Shaw explains additional budget spending

Finance Minister Audley Shaw (right), shares in a light moment with Chief Executive
Officer of Mayberry
Investments Limited, Gary Peart, at the Mayberry Investor Forum at The Knutford Court Hotel, in New Kingston.

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says that $8.5 billion of the $12.8-billion increase in the Government’s expenditure for 2016/17, approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, will go to debt servicing. The minister explained that public debt service for 2016/201 ... Read More

CAMPBELL… the information minister who resigned in the Trafigura affair Three more months’ wait for Trafigura ruling
The Appeal Court is to rule on April 28 whether Portia Simpson Miller and the other four members of ... Read More

MONTAGUE... to lobby for improved working conditions for private security guards 
Montague wants improved conditions for security guards
MINISTER of National Security Robert Montague says he will be lobbying for improved working conditio ... Read More

In this photograph taken from his Facebook page, Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke appears to be in high spirits. (Facebook) JCHS recommends systems for protecting children
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) has waded in on the controversy surrounding Morav ... Read More

Pope Francis calls on Trump to help poor and outcast

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the bible. (Photo: AFP)

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (AFP) — Pope Francis congratulated US President Donald Trump on his inauguration yesterday, urging the new president to keep fighting for the poor at a time of “grave humanitarian crises”. Francis offered his “cordial good wishes” and hoped Trump would be granted “wisdom and strength in the exercise” of his office. But the pontiff struck a cautionary chord in his message to Trump, imploring the former reality TV star to continue ... Read More

Jamaican busted at JFK airport with cocaine in patties

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Jamaican beef patties. (File Photo)

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — The United States law enforcement officials have arrested a Jamaican with cocaine in beef patties at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says officers intercepted Chantal Alecia Bedward on arrival on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday. During her examination, CBP officers discovered what appeared to be a box of Jamaican beef patties. CBP said officers escorted Bedward to a private ... Read More

US$50-million investment

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications | Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) is joined by (from left) minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz; Alejandro Acevedo, regional vice-president, development, Mexico and the Caribbean, AC Hotel by Marroitt; Adam Stewart, ATL Group deputy chairman and CEO; and Dirk Biehler, sales channel development and customer relations director, BMW Group, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean in breaking ground for the new US$50 million hotel and BMW/MINI multi-purpose facility on Lady Musgrage Road in Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Ground was yesterday broken for a US$50-million complex in Kingston that will house a full-scale BMW/MINI international showroom and service centre, as well as a 220-room Marriott AC brand hotel. The project, which will provide 600 jobs in the construction phase and approximately 300 permanent positions, is being undertaken through a partnership between Sandals Resorts International; ATL Automotive, the official importer of BMW and MINI in the Caribbean; and Marriott International, the largest ... Read More

Still no confirmation on Zika-related microcephaly

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

DE LA HAYE... the validating
test result should be coming from Trinidad.

THE country is still awaiting confirmation as to whether or not the case of microcephaly identified in a baby born at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, last month, is linked to the Zika virus (ZikV). Chief medical officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, has reiterated that all other possibilities have so far been ruled out, and that the ministry is now waiting on the ZikV test results. “That validating test result should be coming from CARPHA (Caribbean P ... Read More

Jamaican arrested in 1990 killing of US woman

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

MIAMI, United States (AP) — A suspect in the slaying of a Miami Beach woman more than two decades ago has been arrested. Media outlets report 53-year-old Dale Ewers faces charges of murder, sexual battery, armed robbery, and kidnapping in Mercedes Perez’s death. He was arrested in Jamaica in October and extradited Wednesday to Florida. Police say Ewers shot 34-year-old Perez to death inside her South Beach apartment in 1990 and raped her friend. The case went unsolved for years un ... Read More

Prayer breakfast working, says committee chairman

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and leader of the opposition, Portia Simpson Miller observe a moment of prayer during the 37th staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning. Photo: Collin Reid

Scepticism about the value of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast has not daunted the man who heads the organising committee. The Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels says that while it was unfortunate that some people do not see the importance or purpose behind the event, and despite the fact that Jamaica is still plagued by crime and violence, there have been some notable achievements over the years. “Since 1980 until now political tribalism is history in Jamaica,” he told the Jamaica ... Read More

Two hotels to be built in Trelawny

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (right) signs an agreement with CEO of the Excellence Group, Antonio Montaner–Ferrer for the group to build two hotels in Oyster Bay, Trelawny.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has signed an agreement with representatives of the Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts to build two hotels in Oyster Bay, Trelawny. The Ministry of Tourism said in a news release Thursday that the hotels are expected to add more than 700 rooms to the island’s room stock. The Excellence Group plans to begin construction on their first property, which will be built at a cost of US$110 million, in February. It will have some 325 rooms and is exp ... Read More

Three new marine bases coming to protect borders

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant (right) and Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese engage in discussion shortly before the start of a press briefing held at the security ministry’s offices in St Andrew on Wednesday. Photo: Michael Gordon

GOVERNMENT’S effort to protect Jamaica’s borders will be bolstered with the establishment of three new marine bases along sections of the country’s coastline. To be located at Rocky Point in Clarendon; James Bond Beach in St Mary; and Alligator Pond in St Elizabeth, the bases will be jointly established and operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), according to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last month. Minister of Nat ... Read More

Brazil's tragic Chapecoense play first match since plane crash

Saturday, January 21, 2017 2:05 PM    

Brazilian Chapecoense footballers Alan Ruschel (R) and Jackson Follmann (C), survivors of the LaMia airplane crash in Colombia, receive the Copa Sudamericana trophy at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Santa Catarina state, in southern Brazil on January 21, 2017, before a friendly match against Palmeiras - Brazilian Champion 2016. (Photo: AFP)

CHAPECO, Brazil (AFP) — Chapecoense, the Brazilian football club cruelly decimated by a plane crash, stride back on the field Saturday in a new line-up for their first match since the tragedy. Intense public and media attention was greeting the friendly match against Palmeiras, to be played in the 20,000-place Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco decked out in the home side's green color. Supporters have snapped up all the club jerseys online, and 241 journalists from around the world are accr ... Read More

SDC secures $5.1m for community groups 

Saturday, January 21, 2017 1:40 PM    

Dr Dwayne Vernon

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Social Development Commission (SDC) has secured $5.1 million under the Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant Fund for approximately 170 community development committees (CDCs) across Jamaica. Executive Director of the SDC Dr Dwayne Vernon made the disclosure as he addressed a recent JIS Think Tank. The grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all CDCs to be used for administrative support, once they meet the established criteria.  Vernon said ... Read More



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