• Ballot recount creates post-election tension in Jamaica

    Published on 1 March 2016 by teleSUR English.

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    The country’s outgoing and incoming prime ministers are appealing for calm, as recounting continues in an election that saw the Jamaica Labour Party securing an extremely narrow win.

    There have been quite a few developments since last Thursday’s surprise win by the Jamaica Labour Party, Feb. 25, removing the People’s National Party, which, under the stewardship of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, had governed the Caribbean country since December 2011.

    The election results were close and a number of recounts are taking place in key constituencies. Both outgoing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and incoming Prime Minister Andrew Holness have appealed for calm as the recounting continues.   

  • Cuban official reaches out to Jamaica to lower medical costs

    Published on 23 August by Jamaica Observer

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    A senior Cuban biochemist attached to Cuba's largest biotechnology institute has reached out to Jamaica in an effort to save the struggling country millions of dollars and simultaneously improve health care for its people.

    Leading Cuban biochemist, Dr Manuel Raices Perez-Castaneda, Business Development Executive at Cuba's Center for Generic Engineering and Biotechnology, said that Jamaica was so near, yet appeared to be far away from engaging Cuba in ways that it can improve health care to hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans who suffer from various ailments.

    "For a long time we have had cooperation in health care with Jamaica, and even now we have a permanent medical brigade in your country," Perez-Castaneda told the Jamaica Observer in an exclusive interview at his organisation's offices here.

    "But cooperation could be better between us. The first thing is for Jamaica, it will be a win-win situation, and personally, I get the feeling that this message is not clear.

    "When you are talking about introducing knowledgeable therapists who are not in Jamaica, could be sent there, one of the things people think about is how expensive it could be in an economic scenario -- introducing new therapists that can be costly, and it's not clear of the impact that will be derived. We have an answer for that.

    "When you look at health as an expense, you start making a mistake, and I am not talking about Jamaica alone. This is the first mistake a country can make, because in health you do not spend, you invest," Dr Perez-Castaneda said.