Harsher Penalties For Illegal Fishing In Jamaica’s Waters

The Government is tired of foreign vessels poaching the country’s fishing stock and is moving swiftly to implement stricter penalties for persons who fish illegally in Jamaica’s waters. Read more of this post

Jamaican Scientists Claims To Have Formula For Eliminating Prostate Cancer

The Executive Chairman of Environmental Health Foundation, Dr. Henry Lowe says he has developed a formula to reduce and eliminate prostate cancer, one of the most prevalent types of cancer in men. Read more of this post

Jamaica Airport To Be Renamed After James Bond Author

The Boscobel Aerodrome in Jamaica is be renamed the Ian Fleming International Airport in honour of the late James Bond author who lived in the northeastern parish of St Mary where the facility is located. Read more of this post

Quake Shakes Jamaica

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake rocked sections of Jamaica yesterday. There were, however, no reports of damage or injuries. Read more of this post

Bob Marley’s Family Loses Rights

Bob Marley’s family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer’s best-known recordings. Read more of this post

US Probes More People In Jamaica Gun Running

More people, including Jamaicans, could be hauled before the US courts over alleged trafficking of guns to this Caribbean island. Read more of this post

How The CIA Created The Jamaican Shower Posse

With the recent violence in Jamaica and the controversy over alleged drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, many people are talking about the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse and the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, where they have their base. Read more of this post

Jamaica Muslim Cleric Deportation Snag

The plan by the authorities in Kenya to send a Jamaican-born Muslim cleric back to his place of birth has reportedly hit a snag. Read more of this post

Jamaica Will Monitor Deported Extremist Muslim Cleric

A Jamaican-born Muslim cleric once jailed in Britain for urging the killing of Americans, Hindus and Jews will be a security concern for his Caribbean homeland when he is deported from Kenya, an official said Monday. Read more of this post

AA Plane Crashes In Jamaica

An injured American Airlines flight 331 passenger is being pushed in a wheelchair by a member of the flight crewl at the Norman Manley International Airport last night. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Forty passengers were reported injured when an American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 10:00 last night.

“The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital,” Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Observer. “There are no reports of fatalities.”

Flight AA331, a Boeing 737-800, had just arrived from Miami in pouring rain with 148 passengers and a crew of six when the accident occurred. Read more of this post

Bob Marley Heirs Wage Global War On Trademark Pirates

Heirs of the Jamaican reggae legend are plunging into the global trademark wars, seeking to enforce their exclusive rights to an image that has grown steadily in scope and appeal since the Jamaican superstar died of brain cancer in 1981 at age 36.

The Marley name, look and sound are estimated to generate an estimated $600 million a year in sales of unlicensed wares. Legal sales are much smaller — just $4 million for his descendants in 2007, according to Forbes magazine. The Marleys refuse to give a figure.

Now the family has hired Toronto-based Hilco Consumer Capital to protect their rights to the brand. Hilco CEO Jamie Salter believes Marley products could be a $1 billion business in a few years. Read more of this post

Jamaican PM: New Constitution Should Ban Gay Marriage

Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding said the country’s parliament would not recognize same-sex marriage while he was in power.

“I make no apology in saying decisively and emphatically that the government of Jamaica remains irrevocably opposed to the recognition, legitimization or acceptance of same-sex marriages or same-sex unions,” Golding said on Tuesday.

The prime minister was opening parliamentary debate on a major proposed amendment to the constitution which would lay out the scope of rights and freedoms for Jamaicans. Read more of this post

Most Countries Worse Off After IMF Agreement – US Think Tank

Weeks before Jamaica completes its application for a US$1.2-billion standby agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a United States think tank has issued a dire warning about the latest impact of the fund on developing countries.

While making no direct reference to Jamaica’s negotiations with the fund, the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) yesterday released a discussion paper in which it argues that 31 of 41 of countries with current IMF agreements have been subjected to harmful monetary and fiscal policies. Read more of this post

Jet Blue Airways $99 Fares To Barbados

JetBlue Airways  today announces an introductory fare sale for its three newest Caribbean destinations — Barbados; Kingston, Jamaica; and Saint Lucia.

Nonstop flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport begin in October to all three island getaways with fares starting at just $99(a) each way. Flights must be booked by June 17, 2009, for travel through Nov. 14, 2009, and all travel must originate in the United States. Service to Barbados, Kingston, and Saint Lucia is subject to receipt of foreign government operating authority.

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Jamaica ‘Best Destination For Currency-Savvy Brits’

Jamaica is currently the best destination for British travellers to visit in order to get the most out of their pound, according to research by International Currency Exchange (Ice).

Following recent fluctuations in currency values, the pound has increased by almost 24 per cent in value against the Jamaican dollar, the study found.Poland‘s zloty has fallen by 19 per cent against the pound. Read more of this post

Debt Ridden Air Jamaica To Cut Barbados Route Next Month


The head of Air Jamaica says the ailing carrier must eliminate six unprofitable routes and slash staff next month.

Bruce Noble is the chief executive of the debt-ridden airline. He says Air Jamaica’s flights to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, Barbados, Grenada and the island of Grand Cayman will be cut in late February.

Noble said Tuesday that Jamaica’s national carrier had to “cut routes where we are losing money.”

He says an undetermined number of workers will be dismissed around the same time. Air Jamaica has eliminated other routes and trimmed its workforce in recent years.

Jamaica expects to divest itself from the airline by April. Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said the carrier was losing US$141 million a year.

Source: forbes.com

2O Jamaica Women Assaulted At Airport

More than 20 female passengers who arrived in Barbados on a flight from Jamaica on November 30 are now claiming that they were abused and ‘touched’ on their private parts by immigration officials.

They also say that after going through the abuse, they were sent back to Jamaica without any explanation.

Immigration requirements are that all persons who wish to enter Barbados are required to hold a valid passport and a valid return ticket. But, despite fulfilling these requirements, they were still denied entry.

One passenger, *Angella Bassy, said she was assaulted and disgraced by a policeman. “I felt so humiliated as we sat there for over three hours waiting on Immigration to address us. When the police approached us, one said to me, mi hear seh you have drugs inna your. I said to him ‘excuse me? It’s my husband who sent me on a vacation. I have no such thing on me’. He then said ‘so how youso fat?”

Bassy said the policeman then walked off and a lady came and addressed the group saying they would not be permitted to enter the country and that they would have to board the next flight back to Jamaica in the morning.

Bona fide visitor

Halle Sprint*, another passenger told THE WEEKEND STAR that when she decided to visit Barbados for a month she did not know that she would be treated like an animal.

“The plane arrived in Barbados some minutes after 7 p.m. When we checked in, we were told that immigration needed to speak with us. One lady told me that I don’t look like a bonafide visitor and as a matter of fact she sending us to detention,” Sprint said.

She added that her nightmare started when she was locked up in a cell with three other women. “The cell had one little cot, some of us had to sleep on the floor and I was even denied a shower. That was devastating for me as I practice to bathe twice daily and my skin itched me for the entire night. Trust me, it was horrible and all now I don’t know why I was treated that way,” she said.

In the case of one of the other victims, Lacy, she claims that she was punched in her mouth because she was chewing a gum. “The officer asked me to stop chewing the gum and I didn’t, as me look a him come over and give me one ‘thump’ inna mi mouth, mi shock,” she said.

Like dogs

She said that she was also placed in a room for approximately three hours where an immigration officer questioned her. “… I must say that them treat we like dogs, I didn’t even get anything to eat.”

The women say that no one told them why this treatment was meted out to them and they were not charged for any crimes.

When THE WEEKEND STAR spoke to Herman Lamont, assistant director of the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Department at Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he said that he had no knowledge of this particular incident.

Lamont said that the passengers should however make a formal complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the matter will be investigated. He added that some months ago one passenger had made a complaint that the Bajan immigration department treated him unfairly and that this particular matter is now being investigated.

Efforts to reach the Bajan immigration department proved futile as the numbers were unavailable.

*Names changed on request.
Source: Jamaica Star

Jamaica Unemployment Rate To Skyrocket

Jamaica’s unemployment rate is about to get worse.

The country already has had nearly 12 percent unemployment. Now the Labor Minister says companies have warned the government of many more layoffs in the coming months.

Pearnel Charles tells the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that [they] can’t name the companies because workers have not been told.

The key bauxite industry is being hit hard by decreased demand for aluminum.

Charles said in the interview published Friday that he would meet with union leaders next week.

Source :The Guardian

Bolt Chosen World Athlete Of The Year

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Russian pole vaulter and female World Athlete of the Year Yelena Isinbayeva, Jamaican triple-Olympic medalist Usain Bolt and IAAF President Lamine Diack at the IAAF World Athletics Gala where the Caribbean sprint star took the title of male World Athlete of the Year.

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Russian pole vaulter and female World Athlete of the Year Yelena Isinbayeva, Jamaican triple-Olympic medalist Usain Bolt and IAAF President Lamine Diack at the IAAF World Athletics Gala where the Caribbean sprint star took the title of male World Athlete of the Year.


Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt has been named male World Athlete of the Year.

The Olympic triple medalist was declared the winner of this year’s award last night, when Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva also beat out his compatriots Veronica Campbell-Brown and Melaine Walker to take the award for female World Athlete of the Year. It was the third time for her, after also taking the title in 2004 and 2005.

A dapper Bolt, who captivated the attention of the sporting world with his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals, each with a World record performance said he felt very honoured.

“I have a motto that anything is possible. But this really is such an honour,” he said. “Just to be included with every great name in the sport is wonderful. I’ll try to do it year after year.”

He received US$100,000 along with the trophy.

Cuba’s Dayron Robles, who took the gold in the men’s 110-metres hurdles at the Olympics, also received an award for Male Performance of the Year.

Source: Caribbean 360

Elderly Men Sentenced For Human Trafficking

Despite pleas from defence lawyers for a non-custodial sentence, two elderly men were yesterday each sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to trafficking in persons involving a 14-year-old girl.

The men were the first persons to be charged in Jamaica with trafficking in persons. They pleaded guilty on Monday in the Home Circuit Court to the lesser offence of conspiracy to trafficking in persons.

Lisa Palmer, acting senior deputy director of public prosecutions, in outlining the facts of the case, said in May 2006, Graham and Stephens made plans to get the girl involved in prostitution.

The men approached an investigator from New Zealand who was in the island to conduct research into sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children.

They told the man that they could get a young girl for him to have sexual intercourse with, but he would have to pay them US$400.

The money was paid to the men and the investigator reported the matter to the police. A sting operation was set up and on May 24, 2006, when the men turned up with the girl in the New Kingston area, the police swooped down and arrested and charged them.

They were found with the US$400 in their possession.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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