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30 communities benefitting from JSIF solid waste management project

Systems Operation and Environment Manager at Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Dr Milton Clarke, addresses a JIS Think Tank on January 17, where he provided details about the solid waste management initiative being undertaken by the agency. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is undertaking a solid waste management initiative in underserved communities across the island aimed at improving environmental practices and facilitating the conversion of waste into income. Under the initiative, 30 communi ... Read More

T&T Senate passes legislation to raise legal age of marriage to 18
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Senate late Tuesday night approved the ... Read More

Students and teachers stand outside a high school after it was evacuated following three earthquakes which hit central Italy in the space of an hour, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year, in Rome, Wednesday, January 18, 2017. (Photo: AP) 3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour
ROME, Italy (AP) — A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an h ... Read More

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange (centre); Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller (right); and Kingston’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Winston Ennis, view the 1907 Earthquake Monument at Bumper Hall in south west St Andrew, during a 110th anniversary commemorative ceremony at the site on January 13. The function was organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). Simpson Miller is Member of Parliament for the area. (Photo: JIS) Culture minister seeks support to maintain heritage sites
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, is ... Read More

Venus rolls back years to reach third round of Australian Open

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:00 PM    

Venus Williams (Photo: AFP)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Venus Williams rolled back the years on Wednesday with a straight-sets demolition of Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele to move smoothly into the third round of the Australian Open. The 13th seed, an eight-time quarter-finalist or better in Melbourne, won 6-3, 6-2 against a qualifier who had never been beyond round two. Williams, the oldest player in the women's draw at 36, will next play either China's Duan Yingying or fellow American Varvara Lepchenko. "I love ... Read More

Shaw says Jamaica ahead of fiscal and NIR targets

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:40 PM    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw (Photo: JIS)

Shaw asserted that private sector confidence continues to grow, as evidenced by the increase in lending to the productive sector. The minister was opening the debate on the $12.8 billion increase in the budget recorded in the Supplementary Estimates which were tabled in the House of Representatives, last week. He said that in the Government’s assessments, it is expected to meet all the quatitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks under the new standby agreement with IMF. H ... Read More

Corporate Area police to ride free on JUTC buses 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:10 PM    

Robert Montague (FILE PHOTO)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Police officers in the Corporate Area will soon be able to ride the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses free of charge. The initiative, which has resulted from a partnership between the Ministries of National Security, and Transport and Mining, will see the law-enforcement personnel benefiting from the service for approximately one year. This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, during an interactive session with heads of the J ... Read More

Long-awaited Tupac biopic set for 2017 release

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:50 PM    

Tupac Shakur

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A long-awaited biopic on slain rap legend Tupac Shakur is set for release in mid-2017, the film production company said Tuesday. All Eyez On Me, named after the title of one of Tupac's albums, will come out in US theaters on June 16, which would have been the rapper's 46th birthday, Summit Entertainment said. The movie project was announced nearly six years ago with previous participants to include John Singleton, a director closely linked with hip-hop cul ... Read More

Rebuilding fund launched for Clifton Boys’ Home 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:25 PM    

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green (2nd right), listens keenly to Western Regional Director of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Eunice Scott Shaw (2nd left), as she gives an update on temporary arrangements to house the 28 wards of the State who were displaced following a fire which destroyed the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, on January 15. Others (from left) are house mother, Irene McDonald and head of the St John’s Anglican Church, Father Hartley Perrin. (Photo: JIS)

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — The Diocese of Jamaica & The Cayman Islands, which owns and operates the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, has launched a rebuilding fund for the home which was destroyed by fire on Sunday. Donors are being invited to make contributions through the National Commercial Bank at account number 611098561. Board Chairman, the Rev Canon and Hartley Perrin, explained that a foreign currency account (number 614525185) has also been established to fac ... Read More

UPDATE: Bodies of missing Westmoreland trio were decomposing

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:00 PM    

A crowd consisting of police, family members, friends and others gathered in Deep West within the West End section of Negril, Westmoreland, where the bodies of three Westmoreland men were found. (Photo: Anthony Lewis)

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — The bodies of three Westmoreland men, who were reported missing since Saturday, January 14, were found in a state of decomposition this afternoon. The men have been identified as: 25-year-old Richard Davis, otherwise called ‘Neeko’, 24-year-old Romaine Sweeny, otherwise called ‘Goat Head’, and 22-year-old David Bennett, otherwise called ‘Chullups’, all of Seaton Crescent in Savanna-la-Mar. The police had earlier reported that th ... Read More

Hampton Board takes Reid to task, refuses to send Murray on leave

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:40 PM    

Heather Murray

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Embattled principal of Hampton School, Heather Murray, will not be sent on leave, according to CEO of the Hampton School Board, Trevor Blake. In a letter addressed to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid and copied to the media, the CEO stated that the Board had concluded that Murray's actions "did not amount to evidence of professional misconduct in her capacity as a teacher". Blake further stated that the school is approaching a period of examinat ... Read More

Zimbabwe priest held over Mugabe death prophecy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:19 PM    

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe police on Monday detained a pastor who claimed that veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, would die in October, his lawyer said. Gift Mtisi said Pastor Patrick Mugadza was arrested at the magistrate’s court in Harare where he was appearing on separate charges of wearing the national flag and charged over the prophecy made last week about Mugabe's demise. "He was appearing at the court on a different matter when police arrested h ... Read More

Three new boats for Port Authority

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:05 PM    

Ruel Reid (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A contract valued at US$2.83 million has been awarded to North Boat Limited for the design, construction and delivery of three 22-knots pilot boats for the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ). Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing last Wednesday, said the boats will be used for service to the public and private port facilities in and around the Port of Kingston. Cabinet also gave approval for a $133.7-mill ... Read More

2,300 Jamaican hotel workers sent to US in 2016

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:45 PM    

Shahine Robinson

KINGSTON, Jamaica —  Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, says there was a 19 per cent increase in the number of Jamaicans who gained employment through the United States (US) hotel programme in 2016, compared to 2015. Addressing a breakfast meeting with a number of US hotel employers at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay on January 17, the minister said the 2016 figure was the highest number of Jamaicans to participate in the programme since 20 ... Read More



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