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  • $12 billion collected from Universal Service Fund

    September 28, 2014 2:30 PM 20

    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Over $12 billion has been collected since the establishment of the Universal Service Fund (USF) nine years ago. The money is generated from a levy on inbound international calls. This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell during the opening of an Internet café at the Treadways Gospel

  • US Customs officials seize drugs in truck from Dominica Republic

    September 28, 2014 2:16 PM 21

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says field operations officers discovered 18.7 pounds of cocaine and 12.2 pounds of heroin concealed in a truck arriving from the Dominican Republic. Following the seizure of the drugs with an approximate street value of US $573,000, the officers arrested the driver

  • Eight dead, including four children, in Peru quake

    September 28, 2014 2:00 PM 9

    LIMA, Peru (AFP) - At least eight people died, including four children, and half a dozen were injured in a 4.9-magnitude earthquake that shook a rural Andean region in Peru, police said Sunday. The victims were all from the community of Mica, where 90 percent of the town's rustic homes collapsed when the quake struck the southeastern Cusco region Saturday

  • PAHO to launch mobile app to measure cardiovascular risk

    September 28, 2014 1:57 PM 10

    WASHINGTON DC, United States (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will on Monday, September 29 launch a new app for mobile devices and computers that calculates the risk of cardiovascular disease among Caribbean nationals. The launch will take place in recognition of World Heart Day, celebrated yearly on September 29. The app is based

  • Beds scarce, staff scarcer, in Liberia's overrun Ebola wards

    September 28, 2014 1:55 PM 16

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AFP) - They carry photos, bags of food -- and hope. But what the families idling at the gate of this Ebola centre in Monrovia lack is news of the fate of their sick loved ones inside. George Williams brought his wife and daughter to the Island Clinic on Tuesday and since then has had "no news, no contact with my family". But his faith

  • Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army, militants' threat 

    September 28, 2014 1:33 PM 23

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said in an interview airing Sunday that he agrees with intelligence leaders who believe the United States not only underestimated the threat of militants seeking to form the Islamic State group but also overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi army to fight. Obama spoke with the CBS television news magazine'

  • TRINIDAD: Fishy Food Probe

    September 28, 2014 11:43 AM 17

    REPORTS of massive pilferage of cold cuts and dry goods are said to be linked to the hefty food bill at the T&T Regiment. The Sunday Express learned that Minister of National Security Gary Griffith is set to order a full review into the $40 million allocation to the T&T Regiment for the purchase of food for the period October 2014 to September 2015. Griffith

  • Educators Urged to Remain Alert for Signs of Child Abuse

    September 28, 2014 11:24 AM 15

    Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is appealing to educators to continue to familiarise themselves with the signs of abuse in children, particularly sexual abuse, so that suspected cases can be reported to the relevant authorities. “I recognise the awesome responsibility that you have in not only teaching those vital subjects that are part of the curriculum

  • Tourism-Agriculture Link To Create Jobs

    September 28, 2014 11:13 AM 12

    The Government is targeting an employment boom from the strengthening of linkages between agriculture and tourism. Director of Taxation Policy in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ian Scarlett, said that Government is looking to capitalise on the continued growth in the agriculture sector by creating ready and secured markets for agricultural products

  • Shotgun found in passenger bus, pistol in car

    September 28, 2014 11:01 AM 11

    WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – Police here have seized a shotgun during the search of a minibus bus heading to Kingston on Saturday. OBSERVER ONLINE has been informed that the weapon was found in the bus that was travelling along the Ferris main road. Meanwhile, police in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann this morning recovered a 9mm pistol with serial number erased. Three