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UPDATE: Cop killed in Gregory Park was targeted at party

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The policeman who was this morning murdered in Gregory Park, St Catherine, was the target of his attackers, according to police reports. Dead is 55-year-old Sergeant Neville Bryan of Hambleside Drive, Cumberland in St Catherine who was attached to the Police Emergency Comm ... Read More

A November 2010 file photo of a child receiving cholera vaccination in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Haiti cholera fund fails to draw pledges
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — A UN fund set up for Haiti's cholera victims is failing ... Read More

Desmond McKenzie National emergency communication network to be established
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A national emergency communication network is to be established to s ... Read More

High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica Sylvain Fabi  Canada gov't pledges support for JP training 
ST JAMES, Jamaica — High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica Sylvain Fabi says Canada "will cont ... Read More

'Scotchies' withdraws name from Kingston restaurant

Friday, February 24, 2017 6:15 PM    

The Scotchies logo

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The restaurant on Chelsea Avenue, which traded as a Kingston branch of well-known jerk restaurant 'Scotchies', will no longer be able to do so. The Board of Directors of Scotchies Restaurants of Jamaica Limited today issued a notice saying that effective February 7, 2017, the restaurant at 2 Chelsea Avenue no longer has their consent to use the trademark 'Scotchies'. Scotchies says it took the action "in protection of its interest and of its reputation for quality pro ... Read More

Students participate in anti-tobacco forum

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:57 PM    

Communication officer for the Tobacco Control Project at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, K Morrish Cooke (left), explains the effects of tobacco on the body, using a diagram, to students of the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School, in Kingston, at the Jamaica Cancer Society’s seventh annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum, which was held under the theme ‘Mek Wi Talk Round 2’. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Scores of high-school students participated in the Jamaica Cancer Society’s seventh annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum, held on February 23 under the theme: Mek Wi Talk Round 2. The forum, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston, formed part of the Society’s ongoing public-awareness campaign in the fight against tobacco usage by young persons. At the event, presentations were made by representatives from the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Jamaica Na ... Read More

Visitor freed in jet-ski death

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:37 PM    

ST ANN, Jamaica — An Indian national, who was charged with manslaughter after the jet ski he was driving crashed into a group of people killing a seven-year-old girl and injuring others in 2014, was freed in the St Ann Circuit Court today.  Ranjan Mandyal was freed after a seven-member jury returned a not guilty verdict on Friday afternoon. Mandyal was charged following the death of Tanoya Hyman of Christiana, Manchester on August 17, 2014. Reports are that Mandyal was driving the j ... Read More

Forex: J$128.11 to one US dollar

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:19 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, February 24, ended trading at J$128.11, down by 3 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$98.28, up from J$97.41, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$161.45, up from J$159.58. Read More

PNP Women’s Movement supports changing definition of rape

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:58 PM    

Jennifer Edwards

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement says it will present submissions to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament that has been appointed to review the Sexual Offenses Act and the Child Care and Protection Act, which include changing the definition of ‘rape’ to include non-consensual penetration of any orifice of the body. In a release, the movement stated that their submission on changing the definition of rape is “high on the list of r ... Read More

Caribbean labour ministers discuss growth and employment

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:37 PM    

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson (right), converses with director general of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder (centre), and Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Government of the Virgin Islands, Dr Kedrick Pickering. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Creating growth-driven economies that will provide better employment prospects for Caribbean nationals is the key agenda item at the 10th International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting, which is being held at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston. The two-day meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour is being held under the theme: ‘Realising Decent Work under the 2030 Agenda’. Among the objectives are to determine the mix of policies needed to promote ... Read More

New committees established to address violence, the environment

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:14 PM    

Andrew Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three new sub-committees have been established in the National Partnership Council, to address the rule of law, violence in the society and issues relating to the environment, according to the Office of the Prime Minister. The National Partnership Council was established in July 2013 and includes representatives from the Government, trade unions, the private Sector, and civil Society. According to an OPM release, Prime Minister Andrew Holness met with the council yest ... Read More

Underperforming Brathwaite a Windies ‘investment’, argues selector

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:53 PM    

Carlos Brathwaite

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form. The 28-year-old all-rounder’s selection has been questioned in some quarters especially in light of his recent failures but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a ve ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Hanna threatened… Digicel cuts jobs… 11-y-o abducted, raped

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police are currently investigating death threats made against member of Parliament Lisa Hanna, following a radio interview Wednesday in which she called for the music of incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and other murder convicts to be banned from public airwaves. Disgruntled fans of the entertainer, who dubbed themselves part of the "GazaNation", took to the parliamentarian's social media pages to air their grouses. Meanwhile, telecommunications company ... Read More

Judge bars several accusers from testifying at Cosby's trial

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:07 PM    

Bill CosbyPhoto: AP

PHILADELPHIA, United States (AP) — In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian's multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, accused of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Prosecutors wanted to put 13 other women on the stand to show tha ... Read More



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