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Association of Returning Residents warns NCB against increasing fees Audio

The Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents is warning that it could encourage its members to close their accounts with the National Commercial Bank (NCB) if the bank goes ahead with plans to increase certain in-branch...

Missouri man goes on shooting rampage kills seven and self

TYRONE, Missouri (AP): A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life. Joseph...
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St Thomas shame - Decades of neglect fill parish with gloom

Nearly 150 years after the historic Morant Bay Rebellion, there are concerns that a feeling of hopelessness has taken root among residents in the eastern parish of St Thomas.Lorian Peart-Roberts, parish manager for the St Thomas branch of the Social...

150 years after the Morant Bay Rebellion ... St Thomas begs for development

Legend has it that after the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865, Queen Victoria, in anger, broke her pen and uttered the words "those rebels, let them suffer".Now, 150 years on, as...
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Hospitality Jamaica

'Urgent development needed in Falmouth'

Budget Focus: Parliament to become disabled-friendly

The push to make Gordon House disabled-friendly has been backed by budgetary support even though the nature of the work that will be undertaken is yet to be determined.A portion of a $25.6 million in the Estimates of Expenditure for the purchase of...
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Budget Focus: Public defender braces for case load doubling

The Office of the Public Defender is bracing for the number of complaints from citizens to be doubled in 2015.The office had received 448 cases from January 1, 2014 to December 12, 2014, which was an increase of 136 over the previous year."It is...
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Four newcomers for Boyz squad

Four overseas-based newcomers have been invited by national football coach Winfried Schaefer to join the Reggae Boyz squad for upcoming friendly matches.Jamaica's national senior men's football team will play friendly international games against...

Jamaican GK sidelined after knee surgery

PHILADELPHIA (CMC):Jamaica International goalkeeper Andre Blake, who plays Major League football in the United States, is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.Blake, 24, who plays for Philadelphia Union, is...
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Appleton back with the Dream

After a two-year hiatus J. Wray...

CDB projects two per cent growth for region in 2015

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is forecasting average regional growth of two per cent in 2015.Economic expansion is currently being projected for all 19 borrowing member countries, with most set to once again grow by between one and three per...
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Grounation ends on high note

Jamaica's present and past were powerfully linked by words, music and song in the Institute of Jamaica's (IOJ) lecture hall last Sunday. The last of four Black History Month Grounation presentations made a poignant connection, stretching back to the...

Literature from streets to prisons and in between

Buoyed by over two dozen events, the fourth edition of the Kingston Book Festival (KBF) will spread from bookstores to libraries, to bars, the streets, and even the prisons of Kingston. The dynamic and growing festival will take place from March 1...
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Editorial: Those who can pay, should

Bruce Golding, whose administration removed user fees from Jamaican hospitals, accepts that, like any policy pursued by a government, this one is worthy of periodic review.This newspaper, like one of Mr Golding's former ministers, Christopher Tufton...

Orville Higgins: Putting Pat in his place

It's imperative that I reply to Pat Rousseau about his letter to the editor ('Orville Higgins not a friend of facts', February 25, 2015). The article was in response to a piece I wrote on Saturday, February 21 titled 'Hell of a revolt against Heaven...
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Letter of the Day: Empower schools, zone districts

THE EDITOR, Sir:Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is on the right track when he seeks to restrict the practice of recruiting athletes, a strategy used by so many schools to build good teams for various sports competitions.It is absurd to have a...

No better herring, no better barrel

THE EDITOR, Sir:In a letter titled 'Non-voters betray heroes' sacrifice' (The Gleaner, February 25, 2015), Gary Rowe has joined with others to chastise those of us who feel that it serves no useful purpose to participate in the electoral process....
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Three men arrested in California kidnapping, sexual assault case

CALIFORNIA (AP):Three men were arrested in the case of a woman who reported being held captive and sexually abused for almost two months, authorities said.The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said investigators believe Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles...

Court abolishes law criminalising extramarital affairs

SEOUL (AP):A South Korean court yesterday abolished a 62-year-old law that criminalised extramarital affairs, and the stock price of a prominent condom maker immediately shot up 15 per cent.The Constitutional Court's ruling that the law suppressed...
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