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Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in US prison

NEW YORK, (AFP) - A US court sentenced Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith to life in prison on Tuesday. The 48-year-old Kuwaiti, who has defended the September 11, 2001 attacks, was found guilty on March 26 of plotting to kill Americans and providing mate ... Read More

Accused Digicel hacker for trial next year
Kingston, Jamaica – The trial of the computer programmer accused of stealing $30 million in ca ... Read More

President and chief executive officer, Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Richard Byles, addresses the recent launch of the 2014/15 Public Sector Customer Service Competition, being staged by the Office of the Cabinet, at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston. Listening keenly at the head table are: cabinet secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders; chairperson, Jamaica Customer Service Association (JaCSA) Lanie Oakley-Williams (right); Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) President O’Neil Grant.‏ (Photo: JIS) Seventh staging of the public sector customer service competition launched
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Several attractive prizes are up for grabs in the 2014/15 Public Sec ... Read More

Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson Police Federation says continued demonisation of cops legitimises criminals
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson has hit out agai ... Read More

US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:08 AM    

In this image made from video released by the US Navy on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, missiles bound for Syrian Islamic State group targets are launched off of a US Navy ship. 

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Combined US-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State group military strongholds in Syria and Iraq as a simultaneous US strike attacked an al-Qaida cell of hardened veterans with "significant explosives skills" said to be plotting attacks on the US and Western interests, the US military said. The top American military official, Army General Martin Dempsey, said the US and its Arab allies achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will n ... Read More

Tiger kills man who climbed into moat in Indian zoo

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:02 AM    

Policemen inspect the body of a man who was killed by a white tiger at the zoo in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

NEW DELHI, India (AP) A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal's enclosure Tuesday, a spokesman said. Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn't get too close to the outdoor enclosure, the man eventually climbed over a knee-high fence, through some small hedges, then jumped down 18 feet into a protective moat, said National Zoological Park spokesman Riyaz Ahmed Khan. The male tiger, which lives on a grassy tree-filled island, gr ... Read More

Caribbean adopting new technologies in cassava production

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:50 AM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries have received training in the implementation of new technologies for cassava production, with the aim of improving competitiveness and promoting technological innovations and value added in cassava products. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) said the course on modern technologies for the production and use of cassava was facilitated by the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium to Su ... Read More

Local tourism players, others to benefit from JAPEX 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:34 AM    

President of the JHTA Nicola Madden Grieg

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) – The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is expressing optimism that Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2014 will result in “tremendous business” for local players in the industry. President of the association Nicola Madden Grieg, in addressing the opening of the trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, on Sunday (September 21), said this year’s event has attracted 300 buyer delegates, who will be meeting with some 230 local sup ... Read More

First Ebola treatment clinical trials to start in West Africa

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:22 AM    

AP file photo

LONDON, (AFP) - Scientists in London on Tuesday unveiled plans to push ahead with clinical trials of prototype Ebola treatments in West Africa for the first time, possibly from November. "Ebola treatments are to be tested in West Africa for the first time," said the Wellcome Trust, a British biomedical research charity, which is funding the effort with a £3.2 million grant ($5.2 million, 4.1 million euros). The charity said there had been some experiments with treatments already "but non ... Read More

Cop's murder hits JCF core, says police federation chairman

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:03 AM    

Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson

KINGSTON, Jamaica– The Police Federation is expressing outrage and condemnation at the murder of Constable James Grant, who was attached to the St Andrew Central Division. The federation is also expressing condolence to the families, friends and co-workers of the slain cop. Grant was a member of a police party in the August Town area of St Andrew that was fired upon by men armed with high powered weapons. He was struck in the head and died on the spot. Chairman of the Police Federation ... Read More

UPDATE: Sentence postponed for man who punched mother-in-law over discipline of daughter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:47 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The man who punched his mother- in-law in the face because she disciplined his child was not sentenced on Monday as scheduled because he was not brought to court. A new date will now have to be set for sentencing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Monday’s sentence date was set last week Friday following Howard Blackwood’s conviction on a charge of unlawful wounding. Blackwood reportedly punched his in-law causing damage to a tooth and lip ... Read More

St Catherine North police offers reward for wanted men

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:32 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are offering a J$100,000 reward for the capture of any of three men wanted for crimes committed in the St Catherine North Police Division. The men have been identified as: Michael Morgan, otherwise called ‘Tullus’, of Jobs Lane, Spanish Town, St Catherine; Michael Headley, otherwise called ‘Dudus’ or ‘Tony’ and ‘David’ of Salt Pond Road in Spanish Town; and Kiddon Johnson, otherwise called ‘Badfram’ ... Read More

Mother on manslaughter charge over son's death following cellphone dispute

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:19 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A mother is now before the court on a charge of manslaughter after her 14-year-old son died in the hospital following a beating over a cellphone. t is reported that, on August 29, Marion Davis and son Kamell Turner had a dispute over a cellphone during which he was beaten and left crying in severe pain. He was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he died the following day. On Monday, attorney C J Mitchell, who represents the mother, tried disassociating her fr ... Read More

INDECOM condemns murder of cop in August Town

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:03 AM    

Head of INDECOM Terrence Williams 

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Independent Commission of Investigations said it is “troubled and appalled” at Monday’s killing of Constable James Grant in the often-volatile St Andrew community of August Town. “…The Commission wishes to express condolences to the family and loved ones of Constable Grant and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), for the loss of another member under violent circumstances,” said the investigative body in a release Tuesday. &ldq ... Read More



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