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published: Saturday | April 23, 2005
Lead Stories


Robbers target pharmacies - Eight held up and robbed over the past three weeks
THE JAMAICA Association of Pharmacy Owners (JAPO) has requested a meeting with Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas to address the recent incidence of several pharmacies being robbed.

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Guardsman security officer involved in $multimillion heist detained
Male students win essay, poster competition
'French fire trucks' offer still on the table' - Shaw disputes Gov't's claims that talks are off
Davies faces the heat at forum
'Raining ice' in Portmore

News


McCook is first resident ambassador to China
WAYNE MCCOOK has been appointed Jamaica's first resident ambassador to the People's Republic of China. Mr. McCook, who is acting undersecretary in the foreign ministry, is expected to take up duties in June when the embassy is scheduled to commence...

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DCP Shields to target criminals in Spanish Town
Unions call for safety audit
Mayors want urgent review of building codes
Sept 11 terrorist pleads guilty

Business


Golding wary of proposed oil crisis committee
OPPOSITION LEADER Bruce Golding yesterday reiterated that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) was wary of participating in a proposed parliamentary committee to examine possible approaches to the mounting oil crisis.

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Golding said nothing new, Robertson charges

Sport


WI put to the sword
ONCE UPON a time, definitely so in the 1980s and the 1990s, when feared West Indies fast bowlers were on the rampage, Kensington Oval was like a lion's den to visiting batsmen.

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Sir Viv endorses foreign coaches
Si Mi Trial for Courts Ja Oaks
Barnes by TKO
Sunshine Girls are ready to shock world
Thomas elevates schoolboy cricket
C&WJ sponsors Penn teams
Regional athletes eye World Champs
Hot battle for last semi-final spot

Commentary


Editorial - Rescuing the hostages
THE NOTION of inner-city residents being hostages of crime rather than protectors of criminals has been posited by Opposition Leader Bruce Golding, returning in his elevated role to the House of Representatives.

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'Chaka-chaka' of the UWI, Mona campus
Ignore proper land use to our peril
On dispensing 'praedial justice'

Letters


Letter of the day - Golding's first AGM
THE EDITOR, Sir: IN ACCEPTING the mantle of Leader of the Opposition and after being out of the House of Representatives since 1997, Bruce Golding indicated that justice for the Jamaican people will take precedence over popular sentiment...

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We need Air Ja
Communities must fight against crime
Seek out and tell the good

Entertainment


Soap scoop - Catching up with Amy Carlson
WITH THE Daytime Emmys less than a month away (May 20, to be precise), I took time out of my interview with Amy Carlson about her current role as Assistant District Attorney Kelly Gaffney on NBC's new Law & Order series...

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Celebrating Earth Day
Kutcher may have future in modeling

Farmer's Weekly


Drought damage bill over $270m
THE COST of the damage done to the agriculture sector from the recent drought and bush fires has been estimated at more than $270 million, a report by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) said.

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Self-sufficient through farming
Agri-notes

Mind & Spirit


The Muslim way in Jamaica
Television images sometimes portray the religion of Islam as a barbaric religion, which endorses suicide-bombings of innocent persons, and the amputation of limbs for even minor offences. But, that is a false image of Islam, says Mustafa Muhammad,...

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Muslim places of worship in Jamaica

Jamaica Budget Debate 2005/2006 Feature

THE GOVERNMENT SAYS

GCT UP

* Rate climbs to 16.5%
* Income tax ceiling rises

CONSUMERS, GAMBLERS and smokers will have to dig deeper into their pockets this year to help the Government keep its promise of balancing the budget.

Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Omar Davies, yesterday presented a tax plan to Parliament, intended to produce an extra $9.4 billion in revenue to plug the hole in this year's $347.2 billion spending plan. more

OPPOSITION SAYS

Poor to pay more

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN on Finance, Audley Shaw, is not impressed with Government's plans for financing the 2005/2006 Budget.

Speaking to The Gleaner shortly after Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Omar Davies, opened the Budget debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, Mr. Shaw admitted that some assistance has been provided to the most economically vulnerable ­ through the raising of the income tax threshold ­ but argued that the same assistance has been negated by tax increases. more





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