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  • Australia recognises west Jerusalem as Israel's capital

    December 16, 2018 5:18 AM

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has decided to formally recognise west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognise east Jerusalem as Palestine's capital only after a settlement

  • Former PM hails his dear friend who died last week

    December 16, 2018 5:00 AM

    Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has joined a host of Jamaicans paying tribute to former minister of tourism, senator and special envoy, Ambassador Frank Pringle, who died at his Spring Farm, Rose Hall, St James, home last Monday night. "Ambassador Pringle served Jamaica with distinction, honour, unwavering commitment and with a great sense of love for his country

  • BGLC spending millions to prevent, or reduce, gambling addition

    December 16, 2018 4:32 AM

    Concerns over a possible increase in the number of Jamaicans becoming addicted to gambling have spurred the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) into action. The BGLC is spending some $14 million annually in a responsible gaming programme spearheaded by the RISE/Life Management Services in an effort to reduce the cases of gambling addiction

  • NIS changes period for stamp card contributions

    December 15, 2018 9:27 PM 1

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Effective January 2019, the period for the payment of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions using stamp cards, will be changed to the calendar year, January to December from the existing financial year, April to March. Director of National Insurance at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Portia Magnus, said that the change

  • Ethiopia jails soldiers who protested for better pay

    December 15, 2018 8:52 PM 1

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) — An Ethiopian court has jailed 66 soldiers over a rare protest in the capital in October demanding better pay, state media reported today. The Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported that the soldiers would be jailed from five to 14 years each. In October, hundreds of elite soldiers staged a protest in Addis Ababa

  • PNP seeks assurance from security forces to remain in SOE areas

    December 15, 2018 5:43 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson says that he has received an assurance from Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson that the joint command will maintain its presence in St James and other areas where a state of public emergency has been declared to curtail crime

  • Panama musician arrested for ganja at Sangster Airport

    December 15, 2018 5:00 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — A musician from Panama was arrested and charged with several breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act after he was nabbed with several pounds of ganja at the Sangster International Airport in St James yesterday. The musician, 53-year-old Maurice Larman from Panama City, was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and attempting

  • Farmer found dead in Portland

    December 15, 2018 4:50 PM

    Residents of Boundbrook in Portland are now in shock following the death of 59-year-old Delroy Smart. Reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit are that Smart was found at about 10 a.m. on Thursday lying face down on a bed underneath a shed in the community. Blood was seen coming out of his mouth. “He was like a godfather to us. He doesn’t

  • Police recover murdered woman’s gun

    December 15, 2018 2:36 PM

    A Ruger 9mm pistol that police say belonged to Karen Cleary-Brown, who was murdered late November in Boscobel, St Mary, has been recovered by the police in the parish. Delivering the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) report at the monthly meeting of the St Mary Municipal Corporation in Port Maria on Thursday, acting commander for St Mary, Deputy Superintendent

  • Saturday Social: On the Wings of Love

    December 15, 2018 1:24 PM

    Saturday Social continues with highlights from the union of Kimberley Sherlock and André Marriott-Blake which took place Saturday last at Devon House. The wedding was a true family affair — guests travelled from the United States, Canada and across the island to witness the lovebirds jump the broom. The weather was cooperative with the slightly overcast