THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES
EXPLORATION FOR OIL AND GAS CONTINUES IN JAMAICA
In response to Daryl Vaz, Jamaican Minister of Science, Vitality, and Expertise, the nation continues to see oil and gasoline exploration initiatives. Within the first quarter of the 2020/2021 fiscal yr, the Jamaican Cupboard permitted acquisition of Tullow’s 80-percent curiosity by United Oil and Fuel (UOG). The agency will proceed its exploration of high-potential oil and gasoline assets indicated by new 3D seismic information. UOG has recognized 21 doable targets within the Walton-Morant Basin for exploration and has began a worldwide advertising and marketing marketing campaign to draw buyers dedicated to funding the drilling earlier than January 2022. Price of the exploratory properly into account is estimated at between US$30 million and US$40 million.
NEW HEALTH TRAINING INSTITUTE SLATED FOR MONTEGO BAY
A brand new well being coaching institute designed to increase Jamaica’s well being tourism and medical schooling choices might be established in Montego Bar. The US$17-million facility is scheduled to open in June of 2022. It is going to be hosted by the College of the West Indies (UWI) and function a satellite tv for pc campus for the Bioprist institute of Medical Sciences. The institute might be situated in a Particular Financial Zone (SEZ) that focuses on well being and wellness. The zone might be often called “The Grand Ridge Medical Metropolis,” which might be constructed, operated, and promoted by the Bioprist Group, which entails numerous diversified sectors in well being care, prescription drugs, and associated industries. UWI and the Bioprist Group held a digital ceremony on Could 18, 2021, to signal a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the initiative.
THIS WEEK’S TOP CARIBBEAN NEWS
AIR CANADA TO RESUME SERVICE TO CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS
Air Canada is able to resume the flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Cuba it had suspended as a consequence of COVID-19. The airline’s schedule has been up to date for June and July 2021, including some new routes to standard Caribbean places leaving from Toronto and Montreal. There might be flights to the Dominican Republic 4 instances every week from Toronto and Montreal starting on June 26. The airline will fly to Jamaican locations 5 instances per week beginning on July 1 from Toronto solely. Flights to Bermuda might be accessible from July 3 from Toronto solely as properly. Air Canada will fly from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba weekly as of July 3, and on June 26, it can have flights to Mexico 4 instances every week from each Canadian cities.
THIS WEEK’S TOP JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
TASTE JAMAICA DELIVERS HOME-MADE JAMAICAN FOODS TO DIASPORA IN NORTH AMERICA
Jamaicans within the Diaspora yearn for the style of their house island, and Style Jamaica is responding to the demand for home-made snacks by delivering genuine Jamaican treats to any family in North America. The Canadian agency was based by Ainsley Deer, who was born in Kingston and attended Florida Worldwide College on a soccer scholarship in 2005. Jamaica has many producers desperate to showcase their merchandise in North American markets, and Style Jamaica “bridges the hole” so clients can get high quality Jamaican meals delivered to their very own properties. The agency specializes within the supply of novelty Jamaican snacks, like rum truffles and black truffles.
THIS WEEK’S TOP BUSINESS NEWS
JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES LICENSING OF THIRD TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER
The native firm Rock Cell would be the third telecommunications supplier in Jamaica, having obtained approval from the Cupboard for a license to offer providers, in keeping with Daryl Vaz, Minister of Science, Vitality, and Expertise. The agency expects to have a complete roll-out of its providers with the subsequent two years. Vaz famous that the license should be used, or it is going to be rescinded. Vaz stated he believes that licensing a 3rd telecoms supplier is one of the simplest ways to make sure that high quality service is supplied to Jamaicans at reasonably priced costs. Rock Cell is predicted to reinforce broadband entry in at the moment underserved areas and to these areas that don’t have any entry in any respect. Its community is more likely to cowl 95 % of the island on the minimal obtain fee. Rock Cell will compete with the 2 present telecoms, Movement and Digicel.
THIS WEEK’S TOP ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
POET RAS TAKURU NAMED “MOST CULTURAL/EDUCATIONAL ENTERTAINER” AT IRAWMA
Jamaican poet Ras Takuru obtained the award for Most Cultural/Instructional Entertainer on the thirty ninth staging of the Worldwide Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ceremony for 2021, which was held nearly as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions. The poet made particular point out of his “trainer” Capleton, Mutabaruka, Anthony B, and Kabaka Pyramid in his feedback upon profitable the award. In 2020, Ras Takuru obtained the Mutabaruka Award for Greatest Poet/Spoken Phrase Entertainer. The poet comes from St. Ann and began writing and performing his poetry in 2003. He launched “Meals Conflict,” a 17-track album in 2015 and is pressure behind the Dis Poem Phrases & Agro Competition, which has been held for the previous 11 years. Different winners on the IRAWMA occasion included Buju Banton, Koffee, Popcaan, Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Shenseea, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Gentleman, Sevana, and Sean Paul. Chimney Information was named Document Producers of the Yr.
THIS WEEK’S TOP SPORTS NEWS
FOOTBALL TO RETURN TO JAMAICA ON JUNE 26, 2021
Chris Williams, the chair of the Skilled Footballers Affiliation of Jamaica, introduced that the Jamaica Premier League is scheduled to kick off a spectator-free match on June 26, 2021, as the game resumes on the island after a hiatus of 14 months as a consequence of COVID-19. Williams made his announcement at a Zoom press convention attended by Michael Ricketts, president of the Jamaica Soccer Federation: Olivia Grange, Jamaican Minister of Tradition, Gender, Leisure and Sports activities; and representatives of staff sponsors together with Digicel and Sportsmax Ltd. There might be a complete of 66 matches performed within the preliminary spherical of competitors, with every of the 12 groups taking part in one another as soon as. Within the second spherical, groups might be positioned in two tiers: the underside six will play one another for factors in a round-robin format to find out rank, whereas the highest six might be divided into two teams of three, with the highest groups in every group advancing to the semi-finals scheduled for September 2021. 4 venues have obtained approval for the season: Nationwide Stadium, Sabina Park, Stadium East and the Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on the College of the West Indies, Mona.