Up to 20,000 illegal aliens in Jamaica to benefit from amnesty

Submitted by Shamille Scott on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 19:42

The government will next year, declare an amnesty to allow up to 20,000 persons living on the island illegally to regularize their status.

The amnesty is to last for a year.

National Security Minister Robert Montague made the disclosure at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency’s  (PICA) citizen swearing-in ceremony, which saw 47 men, women and children presented with official documents identifying them as naturalised Jamaican citizens.

Kari Douglas apologises after verbal spat at KSAMC meeting

Submitted by Julian Richardson on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 19:00

People's National Party councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas has apologised after a verbal confrontation with fellow councillor, Susan Senior of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), at a Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) meeting earlier this week.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Delroy Williams, the chairman of the KSAMC, Douglas said she regretted the incident.

VIDEO: Cruise passengers enjoy Kingston stop

Submitted by Julian Richardson on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:59

Passengers of the MS Monarch and Mein Schiff had a grand time in Kingston on Monday. 

The two cruise ships paid unscheduled visits to the Kingston port after being diverted from Montego Bay due to unfavourable weather conditions.

Despite the unexpected stop, Kingston was up to the task of entertaining the visitors. Watch the video edited by Marlon Reid.

Some ground provisions to be imported to ease shortage at Christmas

Submitted by Julian Richardson on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:22

The Ministry of Agriculture has given the go ahead for certain food items to be imported to ensure there is no shortage at Christmas.

Among the items listed for importation by Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda are peppers, potatoes, carrot, tomatoes, ginger, melons and cantaloupes.

Waterford police probe suspected hit-and-run

Submitted by Shamille Scott on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:22

The Waterford police in Portmore, St Catherine are appealing to members of the public who may have any information on what they suspect to be a case of a hit and run, to contact them.

This, as they continue to probe the circumstances under which a woman lost her life on the George Lee Boulevard in the Municipality in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

NIDS will create foundation for digital economy - IDB executive

Submitted by Shamille Scott on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:28

General Manager, Caribbean Country Department, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Therese Turner-Jones, says the National Identification System (NIDS) will lay the foundation for Jamaica to become a digital economy.

The digital economy is the worldwide network of economic activities, commercial transactions and professional interactions that are enabled by information and communications technology (ICT).

The Government is emphasising the creation of a digital society in order to drive growth, create opportunities for businesses, promote innovation and create jobs.

Jamaica Customs extends opening hours to facilitate last minute rush

Submitted by Shamille Scott on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:59

With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, and with the anticipation of the last minute rush, Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) as is customary has moved to extend its opening time to include this Saturday, December 16 and next week Saturday, December 23.

Manager, Marine Wharves at the JCA, Alicia Christian Scott said while Customs House will be open on both weekends, persons using other warehouses should check to ensure the relevant ones are opened.

Cops theorise motive behind deadly funeral attack on Sunday

Submitted by Julian Richardson on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:37

Police sources have concurred with the position that has been presented by the family of vendor Romain 'Boysie' White, whose funeral service was shot up in downtown Kingston on Sunday, that White was not known to be associated with gang activities, which could have triggered the attack.

So why was the vicious assault launched on the mourners at church, which resulted in two fatalities and some seven more persons nursing gunshot wounds?

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