Cruise Ship Wants More Jamaican Workers

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Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has said senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second-largest cruise company in the world, have advised that they are in need of more Jamaican workers.

Robinson was part of a delegation, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, which hosted a high-level team from RCCL in Kingston last week.

“In the meeting with the RCCL folks, there was a huge push for the development of Port Royal for cruise tourism. We also looked at the continued development of Falmouth as a...

Jamaica Welcomes One Million Visitors

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Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has welcomed one million visitors to its shores in the first nine weeks of 2019.

He said this has provided foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million.

“The industry is now at the peak of its growth, and the beauty about us in tourism is that we make new peaks… because we are in a constant state of growth and evolution. This peak has allowed Jamaica to be the first Caribbean destination in nine weeks to welcome one million visitors,” Minister Bartlett said.

Mr. Bartlett said...

Shaggy and Sting win Reggae Grammy

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Shaggy and British artist Sting have won the prestigious Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at The Grammy's premiere ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend. The two were awarded for their collaborative album 44/876.

The other nominees in the category were:
Reggae Forever – Etana
A Matter of Time - Protoje
As the World Turns -- Black Uhuru
Rebellion Rises -- Ziggy Marley

Shaggy previously won the Grammy in 1996 for the Boombastic album.

2019 Grammy Nominated Reggae Artist Etana Continues to Make History

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To say 2018 was fruitful for Etana would be an understatement. The singer released her fifth album, Reggae Forever, toured relentlessly and capped the year with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album.

According to Etana, "It's been a year filled with hard work, determination and triumph."

Reggae Forever was released in March by Tad's International Record. It went number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and coincided with her extensive tour of the United States with J Boog and Jesse Royal.

Her show, which launched the album in South...

Buju Banton First Show On the Long Walk To Freedom Tour Announced

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Upon his return home, Grammy Award winner Buju Banton albums began to soar in sales and generate high streaming numbers. Within 24 hours of his return home Buju had 10 albums on the top 30 U.S, reggae itunes charts, held the #1 spot on the Reggae album itunes chart in U.S, U.K and various European countries as well as reached over half a million instagram fans. To say the momentum for his return was 'big' may seem like an understatement, many are saying it was historic and anticipating his first concert. On March 16th 2019, Gargamel Music & Boom Energy in...

Kalado Taken Into Police Custody For Rifle Guns

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Dance hall artist Kalado had a brief encounter with the law Sunday over what police officers thought were three high-powered rifles found in his possession.

It was reported that the police apprehended the entertainer, whose given name is Eton Gordon, in Lakes Pen, Spanish Town in St Catherine as he was making his way to Portmore.

He was taken into custody, however, upon closer inspection, it was found that the weapons were fake. Kalado was on his way to a video shoot at the time.

The artist was subsequently released.

Trinidad Government signs agreement with BP and Shell

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Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young has announced that the government has reached an agreement with BP and Shell that he says with bring “significant” financial benefits to Trinidad and Tobago.

The agreement involves new pricing arrangements, the extension of the Atlantic LNG Train 1 by a further five years, and the ability of the National Gas Company (NGC) to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) on behalf of T&T.

Minister Young said the discussions started in April 2018 when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley led a delegation's to the...

Body of missing US woman, Nancy Hardy found

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(Jamaica Observer) The police yesterday exhumed the partially decomposed body of a female Caucasian suspected to be that of 72-year-old US national Nancy Hardy, who has been missing since Saturday. Members of the Area One police are awaiting results of a forensic examination to positively identify the body.

Hardy, who was of Amherst, Massachusetts in the United States of America and Phase 3, Whitehall in Negril, has lived in Jamaica for some 20 years.

Yesterday, the body was unearthed from a shallow, makeshift grave in an isolated section of the...

Reggae is Now Part Of Jamaica's Heritage

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The Jamaican reggae music was inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by a specialized commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) yesterday.

UNESCO highlighted "the contribution" of this music genre to international awareness "on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity" thanks to artists such as Bob Marley, according to a statement released after the meeting in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius.

Jamaica Seeks to Add Reggae to a Unesco Cultural Heritage List

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Jamaica, where the sound of reggae first gave a voice to the oppressed and the hopeful, is now seeking a new honor for the genre. As early as Monday, UNESCO will announce a decision on the country’s application to put reggae on the world body’s list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Unlike UNESCO's World Heritage List, which includes sites considered important to humanity like the pyramids of Giza in Egypt or the Taj Mahal in India, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity documents elements and practices of...

Are Jamaican Men Abusive?

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Nearly 15% of all women in Jamaica, ages 15 to 49, who have ever married or partnered have experienced physical or sexual violence from a male partner in the previous 12 months.

This was revealed by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, as he addressed a public forum on gender-based violence on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew. He was citing statistics from the Ministry’s soon-to-be released 2017 Knowledge, Attitude, Belief and Practice (KABP) report, which covers intimate-partner violence.

He said that...

Koffee releases first single 'Toast' from her upcoming EP

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Koffee has released the first single from her debut EP Rapture. The Columbia Records UK artiste debuted her track Toast.

The single talks about her musical journey - from being in high school and writing lyrics to entering the music industry and feeling grateful that she is now able to accomplish great things.
The upbeat reggae track is produced by Walshy Fire of Major Lazer.

Koffee is currently on tour with Chronixx in the United Kingdom. The release date for Koffee's debut EP Rapture is set for early 2019.


Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors make historic qualification for 2021 Rugby World Cup

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Jamaica will be at the Rugby League World Cup for the first time in their history after they beat the United States 16-10 on Saturday.

The Reggae Warriors will make their inaugural bow in the World Cup thanks to Jy-Mel Coleman’s two first-half penalty goals as well as tries from Joel Farrell and Keenen Tomlinson. The Reggae Warriors then showed their defensive prowess in the second half, to keep the period scoreless and become the 11th country to qualify for the 2021 showpiece.

The victory also meant the Warriors claimed the 2018 Americas Championship.

Billboard to Release its first mixtape ever, and it's dancehall!

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NEW YORK, NY (Impulse Nation)–Internationally acclaimed reggae dancehall music influencer, King Addies, is rolling out the big guns with the exclusive release of “King Addies: 35 Gun Salute” (#35GunSalute) on—the second musical release of their official yearlong 35th Anniversary celebration. An extraordinary follow up to their May 2018 release of “The Killa Collection” (over 100 sound clash tapes totaling 240+ hours of epic golden-era audio), #35GunSalute is a special compilation mix of thirty-five iconic King...

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga Dislike Modern Dancehall

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Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga has made public his distaste for modern dance hall music, which he describes as lacking in substance.

Seaga stated "I am a man that when I think music, I think melody. I think lyrics. I think rhythm, but I see them all together, packaged in one thing, and my basic concept is that if you can't whistle it, it is not music," he declared during the recent official reopening of Things Jamaican at Devon House, St Andrew.

Seaga, who is credited with producing Many, Oh (Higgs and Wilson) in 1960, the first Jamaican hit record...