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'Intervene early' - Thwaites says Queen's expulsions expose need for early intervention, behaviour change

IN LIGHT of the strong action taken against students who were involved in a brawl at The Queen's School, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is calling for schools to begin intervention for students as early as grade seven.The expulsion of eight gang...
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US gay-rights advocates satisfied by talks

THE TWO senior gay-rights advocates officially dispatched to Jamaica by the United States (US) last week, have emphatically rebuffed assertions that they were in the island to influence changes to the controversial buggery law.Randy Berry, special...
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'Sufferers' to pay - Windsor Heights residents beg for time to regularise land ownership

Occupiers of 1,250 lots in Windsor Heights, St Catherine, now face eviction from the properties many of them have called home for years because of their failure to agree to a payment schedule in order to remain on the lands.The Ministry of Transport...
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Arrival boom from the US - Sector records visitor increase from US for winter season

Tourist arrival figures are just in for the 2015 winter season, and Jamaica's largest leisure market, the United States (US), has registered overall growth of 9.1 per cent over the same period - January to April of 2014.The island attracted 445,000...
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Criminals take toll on highway

Since its construction, the Mandela Highway to May Pen leg of Highway 2000 has been plagued by theft that has caused the TransJamaica Highway (TJH) Limited and Jamaican Infrastructure Operator Ltd (JIO) to shell out in excess of US$1 million to...
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Women join business process industry association board

Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) has named two of the island's leading female game changers in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector to its board.The two - Odetta Rockhead, country manager, Sutherland Global Services...
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Chanderpaul dropped - WICB selectors omit veteran - batsman from Australia series

Veteran West Indies batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has been dropped for the upcoming series against Australia, starting June 3.The Guyanese batsman, who has scored 11,867 runs in 164 Tests, has had a lean spell recently, scoring just 183 runs in...
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Simmons wants to talk Test cricket with big guns

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):New West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, says he wants to meet to discuss Test cricket with five West Indies players who are among the top performers in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.Simmons says he wants to hold...
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New luxury bus service to roll out in June - Corporate Express eyes Portland, Montego Bay routes

A second luxury bus service called Corporate Express is about to enter the market, starting with one route from Kingston to Port Antonio and two buses, which will eventually grow to a fleet of four.Businessman and hotelier Ernest Constantine '...
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Food produce market now available online at Fresh Mart Express

A local wholesaler has carved out a niche for itself in the fresh produce delivery business, bringing a range of foods to the homes and offices of its customers.The business, which operates from Newport West in Kingston, is divided into two entities...
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Jamaica ready to host Miss World

With three Miss World titles under the belt, Jamaica is now ready to host the Miss World Finals, according to Laura Butler, Miss World franchise holder for Jamaica.Butler, who acquired the franchise in 2013, believes that though it will prove costly...
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Reggae crooner Iba MaHr set to release new album

After years of honing his skills and doing music to inspire listeners, reggae singer Iba MaHr says he is now in a place to release an album.His entrance into the mainstream started with Will I Wait in 2011. The song got much airplay, but Iba MaHr...
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Editorial: Catching Mr Hutchinson changes nothing

As is rarely the case when it comes to plundering public resources to finance the politics of patronage, the Gordon House consortium turned back what would have been a most egregious raid on the infamous Constituency Development Fund (CDF).But no...
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Garth Rattray: What happened to the dinosaurs?

Dinosaurs roamed the Earth up to 65 million years ago. Popular scientific thinking is that most of them were killed off by a large celestial body travelling 150 times faster than a jetliner. It struck the Earth with 100 million megatons (100,000...
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Letter of the day: Why marginalise those against LGBT lifestyle

THE EDITOR, Sir:I write in response to the column 'US supports rights of LGBT J'cans' by US Ambassador Luis Moreno published on Saturday, May 23, 2015. He expresses his country's (United States) goal of "[globally] promoting the respect for...
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Should - scammers be blamed?

THE EDITOR, Sir:Patria-Kaye Aarons wrote an article boasting on accomplishments that should dare not put her in the same category as Jamaican scammers.In the article, she mentioned that she was denied from drawing on her crowdfunding resources since...
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Irish back gay marriage

DUBLIN (AP):Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalise gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared yesterday after the world's first national vote on the issue.Gay couples hugged and kissed...
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Streets calm after 71 arrested in Cleveland protests

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The streets returned to calm Sunday after police arrested dozens of demonstrators overnight when protests grew increasingly aggressive in the wake of a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.In total, 71...
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