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Gordon House robbed!

At least two offices at Gordon house have reportedly been robbed.

Reports are that earlier this morning, it was discovered that the offices of the Senate President and the office of the Speaker of the House were broken into.

Among the items stolen is a computer from the office of the Senate President.

Speaking with Irie FM News a short while ago, Speaker of the House Michael Peart confirmed the incident. He said he was told that thieves broke into his office and that of the president Floyd Morris. 

New NHT board in April next year

A new board for the National Housing Trust (NHT) will be installed in April next year.

Information Minister, Sandrea Falconer says this came out of a meeting of the partnership for Jamaica.

The partnership consists of representatives from the government, opposition, civil society, trade union and the private sector.

There has been widespread condemnation from various segments of the society, of the deal struck by the NHT, which purchased the Trelawny-based Outameni property for some $180 million.

CAPRI says Cuba could see more North American tourists

Co-executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), Dr Christopher Tufton says the opening up of Cuba could see more North Americans choosing to vacation there, rather than Jamaica.

He says it’s a matter the authorities need to assess.

Dr Tufton was reacting to yesterday's announcement from the US and Cuba about plans to normalize diplomatic and economic ties.

Jamaica welcomes improved US/Cuba relations

The Jamaican authorities have welcomed the announcement today (December 17)  from the United States and Cuba on plans to normalize diplomatic and economic ties.

Both the government and opposition have spoken to the benefits for Cuba and the region with the changes that are to be implemented. US President, Barrack Obama  hailed  the move as a "new chapter" in US relations with Cuba saying  Washington’s current approach is "out-dated" and the changes were the "most significant" in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years.

PM hails Washington’s decision to improve US/Cuba ties

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller says the government enthusiastically welcomes the joint announcement in Washington and Havana of the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba.

‘Watch the pumps’ says energy minister

Petroleum customers are being urged to observe tomorrow as ‘pump watch day’.

The call comes from energy minister Phillip Paulwell, who is urging consumers to closely observe the cost reductions announced by Petrojam at the pumps.

All petroleum products have been seeing a massive dip in prices for the past month.

Tomorrow (December 17), all petroleum products supplied by Petrojam will see a big reduction in prices of just over $3 for all types of fuel with diesel/ultra-diesel recording the largest drop in price.

More residents marooned as heavy rains continue

As heavy rains continue to pelt several parishes, some residents of St Catherine are reportedly marooned as the major roadways leading into the communities have been cut-off .

The National Works Agency says the Troja to Sports Park roadway in St Catherine is blocked and there is no alternative route.  This blockage has affected residents in the communities of John Crowe Spring, Ham Walk, Pear Tree Grove, Rio Mango and Dunkell.

The NWA says persons in these communities are marooned.

Ex-cop and sister sentenced to life in prison

An ex-police constable, and his sister were sentenced to life in prison when they appeared in the St James Circuit Court today (December 17).

Justice Courtney Daye handed-down the sentence against former police constable, Jeffrey Peart and his sister Roxanne Peart.

The former cop was ordered to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole while his sister is to serve 16 years before parole. The Peart siblings were found guilty in the St Ann circuit court last month  for the 2012 murder of 47-year-old taxi operator  Delroy Frame of Log Wood in Hanover.

Flash Flood Warning for St Ann, St Mary and Portland

A flash flood warning is in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland.

The warning is in effect until 5:00 pm today.

A flash flood warning means flash flooding has been reported.

Citizens should not attempt to cross flooded roadways nor other low-lying areas as there are likely to be strong currents.

They are also advised to be ready for quick action by moving to higher ground, if rising waters are observed.

Flood rains affect several residents in Buff Bay Portland

Some residents of Buff Bay in Portland are appealing to the authorities for help, after they were affected by flooding due to the on-going heavy rains.

One resident Winston Wray says he fears he may lose his home, even as his property was flooded last evening.

Mr Wray says a drain near his home needs to be completed as land slippage is occurring there.

Last night a section of the perimeter wall of the Buff Bay high school collapsed which led to increase water flow into the unfinished drain.


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