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$168 million budgeted for correctional facilities

The Government has budgeted $168 million in the upcoming fiscal year to undertake construction and renovation works at several correctional facilities as well as to improve the mobility of the Department of Correctional Services. Of the sum, $...
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$195 million upgrade work planned for Yallahs to Lowe Mountain roadAudio

The National Works Agency (NWA) is to spend $195 million to rehabilitation and upgrade the Yallahs to Lowe Mountain road in St Thomas, which has been in disrepair for years. This was announced at a town-hall meeting yesterday. NWA...
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Bring it on! - Gov't scoffs at Opposition's threat to take NIDS to court

The threat by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips to take the Government to court over the recently passed law to establish the National Identification System (NIDS) has not fazed at least one senior minister, who, in turn, has accused the People's...
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Traumatised August Town Primary students afraid to leave home

Principal of August Town Primary School in St Andrew, Morlton Wilson, said that the ongoing violence in the community has created an atmosphere of fear and unease for students and staff at the institution, causing hundreds to stay home.The situation...
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Briefing | Scrutinising the budgetary expenditure for the 2018-2019 fiscal year

An estimated $773 billion is expected to be spent by the Government during the next fiscal year (FY) as the items of expenditure for the 2018-2019 Budget has been tabled by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. The projected expenditure...
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Farmers want an end to praedial larceny - Judges sensitised to 'slap-on-the-wrist fines' for agricultural thieves

OLD HARBOUR, St Catherine:St Catherine farmers on Monday expressed their frustration at the heavy losses they have to endure at the hands of praedial larcenists and the poor response from the police at their plight.The issues were highlighted at a...
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No Butler takeover - Ricketts lays down the law

Michael Ricketts, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, said yesterday that there is nothing his association can do if Leon Bailey wants to represent another country other than the one of his birth.However, he insists that he will refuse...
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JOA boss hails bobsledders

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda, is confident the nation's women's bobsled team will improve their position when they compete in the final two runs today at the Winter Games.The history-making two-man team of Jazmine...
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Mortgage bank strikes deal with YP Seaton

Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB) says a debt settlement with associated companies Ebony View Limited and YP Seaton & Associates Company Limited on a loan that backed a housing development in St Catherine would substantial reduce its non-performing loans or NPL portfolio...
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NCB Capital sells partial stake in Knutsford Express

NCB Capital Markets Limited sold roughly 21 per cent of its holding in Knutsford Express Services Limited (KEX) earlier this month for nearly $300 million.The transaction more than covered NCB Capital's initial investment in the company back in...
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Jamaica Theological Seminary gets into spirit of Reggae Month

On Saturday, the Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) on West Avenue, St Andrew, will move into the mood of Reggae Month 2018 with a symposium themed, 'Caribbean...
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Dennis Brown remembered at Kingston waterfront

Dennis Brown is gone but not forgotten. On Sunday, in a stirring concert that reverberated with songs of peace and love, he was remembered by relatives, friends and colleagues. They recalled his philosophy, delivered their favourite songs from his...
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Editorial | Schools and the mental health epidemic

We know nothing of the social circumstances of the Wolmer's Boys' School student who circulated the voice note threatening mass violence at the institution. But unlike the school's principal, Dr Walton Small, who sought to publicly downplay the...
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Annie Paul | Colour and tourism

In an interesting postscript to my last column 'Modern-day plantations', I was sent a response from tourism mogul John Issa saying that my account of Evon Blake's plunge into the Myrtle Bank Hotel's pool was "not quite accurate".Apparently, the...
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Letter of the Day | Reform prison policy for early release

THE EDITOR, Sir: To coop up more than 3,700 offenders in seven prisons from a population of 2.7 million is a scandalous indictment on this small island of ours, is costly, and wasteful of human resources. Even worse, 65 per cent of the incarcerated...
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Steve McGregor, lovest thou JCF more than Jamaica?

THE EDITOR, Sir:The declared wish by acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Steve McGregor that the next police commissioner should come from the Jamaica Constabulary Force is one of the clearest signals yet that some law enforcers will not...
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Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

BANGKOK (AP):A Thai court yesterday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but...
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Woman in burka attacked, abused in Berlin

BERLIN (AP):German police say a Muslim woman wearing a veil covering her entire face and body was attacked and verbally abused inside a Berlin store.Police said yesterday a 28-year-old woman insulted the victim and ripped the veil of the burka from...
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Management of invasive plants could prevent spread of deadly malaria, scientists suggest

CABI scientists have joined an international team of experts who suggest that the large-scale management of a range of some invasive plants could hold the key to reducing the spread of deadly malaria.Dr Arne Witt and Dr Sean Murphy worked with...
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Six surprising reasons you bruise easily

When you bump into something with enough force, the blood vessels underneath your skin can break, causing blood to leak out of them. That results in the purplish-blue mark you see on your skin.But sometimes...
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PICJ launched for Cardio Vascular Week

To kick-start Cardiovascular Week, which officially began on Monday, the team at Partners Interventional Centre of Jamaica transformed the courtyard of the Medical Associates Hospital into an oasis washed in red for the grand opening of Jamaica...
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5 Creative ways To propose on World Proposal Day

It cannot be overstated how important it is to get a proposal right. The setting must be perfect, and many women will agree that the ring should sparkle. It’s one of the most memorable moments in a couple’s life, especially...
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