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Sample from baby suspected of having microcephaly sent to Trinidad for Zika testing

The health ministry says it should be able to confirm within a week whether a sample taken from a baby believed to have microcephaly tested positive for the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby is born with a small head because...
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Farewell, Obama

They've all completed the packing and the boxes have been moved out. The staff has handed in those items belonging to the State, even the BlackBerry phones that they were using for the past eight years. Teary-eyed goodbyes have been said in the...
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Obama, a friend to Jamaica - Holness

Jamaica's Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has expressed good wishes to outgoing United States President Barack Obama, telling him to do good deeds and keep in touch with the nation that has come to love him.In a message yesterday, Holness commended...
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Kingston's Renfrew hotel construction ahead of schedule

CARICOM misses 2017 renewables target, but transformation under way

CARICOM has fallen short of its target of 20 per cent renewable power capacity by 2017 - as reflected in the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) - but all is not lost."Yes, we missed the 2017 target," said Dr Devon Gardner,...
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The difference conservation makes

Caribbean leaders grapple daily with attracting the bucket loads of money and technical know-how it requires to transform the energy sector to include renewable sources, thereby warding off climate threats, while putting a dent in a ballooning...
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Referees' rage! - Clarendon, St Catherine officials show red card to JFRA executive

Chairman of the St Catherine Referees Association Oneil Clayton has called on the Franklyn Brown-led Jamaica Football Referees Association (JFRA) administration to resign. Clayton stated that referees islandwide are disgruntled about how their...
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Richards wants badminton return

Former Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president Robert Richards says that he wants to return to the post as early as the end of this year as he contends that local badminton has been dormant since his departure.The JBA's current slate is led by...
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US ends probe of fatal Tesla crash without recall

US safety regulators will end an investigation into a fatal crash involving electric car maker Tesla Motors' Autopilot system without seeking a recall, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety...
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First China-London freight train arrives

The first direct freight train service from China to Britain arrived in London on Wednesday, another leg in Beijing's plans for closer trade ties with Europe along a modern-day Silk Road.The 18-day trip saw dozens of containers packed mainly with...
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Subdivided music less than sum of its parts

In just over half century, Jamaica has produced a quantity of popular music, both in terms of genres and sheer volume, which superlatives fail to give justice to.With this has come the opportunity to package it to specific tastes for collective...
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Young stalwarts launch Xaymaca International for carnival in Jamaica

Xaymaca (pronounced Za-my-ka) International is poised to launch Jamaica's newest carnival band for the April 23 annual road march. With the announcement of this unprecedented cooler fÍte and launch on Saturday, January 21, at the Constant Spring...
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Editorial | A delicate policy on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Although there are no signs that it's on the agenda, we still expect that Andrew Holness will make a fulsome statement on his recent visit to Israel, given the seeming absence of a specifically declared diplomatic context of the visit and the...
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Mark Wignall | Many on tenterhooks as Trump heads for White House

At midday tomorrow, many of those who had been in denial since Donald Trump won the presidency on November 8, 2016 will have their chance to awaken from the nightmare and face the even scarier reality.Trump has brought new superlatives to atrocious...
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Letter of the Day | #SayTheirNames is about empowering women

THE EDITOR, Sir:I get deeply disappointed when those I expect to say intelligent things do the contrary. First it was Boyne in his tirade about 'getting tough on crime' while acknowledging that his proposal...
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Kudos to guards at University Hospital

THE EDITOR, Sir:Thank you for giving me an experience that even while it was under the most trying of circumstances, I will forever be grateful that I met some of the best of the best of my people.I am proud to be a Jamaican, and am even more so now...
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Staffers leave White House amid tears ... packing away knick-knacks - even coffeemakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it's their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments...
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Obama prepares for a busy retirement, more freedom

WASHINGTON (AP):For Barack Obama, there's a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to champion, and a book to write. And don't forget that long-promised vacation with his wife.Looming retirement is looking...
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Little Caesars Comes to Town

Just when you thought the world of fast food could not get any better in Jamaica, Little Caesars comes to town!The international pizza franchise has graced our green shores with their palatable presence, officially opening at the improved Manor...
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Have a 'Foodie' expedition

On the busy streets of downtown Kingston, you can get whisked away on a 'foodie' expedition at Island Squeez.Owner Kevin Pearson told Food that he wanted to create a restaurant 'with a difference', something that no one has done before. And that is...
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