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Reggae Marathon a Major Boost to Negril's Economy

Reggae Marathon a Major Boost to Negril's Economy
November 4, 2015 ; Kingston, Jamaica: President of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, Lee Issa, has lauded the Reggae Marathon as a world-class event that is boosting the resort town's economy. "The Reggae Marathon has been a major contributor in filling the rooms which 15 years ago remained empty as we awaited the start of the winter tourist season o...
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World Bank Names Jamaica Top Ten Most Improved Economies For Doing Business

World Bank Names Jamaica Top Ten Most Improved Economies For Doing Business
Kingston, Jamaica – The World Bank has named Jamaica one of the most improved economies in which to do business globally in the newly released Doing Business Report 2016 (DBR 2016). The Report, which looks at countries' performance in 11 areas of business regulation, has also ranked Jamaica 64 out of 189 countries in the DBR 2016, which is the high...
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Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International is 2015 Hotelier of the Year

Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International is 2015 Hotelier of the Year

Islands of The Bahamas congratulate Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International, on winning Hotelier of the Year NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism congratulates Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, on winning the prestigious ‘Hotelier of The Year’ award from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), which took place October 2-4,2015 in Puerto Rico. The Hotelier of the Year award is the highest professional honor bestowed on a hotel and resort operation in the Caribbean, recognizing excellence in all areas of operations, as well as a commitment to training and development of staff, contributions to the community and a demonstrated commitment to sound environmental practices. The award also acknowledges each recipient’s active role in both national and regional issues affecting Caribbean tourism. “I would like to warmly congratulate and applaud Adam Stewart on this well-deserved and prestigious achievement,” said Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Obediah H. Wilchcombe. “Since taking the helm of Sandals nine years ago, Adam has transformed the Sandals brand and offerings, which has in turn transformed tourism and travel throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas.

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Negril Hotel Honored with Jamaica’s Top Boutique Hotel Award

Negril Hotel Honored with Jamaica’s Top Boutique Hotel Award

Negril, Jamaica, W. I. (November 29, 2015) Travellers Beach Resort located in the resort town of Negril was recently named by Expedia as “Jamaica’s Top Boutique Hotel, for 2015. On Monday September 21, 2015, at an awards ceremony staged by Expedia, several hotels were honored for their achievements in their areas of excellence.

As the only boutique hotel to receive this award for 2015 from Expedia, Travellers Beach Resort, was selected based on room night production amongst boutique hotels in Jamaica. This increased production comes as a result of improvements in key areas of the property including rooms, grounds, service and overall guest satisfaction.

Winthrope Wellington, an owner of the resort, responded to receiving the honor in saying: “We are honored and humbled to receive this award. It is a great source of pride and validation for the hard work we’ve been carrying out. This award will serve as additional motivation to continue to work hard to improve our product and provide the highest level of service for our valued guests.”

Travellers Beach Resort is a 60-room family-owned resort on the 7 mile beach of Negril, Jamaica that offers a variety of room types, amenities and services. Some of the amenities and services include complimentary WiFi throughout the property, a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, gym, spa, SCUBA center, restaurant and bar. Karoke brings out the talent and excitement on Friday’s and Sunday’s. At Travellers Beach Resort, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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​ Sector Leaders Upbeat about Continued Growth in Tourism

​ MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Sunday, September 21, 2015) Boosted by a 3.1 percent increase in arrivals between January and June 2015 over the corresponding period last year, both public and private sector leaders are upbeat over the continued growth in tourism. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has said, "This year we've h...
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PAHO Donates Four Tonnes in Medical Supplies

PAHO Donates Four Tonnes in Medical Supplies
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has donated four tonnes of medical supplies to the Ministry of Health in Dominica. The supplies arrived on island on Wednesday September 9th at the Douglas_Charles airport. Thais Dos Santos is Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Advisor at PAHO. She said, "These are supplies which were in Haiti. We ...
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Rastafari Rootzfest™ partners with High Times® to produce first Ganja Festival

Rastafari Rootzfest™ partners with High Times® to produce first Ganja Festival
Rastafari In Inity (RII) is proud to announce the historical partnership between Rastafari Rootzfest ™ (RII) and High Times® to produce the first Ganja Festival in Negril, Jamaica, the 'Capital of Casual' to be staged November 12-15, 2015. The goal of this project is to produce a comprehensive, educational and well-organized Rastafari event that ce...
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$50 Million Rehabilitation for Milk River Bath & Spa

$50 Million Rehabilitation for Milk River Bath & Spa
Kingston Jamaica: September 2, 2015: The Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment and C and D Construction and Engineering Company Limited, today signed an agreement for expenditure to the tune of just over fifty million dollars ($50M), for the rehabilitation of the West Wing of the Milk River Hotel & Spa in Clarendon. The agreement was signed b...
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Can men get breast cancer?

Can men get breast cancer?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015. Let's do it in the Caribbean Medical Correspondent,  Dr Azadeh, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Gambia, Senior Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology poses an important question for our contemplation and awareness - Why don’t we hear about breast cancer in men?

Breast Cancer in Men

Why don’t we hear about breast cancer in men as much as we hear about breast cancer in women? Men can get breast cancer, too. Male breast cancer (male breast neoplasm) is a relatively rare cancer in men that originates from the breast.

As it presents a similar pathology as female breast cancer, assessment and treatment relies on experiences and guidelines that have been developed in female patients. The optimal treatment is currently not known.

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TEF Marks Ten Year Anniversary: Invests in major projects islandwide

TEF Marks Ten Year Anniversary: Invests in major projects islandwide

Kingston, Jamaica: May 27, 2015 – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has expended billions of dollars on tourism projects since it began operations ten years ago on May 1, 2005, in fulfilling its mandate of promoting growth and development in the tourism sector.

The Tourism Enhancement Act allows for a Tourism Enhancement Fee of US$20.00 to be charged to incoming airline passengers and US$2.00 to be charged to cruise passengers. The monies collected are paid into a dedicated Tourism Enhancement Fund.

“As our arrival figures have grown so too has the amount available for the operation of the TEF,” said Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, “allowing us to do more and more meaningful and costly projects which would not have been possible without the Fund. The tenth anniversary is a significant landmark for one of the most game-changing developments in our industry. The management and staff of the Fund are to be heartily congratulated for their record of achievement in fulfilling TEF’s mandate.”

Chairman of the Board of Directors of TEF since 2012, Senator Noel Sloley, expressed his satisfaction with the transformational projects carried out by TEF.  In the area of national heritage projects he cited the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square with its  National museum of Jamaica West and auditorium for live performances, carried out at a cost of J$62.5. Another major heritage project was the refurbishing of the birthplace of the Rt. Excellent Norman Manley and establishment of the Roxborough Museum at a cost of J$42.6 million.

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Minister McNeill to Chair 100th Session of UNWTO in Croatia

Kingston, Jamaica: May 26, 2015– History will be created when Jamaica, represented by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, chairs the 100th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), being held in Rovinj, Croatia, from May 27-29, 2015.   Minister McNeill left the island on Monday, May 25.

Jamaica was elected Chairman the UNWTO Executive Council for the year 2014-2015, a first for an English-speaking Caribbean country.

Some 200 participants from UNWTO Members States as well as representatives of the UNWTO Associate and Affiliate Members are expected to attend the Session.  Among the issues to be addressed at the high-level meeting are strategies to mainstream tourism in the global agenda, an assessment of the performance of international tourism in 2014 and the outlook for 2015.

Following the UNWTO Executive Council session, Minister McNeill will travel to London, England, to meet with representatives of the Jamaica Tourist Board as well as other strategic tourism partners.

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What do we know about blood disease called leukaemia?

Jamaica. Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

The Medical Correspondent for Let's Do it in the Caribbean News, Dr Azadeh, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Gambia W. Africa, Senior Physician, Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Africmed asks us to ponder the question: What causes leukaemia?

The Greek words “Leukos” and “Heima” are nothing but Leukaemia, which means white blood and it actually means excess of white blood cells in a human body. It is a type of Blood Cancer or Bone Marrow Cancer which encompasses an abundantly huge range of health problems. The white blood cells are produced abundantly and profusely, which later on causes Leukaemia. Bone Marrow aids in production of blood and is called the blood factory of the body. In Bone marrow, the blood cells divide to form new blood cells. The old blood cells are replaced by new blood cells, which imply the old blood cells die. But the person starts suffering from the deadly cancer if the old blood cells do not die and there is over production of blood cells as they start dividing at a faster pace. There is excess production of white blood cells in the bone marrow and these white blood cells are known as leukaemia or leukocytes. This further leads to poor immune system and poor resistance power and the patient’s body is unable to fight infections easily.

Then in the year 1970, it was discovered that leukaemia can be treated. In 1970s and 1980s, 70% of the people suffering from leukaemia were treated which was a new ray of hope for leukaemia patients. Yet people don’t realize which disease they are actually suffering from and which disease are they fighting with.

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Tourism Minister Commends JTB on Fall 2015 Campaign

Ministry of Tourism. Kingston, Jamaica – May 18, 2015: Tourism Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, today (May 18) commended the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) on spearheading a campaign in major international markets in partnership with the local accommodations and attractions sectors. The campaign is to drive continued increase in arrivals during the Fall Season.

“The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) continues to be a strong partner and it is most heartening to see the attractions sector join with us in this new initiative.

“We continue to work to increase visitor arrivals in the sector with all its spinoff benefits.  It is also heartening to acknowledge another positive development in the sector which has seen crimes against visitors continuing to trend downwards over the past three years.

“The Ministry is also engaged in an awareness campaign to educate all Jamaicans on the benefits of tourism not only to residents in resort areas but to all Jamaicans,” he concluded.

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Epilepsy - Prevention, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Caribbean Health & Wellness. Let's Do It In The Caribbean presents our Weekly Medical Correspondent, Dr Azadeh Senior Lecturer at the University of the Gambia, Senior Consultant Physician and Head of the Department of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Africmed. He is speaking on Epilepsy.

A person having a severe seizure may cry out, fall to the floor unconscious, twitch or move uncontrollably, drool, or even lose bladder control. Within minutes, the attack is over, and the person regains consciousness, but is exhausted and dazed. This is the image most people have when they hear the word epilepsy. However, this type of seizure (sudden violent attract) generalized is only one kind of epilepsy. There are many other kinds, each with a different set of symptoms.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally. Neurons normally generate electrochemical impulses that act on other neurons, glands, and muscles to produce human thoughts, feelings, and actions. In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior, or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness. During a seizure, neurons may fire as many as 500 times a second, much faster than normal. In some people, this happens only occasionally; for others, it may happen up to hundreds of times a day.

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Marijuana and forest bathing: Wildest new Wellness trends

Marijuana and forest bathing: Wildest new trends in the wellness world

By Laura Powell, for CNN

(CNN)Walking in the woods, cannabis day spas and rolling around in sand.

These are just a few of the hottest trends in wellness according to SpaFinder Wellness 365, which claims to be the world's largest spa media and marketing company.

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What is acupuncture and how is it used in medicine?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice of medicine. It originated over 2,500 years ago in China making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. The procedure of acupuncture has been used to treat and relieve symptoms of a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Health Matters: What is actually the definition of Acupuncture procedures?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called Qi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.

Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your Qi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence Qi and help it flow back into balance.

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Braco Reopening and Expansion to Add Hundreds of Jobs and Rooms

BRACO, Trelawny: April 26, 2015: As ongoing investment in the tourist industry continues to fuel the country’s economic development, hundreds of additional hotel rooms and jobs are being added to the sector. This trend is set to continue as the 225-room government owned Braco Village, is slated to reopen for the 2015/16 winter tourist season as the Meliá Braco Village.

A ground-breaking ceremony at the Trelawny property on the weekend, signalled the start of a comprehensive renovation project ahead of the hotel’s grand re-opening as part of the Meliá Hotels & Resorts’ brand all inclusive portfolio.

While addressing tourism interests at the event, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill welcomed Meliá to the growing list of top hotel and resort chains that are investing in Jamaica as the preferred Caribbean tourist destination, describing their presence as a show of confidence.

“As minister, I want to welcome the Meliá group, it’s one of the largest hotel chains in the world, and their coming to Jamaica in this expansion programme is a show of confidence in our destination and in Brand Jamaica,” said Dr. McNeill. He added that “I believe we’re going to have a long and successful relationship.”

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Ministry of Tourism helps small hotels reap benefits

Kingston, Jamaica (April 20, 2015). Under the new Fiscal Incentives Act, better known as the Omnibus Act, the number of tourism properties eligible for tax benefits for re-investment and refurbishing has increased from 100 to some 400 entities.

“The majority of the newly eligible properties are small and medium ones that have not been eligible for decades to benefit from tax incentives for the refurbishment and improvement of their properties,” Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, revealed in his recent Sectoral Presentation in the House of Representatives. Another positive development the Minister pointed out is that under the new Act other tourism sub-sectors such as transportation and attractions are now also entitled to tax relief of various kinds while under the old incentives legislation only the accommodations sub-sector benefited.

“Further, the Minister stated, “under the old regime businesses had to seek the approval of the Minister in order to receive tax benefits.  Under the new law this is no longer required. Entities need only be tax compliant, licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and registered with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.”

Benefits under the new regime include employment tax credits lower corporate income tax, product input relief,  that is relief from customs duty for raw materials and other inputs for their operation as well as favourable capital allowances.

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Painted Summer Bacchanal, ready to roll

Negril, Jamaica (April 14, 2015) Dubbed as Jamaica’s largest summer paint party, “Painted Summer Bacchanal” (Painted) is in its fifth annual staging,  to be held June 27, 2015, at Cayenne Beach in Negril. This year’s highly anticipated event is themed “THE WORLD OF COLORS”.

Promoters; BlackGold Entertainment explained this theme as simple as “the Jamaican motto “out of many one people”, it does not matter your nationality, bring your flags and represent.” 

Painted “Summer Bacchanal, brings the world to Cayenne Beach. Patrons will continue to get the real experience at the 2015 staging of Painted, as more paint will be available to patrons and the introduction of the new paint cannons and water nozzles. BlackGold Entertainment has signed with partners Charley’s JB Overproof Rum for another year and new partners Rush Energy Drink to intensify the taste and entertainment packages.

The production team promises an unforgettable experience at the 2015 staging with high-

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Les Voiles de St. Barth: Not Your Average Lay Day

Today it was good to have big grinders on your Les Voiles de St. Barth sailing team, but it wasn't because the wind was overpowering. It was officially Lay Day--a day to take a break and have some fun midway between the four days of racing--and many of the 70 teams competing in the regatta decided to join in organized water games at the famously spirited Nikki Beach.

Even without hundreds of energetic sailors around, it's hard to hang out at the sand-floored Nikki Beach Restaurant without consuming massive amounts of sushi (served family-style but in an oh-so elegant St. Barth way), enjoying a glass of rose (mostly poured from jeroboam bottles), or dancing (on the tables).  But today there was all of that to enjoy plus the additional attractions of Paddle Board Jousting, Water Polo, and even an Underwater Treasure Hunt…for what else, but caviar.

Five Roman Kaviroff Caviar tins, each with a white pearl inside, were hidden in the reef off Eden Rock, and swimsuit-clad teams from Intuition, Hamachi, Triple Lindy, Otra Vez, Toccato, Spirit of Nereus and Pocket Rocket donned snorkels and dive masks to find them. If Hamachi was the winner for finding three of the tins, then it wasn't so bad to be the loser, finding fewer tins or no tins at all, since all contestants got to eat their fill of the ‘black gold' back at the beach.

Turning it right around to enter the water polo tournament, Team Otra Vez was the perfect example of a team that came here to fully participate in outstanding racing, as well as anything organizers had up their sleeves for making this regatta truly unforgettable. After cheering from the beach when his team's biggest, strongest sailors helped put away their first match, skipper William Coates said with a sly grin, “Our motto, always, is ‘Have fun, look good, and place well.'”

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