Jimmy Cliff to be honored during Jamaica’s Independence celebrations

first_imgReggae icon, Jimmy Cliff, will be recognized by the Jamaican government at the Jamaica 55 Grand Gala on Sunday, along with former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Recording hits Cliff was previously honored by the Jamaican government. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. Movie role Minister of Culture and Entertainment Olivia “Babsy” Grange conveyed the information recently to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). In 1972, he starred in the role of Ivan in movie – ‘The Harder They Come’ which pull audiences to this day. He also was featured in the movie Club Paradise. Music fans may know Cliff for the popularity of history haunting, spiritual-like hit “Many Rivers to Cross.” However, his wide repertoire of recordings include other hits like: “Wonderful World, Beautiful People“, “You Can Get It If You Really Want“, “The Harder They Come“, “Reggae Night” and “Hakuna Matata“, and his covers of Cat Stevens‘ “Wild World” and Johnny Nash‘s “I Can See Clearly Now” from the film Cool Runnings. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2010. Pioneer of Jamaican musicGrange described Jimmy Cliff as a “pioneer of the music, who has carried Jamaican music to the world.”The veteran artiste and actor will also be honored in his native city of Montego Bay in the western parish of St. James, during the Independence period, with Gloucester Avenue being renamed in his honor. Jimmy Cliff who was born James Chambers in Somerset, St. James in 1948, started having musical successes at the age of 14. He is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, conga and keyboard), and multi-talented. The Grand Gala, which is the premier entertainment event for the celebration of Jamaica’s Independence, will feature scores of popular artistes, representing several Jamaican music forms.last_img read more

Geneva based health agency to send vaccination mission to Haiti

first_imgIn Haiti, 69 children out of every 1,000 born alive still die before their fifth birthday, and many of those deaths are from diseases that are preventable by vaccination. Gavi’s deputy chief executive officer, Anuradha Gupta, who is leading the mission, will push Haiti’s new government to increase its budget for immunizations and health. “The fact they have new leaders, new people at the helm of affairs – this really gives us hope and optimism that we can have a renewed dialogue,” said Gupta. She noted that Gavi brings together developing countries and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the World Bank. Other partners also include the vaccine industry in both industrialized and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.High infant mortality rate Gavi, a public–private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunization in poor countries, will be joined by representatives from other health-financing donor groups. These include the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) has announced plans to send a mission to Haiti due to concerns about the country’s low immunization coverage and high child mortality. Haiti government urged to increase budget Gavi has committed almost US$50 million to Haiti until 2020 as part of its commitment to increase access to immunizations in poor countries.last_img read more

Barbados: clean tax jurisdiction says PM Freundel Stuart

first_imgBarbados PM Freundel Stuart on Wednesday, told a visiting delegation from the United States that his country is a clean, well regulated, low tax jurisdiction and not a tax haven.Seeks US help to clear misconceptionStuart, who met with the delegation that included chief aides and policy advisors to Congressional members Elliot Engel, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Eddy Acevedo and Eric Jacobstein, said from time to time, Barbados has had to defend its reputation in that area and he called on the US to lend its voice in helping to clear up any misconceptions.“Because companies pay low taxes here, they repatriate large profits to their jurisdictions and that money is invested there, so there is a win-win situation,” he told the delegation that also included the US Ambassador to Barbados, Linda Taglialatela.All Caribbean countries are vulnerablePM Freundel Stuart said another area of concern was Barbados being classified as a high middle-income country and therefore did not qualify for necessary concessional financing. He stressed, however, that all countries in the Caribbean were vulnerable as hurricanes are able to wipe out their gross domestic product (GDP) within a few hours.He noted Barbados was leading the charge for a vulnerability index for small island developing states to deal with those issues and pointed out that New Zealand has joined the cause.Praise for US Ambassador TaglialatelaStuart thanked the US officials for their interest in Barbados, saying that Ambassador Taglialatela had been serving her country and the Caribbean very well. He noted that the relationship between Barbados and the US had deepened as a result of her being there.“Barbados values very highly its relationship with the US. It is an old relationship that predates our Independence, but there is still scope to further deepen relations.  The two countries understand that they need each other and that is why there is the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act,” PM Freundel Stuart said.During the visit Acevedo and Jacobstein met with key national and regional stakeholders to get a better sense of the impact of US support and assistance to the region.Acevedo serves as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor and Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Jacobstein is a senior policy advisor on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs democratic staff, managing the Western Hemisphere portfolio for Ranking Member Eliot Engel and Committee Democrats.Engel and Ros-Lehtinen have been advocating for adequate funding for Caribbean specific programs, including the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.For more on Barbados, visit the link: Barbados Tourism Industry Strengthens Presencelast_img read more

Jamaica undecided about use of “plantation white sugar”

first_imgThe Jamaica government says it has no intention of forcing upon manufacturers the use of plantation white sugar as a substitute for refined sugar in the manufacturing process.“It’s not the government’s intention to impose any strictures in promoting what, at this stage, is just a theory. It is going to depend largely on what you the manufacturers say. This is not something that Government wants to force on you. Nothing of the kind,” said Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda.Samuda said no decision will be taken without agreement from members of the manufacturing sector.Regional consultationsA statement from the Ministry noted that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has asked the Sugar Association of the Caribbean to conduct regional consultations with manufacturers who use refined sugar in their manufacturing processes.Currently, imported refined sugar is used in the manufacturing trade to make items such as sugary drinks and baked goods.The statement noted while it is possible to use the less refined, regionally made plantation white sugar for this purpose, it will cost manufacturers more to do so.Addressing a stakeholder’s meeting earlier this week, Samuda noted that the move to replace refined sugar with plantation white could prove beneficial to the region in the long term. But he assured that the government will work to find a solution that will mutually benefit the local sugar industry and manufacturers.last_img read more

Trinibago Knight Riders successfully defend Hero CPL title after cruising past…

first_imgTrinbago Knight Riders sealed a third Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title with a commanding eight-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Brian Lara Academy.The best two teams in this season’s competition have now met four times in the last 11 days and won two games apiece, but this was the one that really mattered and it went decisively the Knight Riders’ way.Fittingly, it was Colin Munro who hit the winning runs having become the first batsman both to pass 500 runs and then to score six half-centuries in a single Hero CPL season. His brutal 68* from 39 balls eased his team past a target of 148 after fellow New Zealander Brendon McCullum had got the run-chase off to a flying start with 39 off 24.Munro brought up his latest 50 from just 33 balls with successive sixes off Rayad Emrit, adding a third Hero Maximum in a 27-run 17th over that effectively ended the contest.That onslaught left just four runs needed from the last 18 balls, and after collecting two runs from the first ball of the 18th over Munro then slashed the third to the boundary to spark wild celebrations from his team-mates and in the stands.It was the bowlers, though, who had done most of the heavy lifting to secure back-to-back titles for the Knight Riders, with the Warriors – who have now lost four Hero CPL finals – left to rue a dramatic batting collapse in the second half of their innings.All the Knight Riders bowlers played their part in restricting the Warriors to 147/9. Dwayne Bravo was able to use just his five main bowlers, including himself, with all five getting something in the wickets column and none going for more than eight an over.Ali Khan made the perfect start, ripping out Cameron Delport’s off stump with the very first ball of the night. He finished with 1/20 from four exemplary overs to end a fine Hero CPL campaign with 16 wickets to his name.One man who had an even better season, though, is Fawad Ahmed, who grabbed his 22nd and perhaps most significant wicket when he removed Shimron Hetmyer. After hitting a googly straight back over the bowler’s head for six, Hetmyer was suckered by a similar but slightly slower delivery. He reached for it, and this time could only edge it to slip where Dwayne Bravo was waiting and claimed huge reward for holding his nerve and maintaining an attacking field.Luke Ronchi was holding the innings together but his departure for a well-made 44 from 35, chipping Khary Pierre to deep cover, triggered a collapse from 79/2 to 109/8. Pierre himself snagged two more wickets, including an outrageous caught and bowled to see off Sherfane Rutherford. The ball was drilled back at the bowler, who jerked his head out of the way and stuck up his hands. Remarkably, the ball stuck in his right hand and a disbelieving Rutherford had to drag himself from the field.Dwayne Bravo’s aggressive field setting struck again when Chadwick Walton edged Pierre to slip, while the captain landed two significant blows of his own with both Jason Mohammed and Chris Green top-edging surprise bouncers to be caught.Sunil Narine, bowling through the pain of a shoulder injury, had Sohail Tanvir caught at short third-man attempting a slog-sweep.At 109/8 the Warriors were sinking without a trace, but Shepherd, Emrit and Imran Tahir scrambled 39 from the last four overs to give themselves something to bowl at.It never really looked like being enough, though, with the Warriors only managing to dismiss McCullum, caught at cover off Green, and then Ramdin for 24 when he clattered his own stumps having gone too deep in his crease against Shepherd.Darren Bravo was forced to retire hurt after seeming to injure a hamstring completing a single, but that was the only real negative on another glorious night for the Knight Riders.last_img read more

GENUINE GOLD 2018: Magical old school meets vintage reggae

first_imgGENUINE GOLD 2018 brings warmth and ‘nuff niceness’ with the grooves of rhythm & blues and pulsating vibes of authentic reggae to The Center at Coral Springs on November 4. Easing into cooler fall nights, starting off the year-end festivities Genuine Gold 2018 features the finest of Jamaica’s best artistes, with well over a 100 years of combined musical genius lighting up the night, with rhythmic sounds to keep you rocking throughout this golden experience.  Blue Magic, one of the most popular soul groups of the seventies, known for hits like “Sideshow” & “Three Ring Circus” holds the bill as the only Rhythm & Blues group added to the mix of the night’s reggae offerings. The incomparable chart-busting stalwarts Big Youth, Johnny Clarke, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Lloyd Parkes & We the People Band will bring the house down and expect to be taken down memory lane, decade by decade, when you hear hits like Big Youth’s “S90 Skank”, Smith’s “Life is Just for Livin’”, or Sibbles’ “Fat Girl” just to name a few.PaKaGe, Jamaica’s featured premier songbirds Patricia Carty, Karen Smith and Gem Myers, returns to Genuine Gold 2018 to delight audiences,  scintillating in beauty and sound, performing a specially select lineup of old school and popular songs that will have you singing all week long!The versatility from this lineup will have you dancing from start to finish with ska, rocksteady, rub-a-dub to deejay, sound system chants, lovers rock, even soca and much more. Genuine Gold 2018, a Jamaica Awareness production, is the ultimate blend in old school reggae-matic entertainment as the year draws to a close.  This not-to-be-missed experience has Jamusa and Ron Burke as your MC’s; show-time at 7 pm with doors opening at 6 pm. For ticket information call 305-405-2712 or 786-760-1166.last_img read more

Jamaica Re-positioned in the Japanese Travel Market

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to Japan Ricardo Allicock, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett,Chairman of Japan Association of Travel Agents, Hiromi Tagawa & Director of Tourism Donovan White OSAKA, Japan – Destination Jamaica received resounding support from the Japan Association of Travel agents (JATA) in the quest to increase arrivals from that country.  In a meeting with the Jamaican Delegation to the recent Tourism Expo Japan, Chairman of JATA, Hiromi Tagawa said “JATA is pleased that Jamaica is once again active in the Japanese travel market. We are committed to helping to promote the destination among our members. Arrival numbers to Jamaica will increase.”Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, who led the Jamaican delegation at the expo, spoke to the improvements in the tourism product which would appeal to the Japanese market. “The expansion in Jamaica’s tourism is very attractive to today’s Japanese traveler.  For the millennials, we offer adventure and entertainment, while for those travelers looking for an authentic cultural experience, we offer a culinary journey alongside world heritage sites.”Minister Bartlett also discussed the timeliness of Jamaica’s participation in Tourism Expo Japan, coming only three (3) months after the signing of a historic amendment to the open skies agreement between the US and Japan. The agreement allows for American, Delta, United and Hawaiian Airlines to improve and increase travel and trade between both countries thereby paving the way for enhanced connections to Caribbean destinations.Chairman of the Japan Outboud Tourism Council, Mr. Jungo Kikuma, agreed with Minister Bartlett, saying “With the anticipated increase in flights to the US, Japanese travel agents will now, more than ever, think about tourism beyond the US to destinations like Jamaica.  I am personally supportive of returning to the days when Jamaica was easily accessible to Japanese travelers and will support the efforts towards achieving this end.”The Jamaica delegation who attended Expo Japan in Osaka included Director of Tourism, Donovan White also had intense meetings with Airlines officials, Tour Operators, Media and Travel Agencies. White also used the opportunity to officially introduce Connect Worldwide CEO – Marjorie Dewey-Chibe, Jamaica’s new marketing representative in the Japanese marketplace. This announcement also received a strong vote of confidence from both Mr. Tagawa and Mr. Kikuma.last_img read more

Jamaica Requests Access to IMF’s Rapid Financing Instrument

first_imgDr. Nigel Clarke KINGSTON, Jamaica  – The government of Jamaica has requested access to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.This was disclosed by Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke in a statement on Thursday.“The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers, therefore, pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” said Clarke who also pointed to mitigating factors that provide the ability for Jamaica to absorb economic shocks.He said that these include reasonable stock of foreign reserves and contingency financing options that arise from  – the availability of cash resources programmed for accelerated debt repayment; the availability of domestic sources of financing and untapped capacity available from other multilateral institutions such as the Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, including by redirecting existing projects.The RFI provides rapid financing to IMF member countries with balance of payment needs but without the requirement of having a full-fledged IMF programme, ongoing reviews and conditionality.On April 6, the IMF substantially increased the amounts that member countries could access under the RFI window.CMClast_img read more

Former Arsenal Star Gilberto Silva Charges Team Ahead Of New Season (Video)

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has tasked the team to focus on achieving results and trophies ahead of the new season with the uncertainty over manager Arsene Wenger’s future now a thing of the past.The 2002 FIFA World Cup winner with Brazil was speaking with reporters during the ongoing Star Sixes tournament in London.In his words, Gilberto Silva, who was part of the famed invincibles (2003/04), said: “Everyone stick together, new players that join the club do the best to achieve results.”“Results is victories, play well and achieve trophies.” he added. Video Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/VID-20170716-WA0015.mp400:0000:0000:40Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more

Netherlands Qualify For First Ever U-20 Women’s World Cup

first_imgBarely a week after watching their senior women’s football team hoist the UEFA Women’s EURO trophy on home soil, the Netherlands have cause to celebrate again after their U-19 women just secured qualification for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be staged in France.It would be their first ever appearance at the global showpiece and this historic feat was achieved when they booked their place in the semi-finals of ongoing UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship alongside Germany, Spain, and France.One of the semi-finals will see Group B winners the Netherlands take on Spain, who have finished runners-up for the last three seasons. They met at this stage last in Slovakia 2016 with Spain emerging 4-3 winners.Meanwhile, France will face record six-time winners Germany, who topped Group A with a match to spare. Germany are three-time champions of the U-20 Women’s World Cup and they will be making their ninth appearance at the global event next year. Their target in the meantime will be to claim the European crown for the first time since 2011.For France, they still succeeded in reaching the last four despite their opening day defeat against the Netherlands. But since their place at the Mundial is already assured, Europe’s fourth and final qualification spot will be contested by England and arch-rivals Scotland in a place playoff on Thursday. Both teams finished third in their respective groups.The semi-finals will also take center stage on Thursday at Windsor Park in Belfast, while the final will be decided on Sunday at the same venue.The 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup will be played in France from 7 to 26 August 2018 and North Korea are the reigning champions.RelatedNetherlands’ U-20 WWC Qualification Excites Vera Pauw [AUDIO]September 12, 2017In “Europe”UEFA Women’s Euro Quarter-final Preview: Will Austria’s Fairytale Run ContinueJuly 29, 2017In “UEFA”UEFA Women’s Euro 2017: Favourites Falter As Underdogs March OnJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more