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STETHS, Dinthill to contest daCosta Cup final

KINGSTON, Jamaica - St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) set up a championship clash with Dinthill Technical after clipping Lennon High 2-1 in Saturday's ISSA/ Flow daCosta Cup semi-final match at Juici Park in Clarendon. Neville Morgan gave STETHS the lead in the 20th minute, but Shawayne N ... Read More

JC retain Manning Cup title
KINGSTON, Jamaica — They say revenge is best served cold, but Jamaica College (JC) dished it o ... Read More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (File photo) Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing
MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Moscow on Saturday slapped economic sanctions on Turkey in the latest t ... Read More

Director of Security at the University of the West Indies Mona campus Keith Gardner (File photo) UWI's head of security separates 'facts from fallacies' after student raises concerns
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Security at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus Kei ... Read More

Engineer creates first local organic bamboo kiln

Saturday, November 28, 2015 3:51 PM    

Industry, Investment, and Commerce State Ministern Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams (left), listens as manufacturer of the ‘Gentle Bamboo Charcoal Kiln’, engineer Gentle Wallace (centre), points out its features, during her recent visit to the Institute of Nursing, Technology, and Household Management (INTHM), Swallowfield Road, Kingston, where the equipment was assembled. Also listening is Director, Special Projects, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and Chairman, Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Committee (BIMAC), Gladstone Rose (right).
 (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion-dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was provided ... Read More

Work starts on Riverton City access road

Saturday, November 28, 2015 2:45 PM    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott, yesterday launched work on the US$1.8-million project for the rehabilitation of the access road to the Riverton City disposal site. The one-year road construction project, slated to be completed in September 2016, is being undertaken through grant funding from the Mexican Government. The contract for the undertaking was signed in June. It will involve the building of a two-kilometre concrete r ... Read More

Scorpions captain claims no batting worry

Saturday, November 28, 2015 2:12 PM    

Paul Palmer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Scorpions Captain Paul Palmer says there was no panic about the team's batting despite a poor showing in their opening two games of the 2015-16 WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL). There was improvement in the third game away to Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Queen's Park Oval last weekend. On the back of Andre McCarthy's century, the Scorpions made 291 in their first innings. In their second-innings run-chase, opener John Campbell struck an unbeaten ha ... Read More

Trench Town derby highlights Sunday's RSPL games

Saturday, November 28, 2015 2:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Match day 14 of the the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is set to be highlighted by the Trench Town derby with hosts Boys’ Town FC locking horns with neighbours Arnett Gardens FC at Barbican Sports Complex. Kick-off is set for 3:00 pm. Title-holders Arnett are third in the 12-team standing with 23 points from 13 games. Boys' Town are eighth with 15 points. At Juici Park, the leaders Portmore United FC (27 points) welcome 11th-placed Waterhouse FC (12 points) i ... Read More

NHF extends opening hours

Saturday, November 28, 2015 11:59 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The National Health Fund (NHF) has extended its opening hours in order to facilitate longer hours of interface with its customers, beneficiaries and providers. As of Monday, November 30, the Customer Care Department at the NHF’s Dominica Drive headquarters will open from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Thursday, and 7:00 am to 3:30 pm on Friday. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, NHF’s Vice President for Individual Benefits, Ann Logan, explained th ... Read More

Cops arrest, charge 'major player' in Clansman Gang

Saturday, November 28, 2015 11:54 AM    

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Edward Dunn, otherwise called ‘Fabulous’ and ‘Lucifer’, a man the police describe as a “major player” in the infamous Clansman Gang, is now in police custody. Dunn was arrested on Tuesday, November 24, and charged on Thursday, November 26, for leading a criminal organisation and being a member of a criminal organisation. According to a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) o ... Read More

Two dead in motor vehicle crash, three others injured

Saturday, November 28, 2015 11:31 AM    

TRELAWNY, Jamaica – Two men died and three others were injured Friday in a motor vehicle collision on the Salt March main road in Trelawny. The police on Saturday identified the deceased as 47-year-old David Cunningham of Florence Housing Scheme and 30-year-old Alistair Burley of Hart Boulevard, both in St James. Reports from the Falmouth police are that about 8:15 pm, Burley was driving a Honda Civic motor car along the main road towards Montego Bay, when he allegedly tried to overtake ... Read More

PM congratulates Bolt, Fraser-Pryce for copping Caribbean awards

Saturday, November 28, 2015 10:24 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaicans and World and Olympic sprint champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continue to showcase their dominance on and off the track. The athletes were recently crowned Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year at the second annual Caribbean Sports Awards. In congratulating both ambassadors, Simpson Miller said she was proud of their accomplishments, adding: “It is no surprise that Usain and Shelly have copped t ... Read More

PANCAP optimistic about ending HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030

Saturday, November 28, 2015 9:54 AM    

HIV test (Photo: AFP)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP) says the world, including the Caribbean region, is now “very optimistic” about ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. In a message to mark World AIDS Day, PANCAP said that this year’s theme “Ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, is aligned to the new PANCAP Vision – An AIDS Free Caribbean, and reminds the region of the need to ... Read More

Turkey warns against Russia travel in tit-for-tat jet downing dispute

Saturday, November 28, 2015 9:50 AM    

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (left) listens to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov after a press conference in Moscow on November 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey on Saturday warned its citizens off non-urgent travel to Russia in the latest tit-for-tat move as the two nations square off over Ankara's downing of one of Moscow's warplanes. The foreign ministry in Ankara said travel to Russia should be avoided a day after Moscow — which had earlier urged its nationals to leave Turkey — announced it was scrapping its visa-free regime for Turkish visitors. The Russian Government has in addition said it is pre ... Read More



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