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Ministry says no evidence of lead in curry sold locally

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is reporting that there has been no evidence of lead in curry samples sold locally. Earlier this year, 26 samples of curry sold locally from 17 companies, were collected and tested following a recall of the prod ... Read More

#BudgetDebate: Shaw chides Phillips over 'transferring wealth from rich to poor' comment
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Finance Minister Audley Shaw in his final contribution to 2017/2018 Budget ... Read More

Opposition Members of Parliament, led by their leader Portia Simpson Miller (foreground) walk out of sitting of Parliament recently. #BudgetDebate: Opposition walks out of Parliament
KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) this afternoon walked ou ... Read More

Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower to go dark at midnight for London victims
PARIS, France (AFP) — Lights on the Eiffel Tower will be switched off at midnight (2300 GMT) o ... Read More

GraceKennedy says Brazilian corned beef suppliers not under investigation

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4:05 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — GraceKennedy Limited a short while ago said its corned beef suppliers in Brazil are not under investigation by the Brazilian authorities. The company in news release said they have been working non-stop over the past 48 hours to get answers in relation to the issue and can confidently state that the factories, which supply corned beef to GraceKennedy Ltd ,are not a part of the current investigation by the Brazilian authorities. The company said they have reviewed the ... Read More

Holness to address Grenada's ruling party convention

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:39 PM    

Andrew Holness

ST GEORGE ‘S, Grenada (CMC) — Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness will be the featured speaker at the annual convention of the ruling New National Party (NNP) in Grenada on Sunday. NNP public relations officer, Simon Stielle, said that the convention will be held under the theme “NNP building our country and uniting our People” and that Holness, the leader of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will address party supporters during a closed door morning sessi ... Read More

#BudgetDebate: Gov't seeks to restore $100m grant to SLB

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:22 PM    

Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Finance Minister Audley Shaw this afternoon said talks are being made with the HEART Trust/NTA to have a $100 million grant to the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) restored for the upcoming fiscal year. His announcement comes after Opposition spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips, at People’s National Party (PNP) post-budget press conference at the party’s headquarters on Monday, raise concerns that the Government had cut the SLB budget by $100 million. Shaw ho ... Read More

Jamaican farmers to benefit from multi-million dollar British funded project

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:34 PM    

(File photo)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Jamaican farmers are to benefit from a multi-million dollar grant that will fund the development of an irrigation system, which will supply water to approximately 700 hectares of agricultural land in from the parish of St Elizabeth. The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) said Wednesday that the farmers in Essex Valley will benefit from the GBP35.5 million (One British pound =US$1.24 cents) from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnersh ... Read More

Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:28 PM    

A passenger buys a ticket at a Emirates Airline counter beside a dangerous goods warning sign in Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation. From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets. The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indic ... Read More

Negril Chamber of Commerce dissatisfied with lack of TEF projects in resort town

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:59 PM    

President of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, Lee Issa. 

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — The Negril Chamber of Commerce has expressed a level of dissatisfaction with the implementation of projects in the resort town of Negril by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). "I feel... with due respect to the Tourism Enhancement Fund, that those who are administering it and controlling that fund have not really looked as seriously as it should in terms of implementing these projects," stated Lee Issa, President of the Negril Chamber of Commerce. The president du ... Read More

UPDATE: Four dead, including attacker, in UK parliament 'terror' assault

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:30 PM    

Armed police officers stand guard, as ambulance paramedics arrive at the Carriage Gates entrance of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017, during an emergency incident. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a "terrorist" attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead. Police guarding the iconic House of Commons building shot the man but several people were left with "catastrophic" injuries on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic junction popular with tourists with views of Big Ben. Read: Police office ... Read More

Opposition denies drafting 'Zones of Special Operations' Bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:20 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is challenging a statement made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament yesterday, that the “Zones of Special Operations” legislation, was drafted under the previous government. The political party said it is disturbed that the prime minister falsely attributed the legislation to the former government, “as if he is seeking to divest himself and his government of responsibility for what will tra ... Read More

PM insists $1.5m tax break, NHT drawdown 'a good thing' for Jamaica

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:59 PM    

Andrew Holness (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness continued to defend his Administration’s strategies this morning, as the press quizzed him about decisions to continue leaning on the National Housing Trust (NHT) for budgetary support, despite disagreeing with the move while in opposition. He was addressing a post-budget press briefing held at Jamaica House. Holness, in response, defended plans to take $11.4 billion from the NHT over four years, arguing that his party had made a c ... Read More

CTO launches new learning tool for Caribbean primary schools

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:37 PM    

(Photo: CMC)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Wednesday said it has launched its first ever tourism education for the Caribbean digital learning series geared towards primary school students in the region. CTO said that in addition to its first ever tourism education for the Caribbean digital learning series of four (4) e-workbooks, students will also benefit from activities, videos and fun facts about the Caribbean designed for use by teachers, and ... Read More



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