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Weird evolution revealed in now-extinct monkey which inhabited Jamaica until a few hundred years ago — ScienceDail…


Analysis of ancient DNA of a mysterious extinct monkey named Xenothrix — which displays bizarre body characteristics very different to any living monkey — has revealed that it was in fact most closely related to South America’s titi monkeys (Callicebinae). Having made their way overwater to Jamaica, probably on floating vegetation, their bones reveal they subsequently underwent remarkable evolutionary change.

The research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (12 November 2018) and carried out by a team of experts from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), London’s Natural History Museum (NHM), and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, also reveals that monkeys must have colonised the Caribbean islands more than…

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Fly Jamaica overshoots runway in Guyana


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The Fly Jamaica plane crashes through the barrier at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana on Nov. 9, 2018.

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Local civil aviation authorities were on Friday investigating an incident involving a Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which overshot the runway at Guyana’s main international airport earlier in the day injuring several people officials said.

Airline spokesman Carl Bowen said that the plane with 120 passengers and eight crew members was on its way to Toronto, Canada when the crew reported problems with the hydraulic system, forcing them to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport where it made an emergency landing, eating up nearly 10,000 feet of runway tarmac as its broken…

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Fly Jamaica flight makes emergency landing at Guyana airport


The Fly Jamaica aircraft that requested an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday morning (DPI photo)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (DPI) — Fly Jamaica flight OJ256, which departed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana for Toronto, Canada, at 2:10 on Friday morning, declared an emergency landing 43 minutes into the flight.

The flight, which was estimated to arrive at its designation at 6:55 am, immediately requested permission to return to the CJIA airport and subsequently landed at 2:53 am.

On board were 120 persons: 118 passengers, two infants and eight crew members (six Guyanese, two Jamaicans). All persons on board have been accounted for. There were 35 Guyanese, one Trinidadian, 82 Canadians, one Pakistani and 11 American…

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Jamaica to benefit from climate resilience project


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(CMC) – Jamaica is one of three countries participating in a US$35.7 million project designed to strengthen resilience of urban areas through Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA).

The project entitled, ‘Building climate resilience of urban systems through EBA in Latin America and the Caribbean’ also includes Mexico and El Salvador.

Funding in part for the project has been provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) San Salvador; and the Municipal Water and Sanitation Commission of Xalapa in Mexico.

Principal Director of the Climate Change Division in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry, Una May Gordon, said the project in the Jamaican context will target the community of Greenwich Town in Kingston, as well as other…

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8-year-old chopped to death in domestic dispute in Jamaica


An eight-year-old boy was chopped to death in St Catherine in the latest incident of domestic violence in Jamaica.

The child’s name has not yet been released.

His mother and older brother were also injured in the incident, police sources revealed.

According to reports, the mother of the eight-year-old got into an argument with her common-law husband in the community of Windsor Heights.

It’s reported that argument escalated and the man used a machete to chop her and her two sons before fleeing.

Police investigators are now processing the crime scene.

Up to Wednesday, according to statistics compiled by the police, 38 children — 24 males and 14 females — had been killed in Jamaica since the start of the year.

Forty-eight children – 30 males and 18 females –…

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Hindus urge Trinidad and Tobago to restore visas of Hinduism students from Jamaica


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RENO, USA — Hindus have urged Trinidad and Tobago to immediately restore the visa of three Jamaican students who were reportedly denied student permits to study Hinduism in Couva, Trinidad.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, urged President Paula-Mae Weekes, Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Education Minister Anthony Garcia and National Security Minister Stuart Young to look into the issue, as the Trinidad and Tobago constitution provides for freedom of religious belief/practice/observance, worship and conscience; and prohibits discrimination based on religion.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged The Inter-Religious Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (whose founding task was “speak to the nation on matters of social, moral and…

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