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US school shooting: Police waited 45 minutes before confronting gunman

Students trapped inside a classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 during this week’s attack on a Texas elementary school, including one who pleaded, “Please send the police now,” as officers waited in the hallway for more than 45 minutes, authorities said Friday.
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Port Authority warns against speculation over Falmouth cruise ship crash

The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is cautioning "all parties" from speculation about Thursday's collision at a cruise ship at the Historic Falmouth Port in Trelawny.  The authority's statement today came hours after Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the crash of the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas vessel into the dock was caused by 'pilot error'.
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A screen grab from an amateur video posted to social media, reportedly showing the moment when the ‘Harmony of the Seas’ crashed into the Historic Falmouth cruise pier on Thursday.

‘PREMATURE’

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett yesterday blamed pilot error for Thursday morning’s incident in which Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise vessel crashed into the dock at Historic Falmouth in Trelawny, but the Port Authority of Jamaica (...
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Holness urges Kintyre to take stand against illegal dumping Premium

St Andrew East Rural Member of Parliament Juliet Holness has suggested that people are being paid to facilitate dumping of garbage and other waste in the Hope River, a situation which has caused concern for residents of Kintyre, who fear it places...
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Lizette Marshall of Thicketts district, St Ann prepares to hand Agriculture Minister Pearnel Charles Jr a watermelon.

Praedial thieves, beware!

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr is warning praedial thieves that the Government will spare no resources to get them behind bars. Praedial larceny costs Jamaican farmers up to $6 billion annually, according to Government...
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Internet access brings excitement at Seaward Primary and Junior High

On Thursday, the excitement was palpable at Seaward Primary and Junior High School on Olympic Way in St Andrew, as the school prepared for the official launch ceremony of its public Wi-Fi system. Leading the charge was principal Arlene Thomas. “We...
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Thompson-Herah, Richardson renew rivalry Premium

Nine months after their last encounter produced the second-fastest women’s 100 metres time ever, double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and American Sha’Carri Richardson will face each other in the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic...
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Swimmers continue call for training pool in western Jamaica Premium

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay’s national swimmers continue to bemoan the lack of a proper swimming pool in western Jamaica for them to train and hone their skills, even after several of their number have been honoured by the parish’s municipal...
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Tyrone Wilson, CEO of iCreate Limited.

iCreate gets shareholder approval to convert nearly $70m of debt to equity

Shareholders of iCreate Limited voted their approval on Friday of a plan to convert debt owed to two financial backers to common shares, which will free the training company of nearly $70 million in loans. Dequity Investment will end up with a 20...
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GK to expand life insurance footprint to 15 regional markets Premium

GraceKennedy Group wants a bigger presence in the Caribbean’s life insurance market, and is chasing yet another deal to grow the division. It’s now in eight countries but has set a target of up to 15 markets, and is in the process of acquiring...
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‘Journey’ performing icon Ken Boothe gets lost in the rhythm as he performs the single.

Ken Boothe, IWaata make Thursday Night ‘Live’

The inaugural staging of Thursday Night Live, held last Thursday at The Cove Restaurant in collaboration with 8Rivaz, featured a dynamic mix of entertainers and provided an intimate live music experience. Far from the busiest night inside the...
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Five Questions with Chronixx

If the music of roots-reggae star Chronixx does not give it away, the dedication that he has put into participating in righteous causes at the national and global level shows that he is on a mission of upliftment. To write, sing, produce and...
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World Health  Organization estimates that 36 per cent, or almost four of every one, of Jamaican children between 13 and 15 are overweight or obese, placing them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

Editorial | Child obesity crisis looms

They may be the most vocal, opinionated and, often, the most stubborn among us, but their choices are limited, or driven, like their lives, in the direction that their parents move. Therein lies the potential for fixing, or heading off, another...
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Tony Deyal | Who let the Gates out? Premium

American journalist Max Lerner might have been writing this specifically for the present prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago (PMOTT), Keith Rowley, “The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope.” In...
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Letter of the Day | Exercise caution on expanding extractive industry

THE EDITOR, Madam: Audley Shaw, minister of mining, recently called for Jamaica to plan for life after bauxite and alumina. He further encouraged the extraction of the other ‘God-given’ minerals found in Jamaica. In the May 21 Gleaner article, ‘...
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Guns should not be sold freely in the US

THE EDITOR, Madam: This youngster purchased two assault rifles then shot and killed 19 school students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas. This is another awful blow, as easy and as simple as that. Did the person who...
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Internally displaced people wait for aid in Djibo, Burkina Faso on Thursday.

‘We don’t have food’

DJIBO (AP): African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups....
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Ex-rebel frontrunner could shake US ties

BOGOTA (AP): Last year, Fabian Espinel helped organise roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as Colombia heads into its presidential election Sunday,...
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Left: On the WynWood Walls in Miami, USA, colourful murals present the most awesome pictorial highlights.

Toolsie’s take on travelling the world

From the tender age of five, Kristen Toolsie was on the go and ready to travel. She attributes her natural affinity for adventure to her exciting family who toted her to beaches, restaurants, hotels, and excursions. Today, she has carried on that...

No one is safe until everyone is safe – Suh Jeong-in

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Jamaica, Suh Jeong-in, gave a public lecture entitled ‘Change in the International Situation and the Way Forward for Korea-Jamaica Relations.’ The virtual address was hosted by The Office of the Principal in...
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