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Obama gets @POTUS account, joins Twitter age

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 07:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new @POTUS account.

Marley Foundation donates $15m in equipment to hospitals

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 07:08
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Robert Marley Foundation has donated $15.4 million in equipment to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, and the Women’s Health Network.

Bird flu's economic impact above $300M in Minnesota

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 06:42
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study estimates bird flu has cost Minnesota poultry producers at least $113 million, with losses in related industries pushing the overall toll past $300 million.

Siblings to face court in quadruple murders today

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 06:18
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The siblings who have been charged in connection with the murder of three teenage boys and a man in Clarendon are to appear in court Monday.

American’s body found floating at Bamboo Beach

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 06:12
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Harold Fox, a 37-year-old American man, is suspected to have drowned at the Bamboo Beach in St Mary, on Sunday.

Chinese shot dead, another man injured in St James

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 06:07
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A 41-year-old Chinese man was shot dead by unknown assailants Sunday in Spring Gardens, St James.

Obama moves to demilitarize US cops

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 05:54
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – President Barack Obama plans to bar US police from getting tracked armoured vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, and large-calibre firearms, in response to accusations that law enforcement has become too militarized.

World Trade body rejects country of origin labels on meat

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 05:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization has ruled against US labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Quake-hit Nepal imposes two-month ban on new buildings

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 05:19
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) – Nepal Monday imposed a two-month moratorium on the start of new building projects and limited current construction to two storeys after recent deadly earthquakes destroyed nearly half a million homes.

Video show cops beating unarmed man in T&T

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:53
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – A video purportedly showing armed police officers kicking and dragging an unarmed man has gone viral on social media site Facebook.

Rastafarian seeks reduced charge for marijuana possession in US court

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:37
SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) — A northern Indiana judge rejected an argument by a man who asked that his marijuana possession charge be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor because he follows the Rastafarian faith.

Motorcyclist crashes into tree, dies

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:29
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police have reported that 24-year-old Delroy Williams, of Bounty Hall in Trelawny, was killed in a crash in the parish on Sunday.

PICA implements new measures in anticipation of passport rush

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:16
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), in anticipation of increased demand for its services due to a pending increase in fees, will this week implement measures to ensure that customers are properly served.

Withholding tax on specified services to be implemented June 1

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
TAX Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is advising that, after careful consideration, withholding tax on specified services will now be implemented on June 1, 2015.

Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of US regulation

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The liquid is dark red, a mixture of fat and blood, and Dr Mark Berman pumps it out of the patient's backside. He treats it with a chemical, runs it through a processor -- and injects it into the woman's aching knees and elbows.

Financing available for start-ups, SMEs

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
GENERAL manager of the investment arm of Victoria Mutual Group, Victoria Mutual Wealth Management, Devon Barrett, has sought to debunk the common belief that financing for start-ups and small businesses in Jamaica is unavailable.

42 Years... and counting

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
Sagicor Group Jamaica's president and CEO Richard Byles presents recently retired senior branch manager Michael Lawe with a framed token at the company's Annual Retirees Luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday. Lawe remains an active Insurance Advisor after 42 years and is the longest serving senior manager at the company. Lawe was among 20 team members who have either already retired or will do so by August, 2015.

Increased funding needed for STEM-TVET

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
MONTEGO BAY, St James- WITH 70 per cent of jobs in the future requiring knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known collectively as STEM, educators and development professionals are calling on Caribbean governments to provide suitable funding to support the integration of these disciplines into Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at all levels of the education system.

This Day in History - May 18

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00

Eco-friendly training for farmers - Kellier

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will be implementing a programme to train farmers and other stakeholders in environmentally friendly cultivation practices by September 30, 2015.