Justin will embrace us but not like Pierre

Justin will embrace us but not like Pierre

  Canadians decisively rejected Stephen Harper and a continuation of the policies of his Conservative government in the election last week. The Conservatives were in office for nine years, during which time Canada was one of the few developed economies not to suffer serious economic slowdown and remained immune to the financial crisis which ravaged […]

Plea to Jamaican youth: ‘Let’s connect’

Plea to Jamaican youth: ‘Let’s connect’

By Gerald V. Paul “We must rescue our young people,” an impassioned Lloyd Wilks, Jamaican consul general to Toronto, told the welcome reception of the country’s new high commissioner to Canada Tuesday evening. Speaking at the Jamaican Canadian Centre where Janice Miller was being introduced, Wilks, a career diplomat with more than 25 years in […]

Gala celebrates Jamaica independence

Gala celebrates Jamaica independence

  Gala celebrates Jamaica independence By Jasminee Sahoye As Jamaicans around the world observed the country’s 52nd independence anniversary yesterday, Canadians of Jamaican heritage will celebrate with one of that country’s government ministers at a gala in Toronto on Saturday. Jamaica’s State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, will deliver the keynote address at […]

Caribbean Tourism Organization to auction off Bolt’s spikes

Caribbean Tourism Organization to auction off Bolt’s spikes

The training shoes used by the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt at the 2013 World Championship Games in Moscow, will be auctioned in New York City, June 6. The shoes, which were handcrafted by Puma, will start at a bid set at US$18,000 at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Education Foundation auction. With a bounce […]

Chinese colonising Jamaica – trade minister worried

Chinese colonising Jamaica – trade minister worried

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett is urging the Government to address concerns by some Jamaicans that a heavy Chinese economic infusion into Jamaica could negatively affect the country’s sovereignty. Bartlett described the prevailing suspicion of the Chinese as an age-old discussion on how international aid and investment influence the sovereignty […]

JA Gov't, Chinese close in on Goat Islands deal

JA Gov't, Chinese close in on Goat Islands deal

After months of speculation, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) confirmed that Goat Islands will be the site of a Chinese seaport. The port, which will form a part of the much-touted logistics hub, will provide 10,000 permanent jobs. The area to be developed will total 600 acres, he said. Goat Islands are cays situated […]

Jamaica credit rating upgraded

New York – International credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded Jamaica’s credit rating after the country completed its debt exchange last week. The agency lifted Jamaica’s long-term foreign currency issuer default ratings to triple-C, seven notches into junk territory, from restricted default. According to the Wall Street Journal, the upgrade concludes Fitch’s assessment of the […]

Jamaica moves closer to decriminalising ganja

Jamaica moves closer to decriminalising ganja

MARIJUANA advocates in Jamaica are on a high after Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell signalled that the use of marijuana in specific quantities is on the Parliamentary agenda for decriminalisation in the upcoming legislative year. However, in casting aside any notion of an impending legalisation of the weed, Paulwell, […]

Commission of Enquiry to examine events into extraditing Dudas

Commission of Enquiry to examine events into extraditing Dudas

Jamaica’s Governor General has appointed a Commission of Enquiry to examine the events that led to attempts to extradite Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in May 2010. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen announced the three-member Commission. They are Chairman, Sir David Simmons, retired Chief Justice of Barbados and former attorney general of Barbados; Justice […]