JAMAICAN NEWS: March 14th – March 20th, 2015

MONTAGUE SAYS NEW TAXES A “BETRAYAL”—03/14/15 According to Robert Montague, the opposition spokesperson on energy from the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), The government of Jamaica must eliminated the tax on gas and electric power or face many angry island residents. Montague believes the tax represents a betrayal of the “People’s trust.” Noting the government’s promise […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: March 7th – March 13th, 2015

U.S. AMBASSADOR WANTS REDUCED TRADE BARRIERS—03/07/15 The United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno, is calling on the island’s government to reduce barriers to trade. According to Moreno, Jamaican should reduce both tariff and non-tariff barriers for products coming from the U.S. Lowering trade barriers is necessary to enable business success, said Moreno. OPPOSITION […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: February 28th – March 6th, 2015

JAPAN GIVES JAMAICA GRANT OF $100 MILLION YEN—02/28/15 A grant totaling $100 million yen, or J$96.6 million, has been given to Jamaica by Japan. The money is intended to purchase mining and civil works equipment from Japan, as well as environmental measuring devices, and health care supplies. An agreement signed by Japan’s ambassador Yasuo Takase, […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: February 21st – 27th, 2015

FINANCE MINISTER TABLES BUDGET—02/21/15 Dr. Peter Phillips, Jamaica’s Finance Minister, has tabled a budget of $641.5 billion for 2015-2016. In the budget, which is a little more than the $102.2 billion in the government expense budget for fiscal 2014-2015. The budget estimates include over $432 billion in recurrent expenditures and $209 billion that combine various […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: February 14th – 20th, 2015

USE OF CONTRACEPTIVES RISING IN JAMAICA—02/14/15According to the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), there has been an increase in the use of contraceptives among Jamaican women. Eighty-five percent of women reported using a contraceptive method, while 88 percent use it regardless of their level of education. Seventy-three percent of women in a union use contraceptives. […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: February 7th – 13th, 2015

PRIME MINISTER LAUDS BOB MARLEY ON HIS BIRTHDAY—02/07/15Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller marked the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth by offering a message that emphasized the reggae star’s legacy to Jamaica and the world. Simpson Miller said she joined with all Jamaicans and others around the world in celebrating Marley’s musical talent and […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: January 31st – February 6th, 2015

AUTHORITIES ISSUE APPEAL FOR MEASLES IMMUNIZATIONS—01/31/15Health authorities in Jamaica are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against measles and other preventable diseases. The warning from the Ministry of Health follows a recent outbreak of the disease in the United States and Mexico. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: January 24th – 30th, 2015

U.S. TO HELP JAMAICA GET INTERNET COVERAGE ISLANDWIDE—01/24/15Jamaica’s government is getting support from the United States that allows it to increase access to the Internet in rural areas and to implement initiatives designed to enhance sustainable energy options. The support is provided through two Memoranda of Understanding. One involves taking advantage of the unused television […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: January 17th – 23rd, 2015

TRAVELERS TO EBOLA COUNTRIES QUARANTINED—01/17/15Jamaica’s Ministry of Health has initiated the successful quarantine of eight travelers visiting the island from nations with outbreaks of the Ebola virus. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, said the quarantines were implemented to protect Jamaica’s population and to minimize the risk that the virus would be introduced in the […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: January 10th – 16th, 2015

PARTNERSHIPS INCREASE PARISH REVENUES—01/10/15Partnerships formed by Jamaica’s Ministry of Local Government, Tax Administration Jamaica, the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Fiscal Services Limited raised revenues for parish councils for 2013-2014. Overall, revenues increase over $8 billion for the fiscal year. A combination of burial inspections and property tax collections were cited as the chief […]
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