September 22, 2019

PM takes control

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has taken temporary control of an initiative touted as the country’s single largest, most comprehensive infrastructural programme after the Auditor General identified serious management shortcomings. The multi-million dollar Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) was previously the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and Works headed by Mike Henry. However, […]

Levi goes home with some “Reggae Reggae” Sauce

One of the biggest success stories from the UK’s version of Dragon’s Den went home to Jamaica last week. Levi Roots, real name Keith Valentine Graham, pitched his business idea to the Dragons on BBC television’s “Dragon’s Den”. The creator of Reggae Reggae Sauce is now worth an estimated $40m (US) and his empire just […]

Vybz gets bail rejected

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A judge in Jamaica has refused bail for a popular rapper facing two murder charges. The ruling Wednesday rejects a bail application by 35-year-old Vybz Kartel  in the slaying of a 27-year-old music promoter who was gunned down on a street corner in July. Resident Magistrate Opal Smith has not given a […]

Jamaica jobs boost

New Jamaican president Andrew Holness has outlined plans to create 20,000 tourism jobs in the coming years as part of a multi-million investment in the sector. A total of 15,825 new hotel rooms are also expected to be added to the Caribbean island’s stock, with approximately $60 billion in capital investment expected. Speaking at the […]

Severe death threats to police in Jamaica

An ominous cloud is now looming over the sanctity of Jamaica’s security forces, following persistent death threats against its members. After warning members of the security forces to be on the lookout for attacks against them by criminal elements, the Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, announced that there was a “high threat level” against the Island’s […]

Child killed by goal post

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican authorities say a 6-year-old child has been killed by the fall of a soccer goal post. It’s the third such incident this year. Authorities say 6-year-old Jevaughn Bailey was playing on his school’s field in rural St. Ann parish when the post fell on him. They say he was taken […]

Bad Vybz for dancehall star

There may be more trouble on the horizon for jailed Vybz Kartel. The dancehall DJ, who is already facing charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, could be at the centre of police investigations into two additional murders, according to police sources. The news came as the artiste, whose real […]

Jamaica’s major electricity company now buying electricity

The Jamaica Public Service, JPS, Jamaica’s major light and power company, has been subject to unrelenting attacks from their consumers over the high costs of their electricity bills. But to combat this they have come up with a controversial twist. The company responsible for the generation and distribution of electricity for the tropical island is […]

Jamaica calls for heli-Help

For more than four decades, Canada trained the helicopter pilots and mechanics of the Jamaica Defence Force. But last year, Jamaica decided to bring home the training and do all the work itself. However, its mechanics couldn’t keep up with the demand and after a while the Jamaicans found themselves in the very uncomfortable position […]

No more garrisons says PM elect

Suspense is rapidly escalating as to whether Jamaica’s new Prime Minister to be, Andrew Holness will be assigned Member of Parliament, MP, for the Western Kingston constituency, hometown of the former area leader, Christopher “Dudus” Coke. If the incoming Prime Minister inherits the constituency, he could be charged with the responsibility of improving the rapport […]