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PM mourns the passing of Roger Clarke

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has expressed deep regret and sadness at the passing of the late Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke.

Roger Clarke dead at age 74

Jamaica's Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, who died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday morning at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, was anxious to return to his native Jamaica following a surgical procedure in a Florida hospital.

New office complex for Westmoreland PC

The Westmoreland Parish Council is to  get a new building to house its offices. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, has announced that $35 million has been secured to begin construction soon.

Cllr Suzette Brown to seek 2nd term in Mo Bay South

Public Relations Consultant, Councillor Suzette Brown of the Montego Bay South Division of the St James Parish Council, will seek a second term as Councillor of that division. This followed her uncontested re-election as chair of the division which falls within the Central St James constituency led by Member of Parliament, publisher Lloyd B. Smith.

Jamaican Diaspora remits US $16-b over ten years

Washington DC August - Jamaicans living overseas have remitted US $16 billion to the island over the last 10 years. This is the word from Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, as he addressed the launch of the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Jamaica’s economy moving in the right direction

Jamaica surpassed all the critical targets under the Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at the end of the first quarter of the current fiscal year. This is an indication that the economy is moving in the right direction. This is the word from Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles.

Who is responsible for Deane's death…

Montego Bay Jamaica Sunday August 17, 2014 - The untimely and unfortunate death of 31 year old construction worker Mario Deane as a result of a beating he received while in the custody of the State, has evoked public sentiments about the treatment of persons in jail as well as individuals being locked up for minor offences such as the possession of a ganja spliff.

Kamla under fire to end debate on constitution bill

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago August 17, 2014 - Following upon the recent passage of legislation by the Trinidad and Tobago parliament allowing for a two-term limit for a prime minister and a run-off in a general election in the event that a successful candidate fails to secure 50 per cent of the votes cast, a sweeping  backlash against the bill continues to grow.

Haiti - Arrest warrant issued for Jean Bertrand Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Thursday August 21, 2014, CMC – A judge who has issued an arrest warrant for former president Jean Bertrand Aristide says he expects the police to bring the former head of state before him by force if necessary.

Bunting heads Cabinet sub-committee to look at jails

Montego Bay, Jamaica August 18, 2014 - Jamaica's National Security Minister Peter Bunting will head a Cabinet  Sub Committee to develop "a strategic response to the issue of treatment of persons in lock-ups and correctional facilities."

PNP Region 6 dissatisfied with reasons given for Mario Deane's death

Montego Bay, Jamaica - The Peoples' National Party's Region 6 Regional Management Committee, (RMC) says it is totally dissatisfied with the reasons given for the recent death of 31 year old Mario Deane, while in the custody of the police at Barnett Street Police Station, and calls for a thorough investigation into the matter.

Caribbean businesses must do more to benefit from EPA says EU official

Charge d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Jesus Orus-Baguena, has has told the Jamaican Private sector that’s its  it is time for Jamaican businesses to take advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) instead of complaining that not enough benefits are offerred.

Jamaica to Reform Laws Relating to Ganja

Montego Bay, Jamaica: August 17, 2014 -The government of Jamaica has signaled its intention to immediately reform its laws relating to the use of ganja. In a recent announcement, Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding said Cabinet had approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These  he said,  relate to the possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical/medicinal purposes.
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