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Jamaica Caribbean's largest producer of illicit marijuana – report Audio

A new international report says Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of cannabis herb in Central America and the Caribbean. The 2014 report by the International Narcotics Control Board was released yesterday in the...

McDonald's: No more Antibiotics used in humans for chicken on our menus

NEW YORK (AP): McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone. The company says the chicken change will take place...
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This nation must weep - Child killers claim 15th victim since start of the year

Jamaica was thrust into despair once again yesterday as the barbarism of some of its people was emphasised when another child became part of the chilling murder statistics.Her head almost ripped from her slender frame, 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson...

Kayalicia was a promising child - principal

Staff and students at Donald Quarrie High School in Kingston were locked in a classroom, overcome with grief, as they tried to come to terms with the passing of 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson, who was hacked to death at her home in Newlands, St...
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Budget Focus: No 30 per cent wage increase for public sector

It appears that public sector workers will not get anywhere close to the 30 per cent increase in wages, over two years, they have requested."In the context of low inflation, in the context of the payment of increments, we are certainly expecting...
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Budget Focus: Gov't pledges $8.2m to assist persons with disabilities

A sum of $8.2 million will be spent this year to strengthen the Government's capacity to better cater to the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs).The money has been made available under the Support to Improve the Lives of PWDs project, as...
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Francis turned down Bolt

Stephen Francis, head coach of Maximising Velocity and Power (MVP) track club, has revealed he turned down the opportunity to coach double Olympic world record holder Usain Bolt. "When I got the chance to coach Bolt, I turned it down because coaching...

Fewer doping cases anticipated - Neita-Headley

Natalie Neita-Headley, the minister with responsibility for sports, said it is unlikely that Jamaica will ever have the vast number of positive drug-test results that were returned in recent years.Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Neita-Headley said...
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SVL takes on new gaming partner

Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) has taken on a new business partner, which will manage what the company refers to as its new 'route gaming system' now being tested in select locations.Under a US$5 million partnership with local company, ICE Jamaica...

Foreign markets boost GraceKennedy revenue to $78b

GraceKennedy Limited has racked up a new record year for revenues, but large expenses linked to inventory and other costs of doing business, plus a larger salary bill, have squeezed the conglomerate's profit margins.For 2014, GraceKennedy reported...
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iakopo makes reggae connections while in Ja

Billboard-charting Japanese reggae artiste iakopo (Yah - Koh - Poh) is in Jamaica, where he is expected to work with several local producers and artistes for his upcoming project. The artiste, who was born in the United States (US) under the Mormon...

Not your regular trip

A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable - and unimaginable - way, including...
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Editorial: Enforce the law on motorcycles

This newspaper has, in recent days, with the publication of photographs highlighting the problem, been drawing attention to the widespread practice of Jamaican motorcyclists, and their passengers, riding without wearing safety helmets.It is a habit...

Charlene Williams: Race and gender bias hurts hotel sector

As a Jamaican, I respond in support of the story about the challenges facing Sam James, 'Racism at Tryall?', published in The Gleaner on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The claim that Jamaica's labour force does not have qualified professionals for...
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Letter of the day: Court misery frustrates farm-theft victims

THE EDITOR, Sir: In your editorial headlined 'Putting an end to farm pillage', in last Saturday's paper, you recommended harsh punishment for those thieves who are caught. However, punishment can only be imposed on those thieves who are not only...

Civil servants failed on chik-V, too

THE EDITOR, Sir: I notice that much of the public criticism of the bad management of the chikungunya epidemic has landed on the head of the minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson.While I agree that he bears much of the responsibility for this...
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Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

IOWA (AP): Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest...

Villarica volcano erupts, thousands flee

SANTIAGO (AP):One of South America's most active volcanos erupted early yesterday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.The Villarica volcano erupted...
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Living with lymphoedema

March is Lymphoedema Awareness Month. There are two types of lymphoedema, primary and secondary, and it affects persons of all ages. Lymphoedema occurs when the lymphatic circulation fails to function correctly, causing persistent swelling of the...

Irregular menses - a Chinese medicine approach

Some women look forward to the days of no period with great anticipation, while some simply wish it would just come regularly, especially those hoping to conceive.Irregularities in the menstrual cycle may include:n Amenorrhea: the absence of...
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