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Gov't seeks input on sexual reproductive health, HIV policies

Executive director of the NFPB Dr Denise Chevannes

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Citizens will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of Jamaica’s first Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Policy and the revision of the National HIV/AIDS Policy through a series of islandwide public consultations. The first of 13 public discu ... Read More

Forex: J$123.56 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar on Thursday, May 5, ended trading at J$123.56, up by f ... Read More

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie addressing the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation at the corporation’s downtown Kingston headquarters on Tuesday. No insurance coverage for vendors affected by market fire – McKenzie
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, ... Read More

Flash flood watch in effect for northern parishes
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Meteorological (Met) Service has issued a flash flood watch for low-ly ... Read More

Dominica's tourism minister dismisses suggestion to change island's name

Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:49    

Tourism Minister Robert Tonge (Photo:

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – A suggestion that Dominica should change its name in order to boost the tourism industry has been dismissed by Tourism Minister Robert Tonge. The tourism inister’s comment follows a statement made Wednesday by Director of Tourism Colin Piper, who mentioned that name recognition issues with Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic could be one of the many challenges facing Dominica’s tourism product. But Tonge believes the answer lies in marketing the islan ... Read More

Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly

Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:42    

The Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the Zika virus.

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Health authorities in Panama said Thursday that they have identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Department's chief epidemiologist said all four cases occurred among mothers of the Guna Yala indigenous group. Dr Israel Cedeno said two of the four babies died at Panama City hospitals. Mothers from outlying provinces often travel to the capital to give birth, so it was unclear where they were infected. None of ... Read More

1,000 safety and security officers for public schools September

Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:38    

Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – One thousand safety and security officers will be placed in public schools this September. “Safety and security in schools is part of the strategic priorities of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The programme is constantly under review and we are going to see some results in the coming years,” says Director for Safety and Security in Schools, in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent Coleridge Minto. He was speaking recently at a to ... Read More

Fast-track justice system reforms, forget hanging – human rights groups urge

Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:30    

Minister of National Security Robert Montague

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Human rights groups, Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), in a joint statement yesterday, expressed concern about what they say appears to be a move by Minister of National Security Robert Montague to revive the practice of capital punishment in Jamaica. “While we understand the minister’s need to send a strong message about his handle on crime, we believe that he could have been more prudent in making his comments about the resumpti ... Read More

Brazil says almost 1,300 hit by Zika-linked microcephaly

Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:59    

Photos of babies with microcephaly have become emblems of the human cost of the Zika virus.

BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) – Brazil's outbreak of Zika – which has been linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns in 1,271 cases since October – has also killed 57 of those babies, authorities said Wednesday. The Health Ministry said in that as of April 30, 3,580 suspected cases had been reported and that another 2,492 were ruled out as false alarms. While 57 babies were known to have died of the condition, another 178 deaths were suspected to have been caus ... Read More

Haiti's Health Ministry blamed for death of pregnant woman at hospital gate

Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:51    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – A local doctor has blamed the Ministry of Health following the death of a pregnant woman at the gates of one of the largest public hospital’s here on Wednesday. The woman who was bleeding, reportedly dropped dead after failing to get help as resident doctors, nurses and other members of staff continue industrial action to protest against the lack of medical supplies, poor pay and unsafe working conditions. As news circulated about the death of the preg ... Read More

Tufton lauds medical missions, expresses condolences after missionaries killed

Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:23    

Minister of Health Dr Chris Tufton (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – With close to 200 medical missions from all over the world to Jamaica yearly, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has said that “without the help of these missions, our health care delivery would be negatively impacted”. A news release from the Ministry of Health on Thursday said these medical missions serve all 14 parishes, by offering services such as general medicine, optometry, dentistry, counselling, health education, among other areas. The healt ... Read More

Reid talks sexuality education with advocacy group

Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:53    

Education Minister Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information, today met with representatives of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society to hear their concerns about the infiltration of Comprehensive Sexuality Education philosophy into the education system. Minister Reid made it clear that the Education Ministry’s philosophical position is that gender is fixed as male and female, a news release from the ministry said. He said a recent review of the approve ... Read More

UN to review T&T's human rights record

Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:45    

GENEVA, Switzerland (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s human rights record will be placed under the microscope by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, May 10. The twin island republic is one of 14 states that will be reviewed by the working group of the UPR during its upcoming session. The documents on which the reviews are based are the national report – which is information provided by the ... Read More

Wildfire in Canadian province now 85,000 hectares in size

Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:37    

A wildfire moves towards the
town of Anzac from Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Wednesday.
Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically
held back wind-whipped wildfires. (Photo: AP)

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta has grown to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) in size and officials would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north. More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands. The Alberta government said Thursday that more than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting a total of 49 wil ... Read More



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