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Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is seen after being plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on top of Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 25, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Iconic global monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expect ... Read More

Chairs on display at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP) Tears and laughter for Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher
LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Friends, family and hundreds of wellwishers gathered in the ... Read More

Sir Derek Walcott World bids farewell to Derek Walcott
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Derek Alton Walcott, born in humble surroundings on Chaussee Road a ... Read More

James Hospedales Regional health experts to meet in Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Regional health and environmental specialists meet here next month ... Read More

27 public sector management analysts to benefit from training course

Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:26 PM    

Deputy Financial Secretary in the Strategic Human Resource Management Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Wayne Jones, addresses the orientation and opening ceremony for the Management Analysis programme at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in St Andrew on March 24, 2017. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Twenty-seven public-sector management analysts will be trained and certified in their field under a programme offered by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND).  The management analysis programme involves partnership with the strategic human resource management division of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and ultimately seeks to improve the way public service is delivered.  It represents a key pillar of the public sector ... Read More

Three inmates die in fire after fight in Mexican prison

Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:01 PM    

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AFP) — A fire started by inmates at a prison in northern Mexico left at least three prisoners dead and one person injured, officials said Saturday, just days after 29 detainees escaped through a tunnel. "Three dead and one seriously injured in a dispute between inmates. Prison under control measures," the security spokesman for Tamaulipas state said on Twitter.  The large blaze broke out Friday night at the prison in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria afte ... Read More

Monaco on high alert after brazen Cartier heist

Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:29 PM    

Monaco's police officers stand guard in front of the Cartier jewellery boutique after it was robbed in downtown Monaco on March 25, 2017. One robber was arrested by Police, as two remained on the run. The amount of the heist was not specified.

Three men entered the boutique toward 3:40 pm (1440 GMT) while a driver waited in a car, the Monaco prosecutor's office said, adding that no shots were fired and no one was wounded or taken hostage. The area -- which is also home to Monte Carlo's famed casino -- was sealed off by the police as soon as the alarm was sounded, they said, adding that at least one man was armed. Clients in the showroom as well as tourists who found themselves in the zone were confined for part of the afternoon in t ... Read More

$2 billion allocated for climate resilience project

Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:21 PM    

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of  Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz (second left), speaking at the launch of the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&M) Project, one of five projects falling under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Jamaica. The launch was held in Frankfield, Clarendon, on March 23. Others (from left) are Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh; Deputy Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Claire Bernard, and Project Manager, Anaitee Mills. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Some US$17.5 million (J$2 billion) has been allocated to the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) project, one of five projects falling under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Jamaica. Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the project represents the kind of partnership the Government believes is necessary for the achievement of economic growth and development of the country. Delivering the keynote address at ... Read More

Fletcher out as selectors settle on final 13 for Pakistan series

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:57 PM    

Opener Andre Fletcher

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Andre Fletcher is one of three players left out of the final 13-man squad to face Pakistan in the four-match Twenty20 International series which bowls off in Barbados on Sunday. The right-hander, a member of the T20 World Cup-winning side in India last April, has been joined on the sidelines by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and left-handed batsman Jonathan Carter. They were part of a 16-man squad announced last week but which was expected to be whittled ... Read More

Traffic changes for PNP conference

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:28 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police are advising citizens, especially those who live, work or will be conducting business in the vicinity of Independence Park tomorrow, that several traffic changes will be instituted, beginning at 8:00 am, to facilitate the People’s National Party (PNP) special delegates conference at the National Arena. The conference, which will be held at the National Arena in Kingston, is set for 10:00 am. The party is expected to confirm Opposition Spokesman on Fina ... Read More

'Champs' tickets go on sale with 5% increase Tuesday

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:13 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tickets for this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships, or 'Champs' in short, will go on sale with a five per cent increase on Tuesday.  The premiere high school athletics competition will be staged from Tuesday March 28 to Saturday, April 1.  In a release from the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Colleen Montague, chairman of the 'Champs' organising committee said the competition is expected to welcome more than 25, 000 spe ... Read More

Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:46 PM    

US President Donald Trump (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump sought on Saturday to put a good face on his most stinging political setback yet -- the failure of Republicans' attempt to repeal Obamacare -- declaring that the health care program would collapse under its own weight and vowing to develop a "great" replacement. "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!" the Republican said on Twitter. But it was fa ... Read More

Barbados and China sign visa waiver

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:27 PM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados and China Friday signed a visa waiver agreement allowing for citizens of both countries to enter each other’s territory with an ordinary passport. The agreement follows the initialling of a reciprocal agreement three years ago that removed visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports. Foreign Affairs Minister Maxine Mclean and China’s Ambassador, Wang Ke signed the accord with McClean describing the signing ... Read More

15-y-o State ward reported missing

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:11 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police is reporting that a 15-year-old ward of the State is missing.  An Ananda Alert has been activated for Nathan Lawrence, a ward of the state at Goodwin Park Hostel in Kingston 4 who has been missing since yesterday afternoon. He is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5'2" tall. Reports from the Allman Town Police are that Lawrence was last seen at the Goodwin Park facility about 3:45 pm wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans and a pair of red shoes. Ef ... Read More



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