Sagicor counters politicians’ flooding claims

Trey Grandison shovels silt and sand from a drain in Mineral Heights while Tivon Howell patiently waits to take the sludge to a nearby field. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Sagicor yesterday provided building approval numbers for its Millennium Mall in Mineral Heights, Clarendon, as it countered statements made by two politicians implicating the company in the severe flooding in that area over the weekend. “Sagicor sought and received approval from the National ... Read More

Guard dies in St Mary crash; students among six injured
SECURITY guard Patrick Wallace, 33, was killed yesterday in an accident on the Boscobel Main road in ... Read More

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie  McKenzie to update House today on weekend flooding
MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie will make a statement in the ... Read More

Gavel Cop accused of St Thomas contract-style killing for court Friday
THE policeman who was charged jointly with two other men in the alleged contract-style killing of 33 ... Read More

St James man found dead at home

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:52 AM    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The decomposing body of a man with gunshot wounds was found at his home on Campbell Lane in Mount Salem, St James yesterday. Dead is 27-year-old Zevan Fullwood, who according to police reports was last seen on Saturday. Police say his body was discovered about 10:30 am yesterday and subsequently taken to the morgue. Investigations continue. Read More

N Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:37 AM    

In this photo provided by South Korean Defence Ministry, a South Korean navy sailor watches the destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer during a joint exercises between the United States and South Korea in South Korea's West Sea Tuesday, April 25, 2017. South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. (Photo: AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions. Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army. But no such event -- which usually happens in the morning -- had taken place by the even ... Read More

Foreign Affairs Ministry to take control of Diaspora mapping database

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:08 AM    

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, makes a point at the ministry’s quarterly press briefing held on April 20 on Dominica Drive in New Kingston. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will take ownership of the database captured under the online Diaspora Mapping initiative, now that the project has ended. Funded by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the project was undertaken in conjunction with the ministry. It aimed to capture the location, interests and skills of members of the Diaspora, while building the Jamaican Government’s capacity to more effectively and strategi ... Read More

MOCA to share anti-corruption tools at regional confab

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:53 AM    

Director General of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), Colonel Desmond Edwards, responds to questions during an interview with JIS News on Friday (April 21), ahead of Jamaica’s hosting of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) Conference from April 24 to 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. The conference is being hosted under the theme ‘The Anti-Corruption Agenda – Today, Tomorrow, the Region and Beyond’. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is expected to share some key investigative approaches and deterrent methodologies with anti-corruption bodies from across the region, at the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) Conference, which opened yesterday. MOCA Director General, Colonel Desmond Edwards, said the entity will highlight, among other things, its vetting and polygraph syste ... Read More

Guyana ranked as 'developing country' in latest Human Development Report

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:34 AM    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana has been ranked as a “developing country” in the latest Human Development Report (HDR) compiled by the United Nations. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country has been placed at 127 out of the 188 countries examined in the 2016 HDR that was compiled under the theme “Human Development for Everyone”. Programme Specialist and Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dr Patrick Chesney, w ... Read More

UWI welcomes gov't subvention in aid of struggling students

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:12 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has applauded the action of the Government following the announcement by Minister of Education Ruel Reid that $100 million has been allocated to the university to assist financially-challenged students. Professor Archibald McDonald, Principal of UWI, Mona, in commending the actions of the government in providing financial assistance for the students, stated that the UWI is committed to working with the minister and the Gov ... Read More

PHOTO: More help

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

 Danah Cameron, group public relations and training officer at Jamaica Broilers Group, presents a symbolic cheque for $300,000 to Canon Hartley Perrin (centre), chairman of the Clifton Boys’ Home, yesterday, while P J Patterson, former prime minister and Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Eastern looks on. The presentation took place at Heis Consults, in the R Danny Williams Building, New Kingston. The funds donated by the Jamaica Broilers Group will go towards the rebuilding of th ... Read More

Stay clear of designated institutional funds, Anglican bishop warns

Tuesday, April 25, 2017’s not only a violation of the trust which people invested in governance in the past to fulfil the intent of the fund, but it leads to a deepening scepticism and loss of trust in governance on the part of citizens (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

Howard Gregory, Anglican bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, has cautioned the Government against broadening the definition of public institutions whose surplus funds they intend to manage to include churches, trusts and government-owned educational institutions. Delivering his charge at the opening service of the 147th Synod of the Anglican Church last week at St James Parish Church in Montego Bay, the bishop noted that: “The history of governance does not generate confidence in in ... Read More

This Day in History — April 25

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

This Day in History

Today is the 115th day of 2017. There are 250 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 1983: Soviet leader Yuri V Andropov invites 10-year-old Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the schoolgirl from Maine expressed fears about nuclear war. OTHER EVENTS 1792: Highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier becomes the first person under French law to be executed by guillotine. 1859: Austria suppresses revolt in Krakow, Poland; Ground is broken for the Suez Canal. ... Read More

Body of German discovered on drifting yacht in Grenada

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Grenada flag

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — Grenada police yesterday said the decomposing body found on a yacht drifting seven miles south of here is that of German national, Bernd Ludwig Ottogottel. Police said that a group of Grenadian divers saw the yacht on April 13 sailing without professional guidance and alerted the local Coast Guard whose members found the body in the cabin. The yacht, which carried the name “VAMP”, has been taken to the Coast Guard base. The authorities sai ... Read More



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