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Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump on Sunday squarely blamed his Republican party's ultra-conservative wing for the most stinging defeat of his young presidency, holding it responsible for the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare in a way that may signal bruising battles ahead over t ... Read More

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and MP for St James North Western, Dr Horace Chang (left) shares in a light moment with Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis at a recent Business Process Outsourcing meeting in Montego Bay. BPO sector becoming the number one source of employment in western Jamaica
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — The Business Process Outsourcing Sector (BPO) is fast becoming the n ... Read More

Former Prime Ministers PJ Patterson (left) and Portia Simpson Miller (right) share a moment with PNP party leader, Dr Peter Phillips. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Phillips says giving more power to security forces not an effective crime solution
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Newly appointed President of the People's National Party Peter Phillips h ... Read More

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (centre) takes a run during the first of four-T20I-match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo: AFP) 
Pakistan beat Windies by six wickets
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets in the opening Twent ... Read More

Russia's opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:45 PM    

Riot police officers detain protesters during an unauthorised anti-corruption rally in central Moscow on March 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of nonprofit organisations. The report has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, but so far Medvede ... Read More

Samuda expresses support for Irish potato farmers

Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:23 PM    

Minister of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, arrives at the Shiloah Apostolic Church in Malton, Manchester, last Friday, to address the launch of the Irish Potato Programme.

KINGSTON, Jamaia (JIS) — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda is expressing support for Irish potato farmers, as the Government seeks to achieve self-sufficiency in the crop’s production. He was addressing farmers at the launch of the 2016/17 Irish Potato Programme at the Shiloah Apostolic Church in Malton, Manchester on Friday. The National Irish Potato Programme, is aimed at increasing production of the crop to fulfill 100 per cent of local consum ... Read More

PHOTOS: PNP delegates gather for instalment of Phillips as party leader

Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:05 PM    

Scores of PNP delegates gather at the National Arena to see Dr Peter Phillips ushered in  as the fifth party president. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Delegates of the almost 79-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) have gathered at the National Arena in St Andrew for the instalment Dr Peter Phillips as the new party leader. Phillips is replacing veteran politician Portia Simpson Miller, following her recent decision to step down. He will become the fifth president by acclamation. Phillips follows Norman Manley, the organisation’s first president, his son Michael Manley, PJ Patterson, and Simpson Miller ... Read More

Pakistan put Windies to bat in first T20

Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:36 AM    

Pakistan's Imad Wasim delivers a ball during the first of four-T20I-match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat in the first T20 international of a four-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Thrashed 3-0 by their opponents at the start of what proved a disastrous tour of the United Arab Emirates last September, the West Indies are again relying on their most experienced T20 specialists to exact revenge. Although without the services of opener Chris Gayle and injured all-rounder Dwa ... Read More

Repairs to be carried out at Port Antonio Market

Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:36 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says $10 million is to be allocated, to carry out emergency clean-up and repairs at the Port Antonio Market in Portland. During a tour of the facility on Friday, McKenzie said the market was in a deplorable condition and that efforts were to begin shortly to carry out the repairs. “There are some other areas that need to be dealt with as quickly as possible.  I gave the vendors th ... Read More

Maduro asks for UN help on Venezuela medicine shortage

Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:29 AM    

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — President Nicolas Maduro said Friday he had asked the United Nations to help address severe shortages of medicine in Venezuela, a rare acknowledgement of the crisis-hit country's desperate situation. "I have asked the United Nations to regularize the whole medicine issue. The United Nations has the most advanced plans to recover the pharmaceutical industry's productive capacity," the leftist leader said in a speech broadcast on national television. With Venezue ... Read More

Probe to be launched into alleged civil rights abuses in implementing Trump's immigration orders

Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:20 AM    

Yvette D Clarke

WASHINGTON (CMC) — The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to conduct a probe in response to Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke’s concerns about alleged civil rights abuses in implementing United States President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, has expressed outrage over Trump’s executive orders, saying that they ... Read More

Cops find M16 near playfield in Westmoreland

Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:57 AM    

(file photo)

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — One M16 rifle along with a magazine containing fourteen 5.56 cartridges were seized by the Savanna-la-mar police in Llandilo, Westmoreland on Saturday. Reports are that about 11:20 am, a team of police, on special operations in Llandilo, was conducting a search within the vicinity of the Spaulding playfield where they found the firearm in bushes. No one was arrested in relation to the seizure. Read More

London attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access — reports

Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:52 AM    

An undated photo released by the Metropolitan Police of Khalid Masood.

LONDON (AP) — Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. British press reports suggest Masood used the easily available messaging service just minutes before starting a rampage Wednesday that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded, including some with catastrophic injuries. Home Secretary Amber Rudd used ... Read More

Edi Fitzroy to be buried today

Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:38 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The late reggae singer Edi Fitzroy (Fitzroy Edwards) will be buried today at the Dovecot Cemetery, St Catherine, following a Thanksgiving Service in Portmore, according to relatives. The thanksgiving service will be held at Tent City Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1B Grange Lane, Portmore, St. Catherine, starting at 1:00 pm. According to close friend of the family, producer/DJ Wayne Lonesome a large number of local recording artistes are expected to attend the service. ... Read More



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