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Haiti lawmakers elect Jocelerme Privert as interim president

Jocelerme Privert

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) - Haitian lawmakers early Sunday elected Jocelerme Privert as the troubled country's interim president to fill a power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence. Privert, 62, a senator and ... Read More

West Indies cricketers pose with the trophy after winning the Under-19 World Cup cricket final between India and West Indies at the The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 14, 2016. Windies win U-19 World Cup title
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) - Keacy Carty struck an unbeaten 52 as the West Indies defeated three-time c ... Read More

PCL Update: Scorpions 56-2 in search of daunting 366-run target
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Scorpions were 56-2 at stumps chasing a daunting 366 runs against ... Read More

Christopher Taylor (file photo) Calabar’s Taylor surprises with 10.44 100m run
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Christopher Taylor of Calabar showed class and versatility when he clocked ... Read More

Shops' electricity rationed in crisis-hit Venezuela

Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:50 PM    

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuelans are accustomed to severe shortages of cooking oil, diapers and other staple products. But those hoping to buy what they could find got a new unpleasant surprise this week. They found malls dark and shuttered under a government electricity rationing regime. "This is madness, this is not the solution!" said Nataly Orta, 48, at the locked gate of the Lider mall in eastern Caracas. "It's a drastic measure that will only create more unemployment and wor ... Read More

Tornadoes on course to retain swim trophy

Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:10 PM    

(File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tornadoes Swim Club are on the verge of defending their title at the Walter Rogers National Age-Group Swimming Championships at the National Aquatics Centre. At the end of Friday’s third day, Tornadoes led the standings with 902.5 points, ahead of Y- Speedos Swim Club with 686 points and Blue Seal Swim with 204.5 points. Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club (157) and Marlins Swim Club (116) complete the top five. The five-day meet has hit top gear with four record-breaking ... Read More

Waterhouse, Tivoli battle to escape relegation danger

Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:55 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica —  Waterhouse FC and Tivoli Gardens FC will be locked in a battle to escape relegation danger in their scheduled 6:00 pm clash at Drewsland Mini-Stadium on Sunday. Waterhouse are last in the 12-team table with 21 points and need to get on a winning roll if they are to avoid being one of two teams demoted this season. Tivoli Gardens, in 10th place with 26 points, have a similar fight on their hands. At 3:00 pm, 11th-placed Rivoli United (22 points) welcome third-pl ... Read More

Candidates in Hanover sign General Elections Political Code of Conduct

Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:01 PM    

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown looks on as Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness signs the Political Code of Conduct at the Emancipation Park in St Andrew last Thursday 

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) – All four candidates contesting the February 25 General Elections in Hanover, signed the Political Code of Conduct during a ceremony at the Tryall Hotel, on Friday, February 12. Those vying for the Western Hanover constituency are: Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change State Minister, Ian Hayles, for the People’s National Party (PNP); and the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Brian Wallace. Eastern Hanover will see the PNP’s Wynter McIntosh ... Read More

Three named to contest Haiti head of state post

Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:16 PM    

Edgard Fils Leblanc (L), Privert Jocelerme (C) and Belizaire Dejean

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Three people have been named to contest the post of interim head of state on Saturday even as a legislator resigned from the special Bicameral Commission accusing it of siding with a particular candidate whose election “will expose the country to an unprecedented crisis”. The special Bicameral Commission announced late Friday that three people, including the President of the National Assembly, Privert Jocelerme, had been selected to contest the po ... Read More

Men face higher risk of cancers linked to oral sex

Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:05 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Men are twice as likely as women to get cancer of the mouth and throat linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, researchers say. For men, the risk of HPV-driven cancers of the head and neck rise along with the number of oral sex partners, researchers said Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in the US capital. Nearly two out of three of these ora ... Read More

WHO reports rise of neurological disorder in Zika outbreak

Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:00 PM    

BERLIN (AP) — A rare neurological disorder is on the rise in several Latin American countries that are also seeing an outbreak of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said Saturday. The UN health body in Geneva said in a weekly report that Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which can cause temporary paralysis, has been reported in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela. The increase in Guillain-Barre cases is appearing in conjunction with the spread of the Zika virus ... Read More

Windies seek return to glory in U19 against India

Saturday, February 13, 2016 1:18 PM    

West Indies U19 team 

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — The West Indies will hope to rekindle memories of their former glory in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Sunday as they take on modern-day giants of the game India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup final. The young Caribbeans exceeded all expectations to reach the final of the prestigious meet, despite starting the tournament on a wrong foot with a 61-run loss to England in their opening match. But they have not looked back since, beating Fiji and Zimbabwe in the gr ... Read More

JLP’s Hutchinson, Independent Patterson missing from code of conduct signing

Saturday, February 13, 2016 12:24 PM    

JC Hutchinson (file photo)

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Incumbent Member of Parliament, JC Hutchinson and Joseph Patterson, an independent candidate were noticeably missing from this morning’s signing of the Political Code of Conduct in St Elizabeth. Patterson reportedly sent an apology for his absence, saying he had an emergency in Kingston. However, there was no word from Hutchinson. Custos of St Elizabeth, Beryl Rochester and Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown were unable to provide a reason for his abs ... Read More

Zika outbreak won't compromise Olympics: Brazil president

Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:40 AM    

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) takes part in an awareness campaign during the day of national mobilization against the Aedes aegypti mosquito --that transmits dengue, chikungunya fever and zika virus-- in the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz 60km in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — The presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won't compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed Saturday as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak. "The situation does not compromise the Olympics," Rousseff said. "We are confident that until the Olympics begin we will have considerable success in exterminating" the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the virus. Rio de Janeiro will host ... Read More



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