St Vincent PM wants new legislation to strengthen ICT sector
TECH NEWS – A three-day workshop examining technology and telecommunications issues in the Eastern Caribbean began in St Vincent on Monday with Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves underscoring the need to enact legislation to develop the sector in the sub-region. Gonsalves told delegates from Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and the host […]
TECH NEWS - Cuba’s entry into the modern high-tech era will require improvements to its electrical grid, a buildout and upgrade of its wireless networks and IT workforce training. This will not be easy, and it may not happen swiftly. Cuba has an educated population craving technology, but it has little income for new tech. […]
TECH NEWS- Jamaica is the first country in the region to approved acquisition of Columbus Communications by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC). Approval was granted by that island’s Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell. In making the announcement on Thursday, Paulwell said he obtained major concessions for consumers in return for the approval […]
SAVE THE DATE! The Next Kingston BETA is on Thursday February 26th, 2015.
STARTUPS – The first Kingston BETA event for this year is now confirmed for, Thursday February 26th, 2015. It’s our 8th year of staging Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first and longest running Tech Meetup + Pitch Off! So save the date! Get your pitches ready! Your fellow tech/startup community members as well as investors are […]
SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015
The Caribbean’s Tech Startup Ecosystem started with the first wave of Internet Startups in the mid 90s, inspired by, and at times clones of, the American success stories. The region had, and in some cases still has, its own eBay (jamdeal.com), Yahoo (top5Jamaica.com), early social networks (caribbeanmassive.com and vibesconnect.com),online dating (caribsingles.com),alumni networks (ackee.com), its own […]
National Land Agency implements global standards for property valuation
WASHINGTON D.C. - As a result of high-level talks between the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the National Land Agency of Jamaica, the NLA has agreed to two important RICS standards initiatives: the International Property Measurement Standard and Valuer Registration.
BEVERLEY Lopez, past president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), now heads Label Crafts Jamaica Ltd, a newly formed label packaging printery infused with US$1 million ($115 m) and 10 staff members.
IDB promotes access to equity through Jamaica's junior stock exchange
The most important tangible outcome of the recent Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Investment and Capital Markets Conference 2015 was last week Thursday's signing by a team from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to provide non-refundable technical assistance of US$563,75.
SAVE THE DATE! The Next Kingston BETA is on Thursday February 26th, 2015.
The first Kingston BETA event for this year is now confirmed for, Thursday February 26th, 2015. It’s our 8th year of staging Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first and longest running Tech Meetup + Pitch Off! So save the date! Get your pitches ready! Your fellow tech/startup community members as well as investors are waiting to […]
THE LIST: SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015
The Caribbean’s Tech Startup Ecosystem started with the first wave of Internet Startups in the mid 90s, inspired by, and at times clones of, the American success stories. See where we are now and how things are looking for the Caribbean’s future. Read SiliconCaribe.com’s- Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015 http://bit.ly/1w9ZdsW | #cs2w15 #caribbeanstartups
Kingston BETA- this Thursday ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014
Ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, we at Connectimass Foundation reflect on our tech event Kingston BETA- which is the first and longest running Tech Community meetup in the Caribbean. It’s also just ahead of celebrating 8 years in kickstarting the tech startup movement here in Jamaica, when we had our first event on February […]
SAVE THE DATE! The Next Kingston BETA is on November 13th, 2014
Are you an aspiring or current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the longest running Tech Startup Community Meetup in the Caribbean– we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA -Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Community […]
Second Japanese hostage apparently beheaded by Islamic State
A video, apparently showing the beheading of Japan hostage Kenji Goto, has been released online by the group, Islamic State. The video comes less than a week after news of the beheading of Haruna Yukawa, another Japanese citizen who was also being held by the terrorist organization. Mr...
Loss suffered by cane farmers placed at J$200 million
Losses suffered by cane farmers following two days of fiery protests by residents of Little London in Westmoreland have exceeded J$200 million dollars – this is $50 million more than was reported by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday. The residents set fire to cane fields to...
Persons of interest identified as police probe death threats on JLP leader and General Secretary
The police have identified two persons of interest as investigations continue into reports to death threats on the lives of leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary, Horace Chang RJR News sources confirmed that one of the...
Two persons have been arrested following protests by residents of Little London, Westmoreland. On Friday, the police, who are still maintaining their presence in the area, spent several hours clearing roadblocks mounted by the residents who claim that Kemar Powell, 23, a labourer...
Bodies of two children pulled from tank in St. Ann
Tragedy struck on Waltham Drive in Brown's Town, St. Ann on Friday when two children drowned in a tank at their house. Jason Parke, 6 a grade one student of the Servite Primary School in Brown's Town and his sister Dana Lawrence, 11 a student of a special care institution in St....
Clinton McGregor: A senior magistrate has rejected bail for the leader of the Denham Town-based "Scare Dem" Criminal Gang and seven members of his alleged criminal organisation.Omar Spaulding, 31, and members of his gang were denied bail when they appeared before the Corporate Area...
The bodies of two children were pulled from a tank on Waltham Drive in Browns Town, in the north eastern Jamaican parish of St Ann a short while ago. The children are an eleven year-old girl and a six year- old boy. They are reported to be...
With 19 Grand Slam singles titles to her name 13 doubles titles two mixed doubles titles and three Olympic gold medals there can be no doubt that Serena Williams lays legitimate claim to being the greatest female tennis player of all timeYes Steffi Graf has 22 and Margaret Court 24 but neither possessed Serenas power and ground strokes Also neither woman played with as many talented players as Ser
Often you dont realize how little money you have until you need it Our meagre salaries go to paying bills rent or mortgage payments and buying groceries Trying to build a nest egg is not always possible although a well planned budget will result in some successThe main difficulty with sticking to a long term saving plan is the temptation to use the allocated funds for other situations which may ar
Father Ho Lung – Under Fire For Speaking the Truth
So Father Ho Lung like any other citizen utilized his constitutional right to be critical of Lisa Hanna. The father criticized the minister for a controversial swimwear photo and used these words in a recent Gleaner post: “To me, Lisa Hanna is the disappointment of the year (2014), our minister of youth and culture. I am reminded of Lucifer’s fall from heaven. I...
With the complete meltdown of the great Tiger Woods, the suggestion that one of the greatest quarterbacks in history had the football deflated so he could grip it better in rainy weather and other revelations rocking the world of professional sports, we fans could be forgiven for feeling disillusioned.
The hype is unabate
by Charmaine Edmonson-NelsonIllustration by Jonathan K NelsonThere are disabilities there are disabilities and then there are disabilities This was brought home starkly to me during last summer when I was enrolling my son in a week long day camp for children with special needs A simple question from the volunteer at the registration desk sent me into a panicDoes he have a hearing or a speech probl
Reports Surface of Multi-Million Dollar Plot to Kill Andrew Holness
Reports are now surfacing of an alleged plot involving millions of dollars to assassinate Opposition Jamaica Labour Party leader, Andrew Holness. According to one report by Nationwide News, yesterday, JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang and Head of the Protective Services Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Donovan Graham, confirmed that security has been boosted around the JLP leader.
Wheelchair Bound Man Crushed to Death by Bus in St Andrew
At approximately 1:00 pm yesterday a physically challenged artist from Cheshire Village located in St. Andrew was crushed to death by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus. According to the Observer, 39-year-old man Marlon King was travelling along Golden Avenue in his wheelchair when he was hit by the massive vehicle. His body was reportedly dragged several metres from his wheelchair...
West Palm Beach to Host 2015 Tropical Rum Festival | Jamaican Dies in Boating Accident in British Virgin Islands | Trade Mission to Turks and Caicos Attended by Jamaican Producers | 2015 Blood Drive in Jamaica Enhanced by UK Diaspora | Jamaican-born Man Commits Murder, Then Suicide in Home Depot Store | Jamaican Government Congratulates Kaci Fennell | Fifth Place Finish for Fennell at Miss Universe Criticized | Jamaican in UK Sentenced for Sending Drugs, Money Back Home
BAT Extinction in Caribbean Linked to Human Activity | Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince George Vacation in Caribbean | French Caribbean Territories Start Process for Caricom Membership | United States Promises to Help Caribbean Transform Energy Systems | Canada's Military Hunts for Drug Smugglers in Caribbean | Meeting Between Caribbean, Latin American Nations Aims to Fight Hunger
Training in Photovoltaics Offered at Technology Center | Model Small Business Development Center Established in Jamaica | Jamaica to Get $62.7 Million Renewable Energy Project | Ginger Project a Success
U.S. To Help Jamaica Get Internet Coverage Islandwide | In 2014, over 900 Children Sexually Assaulted in Jamaica | On the 2014 Misery Index, Jamaica Ranks Ninth | Religious Freedom Group Opened by Adventists | Science Minister Wants to Make Jamaica a Global Leader in Ganja | Ganja Industry Impacted by New Bill | Youth Minister Faces Criticism over Photo | Visit Planned for State Minister of India
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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – Manny Pacquiao Fight Deal Is A ‘Lie,’ Boxer ‘Relaxing’ In Jamaica
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. responded Saturday to an online published report saying that his fight against Manny Pacquiao was now a done deal, and that the world’s top two pound-for-pound boxers “finally came to an agreement moments ago.” That report, said ...
Floyd Mayweather: Talk of Manny Pacquiao deal being done is lies
I’m just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. #FightNotMadeYet #Jamaica.” Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would ...
Dominican Republic lowers its violent death rate: Govt.
Jamaica figures with 50.30; Belize 44.70; Guatemala 41.90; Puerto Rico 37.40; Panama 35.60; Haiti 30.50; Brazil 29.73; Trinidad & Tobago 28.30; Mexico 20.0; Nicaragua 17.10 and Colombia 16.50. The lowest rates go to French Guiana 13.30; Costa Rica 12.70 ...
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The ‘One Love One Step’ walk, a three-week walk across Jamaica from the Morant Point Lighthouse in St Thomas to the Negril Lighthouse in Westmoreland, is expected to begin tomorrow at 6:00 am in St Thomas. The walk, among other ...
Miss Jamaica Universe Kaci Fennell will play mas with Tribe for Carnival come C2K15 Monday and Tuesday, she confirmed yesterday. Fennell told the Sunday Express she will arrive in Trinidad on Carnival Friday and leave on Ash Wednesday (February 18) as she ...
Nigerian women can beat Jamaican, American sprinters
beat Jamaica and USA in 4x400m. “That is the event we can win medals from at the Olympics – Blessing Okagbare in the 100m, 200m and the long jump and then the girls in 4x400m.” He said though the performance level of the athletes in track events had ...
The singer, who died in 1981 aged 36 after a battle with cancer, would have turned 70 on February 6. The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company, in conjunction with Tuff Gong International, the record label Marley founded, are offering the stage musical Nesta's ...
SAN JUAN – Jamaica is gearing up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of late reggae superstar Bob Marley. The singer, who died in 1981 at age 36 after a battle with cancer, would have turned 70 on Feb. 6. The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company ...
Jamaica Senate starts debate on pot decriminalization bill
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long ...
Miss Universe 2015 Paulina Vega Addresses Outrage Over Miss Jamaica's Placement
Vega, 22, beat out runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez, and finalists Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen for the crown during the 63rd annual pageant. Fennell, 22, was the clear fan favorite to win, and her lower final ...
Woman Fatally Struck By Nassau County Bus in Jamaica
QUEENS — A 42-year-old woman was fatally struck by a Nassau County bus Thursday night in Jamaica when she was crossing the street, police said. The woman, whose name has not been released, was struck by the Nassau Inter-County Express bus, as it was ...
NASHAUN MOULTON is a brilliant student who has dared to dream big. Though poised for greatness, the financial situation he was faced with was a major hurdle between this young man and his dream of becoming a robot-building scientist.
STRIVING TO ensure that a united party is ready whenever Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller decides to return to the polls, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness has appointed a 'Council of Wise Men' to guide the party over troubled waters.
AN EXCEPTIONAL 20 years of contribution to the field of geology, along with outstanding contribution to Jamaica's environment, were attributes that landed Professor Simon Mitchell with the Geological Society of Jamaica's 2015 Chubb Award yesterday.
ONE OF Jamaica' leading trade unionists is urging Caribbean countries to develop a regional investment strategy in order to extract the best returns from the growing number of Chinese projects now being implemented in the region.
Opposition senator raises questions about clause in ganja law
OPPOSITION SENATOR Tom Tavares-Finson is questioning whether the justice minister will have to be summoned each time a person claiming to be a Rastafarian is stopped by the police for possession of ganja.
WESTERN BUREAU:Six weeks after making its maiden call on the Montego Freeport Cruise Ship Port, the United Kingdom's (UK) Thomson Dream, hosted officials from the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and media on-board its luxury liner, Tuesday night.
Jamaican government to pursue strategies to maintain downward trend in violent crimes
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government will be pursuing several strategies to maintain the long-term downward trend in serious and violent crimes in Jamaica. In a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, minister of national security, Peter Bunting, said the recent spike in...