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Heavy rains expected to continue this weekend

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Heavy rains expected to continue this weekend

- The Meteorological Service has continued the flash flood watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes until this morning. According to the Met Office, weather conditions across the island will remain unstable as the trough persists in the vicinity of Jamaica. It said satellite imagery and radar reports indicate that light to moderate showers affected sections of most parishes throughout yesterday, and that showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue affecting sections of most parishes over the weekend

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Costly waste ... Heavy rains leave recently fixed roads in deplorable state

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Costly waste ... Heavy rains leave recently fixed roads in deplorable state

- Heavy rains that have battered Jamaica over the past few days have left several of the island's roads in a deplorable state, many of them impassable. Breakaways, sinks, and major damage are highlighted right across the country, including to several roads that were recently repaired. In Kingston, a section of North Street, which recently underwent, a lengthy, approximately $35 million pipe-laying project which was then repaved, has begun to sink

Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Jamaica Plain man hurt as water scooters collide

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Jamaica Plain man hurt as water scooters collide

- Two men riding water scooters side-by-side in Boston Harbor slammed together when they were hit by a wave, sending one of them to the hospital with serious injuries, officials and fellow riders said. The collision happened about 7 p.m. when a group of six riders, who connect through Facebook, met at Malibu Beach in Dorchester, some of the men said. Anthony Figueroa, 42, of Jamaica Plain, pulled the unconscious man out of the water

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God saved my goats - woman credits divine intervention for livestock protection

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God saved my goats - woman credits divine intervention for livestock protection

- A 58-year-old widow said she is still singing praises to God for the miracle he performed last Monday in Warminster, St Elizabeth, in which he helped her to save her animals during a flash flood. Gloria Daley said she was inside her house in the afternoon when a heavy downpour brought flood waters over three feet high crashing through her yard

Categories: Farming |  Religion & Spirituality | 
Tags: Animal Husbandry |  Goats |  Divine |  God |  Livestock | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Crooks turn on church

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Crooks turn on church

- The Guanoboa Vale police in the St Catherine North Division have launched a probe in a case of sacrilege which was allegedly committed at the Kitson Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Thieves last Sabbath entered the place of worship and made off with valuable equipment. "The place was broken into and entry was gained by the removal of louvre blades and cutting of a grille

Categories: Religion & Spirituality | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library

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Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library

- The city has announced a request for proposals from artists for a public art project at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library that is . This public art project will complement the $10 million in recent renovations of the library that are funded through the city’s Imagine Boston Capital Plan. Working closely with the Boston Public Library, the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, and the Boston Art Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites artists to submit their proposals for public art at the Jamaica Plain Branch

Categories: Entertainment & Arts | 
Tags: The Arts |  Artists | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Photos: Sorry, Rain! The Wake Up the Earth Festival Shines Bright

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Photos: Sorry, Rain! The Wake Up the Earth Festival Shines Bright

- The threat of rain could not stop the 39th Annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival Saturday, May 13. After the festival was postponed for a week due to inclement weather, Jamaica Plain came out in force to the Southwest Corridor near the Stony Brook MBTA station to enjoy theater, speeches, dancing, food, music and more. The spirit of the original Wake Up the Earth Festival from 1979 still lives on

Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Christians clash! - Faith Chapel evicted from sanctuary after it leaves United Pentecostal Church

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Christians clash! - Faith Chapel evicted from sanctuary after it leaves United Pentecostal Church

- The United Pentecostal Church in Jamaica (UPC) has evicted members of a breakaway branch - Faith Apostolic Ministries - formerly Faith Chapel United Pentecostal Church, from the Renfield Avenue, Kingston 20, address they have called home since 1981. Last Sunday, scores of members of Faith Chapel were locked out of the Renfield Avenue sanctuary, forcing them to hold. services at the old Majestic Theatre on Spanish Town Road in Kingston, where the breakaway church has had an affiliate for the last two years

Categories: Religion & Spirituality | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Jamaica's hockey team aims for Olympics

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Jamaica's hockey team aims for Olympics

- Former Boston Bruin player Graeme Towsnhead is hoping to coach Jamaica’s national hockey team all the way to the Winter Olympics. “I remember saying many times the only chance I’d ever have of playing the Olympics is if Jamaica had a team,” Townshead told CTV News Channel. Now Townshead is the head coach, assistant coach, trainer, water boy, and a stand-in during a power play for the Jamaican Under 20 National Ice Hockey Team

Categories: Sports | 
Tags: Hockey |  Olympic Games | 
Places: Americas |  Canada |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Jamaica records decline in unemployment

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Jamaica records decline in unemployment

- State Minister of Finance and the Public Service Fayval Williams has said 21,900 more Jamaicans had jobs in January 2017 than in January, 2016. In her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament, Williams said the figure comprises 10,100 women and 11,800 men who were gainfully employed in a variety of industries". According to Williams, unemployment in January 2017 was 12

Categories: Life & Style | 
Tags: Women |  Careers |  Employment |  Unemployment | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Phillips says church important to resolving Jamaica's many problems

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Phillips says church important to resolving Jamaica's many problems

- Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips says the church must be placed at the centre of efforts to overcome the nation's challenges. Speaking during a service at the St George's Anglican Church in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland this morning, he said the church was critical to national development. Dr Phillips says the church plays an important role in establishing family structures and values.

Categories: Religion & Spirituality | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

More rainfall forecasted for the weekend, Flash Flood Watch still in effect

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More rainfall forecasted for the weekend, Flash Flood Watch still in effect

- As residents in several communities continue to deal with the dislocation caused by the recent heavy rains, the Meteorological Service says more rainfall is in the forecast for much of the island this weekend. The Met Service says unstable

Categories: Science & Nature | 
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Don't pressure pastor's children, Church official warns

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Don't pressure pastor's children, Church official warns

- Imagine living in the shadow of your father, who happens to be a pastor and is being weighed down by criticism and the high expectations of church members. It cannot be easy, but it is the life of many PKs (Preacher's Kids). Some are able to rise above it, but others crack under pressure. Which is why counselling psychologist at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and PK cocoordinator at the Jamaica Union of Seventh-Day Adventists, Sandra Knight, is admonishing individuals to be mindful of their feelings and their needs

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Jamaican Posing As Pilot Nabbed With Drugs at New York Airport | Caribbean360

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Jamaican Posing As Pilot Nabbed With Drugs at New York Airport | Caribbean360

- NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday April 4, 2017 – A Jamaican traveler may have been inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Catch Me if You Can’ when he pretended to be a pilot, but it seems US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport saw that movie too, and were ready for him. The CBP officers intercepted Mario Hudson and found five pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of US$85,000, in his luggage

Places: United States |  Caribbean |  Jamaica |  New York | 

This Caribbean Island Is Becoming a Hit Among the Rich and Famous

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This Caribbean Island Is Becoming a Hit Among the Rich and Famous

- It seems Jamaica is emerging as a favourite getaway spot for the rich and famous. That’s according to Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett who says it proves even more that there is a lucrative market for high-end resorts in the island. “Just the other day, we had Prince Harry and his actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle, at Round Hill, Hanover, where they attended a wedding,” he said

Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
Tags: Travel & Tourism | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Riu Reggae mourns a mentor - Hotel sets aside US$1m to treat burn victim sent overseas

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Riu Reggae mourns a mentor - Hotel sets aside US$1m to treat burn victim sent overseas

- Minutes before reassuring the nurse who escorted him to hospital, a badly injured Federhori McIntosh said to her: "Don't worry about me. I will be fine." He proceeded to pray with the nurse, but by the time he reached hospital, he succumbed to the injuries he had received during an explosion at the Riu hotel in Ironshore, St James. His death has left a pall over the Riu Reggae family, a place he had come to call his home away from home

Categories: Health | 
Places: Jamaica | 

Online travel company, Expedia expands its footprints in Jamaica

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Online travel company, Expedia expands its footprints in Jamaica

- Western Bureau: Jamaica is now home to global online travel company Expedia's first international Local Expert Lounge. In an historic partnership between the tour operator giants and local destination management company Jamaica Tours Limited (JTL), the lounge was officially opened at the Sangster International Airport last Thursday. The two companies have a long history of doing business together. The facility, which will be manned by JTL staff, has been opened even as Expedia reveals bookings with Jamaican hotels in excess of 250,000 room nights in 2016, placing them among the top five suppliers of tourists to the island

Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism |  Tours | 
Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Pastor calls for security forces to be courageous in fight against crime, corruption

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Pastor calls for security forces to be courageous in fight against crime, corruption

- Pastor Nevail Barrett, Sabbath school and personal ministries director of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church's central region, is challenging members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at all levels to be a Daniel of the Bible and stand up, stand out, and speak up in the fight against corruption, crime, and violence. However, as he referenced the book of Daniel, Chapter 6, he pointed out to them that their battle was twofold: against hardened criminals and even some unscrupulous colleagues

Tags: Military |  Abrahamic Religions |  Christianity |  Pastors |  Ethics |  Corruption | 
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Sports

  • Jamaica's hockey team aims for Olympics
    Jamaica's hockey team aims for Olympics

    , ctvnews.ca

    Former Boston Bruin player Graeme Towsnhead is hoping to coach Jamaica’s national hockey team all the way to the Winter Olympics. “I remember saying many times the only chance I’d ever have of playing the Olympics is if Jamaica had a team,” Townshead told CTV News Channel. Now Townshead is the head coach, assistant coach, trainer, water boy, and a stand-in during a power play for the Jamaican Under 20 National Ice Hockey Team

    Categories: Sports | 
    Tags: Hockey |  Olympic Games | 
    Places: Americas |  Canada |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Business

  • EPOC proposes analysis of tax revenue performance
    EPOC proposes analysis of tax revenue performance

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman Keith Duncan is proposing that the Government analyse the overperformance in tax revenue inflows recorded for the 2016-17 fiscal year to determine the underlying factors driving this outcome. This, he said, should be done to ensure that this out-turn can be sustained over the long term. He posited the suggestion while addressing journalists during EPOC's quarterly media briefing at the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group's head office in New Kingston last Friday

    Categories: Business | 
    Tags: Taxes |  Economy |  Economic Policies |  Economics |  Revenue |  Tax revenue |  Public Finance |  Taxation | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Technology

  • Robotics to the world! - Jamaica College team celebrated by Gore Developments
    Robotics to the world! - Jamaica College team celebrated by Gore Developments

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    On Friday, April 7, the Jamaica College Robotics Team visited the Gore Developments Limited's (GDL) offices for a meet and greet and mini-tour. Led by Dimario Campbell, the team showed off its trophies, and, of course, the robot herself - yes, it's a girl! They also had on display the team's engineering booklet. This is the team's bible for all things robotics, which has been compiled and edited and is constantly updated by the young men

    Categories: Technology | 
    Tags: Robotics |  Robots |  Automaton | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Health

Family & Parenting

  • Don't pressure pastor's children, Church official warns
    Don't pressure pastor's children, Church official warns

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    Imagine living in the shadow of your father, who happens to be a pastor and is being weighed down by criticism and the high expectations of church members. It cannot be easy, but it is the life of many PKs (Preacher's Kids). Some are able to rise above it, but others crack under pressure. Which is why counselling psychologist at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and PK cocoordinator at the Jamaica Union of Seventh-Day Adventists, Sandra Knight, is admonishing individuals to be mindful of their feelings and their needs

    Places: Jamaica | 

Society & Culture

Religion & Spirituality

Entertainment & Arts

  • Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library
    Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library

    , jamaicaplainnews.com

    The city has announced a request for proposals from artists for a public art project at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library that is . This public art project will complement the $10 million in recent renovations of the library that are funded through the city’s Imagine Boston Capital Plan. Working closely with the Boston Public Library, the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, and the Boston Art Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites artists to submit their proposals for public art at the Jamaica Plain Branch

    Categories: Entertainment & Arts | 
    Tags: The Arts |  Artists | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Education

  • Student earns top marks from nightclub
    Student earns top marks from nightclub

    , jamaica-star.com

    A student wrote his essay in a nightclub and received top marks. The 21-year-old pupil, who is in his second year at the University of Gloucestershire where he studies Business Management, was caught on camera typing away on his laptop in a bid to meet a deadline, whilst his friends were partying around him. The clip shows Lawrence locked away in his room trying to complete his essay while his housemates partied and continually disturbed his studies

    Categories: Education | 
    Tags: Students | 
    Places: Jamaica | 

Farming

Travel & Recreation

  • Online travel company, Expedia expands its footprints in Jamaica
    Online travel company, Expedia expands its footprints in Jamaica

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    Western Bureau: Jamaica is now home to global online travel company Expedia's first international Local Expert Lounge. In an historic partnership between the tour operator giants and local destination management company Jamaica Tours Limited (JTL), the lounge was officially opened at the Sangster International Airport last Thursday. The two companies have a long history of doing business together. The facility, which will be manned by JTL staff, has been opened even as Expedia reveals bookings with Jamaican hotels in excess of 250,000 room nights in 2016, placing them among the top five suppliers of tourists to the island

    Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
    Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism |  Tours | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Life & Style

  • Jamaica records decline in unemployment
    Jamaica records decline in unemployment

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    State Minister of Finance and the Public Service Fayval Williams has said 21,900 more Jamaicans had jobs in January 2017 than in January, 2016. In her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament, Williams said the figure comprises 10,100 women and 11,800 men who were gainfully employed in a variety of industries". According to Williams, unemployment in January 2017 was 12

    Categories: Life & Style | 
    Tags: Women |  Careers |  Employment |  Unemployment | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Law & Crime

Real Estate

  • 44 Units of Affordable Housing Approved on Amory Street
    44 Units of Affordable Housing Approved on Amory Street

    , jamaicaplainnews.com

    The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a 44-unit apartment building at 25 Amory St. in Jackson Square late last month that will comprise all affordable apartments. As previously reported on Jamaica Plain News, the Jamaica Plain Neightborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) proposal would take a parcel now owned by the MBTA and the state’s Department of Transportation and transform it into permanently affordable housing

    Categories: Real Estate | 
    Tags: Housing |  Affordable housing | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Media & Information

  • Jamaica improves two places to be ranked eighth in press freedom index
    Jamaica improves two places to be ranked eighth in press freedom index

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    Jamaica has improved two places to be ranked eighth out of 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom ranking released today by Reporters Without Borders. According to the press freedom watchdog, Jamaica is among the countries that most respect freedom of information. "The very occasional physical attacks on journalists must be offset against this, but no serious act of violence or threat to media freedom has been reported since February 2009, a month that saw two cases of abuse of authority by the Kingston police," it said

    Categories: Media & Information | 
    Tags: Media rights | 
    Places: Americas |  Caribbean |  Jamaica | 

Science & Nature

Motoring

  • Driving high - Just over one in every ten Jamaican motorists drive after smoking ganja
    Driving high - Just over one in every ten Jamaican motorists drive after smoking ganja

    , jamaica-gleaner.com

    Ganja smokers, especially those who drink alcohol, are among Jamaica’s most deadly drivers. The ganja smokers also received more traffic tickets, leaving in their wake the motorists who either send emails or texts, answer cellular phones or surf the Net while driving. That’s one of the findings of a poll commissioned by Earl Jarrett, chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association, and conducted by Johnson Survey Research Limited

    Categories: Motoring | 
    Tags: Motorists | 
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