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Antibiotics resistance could cause 10m deaths a year by 2050

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 20:00
LONDON, England (AFP) — A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 per cent by 2050.

Sliding dollar affecting Christmas shopping — G2K

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:33
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Generation 2000 (G2K) has again expressed concern about the effects of the sliding Jamaican dollar on the poor and most vulnerable, this time during the current Christmas season.

Man used coconut as weapon, fined $10,000

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:30
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was fined $10,000 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court after pleading guilty to assaulting another with a coconut.

Executors to fight Winnie's bid to nullify Mandela's will

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:30
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Executors of Nelson Mandela's estate vowed Monday to oppose attempts by his former wife to acquire his country house, bequeathed to his widow Graca Machel and the Mandela family after his death last year.

NWC reports widespread theft of water meters

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:48
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says that several of its customers in the Corporate Area and St Catherine have reported the theft of water meters from their properties.

Forex: J$114.29 to one US dollar

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:44
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Monday, December 15 ended trading at J$114.29, up from J$114.12 according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Antigua & Barbuda pays tribute to 'Butch' Stewart

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:35
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) — Antigua & Barbuda Monday paid tribute to Jamaican investor and entrepreneur, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, for his significant investment in the island’s tourism sector, saying his chain of hotels also contributes tremendously to the economies of Caribbean countries.

Six dead in US shootings, manhunt for suspect

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:55
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A gunman killed six people and seriously wounded another Monday in a series of shootings near the northeastern US city of Philadelphia, authorities said, as police hunted for the suspect.

Power outage blacks out State Department

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:42
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A major power outage caused by nearby construction workers plunged the US State Department into darkness on Monday, officials said.

Police conducting tax fraud operation in Corporate Area, St Catherine

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:10
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are currently conducting operations in the Corporate Area and St Catherine to uncover suspected cases of tax evasion, tax fraud and cybercrime.

Three dead, including gunman, in Sydney hostage standoff 

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:09
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Sydney police say three people have died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe.

Number of babies born with HIV decline 78% in Latin America, Caribbean --PAHO/WHO report

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:51
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78 per cent between 2001 and 2013, according to a new report from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Jamaica may have to import American ganja, says US activist

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:02
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the near future Jamaica could be importing cannabis (ganja) from the United States, says Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Media not reporting statistics on reduction in murders, says UWI professor

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:55
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Member of the National Partnership Council, Professor Alvin Wint, has expressed concern with the manner in which crime statistics are being reported by the media.

Dominica EC$270,000 lottery winner urged to claim prize

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:27
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – Somebody in Dominica is holding a lottery ticket for EC$270,000 (US$100,000) and the Dominica National Lottery (DNL) is urging the person to cash in the ticket.

Firearm seized at Fleet Street downtown Kingston

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:16
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Members of the security forces reportedly seized a Taurus 9mm pistol containing 4 rounds of ammunition at Fleet Street, Kingston on Sunday, December 14.

Bahamas immigration policy to be discussed at OAS

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 04:50
NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – The new immigration policy of the Bahamas government will come under scrutiny this week as Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell addresses the Organisation of American States (OAS), a government statement has said.

Flash Flood Watch in effect for St Mary, Portland until 5:00pm today

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 04:45
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St Mary and Portland effective until 5:00 pm today, Monday, December 15.

Flooding, major landslides in Portland

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 04:30
PORT ANTONIO, Portland – As heavy rains continue to lash the parish of Portland over the last twelve hours, numerous land slippages have occurred at Black Hill along the North Coast highway and a tree has fallen across the road at Brown’s Town Gate restricting traffic flow.

Caribbean Airlines introduces charges for second checked-in bag

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 03:51
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it will now charge passengers for a second checked-in bag despite the “growing industry trend of airlines moving to charge passengers for all checked bags”.