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Weekly Round-up: PetroJam names new board... Cop held for stolen vehicle... Ja defeats B'dos in women's T20 8:41 pm

 The controversy engulfing PetroJam deepened on Monday with news that the three Jamaican members on the board of the oil refinery quit amidst a hailstorm of allegations including nepotism, corporate donations, and contract arrangements, among other things. Read More

Gov't to move faster on ganja industry — Shaw 9:17 pm
MANCHESTER, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says he will be moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry.... Read More

France faces suit over no-sex rule for blood donations by gay men 9:12 pm
PARIS, France (AFP) — A Frenchman has filed a discrimination suit at Europe's top rights court over a rule that requires gay men to refrain from having sex for a year before they donate blood, his lawyer said Friday.... Read More

Police killings of blacks exact mental health toll — US study 9:10 pm
PARIS, France (AFP) — The disproportionately high rate at which unarmed black people die at the hands of police in the United States has a corrosive impact on the mental health of black Americans, researchers reported today.... Read More

Jamaica committed to disaster risk management – McKenzie

Friday, June, 22 2018 8:13 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says Jamaica will adhere to the guidelines of the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management. Read More

Police seize over 2000 pounds of ganja in St Catherine

Friday, June, 22 2018 8:10 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police have reported the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of ganja worth an estimated $10 million during an operation in West Cumberland, Portmore, St Catherine today, a second major bust this week. Read More

69% reduction in St Catherine North murder rate — Chang

Friday, June, 22 2018 7:54 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, is reporting a 69 per cent reduction in the murder rate in the St Catherine North Police Division up to June 19, as a result of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) declared in the area. Read More

Despite summit, N Korea still a nuclear threat, says Trump

Friday, June, 22 2018 7:22 pm    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump today cited "an unusual and extraordinary threat" from North Korea's nuclear arsenal to extend sanctions on Kim Jong Un's regime, despite touting the success of a historic summit earlier this month. Read More

Protect environment to save cultural heritage – Terrelonge

Friday, June, 22 2018 7:09 pm    

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister for Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Alando Terrelonge, says Jamaicans need to adopt a new attitude geared towards protecting the environment in order to preserve the country's cultural heritage. Read More

Windies ready for historic day/night Test

Friday, June, 22 2018 6:51 pm    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Speedster Shannon Gabriel could prove to be a key factor on a “green” and bowler friendly-looking pitch at Kensington Oval, as West Indies chase a rare series win in the historic day/night third and final Test which bowls off here Saturday. Read More

Venezuela urged to stop spread of measles, diphtheria

Friday, June, 22 2018 6:27 pm    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) today painted a bleak picture of Venezuela's healthcare system, calling for urgent action to stop the transmission of measles and diphtheria amid an intensifying crisis that has seen an exodus of... Read More

Gov't reviewing public sector grades and salary scales

Friday, June, 22 2018 6:10 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, says the Government is collating data on the grades and salary scales of various positions across the civil service to determine how best these can be restructured. Read More

Forex: J$131.21 to one US dollar

Friday, June, 22 2018 5:46 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, June 22, ended trading at J$131.21 down from J$132.05 according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$100.02 down from J$100.45 while the British pound... Read More

PNP disingenuous in comments on request for PetroJam report, says OPM

Friday, June, 22 2018 5:33 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said that the People's National Party (PNP) has been disingenuous in it statements surrounding Cabinet's request for a report from Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry, Hillary Alexander on the operations of the state-run oil... Read More

Parliamentarians to participate in refresher programme

Friday, June, 22 2018 5:08 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Houses of Parliament, in an effort to improve effectiveness, say they will be hosting a mid-term refresher (Re-Orientation Programme) for Parliamentarians next week. Read More


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