Confirmed: Squirrel cooking sparks fire at apartment





Fire fighters in Western Michigan, USA are blaming a blaze which destroyed eight units at an apartment complex on a man who used a blow torch to cook a squirrel on Wednesday.

According to fire chief Jim Koshel explained that the resident was attempting to prepare the animal for consumption when he used a blow torch to burn off its fur on the third floor of the building. Shortly after the building was set ablaze. In total 8 apartments were destroyed with two dozen other units damaged by smoke and water.



  
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$727 million allocated to provide more classrooms

A total of $727 million has been allocated to support the provision of additional classroom places in infant, primary and secondary schools across the island. This was revealed by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who also said an additional $119.3 billion has been provided to improve sanitation in schools. ​He was speaking during the opening of the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 17. ​In the meantime, Minister Phillips informed that spending on social programmes continues to receive priority treatment in the budget, with a total allocation of $22.563 billion. This, he said, was in keeping with Government’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable.
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Australia investigating ‘unidentified material’ washed ashore as MH370 search continues

The Australian agency coordinating the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has said unidentified material has washed ashore in Western Australia. Experts are investigating whether it is related to the missing plane, the Voice of America radio reported. The Joint Agency Coordination Center said photographs of the material are being examined “to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.”
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1 person shot dead during fresh violent protests in Rio

One person was shot dead as violent protests erupted Tuesday near Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach after a 25-year-old dancer was killed allegedly by police, AFP said. Angry demonstrators from a slum set ablaze barricades of tires, forcing two main roads closed as they hurled bottles to protest the death of the dancer, who was reportedly killed after police mistook him for a drug trafficker. A 27-year-old man described as mentally disabled was killed after being shot in the head during the protests, city hall officials said. It was not immediately clear who fired the shot. The protests came two months before the World Cup in Brazil.
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JA dollar closes at J$109.94 to US$1

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Petroleum prices go down in Jamaica

Petroleum prices go down in Jamaica
Some petroleum products supplied by Petrojam have seen a decrease in prices as of April 24, 2013. A litre of E10-90 gasoline will be sold for $127.16 while E10-87 will be sold for $125.51 following a $0.25 decrease. Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel will cost $132.67 and regular Diesel will jump by $0.43 to cost $127.42. The price of Kerosene climbs by $0.80 and will see it being sold for $128.60 per litre. Butane sees a $0.15 jump to cost $59.68, while Propane increases by $0.05 to cost $55.26. Retailers will add their own markups, to the prices quoted.
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Jamaica outperforms US in access to information

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Youth Information Centre to be built in Hanover

The Ministry of Youth and Culture, on Wednesday, April 23, signed a contract valued at approximately $40 million, for the construction of a Youth Information Centre (YIC) in Hanover. When completed, the centre, to be located at Watson Taylor Park in Lucea, will be the 11th built across the island to provide a space where young people can go to access information on issues affecting them, use the computers, complete their assignments, get training, or just to ‘hang out’ and be comfortable with their peers. It will have office spaces, a cyber café, resource area, meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room, a stage for the performing arts, and an all-purpose court, among other amenities. The complex will be built by D.R. Foote Construction Company Limited, with the National Works Agency (NWA) managing the project. Addressing the signing ceremony at the Ministry, in Kingston, Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, thanked the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for providing the funds committed to the project.
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Jamaica dollar ends at J$109.96 to US$1

The Jamaican dollar climbed to another new high at the close of trading on the foreign exchange market against the US dollar. The American dollar gained $0.10 to close at J$109..96 to US$1. In other trading, the Canadian dollar slipped by $1.04 to finish at an average selling rate of J$99.83 to CAN$1, while the British pound gained $0.21 and ended at an average of J$184.59 to £1. On the markets the American dollar sold for a high of J$114.28 and a low of J$89.17.
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Finance Minister opens Budget Debate

Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Peter Phillips this afternoon opened the 2014-2015 Budget Debate in the House of Parliament today. The Minister who thanked members of his family, the Cabinet and also his team including Central Bank Governor Bryan Wynter, gave a summary of the events which took place in the last Financial year. Dr. Phillips also expounded on the reason for the current design of an Economic Reform Programme which is expected to give Jamaica growth.
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Gunman shot dead by St. Elizabeth woman

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Man handed life sentence for severing girlfriend's head

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Powerful earthquake strikes Mexico

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$16M contract signed for construction of stalls at Black River Market

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PM Simpson-Miller officially opens Marlie Hill Basic School

PM Simpson-Miller officially opens Marlie Hill Basic School
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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Controversy in London

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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

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