Meade’s journey to head JDF started at Wolmer’s

Major General Rocky Meade (left) is congratulated by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on being appointed chief of defence staff yesterday at King’s House. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

A journey that began at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in the 1970s wound its way through King’s House yesterday with the swearing-in of Brigadier Rocky Meade as the new Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). Meade, who now holds the rank major general, relayed snippets ... Read More

Telecoms row
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that the Jamaican Government intends to hold dialogue wi ... Read More

Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers (right) speaking at a press briefing at the office of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch in downtown Kingston, yesterday. Beside him are Senior Superintendent Collin Pinnock (centre) and Deputy Superintendent  Samuel Blake, who heads the Anti-Gang Unit. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Police seize 590 guns in 11 months
FIVE more illegal firearms were seized by the police on Wednesday, bringing the number seized so far ... Read More

JOHNSON... I don’t believe in sitting down and doing nothingPhoto: Garfield Robinson ‘I need your support’
It has been a long and difficult journey for 28-year-old Camille Johnson, but she is determined to r ... Read More

He truly fell for a mango

Friday, December 02, 2016    

(Photo: Llewellyn Wynter)

This man was injured yesterday after falling from a mango tree in a garage on Churchill Avenue off Hagley Park Road in Kingston. Police report that the man, whose name was not released, said he scaled the garage wall to get to the tree, but after climbing the tree to pick mangoes the branch on which he was standing broke, sending him plunging onto stones in the yard. Police said people in the yard and neighbours went to investigate after hearing dogs barking and found the man, who was unable t ... Read More

St Elizabeth councillors pick Simpson over Palmer for mayor

Friday, December 02, 2016    

Councillor Jeremy Palmer  (File Photo).

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — In a surprising development, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Donald Simpson, who was elected in Monday’s local government election as councillor for the Malvern Division, has been selected by the nine-member Jamaica Labour Party caucus of councillors in St Elizabeth as new chairman of the council and mayor of Black River. Most observers had expected lawyer Jeremy Palmer (JLP- Pedro Plains Division), who served as council chairman and mayor of Black ... Read More

Jamaica’s flag to fly at half-mast today in tribute to Fidel Castro

Friday, December 02, 2016    

THE Jamaican flag will fly at half-mast today on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuba Fidel Castro Ruz, who died last Friday. Jamaica House said the country is joining the rest of the Caribbean Community in the symbolic gesture of condolence to mark Castro’s passing and mourn with the people of Cuba. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who led a Jamaican delegation on Tuesday to attend the official private mass for th ... Read More

Jamaica begins ‘Test and Start’ HIV initiative in January

Friday, December 02, 2016    


THE Ministry of Health’s National HIV Programme will next month adopt the 2015 WHO guidelines, which recommend that anyone who is diagnosed HIV positive be offered treatment under the ‘Test and Start’ programme. This new recommendation is based on current scientific evidence from clinical trials and observational studies demonstrating that initiating antiretroviral therapy earlier results in better clinical outcomes for persons living with HIV (PLHIV) versus delayed treatment ... Read More

Castro’s ashes resume trip after stop at ‘Che’ monument

Friday, December 02, 2016    

SANCTI SPIRITUS, Cuba — People line the road to see the convoy carrying the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro as it drives through Sancti Spiritus yesterday during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. (Photo: AFP)

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AFP) – A convoy carrying the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro resumed an islandwide tour yesterday after spending a symbolic night at the mausoleum of his comrade-in-arms Ernesto “Che” Guevara. A jeep pulling a cedar urn holding the ashes entered the monument to Guevara in the city of Santa Clara after midnight, hours after it left Havana on a four-day trip across Cuba. Crowds lined up for a second day on the roads to bid farewell to Castro, who died ... Read More

Local World AIDS Day march pulls record participants

Friday, December 02, 2016 9:35 PM    

A section of the crowd that gathered at St William Grant Park in downtown, Kingston to participate in the WAD2016 health fair and free concert yesterday.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caribbean Regional Director of the Aids Health Foundation, Dr Kevin Harvey is reporting that the march held yesterday from Cross Roads to downtown Kingston in observance of World AIDS Day 2016 (WAD2016) was the largest ever health related march in Jamaica. “The march attracted more than 3,000 people and about 500 peiple benefited from free HIV testing during the health fair,” Harvey said. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) supported the march, the he ... Read More

Cops receive training in domestic violence intervention

Friday, December 02, 2016 7:21 PM    

Security Minister Robert Montague (centre), Commissioner of Police, Dr
Carl Williams (2nd right), Permanent Secretary, Dianne McIntosh (2nd
left), Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Gary Welsh (left) at the Domestic
Violence Training Session.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – More than 150 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) yesterday received training in domestic violence intervention and conflict resolution. The training was jointly hosted by the Ministry of National Security and the JCF at the Jamaica Conference Centre.  “The purpose of this training is to have at least one person in each of the 174 police stations across Jamaica so that there is a point person to interrupt domestic violence incidents that may occ ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Castro dies... J’can on FBI most wanted list... KC win Walker Cup

Friday, December 02, 2016 7:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican flag was on Friday flown at half-mast on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro Ruz, who died on November 25th. The ashes of the 90-year-old revolutionary icon was taken on a four-day procession from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, retracing the route Castro took to celebrate his victory in the 1959 revolution. Cuba is observing a period of national mourning, which will end ... Read More

Grange congratulates Bolt on IAAF athlete-of-the-year title

Friday, December 02, 2016 6:34 PM    

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has congratulated Usain Bolt on being named the IAAF World male athlete of the year for the sixth time.  Bolt was presented with the award inMonte Carlo on Friday.  The sport minister said Bolt was “most deserving of this award” following his exploits at the recent Olympic Games in Brazil.  “Usain continues to set records on and off the track. He has now won the IAAF ... Read More

Forex: J$128.95 to one US dollar

Friday, December 02, 2016 5:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar trading at J$128. 95 on Friday, December 2, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$97.24, up from J$94.67, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$162.12, up from J$161.30. Read More



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