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Weekly Round-up: State of emergency in St James… Fire guts children's home… Ja to send first women's bobsleigh team to Olympics 7:00 pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government has received overwhelming support for the state of publc emergency imposed on Thursday in ST James where some 355 murders were recorded last year and at least four since the start of 2018. Read More

PAHO explores past, present and future of vaccination in the Caribbean 9:35 pm
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says it is addressing the exploration vaccination in the Americas, including the Caribbean.In a special edition of its scientific journal, PAHO said it has been among “world leaders in...... Read More

'Progress' but no deal yet to avoid US govt shutdown 8:21 pm
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump and the Senate's top Democrat on Friday both touted "progress" in 11th hour talks on breaking an impasse over spending, raising hopes that a US government shutdown could be averted.With a midnight deadline looming to...... Read More

UDC accepting bids for third city consultants 8:04 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is still accepting bids from qualified entities to provide consulting services under phase one of its third-city project.Deputy General Manager, Heather Pinnock, says the phase entails the development of a...... Read More

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

Friday, January, 19 2018 7:50 pm    

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — The flu season in the US is getting worse.Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. Read More

Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

Friday, January, 19 2018 7:27 pm    

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online... Read More

Forex: J$125.07 to one US dollar

Friday, January, 19 2018 6:38 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, January 19, ended trading at J$125.07 up by four cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$100.57 up from J$98.84  while the British pound... Read More

#StJamesSOE: Seven men arrested in St James

Friday, January, 19 2018 6:16 pm    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — A joint police/military team is reporting the seizure of approximately 5,000 litres of petrol resulting in the arrests of seven men in Montego Bay, St James today.Reports are that about 2:00 pm, during a special operation at various locations along Bay Road... Read More

T&T elects first female head of state

Friday, January, 19 2018 6:05 pm    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Electoral College Friday elected the first woman as the sixth Head of State of Trinidad and Tobago with both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar saying she was the best person suited for the position. Read More

#StJamesSOE: UK, Canada issue travel advisory

Friday, January, 19 2018 5:39 pm    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The United Kingdom and Canada have warned their citizens who are in Jamaica to limit movements outside of resorts in St James at this time following yesterday's declaration of a state of public emergency in the parish.In an advisory posted on the Government... Read More

Falmouth to Springvale road in Trelawny impassable

Friday, January, 19 2018 5:30 pm    

TRELAWNY, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising the public that the road from Falmouth to Springvale in Trelawny and Tilston to Moorefield is now impassable. NWA, in a tweet this afternoon further advised the motoring public travelling through sections of the... Read More

Swift justice for criminals, says Chuck

Friday, January, 19 2018 5:00 pm    

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, says the Government is committed to ensuring that people charged with major crimes involving murder, drugs, illegal possession of firearm, extortion and lotto scamming are tried and put away within weeks or months. Read More

FBI investigating new person of interest in Vegas shooting

Friday, January, 19 2018 4:33 pm    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at a new person of interest in connection with the October mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, the county sheriff said Friday.The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen... Read More

Cuban delegation to discuss bilateral exchanges

Friday, January, 19 2018 4:10 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith has welcomed a delegation of Cuban officials to discuss bilateral exchanges in the area of culture.“It is my understanding that there have been fruitful bilateral exchanges with... Read More

US Supreme Court to take up case on Trump's latest travel ban

Friday, January, 19 2018 3:47 pm    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US Supreme Court said Friday it will review US President Donald Trump's latest travel ban affecting citizens from six Muslim majority countries plus North Korea and Venezuela.The high court last month had given the government a green light... Read More


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