Jamaicans ecstatic over Tessanne Chin winning The Voice

Tessanne Chin
By Admin 18.12.2013

Damion Crawford, Minister of State in Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment,has extended sincere congratulations to Jamaican vocalist Tessanne Chin on her extraordinary achievement of winning the American reality television singing competition, “The Voice”.

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Caribbean News in Brief – February 9-12

By Admin 09.02.2012

Funding restricted     KINGSTON, Jamaica: This country is being restricted from accessing concessionary financing because of its middle-income classification.     Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, said that while he understood the reason, he …

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B’dos company chosen to manage regional ferry service

By ed 02.02.2012

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago: The Barbados-based Fast Caribbean Ltd. has been selected to manage a regional ferry service scheduled to come on stream this year, according to this country’s Minister of Transport, Devant Maharaj.

Initially, the ferry will carry passengers, vehicles and goods from its base in Trinidad & Tobago to Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Barbados, though the minister says that more routes will be added once the venture is deemed commercially viable.

“Fast Caribbean Ltd., the Barbados-based consortium, will charter from owners Montrose Global a 112-metre wave-piercing catamaran similar to those operating on the Trinidad & Tobago route,” Maharaj said.

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Minister wants festivals to attract more visitors

By ed 02.02.2012

TRELAWNY, Jamaica: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says his ministry will be looking at ways to use events such as the recent Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival to draw visitors and increase tourism to the country during weak travel periods.

“One of the things we are going to have to focus on and look at seriously is how we are going to use events more effectively to fill the weaker areas in our tourism calendar…especially during September, October and November periods.

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Jamaica must find ways to boost its economy – Minister

By ed 02.02.2012

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips, expects a drop in demand for Jamaican exports as a result of the fiscal challenges facing European countries and the slower-than-expected recovery of the U.S. economy and the rest of the developed world.

Dr. Phillips’ assessment comes just days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its growth forecast for the global economy from 4 per cent to 3.25 per cent in 2012.

The minister said the prospect of a deepening global economic downturn means that Jamaica must find ways to boost its economy.

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Human Rights expert on evaluation visit

By ed 02.02.2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: Michel Forst, the United Nations’ independent expert on human rights in Haiti, is currently visiting the Caribbean country to conduct an evaluation.

Forst, who arrived on January 31, will meet with the new Haitian authorities, members of parliament, the national human rights institution, representatives of the peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, and the UN representatives in Haiti, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and civil society before he leaves on February 8.

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Gov’t plans to woo overseas Guyanese as tourists

By ed 02.02.2012

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: The government has launched a new initiative to woo Guyanese in the diaspora back home in an attempt to boost tourist arrivals by 20 per cent.

The government recently unveiled a “Festival of Colours” package that centres on the country’s Holi/Phagwah festival that takes place from March 2 to 9.

Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, said this was the first in a series of tourism packages to be unleashed under the “Rediscover Home” Tourism Initiative.

“We are targeting overseas-based Guyanese directly, to come home to rediscover and enjoy the cultural activities in their home… Towards this end, there will be a package available for the week-long activities,” Ali said.

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UK funds will boost development projects in Caribbean

By ed 02.02.2012

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada: The Caribbean is to receive £75 million (US$116.5 million) in development projects from the United Kingdom over four years to help create jobs, improve security, and combat the threat posed by natural disasters and climate change.

The announcement was made during the 7th UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum, the theme of which was “Sustainable Growth Towards Prosperity.”

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, said the funds represent a considerable increase on previous aid budgets, signaling the UK’s strong commitment to the region.

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Commemorating the 360th anniversary of the Charter of Barbados

By ed 19.01.2012

By ALEX WAITHE

On a beautiful sunny Friday the 13th morning as a fairly large group of us gathered in Oistins, Christ Church, Barbados to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of Barbados at the Mermaid Tavern, the rain began to pour as if to ensure that we truly understood the significance of that historical day.

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