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Ex-judge must say she's sorry, just not in cuffs

HARRISBURG, USA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption was spared on Thursday the further embarrassment of having to write her court-ordered apologies to every judge in the state on photos of herself in handcuffs. A state appeals court upheld the conviction ... Read More

US judge rules against Florida gay marriage ban
MIAMI, USA (AFP) - A US federal judge struck down a Florida ban on gay marriage Thursday, but stayed ... Read More

Dr Grace McLean  Education ministry to spend $973 million on textbook programme
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Education is spending $973.5 million under the National Textbook ... Read More

Opposition Leader - Andrew Holness Holness issues invitations to civic and other groups to join peaceful protest
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness, has begun the f ... Read More

St Mary police seize firearm, J$550k in cash

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:01 PM    

ST MARY Jamaica -- The St Mary Police have reported the seizure of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition at Mason Hall in the parish on Wednesday, August 20. Over half million Jamaican dollars were also confiscated in the incident. Reports are that about 5:30 am a team of officers was on operation in the area when a premises was searched. The search revealed a silver and black 9mm Beretta pistol with thirty-five 9 mm rounds and $550,000. Two men were taken into custody in connection with ... Read More

JTA to try mediation in presidential election impasse

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:50 PM    

ST JAMES, Jamaica -- Outgoing President of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) Dr Mark Nicely said that efforts will be made to resolve the issue surrounding the winner of the recently held JTA elections which is presently before the courts. "The presidential core, beyond the presidential core, other individuals are available and we will have some discussion to see if we can make what I would consider to be a last ditch attempt to bring the parties to gather to have a open and frank discussi ... Read More

US diplomats banned from Ice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:41 PM    

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WASHINGTON DC (AFP) -- It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former US presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water. But don't expect American diplomats to get involved in the fast-growing Ice Bucket Challenge -- in support of Lou Gehrig's disease research -- any time soon. The State Department has issued an internal telegram forbidding US ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the forfeit, in which ... Read More

US man mistakenly released from prison files appeal to remain free

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:21 PM    

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday in the case of Rene Lima-Marin also says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge in January ordered him to finish his sentence after he started a family during nearly six years of freedom. Lima-Marin, now 35, was convicted in 2000 of multiple counts of rob ... Read More

First batch of Emergency Radio Service volunteers graduate

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:18 PM    

The first batch of Emergency Affiliated Radio Service (EARS) representatives graduated today.

KINGSTON, Jamaica --The first batch of Emergency Affiliated Radio Service (EARS) representatives graduated today Thursday, August 21 at the Scouts Association of Jamaica Headquarters on Camp Road in Kingston. The programme, launched in 2012, is jointly managed by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Abacus for Communities and HelpAge International to provide emergency telecommunication service to national and regional emergency disaster operations. Responsibili ... Read More

Bus routes handed  over to 'dons' by PNP started JUTC's demise, says Mike Henry

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:10 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, says that one of the hurdles he encountered in trying to implement a new public transport structure, was that a number of Corporate Area routes had been handed over to political “dons” by his predecessors. “When we took over (in 2007) the maximum amount of buses we could turn out was 200. And I got there too when they had abandoned some of the main, heavy routes to the dons of their own,” Henry told ... Read More

Two-y-o killed in St Ann by suspected mentally challenged man

Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:51 PM    

ST ANN, Jamaica--A man believed to be of unsound mind killed a two-year-old in Lewis, St Ann this evening by slashing the child's throat. The child was pronounced dead at hospital. Two other people were reportedly injured by the man, including the child's father. They are now at the St Ann's Bay Hospital receiving treatment. According to reports the suspected mentally ill man started attacking several people in the community. In the process of the attacks, he allegedly held the child and slash ... Read More

Caribbean Cup: Reggae Girlz whip Bermuda 9-1

Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:54 PM    

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago -- Jamaica's Reggae Girlz trounced Bermuda 9-1 in the Group A Caribbean Cup game at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Thursday. Shakira Duncan scored four times for Jamaica, while Donna-Kay Henry struck twice. Captain Alicia Wilson, substitute Venicia Reid and an own goal from a Bermuda defender completed the scoring for Jamaica. On Tuesday, Jamaica won their opening game against Puerto Rico 4-1. The Reggae Girlz will meet main group rivals Haiti on Saturday. Sanjay Myers ... Read More

Airlines, cruise ships on alert as tropical disturbance approaches Caribbean

Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:51 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean. Forecasters at the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the system of low pressure had a 50 per cent chance of developing into a tropical depression or possibly a tropical storm within 48 hours. Jennifer de la Cruz, a spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the Florida-based company has one ship th ... Read More

Convicted hijacker Stephen Fray granted leave to appeal to the Privy Council

Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:33 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Stephen Fray, who was sentenced for high-jacking a Canjet flight at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, has been granted leave by the United Kingdom-based Privy Council to appeal his conviction. Fray was convicted in the Western Regional Gun Court in 2009 on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, shooting with intent, robbery with aggravation, assault at common law and breaches of the Airport Act. Fray’s attorney argued unsuccessfully that he w ... Read More



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