THE CHINESE CONNECTION: Some 45 years have elapsed since Jamaica and China first established bilateral diplomatic relations. To mark this milestone, China’s State Councillor and Director of the Central Affairs Office, Dr. Yang Jiechi, recently jetted into the island for a one-day official visit and meeting with PM Andrew Holness. Among other things, the two leaders discussed the Framework Cooperation Agreement for production capacity, which PM Holness deems an important opportunity for Jamaica. “We see this as the basis on which Jamaica could expand significantly its manufacturing sector through the production-capacity sharing possibilities that came as a result of the framework agreement,” Holness said, “and we will be pursuing this in a deliberate way. We expect that trade between both countries will increase.”
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED: With just eight months to go before the start of the 2018 World Cup of Soccer in Russia, football’s world governing body FIFA has already commenced the selling of tickets. Fans can apply for tickets to any of the 64 matches, with prices ranging from US$22 for the cheapest seats (a price available to Russian fans only) to US$1100 for the top-level seats at the grand finals. According to reports, there’s a lottery system in place for ticket requests. Applications made by October 12 will be collected and buyers picked at random. Another application phase will begin on December 5. The highly anticipated tournament kicks off June 14 and runs through July 15.