Record 2 Million Visitors for January to May

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting that the island welcomed a record two million visitors for the first five months of 2019. He was speaking at the official opening of the R Hotel in New Kingston on June 6. “That is the first time in the history of Jamaica that within the first five months of the year, we have brought two million visitors to Jamaica,” he said. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting that the island welcomed a record two million visitors for the first five months of 2019.“That is the first time in the history of Jamaica that within the first five months of the year, we have brought two million visitors to Jamaica,” he said.He was speaking at the official opening of the R Hotel in New Kingston on June 6.Mr. Bartlett further informed that the country earned US$1.7 billion for the period, as a result of the increase in arrivals.“This represents, for us, the new drive that Jamaica is now involved in, which is not just about (increasing) numbers, but also to add value to the experience of the visitors, who come here,” he noted.The Tourism Minister said that the Government is working to retain a greater portion of visitor spending, so that more Jamaicans can benefit from the industry.He noted that the country now retains 40.8 cents out of every tourism dollar spent on the island, up from 30 cents.The R Hotel is the city’s only extended stay business hotel, as well as the first full city concierge experience property. It comprises 48 rooms, a gym, art gallery, and boasts Jamaican-made handcrafted furnishings and décor.The hotel is a partnership involving noted Jamaican architect Evan Williams and businessman Joe Bogdanovich.It is the brainchild of Mr. Williams, who, 10 years ago, saw the need to provide more hotel rooms to service business travellers coming to the nation’s capital. read more

Govt to Review Laws That Support Breastfeeding

“[This will] also ensure that workers in the informal economy and other vulnerable groups are recognised and protected by national laws. We also encourage employers to implement breastfeeding-friendly workplaces by establishing support facilities such as crèches, breastfeeding rooms and flexible work hours,” he noted. In a message delivered by Public Health Nurse, Debbion Pinnock Harvey, at Westmoreland Public Health Services’ ‘Breastfeeding March and Road Show’ in Darliston on Tuesday (September 17), Dr. Tufton noted that the objective is to create a more enabling environment for mothers to breastfeed in order to improve the health of their babies. Story Highlights Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that stakeholders are being engaged to review and improve national laws that support breastfeeding. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that stakeholders are being engaged to review and improve national laws that support breastfeeding.In a message delivered by Public Health Nurse, Debbion Pinnock Harvey, at Westmoreland Public Health Services’ ‘Breastfeeding March and Road Show’ in Darliston on Tuesday (September 17), Dr. Tufton noted that the objective is to create a more enabling environment for mothers to breastfeed in order to improve the health of their babies.“[This will] also ensure that workers in the informal economy and other vulnerable groups are recognised and protected by national laws. We also encourage employers to implement breastfeeding-friendly workplaces by establishing support facilities such as crèches, breastfeeding rooms and flexible work hours,” he noted.Dr. Tufton said that the Ministry has spearheaded the development of the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy, which has the objective of creating “a sustainable environment that will contribute to a reduction in child mortality and morbidity and improvement in child health and nutrition”.Meanwhile, the Ministry is encouraging greater family support for lactating mothers as the country marks National Breastfeeding Week 2019 from September 16 to 22.“Although breastfeeding is the mother’s domain, with close support from fathers, partners, families, workplaces and communities, breastfeeding will improve,” Dr. Tufton said.Breastfeeding is the responsibility of all, the Minister said. “Wherever you are, you can inform, anchor, engage and galvanise the message of breastfeeding as the fountain of life by raising awareness of the risks and disadvantages of artificial feeding and advocating for greater investment in breastfeeding programmes and policies,” he noted.The Westmoreland Public Health Services ‘Breastfeeding March and Road Show’ was held under the theme, ‘Empower Parents: Enable Breastfeeding, Now and for the Future!’The event featured health stakeholders from across the parish, who partnered with parents, schools and the police to make presentations on the benefits of breastfeeding. read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #GLASGOW A ninth body has been recovered from the wreckage of the Clutha Bar in Glasgow following Friday’s helicopter crash. An attempt will be made to remove the helicopter wreckage from the roof of the pub today.2. #NEW YORK Investigations continue into yesterday’s train derailment in the Bronx, which left four people dead and at least 63 injured. Some passengers were said to have been ‘impaled’ by debris. Police said that the train’s event recorder has been recovered.3. #PROPERTY TAX Council tenants will not have to pay the property tax in the new year, the Irish Independent reports. It says that all council houses were automatically valued at under €100,000 so they qualified for the lowest property tax rate, and were given a six-month respite.4. #RIFT Minister Joan Burton told TheJournal.ie she hasn’t talked with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore about an apparent ‘rift‘. Burton said that she and Gilmore have always had a “very good working relationship” and that he supports her.5. #TOP-UPS Meanwhile, Minister Burton has said a charities regulator must be a priority in the wake of the recent top-ups controversy. Former Fianna Fáil minister and Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) board member, Vincent Brady, told the Irish Times he will not resign over revelations about top-up payments from public donations to CRC.6. #JOBS Baxter Healthcare is to let 110 jobs go through voluntary redundancies. The American firm employs 1,000 people in Castlebar and Swinford, Mayo, but the jobs are to be cut in Castlebar.7. #COURTS Former solicitor Thomas Byrne (47) is due to be sentenced today in a trial which saw him found guilty of 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception and forgery. The case is the country’s largest-ever fraud trial.8. #RESIGNATION Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber is expected to give evidence in upcoming criminal trials, despite his recent resignation. Dr Jaber told the Irish Independent that a dispute at Dublin City Mortuary stemmed from bullying allegations against him, and he denied any wrongdoing.9. #HEADSTONES A priest in Donegal has warned parishioners that ‘gaudy’ headstones could be removed if they don’t conform to strict new rules, the Inishowen News reports. Fr John Walsh in Buncrana has also warned against people eating or talking loudly in cemeteries.last_img read more