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Eight vendors affected by fire at Ocho Rios Market

Eight vendors at the Ocho Rios Market lost all their goods in a fire that destroyed several stalls at the facility on Saturday night.  
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723 new COVID-19 cases, seven additional deaths

Jamaica on Saturday recorded seven more COVID-19 deaths, pushing the tally to 453. The deceased are: 1. 73-year-old woman from Kingston and St Andrew. 2. 85-year-old female from Kingston and St Andrew. 3. 73-year-old man from Kingston and St Andrew...
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Prison cell jam - Bureaucratic bungling hinders efforts to link phones seized behind bars

They are incarcerated. Some for stomach-churning crimes fitting the most macabre movies. Yet they wield cell phones at will, recording fights, ‘lavish’ parties and even using them to intimidate and order the deaths of Jamaicans beyond their...
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OXYGEN ALARM - Hospitals running low on supplies as COVID admissions climbPremium

Jamaica’s major hospitals are teetering on the very thin edge of collapse as some have either run out oxygen stock or are dangerously low amid rising COVID-19 hospitalisations and the resulting demands for the life-preserving chemical. “There is...
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Int’l Women’s Day | The feared and fearless Carol Palmer - Taking no prisoners, PS bemoans waning values, standards in society Premium

“Nothing is more beautiful than spring,” Gerard Manley Hopkins opens his poem Spring, a conclusion using hyperbole, which means an exaggeration and not to be taken literally. But Carol Palmer, permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Science,...
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Courting conflict - Differing views on JFF’s recruitment of overseas-bred talent Premium

As Jamaica continues its overseas recruitment of players ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, analyst Michael Hall and Harbour View head coach Ludlow Bernard have offered contrasting views on the pursuit of English-born players for the...
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Pollard calls for calm - WI hunt win in deciding T20 contest Premium

The Coolidge Cricket Ground is set to come alight this afternoon when the West Indies and Sri Lanka square off in the series decider in the third and final T20 International in Antigua starting at 5 p.m. Jamaica time. The visitors on Friday came...
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Straw import loophole - Drink manufacturers urge government fix, further delay of phase-three ban Premium

Plastic drinking straws should be off the market by mid-year, but Jamaican manufacturers say they have identified a loophole that gives juice importers an advantage and which they are urging Government to plug before the third phase of the ban is...
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JP consortium to bid on Barbados airport next month Premium

Food and logistics conglomerate, Jamaica Producers Group, JP, is going after the concession for Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, the tender for which has been delayed. Government technocrats in that country are reassessing the...
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Etana makes new moves - Collabs with Jr Gong, Stonebwoy, Vybz Kartel on special album

A romantic love song with Vybz Kartel on what she calls a “sexy Afro-pop rhythm”; a Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley collab, on which he drops the “wickedest verse ever”; a dancehall-Afrobeats fusion with Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall-reggae singer, Stonebwoy...
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Papa Michigan’s ‘Jamaica Dance’ textbook for students in Wisconsin - Teacher wanted happy music from Jamaica for project

When veteran deejay Papa Michigan decided to enter the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition, he moved heaven and earth to be back in Jamaica to meet deadlines that required him to be there in the flesh. “It was in the midst of the pandemic, and I...
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Editorial | Michelle Charles versus paper tiger ombudsman

Dr Michelle Charles is right. Even a four-year-old child would see, in the sense she posits it, that there was no vote-buying. There wasn’t a specific transaction between Dr Charles or her representative(s) and any voter or group of voters in St...
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Densil Williams | Budget 2021 and the recovery: will it be sufficient?

When Dr Nigel Clarke takes the podium this month to deliver Jamaica’s 2021-2022 Budget, that ritualistic activity that will guide the Government’s priority for the fiscal year, all eyes will be set on what plans and programmes will be rolled out to...
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaking during a news conference after the Senate passed a COVID-19 relief bill in Washington on Saturday.

Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP): An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a US$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic...
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ITALY | Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

MILAN (AP): The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive. Genetic analysis confirmed...
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Royal Couple Enthroned, painted on a commercial building in East Street.

King Alpha and Queen Omega in Kingston town

Recently, I surveyed religious street art and graffiti in Kingston, Jamaica. I saw numerous Rastafari-related images, such as His Imperial Majesty (HIM), the Lion of Judah and the Rasta Ites, on wall, carts, stalls, shops, fences, and buses. One...
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Nanny of the Maroons – embodiment of a universal mother

The Mother of Us All by Karla Gottlieb Reviewed by Elsa Joel A book is only the start of a long, certain journey. Any author would like to be reviewed by an unmotivated, impersonal reader. It is with this frame in mind that I review The Mother...
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BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport

X5 Hybrid maintains high standards

After seeing so many companies enter the SUV market, BMW decided to give it a go in 1999 when it launched the X5. It featured an all-wheel-drive system and a luxurious interior that lived up to its sedan standards. In typical German fashion, the...
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Handling driving emergencies

Emergencies may arise even while we drive defensively on the roads. The MacMillan School dictionary describes the concept of emergency as, “an unexpected situation in which immediate action is necessary, often because of danger.” According to Keith...
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In this January 13, 1958 photo, Jamaica’s then minister of housing and social welfare, Dr Glendon Logan (left), is seen discussing the possibility of a visit to the West Indies with then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru (right), during Logan’

Asif Ahmad | Commemorating the Commonwealth – bound by shared values

For three years of my career, I was deeply involved as the United Kingdom’s leading official in Commonwealth matters. The highlight of this time was the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, of all the Heads of Government in 2003. Her Majesty, the Queen, was...
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Advertorial | If Jesus, Why not Sanctuary Cleansing?

The exact year when Jesus was anointed as the Messiah was foretold by the prophet Daniel – “Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be...
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A silver spoon but not a silver platter for Nicholas Kenneth Benjamin

Nicholas Kenneth Benjamin might have been born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but his iconic father Kenneth, founder of the security company, Guardsman, is not one who believed in handing his son life on a silver platter. He had to...
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Preelabs Limited: Translating vision to reality

“I LIKE to solve problems. I like to make things. I like to make things that solve problems.” Yekini Wallen-Bryan knows these statements might sound cliché, but they have been his truth since he was a child. The minute he becomes aware of a problem...
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