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Andrew Holness

Jamaica election: Andrew Holness’ JLP re-elected amid rise in Covid-19 cases

By News & Current Affairs

Andrew Holness has been prime minister since March 2016 Jamaica’s ruling party has been re-elected with a landslide victory. By BBC — The centre-right Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won 49 of 63 seats in Thursday’s parliamentary election. Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for the early vote last month in what analysts saw as a bid to capitalise on people’s satisfaction with his economic agenda and early response to the virus….

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Verene A. Shepherd

Fighting On Arrival: Gold Coast Chiefs In The Battle For Jamaican Freedom

By Editors' Choice

By Verene A. Shepherd — Jamaican History is replete with stories of heroic men and women who at one time or another placed themselves on the frontline of battles for freedom. Such was the case in the war for African liberty in 1760 in St. Mary, led by “Gold Coast Africans” Chief Takyi and Chief Jamaica, who knew enslaved people’s entrapment in “Babylon” was a violation of their right to…

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The MSC Meraviglia docked off Cozumel, Mexico, last month after Jamaica and the Cayman Islands barred it from entering over concerns of a crew member with flu-like symptoms.

Far from the coronavirus epicenter, Caribbean tourism starts to get sick

By News & Current Affairs

Cruise passenger numbers are down and hotel guest numbers have begun to dip. The islands are bracing for worse. By Kate Chappell, Anthony Faiola and Jasper Ward, Washington Post Ocho Rios, Jamaica — A Bob Marley tune played as the scent of jerk chicken wafted through a half-empty market in this normally bustling port town. A few dozen tourists milled about — far fewer than normal but more than last week,…

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Reggae brothers … from left: Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian Marley perform at Marley 75 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bob Marley at 75: how a ghetto reggae star rebranded Jamaica

By Editors' Choice

Seeing fans and family gather in Kingston to celebrate the late musician’s 75th birthday, music writer Vivien Goldman reflects on his indelible legacy. By Vivien Goldman, The Guardian — At 7am on 6 February, on what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, the abeng conch shell blows at his old home at uptown Kingston’s 56 Hope Road – now the Bob Marley museum – as it did in the days…

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Andrew Holness & Mike Pompeo

Andrew Holness & Mike Pompeo Deny Attempts to Divide CARICOM

By News & Current Affairs

By the Jamaica Observer — KINGSTON, Jamaica – United States Secretary of State  and Prime Minister Andrew Holness have both denied that the decision to invite select Caricom states to a meeting in Kingston today (January 22) is an attempt to split the regional grouping. “There is no intent for the United States to divide Caricom. Not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow,” Pompeo told journalists at a joint media briefing…

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Glasgow-UWI

Historic reparations projects begins… Glasgow-UWI initiative to focus on three pillars

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Barbados Today — The historic Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research, a joint initiative of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the University of Glasgow, has begun its work. It is the first institution within British University history, dedicated to the slavery reparations policy framework. The Centre’s Board of Directors met at The UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on December 18, 2019. Co-chaired by Professor Simon…

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From left, Chair of the House Committee on Financial Affairs, Maxine Waters and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne.

US banks and US House Committee meet with CARICOM heads

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By Antigua Observer — Prime Minister Gaston Browne, as The CARICOM lead Head of Government on Financial matters, has gotten assurances from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairperson for the US House Committee on Financial Affairs, that the House Committee, “to take actions that may be necessary to preserve the mutual interests of the U.S. and the Caribbean.” Representatives of the government of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) had a fully attended…

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Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (seated left), Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and Dr. David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer & University Secretary, University of Glasgow, shake hands following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at The UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica on July 31, 2019, to partner in a reparations strategy including the establishment of the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research. Witnessing the event are C. William Iton (left), University Registrar, The UWI and Peter Aitchison, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, University of Glasgow.

Historic Memorandum of Understanding signed between The University of the West Indies and the University of Glasgow

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. July 31, 2019 — A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and a senior official of the University of Glasgow (UoG), at a ceremony held at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The document, framed as a “Reparatory Justice” initiative, acknowledges that while the…

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A mural of Bob Marley at Notting Hill Carnival in 2012.

Jamaica Is Using Bob Marley’s Legacy to Market Austerity

By Editors' Choice

The reggae icon would be embarrassed by his country’s attempts to rebrand a disastrous ideology. By Keston Perry, The Nation — The island nation of Jamaica holds a special, almost spiritual significance for many people of color, as well as for anyone concerned about advancing equality and justice in the world. It is the birthplace of the Rastafari movement, reggae, dancehall—and democratic socialism before it became popular in the United States.…

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