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Jamaicans Urged to Participate in Online Survey for Diaspora Project

Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, is encouraging Jamaicans living abroad to participate in the online survey for the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project. Speaking at the Baltimore launch of the project on Friday, August 15, Mr. Brown said the initiative, which is…

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Launch of the Diaspora Mapping Exercise Website

The Government of Jamaica has long declared that its most precious asset is its people and, from as early as the first Biennial Diaspora Conference hosted here in 2004, stated its interest in creating a borderless Jamaica involving all our people, wherever they reside. One of the basic requirements to…

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CARICOM to Benefit from €350 Million Under European Development Fund

The European Union (EU) has more than doubled its support to CARICOM countries under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), announcing €350 million in new support for the programming period, which runs from 2014 to 2020. The provision is an increase of €185 million over the €165 million provided under…

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Jamaican Assistant Professor Gets UNIA Award

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, Jamaica born Dr. Basil Morgan, is the recipient of the 2014 Marcus Garvey Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Award. It was presented to him by the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), at its annual Independence Ball commemorating the country’s 52nd year of…

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PM Urges Jamaicans to Continue Nation Building Efforts

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has urged Jamaicans living at home and throughout the Diaspora, to continue to work diligently towards building a better country. The Prime Minister’s comments came in a message delivered by Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, at the annual…

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Ambassador Vasciannie to Chair OAS Committee

The Organization of American States (OAS) Wednesday, August 6, elected Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, to chair the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the organisation. The committee is responsible for monitoring reports from various OAS bodies, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American…

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COHSOD Endorses Holistic Strategy to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) has approved a Strategy and Plan to reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies in each country of the English- and Dutch speaking Caribbean by at least 20 %, over the five year period 2014 – 2019. The…

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Statement by Secretary John Kerry on Jamaica’s Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer best wishes to the people of Jamaica on the occasion of your 52nd anniversary of independence. The United States and Jamaica share an important and thriving partnership through our mutual commitment to strong democratic governance. Our…

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Service of Thanksgiving for Vin Martin

The life of the late former Jamaica Honorary Consul to Atlanta and prominent Attorney, Vin Martin, was celebrated at a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving, held at the Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia, on Friday, August 1. Heading the list of mourners was Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady…

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Jamaican Independence Celebrations for Washington, D.C.

Activities marking Jamaica’s 52nd Independence anniversary, are slated to be held in the United States capital, Washington, D.C., between August 3 and 15, by several Jamaican organizations based in that city. Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, will lead the Embassy of Jamaica’s participation in several…

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Jamaica to Receive US$200,000 from Turkey Under Co-Operation Agreement

Jamaica is to benefit from US$200,000 to carry out various projects under a development co-operation arrangement with the Republic of Turkey. The island is one of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states benefitting from an overall US$2 million being provided by the Turkish Government. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign…

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Government Committed to Strengthening Ties With Diaspora – PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has assured Jamaicans in the United Kingdom (UK) of the Government commitment to strengthening ties with the Diaspora as part of the nation building process. “The Government of Jamaica looks forward to continuing its partnership and strong bonds of friendship with the…

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Thanksgiving Service for Vin Martin August 1

A Service of Thanksgiving for the late former Jamaica Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin, OD, will be held at the Springfield Baptist church in Conyers, Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, August 1, commencing at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Martin, who passed away on July 23, was born on July 31, 1943…

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Mayor of Montego Bay Pays Tribute to Vin Martin

Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, has hailed the late Vin Martin, former Honorary Consul to Atlanta, as a “gentle giant”, whose life “epitomized the truest sense of patriotism.” Mr. Martin, who was Chairman of the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, an organization that has for more than 20…

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Condolence Book Opens for Sir Howard in Washington

Jamaicans in Washington, D.C., will be able to pay their respects to the late former Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, by signing the condolence book that was opened at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, on July 23. The book will remain open from 10:00 a.m.…

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Former Consul General Vin Martin Has Died

Jamaica’s former Honorary Consul to Atlanta and prominent attorney Vin Martin, OD died on July 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, after a long illness. He passed away at the Emory University Hospital, just one week shy of his 71st birthday. Vin Newton Martin was born in Jackson Town, Trelawny, on July…

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Retired Jamaican-Born Air Force Colonel Gets Commendation from President Obama

United States (US) President Barak Obama has commended Jamaican-born Jacqueline Motherselle Payne-Borden, for her 28 years of sterling service to the US Air Force Reserve Nurses Corps. The commendation from the US President was among accolades bestowed on Col. Payne-Borden, at her recent retirement ceremony held at the Fort McNair…

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PM Hails NAJASO’S Support to Jamaica

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has hailed the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO) for the outstanding work it continues to provide on behalf of Jamaica. “I am particularly pleased at the association’s efforts to channel the much needed humanitarian assistance and the promotion of…

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Embassy Commemorates 100th Anniversary of UNIA

The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association–African Communities League (UNIA), formed by National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, was commemorated by the Jamaican Embassy, in Washington, D.C., on July 17. At the ceremony, Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie; President General…

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Protocol Officer Off to Spain on Scholarship

Protocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marva Campbell, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, at the prestigious Diplomatic School, in Madrid, Spain, for the 2014/15 academic year. The scholarship is a personal initiative of Spain’s Ambassador…

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