GANJA BILL TABLED IN SENATE

KINGSTON, Jan. 30 (JIS):

A Bill which seeks to decriminalise ganja for medicinal, religious, and private/personal use was tabled in the Senate on (January 23).

The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, was laid on the table by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding.

The amendments will make the possession of small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less, a non-arrestable but ticketable infraction, attracting a fine payable outside of the court, but not resulting in the possessor attaining a criminal record.

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US $90 Million Clean energy investment for Jamaica

Prime Minister Commends Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s US$90 Energy Project for Jamaica

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has commended the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for financing an investment of US$90 million in a clean energy project in Jamaica as one of the first investments from a new US$700 million OPIC fund to encourage clean energy. The Jamaican project – Blue Mountain Renewables – will see a 34 megawatt wind facility built and operated in Jamaica by BMR Limited. Construction is expected to start in June this year.

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MSME OPERATORS URGED TO FORMALISE THEIR BUSINESSES

MONTEGO BAY, Jan. 27 (JIS):  Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (MSME) operators have been urged to take  immediate steps to formalise their businesses, by Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton.

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Anthony Hylton speaking in Sav-La-Mar to MSME’s

Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Mobile Business Clinic Initiative in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on  January 27,  the Minister aid once members of the sector formalise their operations, they will be able to access tremendous benefits, both locally and internationally.

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Minister McNeill to Attend FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain

Kingston, Jamaica: January 27, 2015 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is currently in Madrid, Spain, to attend FITUR 2015, one of the largest and most important tourism trade shows on the international calendar.

The 35th staging of FITUR, which takes place from January 28 to February 1, 2015, will see the participation of some 9,107 companies from 165 countries and approximately 200,000 visitors from around the world.

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Miss Columbia Paulina Vega crowned Miss Universe 2015

January 25, Kingston Jamaica – Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe in pageant in Miami, beating out contestants from 88 other countries.

Vega is from Barranquilla, Colombia and is studying business administration. She said the contests leading to MIss Universe were the first she’d participated in and will be her last as she’s eager to return to her studies in business administration.
The 22-year-old is the granddaughter of a legendary tenor, Gastón Vega.
Earlier this week she said, ‘It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only care about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.’

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