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Greeks reject demands for more austerity in key referendum

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to...
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Slash-and-burn blamed for bush fires in western St Thomas

The primitive slash-and-burn farming practice has been identified as the cause for a series of bush fires that has been ravaging farms in the hills of western St Thomas.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant,...
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'I forgave my rapist'

He stole her innocence, caused her to leave her community and destroyed her trust in people, but when it was time for her church brother and neighbour to be prosecuted for raping her, Pamela* did the unexpected. She begged the judge to let him go...
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Forgive but don't forget? - Clergyman blasts those quick to pardon

As the debate rages over whether victims should forgive those who have wronged them, at least one local clergyman has charged that those quick to forgive are showing moral weakness, even as others argue that forgiveness is necessary for persons to...
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Rampant breaches continue at Negril Marine Park

Freeze it and stay cool!

Jamaicans turn to frozen sheets and wet beds to beat the heat at nights.With no respite from the sweltering heat that is blanketing sections of the island day and night, some Jamaicans are adopting extreme measures to cool down.The Sunday Gleaner...
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Basic boost! - Inner-city early childhood education success ignites islandwide push

Awed by the achievements under the Building Academic Success for Inner-City Schools (BASICS) initiative in the tough South St Andrew community, the education ministry is looking to replicate this in many of the other ailing early childhood...
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Shelly, Asafa sizzle - Sprinters blaze 100m wins at Paris Diamond League

PARIS, France:She might as well be running in a power suit and heels given the workman-like tone of her season. And he probably needs a cape, as he looks more and more like Jamaica's likely saviour in the men's 100 metres at next month's IAAF World...
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Best shape of my life - Powell

PARIS, France:Unbeaten in his nine races this season and responsible for three of the six fastest times recorded this year, Asafa Powell is running himself into the form of his life.In fact, the 32-year-old is convinced that he is in the best shape...
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Digicel correct in refusing - INDECOM subscriber data - Court

Telecommunications provider Digicel Jamaica was correct in refusing to provide call data and subscriber details to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) because it did not specify that it was investigating a criminal offence, the...
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OUR targeting virtual operators; auctioning up to 12 mobile licences

The Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) wants to issue up to 12 new mobile telecommunications licences this year.It recently opened applications for these licences, although it didn't get any takers when it tried the same thing back in 2007....
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So much to say, too few to hear - One-day conference held on International Reggae Day

Last Wednesday, International Reggae Day (IRD) was celebrated across the globe, with events in Miami, Ft Lauderdale and New York (USA), Honolulu (Hawaii), Bombay (India), as well as London (England), Rio (Brazil), Mexico City, and Madrid (Spain).The...
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Reggae Day analyses sound systems

Since the 1950s, sound systems have been an integral feature of Jamaica's culture. They played an important role in exposing the world to Jamaican music, and by extension Jamaican culture. However, in recent years there have been concerns that the...
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Editorial: Wanted: a minister for water

Jamaica is into its annual convulsion over drought and the restrictions on water supplies by the near-monopoly supplier of the commodity, the government-owned National Water Commission (NWC). The country will, of course, muddle through this latest...
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Raymond Pryce: Slipping up on water policy

Quite unsurprisingly, last year's water restrictions have been followed by similar announcements this year. Many Jamaicans may be able to list the number of times in the past that we have had two successive years of record drought and of water...
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Day of decision

ATHENS, Greece (AP):Whether Greeks decide in today's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say.Prime Minister Alexis...
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US celebrates amid heightened security

AVON, Colorado (AP):There was heightened security across the United States yesterday as the nation continued its celebration of the July Fourth weekend.From New York City to Boston, and across all the states, authorities stepped up security measures...
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Millicent Graham launches 'The Way Home'

As she spoke at the launch of her second poetry collection, The Way Home, published by Peepal Tree, Millicent Graham noted the serendipity of the launch at the National Gallery last Sunday.The gallery had up the exhibition Explorations 3: Seven...
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Shawn Ashman inspired to paint

It is important to keep in mind that artists tend to enjoy their work. That sense of satisfaction is presumably why they keep chiselling away at it, even in a tough labour market. Jamaica's economic prospects for artists seem particularly bleak,...
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Sticking to the basics

While the manual transmission (commonly called stick shift) is a rarity on vehicles currently being imported into the island, save for some pick-ups, two driving schools maintain that learning to change the gears is still relevant to the learning...
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Futile features

Over the last decade and a half a number of features on cars sold in Jamaica are not that relevant in this country. Many of them are technology based and are practically useless, or may never be used at all.Heated seatsSo here we are on a car lot...
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Holy war over gay marriage

An intense, bitter and deepening war of words has erupted since the US Supreme Court's decision to allow gay marriage in America. Reason is the biggest casualty.Opponents of gay marriage, largely religious people, are busily quoting the Bible,...
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Our human-rights history is better than America's

Once more, the Americans have published stuff about us, showing us in a negative light. Now, I have great love for the E pluribus unum, but I have a major problem when sections of that society, oftentimes with collaboration from our locals, paint us...
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Oral sex made him sick

Q Doctor, I'm in need of your help badly. I am a 30-year-old female, and I recently met a guy, and we hit it off right away. We had oral sex on two occasions.The first time, it was OK. But after the second time, he sent me a text...
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Charles Albert’s Jewelled Journey

They say life is too short to be wearing boring jewellery, and Charles Albert has made it his lifelong mission to provide fashionable and fascinating jewellery collections that are definitely not boring.Born and raised...
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