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  • 'Backwater' state's turnaround provides hope of economic recovery for Jamaica

    July 19, 2018 4:56 AM

    For more than three decades, Jamaica's political and business leaders have been trying, with mixed results, to get the country's economic affairs on a strong footing. After years of devaluation of the local currency as well as internal and external financial shocks, finding the road to prosperity is an elusive endeavour. But Singapore and South Korea

  • Canada to host first women foreign ministers meeting

    July 19, 2018 1:27 AM

    OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canada is set to host the first meeting of women foreign ministers in September, officials said today. The meeting will take place in Montreal on September 21 and 22 while the UN General Assembly is underway in New York, Canada's foreign ministry spokesman Adam Austen said. The event will be hosted by Canada's Foreign Minister

  • Cuba disputes Mexican airline finding on deadly May crash

    July 18, 2018 7:29 PM

    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — A finding by a Mexican airline that pilot error was to blame for a deadly passenger jet crash in May was dismissed as premature Tuesday by the Cuban authorities charged with determining the cause of the accident. An investigative commission said in a statement read on state TV that it has not completed its analysis of "many factors"

  • Manchester man pleads guilty to making false declaration re ammo, bullet-making machine

    July 18, 2018 1:22 PM

    A Manchester man, who was charged four years ago following the seizure of a large cache of ammunition and a bullet-making machine at Kingston Wharves, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to false declaration. He will be sentenced on July 30. Oneil Shrouder appeared before the Kingston & St. Andrew Parish Court where prosecutors withdrew the charges of importation

  • UPDATE: Former Trelawny hotel general manager charged

    July 18, 2018 2:44 AM 1

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Greek hotel manager Dimitri Cosvogiannis, who was yesterday arrested for alleged fraudulent activities, has been charged. Cosvogiannis is a former general manager of an all-inclusive hotel in Trelawny. Cosvogiannis has been charged with obtaining credit by false pretence, and breaches of the Revenue Administration Act. He is accused

  • 85% of disabled individuals unemployed – labour ministry

    July 17, 2018 10:58 PM 1

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Labour and Social Security says that 85 per cent of people with disabilities in Jamaica are unemployed. The ministry, in an advisory today, said it will be hosting an employers' consultation to combat what it described as an “unacceptable high rate” of unemployment among the group. The consultation will be held on Thursday

  • Canadian cannabis company Aphria expands to Jamaica

    July 17, 2018 4:37 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Canada-based medical cannabis company, Aphria Inc is preparing to expand its business to Jamaica and several countries in Latin American and Caribbean, through a strategic deal with Scythian Biosciences Corp, a pre-clinical research and development company. According to Scythian, Aphira's expansion to the island is to be done through

  • Kartel appeal: Samuels says retrial not in the interest of justice

    July 17, 2018 4:37 PM 1

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Defence attorney Bert Samuels this morning said that no consideration should be given to a re-trial in the case of Vybz Kartel and his co-appellants as it is not in the interest of justice and would only serve to give the prosecution a chance to correct multiple deficiencies in the case. Samuels, who is representing Shawn "Shawn Storm"

  • Security guard reported missing after abandoned car found

    July 17, 2018 3:39 PM

    ST ANDREW, Jamaica — A security guard, whose motor vehicle was found last night, has been reported missing. The police report that Tyrone Brown, 29, was last seen at his Seaview Gardens home about 12:30 pm yesterday wearing a white shirt, black pants with red stripes and a pair of black shoes. Brown is said to be of dark complexion, medium build and is about

  • Weather forecast: Manly sunny, hazy conditions this morning

    July 17, 2018 12:34 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that this morning should expect mainly sunny and hazy conditions islandwide. This afternoon should expect widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across section of central and western parishes, while windy conditions are expected across southern coastal areas