Jamaica cuts celebrations budget
Jamaica's government said it will spend only about eight million US dollars (£5 million) on celebrations marking the island's 50th year of independence in August - a sharp cut from what the previous government planned to spend.
Before suffering a strong defeat in December elections, the previously governing Jamaica Labour Party had set a budget of 30 million US dollars (£18.9 million).
Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna said the new budget is in keeping with what Jamaica can afford.
She said that the festivities can "stimulate a rebirth in the minds and hearts of all Jamaicans".