Thursday, January 21

Jamaica News

Shelly-Ann blasts to victory in the 100m at the London Olympics
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Shelly-Ann blasts to victory in the 100m at the London Olympics

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica saw off the challenge of American Carmelita Jeter to retain her Olympic 100m title in London. Fraser-Pryce moved ahead at the halfway stage and held on in a close finish to win in 10.75 seconds. Jeter beat another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, on the line for bronze. Fraser-Pryce becomes the first woman since American Gail Devers in 1992 and 1996 to win back-to-back 100m titles at Olympic Games. Read more - BBC News
Alia Atkinson finishes 4th in 100 metre breaststroke
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Alia Atkinson finishes 4th in 100 metre breaststroke

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson barely missed out on a first ever medal for herself and Jamaica in a swimming event at the Olympics after she finished 4th in the finals of the 100 metre breaststroke at the London Olympic Games. Alia's 4th place time was 1:06.93 behind third placed  Satomi Suzuki of Japan who swam 1:06.46 and the winner of the event 15 year old Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania who won in 1:05.47.
Jamaican to be Honoured by White House as Champion of Change
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Jamaican to be Honoured by White House as Champion of Change

Jamaican born Dr. Claire A. Nelson, founder and president of the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will be honoured by the White House on Friday July 27 as a Champion of Change. Dr. Nelson is one of nine Champions of Change being honoured in Washington, D.C. as “leaders who have exemplified extraordinary successes and efforts toward the development of, and diplomacy with, their countries or communities of origin." She will be recognised for her work with the Caribbean American Diaspora and for, among other things, advancing exchanges and partnerships with both the United States (US) public and private sectors. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, said that “these exceptional individuals, with their work in sports and community development, in ed...
Jamaica and Canada to Strengthen Crime Fighting Partnership
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Jamaica and Canada to Strengthen Crime Fighting Partnership

The Governments of Jamaica and Canada are partnering to combat illicit drug trafficking and other transnational crimes throughout the international maritime supply chain. Speaking at on July 18 Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, informed that Cabinet has approved the signing of a Letter of Intent between both Governments. She said the Letter is part of a funded and enhanced Government of Jamaica/United Nations (UN) Office of Drug Control/World Customs Organisation co-operation. Ms. Falconer informed that the agreement will establish a partnership to reinforce and promote national capacity to meet international obligations. “It will also provide an efficient response to transnati...
Signup to Become a Jamaica 50 Volunteer
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Signup to Become a Jamaica 50 Volunteer

Jamaica is celebrating 50 years of independence in 2012. A myriad of events and celebrations are taking place and the Jamaica 50 Secretariat an arm of the Ministry of Youth and Culture with a mandate to plan, organize and execute the events to celebrate Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee is seeking volunteers! Jamaica is on a Mission writing the next great moments of our history. The Secretariat needs your help! Join your community groups and help to beautify our country. Commit to taking responsibility for your action. Be your brother’s keeper and let us all rise. Get involved join the mission. Become a Volunteer. Let us know how you can help make Jamaica a better place today and beyond. To sign up to become a Jamaica 50 Volunteer visit - jam50.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Electricity Coverage in Jamaica close to 100%
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Electricity Coverage in Jamaica close to 100%

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says electricity coverage across Jamaica currently stands at approximately 97.5 per cent. Speaking at the St. Andrew Rotary Club’s 2012/13 installation banquet held recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Mr. Paulwell said the high level of coverage is a significant achievement when compared to “some countries with huge oil deposits that are nowhere near that figure”. He said the success is partly attributable to the Government’s Rural Electrification Programme (REP), which has facilitated the provision of electricity to some 74,000 homes, since its inception in 1975. He informed that some 32,000 homes received electricity within the last decade. Noting that nearly one-third of all Jamaicans were without ...
Region must place high priority on Disaster Management
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Region must place high priority on Disaster Management

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says the region must place high priority on the issue of disaster management. He noted that the Caribbean region is considered to be the second most disaster prone in the world, and revealed that for Jamaica alone, it is conservatively estimated that for the past 10 years, the country has lost $14 billion annually, dealing with damage caused by impact of hazards, such as hurricane and floods. The Minister pointed out that this is more than the capital budget of many government departments. Mr. Arscott, who is the incoming Chair of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Council of Ministers, was speaking at the opening ceremony and cocktail reception for the third meeting of the Council of the ...
Diaspora Urged to Invest in Jamaica
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Diaspora Urged to Invest in Jamaica

Minister of State for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, is urging overseas nationals to look to the island for investment opportunities. Delivering the keynote address at the biennial Jamaica Diaspora North East United States (US) conference held on June 16 at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston, Mrs. Folkes-Abrahams cited prospects in information technology, tourism, health tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing. She said the government is well aware that the majority of the estimated two million Jamaicans were living overseas, mainly in the United Kingdom (UK), Canada and the US, wanted to make an even greater contribution to the social and economic development of the country, and is fully committed to taking decisive policy action to address the un...
Jamaica:The Sprint Factory – Video Feature by CBC Sports
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Jamaica:The Sprint Factory – Video Feature by CBC Sports

Stephanie Jenzer of CBC's The National has produced a wonderful feature titled "The Sprint Factory" in which she takes an close look Jamaica to find out why we produce so many of the worlds fastest sprinters. She notes that Jamaica currently owns just about all the 100m titles in the work at the Olympic, World Champion and Junior level. She also follows 2 Jamaica College athletes as they compete at Champs. Hats off to Stephanie and the CBC team on a wonderful feature that is a must see for all Jamaicans and fans of Jamaican sprinting.
Bank of Jamaica to release special 50th Anniversary Notes
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Bank of Jamaica to release special 50th Anniversary Notes

The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) officially launched its special series of 50th anniversary commemorative banknotes Wednesday June 19, in celebration of the country's Golden Jubilee. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who spoke at the event, said the notes are not only being launched to celebrate the 50th year of Jamaica's political independence, but "we are also witnessing the launch of a new generation of banknotes. These banknotes are not just decorated pieces of paper, or the standard kind you'd see go through the cash counters at a bank branch, but are important payment instruments that also symbolise our sovereignty, our nationhood, the natural diversity of our country and our people, and our journey as an independent country." Dr. Phillips said Jamaica's curr...