Bahamas’ ranking falling in United Nations’ human development report
Nassau Guardian

The new United Nations (UN) report on human development revealed that The Bahamas has suffered a consecutive decline in its ranking over the past four years, placing 58th out of 188 countries in the recently released 2016...

#BudgetDebate: Phillips says JLP's management of the economy 'cause for concern'
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips, in his introductory remarks at the 2017/2018 Budget Debate currently underway at Gordon House, said the Jamaica Labour Party’s management of...

#BudgetDebate: No improvement in security, justice expected — Phillips
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on finance Peter Phillips says it is clear from the budget proposal, tabled by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government, that there will be no improvement in national...

#BudgetDebate: Holness challenges claim of court action against PNP’s NHT drawdown
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Andrew Holness today challenged a claim by Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) threatened to take the PNP...

#BudgetDebate: No gov't in Ja's history taxed health insurance — Phillips
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government was this afternoon chastened by Opposition Spokesman on finance, Dr Peter Phillips, as the first government in Jamaica's history to tax health insurance....

Govt committed to building a peaceful society — Holness
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the government is committed to the building of a peaceful society in keeping with Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Local News Tue,...

Finance minister says Gov't plans to discontinue taking funds from NHT
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, said the Government plans to discontinue withdrawing funds from the National Housing Trust (NHT) to finance the national budget. Local News Tue, 14 Mar 2017...

Trinidad bankers deny imposing high fees and charges, call for mutual respect
Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Following widespread criticism by legislators in recent weeks on bank fees and other charges, the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) said while it welcomes discussions...

Police finalising child interaction policy and procedure
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is working on finalising and promoting its Child Interaction Policy and Procedure (CIPP), which will serve as a guide to the police in treating with...

Registration deadline for E-LJAM Technology Day is March 17
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The deadline for schools to register for e-Learning Jamaica (e-LJam) Technology Day 2017 is March 17. Local News Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:38:48 GMT Police finalising child interaction policy and...

Syphilis cases a concern for Barbados health authorities
Jamaica Observer

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados health authorities are urging residents to educate themselves more about sexually transmitted infections (STI) as the island deals with an outbreak of syphilis. Local News Tue,...

US lawmaker mocks abortion law with call for masturbation fines
Jamaica Observer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women's access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate. Local News Tue, 14 Mar 2017...

Region's premier bank gets stable outlook rating from int'l rating agency
Jamaica Observer

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) said it has been assigned a Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of ‘AA+’ with a Stable Outlook and a Short-Term IDR of...

President calls for urgent investigation into Haiti bus tragedy
Jamaica Observer

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — President Jovenel Moïse has called on the competent authorities to investigate “as soon as possible” the accident that occurred on Sunday resulting in the death of 34 people...

Home-schooling gains steam as US debates school choice
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — As her eldest son conjugates French verbs with a tutor, Emily Bradley coaches her three-year-old in speech, while her daughter tackles math drills in the kitchen using coloured rods...

Wheatley says UTech’s degree critical to regional cooperation on climate change
Jamaica Observer

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley says the Master’s of Science in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change recently launched at the University of Technology (UTech) will play an important...

Bartlett seeks 50,000 German tourists by 2020
Jamaica Observer

Jamaica attracted approximately 20,000 German tourists last year, and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has now mandated the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and other industrial officials to raise the figure to 50,000 by 2020....

Redlands group on cocoa revival mission
Jamaica Observer

They may be armed with only a small grinder, mill, and big ideas for now, but the Redlands Promotion and Marketing Organisation (PMO) say this is enough inspiration to move forward, awaken the ‘sleeping’ cocoa...

Auditor general identifies financial irregularities at INSPORTS
Jamaica Observer

A special report tabled in Parliament by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis last Thursday has identified a slew of inconsistencies at the Government-run Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), outlining weaknesses in financial...

Verdict in ‘death squad’ trial expected today
Jamaica Observer

The seven-member female-led jury is expected to hand down a verdict in the alleged “death squad” murder trial today in the Home Circuit Court. Local News Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Auditor general identifies...

Stop viewing JDF as a last resort, soldier urges
Jamaica Observer

MAJOR Basil Jarrett, civil military cooperation officer at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), is urging people to stop viewing the military as a last resort. Local News Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Verdict in ‘death...

Gov’t reinstitutes national poverty reduction programme
Jamaica Observer

The Government has tabled a Green Paper, titled National Policy on Poverty and National Poverty Reduction Programme, which together constitute its response to the need for a systematic and accountable framework to...

Cuba agrees to extension on trade agreement with Caricom
Jamaica Observer

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuba is providing the Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries with an extension of the agreement on trade and economic cooperation which facilitates access to the Cuban market for hundreds of...

More for bettors
Jamaica Observer

Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) says it is seriously looking at the possibility of allowing free entry to punters in the bleachers section of both the Club Stand and Grandstand at Caymanas Park....

No choice
Jamaica Observer

Audley Shaw yesterday said the Government had no choice but to continue the $11.4-billion drawdown from the National Housing Trust (NHT) to help prop up the national budget, as to do otherwise at this time, given the...

Gov’t looking to expand available financial services
Jamaica Observer

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says that during 2017/18 financial year, the Government will pursue a range of initiatives to deepen the financial sector and expand the range of available financial...

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