Wednesday, 3 January 2018

NEWS & NOTES: JCF reveal end-of-year crime stats + Jamaica earns title of best C’bean country for business + JN Foundation supports regional hurricane-relief efforts

HELPING HAND: On the heels of the Caribbean Love Now fundraising extravaganza, the JN Foundation has announced that donations received through its ‘Help Our Caribbean Neighbours’ campaign will be donated to some of the territories badly affected by last year’s hurricanes Maria and Irma. Members of the public and employees of the JN Group donated to the cause, launched last October via the iSupport Jamaica platform. “We are grateful to those who contributed, having seen the need to reach out to our Caribbean neighbours. We are always seeking opportunities to help others, and the Jamaica National Group plays an integral role regionally,” JN Foundation grants manager Rose Miller said in a release. United Way of Jamaica will make the donations to the respective territories on behalf of JN. According to United Way CEO, Winsome Wilkins, the funds will be merged with a larger pool to be used in the rehabilitation and restoration process and help families in some of the islands pursue economic activities. Some of the countries to benefit from the donations are Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Dominica.  

YELLOW TAPE: Per end-of-year figures from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 2017 was the third most violent year in Jamaica’s history. According to the statistics, 1,617 murders were recorded, a 20% increase when compared with the number of killings reported in 2016. 2009 is the deadliest year on record, with an alarming 1,680 reported murders. 2005 is the second deadliest, with some 1,674 cases being recorded in the books. 

AGAINST ALL ODDS: In spite of the social ills and socio-economic hardships, Jamaica is doing something right. In the 12th edition of the Best Countries for Business Report, published by Forbes, Jamaica outranks its Caribbean neighbours, thereby earning the title of the best Caribbean country to do business. Of the 153 countries listed, Jamaica comes in at 72, followed by Trinidad & Tobago at 75 and Belize at 111. The United Kingdom sits proudly at the top of the list. Forbes says the data is based on published reports from several reputable organizations, including the United Nations, Transparency International, the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum.

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