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US President Obama to visit Jamaica on April 9

KINGSTON, March 18, 2015 – US President Barack Obama, will pay a State Visit to Jamaica on the 9th April 2015 and will hold bilateral discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller.

Vin Martin receives posthumous Global Citizen award

WASHINGTON DC, USA - March 15, 2015 - The late former honorary consul of Jamaica to Atlanta, Georgia, and Chairman of the Altanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, Vin Martin, has been conferred with a major international recognition.
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Granger points fingers at ruling party for Crum-Ewing's killing

CARIBBEAN NEWS DESK - Georgetown, Guyana- March 16, 2015 - Presidential candidate for the opposition coalition, David Granger Saturday night sought to link the gunning down of political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing to the ruling People's Progressive Party.
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Holness begins appeal against Constitutional Court ruling

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness yesterday kicked off his appeal against a court decision in February stating that he acted in an "unconstitutional" and "unlawful" way in the manner in which he dismissed Arthur Williams from the Senate in November 2013.

Holness not fit to lead' say senior JLP leaders

JAMAICA OBSERVER,  March 15, 2015 - A faction of prominent members within the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is now contending that disciplinary action should be taken against their leader, Andrew Holness, for "bringing the party into disrepute" with what they described as his trail of missteps and poor decision-making.

Cuba-USA talks continue today

MARCH 16, 2015 - Meetings are scheduled to get underway today between Cuban and U.S. delegations, as part of the process aimed at re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Low rating of police force irks Guyana President

President Donald Ramotar has urged the Guyana Police Force to take seriously a United States (US) research that recently found that the local law enforcement agency recorded the lowest level of trust in the Caribbean.
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Kenny Anthony: CARICOM stalled in crossroad of indecision

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 11, 2015 (AMG) —While the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) prepares to observe its 42nd year of existence, St. Lucian Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, has expressed what he calls an increasing view that the development of the region is being held hostage by member countries not willing to commit.
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Palestinians Ask: The Two-State Solution Or The Two-State Illusion?

Palestinians in the West Bank don't get to vote in Israel's election on Tuesday, but they do have opinions. And at a time when talks toward creating a Palestinian state have stalled, there are Palestinians like Ahmad Aweidah who are seeking alternatives to the traditional call for a two-state solution.

Venezuela's Maduro May Fly to US To Confront Obama in Person

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has suggested that he would be willing to travel to the United States to confront  President Barack Obama directly over his declaration that Venezuela constitutes an “unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. national security.

Caribbean Governments Want EPOC-Style Arrangement

KINGSTON, March 13, 2015 - Governments across the region have expressed an interest in getting guidance from Jamaica in setting up bodies similar to the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), to monitor economic reform measures in their own countries.

PM urges Investments in Nutraceuticals, Business Process Outsourcing

MONTEGO BAY, March 12, 2015 - Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has urged international investors to consider opportunities in Jamaica’s emerging nutraceutical industry and the Business Process Outsourcing (PBO) sector. Addressing  yesterday’s opening of the Jamaica Investment Forum, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James,  the Prime Minister urged the more than 137 foreign investors in attendance to “give careful consideration to these possibilities” even as they consider business opportunities in the established sectors of the economy. She pointed out,  that the nutraceutical industry was a non-traditional area that offers “lucrative possibilities”. “It is an area, which I believe in, not only for the economic benefits to be derived, but also because of its emphasis on healthy lifestyles and wellness. Nutraceuticals are from food sources with extra health benefits. They also include medicinal plants and natural mineral water. Here in Jamaica, we also have several sources of mineral water with wellness spas at Bath in St. Thomas in the eastern end of the island, Milk River in Clarendon in central Jamaica and the Rockfort Mineral Bath in Kingston,” she informed. Turning to Information Communication Technology (ICT)/BPO, the Prime Minister said the sector has had a major and positive impact on job creation, particularly youth employment. The sector currently employs more than 17,000 people, up from 12,000 in 2012. It has also improved on its earnings, moving from US $300 million in 2012 to US$500 million in 2015, an increase of 66 percent. “There is a clear connection between the (first) Jamaica Investment Forum in 2012 and the growth we are experiencing in Jamaica’s ICT/BPO business. It is my hope that this forum will bring even greater returns for this important industry,” the Prime Minister said. She cited Sutherland Global is an outstanding example of the expansive growth now taking place in the ICT/BPO industry, the epicentre of which is located in the city of Montego Bay. “They are now expanding to Mandeville in Manchester. I commend the principal of the Sutherland Global,” she said.

Venezuela Rejects Obama's Claim That it Poses a Threat

CARACAS, March 10, 2015- Venezuela’s governing party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), on Monday rejected an accusation made by US President Barack Obama, claiming the South American country is a “threat to national security.”

Investigators found ‘death list’ existed in extra judicial killings

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday March 9, 205, CMC – Police Commissioner Vernon Francois Monday said his “conscience is clear” as human rights lawyers reacted to a report of an investigation conducted by Jamaican police into alleged extra-judicial killings by members of the St. Lucia Police Force.
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Jamaica remembers Hugo Chavez

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, headed the list of dignitaries who attended a ceremony at Devon House on March 5, to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of the late President, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias.

Take Advantage of Amended Mortgage Insurance Act

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Morais Guy, is imploring stakeholders in the housing sector and financial institutions, to take advantage of the recent amendments to the Mortgage Insurance Act.

Florida Bans Public Employees from Using Term 'Climate Change'

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, ordered its officials not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, or reports.

Bog Walk Gorge bypass to open by January

AS of January next year motorists will no longer have to use the dangerous Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine, and travel time from Kingston to Ocho Rios in St Ann will be cut to less than 50 minutes, down from an approximate one-hour-and-forty-five minute drive.

Jamaica addresses US Human Trafficking concerns

The National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) says it has achieved all its targets arising from Jamaica’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons report and has addressed all the recommendations from the previous report.

Primary and High School Students to Be Exposed to Financial Literacy

The pilot phase of the initiative involving the Ministry of Education, and private sector entity, Money Basics for Kids, to deliver financial literacy to primary and high school students, kicked off on March 4 with a teacher training symposium, at the Medallion Hall Hotel, in St. Andrew.

Going Its Own Way – The Dominican Republic

News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Mar. 3, 2015: Last month, Danilo Medina, the President of the Dominican Republic, made clear that it was time to reset his country’s foreign policy to better reflect its development objectives and the process of change and modernization now underway.
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Fully Equipped Internet Cafe Opens in Green Pond

Residents of Green Pond in St. James are benefitting from a fully equipped Internet Café and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, that has been established by the Government at a cost of $4.7 million.
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