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Expressions of joy at Digicel's 'water tank challenge'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:57
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer Barry O’Brien Friday delivered on his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-promise and handed over three water tanks to schools in the Corporate Area.

US man found guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:25
LANCASTER, California (AP) -- A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

Time running out for 'kidnapped' brain tumour boy taken to France

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:04
CHERBOURG, France (AFP) - A frantic police hunt was underway Saturday for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour taken from a British hospital by his family, as fears for his life intensified with every passing hour.

JC, St Andrew High students to receive $1m scholarship

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Two high school students in Kingston are to benefit from $1 million in financial assistance to offset their educational expenses, through the Charles Drax Scholarship.

Four additional cases of Chikungunya confirmed

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:55
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Health has confirmed four additional cases of Chikungunya bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 21.

Govt to spend over $3b in PATH support for children – Simpson Miller

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:19
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says that Government will spend more than $3 billion this academic year to support students at the primary and secondary levels, who benefit from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

Suriname president’s son pleads guilty to deal with Hezbollah

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:15
NEW YORK (AP) — The son of the president of Suriname has pleaded guilty to charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:59
NEW YORK (AP) — With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers.

Talking bird helped break school abduction case

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:05
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.

JUTC distributing Smarter Cards to students on weekend

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:33
KINGSTON, Jamaica --The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it will operate a students’ Smarter Card distribution centre in the Half Way Tree Transport Centre this Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, to further facilitate Smarter Cards distribution specifically for students.

UPDATE: 1,000-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:30
CAMDEN, USA (AP) — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record.

Union calls for quarterly reports on JUTC performance

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) is calling on government for a quarterly report on the performance of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) in light of the recent increases in the fares of the state-owned bus company.

Forex: J$112.73 to one US dollar

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:58
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US dollar on Friday, August 29 ended trading at J$112.73 down five cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

‘Lady Jamaica’ faces five-year sentence in US kidnapping case

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:34
South Carolina, USA (AP) -- A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as ‘Lady Jamaica’ has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

Tax office out of driver’s licence pouches

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:24
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says that people currently seeking driver’s licence may encounter inconveniences and delays at Revenue Service Centres islandwide.

West Kingston enquiry Commissioners sworn in 

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:18
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The three Commissioners who will preside over the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry were sworn in on Friday, August 29 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:57
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about safety.

IMF Board reiterates support for Lagarde

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:45
WASHINGTON, (AFP) -- The board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reiterated its support for Managing Director Christine Lagarde Friday, after a French court placed her under formal investigation in a graft scandal.

Windies name 13-man Test squad to face Bangladesh

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:33
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies selectors on Friday named a 13-man to face Bangladesh in the opening Test starting at Arnos Vale in a week’s time.

Spain appoints new ambassador to Jamaica

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reporting that the Government of Spain has appointed His Excellency Aníbal Jiménez Abascal as the new Ambassador to Jamaica replacing Her Excellency María Celsa Nuño García.