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Gov’t to wage relentless war against criminals, says Montague

Security Minister Robert Montague

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — National Security Minister, Robert Montague, says the Government remains committed to mobilizing all the resources at its disposal to wage a “relentless war” against criminal elements “intent on destroying our nation.” To this end, he says the ... Read More

McLeod sets world leading 13.08 seconds in 110m hurdles
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Jamaica’s Omar McLeod continued his outstanding start to the outdoor ... Read More

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett  Bartlett to place emphasis on wellness tourism
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that emphasis will be placed on t ... Read More

Three senior citizens killed in Puerto Rico home
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico police say three senior citizens have been found slai ... Read More

Burnt culvert leaves rural St Andrew road impassable

Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:44 PM    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising that the roadway from Nolan Hill to Border in St Andrew is now impassable. The corridor is the major link to the communities of Lawrence Tavern, Mount Ogle and Border in rural St Andrew. Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that a section of the road today collapsed following a bush fire in the community of Mount Ogle. The fire burnt the plastic culvert which forms part of the drainage s ... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Quickly, free up the weed!

Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:11 PM    

Dear Editor, During the previous administration a major milestone was achieved. After decades of debates, studies and research papers, ganja was decriminalized. This, though a small step, opened the door to potential riches and intellectual properties and patents. But the decriminalization, though a good first step, does not go far enough and we should really be considering full legalisation. Legalisation of ganja would open up many avenues for government revenue collection as well as boosting ... Read More

New principal at UWI St Augustine Campus named

Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:03 PM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Professor Brian Copeland has been named as the new principal of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The announcement was made at the end of the Conference of the University Council meeting here on Friday night. Copeland, who replaces the Guyanese-born Professor Clement Sankat, takes up his new appointment in October. Professor Copeland, who has served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering since 2007, joined the Department i ... Read More

Math app now available for Primary schools

Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:55 PM    

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of education, Youth and Information, Dr Grace McLean (left), in discussion with Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano during the launch of the ‘Calculation Time’ Mathematics  application (app), at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in New Kingston, on Friday.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — All primary schools across the island will now have access to the ‘Calculation Time’ Mathematics application (app), which is designed to improve students’ knowledge and appreciation of the subject. The app, which was officially launched at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, in New Kingston, on April 29, is one of the methodologies used under the ‘Calculation Time’ programme, which aims to make learning Mathematics fun for students. Th ... Read More

Texas floods kill woman and four grandchildren

Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:37 PM    

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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A woman and her four grandchildren died after heavy floods in Texas swept them away from their house overnight, police said. Floodwater in the town of Palestine -- around 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Dallas -- rose quickly after a creek behind a residential area overflowed its banks, local media reported. The victims were a 64-year-old woman and her grandchildren aged six, seven, eight and nine, police said in a statement. "The water just cam ... Read More

Georgia couple sues Snapchat over car crash 

Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:10 PM    

GRIFFIN, Georgia (AP) — A Georgia couple is suing Snapchat, claiming that the social media app's "speed filter" tempted a woman to drive too fast and to cause a crash that injured the husband. Media outlets report Wentworth and Karen Maynard filed a lawsuit in Spalding County State Court against Snapchat and the 18-year-old driver, Christal McGee. The lawsuit says that in September, McGee was driving down a highway south of Atlanta using a Snapchat filter that places the rate at which a ... Read More

Minister calls for widespread participation in Education Week

Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:24 PM    

Education Minister Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Education Minister Ruel Reid has called for the participation of all Jamaicans in Education Week in a bid to build a sense of community, and actively support our education system. “Education Week, observed annually May 1 to 7, offers an opportunity for all Jamaicans to celebrate the important role that education plays in promoting equity, the achievements of our students and the invaluable work of our educators in building our society,” the minister said in ... Read More

Caribbean leaders to discuss banking concerns with Biden 

Saturday, April 30, 2016 11:14 AM    

US Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: AP)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Caribbean leaders say they'll ask US Vice President Joe Biden to ensure that regulations don't force American banks to restrict vital relations with their institutions. The 15-member Caribbean Community and Common Market says some US banks are cutting ties with Caribbean banks because they fear increased federal oversight of money laundering in the region could lead to big fines or higher costs. They say such moves threaten to harm their economies and say they al ... Read More

Survivors sought after 10 killed in Kenya building collapse

Saturday, April 30, 2016 11:12 AM    

Kenyan security forces and emergency personnel look for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building in Nairobi on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Kenyan rescuers scrambled Saturday to free survivors including a woman and child detected trapped in a collapsed building in Nairobi, amid torrential storms that have left 17 people dead. President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the ruins of the six-storey building, where 10 people perished after concrete floors collapsed down on top of each other during torrential rainstorms on Friday. The two-year-old building, home to more than 150 families, had been condemned by buildi ... Read More

Labour ministry urges youth to take up education, entrepreneurial grants

Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:38 AM    

Senior Labour Market Analyst at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Shaine Palmer, addresses students of the Holy Trinity High School at the ‘Life After Fifth Form’ career development exercise  held at the institution on April 28.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Young people are being encouraged to take advantage of the education and entrepreneurial grants available through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to pursue higher education or establish small businesses. “For persons, who are struggling to finance themselves, this programme is geared towards assisting you,” said senior labour market analyst in the ministry Shaine Palmer. Palmer was addressing a ‘Life After Fifth Form’ career de ... Read More



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