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December 04, 2015
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer A wide view of people at the KSAC tree lighting ceremony at the St William Grant Park on Wednesday

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says that over $64 billion has been invested in tourism over the past four years, giving Jamaica a competitive edge and making it a prime getaway spot for tourists.

Addressing tourism interests and stakeholders at the opening of the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios on December 2, the prime minister noted that over 2,000 new rooms have either been added or are currently under construction, with a further 8,000 to come on stream in the near future.

Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, has lauded the Diaspora for continuing to provide valuable support and assistance to the process of nation building in Jamaica.

Addressing members of the Diaspora in Hartford Connecticut, at the Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church recently, Ambassador Thomas noted that overseas nationals have made contributions to health care, education, remittances, among other areas.

"I want to thank you members of the Diaspora for all that you have done and will continue to do for the Jamaican people everywhere. You have left the shores of Jamaica, but you have not forgotten where you are from," he said.

Local entrepreneurs are benefitting from a two-day workshop geared towards providing vital training and support services to help them establish viable enterprises and support their growth.

The workshop, which began on December 2 at the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston, comes under the World Bank's Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC).

It is being carried out by InfoDev, a division of the World Bank that supports entrepreneurship and innovation around the world, with funding from the Government of Canada.

Jamaican Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew and State Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, will leave the island today to speak at the United Labour Party's (ULP) Youth Rally in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Crawford was invited by the ruling ULP to speak at their final youth rally on Saturday ahead of their general elections on December 9.

The ULP, led by Prime Minister Hon Dr Ralph Gonsalves, secured a third term in 2010 winning eight of 15 seats. Crawford, known for his forthrightness, dedication to education and issues affecting youth, was invited in an effort to mobilise the region's youth and help secure a win for the ULP.