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South America opens up - Non-stop flights to Jamaica start next year

Seven months after tourism minister Edmund Bartlett led a delegation of tourism officials into a meeting with senior executives of LATAM Airlines Group at their headquarters in, Santiago, Chile, the airline has announced that it will operate th...

Man accused of raping tourists returns to court in January

Demar Scott, the man who was arrested and charged with allegedly raping two female American visitors at gunpoint at the RIU Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay, had his case transferred from the St James Parish Court to the Western Regional Gun Court on W...

Ministry to provide funeral assistance for student victims of Rose Hall accident

The ministry of Education is to partner with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to provide funeral assistance for the three students who died tragically along the Rose Hall main road on Tuesday. Education minister Ruel Reid made the offer d...

PM: Jamaica's excessive borrowing must stop

Jamaica needs to desist from its practice of excessive borrowing if the country is to grow economically, stressed Prime Minister Andrew Holness. He made this declaration yesterday during a National Competitiveness Council Meeting, held at the Offi...

'Chucky' guilty - Police constable goes away for three counts of murder

The stoic Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown's facial expression remained unchanged yesterday when he was found guilty on all three counts of murder by a six-member jury in a packed courtroom at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. Brown was ...

Food For The Poor partners with donor to construct eighth basic school

Food For The Poor Jamaica celebrated the official opening of the new Infant Department at Waltham Abbey Primary School in St Ann recently. The building, in shades of pale blue and yellow, will accommodate more than 40 preschool children. The sc...

Five health centres to be transformed into smart facilities

Work to transform five health centres across the island into greener, safer and climate-smart institutions under the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Smart Health Care Facilities Project, is slated to get under way in mid-2019. The facil...

Mayor: Transport centre needed in downtown Kingston

Kingston mayor Delroy Williams believes that there is an urgent need for the establishment of a multifunctional transport centre in downtown Kingston. Speaking at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation's monthly meeting yesterday, Willia...

The disabled deserve equal access to MPs too, says a member of the community

Alister McLean, a member of the disabled community in Jamaica, believes that members of parliament (MPs) must express the same zeal for allowing persons with disabilities easy access to constituency offices, as they do when it is election time. Sp...

$1-billion Christmas gift - MPs get funds to enhance constituencies

Nearly $1 billion has been allocated to all members of parliament (MPs) for enhancement work in their constituencies, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to assure taxpayers that this will not be the usual 'bollo work' traditionally doled...

I saw it in a dream - Distraught principal feels guilty for not warning parents about accident that claimed three lives

With three more lives lost, two of them children, on the Rose Hall Highway in St James, stakeholders are calling for a rezoning of the accident-prone main road. Principal of the John Rollins Success Primary School, Yvonne Miller Wisdom, and munici...

Caribbean makes significant strides in HIV reduction

Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi believes that while the Caribbean has made significant strides in reducing the number of new HIV infections, more has to be done to improve access to treatment, as well as ensure that special attention is paid to vulne...

Wallace wants tougher punishments for health law breaches

Lennox Wallace, chief public health inspector for St James, says stricter punishments are needed for persons who breach the parish's health laws, including illegal waste disposal and unsafe food handling. Wallace said that while the St James Health...

Chuck: Difficult finding middle ground on abortion, buggery laws

Justice minister Delroy Chuck has pointed to serious difficulties in finding a middle ground on the controversial issues of abortion and the buggery law. There are ongoing debates in various circles on the two issues, with arguments being presented...

Sinclair fires back at Bunting

Government Senator Charles Sinclair is accusing former National Security Minister Peter Bunting of frequently resorting to "name calling" when dealing with issues affecting the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA). Sinclair was responding to a Gle...

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