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Gov't offers early retirement programme to some public sector workers

The government is offering a Special Early Retirement Programme to eligible public sector workers as it prepares to implement pension reforms. It says eligible public sector workers are permanent employees between the ages of 50 and 59 years....
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US Navy 'shadowing' Russian spy ship in Caribbean Sea

WASHINGTON (CMC): United States Department of Defense officials say Russia has dispatched an intelligence gathering ship to the Caribbean Sea that is being closely monitored by the Pentagon. The spy ship, Viktor Leonov was spotted leaving Port-of-...
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Early lockdown - State of emergency tightens grip on St James

WESTERN BUREAU:Hopeful that the state of public emergency will ultimately restore law and order, business operators in St James, including the operators of informal street-side stalls, said that they were quite happy to comply with a directive from...
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Spanish Town under curfew - St Catherine North leads in murders so far this year

With 12 murders since the start of the year in the St Catherine North police division, on Thursday night, the Government imposed a curfew in the hope of arresting the situation.The curfew covers sections of the Twickenham Park Road in the Jones...
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First AngelsJa successes | Patria-Kaye's journey up Sweetie highway (Part 2)

We started the journey up Sweetie highway with candy-maker Patria-Kaye Aarons on Thursday. We continue today. Come with us.I need an angel (investor)Sweetie Confectionery had taken off in spectacular fashion and was growing bigger and bigger each...
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From river baths to world travels - The Dr Sherrefa Burchell testimony - Pt1

Mandeville, Manchester:The small two-bedroom house in the community of Blackshop in St James that housed seven individuals with little to no modern amenities laid the foundation for 27-year-old Dr Sherrefa Burchell and her journey from a humble...
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McLeod, Atkinson top Sports Awards

WORLD 110 metres hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod and swimming ace Alia Atkinson were crowned the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation's National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at last night's awards ceremony, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in...
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Scorpions on the back-foot

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados(, (CMC)Barbados Pride pace quartet of Chemar Holder, Keon Harding, Justin Greaves and Dominic Drakes brought to life a pedestrian day with hostile bowling in the final hour to put Jamaica Scorpions on the back-foot in the...
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Carreras estimates illicit cigarette trade as a $5b business

Last year, the Jamaican Government raised the tax on cigarettes from $14 to $17 per stick, with the intent of raising $876 million of additional tobacco revenue for the Treasury.But the...
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Confiscated ship fetches US$10m at Jamaican auction

European shipping interests converged at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston last week for the auction of Malta-registered bulk carrier, Trading Fabrizia, at which a Greek shipper scored the...
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A spiritual awakening cometh

Roots reggae fans and followers of the doctrine of Rastafari may readily recall Two Sevens Clash, Culture's debut album. Released in 1976, the album was produced following a prophecy of Marcus Garvey that posited there would be chaos when 'sevens...
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'Dapper Dan the Anansi Man' awaiting the rush

Since its opening in December, the support for the Little Theatre Movement's pantomime, Dapper Dan the Anansi Man, has ebbed and flowed But that is the nature of theatre, according to veteran playwright and producer, Barbara Gloudon."It will pick...
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Editorial | Place of safety?

SOS Children's Village, Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre, and Glenhope Place of Safety have all had infernos over the years. Walker's Place of Safety, which, like the others, falls under the umbrella of residential child-protection facility, is...
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Jaevion Nelson | Take the lead on crime, Government

There has been quite a bit of panic since the start of the year. At the end of the first week, about 42 murders - an average of six per day - were reported. One would think that this would impress upon us the urgency with which we must move to...
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Letter of the Day | Emergency powers key to crime crackdown

THE EDITOR, Sir:St James is under siege by criminals who seem prepared to not go down without a fight in response to the State's crackdown on their illicit activities. However, the security forces should not be deterred and ought to ramp up their...
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Nightmare at Bath Fountain

The Editor, Sir:A few weeks ago, my Jamaica-born husband and I decided to take our family to Bath Fountain during a short trip to visit his relatives in St Thomas. We had heard about the 'natural' fountain, erroneously thinking it was a regulated...
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Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

JOHANNESBURG (AP):First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some governments and tourism operators are humorously exploiting it to promote Africa's many attractions.Trump referred to...
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A year after Jammeh's exit, a nation emerges from the shadows

BANJUL (AP):The military intervention looked imminent. West African troops were poised to push into Gambia as Yahya Jammeh, the tiny nation's leader for more than 22 years, refused to cede power after losing elections. President-elect Adama Barrow...
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