January 25, 2020

New PM wants to break ties

Jamaica’s new prime minister has declared that “the time has come” for her country to break its ties to the monarchy. In her inaugural address, Portia Simpson Miller, first paid tribute to the Queen: “I love the Queen. She is a beautiful lady, and apart from being a beautiful lady, a wise lady and a […]

Jamaica to review China deal

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has held initial talks with China’s Ambassador to Jamaica on adjusting the structure and implementation of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) funded by the Asian country. The discussion with Ambassador Zhen Qingdian took place on Saturday, two days after Simpson Miller was sworn in as the new head […]

Simpson Miller sworn in 2nd time as Jamaica PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Portia Simpson Miller was sworn in for the second time as Jamaica’s prime minister Thursday, pledging to ease its deep poverty, boost the sputtering economy, heal political divisions and sever colonial-era links with Britain. Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush was present at Thursday’s ceremony. Simpson Miller, whose 1½-year-long first stint in office […]

Family killed in crash

A Canadian couple were rushing their toddler to hospital in Jamaica when their car collided with an oncoming truck, killing all three and another relative, police say. Local authorities said that at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Garina and Diane Dixon and two-year-old Nekeil were driving from Willowdene to Spanish Town on the Caribbean island nation when […]

Jamaica’s opposition party wins big in elections

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s opposition capitalised on discontent over the economy to return to power Thursday, as voters gave the country’s first female leader a second chance to govern the island. Supporters of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, 66, shimmied and shouted in the capital, Kingston, as they heard that the center-right government […]

Election race neck and neck

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s two main political parties are in a neck-and-neck race to capture a majority of the country’s 63 parliamentary seats and win control of the government for the next five years. Both sides were predicting victory after a hard-fought lead-up to yesterday’s general elections pitting Jamaica’s youngest prime minister and his […]

Activist criticizes campaign’s anti-gay rhetoric

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The leader of Jamaica’s sole gay rights group said Tuesday that some ruling-party candidates have aggressively played to anti-gay constituents by resorting to homophobic rhetoric in the final days of the campaign for this week’s national elections. Dane Lewis, executive director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said […]

Police find severed head of Jamaica gangster

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican investigators on Wednesday found the severed head and bullet-riddled body of a man they believe was a high-ranking member of a notorious drug-and-extortion gang known for beheading victims. A police statement said the bloody head was found Wednesday along a commercial strip in Spanish Town, a southern city where violent […]

Volvo head to Jamaica

Volvo Buses has received an order for a total of 230 city buses from Kingston, Jamaica. The first 65 buses will be delivered at the end of 2011. The transaction is worth just over 16 million euros. “The Jamaican authorities are now implementing a massive public transport improvement programme in Kingston to create better living […]

Here comes the bride, all dressed in . . . nothing?

Hedonism II is looking for 10 engaged couples who would like to get married in the nude on Valentine’s Day 2012. The festivities will be televised, of course. But “please note that nudity will be blurred for television,” which might be the best line from a wedding invite ever. A nude wedding brings up all […]