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Jamaica announces coronavirus lockdown with health system on brink

Jamaica will prohibit residents from leaving their homes for seven days spread over three weekends to contain an upsurge in coronavirus infections and shield its healthcare system, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said.

Jamaica tightens COVID-19 measures as hospitals cross max capacity

Jamaicans will face increased curfew hours and stricter measures starting Wednesday, 11 Aug., as the country's hospitals grapple with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Trees or tourists? Jamaica’s COVID recovery push threatens green aims

Across the Caribbean, one of the world's most tourism-dependent regions, states are struggling to balance protecting the environment and stoking their economies.

Jamaica, Cuba face worst COVID-19 outbreaks yet

While global new infections start to decline, a handful of countries across the Caribbean are suffering their worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic.

Four Jamaican homeless men hacked to death, person of interest detained

Jamaican police said on Tuesday they had detained a person of interest as part of their investigation into an attack over the weekend on six homeless men in Kingston in which four were hacked to death and two critically injured.

US envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics

The U.S. ambassador to Jamaica exchanged insults with people on Twitter who accused him of interfering in the country's internal affairs, telling one he used too much marijuana and another that "you drink that cheap stuff."

Jamaica’s ruling party claims re-election victory in landslide win

Jamaica's ruling party was re-elected in a landslide win on Thursday marked by low turnout, prompting Prime Minister Andrew Holness to vow to work on restoring voters' trust in politics and continue fighting the country's coronavirus outbreak.

Jamaicans head to polls amid coronavirus resurgence

KINGSTON - Jamaica's ruling party looks set to retain power by a strong margin in a general election on today thanks to its steady stewardship...

Jamaica suspends use of British royal insignia after anti-racism protests

Protesters in Jamaica and elsewhere have likened the image to George Floyd, the black American who was killed last month after a police officer in the state of Minnesota knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
All passenger flights in and out of Cayman will be suspended for 3 weeks.

Jamaica evacuation flight scheduled

Cayman’s first evacuation flight to Jamaica since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis will depart Thursday, 4 June. The announcement Monday came shortly after Jamaica...

Jamaicans must apply to return home

Jamaican nationals in Cayman who want to return home while their country’s borders remain closed will have to receive authorisation from their government.
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Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Jamaica

Jamaica has a second confirmed imported case of the coronavirus, according to the Jamaica Gleaner. This was announced by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher...
Jamaica's Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton speaks at a press conference in Kingston Tuesday, where he announced that Jamaica is treating its first confirmed coronavirus patient.

Jamaica confirms first case of coronavirus

A female patient in Jamaica has contracted coronavirus, Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton announced at a press conference

Cayman/Jamaica visa disparity flagged

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan has called for swift action to resolve what he flagged as an unfair disparity in visa policy for Caymanian children travelling to Jamaica.

Jamaica imposes China travel ban

Jamaica implemented a travel ban to and from China on Friday amid rising fears over the international outbreak of the coronavirus.

Jamaica environmentalists highlight Falmouth ‘failure’

A massive coral-relocation effort for Royal Caribbean’s new cruise port at Falmouth, Jamaica, was deemed a failure by an environmental group that monitored the project.

Walking the Gordon Town Trail in Jamaica

Five years ago, my best friend Lynne Firth and I decided to see what the fuss was all about and subsequently booked a long...

Men admit possession of more than 1,000 pounds of ganja

Two men caught with more than a 1,000 pounds of ganja entered guilty pleas in the Grand Court on Friday.

Men from ganja boat make first court appearance

Two Jamaican nationals appeared in court Monday for the first time following an incident in which the Joint Marine Unit seized more than 1,000 pounds of ganja from a drifting vessel on 24 July.

NCU alumni chapter announces scholarship awards

The Cayman Chapter of the Northern Caribbean University Alumni Association has announced the availability of its second four-year scholarship to attend the Jamaica-based university.

Governor comments on key issues

During his interview with the Cayman Compass, Governor Martyn Roper also commented on a handful of other key issues that fall under his jurisdiction.

New ‘gateways’ drive tourism growth

When Southwest launched its inaugural flight from Baltimore last month, it also opened the 25th gateway airport for the Cayman Islands.

Holness celebrates Cayman/Jamaica bonds, wary of future

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tempered his celebratory remarks about Cayman’s 60th anniversary of its constitution on Saturday by discussing some of the challenges faced by his country and of other Caribbean nations.

Football stars roll back the years at exhibition match

Some of the most popular names of Cayman football through the years were joined by their peers from Jamaica and former professional stars from Europe, as they turned back the clock for an exhibition match at Truman Bodden Sports Complex Saturday evening.

Thousands attend funeral of former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga

Thousands of Jamaicans turned out Sunday for the funeral of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who was the last survivor of the generation of politicians who led the country to independence from Britain in 1962.
Tourists relax on Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach

Jessop: Tourism industries must deliver greater benefits to all

Tourism now dominates most Caribbean economies, drawing huge numbers of visitors and wealth into the region. Despite this, many of those who work in or with the sector have yet to benefit fully from its success.

Premier to travel to Jamaica for Seaga funeral

Premier Alden McLaughlin will attend the funeral of former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga this weekend.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

US Social Security reps to visit Cayman

Representatives from the US Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit the Cayman Islands this week to speak with people about US Social Security and other benefits.

Cayman joins five-island marathon challenge

The Caribbean now has a marathon of marathons.

Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga dies at 89

Edward Seaga, a former Jamaican prime minister who shaped the island’s post-independence politics and cultural life, died Tuesday at 89.

The changing face of Cayman’s workforce: 130 nationalities now in country

When Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil first touched down in the Cayman Islands, the thing that struck him was the traffic and the noise. There was not any.

CARIFTA 2019: Jamaica hopes to lead medal count

Several of Jamaica’s top athletes will miss the 48th annual CARIFTA Games, but the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association is confident the team will once again top the medal standing when the meet takes place this Easter weekend, April 20 to 22, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman.

GRADA provides compliance platform to Jamaica Stock Exchange

The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, March 15, signed a licence agreement with Global Risk and Data Authority (GRADA), a Cayman Islands-based company to provide an integrated electronic platform for ‘know your customer’ and anti-money laundering.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Gleaner editorial — When the irrational makes sense

When rational people do glaringly irrational things, it’s because, usually, it makes sense to somebody. In that respect, the act is rational. Which is how we expect cynics will interpret the apparent inability of a large chunk of Jamaica’s legislators to properly complete their annual integrity filings.

Floating cruise pier arrives in Caribbean

Jamaican authorities are installing the region’s first floating cruise pier this month at the historic underwater city of Port Royal.

Prep soccer players shine in Jamaica

Twenty-seven Cayman Prep and High School students recently returned from the American International School of Kingston, Jamaica where they took part in a 6-a-side Soccerfeva tournament, which featured schools from around the region.

Jail for changing date in passport

A man who changed a date in his passport was sentenced on Tuesday to four months’ imprisonment.

RCIPS welcomes guest speaker from Jamaica

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service welcomed a special guest on Friday.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Jamaican epidemic sparks dengue fever concerns

Dengue fever is not currently a problem in the Cayman Islands. And local health officials want to keep it that way.

Cocaine seized by Customs at airport

A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.

Another Jamaican challenging permanent residency denial

Jamaican national Rohan Anthony Seymour is challenging government’s decision to deny his bid for permanent residency, arguing that the Immigration Appeals Tribunal discriminated against his nationality when it considered his application.

Four plead guilty to possessing 450 pounds of ganja at sea

Four Jamaican men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to possession of ganja after 454.41 pounds of the drug were seized after police intercepted their boat at sea.

Boat forfeited over four pounds of ganja

A man who said he went to Jamaica to buy a boat had the boat forfeited on his return to Cayman because a crew member had four pounds of ganja.

Cayman celebrates Jamaican independence

On Aug. 6, 56 years ago, Jamaica lowered the British flag forever to replace it with the new Jamaican flag, hailed by the island’s proud national anthem.

Drugs seized at airport, post office

Three people, including two Caymanians and an American, were arrested over the past several days attempting to bring illegal drugs into the Cayman Islands, Her Majesty’s Customs service reported Monday.

Rotary International president chosen from Caribbean region

Barry Rassin of the Rotary Club of East Nassau in New Providence, Bahamas, became the president of the Rotary International, this month.

Another overstayer jailed

Magistrate Valdis Foldats sentenced another overstayer to eight months imprisonment last week, citing harm to the country’s economy.

New pleas for three Jamaican nationals in drug bust

A trio of Jamaican nationals pleaded not guilty to charges of being concerned in the importation of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and possession with intent to supply MDMA on Thursday.

Magistrate suggests overstayer amnesty

The balance between proper punishment and costs to the state was debated in Summary Court on Tuesday when a Jamaican national pleaded guilty to overstaying for six years. After passing a sentence of eight months imprisonment, Magistrate Valdis Foldats wondered if amnesty would encourage overstayers to leave.

Architects invited to design Jamaica’s Houses of Parliament

The Jamaican government is inviting Jamaican architects at home and abroad to take part in a competition to design the country’s new Houses of Parliament.

Olympian Fraser-Pryce joins Cayman Invitational lineup

Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be joining countryman Asafa Powell and American LaShawn Merritt in the lineup for this year’s Cayman Invitational, which will be held Saturday, June 2, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

September trial set for men in custody on gun charge

Three Jamaican nationals pleaded not guilty in Grand Court on Friday to possession of an unlicensed firearm and five rounds of ammunition.

Jamaica’s first blind senator visits Cayman

Jamaica’s first blind senator is visiting Cayman from Friday to Tuesday to speak about religious liberty and the need for the Caribbean to accommodate people with disabilities.

Congestion in the skies amid influx of aircraft

Three planes were diverted to Jamaica and at least two others were held on the tarmac in Miami and Tampa on Saturday afternoon because Grand Cayman’s airport was too busy for them to land.

Local churches open doors to young heart patients

The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands played host to three young Mongolian children and their mothers when the children came to Cayman to undergo heart operations at Health City Cayman Islands.

Cayman and Jamaican tourism ministers meet

Tourism ministers for Cayman and Jamaica – Moses Kirkconnell and Edmund Bartlett, respectively – met last week to discuss opportunities for collaboration on tourism and aviation connectivity.

Financial services industry: Cayman’s ‘invisible’ giant

In 1960, the Cayman Islands could not have been further removed from its status today as a small but prominent global financial center. At the time, the Cayman economy still largely relied on seamen’s remittances, fishing, agriculture, shipbuilding and hand crafts. Airline services were limited and the tourism sector in its infancy.

Taxi van driver charged in Jamaican doctor’s death

An elderly taxi van driver was charged Friday in connection with a deadly July 2017 crash at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Letters – Giving a voice to the people

The free exchange of ideas is a necessary component of any healthy democracy. That is why the Compass reserves space in each issue for readers and leaders to share their perspectives as letters to the editor.

Two remanded for ‘small quantity’ of ganja on boat

Two men were remanded in custody on Wednesday for importation of a “small quantity” of ganja found aboard a vessel early Saturday morning.

HSA and Health City join forces to save farmer’s life

Some quick thinking and an innovative use of existing technology helped the Health Services Authority and Health City Cayman Islands in saving the life of a Jamaican farmer.

Policeman’s murder conviction overturned

After three years in a Kingston prison, wrongfully convicted of a line-of-duty murder, police officer Tyrone Findlay is attempting to rebuild his life, restore his reputation and win his job back in the Cayman Islands.

Tropical system could affect Cayman in next few days

A broad, low-pressure weather system in the western Caribbean Sea is slowly moving northward, bringing with it widespread cloudiness and showers.

Jamaica murder suspect fights deportation, cites ‘right to life’

A Jamaican man accused of killing another man in his home country last December is seeking to prevent deportation from the Cayman Islands because he contends his “right to life” may be in danger.

Jamaica tops Cayman U-19 Men’s rugby team

In the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Men’s U-19s match against Jamaica on Tuesday at Vizcaya Park in Miramar, Florida, Cayman put pressure on their opponents but did not come away with a win.

Taxi driver arrested in fatal airport crash

The taxi van driver involved in Monday’s fatal auto-pedestrian crash at Owen Roberts International Airport has been arrested.

Visiting Jamaican doctor dies from accident injuries

A Jamaican doctor who died Tuesday from injuries she suffered after being struck by a taxi van at Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport was remembered by her colleagues as a pioneer in the field of women’s health.

Cayman juniors fare well in regional tennis tournaments

Two junior players from Cayman came home with winners’ trophies from the Blue Mountain Caribbean Open in Kingston, Jamaica, over the past two weeks.

Cayman Airways begins twice-weekly flights to Montego Bay

Cayman Airways is starting a nonstop, twice-weekly route between Grand Cayman and Montego Bay, Jamaica, for summer travelers

Police on lookout for 2 Jamaican drug suspects

Two Jamaican nationals who fled a police drugs raid in North Side early Sunday are believed to be hiding out somewhere on Grand Cayman, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported late Thursday.

Ex-con killed by police is first fatal officer-suspect shooting in decades

An illegal immigrant convicted of robbery in the Cayman Islands in early 2011 was shot dead by police officers Friday morning after he had returned to the islands and was being sought on an arrest warrant. The incident is believed to be the first shooting of a criminal suspect by police since at least the 1980s.

Jamaica wins inaugural NCB Challenge Trophy

The curtain came down on the inaugural NCB Challenge Trophy T-20 cricket competition over the weekend with exciting semifinal and finals games at the Smith Road and Jimmy Powell ovals.

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