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Mineral Heights Primary School in Clarendon removed from shift system

The Mineral Heights Primary School in Clarendon has been taken off the shift system. It is the latest institution to be removed from the system by the Ministry of Education. This follows the addition of 12 new classrooms under the Jamaica Social...
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Jamaica developing cultural heritage registry

The Government is receiving expertise from the Organization of American States (OAS) in developing a national register of cultural heritage places and objects. A team from the organisation is participating in a three-day workshop to provide...
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Fallacy! - PM rejects charge that law-abiding citizens are at the mercy of criminals because of security measures

Law-abiding Jamaicans have been left at the mercy of criminals because critical state resources are being diverted to support the government's two main anti-crime measures, the zones of special operations (ZOSO) and the State of Public Emergency,...
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Bad deal! - Opposition knocks new profit-sharing bauxite agreement between Jamaica and US company

A new profit-sharing agreement signed between the Jamaican Government and the United States firm that holds a stake in Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners has been described by the parliamentary Opposition as a "bad...
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JET welcomes Government's plastic policy

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) welcomes the Government's new strategies to address the country's widespread problem of plastic pollution, says its Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Stanley.The strategies announced by minister without portfolio...
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Phillips pledges to establish a ministry of social transformation

People's National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips promised that a future PNP government would established a ministry of social transformation and community development, which will depend heavily on social workers to reverse many of the...
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Bernard dedicates victory to track team - KC whip archrivals Calabar 4-0

Kingston College's coach Ludlow Bernard has dedicated yesterday's 4-0 win over arch-rivals Calabar High, in an ISSA/Digicel Group B Manning Cup match, to the school's track and field team.Calabar have been dominating the 'Purples' on the track in...
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Messi scores record 8th Champions League hat-trick

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona fans can stop worrying. Lionel Messi is just fine - and he scored a record eighth Champions League hat-trick to prove it.Three days after a rare poor performance in the Spanish league, Messi returned to normal service...
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Tax break or bust - Seprod hunting $1b sugar write-off

As Seprod grapples internally on whether to hang on to its sugar operation, the company is chasing a tax break to offset the losses that continue to mount in the near decade that it has owned the Golden Grove factory in St Thomas.Seprod CEO Richard...
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Styrofoam ban timeline too short, says Mahfood - Retailers begin switch to reusable bags, but mum on losses

Manufacturers of styrofoam have been given more than a year to exit production, but William Mahood says his company needs a longer timeline to come up with alternatives beyond the 2020 deadline announced Monday.The options reviewed so far for...
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Dalton Harris looking for Record deal on X-Factor

Digicel Rising Stars winners Romain Virgo and Christopher Martin have become household names, launching successful music careers after walking away with the title. Another former winner is making big moves on the international scene.Dalton Harris...
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Wolmer's Dance Troupe promises exciting season with double dose of dance

The Wolmer's Dance Troupe is promising a lot of action onstage for their 28th season of dance. Set for September 28-30 at the Little Theatre, the annual event is expected to deliver its usual high-energy performances as the troupe puts the final...
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Editorial | The sense of premature questions

It is most surprising that the Government has announced a ban on some plastic packaging, most of which is to come into force in three and a half months' time, without knowing what sanctions will apply to people who breach the law. At least, that is...
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Shannique Bowden | Wrong side of history

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India repealed Section 377 - a 150-year colonial-era law that criminalised same-sex intercourse and intimacy, among other offences. The court held that Section 377 contravenes key constitutional rights of...
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Letter of the Day | Seriously, PM? PNP tief more?

THE EDITOR, Sir:I am really beginning to wonder if Andrew Holness is serious about governance and stemming corruption in Jamaica.When Mr Holness was sworn in as prime minister, he promised that he would be new and different, demanding transparency...
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Coastal clean-up: distress and joy

THE EDITOR, Sir:On Saturday, September 15, thousands of Jamaicans turned out to clean Jamaica's beaches on International Coastal Clean-up Day. Two days later, torrential rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac has undoubtedly undone their...
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Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

MOSCOW (AP):A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the...
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Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose 'bad things'

WASHINGTON (AP):President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey's text...
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Keep calm and carry on - Managing hurricane season anxiety

We are in the peak of the hurricane season. Preparing for potentially dangerous weather conditions inevitably causes feelings of anxiety, unease, and at times, outright distress.When we talk about disaster preparedness, though, we rarely discuss the...
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Facts you need to know | Obesity prevention and you

A new public opinion survey conducted for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and Vital Strategies by Hope Caribbean, found that Jamaicans are concerned about chronic diseases, particularly diabetes and childhood obesity.The study was conducted in two...
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Argentinian, Chilean embassies join for splendid wine dinner

Back in February 2016, GraceKennedy Limited entered the wine market with the launch of Harbour Wines and Spirits. Since then, customers and consumers alike have been able to experience a wide range of wines with a variety of tastes to meet every...
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Prime Minister's Welcome Reception delights

It is the University of the West Indies' Chancellor's Week, and in fine style, it started with the Prime Minister's Welcome Reception.It was a night filled with Jamaica's leaders, forward thinkers, educators and future nation builders, who were all...
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