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Forex: J$130.22 to one US dollar 5:24 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Wednesday, June 19 ended trading at J$130.22 up by 22 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.... Read More

JCF strengthening investigative processes with technology — police commissioner 5:17 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is increasing its use of cyber forensics, ballistics and DNA evidence to strengthen its investigative processes.... Read More

Scores of honeybee colonies stolen; beekeepers urged to boost security 4:44 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries (MICAF) has warned of an increase in the theft of bees in St Thomas, Clarendon and St Catherine, and is urging beekeepers to improve the security of their apiaries.... Read More

US Congress debates reparations for slave descendants

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 4:14 pm    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on whether to award reparations to the African-American descendants of slaves, a sensitive issue in a country where racial tensions are running high. Read More

Gas prices down $2.95; diesel up $0.20

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 4:00 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the price of gasoline and an increase in the price of diesel, effective Thursday June 20, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Read More

Investors invited to establish mango orchards on former sugar cane lands

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 3:51 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government is inviting Jamaicans to invest in mango orchards, which are to be established on some 60,000 acres of former sugar cane lands available in St Catherine, Clarendon and Trelawny. Read More

GK Money Services collecting 'red money'

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 2:50 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — GraceKennedy (GK) Money Services has launched a coin drive in order to collect as much of the more than J$100 million worth of one, 10 and 25 cent or 'red money', which were demonetised in February last year. Read More

Witness in Manchester MC fraud trial says she encashed cheques valued about $15m

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 2:42 pm    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — An associate of former deputy superintendent at the Road and Works Department at the Manchester Municipal Corporation, Sanja Elliott, testified in court today that she has encashed approximately 41 cheques, amounting to about $15 million, from the local government... Read More

Hanna demands answers on Gov't's involvement in US detention of J'can fishermen

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 2:24 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesperson on foreign affairs and foreign trade, Lisa Hanna, is demanding that the Government provides a detailed explanation of its role in facilitating the actions of US authorities, which led to the incarceration of five Jamaican fishermen in the US... Read More

NWC finds over 460 illegal connections in Grange Hill, Westmoreland

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 1:42 pm    

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — The National Water Commission is reporting that more than 460 illegal water connections were found in Grange Hill, Westmoreland over a two-week period. Read More

Cabinet approves salary increases for parish judges

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 1:34 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cabinet has approved salary increases for parish judges, similar to those approved for the wider public service.They will receive 16 per cent over the three-year period at the rate of five per cent, two per cent and nine per cent, respectively. Read More

Jamaica searches for Bolt heir at national championships

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 1:15 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — The hunt for a successor to Usain Bolt gets under way on Thursday as Jamaica stages its National Championships looking to unearth a new crop of sprinters capable of challenging for major titles. Read More

Jamaica to improve transparency of public investment projects with investment map

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 11:22 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica is to launch an investment map aimed at making public investment projects more transparent and, ultimately, more efficient. Read More

Firearm, ammo seized in Papine; one man in custody

Wednesday, June, 19 2019 10:51 am    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — A man was taken into police custody following the seizure of Ruger 9mm pistol and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition in the Mona Commons area of Papine, St Andrew yesterday. Read More


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