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Linstead resident escapes injuries after train derails stopping metres from his house

A resident of Charlemont in Linstead, St Catherine narrowly escaped injuries this morning after a section of a train loaded with alumina derailed, stopping metres away from his house. Jeremiah James says he was on his verandah having breakfast when...
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Hylton to lead trade mission to Cuba

Industry and Investment Minister Anthony Hylton is to lead a group of Jamaican private sector leaders on a trade mission to Cuba. The group will include the presidents of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce...
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I told Ellington

AN ATTORNEY for retired Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has revealed that former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has acknowledged that he was the government minister who told the former police chief about communications between Chri-stopher 'Dudus...
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Bigwoods gets a new bridge

A $10.1-million box culvert bridge, constructed in the community of Bigwoods in south-west St Elizabeth, was officially opened yesterday by State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing Richard Azan.The structure, which connects Bigwoods to...
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Kingston College marches for 90th anniversary

April 16, 1925 marks the founding of Kingston College (KC), and 90 years to that date students at the all-boys institution lined the length of North Street for a historic march to the site where the school was first established.The sea of khaki...
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Holder stars as WI earn draw

NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP):An unbeaten 103 by Jason Holder helped West Indies salvage a nail-biting draw against England in the first Test yesterday, spoiling James Anderson's celebrations after becoming his country's record wicket-takerHolder had...
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Windward - Road retain INSPORTS title

Defending champions Windward Road turned in an outstanding last day display to retain their title at the end of the three-day Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Junior High Schools Track and Field Championships at Stadium East field.Windward who started...
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Ja gets a boost in PPP rankings

Jamaica's outreach to investors under public-private partnerships, referred to as PPPs, is making its mark and has landed it among the top 10 markets in the Americas for infrastructure projects.A new report released this week by the Inter-American...
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BOJ reduces benchmark interest rate

Inflation has hit its lowest point in 48 years at four per cent, and now the Bank of Jamaica has cut its policy rate by 25 basis points, saying it expects consumer prices to remain low over the next year. BOJ has reduced the benchmark rate on the...
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Towards a formal music business

As promised last week, today we look at some reasons why what passes for the Jamaican music industry should move towards a more formal structure. While the topic is always relevant - and always thorny - this time around, it is prompted by a State of...
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Runkus excited about project release

With Welcome Paula Son due for release next week, Runkus is still beaming from what he said was a successful launch of the project late last month.Runkus and his Old SKL Band recently completed the project, which they showcased at Suzie's in St...
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Editorial: Career planning is critical

The revelation that there is high demand in the marketplace for graduates of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts is an indication of the role creative-mindedness and innovation are playing...
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Simone Llewellyn: Don't treat arts as Jamaica's bastard pickney

As a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, I was moved to write a letter to The Gleaner in response to your front-page article 'Top of the Class' dated April 15, 2015, especially in...
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Letter of the Day: You can fight ganja ticket in the courts

THE EDITOR, Sir:Mr Owen S. Crosbie, attorney-at-law, in his letter published in The Gleaner of April 16, 2015, indicated his views on aspects of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 that came into force on...
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Putting ganja cart before horse

THE EDITOR, Sir:If the reports shared with your newspaper by the minister of education, the Rev Ronald Thwaites, with regard to ganja smoking among students on the very day small quantities of the substance were decriminalised, are accurate, it...
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Thousands flee as IS group advances on Ramadi

BAGHDAD (AP):More than 2,000 families have fled from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an official said yesterday, as the Islamic State group advanced on the provincial capital of the western Anbar province, clashing with Iraqi troops.The extremist group,...
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UK politician with dementia spared sex-crime charges

LONDON (AP):British prosecutors said they won't charge a former lawmaker with alleged sex crimes against children because the 86-year-old politician has severe dementia.Police and victims of child abuse expressed anger at yesterday's decision not to...
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'My mother is a pain'

Q My mother is a pain. She is studying for her graduate degree and I for my undergraduate at the same institution. She is giving the lecturers hell, and I am trying to hide from her when she arrives for classes in the holiday sessions. I am 17 and...
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I'm unemployed and frustrated

Q I have been unemployed for three years since there was a mutual separation from my last job. I was dissatisfied with what I was earning after working for 10 years with them, and perhaps because of that frustration my performance might have dropped...
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Key amenities closed, Green Island facing stagnation

WESTERN BUREAU:Residents of Green Island, in Hanover, say they are still grappling with the loss of three key basic social amenities - their library, their market and their post office, which has not only made their lives more difficult, but is also...
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... reflecting on the good old days

WESTERN BUREAU:Historical records show that in the heydays of sugar, Green Island, in Hanover, was a bustling seaport town, supported by sugar estates such as Harding Hall, Prospect, Saxham, Winchester, Rhodes Hall, Haughton and Glasgow.Sugar and...
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