Confirmed: Cuba scraps exit visa requirement





The Cuban Government has announced that it will no longer require its citizens to apply for an exit visa when travelling overseas.

The decision by the Communist Party eliminates a major bureaucratic stumbling-block for many seeking to travel abroad as Cubans had to provide a letter of invitation before permission was given. This decision will take effect on January 13 which will now require Cubans to provide their passport and the visa of the country they seek to travel to.   



  
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Over 100 cleanup projects registered for Int'l Cleanup Day - JET

An unprecedented response for this year's staging of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day activities in Jamaica on September 20, 2014, is being reported by the Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET). A record breaking total of 114 beach cleanup sites have been registered across the island, including ten underwater cleanups. JET is also reporting that the number of participants is also expected to increase from last year’s 6,000 to an anticipated 8,000 volunteers in 2014. The response comes as JET prepares to launch another marine litter focused initiative – the Clean Coasts Project, a yearlong programme which expands on the theme of ICC and is targeted at Jamaican resort areas. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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Over 600 child delegates attend first National Children's Summit

Over 600 child delegates attend first National Children's Summit
More than 600 children delegates from across the island attended the first ever National Children’s Summit held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Thursday. Addressing the opening session this morning, Minister Hanna said the hosting of the Summit was in keeping with the Ministry’s strategic push to increase the involvement of children in decision making. A copy of the full press release can be viewed below.
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Car overturns along Municipal Boulevard

Car overturns along Municipal Boulevard
A motorcar overturned along a section of the Municipal Boulevard also known as "I-95" in St. Catherine yesterday. Details on what led to the crash are unclear. There were no immediate reports of casualties. If you have further details post.
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St. Catherine chef crushed to death by truck

26-year-old Ian Smith a chef of a St. John's Road, St. Catherine address, was crushed to death by a truck along Old Harbour Road in the parish. Smith is reported to have been riding alongside the truck with his bicycle, when he lost his balance and the truck ran over him. Police reported that the driver of the truck did not stop.
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UK Privy Council grants Jamaican convict green-light to appeal

Stephen Fray the man convicted for attempting hijack a Canadian-bound plane from Jamaica around five years ago, has been granted permission to lodge an appeal against his conviction and sentence. Fray was convicted of 8 counts of illegal possession of firearm, assault at common-law, robbery with aggravation, and breaches of the airport act. He is now serving his 21-year sentence after it was reduced from a total of 81 years for each charge which will run concurrently.
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JLP protest against hike in JUTC fares set for Monday

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has confirmed that he will lead a peaceful protest in Half-Way-Tree on Monday August 25, against a fare increase granted to the state owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). Yesterday, Mr. Holness started issuing letters of invitation to civil society groups such as the Jamaica Council of Churches, the Unions and the Jamaica Civil Service Association to join the JLP in peaceful protest action in Half Way Tree Square on Monday Morning at 7 am. On his Facebook page, Holness added that "this peaceful peoples protest is planned in order provide leadership for all Jamaicans to be allowed to take a stand together, if the government proceeds with its the planned bus fare increases."
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Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears

Fears over the spread of the deadly Ebola-virus has prompted Senegal to close its border with Guinea the AFP News reported. The latest moves follows the opening of the borders for three months. Senegal's interior ministry means that the country's air and sea borders for aircraft and ships from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have been closed.
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Swansea beats Man United at Old Trafford

Swansea City opened their English Premiership account by defeating Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford in the first game of the season. Ki Sung-Yeung scored in the 28th minute with a left footed shot to beat United's David de Gea in goal, but Wayne Rooney the new captain of the Red Devils side equalised in the 53rd minute. Gilfi Sigurdsson gave Swansea the winner on the 72nd minute to leave the Old Trafford fans in silence and condemn Louis van-Gaal a first defeat in his first game of the Premiership season.
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JLP: PM's silence on Mario Deane issue 'unacceptable'

JLP: PM's silence on Mario Deane issue 'unacceptable'
Opposition spokesperson on Justice Senator Andrew Williams has questioned the silence of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller on the beating death of 31-year-old Construction Worker Mario Deane who was jailed for a Ganja spliff at the Barnett Street lockup in St. James. Senator Williams who described the Mrs. Simpson-Miller's silence as 'unacceptable' compared US President Barack Obama's response to the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, while he was on vacation. The Justice Shadow Minister stated that the JLP will continue to monitor proceedings in the Deane case, and continue to call for the Government to compensate his family along with other human rights offences.
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PNPYO, G2K West to stage peaceful protest in St. James

PNPYO, G2K West to stage peaceful protest in St. James
A joint peaceful protest is to be held by the People's National Party's Youth Organisation (PNPYO), and the JLP's G2K West at the Barnett Street lockup in St. James this morning. In a statement the PNPYO Region Six Executive stated that it in collaboration with the PNPYO and the G2K West the protest will be against extra judicial killings at the Barnett Street Police Station, where it is alleged that 31-year-old Construction Worker Mario Deane was beaten by inmates. Deane later died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. According to the PNPYO, they will gather at 11 am, and the protest will begin at noon. It has asked for the support of the public for this event as they stand against extra judicial killings.
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Nicaraguan Govt expert tells citizens to eat Iguanas

Nicaraguan Govt expert tells citizens to eat Iguanas
Guillermo Membreño, a government expert has told Nicaraguans that they should consider eating iguanas due to the country’s worst drought in over 30 years. The suggestion by the Nicaraguan government comes as hikes in the prices of food in several Central American countries threaten to spiral out of control, due to the continued decline in food harvests. Membreno stated that the benefits of breeding iguanas include dietary protein and cash for their meat.
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Robbers make off with $1.3M from Western Union branch in Moneague

Three armed men made off with $1.3 million from the Western Union branch in Moneague, St. Ann yesterday morning. The robbery incident took place around 10 am, when the men held employees of the business place at gunpoint, before they escaped. No one was injured in the incident. The Moneague Police are probing the incident.
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Health Ministry reports increase in locally transmitted Chikungunya virus

Health Ministry reports increase in locally transmitted Chikungunya virus
Jamaica has seen the number of Chikungunya virus cases continue to climb as the number now stands at 10. According to the Health Ministry, samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency came back positive, with eight of those affected being locally transmitted, while two were imported cases. One of the two cases include one reported at the Mona campus of the University of the West indies.The affected parishes so far are St. Thomas, St. Catherine, and St. Andrew. The Health Ministry also reminded persons travelling to overseas territories to take precautions to prevent both the Ebola and Chikungunya virus by avoiding unnecessary travel to affected areas.
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G2K not part of PNPYO-led protest in St. James

Generation 2000, the young professional of the affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), in a press release stated that it has noted with concern media reports of a planned joint protest with the PNPYO, stemming from a media release from that organization with regards to the Mario Deane matter. “Unfortunately it was only yesterday evening that the planned protest was brought to our attention at which time we indicated that if it were to be a joint initiative we would need some time to agree on the parameters included the overarching objective and follow up plans for sustainability. We wish the PNPYO well in this initiative and are happy that they are joining us in the call for more attention to be paid to the plight of persons in the care of the state” said Dwight Crawford, Chairman, G2K West. A copy of the full press release cn be viewed below.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

Image courtesy of  www.ridoutphoto.com
When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

Trademarking a Pose, Can you? - Image and Branding The famous Mobot Pose - In honour of Mo Farah One of the biggest issues in the world
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
A Cabinet Minister racked up an over JA$3 million cellular phone bill with taxpayers having to pony up the cash soon. The massive bill was
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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

So, I’m browsing the internet minding my own business when I stumbled upon new research which shows that women lose 90% of their eggs at
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