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Zika detected in urine, saliva

Paulo Gadelha (R), president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) research institute and Myrna Bonaldo (RL, molecular biology laboratory chief, announce in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo:AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids. "The presence of the active Zika virus has been found in saliva and urine," Paulo Gad ... Read More

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Tomlinson advances in ITTF Latin American Championships

Friday, February 05, 2016 6:06 PM    

Simon Tomlinson

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Jamaica’s national table tennis champion, Simon Tomlinson, dramatically turned his fortune around to join Michael Hyatt in the last 32 in Men's Singles at the ITTF Latin American Championships in Puerto Rico. Tomlinson, who needed two wins from as many games to advance, did just that, as he registered 3-1 results over opponents from Peru and Guatemala respectively on Thursday. The 25-year-old Tomlinson who suffered a lost 0-3 to Puerto Rico's number two player Da ... Read More

Man threatens witness in murder case, remanded

Friday, February 05, 2016 5:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man who reportedly confronted a witness in a murder case against his son and threatened to kill her was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. The accused, Michael McGregor, is charged with threatening crown witness. McGregor’s son is on trial in the Circuit Court on a murder charge. According to allegations outlined by the prosecutor in court on Friday, McGregor went to the complainant and read out section of ... Read More

Forex: J$121.49 to one US dollar

Friday, February 05, 2016 5:35 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, February 5, 2016, ended trading at J$121.49, up by seven cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$86.89, up from J$86.88, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$174.02, down from J$175.67. Read More

US changes entry requirements for C'bean agricultural workers

Friday, February 05, 2016 4:59 PM    

WASHINGTON, (CMC) – The United States Department of Homeland Security says it is eliminating the non-immigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents coming to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers. The Department of State said the new rules will come into effect on February 19, and as a result certain Caribbean residents seeking to enter the United States as H-2A agricultural workers will be required to have both a valid passport and visa. “Eliminating this visa e ... Read More

PM says new opportunities to come with opening of Angels–Linstead Highway

Friday, February 05, 2016 4:40 PM    

A section of the Angels-Linstead leg of the north-south link of Highway 2000, which will be opened to the public on Monday.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, says new opportunities for economic growth and job creation will result from the opening of the Angels to Linstead leg of the North South Highway. The opportunities are to be provided through the “rapid expansion” in the hotel and tourist industry, which will be spurred on by “this new mega infrastructural” development, she noted. The prime minister was speaking at the symbolic opening of the 16-kil ... Read More

Cayman millionaire jailed for seven years

Friday, February 05, 2016 4:07 PM    

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) – A High Court judge Friday sentenced millionaire businessman Canover Watson to seven years imprisonment after indicating that the accused had conspired with the disgraced former football supremo Jeff Webb to “steal money from the Cayman Islands government”. “You were able to succeed because of your position of power and trust as chairman of the HAS (Health Services Authority),” Justice Michael Mettyear said as he sentenced the bus ... Read More

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Friday, February 05, 2016 3:55 PM    

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) – Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the UN urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths, Colombia's National Health Institute (INS) said the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Cases of th ... Read More

Journey to Champs begins

Friday, February 05, 2016 3:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Telecommunications firm Flow’s 'Journey to Champs' campaign got out of the blocks at Jamaica College (JC) on Hope Road Friday. Flow’s campaign is aimed at rallying schools ahead of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships scheduled for March 15-19 at the National Stadium. The proceedings got under way with Flow handing over a symbolic $200,000 cheque to JC principal Ruel Reid, before moving into the entertainment package with a perform ... Read More

Wright replaces White for PNP in Trelawny Northern

Friday, February 05, 2016 3:31 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party (PNP) today announced Victor Wright as their new candidate for the Trelawny Northern constituency. According to a PNP press release Friday afternoon, the party has welcomed and pledged their full support for Wright, who was the assistant campaign manager for the area. Wright is taking up the mantle after selected candidate John-Paul White was forced to step down when news surfaced that a company he owned owed $17 million in taxes. &nb ... Read More

Scotiabank partners with ActionCOACH for Billionaire Tour

Friday, February 05, 2016 2:35 PM    

Author and business guru Bradley J Sugars. (Photo: )

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Scotiabank has joined forces with ActionCOACH to bring world-renowned speaker, author and business guru Bradley J Sugars to Jamaica. As part of his global C, Sugars will share his insights and proven techniques to build wealth with Jamaican business owners, at a special session this afternoon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Brad Sugars is a multi-millionaire, best-selling author and one of the greatest business coach in the world. He is the chairman and founder of Actio ... Read More



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