World Bank grants US$12m to assist early-childhood development

MORE THAN 300,000 children in Jamaica are expected to benefit from expanded and improved early-childhood development programme, as a result of US$12 million in additional funding approved by the World Bank’s board of executive directors. Additional funds will contribute to improve parenting, care and school readiness for children from zero to six; as well as […]

Labour Minister wants Visa waived for farm workers

By Gerald V. Paul Jamaica’s Labour Minister Derrick Kellier has appealed to the Canadian Government to lift the visa requirement for seasonal farm workers in Canada. Kellier made the request to High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica Robert Ready at the opening of the annual review meeting for the Canada’s Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural programme being […]


Pegasus Hotel, KINGSTON, Jamaica , Wednesday, 5th February, 2014: By: Claudette de la Haye, Caribbean Financial Network News, Detroit, Michigan, USA The Gleaner’s Children’s Zone Jamaican Spelling Bee is an institute of 56 years – longer than Independence. Preparation for children in the Spelling Bee Manual is four months which, is hardly enough time for […]

RBC sells Jamaican operations to Sagicor

Royal Bank of Canada Wednesday said it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell RBC Royal Bank (Jamaica) Limited and RBTT Securities Jamaica Limited to Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. It said the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and is expected to be finalized in the coming months. “Consistent with […]

Entrepreneurship to be a part of grade school teaching in Jamaica

Wayne Chen, president of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), has welcomed the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) plans to introduce subjects related to entrepreneurship as part of efforts to boost the economies of the region. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Chen said it was an initiative for which he had been lobbying for some time. “In […]

Norman Peart's bolt to stardom

Norman Peart – manager for Usain Bolt. Getting to his parents’ farm in Schawfield, Trelawny, still requires travelling the length and breadth of a dirt road, while jolting his deep-rooted senses that responsibility and accountability are life skills that cannot be purchased. Norman Peart, mentor and manager of Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt, could never have envisioned […]

Jamaican Ski Team

Jamaican Ski Team

When I take my son’s snow boarding this winter I wonder if some day they will be good enough to represent a country in the winter Olympics. Meet 22 year old Errol Kerr a founding member of the Jamaica Ski Team. Born in Brooklyn he holds dual citizenship courtesy of his Jamaican father and American […]

Most Torontonians of Jamaican descent a boon to the city

Most Torontonians of Jamaican descent a boon to the city

Royson James Star Columnist These are the Jamaicans you don’t hear enough about — a high-achieving, prosperous community too often eclipsed by Toronto’s preoccupation with gang violence and street punks. Chances are they’re your boss, doctor, banker, caregiver, teacher, lawyer, plumber, university chancellor or the judge you’ll face in court tomorrow. But you could easily […]

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