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Partnership Between India and Jamaica Must Be Nurtured



#Jamaica, June 14, 2022 – Cooperation between Jamaica and the Republic of India remains dynamic, vibrant and strong, and this partnership must be nurtured, says Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.

“We are extremely pleased with India’s unswerving commitment to Jamaica’s development. They have given selflessly to every facet of our development and have been unrelenting in their efforts to ensure our advancement as a nation and as a people,” he said.

The Governor-General was speaking at a State Dinner, hosted at King’s House on Tuesday (May 17) for President of the Republic of India, His Excellency, Ram Nath Kovind.  He noted that “solidarity” between the two countries was “magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic when we received the first donation of vaccines”.

The Governor-General said Jamaica will continue to partner with the Republic, for the recovery of both economies.

In his response, President Kovind said that India will always remain a “building partner” for Jamaica.

“We deeply appreciate your commitment and the importance you attach to our bilateral relations. This is all the more important when the global order is in flux and tensions are on the rise in many parts of the world,” he said.

The President further noted that while trade and economic cooperation are “vital pillars of our friendship”, there are also opportunities for transformation through the digital revolution.

“With its strategic position and its skilled manpower, Jamaica has the potential to be the knowledge highway in this region, catering to the needs of the large economies nearby,” he added.

The President recommended that both countries encourage their youth population to partner in several fields, such as artificial intelligence and robotics.

“We must revolutionise their imagination and energy to build a society that is prosperous, progressive and peaceful,” he said.

Also attending the State dinner were Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness and the Most Hon. Juliet Holness; Opposition Leader, Mark Golding; Ministers of Government, and other guests.

President Kovind’s four-day State visit ends today (May 18), after which he will depart the Norman Manley International Airport.


Photo Captions: 

Header: President of the Republic of India, His Excellency the Hon. Ram Nath Kovind (left), is greeted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (fourth right), when he arrived at the Norman Manley International airport in Kingston on Sunday (May 15) for a four-day State Visit to Jamaica. Pictured at second left is First Lady, Savita Kovind. Waiting to greet the Indian President (from third right) are: Opposition Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade , Lisa Hanna; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams. (Photo: Michael Sloley)

Insert: Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), introduces Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (right), to the President of the Republic of India, His Excellency, Ram Nath Kovind (second left) and his wife, First Lady Savita Kovind (third left), at a State dinner, hosted at King’s House for the President, on Tuesday (May 17). (Photographer: Adrian Walker)


Contact: Chanel Spence

Release: JIS

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package



#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.


Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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Carnival Cruise ordered to pay $10.2 million for passenger claiming rape by staff



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#USA, August 5, 2022 – A Miami-based Federal Court returned a more than $10.2 million verdict against Carnival Cruise Line in favour of a passenger who claims a former crew member raped her in a storage closet aboard the Carnival Miracle in 2018.

A jury issued the verdict recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding Carnival liable for damages to the plaintiff, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, in December 2018.

The jury separately found that Carnival was not negligent and that the former crew member did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on Plaintiff.

According to a statement issued last week Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line said the incident between the plaintiff and the former crew member was consensual and plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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