April 27, 2017

Caribbean Immigration Services Director not surprised at US Remittance Tax

From Jamaica Gleaner Managing Director of the New York-based Caribbean Immigration Services, Irwine Clare, says he’s not surprised by the decision of the United States to propose legislation to tax remittances sent to countries like Jamaica. The tax would be used to fund the wall President Donald Trump campaigned on and insists will be built […]

Holness charged to lead Jamaica to global ganja prosperity

From Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness is being challenged to lead Jamaica forward to global prosperity, by way of a well-pronounced ganja industry, and to prevent the nation from soon having to import the herb. Basil Hylton, president of the Kingston and St Andrew Ganja Growers and Producers Association, made his appeal to the […]

Caribbean disappoints at World Relays

From Caribbean National Weekly Only three Caribbean teams managed to finish among the top ten countries in the medal count at the recently held World Relays in Bahamas. The United States was the overwhelming winner with 60 medals overall, followed by Jamaica with 39 and Australia third with 24 medals. Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamas […]

JAMAICA: More than 50% of electricity demand to be supplied by renewables

By Douglas McIntosh From JIS Story Highlights: The Government is projecting that within two years, more than half of Jamaica’s electricity demand, totalling nearly 700 megawatts will be generated from renewable sources. According to Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, this is based on the Government’s “aggressive” approach to fuel diversification resulting in […]

An exit from the Caribbean housing trap

BY MICHAEL G. DONOVAN AND THERESE TURNER-JONES From Americas Quarterly Putting a decent roof over everyone’s head in the Caribbean would cost $18 billion. Here are three keys to making it happen. The Caribbean is caught in a housing trap. The cost of living is high: building a house in Kingston is three times more […]

At 117, Jamaican woman likely just became world’s oldest

By RAYMOND SIMPSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS From ABC News DUANVALE, Jamaica — Apr 17, 2017, Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. On Saturday, she is believed to have become […]

Give Jamaicans overseas more access to invest in Jamaica

From South Florida Caribbean News Maureen Hayden-Cater says Give Jamaicans Overseas More Access to Invest in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica – Maureen Hayden-Cater, managing director, JN Bank, one of the top three commercial banks in Jamaica, says the country must move to establish more concrete avenues for Jamaicans in the Diaspora to contribute to the development […]

New Caribbean Alliance student organization hopes to raise cultural awareness

By Olivia Williams from Kent Wired.com The Student Organization of Caribbean Alliance (SOCA) held their first meeting in Oscar Ritchie hall Wednesday. SOCA‘s goal is to encourage awareness of the diversity of Caribbean cultures and traditions. It hopes to unite Caribbean students, as well as others, who share an interest in the Caribbean. The organization […]

UK offers assistance to Jamaica in push to Renewables

From Jamaica Gleaner Technology and training are areas, that a delegation from the United Kingdom (UK) are willing to assist the Government of Jamaica with, to close gaps that exist in these sectors. Dawn Butler, a British member of Parliament who is among the group visiting the country in search of renewable opportunities told The […]

Jamaican Shamique Simms Is the New Caribbean’s Next Top Model

Shamique Simms is the Caribbean’s Next Top Model (CaribeNTM) 2017. The finale of CaribeNTM took place on Monday April 3rd and this year’s competition ended in dramatic fashion, as two contestants tied for second place – Samantha West from Trinidad and Nkechi Vaughn Guyana. It was, however, the 5 foot 9 Jamaican who won the […]