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Bartlett welcomes release of Jamaican from Qatar prison

Paul Stephens (left) pictured with fellow Jamaican pilot Mark Johnson during a prison visit in Qatar recently.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs & foreign trade, Edmund Bartlett, today welcomed the news that a Jamaican who had been languishing in prison in Qatar and subjected to abuse by other inmates has been released. "I am delighted at Paul Stephens' release from priso ... Read More

Richard Byles (file photo) Greece’s financial situation will not impact Jamaica – Richard Byles
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richar ... Read More

Jaheel Hyde (file photo) Hyde withdraws from Pan Am Junior Champs
KINGSTON, Jamaica – On the advice of his doctor, Jaheel Hyde has pulled out of the Pan America ... Read More

Sweeping changes at CONCACAF in the wake of FIFA scandal
MIAMI, United States (CMC) - CONCACAF has announced sweeping changes to the way it does business in ... Read More

Olympic torch carried by Jenner up for auction

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:22 PM    

The Olympic torched carried by Jenner before the 1984 Summer Games. (Photo: AP)

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) – An Olympic torch carried by decathlon champion Bruce Jenner -- now known as Caitlyn -- ahead of the 1984 Summer Games will go under the hammer this month, auctioneers said Tuesday. It is the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to hit the market since Jenner -- the winner of the 1976 decathlon gold medal -- made her public coming-out as a transgender woman, revealing a new name and look in early June. "We expect collectors will find it every bit as signi ... Read More

Gov’t focused on growing creative industries – Hylton

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:16 PM    

Minister of Industry Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton. (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton, says the government is implementing measures to facilitate the growth and prosperity of the creative industries. The initiatives, he said, are in recognition of the creative industries as a generator of wealth for the mass of Jamaicans, and a driver of gross domestic product (GDP) growth. “This is why it is linked to the growth agenda…and captured in a number of things…like the Vis ... Read More

Look out for counterfeit notes, cops urge as 4 arrested

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:11 PM    

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ST MARY, Jamaica – Detectives from the St Mary Police Division are advising the public, especially business operators, to be on the lookout for US$50 counterfeit notes. According to the police, the notes bear the serial number – MB25837080A. Four people have been arrested in connection with the use of these counterfeit notes, which are in circulation in Highgate, Port Maria, Oracabessa, and Gayle in St Mary, and are being used mainly in supermarkets, petrol stations and at places ... Read More

Taxi operators say they are being ‘muzzled’, threaten action

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 1:32 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) is calling on Minister of Transport Omar Davies to intervene in the current impasse between seven-seat route taxi operators and the Transport Authority, after a decision to change their road licence – reducing the numnber of passengers they can carry from six to four. In a release Tuesday, the organisation said: “We are urging Minister Davies to do something with a matter of urgency as hundred ... Read More

McLeod crashes out of 110m hurdles

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 1:15 PM    

Omar Mcleod (file photo)

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Jamaican sprint hurdler Omar McLeod made a less than sparkling start to his professional career after failing to finish the men’s 110m hurdles event at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Budapest, Hungary, today. McLeod, who ran a personal best 12.97 seconds to win the event at the JAAA National Senior Championships two weeks ago in Kingston, crashed out of the race along with Cuban World leader Orlando Ortega. Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov won the race in 13.28 se ... Read More

VCB wins 100m in season-best time in Hungary

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 12:10 PM    

Veronica Campbell-Brown (file photo)

BUDAPEST, Hungary – World and Olympic sprint champion Veronica Campbell Brown ran a season’s best 10.99 seconds (-1.2m/s) to win the 100m A race at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Budapest, Hungary, today. Campbell Brown, who was third in both sprint finals at the recent JAAA National Senior Championships in Kingston, beat American Tianna Bartoletta in a close finish with the runner-up clocking 11.18 seconds. Paul A Reid Read More

Shaggy says his songs can change ISIS mindset

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 12:03 PM    

Shaggy (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – In an interview the Miami Times, reggae star Shaggy said his music, including tracks such as 'Boombastic' and 'It Wasn't Me', is so emotional that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would immediately stop carrying out their brutal beheadings if only the songs were pumped into jihadi strongholds. The 46-year-old Jamaican who served as a United States marine in Iraq during the first Gulf War suggested that Western armies should find a way to pipe his music into ISIS ... Read More

F-16 fighter jet, small plane collide in midair

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 12:00 PM    

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — An F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided in midair Tuesday over South Carolina, raining down plane parts and debris. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the fighter jet collided with a Cessna C150 around 11:00 am. The collision happened about 11 miles north of Charleston. No other details were immediately available. It was not immediately known how many people were on the planes and whether anyone survived. It also was not ... Read More

21-y-o shopkeeper dies in Westmoreland crash

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:42 AM    

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – A 21-y-o shopkeeper died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident on the Spring Hill main road in Westmoreland on Monday. Dead is Steven Jones of West End, Negril, in the parish. Reports from the Negril Police are that about 7:00 pm, Jones was a pillion on a motor cycle when it is alleged that the driver lost control while negotiating a corner and slid under a truck that was being driven in the opposite direction. They were taken to hospi ... Read More

Elderly Cypriot donates pension to Greece

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:34 AM    

Onoufrios Michaelides (Photo: AFP)

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AFP) – An 88-year-old Cypriot retiree has sent his 506 euro ($555) pension to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a contribution towards the cash-strapped country's budget in a show of "support and gratitude." Onoufrios Michaelides, who describes himself as a "Greek Cypriot refugee" from the north of the island, sent the money along with a letter addressed to the leftist "Comrade Alexis". The gift was in "appreciation of your tireless but also heroic efforts to prese ... Read More



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