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Illegal cigarettes now account for almost 25% of the market - Carreras boss

Managing Director of Carreras Limited, Marcus Steele, says the rapidly growing illegal cigarette trade now accounts for almost 25 per cent of the total cigarette market in Jamaica. “The illicit trade in cigarettes has been an ongoing...
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Linstead Hospital to get new pharmacy

The National Health Fund (NHF) has broken ground for the construction of a Drug Serv Pharmacy at the Linstead Public Hospital in St Catherine.   Construction is to take eight months, at a cost of J$31 million funded by the NHF, which recently...
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41 charities receive US$600,000 grant funding from AFJ

It is Kelly Magnus' dream to build a culture of reading in the six inner-city communities in which the Fight for Peace Foundation operates. Now, with the receipt of a grant from the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), she expects that her dream will...
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Vindicated - Supreme Court orders reinstatement of career civil servant who was 'retired'

The Supreme Court has ordered the reinstatement of a career public servant who was "retired" as head of the state-run Court Management Services (CMS) by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after she was given permission to pursue further studies.The...
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Apple Leisure Group & Mark Travel Merger should bring significant growth to Jamaica

We Transform programme seeks to rescue youth offenders

Seventeen-year-old Jason Palmer* wants to fulfil his dream of becoming a paediatrician and has taken the first step by getting involved in the We Transform youth empowerment and reintegration programme.Jason, who is a ward at the Rio Cobre Juvenile...
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Hampton School saves big through PCJ energy intervention projects

The Hampton School in St Elizabeth has saved close to $5 million on its electricity bills through the successful execution of two energy intervention projects at the institution by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).Under a $62-million Solar...
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Jamaica set to field strong team at 2018 CAJGC

A preliminary junior team has been named by the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) to represent the island at the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC).The championship will take place from July 3-6 at the Caymanas Golf Club. The team...
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Thomas: There is no pressure

Coach of Portmore United Football Club, Shavar Thomas, says he is under no pressure to deliver the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title in only his first season at the club.After Portmore were defeated in the two previous finals, to Montego Bay...
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BOJ improves executive compensation, struggles with staff retention

The compensation packages for executive management of the Bank of Jamaica were topped up during 2017, amid efforts to retain critical staff.The central bank's annual report reported...
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Lee-Chin seeks US$300m in arbitration fight over Dom Rep investment

Michael Lee-Chin, an investor with significant regional holdings, served the government of the Dominican Republic with a notice of arbitration on April 6 surrounding the state takeover...
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Reggae, house music and yoga intersect at Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival

With a vision to bring progressive under-ground talents to the fore, Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival will return to Seven Mile Beach, Negril, from May 1-6 as the premier multifaceted destination experience where yoga, house music and reggae music...
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Sumfest 2018 introduces sponsors, artistes to New York

On Tuesday night, the Big Apple got a chance to meet the sponsors and artistes of this year's Reggae Sumfest at the New York launch of the concert, held at DL in lower Manhattan.In his remarks, founder and CEO of Downsound Records Josef Bogdanovich...
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Editorial | JDF should publish its Keith Clarke report

Neither surprisingly nor unreasonably, Peter Bunting is being battered for signing, six years after the fact and on the eve of a general election a declaration to the effect that the three soldiers accused of murdering Keith Clarke acted in "good...
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Horace Levy | St James emergency derailed

I am in agreement with Arlene Harrison Henry, the public defender, that the state of public emergency in St James should be ended rapidly.First, the public emergency is being used to justify detentions on a mass scale, which is a serious violation...
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Letter of the Day | Make Sav-la-Mar next cruise ship port

THE EDITOR, Sir:The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world's largest cruise industry trade association, released its State of the Cruise Industry outlook for 2018 and beyond. The report offers an in-depth look at the continued...
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Don't discriminate against LGBTs

THE EDITOR, Sir: Prime Minister Andrew Holness may have upended the political narrative in one phrase, "not my business", removing any illusion that there is a divide between the two major political parties  on whether LGBT...
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16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP):Two senior US Treasury officials say finance ministers from several Latin American nations, as well as the US and Europe, have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize assets arising from corruption by Venezuelan government...
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Minnesota prosecutor won't file charges in Prince's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP):No criminal charges will be filed in Prince's death, and evidence shows that the musician thought he was taking a common painkiller instead of a counterfeit pill containing the fentanyl that killed him, a Minnesota prosecutor said...
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Truth Tuesday

  It’s never easy to accept the harsh reality that you need to get better at your job, start a new career, build an empire, click reset on your affirmative mindset, or upgrade your life partner - but sometimes, you just have to face the...
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Weekend Shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans   Last weekend had mixed feelings of euphoria along with drama, drama, and you guessed it: more drama. We have the latest scoop of what was definitely hot and what was absolutely not in this week's Weekend Shenanigan....
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