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1st shipment of medical marijuana goes to Canada
first shipment of medical marijuana oil has been made to Canada. This represents a first
step in the development of Jamaica as the medical marijuana center of
the world. According to Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry,
Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the country is “uniquely
positioned” to become a player on the world stage. He said the
government is committed to providing the leadership and resources needed
to open international markets to the island’s regulated and licensed
medical marijuana companies. There are plans to enter markets in Europe
in addition to Canada.
first shipment received authorization via an import permit issued by the
Canadian government through Health Canada for Jamaica, as well as an
export permit issued by Jamaica’s Ministry of Health. Courtney Betty,
the president and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care, the company is blazing
new trails in Jamaica and making the first shipment of extracted oil
cultivated and extracted at its Jamaican facilities, This represents the
fulfillment of a mission begun in 2013. Betty went on to say that this
achievement was facilitated by the firm’s commitment to developing
small farmers and local communities, along with partnerships that
include its research at the .
International partners like Open Vape and
Mount Sinai Hospital are also involved in helping to guide the firm in
producing the highest possible grade of extracted oil that can be used
for clinical trials. Ultimately, these trials are expected to result in
the development of other medical marijuana products for the world, Betty
Marijuana stores across much of Canada have launched
the sale and recreational use of cannabis. It becomes legal for the
first time by a major Western country.
Stores in St
John's, capital of eastern Canada's Newfoundland province, was the first
to open their doors to pot enthusiasts. On the eve of legalisation, Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau
defended the historic but controversial change, which has been welcomed
by entrepreneurs but sharply questioned by medical professionals.
legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health,
we're doing it because we know it's not good for our children,” he
said as he arrived in parliament.
“We know we need
to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively
reduce the profits that go to organised crime.”
Act, which fulfills a promise Trudeau made in the 2015 election
campaign, lifts a 95-year prohibition and makes Canada only the second
nation after Uruguay to legalise the drug.
For almost a
century criminal enterprises had complete control of this market, 100
per cent of its production and distribution, and they profited in the
billions of dollars each year. I suspect they're not going to go gently
into the night,” he said.
developed a public health framework for the regulation of cannabis that
focuses very clearly on social and health harms for the first time,”
he said. “It's not a criminal model, it's not a commercial model, it's
a public health model.”
Demand is such
that retailers in Manitoba and Nova Scotia retailers are expecting to
quickly run out of product, citing a supply shortage. In Ontario buyers
will have to wait for their pot to arrive in the mail, after it is
ordered online — until the opening of retail storefronts in 2019.
Canadians consumed 773 tons of cannabis in 2017.
The Norman Manley
International Airport in Jamaica is privatized
The Jamaica Government has divested operations at
the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) to a Mexican entity which
will take charge of running the facility for at least the next quarter
of a century.
Under a 25-year concession agreement signed
yesterday, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. De C.V. (GAP) will be
responsible for improving the airport’s land and air operational
efficiency, and financing and completing a modernization program, at an
estimated cost of over U$110 million.
Additionally, the Government will receive a
guaranteed percentage of the airport’s gross revenues. The entity has
the option to extend the arrangements by an additional five years.
GAP emerged the preferred of three bidders, which
included two consortia of foreign and local investors. Their selection
followed the public opening and evaluation and Cabinet’s subsequent
approval in September of the three bid submissions received by the
Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in July. The transaction value for
GAP’s bid totals over US$2 billion. said the transfer of financing and
operational responsibilities to GAP now enables the Airports Authority
of Jamaica to focus on managing the concessions at NMIA and the Sangster
International Airport in Montego Bay, which the Mexican entity has been
managing through subsidiary company, Desarollo de Concesiones
Aeroportuaris since 2003. GAP has concession management agreements, some
totaling 50 years, for 13 airports in Mexico.
removes Caribbean from Zika virus classification
World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country
classification scheme from countries in the region. The
scheme had categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having
active Zika virus transmission.
removal of the mosquito borne virus by the WHO comes on the heels of
data released by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), giving
evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been
interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby
posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the region.
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death toll rises to 18
earthquakes shake Trinidad
sector workers have been hailed for their contribution to the country's
positive performance in the 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report,
which shows that Jamaica is ranked 27 out of 140 countries in labour
market efficiency. The
report gives Jamaica an overall ranking of 79 out of 140 countries in
global competitiveness, falling from 78 last year.
a scale where one is the best and 140 is the worst-performing economy,
the competitiveness report ranks nations based on their institutions,
policies and other factors that impact their productivity and global
to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public
Service Fayval Williams, “As we evolve, the aim is being the best
civil service, producing 21st century solutions that make a real
difference in the lives of the Jamaican people we serve. I am proud to
say that in many pockets of the civil service we have already achieved
world class, and rank very high among the world's administrators; yet we
know that this is not enough and that we cannot stand still,” she
Agricultural Society opposes the importing of chicken
Agricultural Society (BAS) has called on the government to stop
importing chicken wings. Chief Executive Officer James Paul, a former
legislator, made the call claiming a glut is in the offing. He noted
that due to the increase in wing imports, local chicken farmers are
suffering financially as supermarket shelves stock more imported poultry
than locally produced parts.
The Barbados Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation, is having a negative impact on the livelihood of farmers across the island. The small producers in our country — and those are the persons who grow 500 chicken to 1000 chickens or 1500 chickens — are now having difficulty getting their chickens sold.
votes 'No' against CCJ
for a second time within a two-year period, to reject efforts to replace
the London-based Privy Council as the island's highest court.
In a national
referendum, the preliminary figures released by the Parliamentary
Elections Office (PEO) show that the “No” vote secured 12,133 as
compared to 9,846 for those supporting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
that was established in 2001.
The CCJ also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement, Caricom.
casting his ballot, an optimistic Mitchell had said he was confident of
receiving the necessary two-thirds majority of the votes cast in getting
Grenada to join
Belize, Dominica and Guyana as the Caribbean Community (Caricom)
countries that are full members of the CCJ.
Money Services launches online platform in Jamaica
Money Services (JNMS) has launched its JN Money
which provides customers with more options and convenience to transmit
funds; and, positions itself as the “remittance company of choice”,
through increased digital access.
new JN Money Online, a web-based platform, allows people in the US,
United Kingdom and Canada to remit funds to any market in which JN Money
operates, pay bills, and conduct transactions with third-party financial
institutions in Jamaica.
part of our mission is to provide our customers with safety,
affordability and convenience through multiple payment channels,”
explained Horace Hines, general manager, JN Money Services, owners and
operators of the JN Money brand, via news release.
technology becoming a dominant feature of the remittance industry,
introducing our online platform gives customers safety, affordability
and convenience while taking advantage of new technologies.”
Money Online was originally established in 2016, as an e-commerce site
for Jamaicans in Canada to conduct transactions while 'on the go'; and,
since then, the service has been expanded to the UK and the US.
#1 travel destination
TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2018. Also this year, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the Best Destination for Adventure Tourism and TravAlliance Media named the JTB the Best Tourism Board Overall. Additionally, the JTB has been declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for eleven consecutive years between 2006 and 2017.
2017, Jamaica also earned the WTA’s award for the Caribbean’s
Leading Wedding Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise
Destination. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best
accommodations, attractions and service providers that have won several
awards throughout the years.
appointed Barbados ambassador
the Barbadian pop star who was born Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, has been
appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by Prime
Mottley of . She will have special responsibility for promoting
education, tourism, and investment for the country. The Prime Minister
said the government was honored to name Rihanna an ambassador,
describing her as an “outstanding Barbadian” and citing her
significant commitment to raising the island’s profile throughout the
flood hits T&T
and Tobago was hit by heavy flooding following heavy rains over four
days that caused widespread flooding, landslides and left millions of
dollars in damage. There
were no reports of deaths or persons missing. It caused many peopleto be
housed at hurricane shelters mainly in the south, central and eastern
part of the country where the floods have caused the most damage.
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) said that at least
150,000 people were directly affected by the torrential rains over the
past few days as a result of an inter-tropical convergence zone (ITZ)
that flooded homes, damaged roads and made bridges in some areas
Alia Atkinson cops swimming gold
champion swimmer Alia Atkinson fittingly brought the curtains down on
the FINA World Cup circuit with another breath-taking performance to cop
the women's 50m breaststroke at the OCDC Aquatic Centre on the final day
of action in Singapore.
who the previous day toppled the field in the 100m breaststroke,
completed the double with victory in the sprint as she again stamped her
class in the event.
a 1:02.74-clocking in the 100m breaststroke, Atkinson, who was again
joined by compatriot Breanna Roman in the 50m breaststroke final, won
the event in a fast 28.93. It’s good to see that Atkinson is not the
lone Jamaica world class competitor.Earlier in the preliminary rounds,
teammate Breanna Roman and Russia's Yuliya Efimova went head-to-head,
with the Jamaican showing that she belongs, clocking a personal best
time of 31.06, against the seasoned European who finished tops in 30.42.
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