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How Can The USVI Energize CARICOM? – Basil Springer Column

How Can The USVI Energize CARICOM? – Basil Springer Column

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” – Matthew 11:15   [BRIDGETOWN, Barbados] – The Caribbean is a multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious, multilingual region. The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM-1973) was initially a group of former British colonies. Today, CARICOM is a grouping of  20 countries: 15 Member States and five Associate Members. The islands of St. Croix, […]

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More Laptops and Tablets Shipped to UJAA Member Schools In Jamaica

More Laptops and Tablets Shipped to UJAA Member Schools In Jamaica

by Derrick Scott [Washington, DC] – The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA) out of New York have sent another shipment of laptop and tablet devices to their schools in Jamaica.  The devices are valued at JA $3 million, to complement the JA $11 million worth of equipment sent last week.  As a result, a […]

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St. Kitts and Nevis To Roll Out Its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

St. Kitts and Nevis To Roll Out Its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

[BASSETERRE, St. Kitts] – St. Kitts and Nevis’ vaccination plan is now ready said Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.  Persons residing in the Federation will start receiving the vaccine against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Monday, February 22, 2021. Prime Minister Harris made the announcement Thursday, February 18, during the first sitting of the National […]

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Can Medical Cannabis Save The Barbados Economy?

Can Medical Cannabis Save The Barbados Economy?

By Felicia J. Persaud & Danielle Corbin [NEW YORK] – Over a year after the passage of Barbados’ Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act, the Caribbean island nation officially opened for business last month, January 2021. The launch of the sector in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic comes at an ideal time. The local Barbados economy, as […]

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World Bank Approves US$10 Million to Enhance Jamaica’s Business Environment

World Bank Approves US$10 Million to Enhance Jamaica’s Business Environment

[WASHINGTON, DC] – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved additional financing of US$10 million for the ongoing Jamaica Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project. The additional financing will be used to scale up support for the Government of Jamaica’s business climate reform agenda. In addition it will contribute to Jamaica’s economic recovery by improving the […]

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Jetblue CEO Issues Apology to Jamaican Government and People of Jamaica

Jetblue CEO Issues Apology to Jamaican Government and People of Jamaica

[KINGSTON, Jamaica] –  Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways, Robin Hayes, issued a personal apology to the Jamaican Government and the people of Jamaica earlier today.  This following the recent controversial actions of one of the company’s employees. Mr. Hayes conveyed his sentiments during a phone call with Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, who has welcomed the apology. […]

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St. Kitts and Nevis Receives First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines

St. Kitts and Nevis Receives First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines

[BASSETERRE, St. Kitts] – The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has secured its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. In a national address on Saturday, February 13, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris  confirmed that the Federation has received two thousand doses of vaccine. That was courtesy of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica. “Our […]

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Jamaica’s Alumni Donates Laptops and Tablets to Jamaican Schools

Jamaica’s Alumni Donates Laptops and Tablets to Jamaican Schools

By Derrick Scott [Washington, DC] – Students worldwide continue to navigate the online learning environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 300 students from various Jamaican schools benefitted from a donation of laptops and tablets valued at $JA11 million.  Donations were made as a courtesy of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), New York. […]

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Congresswoman Wilson Urging Biden Administration to Suspend Deportations to Haiti During the Pandemic

Congresswoman Wilson Urging Biden Administration to Suspend Deportations to Haiti During the Pandemic

[Washington, D.C.] – Congresswoman Wilson is leading a letter to the Biden administration in response to the large number of expulsions to Haiti that have recently taken place under Title 42 of the Public Health Service Act. The letter urges the administration to rescind this practice.  Additionally, to temporarily suspend all deportations for the remainder […]

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Nominations Open Valentine’s Day for Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards

Nominations Open Valentine’s Day for Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards

[SOUTH FLORIDA] – On February 14th nominations will open for the Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards (JDAFCA).  This is the first global and virtual Jamaica Diaspora peer award with completely online public nominations and public voting. The award was first launched in 2017 at the 7th Biennial Diaspora conference. The awards were created to […]

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