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Judge cautions against raunchy social media postings

SENIOR Magistrate Judith Pusey is cautioning against the posting of degrading pictures and videos on social media. The caution came Tuesday as she presided over a case involving the posting of explicit material. “Anything that you cannot show to your parents or pastors or persons who you thi ... Read More

Prime Minister and People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) PNP ignores coaxing to participate in political debates
THE Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) last night says it cannot commit to organising the first in a s ... Read More

An elderly man is seen transporting a bed frame on a handcart in downtown Kingston on Thursday. PHOTO: Bed on board
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Thousands of thumbtacks found in California dog park
CALIFORNIA, USA (AP) — Police say they have stepped up patrols and are considering putting cam ... Read More

Household helper allegedly stole $6m from employer

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

A former household helper is to be tried in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on allegations that she stole over $6 million from her boss. Soares Lawrence, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of simple larceny on Tuesday, is to stand trial on April 4. The court heard that one day in March 2013, Lawrence and the complainant was at home when Lawrence was told that the sum of money was in a bag. Later, on the night in question, a check by the complainant reportedly revealed ... Read More

PCL Update: Scorpions 56-2 in search of daunting 366-run target

Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:12 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Scorpions were 56-2 at stumps chasing a daunting 366 runs against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. Scores: Hurricanes 155 & 368-8 decl; Scorpions 158 & 56-2. Resuming Saturday's third day on 124-3, the Hurricanes rattled up 368-8 declared with Jahmar Hamilton cracking an unbeaten 130 and Montcin Hodge contributing 72. Left-arm finger spinner Nikit ... Read More

Shops' electricity rationed in crisis-hit Venezuela

Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:50 PM    

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuelans are accustomed to severe shortages of cooking oil, diapers and other staple products. But those hoping to buy what they could find got a new unpleasant surprise this week. They found malls dark and shuttered under a government electricity rationing regime. "This is madness, this is not the solution!" said Nataly Orta, 48, at the locked gate of the Lider mall in eastern Caracas. "It's a drastic measure that will only create more unemployment and wor ... Read More

Tornadoes on course to retain swim trophy

Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:10 PM    

(File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tornadoes Swim Club are on the verge of defending their title at the Walter Rogers National Age-Group Swimming Championships at the National Aquatics Centre. At the end of Friday’s third day, Tornadoes led the standings with 902.5 points, ahead of Y- Speedos Swim Club with 686 points and Blue Seal Swim with 204.5 points. Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club (157) and Marlins Swim Club (116) complete the top five. The five-day meet has hit top gear with four record-breaking ... Read More

Candidates in Hanover sign General Elections Political Code of Conduct

Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:01 PM    

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown looks on as Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness signs the Political Code of Conduct at the Emancipation Park in St Andrew last Thursday 

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) – All four candidates contesting the February 25 General Elections in Hanover, signed the Political Code of Conduct during a ceremony at the Tryall Hotel, on Friday, February 12. Those vying for the Western Hanover constituency are: Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change State Minister, Ian Hayles, for the People’s National Party (PNP); and the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Brian Wallace. Eastern Hanover will see the PNP’s Wynter McIntosh ... Read More

Three named to contest Haiti head of state post

Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:16 PM    

Edgard Fils Leblanc (L), Privert Jocelerme (C) and Belizaire Dejean

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Three people have been named to contest the post of interim head of state on Saturday even as a legislator resigned from the special Bicameral Commission accusing it of siding with a particular candidate whose election “will expose the country to an unprecedented crisis”. The special Bicameral Commission announced late Friday that three people, including the President of the National Assembly, Privert Jocelerme, had been selected to contest the po ... Read More

Men face higher risk of cancers linked to oral sex

Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:05 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Men are twice as likely as women to get cancer of the mouth and throat linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, researchers say. For men, the risk of HPV-driven cancers of the head and neck rise along with the number of oral sex partners, researchers said Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in the US capital. Nearly two out of three of these ora ... Read More

WHO reports rise of neurological disorder in Zika outbreak

Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:00 PM    

BERLIN (AP) — A rare neurological disorder is on the rise in several Latin American countries that are also seeing an outbreak of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said Saturday. The UN health body in Geneva said in a weekly report that Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which can cause temporary paralysis, has been reported in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela. The increase in Guillain-Barre cases is appearing in conjunction with the spread of the Zika virus ... Read More

Windies seek return to glory in U19 against India

Saturday, February 13, 2016 1:18 PM    

West Indies U19 team 

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — The West Indies will hope to rekindle memories of their former glory in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Sunday as they take on modern-day giants of the game India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup final. The young Caribbeans exceeded all expectations to reach the final of the prestigious meet, despite starting the tournament on a wrong foot with a 61-run loss to England in their opening match. But they have not looked back since, beating Fiji and Zimbabwe in the gr ... Read More

JLP’s Hutchinson, Independent Patterson missing from code of conduct signing

Saturday, February 13, 2016 12:24 PM    

JC Hutchinson (file photo)

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Incumbent Member of Parliament, JC Hutchinson and Joseph Patterson, an independent candidate were noticeably missing from this morning’s signing of the Political Code of Conduct in St Elizabeth. Patterson reportedly sent an apology for his absence, saying he had an emergency in Kingston. However, there was no word from Hutchinson. Custos of St Elizabeth, Beryl Rochester and Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown were unable to provide a reason for his abs ... Read More



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