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JAMAICA | Cabinet Grants Official Funeral for Former Ministers Pringle, Nelson

KINGSTON, January 21, 2019 - Cabinet has approved official funeral services for two former Government Ministers. Former Government Minister and trade unionist Dwight Nelson was accorded an official funeral during a session of Cabinet earlier this month, while former Tourism Minister Frank Pringle has also been accorded an official funeral.

Guyana protests Canadian High Commission alleged complicity in attempted toppling of gov’t

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 11, 2019 - The Foreign Ministry has lodged a blistering protest with Canada over the alleged complicity by its High Commission in Guyana in an attempt to  topple the David Granger-led administration after its diplomatic security officer accompanied former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud to a waiting plane hours after he voted to pass an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion.
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JAMAICA | Reggae Girlz to be Honoured in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC, January 11, 2019- Reggae Girlz, the national women’s soccer squad of Jamaica, will be the toast of the town in Washington, DC, on Saturday evening, January 19, as the 7th Annual Jamaica David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Red Carpet Fundraiser rolls out.
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JAMAICA'S Vote to withdraw Recognition of Venezuela disgraceful says PNP

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 11, 2019: The Opposition People's National Party Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Lisa Hanna, says Jamaica’s vote yesterday in the Organisation of the American States (OAS), not to recognise Nicolas Maduro's second term as president of Venezuela,  has departed from the traditional principles on which the nation has relied for decades and has thereby brought into disgrace, the country’s image in the international community.

CARICOM divided on OAS votes not to recognize Maduro as Venezuela President

WASHINGTON DC,  January 10, 2019 - Members of the Caribbean Community were today split in relation to a vote in the Organization of American States (OAS) as the hemispheric body approved a resolution calling on member states "to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new term as of the 10th of January of 2019."

AFRICA | Tshisekedi’s victory in the DRC is historic – but controversial

DR CONGO, January 10, 2019 - Félix Tshisekedi is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) president elect. He is the leader of one of the DRC’s longest serving opposition parties, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress. Before the election, he joined forces with Vital Kamerhe and his Coalition for Change. Tshisekedi promised to make Kamerhe his prime minister if he was elected president.
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JAMAICA | Holness laments the extent of violent crimes affecting Jamaica

KINGSTON, January 10, 2019 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness is clearly not pleased that he is not receiving support from the opposition PNP to extend the states of emergency in Kingston, St. Catherine and St. James, two of which have already expired and the third, St. James which will expire on January 31.

DR Congo Opposition Leader Felix Tshisekedi Wins Election

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the Dec. 30 presidential elections - with more than 38% of the votes, according to the provisional results that were announced Wednesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

JAMAICA | Government and Opposition teams agree on Cooperation

KINGSTON, Jamaica. January 8, 2019: Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips and their respective teams met late into last night to discuss issues of national security and crime management; and the desire to have a national consensus on these issues.

Prime Minister Hails Accompong Town Maroons

ACCOMPONG, St. Elizabeth, January 7, 2019 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has hailed the Accompong Town Maroons in St. Elizabeth, noting that their togetherness is a shining example of peace for the rest of Jamaica.

JAMAICA | No cover-up in Dunns River audit says Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaica January 7, 2019 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness this afternoon met with and received a full briefing from the Boards of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the St. Ann Development Company (SADCO) on the audit report into the operations of the Dunns River Falls attraction in St. Ann.

GUYANA| Attorney General asks High Court to calculate “absolute majority” in no-confidence vote

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, January 7, 2019 - The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC., today, filed a legal action challenging the legality of the December 21, 2018 vote in the National Assembly and asked the High Court to find that 34 instead of 33 votes are required to pass a no-confidence motion. This is the second case to be filed in the matter.
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GUYANA | Court to decide Legality of Charrandass Persaud's December 21 vote

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, January 5, 2019 - The legality of Charrandass Persaud’s vote on December 21 during the 111th sitting of the National Assembly which saw the coalition APNU+AFC government losing to the Opposition PPP in a no-confidence vote, is being challenged in the Court of Law. Persaud’s dual citizenship is the foundation of the challenge.
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JAMAICA | PNP Wants Sanctions Against Those Implicated in Dunns River Falls Fraud

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 3, 2019 - The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister for Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeill is calling on the government to take immediate steps to sanction persons implicated in the massive fraud and misappropriation of funds in excess of one hundred million dollars at the world famous attraction, Dunn’s River Falls and Recreational Park.

JAMAICA |Security Forces Remain Committed to Safety and Security

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 3, 2019 - The Government of Jamaica and Security Forces remain resolute in their commitment to safety and security in the country. Thgis is the word from Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his security chiefs, after an intense two-day consultation meeting, reaffirmed the Government’s position on tackling crime and restoring security and safety across the island.

Brazil: Bolsonaro Slashes Minimum Wage by Executive Order

BRAZILIA,  Jan. 3, 2019 - Brazil’s new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro lowered the minimum wage. He signed a decree that sets the minimum wage to 998 Brazilian reais (approximately US$257) from 1,006 Brazilian reais (approximately US$267) as estimated by former President Michel Temer.

JAMAICA | PNP Parliamentarians support Opposition Leader

KINGSTON, Jamaica.Wednesday, January 2, 2019: The Parliamentary Group of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says it is in full support of the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips and his position on a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the States of Emergency (SOEs), and is repudiating statements from Jamaica House that the Opposition Leader is delaying the meeting with the Prime Minister until the (SOEs) have expired.
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GUYANA | Gov't says PPP plans to disrupt National Assembly

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - The Government of Guyana says it has credible evidence that the Opposition intends to disrupt tomorrow’s sitting of the National Assembly at which the Speaker is expected to address the consequences of the December 21 vote.
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CARICOM SG congratulates Haiti on 215th Independence Anniversary

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 1, 2019 - CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Haiti on its Two Hundred and Fifteenth Anniversary of Independence, 1 January 2019, noting the continued significance of the occasion as a symbol of triumph over adversity.
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JAMAICA | Prime Minister and Opposition Leader hold Private Meeting

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 2, 2019 - Despite the fall-through of a meeting called with Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips for ten o'clock this morning to discuss security matters, which the Opposition Leader said he was unable to make due to scheduling conflicts, both leaders at the urging of civil society and the private sector, held private discussions this afternoon at Vale Royal.

Jamaica | Holness says Plan to Secure Jamaica is in Place

KINGSTON, Jamaica January 2, 2018 - Following continuous lambasting by the Parliamentary Opposition, it appears as if the long awaited Crime Plan is now in place. Prime Minister Andrew Holness is this afternoon reassuring the Jamaican public that what he has called, Plan Secure Jamaica, is now in full effect.
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