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PM Harris calls on Dom Rep to cease & desist

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris has called on Dominican Republic authorities to cease and desist with any plan that would lead to the expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian descent and render them stateless.
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Jamaica's Statement to the World Heritage Committee

Bonn, Germany, July 3, 2015 - The following is a statement by the Minister of Culture. Lisa Hanna to the World Heritage Committee on the occasion of its decision to inscribe the Blue and John Crow Mountains to the World Heritage List.

Office of National Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons to be Strengthened

The Government is moving to strengthen the capacity of the Office of the National Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing on July 1, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said Cabinet has approved a recommendation from the Public Order Committee, for measures to be taken to have the office equipped with additional tools to allow it to function more effectively. “In January the Cabinet assigned to the Office of the Children’s Advocate responsibilities as the National Rapporteur for trafficking in persons. The Office has been challenged by the lack of staff to conduct investigations…The office is to submit, as a matter of urgency, a proposal outlining the short and medium term needs to enable it to properly function,” she said. The position is held by Diahann Gordon-Harrison, Children’s Advocate. The duties of the Office of the National Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons include: the creation of a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country; conducting independent investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises; and to provide an analytical overview of the situation of trafficking in an annual report to the Government of Jamaica.

US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, a US source said Tuesday, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity.

JA Government Committed to Ensuring Sound and Stable Economic Environment

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says her Administration is committed to ensuring a sound and stable environment for the further growth and development of the financial sector. Speaking at the NCB Foundation ‘One Billion Dollars in Nation Building’ event at the Terra Nova Hotel , Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Government’s commitment was reflected in the passage of the Banking Services Act last year, which forms part of the critical reforms to strengthen the regulatory capacity and effective supervision of the banking and securities dealers sector.

Improving Parenting Key- SSP McGregor

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of the St. James Division, Steve McGregor, says improving parenting is critical in fostering a culture of discipline and respect for law and order among young people.

Palestine, Israel and the Sea-The freedom flotilla

There has long been controversy about Palestinian territorial waters. This issue was raised last year, during Israel’s genocidal assault on the Gaza Strip, wherein part of the so-called ‘cease-fire’ agreement included that Israel would respect international law relating to the sea. Now the issue is once again an area of international focus.

Guyana-Venezuela border dispute tops Commonwealth's agenda

The 53-nation Commonwealth Saturday reiterated that it was siding with Guyana in its maritime and land border controversy with Venezuela, even as the global organisation prepares to discuss the issue in New York in another three months.
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Andrew's house continues to fuel unease

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness's defence of the house that he and his wife Juliet are building in Beverly Hills, St Andrew has created more unease inside the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and appears to have placed the political organisation on a collision course with some of its more affluent donors.

Guyana Finance Minister optimistic about plans to tackle poverty

Georgetown, GINA, June 26, 2015- Recently appointed Minister of Finance Winston Jordan has already announced plans to make Guyana a country “on firm economic grounds” even before actually opening the window to his presenting of the National 2015 Budget.
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Prime Minister Urges Jamaicans To Protect Economic Improvements

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is describing the economic and industrial relations climate in the country as “a very delicate situation.” Acknowledging the economic sacrifices that public sector workers and most persons in the country have been making over the years, the Prime Minister says all persons and groups in Jamaica “have to make up our minds and choose what makes sense at this critical point.”

Jamaicans on World Heritage Committee

Two Jamaicans will sit on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC), when it meets in Bonn, Germany, from June 28 to July 8, to examine proposals to inscribe 37 properties on the World Heritage List (WHL).

Factors Regarding Proposed Closure of Small Schools

The Ministry of Education in keeping with the procedures below has been monitoring small schools over the last five years. This procedure was circulated to all schools and letters were sent to schools that are under enrolment of 100 students.

CARICOM states strong objection to EU “blacklist”

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stated its strong objection  to the recent decision by the European Commission to “blacklist” a number of CARICOM Member States for allegedly not co-operating on tax law enforcement  with European Union countries.
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China Slams US Human Rights Record in New Report

China published its annual report on the United States' human rights record on Friday, accusing Washington of “showing not a bit of regret for or intention to improve its own terrible human rights record.”

Parish Councils Ready to Facilitate Diaspora Investment

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, is assuring members of the Diaspora, looking to do business in Jamaica, that the local authorities are ready and able to facilitate their investment projects.
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