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IIPT INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF COMMUNITY TOURISM AND PEACE DECLARED FOR 2018

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Mandeville, Jamaica, W.I. (December 4, 2017) Louis D’Amore, Founder/President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), has designated 2018 the IIPT International Year Of Community Tourism And Peace in collaboration with Countrystyle/Villages As Businesses.

In 1994, the IIPT branded Jamaica The Home of Community Tourism in recognition of the two pioneers of the community tourism brand and programmes in 1978 in Mandeville Jamaica, Diana McIntyre-Pike, Founder/President, Countrystyle Community Tourism Network and her late business partner Desmond Henry from Treasure Beach, Jamaica. 

In 2013, on the recommendation of the IIPT Caribbean Chapter, the IIPT welcomed the Caribbean Region to join as partners. The Caribbean was then also branded "Home of Community Tourism." The IIPT International Year Of Community Tourism And Peace will mark the 40th Anniversary of Community Tourism, which Countrystyle/Villages as Businesses began in Jamaica and is now an international movement. Celebrations in Jamaica will begin on January 1with a Gospel Concert in Apple Valley Park, Maggotty, St Elizabeth, and will continue at the 15th Annual Resource UNIA-ACL Marcus Garvey Fair in Cross Keys, Manchester on February 25. The 2018 IIPT International Year Of Community Tourism And Peace will also commemorate IIPT’s 30th Anniversary Year. 

In August 2018, the IIPT will hold its Global Summit in Montreal, Canada on the theme “Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace.” The Summit will bring together delegates from some 50 countries and feature success stories’ and models of best practice from different regions of the world. The IIPT International Year of Community Tourism and Peace will build towards the first Villages as Businesses Conference and Trade Show, to be held in Jamaica in December 2018. This first of its kind event will be hosted by IIPT Caribbean in partnership with the IIPT International Community Tourism Network, UWI Open Campus and other local and international organizations. 

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Bartlett Announces Gastronomy Ambassador Programme

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A Gastronomy Ambassador Programme has been announced as a significant outcome of the partnership between the Ministry of Tourism’s Linkages Network and the Culinary Federation of Jamaica for this year’s Taste of Jamaica  Culinary Competition and Expo.

Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure Saturday (December 2) at the opening ceremony for the tenth anniversary staging of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF)-sponsored event at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Minister Bartlett also announced to his audience of hundreds of patrons at the TEF Taste of Jamaica that through the Ministry’s Gastronomy Network, the top awardees in three competitive areas would become Jamaica’s first gastronomy ambassadors.

“I am pleased to announce the Gastronomy Network Programme which will see winners of the Chef of the Year (Michael Barnett of Hedonism II), the Pastry Chef of the Year (Oberio Walker of Jewel Paradise Cove) and the Bartender of the Year (Dwayne Barnett of Jamaica Pegasus) in Taste of Jamaica being sent to New York to receive training. The three will then become the first official Ambassadors of Gastronomy of Jamaica,” he said.

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IRIE FM Lifetime Award conferred on Jimmy Cliff a Music Icon

IRIE FM Lifetime Award conferred on Jimmy Cliff a Music Icon

Source: Caribnewsroom.com by Hope Heaven & Sharon Parris-Chambers

Photo Caption: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left) shares a special moment with Jimmy Cliff, IRIE FM Lifetime Achievement awardee, and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson (right). They are pictured here together on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the inaugural IRIE FM Lifetime Achievement awards ceremony, held at the Somerton All-Age School, St. James, Jamaica.

Photo Credit: Ministry of Tourism

Nestled in a lush green valley where a river once ran, is a town called Somerton. It is the childhood hometown of musician, actor, rock and roll hall of famer, the honorable Doctor Jimmy Cliff, OM.

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HAITI - The Forgotten Caribbean Slave Emancipator

HAITI - The Forgotten Caribbean Slave Emancipator

SOURCE: Theo Chambers, Caribnewsroom.com This is one of the contributed articles for Black History Month by Caribnewsroom.com

Born in Colon, Panama to both Jamaican Maternal and Paternal Grandparents, I remember at the tender age of 12, being introduced to the teachings and ideology of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey by my mentor and good friend, Professor Alfred Rowe.

While stationed at RAF Alconbury (US Air Force) in England, my second child was born, whom I named, Malcolm X Chambers, which is on his birth certificate.   I admired the philosophy and ideology of Malcolm X after Mecca, which was more tolerant and universal.

Having exposed myself to the Rastafarian movement, and the struggle they have gone through, especially in their quest for reparations from our former slave masters and Colonial Imperialists, I am impressed to witness that Caribbean leaders have finally joined together in admitting that the damage created by slavery, and the depletion of local resources that were used to build what is now known as first world countries, were wrong then, and the long-term negative effects should be reversed through financial and social compensation.

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Give Europe African tourists instead of migrants: UNWTO Candidate Walter Mzembi

Give Europe African tourists instead of migrants: UNWTO Candidate Walter Mzembi

Source: eturbonews.com

He wants to become the new top executive, the new Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Competing with numerous candidates he is optimistic to be the new leader of World Tourism after the UNWTO General Assembly meets in September 2017 in China.

Zimbabwe’s minister of tourism and hospitality, the Hon. Walter Mzembi has been working day and night for many months, trying to earn the trust, show the courage and knowledge to lead this top post. Even though for some time he was the only contender for Secretary General, he never missed a meeting or an opportunity to show up anywhere in the world to contribute his fresh global approach of thinking.

He is African, he thinks Africa should be leading the next UNWTO, but he certainly is a global citizen.

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UWI Welcomes Jamaica Awards And Symposium

UWI Welcomes Jamaica Awards And Symposium

Source: SFLCN.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica – This year’s UWI Awards and Symposium is scheduled for February 22, 2017 5-8pm at the Open Campus Learning Centre, University West Indies, Mona and will showcase tourism, education and culture with all proceeds to benefit Christian mission and school project.

UWI Awards Patron Ambassador of China to Jamaica, Niu Quinbago, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith will join in paying homage to Business Man of The Year, Top Caribbean Resort destination, and Caribbean Airlines superpower CAL, the warmth of the islands.

The red carpet event will be covered by local and international media as well as augment Jamaica’s event tourism calendar while providing millions of dollars in marketing revenue for sponsors for twelve months.

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Unseen and Unspoken Poetry Competition

Unseen and Unspoken Poetry Competition

Source: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org

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To commemorate World Braille Day, the Commonwealth Youth Council launches “Unseen & Unspoken.” This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLE campaign through the art of poetry.

The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.” The theme can be interpreted many ways – writers could focus on achievements and talents they have in spite of a disability, or positive traits they have or have developed as a result of their disability. ]

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Jamaica's Tourism Minister sets deadline for Falmouth's Transformation

Jamaica's Tourism Minister sets deadline for Falmouth's Transformation
Photo Caption: Falmouth Pier Photo Credit: www.udcja.com Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has set a target date of 2018 for several projects which are on the drawing board to be completed, to transform the Georgian town of Falmouth into a premiere destination in the Caribbean. To this end, the Ministry of Tourism, through the Tour...
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An Adventure of a Lifetime: the Transatlantic Race 2015

An Adventure of a Lifetime: the Transatlantic Race 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 1, 2015) – Whether out to set records or tick another box on the bucket list, the 41 registered entries in theTransatlantic Race 2015 all have one thing in common:  they will be undertaking the adventure of a lifetime as they sail a stretch of 2,800 nautical miles from Newport Rhode Island’s Castle Hill Light to The Lizard, the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain.

The Transatlantic Race was last held in 2011, and with 50 percent more entries set to heed the starting cannon fired at Castle Hill, one has to wonder how many of those taking on the challenging race are also heeding American writer Mark Twain’s famous words.  "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Rambler 100 during the Transatlantic Race 2011 where it took line honors and established the record time for the event. (Photo Credit: Lloyd Images) Click image above to download in high resolution (PASSWORD: TR2015)

Organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club, the race features three separate starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5) to accommodate the yachts of varying size and abilities, with a primary goal of having all boats arrive in England in close proximity to each other.  The smaller vessels will take the first start with the expectation of finishing in 15 to 20 days.  The final start will feature the speed demons that are racing to complete the passage in less than six days, 22 hours, eight minutes and two seconds – the record-setting time established by George David’s Rambler 100 in 2011.

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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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