Tag: Jamaica

Jamaican Hotels Holding American Tourists Hostage Over Fake COVID-19 Tests

KINGSTON — Jamaica is holding American tourists hostage in high-priced hotels in order to drive up their hospitality bill and increase tourism numbers. United States tourists are complaining that the Jamaican hotels are false claiming that they have COVID-19 — when they don’t — in order to keep them their against their will. Meanwhile, the U.S. […]

Appleton Estate Announces Ruby Anniversary Edition Of Its Jamaican Rum

ST. ELIZABETH, Jamaica — Appleton Estate, a global leader in premium aged rums, is proud to announce the launch of Ruby Anniversary Edition, a limited-edition release celebrating Master Blender Joy Spence’s 40 years of craftsmanship with the distillery. Ruby Anniversary Edition is an exclusive release unlike any before it in the brand’s 270-year history. it is a blend of five exceptionally rare Jamaica rums, […]

Jamaica Likely To Follow Barbados’ Lead In Becoming Independent Republic

KINGSTON — Jamaica’s Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte says an announcement is expected by the end of the second quarter next year in relation to Jamaica’s way forward to becoming a republic, The Jamaica Observer reported. “A document is currently being prepared for the prime minister and I do believe that, in due course, perhaps […]

Rastafari Distrust of Western Medicine Contributes to Jamaica Vaccine Hesitancy

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — At a Rastafari farming community high up in the hills above Jamaica’s capital, dreadlocked locals gather at the temple to worship and celebrate with Bible readings and traditional drumming and chanting. No COVID-19 protocols are in place. This isolated community of around 100 people called the School of Vision has so […]

China Playing Long Game In The Caribbean Knowing It Is Vital To U.S. Strategic Interests

BRIDGETOWN — The Caribbean is vital to the strategic interests of the United States. It is the U.S. “front door” for maritime logistics, finance and tourism and generations of immigrants from the Caribbean that have helped shape U.S. society and culture Given the strategic position of the Caribbean it is not surprising that China is […]

United States And Jamaica Conduct Bilateral Maritime Exercise In Caribbean

KINGSTON — The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) and Jamaica Defense Force Coast Guard patrol vessel HMJS George William Gordon conducted a bi-lateral maritime exercise in the Caribbean Sea, May 8. During the exercise, Sioux City deployed her 11-meter rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) and MH-60S Sea hawk attached to the “Sea […]

Strong 5.5 Magnitude Quake Rattles Jamaica Today: Volcano Discovery

KINGSTON — A strong 5.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in sections of Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica this morning, authorities said. Earthquake Discovery reported this afternoon that a minor earthquake was felt in sections of southwest Jamaica at approximately 10:05 a.m. today. The earthquake’s epicenter occurred at a depth of 6,2 miles underground at latitude:18.09364° […]

As Pandemic Eases Elsewhere, Some Caribbean States Face Worst Outbreaks Yet

KINGSTON (Reuters) — In Jamaica, which won praise for containing its coronavirus outbreak last year, patients now overflow into corridors on chairs and stretchers in some hospitals, prompting the Caribbean nation to open three emergency field hospitals While global new infections start to decline, a handful of countries across the Caribbean, including the larger islands […]

Jamaica Should Repeal Gay Sex Ban, Says America’s Top LGBT+ Rights Body

KINGSTON — Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era gay sex ban, the top rights body of the Americas said this week, in a symbolic landmark ruling on LGBT+ rights in the Caribbean. Two Jamaicans who initiated the case in 2011 — after they were attacked by homophobic gangs and sought asylum overseas — said the 1864 […]

Jamaica Faces Marijuana Shortage As Farmers Struggle With Lack Of Rain

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is running low on ganja. Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island’s famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they’ve seen. “It’s a cultural embarrassment,” […]