Confirmed: Fire guts Juici Patties branch in Downtown Kingston

Fire of unknown origin destroyed a Juici Patties branch and several stores at the corner of West and Beckford Street in Downtown Kingston this morning.

It is understood that fire started at a clothing store located at the top floor sometime after 1 am. Two fire units from the York Town and Trench Town Fire Stations were summoned and conducted cooling down operations.

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Phillips visits Washington D.C. today

Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Peter Phillips, is to leave the island today for the American capital, Washington D.C. where he is scheduled to meet several international agencies. Dr. Phillips is to hold discussions with US Treasury, US State Department, the international Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. These meetings according to the Finance Ministry will focus on the macro economic and fiscal path that Jamaica is currently pursuing. The Finance Minister will be accompanied by Central bank Governor Brian Wynter, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Colin Bullock, and Financial Secretary Colin Rowe. Finance Minister Phillips will return to Jamaica on September 4, 2014.
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Earthquake strikes north of Trinidad

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck north of Trinidad on Friday night according to the UWI Seismic Research Centre. The quake was located at 10.88°N and 61.48°W. and had a depth 4.2km. The quake was reportedly felt in Glencoe. There were no reports of damage or injury.
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St. Ann crash death toll climbs to 3, after 1-yr-old girl dies

St. Ann crash death toll climbs to 3, after 1-yr-old girl dies
One-year-old Neisha DaCosta became the third victim to die following a two-vehicle collision along the Dunn's River main road in St. Ann on Saturday. The toddler who was airlifted to the Bustamante Children's Hospital died while receiving treatment. Two other victims of the crash have been identified as Marsha Farquharson of a Highgate, St. Mary address, and Latoya Davis of a Chalky Hill, St. Ann address. Sometime after 6 pm on Saturday, a Mitsubishi Evolution motorcar was traveling to Ocho Rios with occupants heading to a wedding, along the Dunn's River main road, when the driver of the vehicle lost control of the car while overtaking and collided with a Toyota Corolla motorcar heading in the opposite direction. Davis died on the spot, while Farquharson died at hospital.
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Man held in connection with shooting death of Westmoreland businessman

A man who is accused of issuing threats to 37-year-old Omar Scarlett a resident of Pentecostal Lane, Darliston in Westmoreland, who was shot and killed at his home in the parish on Saturday nigh has been taken into custody for questioning. Scarlett who operates a Hardward and Block factory left his business establishment to pick up his wife at the Sangster International Airport in St. James; after he picked up from the airport, he dropped her off at their home, and returned to his business establishment to close for the day. The businessman then returned home, and it is reported that when he was about to open his gate around 9:20 pm, when he was pounced by two armed men. Police reported that a struggle then ensued, and Scarlett was then shot several times. The armed men then fled the area. An alert was made to the police, and upon their arrival, Scarlett was found suffering from gunshot wounds. he was taken to hospital where he died.
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Residents set two houses on fire after St. Ann teen chopped to death

Residents in Black Ants Corner, Runaway Bay, St. Ann set fire to two houses said to belong to the men who chopped a male teenager to death in the area last night. The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Black Ants Corner resident Lamar Williams. The teen was in the area last night, when four men reportedly pounced on him, and chopped him to death. Police believe that the action by residents, was in reprisal to the teen's death.
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Woman found dead with throat slashed in Hanover

Police are probing the circumstances in which the body of an unidentified woman was found in a gorge located in Leithy, Hanover yesterday. The body of the Woman was spotted by passersby sometime after 1 pm yesterday, and the police were then alerted. Upon their arrival, lawmen found the woman soaked in blood at the location, and her throat was slashed. Police believe the Woman was killed elsewhere, and her body dumped at the location.
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Police challenge gunmen after 4 persons shot in Kingston

Police are reporting that four persons were shot and injured after gunmen attacked them along a section of King Street, Downtown Kingston on Saturday. According to the police, two armed men travelling a on a motorcycle opened fire hitting three men, and a woman who were standing along King Street sometime after 4 pm. The gunmen were later accosted by the Police, during their bid to escape, and a shootout ensued. Police stated that the gunmen managed to escape, however they left behind an illegal gun and five rounds of ammunition. The four injured persons were taken to hospital, where the woman was treated for minor injuries, and later released, while the injured men were admitted.
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Jamaica Civil Service Association to meet after JUTC fare increase

Members of the influential union, the Jamaica Civil Service Association is to meet today, to discuss issues concerning negotiations with the Government, after what it described as a clear breach of agreement, after a fare increase was granted to the state owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). A representative who spoke to CVM TV News stated that the next round of negotiations will factor in the actions of the Ministers of Government over the years, and a certain level of confrontation, and adversarial approach will be '"injected" into the meetings.
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Teen linked to murder in Kingston charged

18-year-old Terrence Grant o/c "Grabba" has been charged with two counts of murder by the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) following their investigations. Grant has been charged with the June 28 fatal shooting of Orlando Taylor along Georges Lane; Police have accused the teen of fleeing the area after the shooting incident, and while he was hiding shot dead another man identified as Shakeem Cunningham along Matthews Lane August 2 during an alleged gang feud. Grant who was arrested last week, is scheduled to face Court on September 2.
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Body of elderly man found in shallow grave in St. Mary

Police have launched a probe after the body of an elderly man was found in a shallow grave in a section of St. Mary yesterday. He has been identified Lascelles Hyatt a resident of Gayle, in the parish of St. Mary. According to the Police, a post mortem is to be conducted on the body of the elderly man to investigate what led to his death. The police stated that they received intelligence which led them to the location, where the body of the elderly man was later found.
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Reputed Gang Member charged by Police

Reputed gang member Frank Whyte o/c " Abado", a reputed member of the Spanglers Gang was charged with one count of murder by the Major Investigative Taskforce. Whyte who was on the run for two years, surrendered to the police sometime last week. He was charged with the murder of Kareem Williams who was shot and killed along Chancery Street in December 2012. The accused man is slated to appear in Court later this week.
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Man mowed down along Washington Boulevard

Conrad Cunningham of a New Haven, St. Andrew address died after he was mowed down along a section of the Washington Boulevard on Sunday. According to the Duhaney Park Police, sometime after 9 pm, Cunningham was making his way along the thoroughfare when he was hit by a motorcar. The injured man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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JSIF awards grants to 12 organisations for Summer Camps and Youth Workshops

Twelve non-Governmental Community Based organisations were awarded grants by the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), PRP project Manager Dr. Eleanor Henry said the Summer Camps and Youth Workshop programme was started in an effort to maintain and improve literacy and numeracy skills throughout the summer. Dr. Henry stated that “The Summer Camp and Workshops are aimed at increasing and maintaining the literacy and numeracy skills within the inner city communities.” The PRP projects are designed to improve the socio economic conditions and quality of life in communities as well as reduce criminal behavior and increase public safety in communities. The project is funded jointly by the European Union and the Government of Jamaica. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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Youth Climate Change Conference to be held in Jamaica

A mock United Nations-style assembly on climate change is to be held at the inaugural Youth Climate Change Conference in Kingston, Jamaica on September 14. The conference being hosted by the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) is being held under the theme “One Climate. One Future….Empowering Youth for Action”. According to Caribbean Climate Blog, high school delegates will deliberate on the availability, access, and quality of water in Jamaica, a relevant and timely issue considering the country's current drought condition.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

Trademarking a Pose, Can you? - Image and Branding The famous Mobot Pose - In honour of Mo Farah One of the biggest issues in the world
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
A Cabinet Minister racked up an over JA$3 million cellular phone bill with taxpayers having to pony up the cash soon. The massive bill was
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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

So, I’m browsing the internet minding my own business when I stumbled upon new research which shows that women lose 90% of their eggs at
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