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JAMAICA working with US Gov't to stem crime, says Ambassador Marks.

WASHINGTON DC, March 5, 2021 - Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks kicked off her town hall style, online meeting with the diaspora on Thursday March 4th 2021, by assuring Jamaicans that the government is working aggressively to implement all aspects of the Plan Secure Jamaica initiative, aimed at dealing with the crime problem facing the country.
  • Published in Diaspora
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VENEZUELA reaffirms claim to disputed Essequibo region of Guyana

February 28, 2021 - Venezuela has reaffirmed what it says is its entitlement to the disputed Essequibo region now held by Guyana, by way of yet another statement affirming ownership. The  Nicolás Maduro governmnent said it participated in an ICJ hearing, "as a courtesy," not as part of the proceedings, in a virtual meeting with the president of the ICJ, Joan E. Donoghue, following a unilateral demand by Guyana in the midst of the territorial dispute over the Essequibo.

EU summons its ambassador to Cuba to explain letter to Biden

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has summoned its ambassador to Cuba to return to Brussels to explain himself after he reportedly signed an appeal asking U.S. President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba and begin normalizing ties with the country.

JAMAICA | James Forbes freed of corruption charge

KINGSTON, Jamaica —February 26, 2021 Former head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Community Safety and Security Branch, James Forbes on Wednesday had his 2014 conviction and sentence for corruption thrown out by the Court of Appeal.
  • Published in Justice
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CARICOM express dismay over BVI Commission of Inquiry

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 26, 2021 - CARICOM Heads of government say they are dismayed at the manner in which a Commission of Inquiry (COI) was established in the British Virgin Islands with no consultation, or prior communication, between the UK government and the duly-elected government of the British Virgin Islands.
  • Published in CARICOM
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JAMAICA | Dr. Angela Brown-Burke wants development of Education Policy

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Shadow Minister of Education and Training, Dr Angela Brown Burke is calling for the Ministry of Education to develop a policy that places emphasis on all students. The Shadow Minister is contending that, “attention to ALL students is important because learning is cumulative, and focus on only the exam grades now compromises the prospects of future exam grades.” 
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CARICOM | Member States to get additional training in e-procurement system

CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana - Friday, 26 February 2021 - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States will be exposed to further capacity building in the use of online systems for executing procurement when they participate in a virtual training exercise on the Community Public Procurement Notice Board (CPPNB).
  • Published in CARICOM
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JAMAICA under cyber threat says PM Holness, urges vigilance

KINGSTON, February 25, 2021- Prime Minister Andrew Holness says It has been assessed that over the past few weeks there have been increasing instances of malicious cyber activity directed at both Government and private entities. 
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JAMAICA | UK Travel Restrictions To Be Extended

KINGSTON,  February 25, 2021 - The Government of Jamaica will be extending the current travel restrictions and protocols for travellers from the United Kingdom until Monday, March 15, 2021.
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DIASPORA | Julius Garvey to spotlight Caribbean diaspora contribution to US

WASHINGTON, DC - The contribution of members of the Caribbean diaspora to the United States will be highlighted as part of Black History Month, with the son of Jamaica's national hero, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Julius Garvey – set to give the  keynote address at a Black History Month forum on February 28.
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JAMAICA | Opposition Calls for Greater Details on Social Insurance Programme

    KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Social Security, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris is calling for greater details on the social insurance programme announced by the Government of Jamaica recently. “Whilst we welcome the initiative, we need to have greater details on its operation,” says Senator Dr. Floyd Morris. The Government had announced its intention to establish a social insurance programme in previous budgets, however no further information had come to Parliament until a media release this week indicated that the fund had already been operationalized. “We have not received any details on how beneficiaries will be selected, how they will be registered, who are the major target audiences, what are the controls that will be put in place to prevent fraud and abuse, and how it will be sustained,” said a concerned Senator Morris. The Opposition Spokesman is particularly unsettled with these developments, in light of the recent challenges with reports from the Auditor General’s Department on various programmes operated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. He said, “This ‘Nicodemus’ approach to a very important programme is unacceptable. Both the public and the Parliament should have access to all aspects of the initiative to ensure that the poor and vulnerable in Jamaica are protected. We do not want a scheme set up by the Government where taxpayers’ money can be scammed away.” The Spokesman on Labour and Social Security is calling on the Minister of Labour and Social Security to urgently table a Ministry Paper in the Parliament, outlining all aspects of the initiative. -30-
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CARICOM Observing Turks and Caicos election process

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana -Friday 19 February 2021)  - A CARICOM Elections Observation Mission (CEOM) are now in the Turks and Caicos islands  observing and monitoring the conduct of today's  General Elections.
  • Published in CARICOM
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CARICOM Summit To Examine Impact Of COVID-19

BRIDGETOWN, B'dos, Feb. 19, 2021- Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will lead a delegation to this year’s Thirty- Second Inter-sessional Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from February 24 to 25, where COVID-19 and its impact on the region is one of the major agenda items down for discussion.
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President Biden Sends Immigration Bill to Congress aimed at Modernizing Immigration System

WASHINGTON DC, February 18, 2021 - US President Joe Biden has sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress which proposes major overhauls to the system, including granting legal status and a path to citizenship to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and other groups and reduce the time that family members must wait outside the US for green cards.
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CARICOM and Canadian Foreign Ministers to Meet

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana - Thursday, 18 February 2021)  -  The Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Canada will meet virtually on Friday 19 February 2021, with the discussions  expected to centre on key issues of mutual interest including the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Recovery, and Climate Resilience.
  • Published in CARICOM
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