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Petrojam, Union summoned to meeting at Labour Ministry

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:19
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Labour and Social Security says it has scheduled an emergency conciliatory meeting for today at 2:00 pm at the Ministry’s North Street office to meet with representatives from Petrojam Limited and the Petroleum Workers Association, which is representing workers.

House collapses during heavy rain in Port Antonio

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:04
PORTLAND, Jamaica — A two-bedroom board house at East Baptist Avenue collapsed Thursday morning during heavy rainfall in Port Antonio, the parish capital.

Pistorius family decry claim he beat victim with cricket bat

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:47
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Oscar Pistorius's family on Friday condemned a new book alleging that the amputee Olympic sprinter beat his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with a cricket bat before he killed her three years ago.

CARICOM official says sensitisation needed on free travel within the region

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:36
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Dr Manorma Soeknandan says there is need for more sensitization among regional border officials regarding the rules and procedures governing free travel within the 15-member grouping.

Jamaica named in top 3 islands by TripAdvisor — JTB

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:22
KINGSTON, Jamaica — TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards’ has listed Jamaica at number three on its ‘World’s Best Islands’ list, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has announced.

Maritime Institute launches online application portal 

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 06:07
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — People wishing to enrol at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) can now do so at the click of a mouse.

T&T authority says more than 900 children sexually abused during 9-month period

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:54
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CATT) says more than 900 children have been sexually abused during a nine month period.

Cuba clears way for cruise ship resumption

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:30
HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba cleared the way Friday for the resumption of cruise voyages from the United States, lifting a restriction on Cubans entering or leaving the country by sea.

19-y-o woman arrested attempting to export ganja

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:07
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Nineteen-year-old Moesha Wilson of Church Pen, Old Harbour, St Catherine was arrested and charged with several breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act yesterday.

JHTA partners with ATL, Hardware & Lumber for million-dollar redesign giveaway

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:48
THE Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) has entered into a partnership with Appliance Traders Ltd (ATL) and Hardware & Lumber Ltd (H&L) for a renovation giveaway at this year’s Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX).

Funeral homes warned against double billing

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major General Stewart Saunders, says contracted funeral homes should not be charging families for the removal of bodies that are later deemed to be not of a sudden death in nature or requiring a forensic pathologist.

THE RAKE MASTER SAYS... Duppy and angel

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
Friends, it was painful when mi hear di news. To be trapped in a fire (27, 2) must be dreadful, but dying (3) in it is hard to swallow. Condolence to family and friends.

Obama’s UK visit overshadowed by ‘Brexit’ debate

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
LONDON, England (AP) — It’s springtime in London, but, President Barack Obama might sense a chill in the air.

Two dead as elevated bike path collapses in Rio

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – A section of an elevated bicycle path built as part of improvements for the Rio Olympics collapsed after a powerful wave crashed into it yesterday, killing two people.

Today’s Horoscope - April 22

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, April 22, 2016: This year your birthday falls on a full moon, adding a quality of excitement to your days. You often will weigh the pros and cons of a situation, decision or issue before following through with it. You will see the value in opposing approaches, but you can argue a good case for either. If you are single, your charisma peaks. Sorting through your many potential sweeties could be fun, but expect to date several people before you decide whom you’d like to be involved with. If you are attached, the two of you often go through periods where you disagree. Respect your differences. SCORPIO knows how to push your buttons.

Minister commits to reducing waiting time for registration of drugs

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has committed to putting measures in place to ensure members of the pharmaceutical industry face a shorter waiting time for the registration of drugs.

Be responsible, Reid urges parents

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
MINISTER of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is appealing to parents not to choose entertainment over the care and protection of their children.

NSWMA gets $250m to buy garbage trucks

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
THE Government has allocated $250 million to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for the procurement of new garbage trucks.

Antiguan businesses hit by cyber attack

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Residents have been urged to be cautious when using the Internet for financial and business transactions following reports that the accounts of several companies and individuals have been hacked.

Savanna-la-Mar Hospital gets Special Care Unit

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 22:00
CARE for newborns at the Savanna-la-Mar General Public Hospital in Westmoreland has been boosted through the establishment of a fully equipped Special Care Unit.