Confirmed: Cuba scraps exit visa requirement





The Cuban Government has announced that it will no longer require its citizens to apply for an exit visa when travelling overseas.

The decision by the Communist Party eliminates a major bureaucratic stumbling-block for many seeking to travel abroad as Cubans had to provide a letter of invitation before permission was given. This decision will take effect on January 13 which will now require Cubans to provide their passport and the visa of the country they seek to travel to.   



  
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Chemical leak in Morant Bay

A chemical leak along a section of Church Street in Morant Bay, St. Thomas has resulted in several persons having fainting spells close to the tax office. According to Irie FM News, a Cholorine leak took place, however details on the spill is unknown. An advisory has been issued for pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area and use alternate routes, until further notice.
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Heavy rains affect water intake in three parishes - NWC

The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising that, due to heavy rainfall over the past few days, the intakes at its Great River and Martha Brae treatment plants have become blocked, due to an increased deposit of mud, silt and debris. Customers in Trelawny, St. James and Hanover who are served by these facilities are therefore experiencing a disruption in their water supply. It is expected that normal operations will resume at both facilities as soon as the turbid conditions subside. In Trelawny, the areas that are affected include Duncans Bay, Silver Sand, Carey Park, Stewart Castle, Retreat Housing Scheme, Hague, Stonebrook Housing Scheme, Hammersmith, Green Park, Bounty Hall, Shawfield, Top Hill, Johnson Hill, Salt Marsh, Davis Pen, Wiltshire and New Town. Areas that are affected in St. James include Rhyne Park, Palmyra, Zion, Rosevale, Barrett Town, Freeport, Catherine Hall, Queen’s Drive, Leaders Avenue, Felicity, Mango Walk, Glendevon, Salt Spring, Flower Hill, Montego Hills, Brandon Hill, Rosemount, Rosemount Gardens, Cornwall Courts, Rose Heights, Farm Heights, Sun Valley Road, Rectory Drive, Catherine Mount, Albion, Reading Heights, Gloucester Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Claude Clarke Avenue, Anchovy, Childermas, Lethe, sections of Comfort Hall, Wiltshire, Guava Walk, Spring Gardens, Belmont, Tower Hill, Moy Hall and Unity Hall. In Hanover the areas that are affected include Lucea Town and its environs, Malcolm Heights, New Town, West and East Avenue, Elgin Town, Johnson Town, Brissette, Hoist, First Hill, McQuarrie, Woodland, Kew, Clifton, Middlesex, Dias, Cacoon and Blenheim. The NWC apologises for any inconvenience caused and craves the patience and understanding of customers in the affected areas.
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Parents launch protest at Brae’s River Primary

Parents at the St. Elizabeth based Brae’s River Primary School, this morning padlocked the gates of the institution to protest over the lack of clean water at the location. The padlocked gates which prevented school personnel and students from entering the school, was removed by fire fighters at 8 am. Parents also issued complaints over the use of pit latrines by their children, and the lack of classroom space at the institution.
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Ananda Alert activated for 15-yr-old girl in Kingston 11

15-year-old Deave-Ann Dias, of Dewdney Road, Kingston 11 has been missing since Friday, July 11. She is of brown complexion, stout build and is about 182 centimetres (6 feet) tall. Contact the Olympic Gardens Police at 923-5468, Police 119 or Hear the Children’s Cry 929-0431, 294-8123, 294-8124, 822-0483, 294-8125.
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Pit Latrines at Brae’s River Primary to be removed ‘shortly’ – MP Pryce

Member of Parliament for North Eastern St. Elizabeth Raymond Pryce in a press release, says that a project to remover pit latrines at the Brae’s River Primary School is to get underway ‘shortly’. The North Eastern St. Elizabeth MP called for a little more patience, after confirming the frustrations of students, parents and teachers at the institution. MP Pryce revealed that the school, which was established in 1929, is on the list to receive the crucial upgrade with a modern bathroom block this year. "We have received written confirmation that the project which was approved earlier in the year, and initially delayed because of Fiscal Constraints will now get going shortly. I have also spoken with the Minister of Education who again confirmed that the project will proceed before the close of the Calendar Year," said MP Pryce. A cop of the press release can be viewed below.
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Ananda Alert issued for St. Thomas girl

15-year-old Shandia Aitken of Southaven, Yallahs, St. Thomas has been missing since Wednesday, August 27. She is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall. Contact the Morant Bay Police at 982-2233, Police 119 or Hear the Children’s Cry 929-0431, 294-8123, 294-8124, 822-0483, 294-8125. No photograph of Shandia Aitken was available.
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Electro-problem affects water supply at Coral Gardens facility

The National Water Commission (N.W.C.) is advising customers in Coral Gardens, Torado Heights and sections of Ironshore in St. James, that the interruption they are experiencing is due to an electro-mechanical problem at the Coral Gardens facility. The company is assuring customers in these areas that it is working assiduously to resolve the problem in order to restore piped water by Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The NWC is also advising that several other facilities in St. James are currently out of operation due to turbid conditions. It is expected that normal operations will resume as soon as the high turbidity subsides. The facilities affected by high turbidity are: • Blue Hole which serves sections of Anchovy, Mount Carey, York Bush, Cotton Tree Heights and Mount Pelier. • Endeavour which serves Mount Horeb, Springfield, Kensington and Barnett Bush • Tangle River which serves Tangle River, Maldon and Red Hill. • Vaughnsfield which serves Garfield, Vaughnsfield and Maroon Town. • Cambridge which serves Ducketts, Bethel town, Retrieve, Fern, Seven Rivers, Bickersteth and Plantation. • Niagra which serves Elderslie, Accompong Town, Niagra and Johnson. • Mafoota which serves Mafoota, Roehampton, Lawson and Ackee Lane. -more- • Dantrout which serves sections of Retrieve, Marksman Road, St. Leonards and Amity. • Stonehenge which serves Stonehenge, Catskin and Chester Field. The NWC apologises for any inconvenience caused and craves the patience and understanding of its valued customers.
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42-yr-old man charged with beheading 2-yr-old boy in St. Ann

42-year-old Devon Jarrett has been charged with the murder of 2-year-old Jaheim Cooper in Lewis District, St. Ann. Jarrett who was charged yesterday, is scheduled to appear in Court on August 29, 2014. According to the police, sometime after 5 pm on August 22, Jarrett reportedly was involved in an altercation with another resident, and he reportedly used a knife to slash his throat. The accused is said to have been chased down, and he ran into a yard, picked up one of two children who were playing, and reportedly slashed his throat. Jarrett was then chased by relatives of the boy who managed to capture him, and he was then tied to a chair. Police managed to rescue the man, as residents sought to inflict jungle justice on him.
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Bolt to challenge India’s Yuraj Singh in cricket showdown

Bolt to challenge India’s Yuraj Singh in cricket showdown
Usain Bolt is to face-off against Yuraj Singh in a cricket showdown during his first visit to India next month. Bolt will compete against Singh in the September 2 Puma event, being held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. According to the India Today News, the Puma exclusive cricket showdown is dubbed ‘Bolt and Yuvi – Battle of Legends’.
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Cocaine worth £21M seized by British Navy during Caribbean patrol

Britain’s Royal Navy seized cocaine worth £21 million following a chase on the high seas in the Caribbean Sea for 12-hours, the British Telegraph reported. Over 1,300 pounds of cocaine wrapped in garbage bags was seized by sailors from the HMS Argyll. The large haul of cocaine was seized during a multinational anti-drugs operation in the region. Five persons were detained in the drug seizure and handed over to the US authorities on August 22.
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Man chopped to death in New Harbour Village H/Scheme

An unidentified man was reportedly chopped to death by a man in a section of the New Harbour Villa Phase Two Housing Scheme in Old Harbour, St. Catherine today. Details surrounding the incident are unknown. A man who is accused of committing the act, attempted to escape from the area, however he was caught by residents in the Housing Scheme, who later handed him over to the police. If you have further details post.
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Jamaican drug trafficker jailed by US officials

49-year-old Jamaican Dwight A. Langley who US police believe was a major Ganja trafficker was arrested on the afternoon of August 22, 2014 in Stonehurst, Philadelphia. Police reported that a number of barrels filled with 83 pounds of Ganja, with a street value of an estimated US$360,000 in addition to US$8,473 and drug paraphernalia was seized by US law enforcement officials. A police official stated that Langley had recently returned from a trip to Jamaica on August 3, before his arrest. According to the delconewsnetwork, Langley has been arraigned on charges of violation of the Health and Safety Act for possession of Ganja, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at US$250,000 pending a preliminary hearing on August 28.
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League One side MK Dons thrash Manchester United in League Cup action

League One outfit MK Dons handed Manchester United an embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the Captial One League Cup played at the Stadium:MK. Will Grigg grabbed a scored a goal in each half, before on-loan Arsenal striker Benik Afobe scored within seconds of coming on for Grigg to make it 3-0. Afobe scored another goal six minutes before the end of normal time to seal a famous 4-0 win for MK Dons.
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Case put off for St. Mary student accused of stabbing victim 32 times

A pending post mortem report has stalled the murder trial of 24-year-old student Pearnel Malcolm who is accused of the June 25, 2014 fatal stabbing of Lincoln Jones on June 25. Jones was allegedly stabbed to death by Malcolm, after he attempted to intervene in a dispute between his niece and the accused man. Malcolm who was in a relationship with Jones’s niece, reportedly accused her of being unfaithful, and attempted to stab her, when her Uncle intervened and he was allegedly stabbed 32 times by the accused man. A court date of September 4 was scheduled for Malcolm’s return to court.
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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 ?
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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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