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A section of the Mandela Highway in St Catherine where road-widening work in being carried out. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Traffic changes on Mandela Highway next week
THE National Works Agency (NWA) says there are going to be changes to the flow of traffic along Mand ... Read More

Morris Baxter (left), one of the 16 people who received a house from National Baking Company Foundation in partnership with Food For the Poor (FFP)-Jamaica accepts the keys to his new home from Lisa Tomlinson (right), promotions manager, National Baking Company Limited. Sharing in the moment are (from left): Marsha Burrell-Rose, FFP-Jamaica marketing and development manager and Junior Reid, FFP housing coordinator.. National donates 8 houses ahead of FFP 5K Walk/Run
Needed shelter is on the way for eight of the island’s homeless and most destitute families, a ... Read More

Violet Landell reads one of the brochures on human trafficking handed to her in Half-Way-Tree on March 28. Jamaica aiming to improve ranking in human trafficking fight
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says Jamaica is aiming for Tier 1 ranking in the Fight against Traffic ... Read More

Venezuela Supreme Court grants itself legislative powers

Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:47 AM    

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela's Supreme Court took over legislative powers Thursday, after ruling the opposition-majority National Assembly was in contempt of court in an ongoing power struggle with leftist President Nicolas Maduro. The ruling marks a dramatic escalation of the political crisis gripping the South American oil giant, where Maduro is fighting off attempts to force him from power amid an economic unravelling that has caused food shortages, riots and an epidemic of vio ... Read More

Two held after gun, bulletproof vest found in Rockfort

Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:25 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two people were yesterday arrested in east Kingston in connection with the seizure of a gun, bulletproof vest and mask. The Jamaica Constabulary Force this morning on Twitter said the items were found on a beach in Rockfort. The gun, which is a 9mm pistol, was found along with 47 rounds of ammunition, the tweet added. The identities of the two people in police custody have not been released. Read More

Suspected drowning at Martha Brae River

Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:00 AM    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The body of an unidentified male, believed to have drowned, was found at the Martha Brae River in Falmouth, Trelawny yesterday morning. Reports from the Falmouth police are that about 9:06 am, a fisherman saw the body afloat in the water and summoned the police. On arrival of the officers, the body was fished from the river, clad in a brown shirt and brown pants. The body is of medium build and about 5 feet 10 inches long. The scene was processed and the body remove ... Read More

Nicaraguan man hangs himself after 3 months in US immigration custody

Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:53 AM    

VICTORVILLE, California (AP) — Authorities say a Nicaraguan man hanged himself in his cell after spending about three months in custody at a Southern California immigrant detention facility. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 32-year-old Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba was taken to the hospital March 22 after he had hanged himself at a detention center in Adelanto. He died six days later on Tuesday. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told The Washington Post Gonzalez-Gadba used a bed shee ... Read More

Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit

Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:35 AM    

Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced readiness to meet with US President Donald Trump at an upcoming Arctic summit, while reiterating rejections of allegations that Russian meddled in the US presidential election. It wasn't the first time Putin floated the idea of a meeting with Trump. Russia had hoped for a thaw in relations with the United States after Trump's election, but that has been dashed by the congressional investigation of possible links between Tru ... Read More

Yellow fever advisory issued for travellers to T&T

Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:15 AM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Ministry of Health has placed restrictions on travellers coming from six countries in the wake of outbreaks of the Yellow Fever. The health minister said effective March 22; travellers coming from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Suriname will be required to show documentation in their respective countries proving that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever before they are allowed to travel to this country. Minister of Health Terren ... Read More

IDB launches proposals to address challenges in Caribbean communities

Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:55 AM    

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a call for proposals in an effort to identify 10 of the most inspiring and creative initiatives that address the challenges of the Latin American and Caribbean communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The “Improving Lives” grant competition, organised by the IDB’s program of community relations, offers 10 grants of up to US$25,000.00 each to non-profit organisations that ... Read More

Summer programme for stem students in Barbados

Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:37 AM    

Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) will be hosting an intensive four-week residential summer enrichment programme, known as the Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE), from July 15 to August 13 in Barbados. It targets gifted Caribbean high-school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in disciplines related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The programme is open to students of most Carib ... Read More

Curator hails Mobay Cultural Centre

Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:19 AM    

Montego Bay Cultural Centre

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Curator of the National Museum of Jamaica, David Stimpson, says the Montego Bay Cultural Centre is now the place to have an up-close-and-personal experience with Jamaican culture and artefacts. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s Union Street, Montego Bay Regional Office, on Monday, Stimpson said the museum has two spaces at the civic centre, focusing on Jamaica’s history and tradition, particularly ... Read More

Redundancies loom as UDC leases Caymanas Golf Country Club

Thursday, March 30, 2017    

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement with The Caymanas Acquisition Group Ltd for the lease of the Caymanas Golf and Country Club. The lease, which will be in effect for a period of 10 years, becomes effective on April 1, 2017, and will see the group taking possession within 30 days thereafter. The UDC said in a release that this was communicated to the staff of the golf club at a meeting on March 23, 2017, which the corporation said also ... Read More



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