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ECLAC pushes for women's autonomy in Caribbean

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:00
SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) wants Caribbean countries to guarantee women's physical and economic autonomy, as well as their independence in decision-making, in order to achieve gender equality.

'How we treat our children tells a lot about us'

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
JAMAICA Observer online readers have expressed disgust at the brutal slaying of 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson just outside her home in Newlands, St Thomas early Tuesday morning. Kayalicia's body was found with several chop wounds to the back of the head about 30 minutes after she went outside her house while getting ready for school. She attended Donald Quarrie High. Reacting to the act of savagery, Observer readers called for the resumption of hanging. Here are some edited comments:

‘Caribbean has for too long been stalled at a crossroads’

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says the Caribbean is, and has for too long, been stalled at a crossroads of indecision and warned regional countries are in danger of becoming anachronistic and out of step with the rest of the world.

Wheatley warns of likely increase in telephone call taxes

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
OPPOSITION spokesman on science, ICT and digital society development Dr Andrew Wheatley has expressed concerns over the Government's apparent intention to levy additional taxes on the telecommunications sector.

Mine blow-up!

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy yesterday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left nine missing.

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
ROME, Italy (AP) — In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said yesterday.

Calling all patriots

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
DECKED in his Jamaica shirt and hat, and with his black, green and gold flag in hand, retired army sergeant Basil Burke runs along Beechwood Avenue on Monday.

Street Scenes - March 4

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00

Defence admits Tsarnaev carried out Boston Marathon bombing

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:00
MASSACHUSSETTS, United States (AP) -- The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

Another stern test

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:59
PERTH, Australia (AFP) — Defending champions India will look to continue their recent success against Chris Gayle when they clash with the West Indies in the World Cup at the WACA ground in Perth on Friday (today, Jamaica time).

Attorney on fraud charges pulls out of Tivoli Enquiry

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:05
ATTORNEY Michael Lorne yesterday withdrew from the legal team representing the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry hours after he was arrested and charged with forgery and fraudulent conversion.

Policeman among seven shot and injured

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:01
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Police are confirming that seven people including a Police Officer were shot and injured on King Street (downtown Kingston) during a confrontation involving the Police and gunmen yesterday.

Phillips confirms extension of IMF wage-to-GDP deadline

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has confirmed the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) agreement to an extension of the deadline for public sector salaries to be reduced to nine per cent of GDP, which could make it much easier to reach an agreement with the trade unions by March 31.

Japanese ambassador's $115-m parting shot

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
JAPANESE Ambassador Yasuo Takase, who says farewell to Jamaica today, signed a US$1 million, or J$115 million grant for industrial products, as one of his last official duties.

Sangster International named number one Caribbean airport

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
JAMAICA'S Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James has been named the region's number one airport for 2015 by the online publication Caribbean Journal.

PNP councillor gets bail

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
MONTEGO BAY, St James — People's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Salt Spring Division Sylvan Reid was yesterday granted bail in the sum of $300,000 when he appeared in the St James Resident Magistrate's Court on multiple charges in connection with the death of then 14-year-old Cornwall College student Jouvhaine Whitmore, son of former national football coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore.

Ex-cop detained, wife in hospital

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — An ex-policeman has been detained and his wife in hospital following a controversial shooting early yesterday morning at the home of the couple in Pineapple, here in Ocho Rios.

LIME, Digicel getting ready to implement number portability

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
TELECOMMUNICATIONS providers LIME and Digicel say they are working towards implementing the number portability system amidst optimism by the Government about meeting the May deadline.

Ministry of Health starts CHIKV research

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
ACTING Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with health researchers nationally and regionally, has commenced research to characterise the chikungunya fever outbreak in Jamaica.

Country remains largest producer, exporter of marijuana in Caribbean — report

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:00
LONDON, England (CMC) — A report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has found that Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of cannabis herb in Central America and the Caribbean.