Confirmed: 67 police officers held, 2 police stations seized in Kiev by protesters





Video footage has emerged of protesters leading police officers through their camps in Kiev after they were captured during clashes in Ukraine. A truce reached between President Viktor Yanukovych, and Opposition leaders broke down as around 33 persons were killed in renewed clashes. Meanwhile, radicals seized two district police stations in the Ukranian capital and blocked an army unit according to a police release.



  
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CARICOM leading charge against Ebola, Chikungunya threat

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to be at the forefront of efforts to deal with Chikungunya epidemic and Ebola threat. CARICOM secretary general Irwin LaRocque held discussions with representatives of the government of Brazil and Argentina on assistance for the region in the fight against the Chikungunya epidemic. The discussions with the Brazil’s vice-minister for health, Jarbas Barbosa, have led to an invitation for a team from the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to visit Brazil to further discuss specific areas of support against Chikungunya in the first instance. Argentina will visit the region shortly as it builds on ongoing support for the health sector.
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Law to be modified to facilitate medical Ganja industry

Law to be modified to facilitate medical Ganja industry
The Government has drafted legislation to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act, as it moves to establish medical ganja and industrial hemp industries, where the cultivation and other activities involved in the production and supply of the plants will be legal under a controlled regime. The announcement was made by Minister of Justice, Mark Golding at a special press briefing on Tuesday (September 30). Golding emphasized that the objective of modifying the Dangerous Drugs Act, is to lay the foundations for the establishment of regulatory regimes to govern the cultivation and use of ganja for medical and scientific purposes. Minister Golding informed that it will deal with “permits and authorizations for the controlled cultivation, production, processing, possession, transportation, delivery, offering for sale, exporting and importing of ganja for medical and scientific purposes.
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Iran man executed for insulting 'Jonah and the Whale'

A 37-year-old psychologist was executed in Iran for believing that the story of Jonah is a symbolic tale instead of true account of a prophet who survives three days in a Whale’s belly. Mohsen Amir Aslani was arrested nearly a decade ago and was hanged last Wednesday on charges of "corruption on earth and heresy in religion,” Amir Aslani was arrested in 2006 and given a four-year sentence, which was reduced to 28 months then changed to death. Amir Aslani was originally arrested for his unorthodox take on the Koran, "but later he was accused of insulting prophet Jonah and also faced accusations of having sex outside marriage," a source tells the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
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Petrol prices increase further in Jamaica

Petrol prices increase further in Jamaica
Gas prices supplied by Petrojam will see mixed price increases, effect tomorrow October 2, 2014. A litre of E10-90 gasoline will be sold for $122.40, while E10-87 will be sold for $120.75 following a $0.21 increase. Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel will cost $124.43 after a $0.53 fall, while regular Diesel falls by $0.64, and costs $118.41. The price of Kerosene falls by $0.74 and will see it being sold for $123.26 per litre. Butane sees a $1.18 decrease to cost $58.10, while Propane moves down by $1.08 to cost $51.36. Retailers will add their own mark-ups, to the prices quoted.
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CARICOM member states urged to support CDF

Chief executive officer of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), Lorne McDonnough, has urged member states to renew their commitment to the organisation for the upcoming second funding cycle despite the difficult economic times. McDonnough says the CDF is an example of regional integration at work, while addressing the recent fourth meeting of contributors and development partners held in Barbados. McDonnough says the CD plays a positive role through its active support of projects which promote economic and social cohesion.
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British marketing representative wins case against JTB

British marketing representative wins case against JTB
A British marketing representative who was suspended by the Jamaica Tourist Board for her Facebook posts following her Father's tragic 2011 death in Hectors River, Portland, has won her case at the Employment Tribunal. Zoe Bennett made three Facebook posts, upon hearing the news of her father 59-year-old Errol Bennett’s death after he reportedly suffered 15 separate injuries including chops to his head and torso. Disciplinary actions was then taken by the JTB against her, however they declined to release any statement on the matter at the time. The 37-year-old British marketing representative had her case against the JTB brought before the Employment Tribunal Victory House Holborn in London. During the two-day hearing Jamaica High Commissioner to the UK, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba gave evidence against her yesterday along with Regional Director for UK and Europe Elizabeth Fox, however the Employment Tribunal sided with the British Marketing Representative in the matter, when the verdict was handed down today.
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Australia sending aircraft to back airstrikes against ISIS

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that his country will be sending aircraft to back the US-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq ahead of a final decision in Parliament. 10 aircraft and around 600 personnel were sent by Australia, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in preparation for joining the coalition.
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Parliament approves Bill to facilitate new electronic customs system

The House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 23) approved a legislation aimed at implementing a new system to fast track the movements of goods through
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Lucea set for major beautification project

A major beautification project involving four government agencies and the Hanover Parish Council is to get underway in Lucea, Hanover. Tourism minister Dr. Wykeham McNeil
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10% increase in cruise ship arrival in Jamaica

There has been a 10 per cent increase in cruise ship arrivals in Jamaica this year, compared to 2013. The Minister of Tourism and Entertainment
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Jamaica to launch business reforms under competitiveness and growth project

In the wake of Jamaica’s recent eight-point advance in the Global Competitiveness Report rankings, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been appointed to coordinate the
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Florida woman stashes baby in car trunk to avoid ticket

A Florida woman who feared getting a ticket for driving without a car seat for baby, tried to elude the punishment by hiding the infant
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Baby drowns in church baptism tank

A mother in Decatur Alaska is now mourning after her baby boy was drowned on Friday (September 19) after he was left unattended while in
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Chikungunya cases climb to 7 in Cayman

Chikungunya cases climb to 7 in Cayman
Health authorities have confirmed that the total number of cases of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has climbed to seven in the Cayman Islands. 46 cases have been investigated since the virus was first reported in Cayman on June 25, with test results showing seven positive cases, 26 negative, and two inconclusive. The latest confirmed victim is identified as a George Town resident who is believed to have contracted the virus in Jamaica. According to health officials, 10,972 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the Caribbean, along with 690,309 suspected cases.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

Image courtesy of  www.ridoutphoto.com
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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