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Unions, HEART/NTA sign wage agreement

The National Workers Union, the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the Union of Public and Private Employees have inked a four-year wage and fringe benefits agreement with the HEART/NTA. The deal will apply to over 500 non-management and...
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Mandatory electronic pension payments will only apply to AGD - MOL

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is advising that the policy change regarding pension payments only applies to sums paid by the Accountant General's Department. Effective September one, these pensioners will be paid via direct deposit...
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Criminals running scared - PM says anti-crime plan is working very well

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is guaranteeing that there is an active national security strategy at work that has led to an overall reduction in crime. However, he pointed out that to make the details public was a sure way to ensure failure....
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Grooming rules remain! - Principals say discipline in school important for an orderly society

Although making it quite clear that discipline will be maintained, Dr Elaine Cunningham, who heads St Hugh's High School inSt Andrew, believes that the issue of grooming must include negotiation and compromise.Speaking with The Gleaner about...
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Earth Today | Crop simulation modelling augurs well for Caribbean agriculture

The climate-change threat to food security has left Jamaica and the Caribbean in search of an effective response to safeguard their ability to feed their people over the long term, and it appears they have found one.It is called crop simulation...
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Earth Today | Climate change a growing threat to food security

From availability to access, utilisation and systems stability, climate change is a threat to all four dimensions of food security.The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations sounded the warning from as far back as 2008 with...
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Weir has my full support! - Rugby Union head backs athlete's decision to migrate

Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick has said that he supports 200m sprinter-turned-rugby player Warren Weir's decision to migrate to Florida for track and field training.It was reported earlier this week that Weir will be...
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Perfect neighbour shows class in open allowance

PERFECT NEIGHBOUR used his back class to clinically beat open allowance horses yesterday, for the second time in a little over four months, confirming his status as a grade one horse - even at eight years old.Carrying topweight 126lb at his...
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NIF, NIS to merge - Government to spin off new agency, weighing privatisation of pension funds

With Cabinet approval in hand, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security disclosed on Monday that it is pursuing an overhaul of public pension fund manager National Insurance Fund (NIF) that will result in its merger with the National Insurance...
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FLOW Jamaica hauls in $23b over six months

Telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless Jamaica, which trades as FLOW, earned US$183 million ($23 billion) in revenue over six months ending June, derived in part from price increases...
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Underneath It All - Nude actors turning heads

Following its opening three weekends ago, David Tulloch's erotic play Sugar Daddy has, not surprisingly, garnered a lot of attention. With a promise of profanity and nudity, the players made good – and harbour nary an inkling of regret...
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Sister Nancy to headline charity concert August 24

In 2016, internationally renowned singer Sister Nancy, was honoured by the Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies (QORIHC) for her contributions to the music industry.Come August 24, it will be Sister Nancy's time to give back as she partners...
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Editorial | Why Donald Trump is dangerous

He didn't address the issue with the contextual breath it deserved, and we are uneasy with some of his vocabulary. Nonetheless, Prime Minister (PM) Andrew Holness' affirmation of the importance of Jamaica's media as critical pursuers of truth was...
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Mark Wignall | Dirty water and petty politics

Last Thursday, I awoke at my usual time of minutes to 5 a.m. At 7:30 I took a shower and immediately after, went to the kitchen to mill some roasted beans in preparation for brewing my coffee.While filling a glass for measuring I was far from...
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Letter of the Day | Not all Jamaicans are scammers

THE EDITOR, Sir:Recently, I became a casualty of the same fate that customers complain about due to irrelevant red tape at MoneyGram.It was my first time receiving money through MoneyGram from a friend who is currently in the United States on the...
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Spanish Town Hospital legal department a disgrace

THE EDITOR, Sir:I wish to highlight the inadequacies and unprofessionalism that take place in the Medical Legal Department of the Spanish Town Hospital.On April 4, 2018, we submitted a form from my mother's insurance to be completed by the hospital...
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Cabinet declares state of emergency for Genoa

GENOA (AP):The Italian Cabinet has approved a 12-month state of emergency for Genoa after a key highway bridge collapsed, killing at least 39 people.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says his government won't wait until prosecutors finish investigating...
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Italy declares 12-month state of emergency over collapsed bridge

The Italian Cabinet has approved a 12-month state of emergency for Genoa after a key highway bridge collapsed, killing at least 39 people. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says his government won’t wait until prosecutors finish investigating...
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Prime Minister's Welcome Reception delights

It is the University of the West Indies' Chancellor's Week, and in fine style, it started with the Prime Minister's Welcome Reception.It was a night filled with Jamaica's leaders, forward thinkers, educators and future nation builders, who were all...
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Trevor E. S. Smith | How to get more out of life

Bored at work? Life-work balance out of line? Feel like you are expending energy on a treadmill? Are these and other issues putting a damper on your life? Is each new day just a change of the calendar? Have you been...
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Murray's Fish and Jerk Hut - The ultimate jerk experience

It is that place on the Toll Gate main road that has a full parking lot. That same place that has the sweet chopping sounds and the skillfully-folded foil containing unmatched flavours of jerked pork or chicken and, if you please, rabbit.Murray's...
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Jamaican Peanut Butter Factory adding spice and variety

Canadian Fred Reibin and American Jason Lutz teamed up with Jamaican farmers Marvil Nelson from Clarendon and Deondre Walker from Gordon Town to produce authentic Jamaican peanut butter. The two found it odd that no one had jumped at the opportunity...
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