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UN ready to help US, Cuba develop ties

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 1:27 PM     UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Wednesday a historic decision by the United States and Cuba to normalize ties and offered UN help to develop the new relationship.“The United Nations stands ready to help both countries to cultivate their good neighborly […]

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Stone thrower fined $50,000 for wounding

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 9:56 AM     ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — A woman, who pleaded guilty to hitting another with a stone, was slapped with a $50,000 fine when she appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate Court.Tisa McPherson was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding.Allegations are that on […]

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St Vincent gas prices lowest since 2011

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 4:11 PM     KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – The state-owned St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) has announced a drop in its fuel surcharge for this month, resulting in consumers paying the lowest fuel surcharge on their electricity bills since 2011. “The 40.65 cents per unit is the lowest since March […]

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US re-establishing embassy in Cuba

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 11:30 AM     WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The United States on Wednesday announced a “historic” thaw in relations with Cuba, saying it would work to re-establish diplomatic ties with Havana and ease long-standing trade and travel sanctions.Washington will re-establish an embassy in Havana “in the coming months,” a senior […]

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Wheatley wants NRCA board sacked for approving of Negril breakwater project

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 6:54 PM     KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on the Environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has called for the sacking of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority’s (NRCA) board of directors following an announcement that they granted approval for two “highly controversial” off-shore breakwaters to be built in the Long Bay area […]

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UN chief condemns Pakistan school attack as ‘act of horror’

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 11:59 AM     UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Tuesday a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school that left at least 130 dead, most of them students.“It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenceless children while they learn,” Ban […]

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Six dead in US shootings, manhunt for suspect

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 3:55 PM     NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A gunman killed six people and seriously wounded another Monday in a series of shootings near the northeastern US city of Philadelphia, authorities said, as police hunted for the suspect.All seven victims have a “familial relationship” to the suspect, identified as […]

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Trinidad judge charged for failing to submit to breathalyser test

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 7:52 AM     PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – Judge in the morning, defendant in the afternoon.This is how Justice Ramchand Lutchmedial, vice-president of the Industrial Court, will spend today, having been charged last Friday under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act.Lutchmedial will appear before a Tunapuna magistrate […]

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ILO warns of higher unemployment in Latin America and Caribbean

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 8:37 AM     BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found an “unusual pattern” in this year’s urban employment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, which continued to fall despite warning signs of economic slowdown.The ILO report titled “Labour Overview for Latin […]

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Grenadian promoters against work permits for Caribbean artistes

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 8:21 AM     ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenadian promoters are urging the Keith Mitchell administration to remove the need for work permits for Caribbean artistes contracted to perform here.The 16 top promoters made their position known during a meeting with Culture Minister Brenda Hood as they met to discuss […]

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