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Don't forget where we are coming from says Phillips

As the debate continues on the Government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the social impact of the structural adjustments being made to improve the economy, Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips insists that these discussions must be placed in context.

Jamaican Parliament Rejects U.S. Blockade on Cuba

Kingston, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) The Jamaican Parliament approved a resolution demanding the end of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for over 50 years, the government has reported.
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Job creation must accompany growth says PM Simpson-Miller

MONTEGO BAY,  Jamaica Oct. 23, 2014- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller told a gathering of officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), other international organisations, Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors and other policy makers from across the Caribbean, that economic growth by itself will not be enough to lift the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean region to a significantly higher standard of living.

Bunting justifies sending Abu Bakr home on private plane

KINGSTON, Jamaica Oct. 22, 2014 - National Security Minister Peter Bunting has justified the $4 million spent to send home Trinidadian Muslim leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, by a private jet last Wednesday as it was "clearly in the interest of national security to not allow Abu Bakr to land in Jamaica and to remove him from Jamaica at the earliest opportunity".

Ebola scanning machine for Sangster Int'l Airport

KINGSTON, Jamaica Oct 22, 2014 - The country’s preparedness against the Ebola virus will be further boosted with the acquisition of a state-of-the-art thermal scanning machine, at a cost of approximately $4.3 million (US$30,000).

Jamaica to ramp up maritime surveillance

KINGSTON, Jamaica Oct 22, 2014 - National Security Minister Peter Bunting, says the country’s maritime surveillance capacity, encompassing monitoring of the country’s territorial waters, will have to be ramped up, as part of the Government’s Ebola preparedness and response mechanism.

Cuba to help with Ebola prevention in the Region

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 20 (acn) Cuban President Raul Castro says his country stands ready to work side by side with every country, including the United States to tackle the Ebola crisis which he says “poses a huge challenge to humanity, one that should be met with utmost urgency.”
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ALBA-TCP special Ebola Summit begins in Havana today

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 20– As the Caribbean and Latin America continue to explore methods of preventing the spread of Ebola to the region,  Heads of State and Government of  member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Agreement of Peoples (ALBA-TCP) are in Havana for an Extraordinary Summit to join efforts in the international fight against Ebola which begins today.
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Trinidad to crack down on illegal immigrants starting in November.

The Trinidad Express Newspaper is reporting that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago plans to institute a three-month immigrant amnesty beginning in November. The amnesty is aimed at allowing the approximately 110,000 illegal immigrants to regularise their immigration status in Trinidad and Tobago.
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PNP Businessman Dwayne Vaz selected for Central Westmoreland

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland, October 20, 2014 — Savanna-la-mar businessman Dwayne Vaz has been elected by People’s National Party (PNP) delegates in the Westmoreland Central constituency, to represent the party in the upcoming by-election in the constituency.

Lilliput Opportunity Day Seminar Prepares Residents For Work

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica  21 October 2014 - Scores of young persons and residents fromn the Lilliput and Barrett Town section of Montego Bay along the “Elegant Corridor” of Rose Hall, St James turned up to the staging of the first Opportunity Day seminar aimed at giving the attendees practical advice on how to get  and keep a job.

Cuba to assist in Jamaica’s Ebola preparedness

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica October 18, 2014 – Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson is expected to lead a team of health professionals to Cuba to seek assistance from that country in its Ebola preparedness plans.

Bakr blames Trinidad for his deportation from Jamaica

POER OF SPAIN,  Trinidad, October 17, 2014 - Leader of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen Yasin Abu Bakr says he was denied entry into Jamaica because information was provided from Trinidad to Jamaican officials about him being a threat.
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PM outlines emergency measures to MPs, Mayors at Jamaica House

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 15, 2014 - Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller on Tuesday held a meeting with Members of Parliament and Mayors, at Jamaica House, to provide an update on government's actions in relation to the current national health emergencies.

Trinidad bans persons from Ebola stricken countries

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO has banned Persons from Ebola stricken countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Nigeria—have been banned from entering that  country with immediate effect.
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Trinidad says it won't second guess Jamaica's decision to ban Abu Bakr

PORT-OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Octobert 16, 2014 - The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday night said the decision by Jamaican immigration authorities to deny the leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen group, Yasin Abut Bakr, entry into that country should not be questioned.
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Three Caribbean countries place ban on nationals from Ebola torn states

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, October 16, 2014,– As Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to deal with a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region, three Caribbean countries have placed a ban on nationals from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea entering their countries. They are: St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts/ Nevis.
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Trinidad National, Yasin Abu Bakr, denied entry to Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 16, 2014 – Trinidad and Tobago national, Yasin Abu Bakr, Leader of  the Jamaat al Muslimeen, a Muslim group in Trinidad and Tobago, will be sent back home today having been denied entry to Jamaica yesterday when he arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
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Nicholson invited to Trinidad for talks on treatment of Jamaicans

KINGSTON, Jamaica October 16, 2014  - Trinidad and Tobago's National Security Minister Gary Griffith has invited Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Minister Senator A J Nicholson and Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Edmund Bartlett to hold discussions on the denial of  entry to 13 Jamaicans  two weeks ago to Trinidad.
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Opposition signals Cooperation For ChikV Action and Ebola Plans

KINGSTON, Jamaica Oct. 15, 2014 - The Parliamentary Opposition has signalled its full cooperation for the actions being taken by the Government to contain and reduce the spread of the Chikungunya virus, and plans being put in place to prevent the introduction of the Ebola virus in Jamaica, as well as measures to deal with any possible Ebola case in the country.

Jamaica poised for more growth says Finance Minister

Minister of Planning and Finance, the Hon. Peter Phillips says over the next few years, Jamaica can expect to see increased growth in the Tourism, Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Business Outsourcing sectors.

Ebola - "a threat to nat'l security" says Bunting

ARTEQUIPA, Peru, October 13, 2014 - With countries of the Caribbean region and Latin America at risk of a potential outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, has called on countries to take steps to protect their borders, and to treat it as an issue threatening National Security.

CARICOM nationals have qualified right of entry to Member States

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 13, 2014 - Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Senator A. J. Nicholson wants Trinidad and Tobago’s national security minister Gary Griffith to “refrain from continuing to muddy the integration waters” as it relates to the right of CARICOM nationals to travel to Member States within the Region.
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Claim that 19-thousand J’cans in T&T illegally to be investigated

KINGSTON, Jamaica Oct. 13, 2014 - The Jamaican Government says it will be investigating a claim by Trinidad's National Security Minister Gary Griffith that 19,000 Jamaicans are living illegally in the twin-island republic and constitutes a drain on that country's finances.
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Diaspora Bond Still Being Considered

Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, says the plan by the Government to tap into the resources of overseas nationals, through the issuing of a Diaspora Bond, is still being considered. He noted, however, that “timing” is going to be important in terms of its implementation.
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