March 24, 2023

New JLP leader and PM one-step closer

Education Minister, Andrew Holness, is set to become Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister after his parliamentary colleagues put aside their own ambitions to endorse his candidacy to become leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). The powerful endorsements brought to 12 the number of Government MPs who have publicly declared their support for Holness, who is […]

Diageo moving production of Red Stripe US supply

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) – Alcoholic drink maker Diageo PLC is moving production of the U.S. supply of its Red Stripe beer from Jamaica to the U.S. starting next year. Seventy jobs are to be lost at Red Stripe by April next year, as the company moves production for the North American market to the United […]

Golding makes constitutional amendments

Jamaica’s Prime Minister has confessed that the handling of the Christopher “Dudus” Coke extradition has maimed the image of his party. Hon. Mr. Golding recently stepped down as the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party in light of his links to the West Kingston strongman. Dudus’ transferal to the US authorities, on gun and drug […]

Vybz Kartel faces murder charge

Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder. A police statement issued in Kingston on Monday said that the 35-year-old artist was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Investigators accuse the rapper, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, of conspiring with others to kill a 27-year-old promoter […]

Jamaica PM: Coke saga a reason for his resignation

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s outgoing leader said Sunday that public perceptions about his handling of a U.S. extradition request for drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke contributed to his recent decision to resign. In a nationally televised address, Prime Minister Bruce Golding said questions about the role he played in the Coke saga, which he […]

Reggae pioneer Leonard Dillon dies in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The leader of the pioneering reggae group The Ethiopians has died in Jamaica. Leonard Dillon was 68. Daughter Patrice Dillon says her father died Wednesday at her home of lung and prostate cancer. She says Dillon had been diagnosed with cancer in June and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor […]

Battle over new JLP leadership

Political pundits believe that a mysterious meeting between Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) officials, just hours after the JLP Leader and Prime Minister announced his plan to resign, was part of a conspiracy. The Jamaican Prime Minister, Honourable Bruce Golding, has formally announced his decision to vacate the country’s leadership position, despite pleas from his party. […]

Jamaica offers economic advice to Greece

Jamaica’s Finance Minister Audley Shaw said Greece should follow the example of the Caribbean nation and restructure the national debt as a first step toward solving its economic crisis. “Start with that debt exchange,” Shaw said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. “We had to do it because we had no […]