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Weekly-Round-up: Police sickout… PNP Councillor murdered… Gayle belts 20th T20 hundred 7:00 pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police Federation on Tuesday said the Government seems to be taking a very cynical and simplistic approach to wage negotiations, after again rejecting its wage offer as talks continue between public sector workers and the Finance Ministry. Read More

Hope poised for T20 debut after replacing Samuels 9:27 pm
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Stroke-maker Shai Hope has been named to replace injured all-rounder Marlon Samuels in the West Indies Twenty20 squad to face New Zealand, despite having not played a T20 match in two years.... Read More

NKorea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN 9:04 pm
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — North Korea must "earn its way back" to the negotiating table, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, backing away from an earlier offer of unconditional talks to end the stand-off with Pyongyang.... Read More

'Youthquake' named Oxford Dictonaries' word of 2017 8:10 pm
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) —"Youthquake" was crowned Friday as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year 2017, following a five-fold increase in usage.... Read More

EU opens next Brexit phase but warns 'difficult' talks ahead

Friday, December, 15 2017 7:48 pm    

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — European Union leaders agreed Friday to open crucial talks on a future relationship with Britain once it leaves the bloc, but warned it would be "dramatically difficult" to reach a deal before Brexit in 2019. Read More

Farmers urged to capitalise on ALEX platform

Friday, December, 15 2017 7:33 pm    

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has urged Jamaican farmers to capitalise on the Agri-linkages Exchange (ALEX) platform, which he says will be a huge catalyst in equipping them to reap the benefits of tourism's success. Read More

US judge blocks Trump anti-contraception measure

Friday, December, 15 2017 6:35 pm    

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES (AFP) — A federal judge from Pennsylvania Friday blocked a decision by the Trump administration to put an end to an obligation under Obamacare that employers include free contraception in their healthcare coverage. Read More

CARICOM denounces EU blacklisting Caribbean countries

Friday, December, 15 2017 6:21 pm    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has “strongly” objected to a move by the European Union to include a number of Caribbean countries on a list of global countries considered to be tax havens. Read More

Forex: J$125.49 to one US dollar

Friday, December, 15 2017 6:02 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, December 15, ended trading at J$125.49 down by 22 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary. Read More

4 Palestinians killed in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem move

Friday, December, 15 2017 5:29 pm    

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) — Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Read More

T&T Court of Appeal orders retrial for Machel Montano

Friday, December, 15 2017 5:23 pm    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC)— Prominent entertainers Machel Montano and Kernel Roberts were granted TT$50,000 (US$8,000) (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail each after the Court of Appeal Friday ordered a retrial in their case dating back to 2007. Read More

FIFA threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup

Friday, December, 15 2017 5:07 pm    

MADRID, SPAIN (AFP) — The governing body of world football (FIFA) confirmed on Friday that it has written to the Spanish federation (RFEF) warning they could be suspended from the 2018 World Cup because of political interference. Read More

Justice ministry looking to table Child Diversion Bill January

Friday, December, 15 2017 4:37 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the ministry is looking to table the Child Diversion Bill in Parliament in January 2018.He said the Bill will go to Cabinet in short order for approval. Read More

Submachine gun seized in Central Village

Friday, December, 15 2017 4:10 pm    

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The Central Village police is reporting the seizure of an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition during an operation in China Town, Central Village in the parish this morning. Read More

Peru president rejects demands he resign over corruption allegations

Friday, December, 15 2017 3:17 pm    

LIMA, Peru (AFP) — Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, late Thursday, rejected demands he resign, brushing aside an opposition ultimatum to step down or face impeachment over allegations he received bribes from Brazilian contractor Odebrecht. Read More


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