No shift system for doctors... for now

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson said a short while ago that there will be no implementation of a shift system for doctors. At least until the task force has completed its work. Dr Ferguson is currently making his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representative ... Read more

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Water woes in Clarendon, MP calls for rescue plan

Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon Pearnel Charles

CLARENDON, Jamaica - Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon Pearnel Charles is raising concerns about the critical water shortage throughout large sections of the constituency, which he says is exposing residents to panic, fear and ill health. Charles said: “From Darlo to Bellas Gat ... Read More

West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood celebrates scoring his century on day three of the first Test match against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
in St John’s, Antigua recently. (Photo: AFP) Blackwood: Bravo's encouragement inspired supporting role
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC)- West Indies middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood says he received str ... Read More

Opposition Spokesman on security Derrick Smith Smith calls for steps to prevent Ja's youth being lured into terrorism
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Last month’s visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaic ... Read More

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PM reads to students

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 3:45 PM    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller listens as student at the Jamaica House Basic School, John David Hall, reads from the book entitled, ‘Little Lion Goes to School’, by Kellie Magnus, today (May 5). Also listening (from left) are:  Raiyne Gibson and Naela Nunes.(PHOTO: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller today participated in Read Across Jamaica Day activities at the Jamaica House Basic School, in Kingston. Simpson Miller engaged the students in discussions as she read from the book entitled, ‘Little Lion Goes to School’, by Kellie Magnus. The Prime Minister also congratulated the teachers and parents for the excellent work they are doing. “I want to congratulate your parents and to thank them for taking go ... Read More

PSOJ President apologises to Agriculture Minister

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 3:37 PM    

PSOJ President William Mahfood

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Following his recent comments regarding the proposed implementation of a cess on imported refined sugar, Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President William Mahfood, after reflection, has issued an apology to Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier. “In hindsight the comments were inappropriate and were as a result of the continued frustrations manufacturers’ face each year in the face of proposed Government measures tha ... Read More

No shift system for doctors... for now

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 3:10 PM    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson said a short while ago that there will be no implementation of a shift system for doctors. At least until the task force has completed its work. Dr Ferguson is currently making his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives. "There will be no implementation of a shift system until we have successfully completed the work of the task force," Dr Ferguson said. The shift system, which is expected to improve efficiency at ... Read More

Vatican says Cuban president to visit Pope Francis this week 

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:50 PM    

Raul Castro, president of Cuba

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Cuban President Raul Castro will visit Pope Francis this Sunday at the Vatican. A brief statement from Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi late Tuesday said Francis would receive Castro in the Apostolic Palace for a "strictly private audience." Lombardi noted that Castro has publicly thanked Francis for his role in bringing about the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba. Francis is due to visit Cuba before he arrives in the U ... Read More

UNICEF official says nearly half of Haitian children under 5 suffer from malnutrition

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:34 PM    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – A senior official at UNICEF Haiti says nearly one in two children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. In an article published this week, Cornelia Walther, the Chief of Communication at UNICEF Haiti, said that the reasons for the children suffering from malnutrition range from poverty and disease to unfavourable feeding practices. “If a child does not get sufficient nutrients durin ... Read More

US jury deciding case of J’can charged in lottery scam

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:16 PM    

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — A federal jury in North Dakota on Tuesday started deciding the fate of a man accused in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say cost victims around the country millions of dollars. Attorneys gave closing arguments Tuesday morning in US District Court in Bismarck in the case of 25-year-old Sanjay Williams, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, after about a week of testimony. He's charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. He faces up to 40 years in pri ... Read More

No bad blood between JMDA president and Harvey

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:53 PM    

Dr Alfred Dawes, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA)

KINGSTON, Jamaica - President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association Dr Alfred Dawes on Tuesday said he has no personal issues with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Kevin Harvey, following statements that have been traded between the JMDA and Harvey over the last few days. Instead, Dawes said after speaking with Harvey, they have both decided to put this behind them in order to move forward with the mutual objective of improving the delivery of health care. "Whilst the mai ... Read More

White House says 'too early' to link IS to Texas attack

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:44 PM    

US White House

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The White House on Tuesday said it was too early to link the Islamic State group to an attack in Texas targeting an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed organized by an anti-Muslim right-wing group. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the attack by two gunmen was "still under investigation," adding it's "too early to say at this point" whether Islamic State fighters were responsible.  "This is still under investigation by the FBI and o ... Read More

US hospital ship docks in Kingston

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:37 PM    

United States Navy hospital ship,  ‘Comfort’,  entering the Kingston Container Terminal, on May 4. The  ship’s personnel will conduct  medical procedures and carry out construction work.  

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The United States Navy hospital ship, ‘Comfort’, which will be offering medical services to Jamaicans, docked at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) on Monday. Medical personnel on board the ship will carry out procedures as well as outreach activities at the National Arena and the Maxfield Park Health Centre, from May 6 to 13. The ship’s visit to Jamaica forms part of its six-month humanitarian mission across the Caribbean region. It is expected t ... Read More

UPDATE: Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:05 PM    

FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle after a shooting incident in Texas on May 5. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two attackers in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack. An audio statement on the extremist group's Al Bayan radio station said "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out Sunday's attack in the Dallas suburb of Garland. The statement did not provide details, ... Read More



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