October 19, 2019

Jamaican Government welcomes Windrush compensation scheme

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By Alecia Smith From JIS Story Highlights The Government has welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the Windrush Compensation Scheme by the British Government, and is encouraging individuals who have been affected to submit their claims. The scheme applies to members of the ‘Windrush Generation’ – immigrants who arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) […]

Jamaican churches questions country’s stance against Venezuela

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From Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) says it is mystified by two major decisions made by the Andrew Holness administration against Venezuela. In a press release yesterday, the JCC said it was concerned that the current administration has taken steps to forcibly acquire the Venezuelan government’s 49 per cent shares in Petrojam […]

Top Caribbean institution initiates historic partnership With Nigeria

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From The Stewardship Report Lagos, Nigeria. A development that can be described as historically significant took place recently when the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) based in Kingston, Jamaica signed a series of Memoranda of Understanding with Nigerian educational institutions that will enhance cooperation between the Caribbean institution and Nigeria’s educational sector. Vice President Osinbajo (centre) […]

European Union steps up support for three hurricane-hit Caribbean countries

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From Curacao Chronicle BRUSSELS – Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St Lucia yesterday signed agreements in support of the post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction efforts in those Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. The financing agreements amount to €30 million (US$35 million). The agreements were signed in Brussels […]

No Tax Haven – Caribbean leaders toughen stance on sweetheart deals, concessions

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By Romario Scott From Jamaica Gleaner Corporate sweetheart deals are hurting Caribbean countries, and their leaders, recognising this, are making a concerted effort to move away from the practice, which was once the tool of choice to lure investors to their respective countries. Their resolve is being fuelled by the low levels of growth in […]

Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission considers Regulation of Accomplice Evidence

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Accomplice evidence From The Law Reform Commission For public comment is a short paper on the regulation of accomplice evidence (“Queen’s Evidence) and a Bill entitled the “Criminal Justice (Offenders Assisting Investigations and Prosecutions) Bill, 2017. NOTE: This area of review was brought to our attention by the DPP, one of our members as well […]

Hundreds brave merciless heat to pay last sad tribute to a great man

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By Desmond Allen Executive Editor – Special Assignment From Jamaica Observer A packed Hope United Church and the overflow tent at 221 Old Hope Road, St Andrew, said all that was necessary about how Dr Lascelles Sewell Lewis had touched the lives of innumerable Jamaicans. They turned out on the morning of July 22, 2017, […]

Jamaican Government to reduce duties on prime beef for hotels

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Jamaica is taking steps to reduce duties on imported prime beef cuts, in an effort to support the country’s expanding tourism industry. With hotel rooms expected to double in Jamaica over the next few years, the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda, expects this to result […]

Caribbean gov’ts yet to fulfil financial commitments to Haiti – CDEMA head

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From Jamaica Gleaner Head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson has revealed that some two weeks after Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, Caribbean governments are yet to make good on their commitments to provide financial resources for relief efforts in the former French colony. “We have not received any cash contributions from […]

Cayman Islands cannabis oil legislation changes on track

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GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands Government is pushing on in its efforts to legalise the importation and dispensing of cannabis oil for medical use but acknowledges that questions loom about how it would be sourced and dispensed. Proposed legislation will be ready for debate when the Legislative Assembly reconvenes in late September […]