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Four additional COVID-19 fatalities, 130 new cases

Jamaica on Thursday recorded four more COVID-19 deaths, pushing the tally to 838. The deceased are a 58-year-old man from Manchester, a 74-year-old woman from St Catherine, a 33-year-old woman from St James whose death was formerly under...
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$200 million earmarked to continue agriculture buy-back programme

The Ministry of Agriculture has earmarked an additional $200 million to continue the Government's Buy-Back Programme. Portfolio Minister, Floyd Green, said that programme is among “aggressive strategic initiatives” implemented last...
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The humble headquarters of Rahim’s Cleaning and Trucking Ltd at 3 Smith Street in Woodford Park, Kingston. The company is under scrutiny over a multimillion-dollar cleaning contract in St Ann.

‘Collusion’ scandal Premium

An audit conducted into the $46.8-million government contract awarded to Rahim’s Cleaning and Trucking Limited to sanitise and clean eight locations in Ocho Rios, St Ann, has unearthed worrying findings, including exorbitant pricing costs and...
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After losing 11 friends to COVID, 77-y-o is biggest fan of vaccine

WESTERN BUREAU: A 77-year-old man who has lost 11 friends and his personal doctor to COVID-19 is appealing to Jamaicans who have taken their first jab to return for the critical second dose as health officials say the UK variant is the most...
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A Salute to Woman

Rats and rubbish hell: Mandeville residents decry poor garbage collection

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: Overflowing garbage skips, intolerable stench and rodents have made the lives of some Mandeville residents living in the Avondale Heights community unbearable. The residents say they are forced to find alternative means of...
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Blind teacher yearns to return to classroom

For 21 years, Antonate Peters honed her skills in classrooms until one day in February 2019 when she woke up blind. Baffled by the suddenness of it all, Peters recalls that it was a traumatising experience when she could not even find her way out...
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Tina Clayton (left) from Edwin Allen wins the Class Two Girls’ 100 metres final in 11.38 seconds ahead of Kerrica Hill (centre) from Hydel, 11.61 seconds, at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterda

Sprint to the finish!

High drama. High emotion. The highly anticipated sisterly sprinting duel, between Edwin Allen’s twin tandem of Tia and Tina Clayton, did not materialise at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships yesterday after the former’s shock...
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Dennis delivers, KC cling to lead

Three years after his last appearance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, standout St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) sprinter Sachin Dennis returned to the National Stadium yesterday to stamp his authority on...
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CEO of WIHCON Marvin Campbell.

WIHCON to plug demand for low-income homes with prefab, container units Premium

Housing developer West Indies Home Contractors Limited, WIHCON, is pumping funds into research and development around prefabricated steel and container homes as more affordable options for homebuyers at the mid- to lower end of the residential...
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EFresh to chop sluggish business line, moves into snack distribution Premium

Food distributor Everything Fresh Limited, EFresh, has launched a snack line following a review of its business, which produced losses of $181 million for year ending December 2020. Concurrently, the company is finalising plans to exit at least...
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Rickardo ‘Shuzzr’ Smith

Five Questions With Rickardo ‘Shuzzr’ Smith

He has been called a public relations guru, a scholar and strategist in the reggae-dancehall entertainment and media landscape. Now, Rickardo Shuzzr Smith is adding the title military man to his resume. Currently based in New York, he is widely...
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Sound moves as Edna Manley signs agreement with SMC Group

President of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, could not hide her glee at Wednesday’s official signing of an agreement between the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) and the SMC Group, a global...
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Editorial | Explain plan to ease restrictive covenants

Given their too many experiences of powerful developers – sometimes with the complicit state agencies – jackbooting it over their rights, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will appreciate why many people will be wary of plans to make it easier to...
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Kellie Magnus | It will take a village and sustained efforts to help children soar

May is chock-full of themed days that remind us of our commitments to children and youth, which are great for generating attention, for smart photo ops and high-traffic social media posts. The month is branded Child Month, topped annually with a...
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Letter of the Day | Who are ‘real’ Christians

THE EDITOR, Madam I was intrigued by the title of Dr Michael Abrahams’ latest column, “Who are the ‘real’ Christians?” I lament the behaviour he described, particularly because it does not fit with the respectful engagement that Christians are...
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Talkback Friday

We asked our followers on social media: Which teams do you think will take the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships crowns on Saturday, May 15? Here are some of the favourites: KC and Edwin Allen – @_melanin_queen18 Edwin Allen – @...
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Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, yesterday.

Israel threatens Gaza ground invasion despite truce efforts

JERUSALEM (AP): Israel on Thursday said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war. Egyptian...
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Professor Clive Landis to serve as next principal at The UWI Cave Hill Campus

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC: The University of the West Indies (The UWI) yesterday announced that Professor Clive Landis will serve as the next principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. His appointment was confirmed at The UWI’s annual...
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