Friday, 29 September 2023 13:58

Lincoln Downer appointed High Commissioner to Nigeria

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Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, JP, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Lincoln Downer as High Commissioner-designate to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

High Commissioner-Downer will take up his assignment fresh from a tour of duty as Consul General at Toronto.  A career foreign service officer for over twenty-five years, he has honed his craft through assignments at the Headquarters of the Ministry, as well as through representational duties at the Jamaican High Commission in London and the Consulate-General at New York.  High Commisioner-Designate Downer also spent four years at the Passport Department of the Ministry of National Security, as Customer Service Manager.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies.

The High Commissioner-designate has accrued substantial experience dealing with the Diaspora in the jurisdictions in which he served.  Of the charge to be given to him,

Minster Johnson Smith said,


“He is expected to apply the energy and dynamism for which he is known to carry forward the vision of the Ministry for enhanced Diaspora engagement across the several countries to which he will be accredited.  He will also be mandated to strengthen bilateral relations with these countries and to further the Economic Diplomacy Programme with the continent.”

The High Commisioner-designate will assume duties in Abuja in October.

IN the wake of seven people being killed in the last 72 hours Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is again making a case for harsher minimum sentences to be imposed for people who commit capital murder.

Thursday, 28 September 2023 11:23

Flow first to offer the new Jamaica 658 area code

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Jamaica’s leading communication and entertainment provider, Flow, today became the first to offer mobile customers the new 658 area code following approval from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR). The company is also the first in the English-speaking Caribbean to offer a second area code.

Thursday, 28 September 2023 11:17

Flow Foundation Rejuvenates Seniors’ Activity Centre

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Expanding its efforts to educate, enable and enhance the online capabilities of Jamaica's senior citizens, the Flow Foundation has injected new life in the National Council for Senior Citizens Activity Centre with free high-speed Internet.

Friday, 22 September 2023 14:29

Attack on IC Director was robbery - Fitz Bailey

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THE police moved swiftly Thursday to calm jitters when it reported that the shooting and injury of Ryan Evans, director of corruption and prevention at the Integrity Commission (IC), was a robbery - after early speculation that it could be an attack for his work at the commission.

Friday, 22 September 2023 14:28

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake felt across Jamaica

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An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale was felt across Jamaica at approximately 7:31 last evening. No damage was reported up to press time last night.

Friday, 22 September 2023 14:07

Speaker Dalrymple commended over decision to resign

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In the space of half an hour on Thursday afternoon, mounting criticism transformed into approval after Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert bowed to public pressure by tendering her resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives and Member of Parliament (MP).

Thursday, 21 September 2023 13:37

PM condemns gun attack on Integrity Commission director

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has strongly condemned the appalling act of violence against a director of the Integrity Commission this morning in Kingston.

With an unprecedented ruling by the Integrity Commission (IC) that Speaker of the House of Representatives Marisa Dalrymple Philibert should face eight counts of corruption-related charges, calls are being made for her to resign.

A $6-million Mercedes-Benz GLA250 that was omitted from House Speaker Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert’s statutory declarations for seven years, but the acquisition of which was flagged by the Integrity Commission (IC) as possibly involving fraud, has landed the legislator in hot water.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness opened the May Pen to Williamsfield leg of Highway 2000 on Thursday morning, telling guests that he wants to fast-track construction of the country's highway network as infrastructure development will attract investment, create jobs, and improve people's lives.