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#DecisionJa2016: Debates Commission says Tuesday's political debate called off

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) in a media release Friday evening said that they have written to the Peoples’ National Party (PNP) noting that in the absence of a response to its letter of February 11, it is no longer able to commit to organizing and staging the ... Read More

US, Cuba to sign agreement resuming regular flights
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The United States and Cuba will sign a bilateral agreement T ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Deadly JLP rally...Fitch upgrades Ja...Portia threatens Holness with lawsuit
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police confirmed that the two people who were on Sunday shot dead duri ... Read More

Aerial and stret-level views of the house being constructed by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and his wife.  (File photo) Phillips wants Holness to make disclosures about his house before debate
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Campaign director for the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phi ... Read More

Camperdown Classics for National Stadium Saturday

Friday, February 12, 2016 6:24 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The fourth episode of the Digicel Grand Prix series will take the spotlight at the 12th staging of the Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium on Saturday.  The meet is slated to get under way at 8:15 am. A number of athletes from several top high schools such as Calabar, St George’s, Jamaica College, St Jago, Vere Technical, Manchester and Cornwall College among others will contest the 100m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, high jump and long jump Grand Prix ev ... Read More

Forex: J$121.81 to one US dollars

Friday, February 12, 2016 5:53 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, February 12, 2016, ended trading at J$121.81, up by 15 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$85.52, down from J$86.14, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$174.18, up from J$173.72. Read More

Mosquito infestation still too high, says Chief Medical Officer

Friday, February 12, 2016 3:49 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye says several communities across the island still have significant levels of mosquito breeding. The Ministry of Health is therefore continuing its appeal for persons to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites especially in light of the confirmation of zika virus on the island and the continued circulation of other mosquito borne diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya. “We are finding that despite the inf ... Read More

JLP says debate talks suffered after Dr Phillips entered the picture

Friday, February 12, 2016 3:08 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Deputy General Secretay, Audley Gordon, says that planning for the 2016 election debate "turned on its head" after People’s National Party (PNP) Campaign Director, Dr Peter Phillips, joined the discussions earlier this month. Gordon told a press briefing at the JLP's Belmont Road office, that both political parties had signed an MOU from November last year and had agreed to using the 2011 format, with which they were both comfortable. ... Read More

UWI Mona Guild calls for peaceful election

Friday, February 12, 2016 2:48 PM    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica – The University of the West Indies Guild of Students is making a call for a violence-free general election. Following Sunday's shooting incident at the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Rally in Montego Bay, the Guild has called on the security forces and Jamaicans at large to facilitate a safe election period. “There is a point when our people must realise that violence during the electoral process is an injustice to ourselves -- whether gang related or stemming from ... Read More

Forum Bridge in Portmore reopens Saturday

Friday, February 12, 2016 2:26 PM    

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ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that effective tomorrow, Saturday, February 13, the Forum Bridge in Portmore, St Catherine will be reopened. The bridge, which was closed in November 2015 in order to facilitate structural repairs, is being re-opened a week ahead of schedule. According to a release from the agency today, the road has been opened to only small vehicles since November, when the National Works Agency (NWA) closed the bridge to facilitate re ... Read More

Three dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika: Maduro

Friday, February 12, 2016 12:54 PM    

Speaking on national television, Maduro said there were 319 confirmed cases of the virus in the South American country, adding: "Unfortunately we have had three deaths from Zika nationwide." Maduro said 68 patients with complications "have been in intensive care," adding that the country had the necessary drugs to treat them. Without providing any details, he said that 5,221 suspected cases of Zika had been reported from November 5 until February 8. Maduro thanked the governments and embassie ... Read More

Venezuela opposition speeds up bid to oust president

Friday, February 12, 2016 12:42 PM    

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) – Venezuela's opposition Friday vowed speeded-up moves to oust President Nicolas Maduro after he defied lawmakers by decreeing a state of economic emergency through the crisis-hit country's high court. "In the next few days we will have to present a concrete proposal for the departure of that national disgrace that is the government," the opposition leader of congress Henry Ramos told a news conference. He criticised a ruling on Thursday by the Supreme Court whic ... Read More

UWI Pelicans, Molynes United 'A' book spot in NJ/JNBS Sunshine Open League final

Friday, February 12, 2016 12:35 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans and Molynes United 'A' again created upsets as they booked their spots in the final of the 2016 Netball Jamaica (NJ)/Jamaica National society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League after contrasting victories in their respective semi-finals games at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) on Thursday. The semi-finals were scheduled to be played at the Lelia Robinson Courts but due to bad weather, the games shifted to the NISC. UWI Pe ... Read More

#DecisionJa2016: Debate in the national interest, PAJ urges PNP

Friday, February 12, 2016 11:50 AM    

PAJ President Dionne Jackson-Miller

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Press Association of Jamaica says it is alarmed at news that the National Political Debates may not be held. The PAJ in a release a short while ago said that it is of national importance that the Debates be held, with the participation of both major political parties. “The election campaign is very short, which already limits the amount of time the public and media have to probe the positions of the individual candidates and their parties. To eliminate what ... Read More



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