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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

Two killed as heavy rains batter Haiti’s south

Monday, April 24, 2017 10:27 AM    

(Photo: CMC)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — At least two people were killed and several houses destroyed as heavy rains associated with two surface troughs battered the south of this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country for the past three days. The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said the rains, which also affected southwest Cuba and Jamaica, caused widespread flooding and the collapse of several bridges and caused damage to the agricultural and livestock sectors. Many homes, especially in the ... Read More

Lottery scammer fined $300k or 12 months imprisonment

Monday, April 24, 2017 10:09 AM    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — A St James man who in 2015 was found with paraphernalia used in lottery scamming was earlier this month fined $300,000 or 12 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty in the St James Parish Court. According to a Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) release, Jason Levy of Rose Heights, Montego Bay was sentenced on April 6 after a March, 2015 operation in St James. Levy was arrested after the lottery scam paraphernalia and $628, 000 were found durin ... Read More

JAS regrets passing of female 'pioneer in agriculture'

Monday, April 24, 2017 9:43 AM    

St Catherine farmer Maria Azan accepts her award for Woman Champion Farmer at August 2013’s final day of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) has expressed regret at the passing of Jamaica’s first National Woman Champion Farmer, Maria Azan. In a release on Friday, JAS said its board of management and over 250,000 farmers and fisher folk mourned the death of “one of the pioneers of the women in agriculture” and “a true farmer and a giant of her time”. JAS said Azan served the organisation with distinction as St Catherine Association of Branch S ... Read More

Flash flood watch still in effect for central, eastern parishes

Monday, April 24, 2017 9:07 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service is advising that a flash flood watch remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas in the parishes of St Ann, St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester. The watch will remain until 5:00 pm today.  The Met Service said a persistent trough continues to affect weather conditions over the western Caribbean and Jamaica. It is forecasting periods of showers, which could be heavy ... Read More

Foreign affairs ministry creates unit to deal with Diaspora affairs

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:58 AM    

Kamina Johnson Smith

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The introduction of a unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will result in a fresh focus on the Diaspora affairs. The unit which falls under the new Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division at the ministry will deal more effectively with matters pertaining to the Diaspora. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith made the announcement while speaking to journalists at the ministry’s quarterly pr ... Read More

Trinidad bankers call for proposals to discuss diversification and growth

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:37 AM    

The home of Standard & Poor's at 55 Water Street in New York city, USA. (Photo: AP)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) says the decision by the US-based international ratings agency, Standards and Poors (S&P), to lower the Long Term Sovereign Credit Ratings for Trinidad and Tobago from A- to BBB+ makes the need for proposals for economic diversification and growth of “paramount importance.” While the agency maintained the country’s economic outlook as stable, it said the change was based on Trinidad ... Read More

PM gives surprise welcome to US flight during tour of new NMIA control tower

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:11 AM    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left), tests his skills as an air traffic controller by welcoming an American Airline flight to Jamaica. Holness was on an official tour of the recently commissioned state-of-the-art air traffic control tower at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston on April 19, 2017. At left is Chief Air Traffic Control Officer at the NMIA, Mark Phillips. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The passengers and crew of American Airlines flight AAL 1589, which recently landed in Jamaica from Miami, were pleasantly surprised when they received a personal welcome from Prime Minister Andrew Holness.  “AAL 1589, this is the Prime Minister of Jamaica, welcoming you to Jamaica,” Holness said.  The welcome was met with a lusty “Thank You!” from the aircraft’s seemingly surprised pilot.           ... Read More

Abide by the law, Manchester police warns dance, party promoters

Monday, April 24, 2017 7:57 AM    

Sombre Somerset community members on Easter Sunday following the shooting death of one of the residents at a dance. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Head of the Manchester Police Division, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, is urging residents having entertainment events to get the required permit in order to avoid prosecution and protect patrons. He is making the appeal following the Easter Sunday tragedy in the parish where 27-year-old Ricardo “Allan” Anderson was shot and killed at a dance. Cameron said that about 5:00 am what appears to a lone gunman went into a dance in the Somerset community, on the ... Read More

Doctor dragged from flight plans to file lawsuit — lawyer

Monday, April 24, 2017 7:41 AM    

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz  (Photo: AP)

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — A lawyer for the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight says it's too late for the airline's CEO to apologise face-to-face and that his client intends to file a lawsuit. Attorney Thomas Demetrio, who represents 69-year-old Dr David Dao, made the comments Monday during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show. Demetrio said United CEO Oscar Munoz had the opportunity to apologise and didn't, called Dao belligerent, and then finally issued an ... Read More

Get involved in physical activity, health minister urges Jamaicans

Monday, April 24, 2017 7:21 AM    

Christopher Tufton (File photo)

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton says people who are engaged in some form of physical activity are less likely to be susceptible to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Tufton said that evidence shows that physical inactivity increases the risk of many adverse health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, breast cancer and colon cancer. “Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding ... Read More



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