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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

Three named to contest interim 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

Zika outbreak won't compromise Olympics: Brazil president

Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:40 AM    

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) takes part in an awareness campaign during the day of national mobilization against the Aedes aegypti mosquito --that transmits dengue, chikungunya fever and zika virus-- in the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz 60km in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — The presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won't compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed Saturday as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak. "The situation does not compromise the Olympics," Rousseff said. "We are confident that until the Olympics begin we will have considerable success in exterminating" the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the virus. Rio de Janeiro will host ... Read More

76-y-o visitor killed in motor vehicle crash

Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:08 AM    

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Seventy-six-year-old John Rowson of Clayton Drive, Ottawa, Canada died as a result of injuries he received in a motorcycle crash on Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland on Thursday. Reports from the Negril Police are that about 7:30 pm, Rowson was walking along the roadway when it is alleged that the driver of a Cobra CG 150 motorcycle lost control of the vehicle and collided with him. He sustained multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital. ... Read More

CEDMA places several Caribbean countries on drought warnings

Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:47 AM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says several regional countries have been placed under immediate drought watch or warning for 2016. “The drought situation remains a major concern for many countries due to the below-normal rainfall recorded during the previous dry and wet seasons, which resulted in a number of countries experiencing water shortages in 2015,” CDEMA said in a statement Saturday, adding that dr ... Read More

Victims of illegal St Andrew land sale to contact police

Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:36 AM    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Detectives assigned to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) yesterday renewed their call for victims of a scheme in which Government and privately owned land in Dallas Mountain in St Andrew was being illegally sold and distributed to contact them. People who were allotted lots and/or have paid monies to secure lots are again being asked to contact Detective Inspector Andrew Phinn at C-TOC’s Fraud Squad by calling 948-5906 or 922 ... Read More



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