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75,000 ordered to evacuate as heavy rain lashes western Japan9:41 pm

TOKYO, Japan (AFP)— Some 75,000 people were ordered to evacuate in western Japan Saturday as record heavy rain triggered floods and landslides, leaving scores stranded... Read More

Construction returning to productive capacity – PM9:10 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the construction industry, which was among sectors “hard hit” by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, is...... Read More

Bolsonaro dilutes law requiring face masks in Brazil8:46 pm
BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP)— Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places to prevent the spread of the...... Read More

Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Alabama 8:18 pm
SELMA, Alabama (AP) — Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honour of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and...... Read More

US marks record 57,683 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours – tracker 7:52 pm
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)— The US notched 57,683 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours Friday, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed, the third consecutive day with...... Read More

Agriculture ministry allocates $50 million to assist small farmers 7:41 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is providing a special allocation of $50 million to assist small farmers across the...... Read More

WHO first alerted to virus by its office, not China 7:20 pm
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP)— The World Health Organisation has updated its account of the early stages of the COVID crisis to say it was alerted by its own office in China,...... Read More

6 new COVID-19 cases6:57 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Health and Wellness says six new samples have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to...... Read More


Resign, JLP councillors tell St Ann mayor

JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) councillors in the St Ann Municipal Corporation yesterday recommended that their embattled chairman, Mayor Michael Belnavis,... Read More

Soldier injured during August Town firefight
THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is awaiting more details as it continues its probe into the shooting of a member of the Jamaica Defence Force...... Read More

Defence gets another day in court
THE judgement by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes in the trial of six alleged members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley gang, which should have been handed down yesterday,...... Read More

T&T election August 10
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday announced August 10 as the date for the general election in Trinidad and Tobago, just...... Read More


'Quite sad'

Berlin, Germany (AFP) — Treble-chasing Bayern Munich are hunting their second title this season in today's German Cup final, a... Read More

UK PM Johnson summons 'third umpire' as he lifts virus cricket ban
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that...... Read More

Russia says World Athletics freeze is a blow to athletes
MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — The president of Russia's track and field federation said yesterday it is “catastrophic” to suspend Russian athletes'...... Read More

Rodgers has faith in Vardy despite goal drought
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Leicester M...... Read More


Palace Amusement obtains interim financing to stay afloat

Jamaica's lone cinema operator, Palace Amusement Company Ltd, has obtained interim financing from its bankers to keep the business afloat, having closed all its cinemas... Read More

IDB warns of devastating tourism shocks in Caribbean
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — A new study by the Inter-American Bank (IDB) says Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will suffer “an unprecedented...... Read More

NCB Financial Group streamlines insurance portfolio
In a bid to strengthen its local insurance portfolio and optimise its product and service offerings and customer experience, the National Commercial Bank Financial...... Read More

'Christmas in July' trade show application closes July 3
Business entities interested in participating in the 'Christmas in July' trade show are being encouraged to apply before the July 3...... Read More


Sollo Caution goes natural

Party promoter Sollo Caution is following his entrepreneurial spirit. His months-old company, Caution Innovations LLC, is the sole distributor of the natural tobacco... Read More

Delly Ranx adds friends to the mix
DANCEHALL deejay Delly Ranx recently released the remix for his single Move Lef The Crowd.... Read More

Akino Dirtfree feels good
ON-THE-RISE deejay Akino Dirtfree is generating a huge buzz with his latest single Feel Good .... Read More

Badda General wants Money App
DEEJAY Badda General says women who receive financial support from men over the years and then decide to split when the going gets tough, should repay the men. He...... Read More


I'm no politician... I don't need the votes

One of the advantages Prime Minister Andrew Holness has is almost a surfeit of bright, talented and experienced people in his Cabinet. But something that concerns me is... Read More

Women's interests in a very male Parliament
The “more women in leadership” conversation has never really grabbed me, since I have never been a big fan of deliberately and unnaturally trying to change...... Read More

Educational justice: Special needs children matter
COVID-19 has exposed the petticoat of the Jamaican education system with inequality and injustice in full view of the public. What is not known is that the most...... Read More

There is no expiration date on trauma, Minister Chuck
We have watched the happenings from Parliament and, like many of you, we are disturbed and angry at the sentiments expressed by our Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck.... Read More


Ward uses COVID-19 downtime to create $5-m gym for employees

MONTEGO BAY, St James - While many businesses across western Jamaica were downsizing amidst the novel coronavirus... Read More

'A little push' from Kindred Sisters Foundation
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Dietitian Rosalee Brown's story is not unique to many young girls who live in rural Jamaica with a dream to...... Read More

Water Square fountain to be restored as TMC intensifies drive to beautify Falmouth
FALMOUTH, Trelawny - As the Trelawny Municipal Corporation (TMC) intensifies its drive to improve the aesthetics of the historic town of Falmouth,...... Read More

More Westmoreland residents trained
SAVANNA-LA- Mar, Westmoreland - Twenty-five more Westmoreland residents were recently certified in vector aide...... Read More


Can we have a true marker for Sir Everton?

For Caribbean descendants of African slaves yearning for a better life for their children, Mr George Headley — the great Jamaican batsman of the 1930s — was... Read More

Jamaica and the US: Two reasons to celebrate July 4
Tomorrow, July 4, Jamaica and America will mark two anniversaries that, while not similarly expansive in how they are celebrated, represent significant occurrences in...... Read More

Mr 'Dunstan' Whittingham, man of the street, man of the people
One could easily be forgiven for thinking that Mr Lionel “Dunstan” Whittingham has always been president of the Jamaica Vendors, Higglers,...... Read More

IDB leadership change an opportunity for us
Since 2010, Jamaica has held the record for receiving the highest level of support ever provided — as a percentage of gross domestic product...... Read More


Hamilton on top in Austria despite protest over his Mercedes

SPIELBERG, Austria (AFP) — Lewis Hamilton began his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title by topping the times yesterday as Formula One roared back... Read More

Gregg in virtual seventh heaven
WITH the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down motorsports worldwide, virtual or sim racing has shifted into high gear.... Read More

BMW BOOSTS Bobsledders
MINI — through its parent company BMW — is throwing its weight behind Jamaica's two-man bobsleigh team currently in England. The German automaker is...... Read More

Hamilton again says his sport must speak out on racism
SPIELBERG, Austria (AFP) —Lewis Hamilton has said “now is not the time to be silent” and explained why he criticised Formula One as he set out to...... Read More


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