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Pickersgill says assistance will be given to drought-affected schools for new term

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Minister of Water Land Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill says that plans are in place to supply water to schools affected by the prolonged drought, before the start of the new term. “I want to give every assurance that the National Water Commission, in ... Read More

One-year-old  Alaska girl drowns in bucket
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a one-year-old girl has drowned in a bucket ... Read More

Conflicting reports on Lyndhurst Road police shooting
KINGSTON, Jamaica — There are conflicting reports surrounding a shooting that occurred along L ... Read More

Actress Wendy Raquel (left) and producer Rob Jackson in Jamaica for Vivica Fox's birthday party. (Photo:Aceion Cunningham) PHOTO: Vivica Fox’s birthday guests
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Guests have begun to arrive in Montego Bay for actress Vivica Fox’s bi ... Read More

Islandwide rainfall expected over the weekend -- Met Service

Friday, August 22, 2014 7:04 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says that scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast to affect the island over the weekend. An area of low pressure is located north of the Mona Passage, between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and should pass over or just north of Hispaniola tonight, the Met Service said in an advisory Friday evening. Projections are for the system to develop into a tropical depression or a tropical storm as it moves near to or over the so ... Read More

Peaceful protest against JUTC bus fare increase still on –JLP

Friday, August 22, 2014 6:35 PM    

Opposition leader Andrew Holness

  In a statement a short while ago the JLP said that it has taken note of government's decision to continue with its planned increases to JUTC bus fares including a 100 per cent increase in senior citizen’s fares from $20 to $40.   "We maintain our strong position and readiness to take a stand against increases in bus fares at this time,” Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness said in response to media reports that the increase in fare for senior citizens will be dropped to $ ... Read More

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands brace for heavy rain as northern Caribbean faces storm threat

Friday, August 22, 2014 6:11 PM    

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds Friday as a cluster of storms swirled across the northern Caribbean. The National Weather Service in San Juan said the region could be hit with up to six inches (15 centimetres) of rain and wind gusts of 35 mph (56 kph). Crews were clearing several downed trees and power lines in Puerto Rico as well as small landslides in the northern part of the island, the Emergency Management Age ... Read More

Legendary cricket umpire Sang Hue dies

Friday, August 22, 2014 6:05 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Legendary Jamaican cricket umpire Douglas Sang Hue died this morning at the age of 82, after ailing for some time. A small man, standing five feet four inches, Sang Hue was however a giant of West Indies cricket whose fame as an umpire equalled that of some of the regional side’s greatest players. He umpired 31 Test matches in the West Indies, between 1962 and 1981. His first Test as an umpire, the fifth Test against India at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, in March ... Read More

Forex: J$112.79 to one US dollar

Friday, August 22, 2014 5:36 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar on Friday, August 22 trading at J$112.79, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$102.76 down from J$102.94 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$187.01 down from J$187.10. Read More

Education Ministry seeking Math specialists

Friday, August 22, 2014 4:56 PM    

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites (right) commends mathematics
specialist at the Spot Valley High School, Loren Sailsman, on his
contribution to the improvement in performance of students at the school
located in St James. Thwaites was at the launch of ‘Math Counts’ on
Thursday at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay. Looking on
is Member of Parliament for East Central St James, Edmund Bartlett.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Ministry of Education is inviting teachers of mathematics to come forward to be trained as specialists in the subject. Education Minister, Rev Ronald Thwaites, says at least 200 specialists are needed to address needs at the primary and secondary levels. The Minister, who was speaking at the official launch of the national mathematics programme called ‘Math Counts’ at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in St James on Thursday (August 21), said the Min ... Read More

Transport Ministry reduces senior citizens’ JUTC fare to $40

Friday, August 22, 2014 4:26 PM    


KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing a short while ago released amended fares for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company which it says will become effective on Sunday, August 24. According to the ministry’s release the amended fares are: adults$120; senior citizens and pensioners $40; children, students and members of the disabled community $30. The amended $40 fare for senior citizens and pensioners represent a $20 reduction from the $60 announced by Transport M ... Read More

Damaged pipeline disrupts water supply to Portmore, downtown Kingston -- NWC

Friday, August 22, 2014 3:27 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- National Water Commission (NWC) says that disruption in water supply to customers in Portmore, downtown Kingston and surrounding communities today Friday, August 21 is due to a damaged pipeline. According to the NWC, the pipeline located in the Content area of St Catherine was damaged as a result of road works being carried out by China Harbour Engineering Company as part of the highway project. Engineers are currently assessing the damage to effect repairs, the NWC said, ... Read More

Pit latrines in schools a thing of the past, says Education Minister

Friday, August 22, 2014 3:09 PM    

Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites at the JTA's annual conference.

ST JAMES, Jamaica -- Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites says that come the end of next year, pit latrines in schools will be a thing of the past. "Thank you JTA and your leadership for pointing out that the time has passed for pit latrine in schools. Thank you, it is one that we have picked up and carried further, as we must, and therefore I assure you that we are under the mandate of the Prime Minister that by the end of next year there should be no pit latrine in schools where there ar ... Read More

Windies demolish Bangladesh in 2nd ODI, win series

Friday, August 22, 2014 2:32 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 177 runs in the second One Day International (ODI) on Friday at the Grenada National Stadium to clinch the three-match series. Sent in to bat West Indies reached 247-7off their allotted 50 overs. Bangladesh needing 248 to win were only able to muster 70 runs from 24.4 overs. The third ODI is scheduled for St Kitts on Sunday. Scores: WEST INDIES -- 247-7 off 50 overs (Chris Gayle 58, Darren Bravo 53, Lendl Simmons 40, Denesh Ramdin ... Read More



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