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Tears and laughter for Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher

Chairs on display at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Friends, family and hundreds of wellwishers gathered in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday to celebrate the lives of beloved celebrity mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Comedy actor Dan Aykroyd and singer James Blunt were among the stars wh ... 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

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) 27 public sector management analysts to benefit from training course
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Twenty-seven public-sector management analysts will be trained and c ... Read More

Japan provides $10-m for hospitality training facility in Hanover

Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:14 AM    

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green (2nd left), looks on as Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano (2nd right) and Principal of the Hanover Educational Institute, Angela R Haye, sign an agreement for the provision of grant funding for the building of a hospitality training facility on the grounds of the institute. The signing ceremony was held at the ambassador’s residence on Paddington Terrace on March 23. Looking on (at left) is Consultant, Ministry of Tourism, Dr Lloyd Waller. (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Hanover Educational Institute has received a $10-million (US$82,986) grant from the Government of Japan, through the Grassroots and Human Security Project, towards the construction of a hospitality training facility. Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, and Principal of the Hanover Educational Institute, Angela R Haye, signed the grant agreement during a ceremony held at the ambassador’s residence on Paddington Terrace, on March 23. Th ... Read More

Clarendon cop murdered while attempting to thwart robbery

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:45 AM    

FRANKFIELD, Clarendon — A policeman was shot dead in Frankfield, Clarendon last night after he attempted to intervene in a robbery while on his way home yesterday. Reports from the police are that 37-year-old Corporal Kevin McLean was on his way home at about 7:40 pm when he witnessed men robbing two Chinese nationals. McLean attempted to intervene and the gunmen opened fire, hitting him. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. McLean was assigned to the Chapelton po ... Read More

Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:35 AM    

A Kuwaiti social media activist puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States on March 23, 2017.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Around 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the world's busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports said.  An estimated 260,000 travellers were expected to pass through each day from Friday through Monday. Du ... Read More

China lifts ban on Brazilian meat imports: Brazil minister

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 AM    

"China announced today it has fully reopened its market to Brazilian meat," Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said in a statement. Maggi did not say when the resumption of Brazilian meat imports, suspended Monday by China, would take effect. The minister said China will keep in place only its import restrictions on meat from 21 Brazilian processing plants under investigation over the tainted meat scandal. China is the second-largest importer of Brazilian beef, after Hong Kong, with more than ... Read More

JN Bank lowers interest rate on foreign currency accounts

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:18 AM    

Jamaica National Building Society's offices in Half-Way-Tree (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica National (JN) Bank says it will be offering reduced interest rates on foreign currency accounts, following a recent Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) policy decision. JN says the decision was a necessary response to the increase of foreign currency held with the central bank, and the discontinuation of interest paid on foreign currency cash reserves by the central bank to deposit-taking institutions. In an advisory sent to members, JN said that all local deposit-taking in ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Corned beef banned... Athletes charged with WADA violations... 5 correctional officers arrested

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:00 AM    

The ministry said that the move followed reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry”. The companies are also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licences. The Brazilian Embassy in Kingston later asked the Jamaican Government to lift what it described as the “unilateral ban”, pointing out that none of the 21 meat-processing companies under investig ... Read More

Senate approves budget after 10-hour debate

Friday, March 24, 2017 10:07 PM    

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government
Business in the Upper House, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (standing),
addressing a sitting of the Senate at Gordon House. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Senate approved the Appropriations Bill, which authorises the government to spend its annual budget, about 9:35pm Friday. After a lengthy debate lasting more than 10 hours, the estimates of expenditure was put to a vote. Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Mark Golding, called for a divide, which requires each member to cast an individual vote. The result of that vote was as follows: 15 senators voted: 10 in favour of the Bill and five Opposition senators absta ... Read More

New arrests as British police release photo of parliament attacker

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:54 PM    

A recent handout picture taken for an identity document and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on March 24, 2017 shows Khalid Masood (AKA Adrian Elms, Adrian Russell Ajao), the 52-year-old Briton behind the March Islamist-inspired terror attack on the UK Parliament.

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British police said Friday they had made further "significant" arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead. Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old Briton with a history of violent offences but no terrorist convictions, was shot by police on Wednesday after a rampage through Westminster. Two other suspects are in custody following searches at 21 locations, mostly a ... Read More

Gov’t to improve wastewater resources — Chang

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:33 PM    

Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis, delivers a speech on behalf of Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, at a World Water Day event at the Iberostar Hotel, St James, on March 23.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government will be expanding and improving wastewater resources in the new financial year. The objective, Chang said, is to safeguard water sources, guard public health, preserve the country’s fragile ecosystems and protect economic investments.    Chang’s remarks came in a speech read by Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis, at a World ... Read More



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