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Royal Caribbean in US$2.8 bn three-ship deal with STX

SAINT-NAZARINE, France (AFP) — US cruise giant Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Wednesday signed a letter of intent with the French arm of South Korean shipbuilder STX to build three ships in a deal worth 2.5 billion euros (US$2.8 billion), the shipyard said. The announcement comes less than two w ... Read More

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie (right) and Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney (left),  join  volunteers for the National Labour Day Project in Gregory Park, Portmore on Labour Day (May 23). (Photo: JIS) JSIF assiting to reduce inner-city house fires
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is working to reduce house ... Read More

Education Minister Ruel Reid New HEART Trust board to target marginalised groups
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information, has charg ... Read More

Suriname teen stabbed to death by boyfriend
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) – The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the de ... Read More

Trump reaches the magic number to clinch Republican nomination

Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:47 AM    

Donald Trump (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the national convention in July. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam ... Read More

Met Service discontinues flash flood watch for eastern parishes

Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:39 AM    

(File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service has discontinued the flash flood watch that was announced for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Thomas, Portland, St Mary, and St Ann. One schoolgirl was found dead after she was swept away by floodwaters in St Thomas on Tuesday. The heavy rains that pelted the island also resulted in flooding and landslides, with thousands of residents being left without electricity. In a news release Thursday, the Meteorological Service said a tr ... Read More

World leaders rightfully 'rattled' by Trump — Obama

Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:24 AM    

US President Barack Obama (Photo: AP)

SHIMA, Japan (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that foreign leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump and have good reason to feel that way, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs. Weighing in on the Democratic race to replace him, Obama also downplayed concerns that the protracted fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is hurting his party's chances, brushing off their escalating attacks as the inevitable "grumpiness ... Read More

T&T PM warns that gov't taking bomb threat seriously

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:56 AM    

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Government Wednesday sought to reassure citizens that it was taking the threat to bomb shopping malls here seriously, and warned that it would use every available resource to protect the State and its citizens. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley told a news conference at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting that his administration is treating the alleged threat “seriously” and that while it had little information regarding t ... Read More

Minister blames previous Gov't for $625-m loss in bauxite levy

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:46 AM    

Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips (left) and Finance Minister Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says that Jamaica was denied $625 million in bauxite levy payments last December due to the “slackness” of the previous Government. Shaw, in closing the 2016/17 Budget Debate yesterday in Gordon House, spoke about the loss to the country when he addressed the issue involving the ailing Noranda Bauxite in St Ann,  which is in discussions with the Government over waiving its levy payments following a ... Read More

Student held with cocaine on return trip from Jamaica gets probation

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:38 AM    


NEW YORK, United States (AP) — A Connecticut college student found with 1.3 pounds of cocaine in her luggage on a return trip from Jamaica has been sentenced to probation by a judge who ruled her smuggling conviction alone would include collateral punishments. "There is a broad range of collateral consequences that serve no useful function other than to further punish criminal defendants after they have completed their court imposed sentences," Senior US District Court District Judge Fred ... Read More

6 convicted for lottery scamming in Westmoreland

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:32 AM    

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Six men, who were arrested and charged for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act 2013, were convicted in the Westmoreland Circuit Court last week. They are: Steven Ricketts, 33, a construction worker of Williamsfield, Westmoreland; Romeo Campbell, 25, a farmer also of Williamsfield; Onick Clarke, 27, of Whithorn, Westmoreland; and Lourey Rodney, Travoy Taylor and Kenroy Rhoden of Westmoreland addresses. A news release from t ... Read More

2 Canadians nabbed with cocaine at MoBay airport

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:17 AM    


ST JAMES, Jamaica — The narcotics police arrested two Canadian men within hours of each other for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Sangster International Airport in St James on Tuesday. The men, who have since been charged with possession of, dealing in and attempting to export cocaine, have been identified as: Joseph Southhill, 53, of Dundas in Ontario, Canada; and Orville Brown, 52, of Kingston Road in Toronto, Canada The police say Southhill was nabbed about 11:50 pm when ch ... Read More

Shaw slams Phillips for exaggerating achievements

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:22 PM    

Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips (left) and Finance Minister Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Finance Minister Audley Shaw says Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips has sought to “over-inflate” his achievements while in government, and has taken credit for far-reaching fiscal reforms for which he is not responsible. Shaw, while closing the budget debate this afternoon, said much of Phillips’ achievements were as a result of his administration’s policies between 2007 and 2011. “He lacked the graciousness to acknowledge ... Read More

BOJ maintains presence in foreign exchange market

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:19 PM    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) will be maintaining a presence in the foreign exchange market until it settles. “This presence underscores the Government’s commitment to ensuring orderly conditions in the foreign exchange market within the context of a flexible exchange rate regime,” Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, said as he closed the 2016/17 budget debate in the House of Representatives, on Wednesday. There has been a not ... Read More



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