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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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CCJ Will Ensure Access to Justice for Jamaicans

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), in April, celebrated 10 years of existence as the regional court for the Caribbean. President of the CCJ, Sir Dennis Byron, in a statement issued to mark the milestone, called on all CARICOM member states to give the CCJ the 10th anniversary gift of “full accession” to the court. While the CCJ, in its original jurisdiction, is the court of the 15-member CARICOM, only four countries have signed on to its appellate jurisdiction. They are Barbados, Guyana, Belize, and Dominica, which joined in March. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which governs CARICOM. Jamaica is moving to join the list of countries that have replaced the United Kingdom (UK)-based Privy Council with the CCJ, as their final appellate court. The required pieces of legislation were passed in the House of Representatives on May 12, and were tabled in the Senate on May 22. The Bills are: An Act to Amend the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) Act, which seeks to amend the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) Act, to repeal provisions for appeals to the Privy Council, and exclude any appeals to the Privy Council instituted prior to implementation of the CCJ; An Act to Amend the Constitution of Jamaica, to amend Section 110 of the Constitution to repeal provisions relating to appeals to the Privy Council and replace them with provisions establishing the CCJ as Jamaica’s final court; and An Act to make provisions for the implementation of the agreement establishing the CCJ as both a court of original jurisdiction, to determine cases involving the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and International treaties, as well as a superior court of record with appellate jurisdiction. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in the debate on the CCJ Bills last November, said joining the court, in its appellate jurisdiction, will ensure access to justice for all Jamaicans. She noted that the Privy Council is fundamentally inaccessible to the vast majority Jamaicans. “Litigants and their Jamaican lawyers need visas to travel to the UK. Visas are not available or granted as a right. Jamaicans are the only people in the entire global structure, who are obliged to seek and obtain visas to access one of the courts,” she noted. She further argued that the costs of retaining UK lawyers for representation in appeals are too high for the vast majority of Jamaicans. The CCJ, on the other hand, is so designed that it travels to its member countries to hear cases on home soil. Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, said that after more than 50 years of independence, the time has come to fully embrace the CCJ as the country’s final court of appeal. “It is time for us to embrace the regional institution, which has the potential to be a fantastic institution. The judges are excellent and their rulings have been illuminating and sound,” the Minister said. As an indication of the quality of judgments produced by the CCJ, the court was in 2013 awarded the ‘Most Important Published Decision’ by the Global Arbitration Review for its decision in the matter of the British Caribbean Bank vs the Attorney General of Belize. The matter, heard under the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ, regarded a dispute between the British Caribbean Bank (BCB) Ltd. and the Government of Belize, over the nationalisation of Belize Telemedia Ltd., which owed BCB US $24 million in loans and mortgages. In addition to multiple domestic court proceedings between the two parties, BCB looked to international arbitration as a solution to their dispute with the Government of Belize. In response, Belize requested and was granted by the domestic courts, an injunction to halt the arbitration proceedings. Following an unsuccessful appeal to the Belize Court of Appeal, BCB appealed to the CCJ on the grounds that the courts erred in granting the injunction as BCB and the Government of Belize were both party to a clause that specifically provides for arbitration in the event of a dispute. The CCJ found that BCB had the right to proceed with arbitration and that the courts of Belize erred in granting the injunction, overturning the ruling of the Belize Court of Appeal. The decision given in Shanique Myrie vs Barbados, in which Miss Myrie, a Jamaican, accused Barbados of violating her right to free moment, has been hailed as a “landmark” decision. The CCJ in its 2013 ruling, declared that the Barbados government had breached Miss Myrie’s right to enter the country under article 5 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, and awarded her damages totalling $3.6 million. The court, which sat in Jamaica and Barbados, held that CARICOM nationals are entitled to enter member states, without harassment or the imposition of impediment, and to stay for up to six months. The ruling also gave guidelines for interpretation of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas under which the right to free movement is derived. Coming out of the case, member states must now give persons written reasons for refusal of entry and also to advise them of their entitlement to access meaningful judicial review. Senator Golding further explained that because the CCJ is a “mobile court” and utilises information and communication technologies (ICT), it is more accessible and affordable for the average person. “The court is set up with the region in mind, so there is significant investment in audio-visual and information and communications technology. Much of the work that takes place can be done without counsels or litigants having to travel to the home base of the court, which is in Port of Spain,” he noted. “That saves significant cost for litigants and for governments, which have cases before the CCJ. Right now, because the Privy Council is our final court, many cases that go there, which involve the Government, end up in huge invoices for English Counsels and English solicitors, which can run into many millions of dollars,” the Minister added. He also argued that the fact that Jamaicans do not have “the right to go to Britain,” means that for many, access to justice is denied. “Many Jamaicans cannot get a UK visa. It’s not available as a right. It actually is a very complex (undertaking).  Many people who apply don’t get it. Whether they get a visa or not is entirely a matter for the discretion of the Home Office,” he pointed out. The Minister noted further that “the average Jamaican cannot afford to take a case to the Privy Council… (on) land disputes, commercial disputes, personal injury, accidents, tax disputes or criminal matters. They find it very difficult, if not impossible, to take the case beyond the local Court of Appeal.” Senator Golding said that significant effort was put into the design of the regional court to ensure that it is free from political interference, and because it is fully funded up front, “it is not at the behest of any regional government to keep going operationally.” Since the CCJ’s inception, 160 matters have been filed and 140 disposed of in its appellate jurisdiction, while in its original jurisdiction, the court has presided over 18 disputes arising under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, with 16 completed.

The South’s Sordid History of Attacks on Black Churches

The Charleston massacre is the latest in the long record of attacks on Southern black churches. Historically law enforcement officials have refused to consider them hate crimes unless the suspects had direct ties to Klan-like groups, thus ignoring the societal role of racism. But most of these hate crimes are committed by unaffiliated young white males who grow up in a pervasive culture of racism that scapegoats African Americans and others for their economic hardship.

Positive Outcomes From EU/CELAC Summit

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, is reporting a number of positive developments for Jamaica and the wider region, coming out of the Second European Union/Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU/CELAC) Summit.

IMF Programs a 'Failure' in Greece, Ukraine, says Fund Director

International Monetary Fund executive director Paulo Nogueira Batista admitted that the institution has had “mixed” results with its policies in both Europe and developing countries and that programs in Greece and Ukraine in particular have been a “failure,” he said in an interview with RT on Friday.

Jamaica, T&T concerned as DR wants to deport thousands to Haiti

While Jamaica’s Foreign Minister AJ Nicholson is defending CARICOM's response to the planned deportation of thousands of people of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran says his government was “deeply concerned” over the recent re-igniting of the issue of the deportation of Dominican Republic citizens of Haitian descent.
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Teachers reject Govt's 7% pay offer

KINGSTON, June 20, 2015-Members of  the Jamaica Teacher's Association (JTA) on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to reject the Government’s offer of seven per cent over two years. during a special conference at Jamaica College.
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