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Costly fall - JUTC to pay $3m in damages to passenger injured on bus

A St Andrew woman who was sent crashing to the floor of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus that was negotiating a corner has been awarded just over $3 million in damages for her injuries.Janet Stewart-Earle suffered injuries to her hip,...
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Attendance report calls for islandwide school bus system

An attendance report obtained from the Ministry of Education through an Access to Information (ATI) request points to the fact that a significant number of schools have failed to meet the targets for attendance set out in the National Education...
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Gov't to roll out National Human Rights Institute

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding has said a plan of action for the implementation of the National Human Rights Institute has been developed and is now under way.He said several agencies across the public sector that deal with aspects of human...
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Dear Counsellor: I'm a furious outside child

Q: I am an outside child and I was not treated properly and I am angry. My father has four children with his wife and one with my mother. The other four children went to prep school, high school and then university. However, I never went to...
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Bolt, Powell ready for Ostrava test

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is eager to sample the new track at the Mestsky Stadium, while Asafa Powell looks to continue his good early-season form at today's IAAF World Challenge Golden Spikes meet in Ostrava.Bolt touched down in the Czech city...
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'Rapid decline' - Lloyd says poor form the reason for Chanderpaul being axed

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Chief selector Clive Lloyd says allowing Shiv Chanderpaul to continue playing in order to surpass Brian Lara as the highest run-getter in West Indies cricket was not a good-enough reason to retain the veteran left-hander....
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Guyana's leader forms cabinet, seeks to boost energy sector

Guyana's new president has appointed 27 ministers to his cabinet after his opposition coalition won the South American country's general election. Retired army general David Granger awarded several ministries to the smaller Alliance for...
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Greece rules out capital controls if bailout talks fail

Greece's government on Monday ruled out restricting access to bank accounts and the free movement of money if there is no breakthrough soon in tortuous talks with bailout creditors and its dwindling cash reserves dry up. The possibility of...
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Disc Jocks can make hits, too - Delano

Veteran sound system selector/producer-turned-songwriter, Delano Thomas of Renaissance Disco, recently became Jamaica's first disc jock to receive an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for composing lyrics....
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Second annual Beer Festival - off to great start

Having executed an unforgettable Beer Festival 2014, it was going to be hard to top that. The first night of the second annual Beer Festival went off without a glitch. The organisers of the event put a lot of effort into the design and placement of...
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Editorial: When the police chief opens his mouth ...

We appreciate that Carl Williams, the commissioner of police, means well. But there are more credible ways of assuaging Jamaicans and calming their fears over galloping murders than talking sop, which was the essence of his offering last week ...
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Splashing those invisible people

I'm really thankful for the rain, as I'm sure most of us are. But the rain has a way of highlighting the insensitive among us. I took note from the safety of my little car just how many motorists drove and splashed pedestrians without even the...
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Letter of the day: Policing that works

THE EDITOR, Sir:Crime fighting cannot be marked by ongoing utterances from the hierarchy of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) without embarking on a cultural change in how the police and the policed are perceived.So, we all know that poverty is...
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Wheel and come again, buggery backers

THE EDITOR, Sir:The gay agenda has failed in recent years to gain real traction in Jamaica, despite pointed efforts of the gay lobby on all fronts.The recent Gleaner polls made it plain! More than 90 per cent of Jamaicans oppose buggery, and still...
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Catholics organise to promote pope's climate-change message

NEW YORK (AP):There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings, seminars and sermons in parishes from the United States to the Philippines.When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate...
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Aspen-area poor struggle to access health care

COLORADO (AP):About 4,500 county residents in the Aspen area live at or below the federal poverty level, and Pitkin County health officials are trying to find options to help the area's low-income families receive the care they need because many...
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Great herbs from China

TODAY 'MADE in China' is the common label that appears on a vast array of consumer products. But it would be short-sighted to think that this is just a recent phenomenon. Chinese goods and products have been in our lives for centuries. This is...
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Ask to Doc: Visiting neighbour asked me for sex, what should I do?

Q: I was walking home when a visiting neighbour asked me for sex. I am 17. I told him no. Should I tell my mother? A: Let your mother know right away.Q: My son shared with me his concern for the neighbour's daughter who comes home late daily. Should...
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CSA commended for leading role in regional shipping

Mark Vanterpool, minister for communications and works in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which played host to delegates attending the 14th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference in capital city...
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US authorities want increased vigilance among shipping interests to fight drugs

Captain Robert W. Warren of United States Coast Guard has asked for increased vigilance and support from the Caribbean region's maritime interests to curb the marine drug transhipment trade.Captain Warren was a special guest...
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MoBay's marine park battling challenges

Despite a myriad challenges, to include being under-funded, poor environmental practices by the general public, and lack of enforcement by law officials, the Montego Bay Marine Park (MBMP), which has been operating for 24 years, is claiming a 50 to...
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... Marine parks a US$ multimillion asset, but ...

Studies undertaken on the contribution of Jamaica's marine parks to the economy over the decades by several entities, including the University of the West Indies (UWI), have shown that these areas are worth hundreds of millions of United States...
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