US academic salutes late Carib-American NY Supreme Court justice

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NEW YORK (CMC) — A Caribbean American academic here has paid tribute to trailblazing Caribbean American former New York Supreme Court justice and legislator William C Thompson Sr who died on Christmas Eve.Ron Howell — an associate professor in Journalism at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and author said Thompson, whose late parents migrated from St Kitts and Nevis, lived the American dream.

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Blue Mountain Coffee Day Jan 9

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The Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association along with its over 7,000 coffee farmers, in association with the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), will celebrate Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day in Jamaica and All Importers Of Jamaican Coffee in Japan (AJIJC) on January 9, 2019.

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Jamaican named head of regional organisation

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – A former scientific analyst at the United states-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr Arlene Laing, has been appointed coordinating director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO).

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Cashier accused of defrauding customers gets bail

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A cashier accused of using a skimming device to defraud six customers of an auto shop where she worked of a total of $1.1 million, was last week granted bail in the the sum of $1.5 million when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

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Caribbean examines policies for a resilient and secure region

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) ­— The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency management Agency (CDEMA) says climate change, development and security issues require commitment to improving sustainable policy actions.“Resilient development is not just about survival and bouncing back, but about being able to thrive,” CDEMA said as it reflected on a one-day regional consultation held in Aruba earlier this month.

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Harris: Caricom committed to combatting diseases in 2019

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), the Prime Minister of St Kitts Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, says 2019 will be the year to combat chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across the region.In his New Year’s message Harris said Caricom will enter 2019 with “a renewed vigour and determination to maintain the momentum with which we ended 2018”.

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Two teens killed

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Two teenagers were brutally killed in Kingston last week.Jevonie Campbell, 16, otherwise called ‘Red Rat’, of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11, was shot and killed on Christmas Eve in his community while 15-year-old Maleek Brown of Blackwood Terrace, Kingston 19, was stabbed to death along Constant Spring Road in Kingston on Boxing Day.

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Jamaica’s Forbes rankings drop

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Jamaica’s ranking on the Forbes best countries for Business 2018 report has declined.Last year Jamaica was ranked 72 out of 153, however the latest report sees Jamaica at 80 out of 161 countries.

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MISSING DAD IN PRISON

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Ten-year-old *Sean throws a fit whenever he misses his imprisoned father.Sean met his father, who is currently serving 35 years for murder, last year at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre where the latter has been living for the past five years.

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MoBay mayor wants emergency response centres

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — If Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis has his way, at least three satellite emergency response centres will be based at police stations in the rural parts of St James to serve surrounding communities.

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