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A light moment with student leaders

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 22:00
Jamaica Money Market Brokers' Donna Duncan-Scott and Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn share a light moment with budding leaders from St Hugh's High School at the National Conference on Girls Education, held Thursday at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. Duncan-Scott and Llewellyn spoke on the theme, 'Making my Contribution: Girls as Leaders, Now and to Come.'. The girls (from second left) are Cyanne Forbes, Tiffany Stanley, Toni-Ann Clarke, and Lennique Knight. (PHOTO: ASTON SPAULDING)

SERHA gets one dozen Cuban health workers

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 22:00
TWELVE of the 30 Cuban health workers who arrived in the island this week have been assigned to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).

US court postpones sentencing of Jamaican-born doctor

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 22:00
ILLINOIS, USA (CMC) -- A United States court has adjourned to December 16, the sentencing of a 68-year-old Jamaica-born doctor who had been convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting four of his patients.

Tourism Ministry seeks support of artistes in promoting island

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:15
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, said the Ministry will be introducing an artiste ambassadors programme to assist in the promotion of destination Jamaica.

St Ann customers without water as thieves hit NWC again

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:52
ST ANN, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says that customers in Breadnut Hill and surrounding areas of St Ann are now without regular water supply after thieves Thursday night made off with over 600 feet of electrical service wires.

At least 12 dead in New York snow storm

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:02
UFFALO, NY (AP) — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs.

FOREX: J$113.39 to one US dollar

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:36
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, November 21 ended trading at J$113.39, up five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Latin American leaders, OAS chief praise Obama's immigration reprieve

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:24
MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Mexico’s president on Friday joined Central American leaders and Latino celebrities in applauding US President Barack Obama’s landmark offer to shield millions of undocumented migrants from deportation.

Accused 'death squad' cop gets $700,000 bail

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:44
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The policeman allegedly involved in a 'death squad' in Clarendon was today offered bail in the sum of $700,000 when he appeared in Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

NYC officer's gun may have discharged accidentally in man's death —commissioner

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:19
The 28-year-old man was shot once in the chest and killed about 11:00 pm on Thursday, Bratton said at a press conference. "The deceased is a total innocent as far as we can tell," Bratton said.

Pistorius spends birthday behind bars

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:10
Like the other convicted criminals in South African jails, the double-amputee track star is unlikely to get any special treatment at Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison.

Manchester cops get 25-year sentence for murder

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00
The policemen were charged with the shooting death of Anthony ‘Tony’ Richards in Alligator Pond on New Year’s Day 2010.

Tobago man accused of raping 8-y-o gets bail

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:50
SCARBROUGH, Tobago (CMC) — A 19-year-old man will re-appear in court on December 18 on charges of raping an eight year-old schoolgirl earlier this week.

Digicel calls on TATT to withstand Cable & Wireless ‘pressure’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:44
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Digicel today publicly called on the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) to hold firm and withstand what it called “severe pressure” being applied by UK-based Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International to rapidly approve the proposed acquisition of Columbus by CWC.

‘Bad Boy Trevor’ pays tribute to ‘Chu Chu’

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:24
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The acting community is in shock as it mourns the passing of roots play thespian Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren.

Nicholson apologises in Senate for "flexi-rape" comment

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:58
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson, apologised to the Senate and the country this morning for his "flexi-rape" comment on October 31.

Two men killed in western Jamaica Thursday

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:54
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two men were killed Thursday in separate incidents in the Western end of the island.

Cable & Wireless says it appreciates intervention by regulators in Columbus merger

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:48
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) today said it welcomed the intervention of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) in its proposed merger with Columbus Communications.

Mandela's widow says Ebola is wake-up call for Africa

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:42
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) – Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel Friday said the Ebola epidemic should be a wake-up call for African leaders, saying it had exposed the "extreme weakness" of African institutions.

Annual Boys' Conference underway in Kingston

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:29
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 500 boys from various schools across the island are now gathered at the Eastwood Park Road New Testament Church in St Andrew to participate in the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association (EREA) Annual Boys' Conference.