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Five dead in Chile amid struggle to contain raging wildfires

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — At least five people have died as a result of the more than 150 wildfires burning across Chile that have destroyed homes and thousands of acres of forests while the South American country is in the midst of a scorching...
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Teachers reject the Government's wage offer

Delegates of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Ministry of Finance's most recent compensation offer. The vote took place Friday afternoon at a Special Delegates Conference at Wolmer's...
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Nikita Noel.

Principal wants spotlight on predators as family, school mourn slain 9-y-o

WESTERN BUREAU: Nordia Edwards said when she felt a pain in her abdomen on Wednesday evening, she instinctively knew something terrible had happened to her nine-year-old daughter, Nikita Noel. Hours later, her worst fears would be confirmed as...
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Call for brakes on child seat law

The Government has pledged to review the stipulation requiring all motorists to equip their vehicles with child-restraint equipment amid protest from transport operators and concern from affected parents and guardians. While emphasising that “it’...
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St Ann South East Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna makes a point during a sitting of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Agri Modernisation Programme budget cut draws Hanna’s rage

The slashing of the Government’s Agricultural Modernisation Programme by $150 million has angered St Ann South East Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna, who lambasted the administration Wednesday for treating small farmers with scant regard. The...
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‘The time is now’

Vice chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, declared on Tuesday that “the time is now” for a revolution of the educational system in Jamaica. He was speaking at the Terra Nova All Suite hotel in St Andrew, where the...
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SDF’s general manager Denzil Wilks

‘It’s going to be difficult’ Premium

Sports Development Foundation (SDF) General Manager Denzil Wilks is already cognisant of the huge task that the entity will have to assist Jamaican teams in a packed sports calendar for 2023. But he said he is hoping that, for the new fiscal year,...
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Positive ID the one to beat

POSITIVE ID’s brave second behind LURE OF LUCY at nine furlongs and 25 yards on January 2 makes him the horse to beat in Sunday’s overnight allowance at nine and a half furlongs, though facing course specialist CRIMSON, who was only three-quarter...
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Monymusk Rum produced by National Rums of Jamaica since 2011.

Jamaica prepping National Rums for divestment via stock market Premium

The Government of Jamaica plans to divest its stake in National Rums of Jamaica Limited, NRJ, via the stock market but has a hurdle to clear prior to making the offer. To facilitate the sale, the Government wants a fresh valuation done on its...
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BOJ wants internal audit systems strengthened in fincos

The Bank of Jamaica, BOJ, is urging the institutions it regulates to ensure that their internal audit systems are robust and well-resourced. In the wake of allegations that the seepage of funds from Stocks...
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The disc jockey is inspired by South African DJ Black Coffee and Barbados’ DJ Puffy.

Five Questions With DJ Anash

In terms of pioneers on the wheels of steel, the list is fiilled with the names of men, but there are a few women who have dared to challenge the statusquo and add their tender touch to the mix. These female disc jockeys have been overlooked and...
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‘Here I come with love’ – Terrelonge lyrical at Dennis Brown remembrance

The place was the National Heroes Park in Kingston, and the summons went out for a gathering of the people – dressed in white – at the final resting place of the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’ Dennis Emanuel Brown, to commemorate the 66th anniversary of...
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Police stand guard in front of the coffins holding the remains of three fellow officers who were killed in the line of duty during a wake at the Police Academy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 31.

Editorial | Take lead on Haiti, PM

Jamaica’s willingness to send police and soldiers to be part of a multinational force to help return public order and security to Haiti has the general support of this newspaper. But Jamaica must not merely be an appendage to another Great Power...
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Peter Espeut | Contingent democracy

It was Edward Seaga who famously said that “Elections don’t set up like rain”, but it is clear to me that it would be political suicide for a prime minister to call any election – local government or general – in the current Jamaican political and...
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Letter of the Day | Are we committed to fight fraud?

THE EDITOR, Madam: I am writing with reference to the article, ‘Policing thieves in high places’, by Imani Tafari-Ama published on Sunday, January 29 in In Focus. I must commend Ms Tafari-Ama for penning a great article; it was an excellent read...
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Readers’ reactions

Jamaica willing to send police, soldiers to Haiti to help restore peace Indeed, fully support a CARICOM-led intervention to Haiti. It’s long overdue, no matter how small the assistance it. – @DefydiOdds I hate to break it to him. Having lived...
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Pope Francis caresses a victim of violence in eastern Congo, at the Apostolic Nunciature in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Wednesday.

Pope consoles Congolese victims: ‘Your pain is my pain’

KINSHASA (AP): Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Congo’s people to forgive those who committed “inhuman violence” against them, celebrating a Mass for one million people and then hearing firsthand of the atrocities some of them have endured: a...
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US charges four in killing of Haiti’s president

MIAMI (AP): Four key suspects in the killing of Haiti’s president appeared for the first time in US federal court Wednesday to face accusations that they plotted and participated in his assassination, a day after they were transferred to the United...
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Trinidadian designer Nikitha Cornwall (left), stands with her costume – Aja – modelled by former Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Athaliah Samuel.

Trinidadian costume designers spread wings

Jamaica is fast becoming a stomping ground for carnival costume designers from the United Kingdom, Miami, and the Caribbean region looking to spread their wings. At the recent launch of YardMas Carnival’s ‘Reign of Goddesses’, several creators...

Lauded fashion designer Paco Rabanne dies at age 88

PARIS ( AP ): Paco Rabanne, the Spanish-born designer known for perfumes sold worldwide and his metallic, space-age fashions, has died, the group that owns his fashion house announced on its website Friday. "The House of Paco Rabanne wishes to...
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