NO RE-ELECTION ATTEMPT BY ZACCA—12/06/14
Christopher Zacca, the current president of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) will not seek another term in the office. Zacca stated his intention at the organization’s general meeting, believing that there should be “renewal” within the group. Zacca has been president of the PSOJ twice for a total of five years, from 2006 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014.
JAPAN PUTS $3 BILLION TO ADVANCE WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD—12/07/14
Japan has allocated US$3 billion to advance the status of women around the globe and to enhance their sense of independence. Women’s empowerment has become a guiding principle for Japan, driving its international and domestic policies in recent times. Japan’s ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase made the announcement at a lecture at the New Kingston Business Center to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
OCHO RIOS BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY, OUTRAGED AT TOURIST HARASSMENT—12/08/14
Businesses and the community in general along Jamaica’s north coast have expressed their outrage at incidents of tourist harassment in their neighborhoods. According to Dr. John McDowell, the former president of the St. Ann Chamber of Commerce, in spite of the best efforts of police authorities, harassment of tourists continues.
YOUNG JAMAICANS VIEW FARMING AS CAREER DUE TO RED STRIPE PROJECT—12/09/14
Red Stripe’s cassava project has caused young people in Jamaica to consider farming as a viable career choice. The firm has created several cassava farms across Jamaica in order to improve production and supply and to reduce costs of the material. The project offers Jamaican youth another option in an environment where it can be difficult to find employment.