. The SPF offer of a seven-percent wage increase in the first year and a three-percent increase in the second year were rejected by the unions.

$64 MILLION EXPANSION PLANNED FOR DOLPHIN COVE—03/13/14
Dolphin Cove has approved a $J64 million expansion for its Ocho Rios and Hanover properties. The popular tourist attraction had made an agreement to acquire another piece of property in 2013 at a cost of US$750,000 as well. The firm is planning to expand its operation to Turks and Caicos in October 2014, in addition to implementing the local expansions.
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CTU OFFERS WORKSHOPS TO ENHANCE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS—03/08/14

LOCAL APP DEVELOPERS SEEK $20 MILLION IN REVENUE—03/12/14

 

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SPLIFF STAR JOINS OTHERS TO SUPPORT VYBZ KARTEL—03/08/14
Spliff Star, American rapper, is joining Busta Rhymes and others in Jamaica to show support for Vybz Kartel, who is on trial for murder in Kingston. Spliff Star, who has roots in Trinidad, said he was disappointed that more Jamaican artistes had not come out to support deejay Kartel.

JAMAICAN MUSIC MUSEUM OPENS WEBSITE FOR 2014 SYMPOSIUM—03/09/14
The Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) Symposium for 2014 has launched the website for the event. The website allows those who want to take part in the Symposium to register in advance. The first 200 individuals to register will receive $108 in call credits from Digicel. The website also provides details about the event.

ROBINSON MAKES MARK IN HOLLYWOOD WITH ONE-WOMAN SHOW—03/10/14
Sardia Robinson, Jamaican writer, comedienne, actress and television host, is inspiring women and getting Hollywood to take notice with “From a Yardie to a Yankee,” a one-woman show that tells the true story of her life and struggles for recognition as an artist. She gives credit to her Jamaican grandmother for her success in show business.

JAMAICAN PRODUCTION TOP NOMINEE FOR ACTOR BOY AWARDS—03/11/14
“Ladies of the Night,” a Jambiz International production, is leading the 2014 nominee list for the Actor Boy Awards. The production is up for a total of 11 awards. The Actor Boy award is given for excellence in Jamaican theater. Winners will be announced in April 2014.

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CARTER VICTORIOUS IN 60 METERS—03/09/14
Jamaican runner Nesta Carter, known as one of the fastest men in history in the 100 meters, defeated Marvin Bracy of the United States to win the final in the 60 meters at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.

FRASER-PRYCE RUNS TO VICTORY IN WOMEN’S WORLD 60 METERS—03/10/14
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 60-meter race at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland. She ran the distance in 6.98 seconds, the seventh fastest time in history for that distance.

JAMAICAN MIDFIELDER SIGNS WITH SAN JOSE TEAM—03/11/14
The San Jose Earthquakes team has signed the Jamaican midfielder Khari Stephenson. He played with the team from 2010 to 2012. Stephenson, 33, has played professionally for 11 years and has experience in Europe. He aided the Earthquakes in making the MLS playoffs in 2010 and 2012.

SANTOKIE WANTS PERMANENT SPOT WITH WINDIES—03/12/14
Krishmar Santokie, Jamaican seamer, hopes to play with the West Indies cricket team as a permanent member. He gave an impressive performance in bowling that helped his side win over England by five wickets at the second T20 International. He claimed four for 21 to obtain his best numbers for the T20.

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