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Jamaica and Trinidad negotiating joint commission

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul 5, CMC – Jamaica is negotiating a joint commission agreement with Trinidad and Tobago as Kingston seeks to strengthen its bilateral relations with Caribbean Community (CARICOM),…Read More


Regional leaders open summit overshadowed by Brexit vote

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul 4, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders began their 37th summit here on Monday night in the shadows of the vote taken by Britons to exit the 43-year-old European Union…Read More


Five cops arrested for shooting high school student

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul. 5, CMC – Five policemen have been arrested following the shooting of a high school student in the Corporate Area last week.Read More


Spectacular Gayle hundred deflates champions TKR

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 4, CMC – Superstar Chris Gayle’s 18th career Twenty20 hundred condemned title-holders Trinbago Knight Riders to their third defeat in four outings, as Jamaica…Read More


US appeals High Court ruling in favour of Warner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 5, CMC – The United States government has filed an appeal against a High Court ruling that Washington be excluded from being part of the judicial review claim brought…Read More


Hoteliers opposed to state of emergency in St James

ROSE HALL, St. James July 5, 2016 — President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson is not in favour with calls from some persons for the implementation of a state of…Read More


Guyanese nationals warned not to stay overtime in USA

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul. 4, CMC – Guyanese nationals visiting the United States have been warned against overstaying their time in the country.Read More


Dominica Gov’t facing lawsuit for deporting J’can entertainer

ROSEAU, Dominica , Jul. 4, CMC – The government is facing legal action for the deportation of controversial Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage in 2014.Read More


Stress leads to rapid spread of cancer, scientists say

A team of Melbourne researchers have discovered that stress leads to cancer spreading more rapidly throughout the body.Read More


Moody’s rating agency places Bahamas on review for downgrade

NEW YORK, Jul. 3, CMC – A major international credit rating agency here has placed the Baa2 bond and issuer ratings of the government of the Bahamas on review for downgrade.Read More


IMF advises Caribbean on dealing with corresponding banks

WASHINGTON, Jul 1, CMC – Caribbean countries that have been complaining about the impact the decision of the international banks to end their banking relationships with local banks, have been told…Read More


CDB launches historic bond offering in Swiss CHF market

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 4, CMC – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has launched its inaugural bond offering in the Swiss Franc (CHF) market. The bond, launched last month, was facilitated…Read More


INDECOM probing Olympic Way shooting

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A policeman looks at the body of 23-year-old Odane Bennett inside the passenger bus in which he was shot dead on Olympic Way, St Andrew, yesterday.Photo: Dwight LeeTHE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has begun a probe into the fatal shooting of a man inside a passenger bus in the vicinity of the Olympic Gardens Police Station, St Andrew, yesterday morning. The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Odane Bennett of Hill Avenue, Kingston 11. The police alleged that Bennett grabbed a M16 rifle from a policeman who was seated in a service vehicle at approximately 6:00 am. He allegedly ran and boarded a passenger bus that was pickin … Read More

Bolt partners with PAHO in vaccination campaign

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The PSA and posters are part of PAHO’s 14th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas campaign, which highlights the life-saving benefits of vaccinesTRACK star Usain Bolt has joined forces with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in protecting health and preventing disease. The six-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion appears on posters and in a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging people to get vaccinated. The PSA, posted on Vimeo, and posters are part of PAHO’s 14th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas campaign, which highlights … Read More

Opposition says budget allocations inadequate

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Peter Phillips (right) speaks to members of the media at a press briefing held Tuesday at the PNP's Old Hope Road Headqauters in Kingston, while Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller (centre) and Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton look on. Photo: Karl McLartyOPPOSITION spokesman on finance, Peter Phillips, says there are urgent financial concerns that the Government needs to properly address, especially as it relates to the country’s budget. Phillips, speaking at a press briefing following the meeting of the People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition Council of Spokespersons on Tuesday, said the Opposition has concerns about the budget, expenditure and revenue targets. According to Phillips, the PNP was not yet clear the status of the bu … Read More

Gov’t to review laws affecting Rastas

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange (fourth right), Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry (third left) and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Elaine Foster Allen (left) with members of the Rastafari Millennium Council following a meeting at Jamaica House on Tuesday.Photo: OPMPRIME Minister Andrew Holness has undertaken to have the Cabinet review the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and its implications for the Jamaican Rastafari community. Holness gave the undertaking at a Jamaica House meeting with a delegation from the Rastafari Millennium Council (RMC), who visited him Tuesday on the eve of today’s 50th anniversary of the historic visit to Jamaica of the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie in 1966. The 10-member team of Ra … Read More

HEART pledges commitment to sustainable development

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dr Wayne Wesley, the man at the helm of the HEART/Trust NTA.EXECUTIVE Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr Wayne Wesley, says the agency is committed to integrating sustainable development principles in its training programmes and policies. “We are committed to equipping learners and workers with the technique, knowledge, skill and attitude to ensure sustainable development through conservation, recycling initiatives and renewable energy,” Dr Wesley said. He was speaking at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Greening in Technical Vocational Educati … Read More

Portia: JLP Government cannot be trusted

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Opposition Leader and People’s National Party leader, Portia Simpson Miller (left) listens intently as Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Peter Phillips makes his presentation.karl mclartyOPPOSITION Leader and President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller says the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government cannot be trusted as it has made promises it has no intention of keeping. Simpson Miller was speaking at a press briefing following a meeting of the Opposition Council of Spokespersons Tuesday at the PNP’s Old Hope Road Headquarters in Kingston. “Our council met today to discuss the business of the nation to review the state of affair … Read More