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White House restrictions on media trigger outcry

A small group of reporters leave an off camera briefing held with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer instead of the normal on camera briefing in the White House February 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — On the campaign trail and in office, Donald Trump has made attacking the press one of his political trademarks. But by restricting the access of certain media, his White House took things one step further, triggering an outcry. The New York Times, the Los Ang ... Read More

A demonstrator waves a flag as others sing a solidarity song during the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in Manila on February 25, 2017. (Photo: AFP) Duterte fans, foes hold mass Manila rallies
MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Thousands of supporters and foes of President Rodrigo Duterte join ... Read More

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (left), admires the life-size sculpture of reggae icon Bob Marley, which is mounted on the grounds of the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum during a tour of the Trench Town community in Kingston on February 23. (Photo: AFP) 32,000 visitors to Jamaica via Airbnb in 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica already received 32, 0 ... Read More

Marlon Samuels Derbyshire ends pursuit of Samuels
LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) — English County club Derbyshire have abruptly ended their pursui ... Read More

Suspect in killing of North Korea leader's brother thought she was in 'comedy video'

Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:55 PM    

Members of Malaysia's Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang on February 25, 2017. Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, was killed at the airport on February 13. (Photo: AFP)

HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Vietnam said Saturday the Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half brother told officials she thought she was taking part in a prank for a comedy video. Doan Thi Huong was arrested alongside an Indonesian woman, with both accused of carrying out a fatal poison attack on Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia on February 13.  Leaked CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur airport shows two women shoving something into Kim's face. The 45-year-old late ... Read More

Gov’t remains committed to curtailing gender-based violence – Grange

Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:17 PM    

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, addresses Friday’s (February 24) 133rd birthday anniversary commemorative ceremony at National Heroes Park in Kingston for National Hero, Alexander Bustamante. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government remains committed to curtailing gender-based violence and child abuse, says Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange. Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the 133rd anniversary of the birth of National Hero, Alexander Bustamante, at National Heroes Park in Kingston yesterday, the minister noted the high regard which the National Hero had for women and children. Grange said the frequency of disturbing reports arising about ... Read More

Barbados denies social media rumours that boy contracted HIV from pineapple

Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:53 PM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados health authorities have dismissed as untrue a report on social media that a 10-year-old boy was infected with the HIV virus after eating pineapple purchased from a vendor who was himself infected. The report on the WhatsApp platform alleges that the vendor had a cut on his finger and blood was transferred to the fruit while he was cutting it. The child became sick immediately after ingesting the fruit. Senior Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best, in a stat ... Read More

National Mathematics Week is March 5-10

Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:23 PM    

National mathematics coordinator at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr Tamika Benjamin, addresses  JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 23. (Photo: JIS)

Thousands of students from grade four at the primary level through to grade 13 at the secondary level are expected to participate in the fifth staging of the Week, which will be held under the theme ‘Math Counts’, which is the theme for the general national mathematics campaign. Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 23, National Mathematics Coordinator at the Ministry, Dr Tamika Benjamin, said the main objective of Mathematics Week “is to help to change the at ... Read More

Belize gov't to clamp down on misuse of social media

Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:00 PM    

Social media options abound.

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize government is moving to clamp down on the misuse of social media and is establishing a taskforce to look at the issue of cyber laws, Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke has said. “We’ve just discussed that there’s a committee set up that is looking at the issue of cybercrime legislation but it’s at the stage where it’s just a number of multi-sectoral groups which have been discussing the issue with the view of coming up with a f ... Read More

Marleys among celebrities to launch ganja brands as California legalises drug

Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:41 PM    

Damian Marley (file photo)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California ganja market, which is expected to explode after voters legalised the recreational use of weed. Regulators are still scrambling to get California's recreational ganja market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and ... Read More

NHT to break ground for residential lots in St Catherine

Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:12 PM    

Homes for middle-income earners under construction (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness will on Tuesday break ground in Kitson Town, St Catherine for the development of residential lots. According to the communications department of the National Housing Trust (NHT), the development is part of 10,000 housing solutions the NHT plans to complete over a three-year period.  The trust says it plans to complete 1,000 of these solutions in St Catherine.   The Government had earlier this year said that under its medium-ter ... Read More

ONLINE READERS' COMMENT: Control the quality of Kartel’s lyrics, Mr Holness

Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:57 AM    

Dear Editor, I have listened to a large segment of the ‘lost Jamaica’ run off their mouths in the latest hullabaloo about dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer. I think too many people — including journalists, politicians, and Dr Donna Hope as usual — have been missing the most pertinent point in this debate. That point, for any logical person, is not about whether Kartel's music should be banned from public radio or recorded in prison. That i ... Read More

Haiti gov't creates commission to probe prison conditions

Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:41 AM    

Jovenel Moise

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti announced a new government commission on Friday to probe the country's prisons and other overcrowded lockups and make recommendations to improve desperate conditions for inmates. President Jovenel Moise, who was sworn in earlier this month as Haiti's leader for the next five years, announced the creation of the nine-member commission on Friday. The panel will have a month to finish its review and submit a report. "Under my presidency, the Haitian nation ... Read More

Environmentally friendly housing development in St Andrew starts at US$166k

Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:08 AM    

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz (second left), in conversation with CEO of AVS Builders Limited, Arthur Von Strolley (left); and President and CEO of Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), Courtney Campbell (right), during the launch of 20 South, a high-rise real-estate development on South Avenue in St Andrew, at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on February 23. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, has hailed AVS Builders Limited, for its environmentally-friendly design of 20 South, a real-estate development being constructed on South Avenue in St Andrew. Addressing the launch of the housing project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Thursday, Vaz said the multi-family, high-rise, 80-unit development, to be completed by March 2018, will be a modern green building, f ... Read More



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