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Obama hails Clinton for blasting 'through glass ceilings'

US President Barack Obama addresses Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

PHILADELPHIA, United States (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised onetime rival Hillary Clinton for blasting through "glass ceilings" as the first woman presidential nominee from a major US political party, calling her the most qualified person ever to seek the White House. "I c ... Read More

Hopes rest on Bolt to lead athletics out of doping darkness
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – World athletics is counting on Jamaican superstar and six-time ... Read More

Andrew Holness (right), looks at breaded
fish nuggets being shown to him by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Rainforest Seafoods, Brian Jardim. Occasion was a tour of the company’s
manufacturing facility on Slipe Road in Kingston on July 27. (Photo: JIS) Gov't to increase protection of fishing territory
KINGSTON, Jamaic (JIS) – Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, says the Government intends to do mor ... Read More

(File photo) High-level team of detectives heads to St James
ST JAMES, Jamaica – Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams has dispatched a high-level team of d ... Read More

PICA taking services to St Mary on Saturday

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:15 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will take its services to the residents of Port Maria and surrounding communities in St. Mary on Saturday, July 30. The agency’s mobile unit will be on location at the Port Maria Police Station on Main Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to assist first-time passport applicants as well as facilitate renewals. Director of Passport Services, Amy Johnson, said that persons should complete the application for ... Read More

Olympic Village controversy reignites in pessimistic Brazil

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:05 PM    

Aerial view of the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 26, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Controversy ignited Wednesday over working conditions for laborers racing to repair shambolic conditions at the athletes' Village in Rio just nine days before the Olympics. As the authorities insisted that the Village was only experiencing teething problems and would be ready shortly, questions arose over alleged lack of legal protection for the approximately 600 people drafted to make emergency repairs. The ministry of labor said in a statement that inspec ... Read More

Delinquent tax payers in Clarendon, Manchester hauled before the court

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:25 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Tax Administration Jamaica’s (TAJ’s) drive to ramp up compliance has reaped reward with several delinquent tax payers in Manchester and Clarendon settling their outstanding tax debts. Those who did not, were hauled before the parish courts after the TAJ’s Special Enforcement Team conducted joint operations with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to recover outstanding taxes of approximately $13.1M. According to a release from the agency today, ... Read More

$150m for Emancipation, Independence celebrations

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:14 PM    

(file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The budget for Emancipation and Independence activities this year is $150 million. This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange during a post-Cabinet press briefing held today, at the Office of the Prime Minister. She noted that the amount comprises government subvention, as well as private-sector sponsorship. In addition, Grange informed that the Independence Day Parade, usually held at King’s House will not b ... Read More

Scientists find Zika antibodies in step toward vaccine

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:02 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US researchers have identified antibodies in lab mice that may be able to prevent infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in what they described Wednesday as a "significant step" toward a vaccine. The team at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis published their findings in the journal Cell. The research shows how these six antibodies interact with the virus, and that they are specific enough to Zika virus -- and not other viruses -- ... Read More

Teen arrested at airport for cocaine hidden in liquor bottles

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:25 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A woman who allegedly attempted to smuggle cocaine inside three liquor bottles was arrested and charged at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), on Sunday. A team of officers attached to the NMIA arrested and charged 19-year-old Aralenna Sheridinno Nelson, a receptionist of Morningside Avenue in Toronto, Canada with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act. . Reports are that about 5:45 pm, Nelson was in the process of boarding a flight destined for Canada when s ... Read More

Gov't to provide US$4m in support to Venezuela

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:16 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica is to provide US$4 million in support to the Government of Venezuela. Of the sum, US$4 million will be provided through the Petro-Caribe Development Fund and US$1 million through Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. “This decision is taken primarily to give support in the form of medicine, food and fertiliser,” said Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid. He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing held at Offi ... Read More

Farmer arrested at airport for ingesting 15 pellets of ganja

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:05 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Forty-one-year-old Richard Morris, a farmer of Nine Miles, Spaulding in Clarendon, was arrested and charged for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, yesterday. Reports from the police are that about 3:15 pm, Morris arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) and checked in on a flight destined for Barbados. He was stopped and interviewed by the police. As a result of inconsistent answers to questions he was asked, personnel from the narcotics office at ... Read More

Cabinet approves US$40m sale of land for hotel project

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Cabinet has approved the sale of 96 ½ acres of land at Success Estate in Rose Hall,  St James, to Celebration Jamaica Development Limited for US$40.1 million for an integrated resort development project. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, informed that the lands, known as Northern Estate, are owned by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing held at Office of the Prime Min ... Read More

Florida planning to host T20 series between India, WI

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:30 PM    

West Indies players led by captain Darren Sammy (centre) run onto the pitch as they celebrate their victory over England earlier this year.

FLORIDA, (CMC) – Plans are in the pipeline for Florida to host a T20 international series between World Champions West Indies and India next month, a leading cricket official here has reported. Discussion on the series being planned for the end of August is being held Wednesday and Thursday in Florida between officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Broward Parks & Recreation Manager, Duncan Finch, said he was approached b ... Read More



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