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​Gov't receives request for North South Highway toll increase, up to 31 per cent

The Government has received a request for an up to 31 per cent increase in toll rate for the North South Highway, which is to take effect September 9. Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry in a media release this afternoon said he received...
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Two Western Union in Spanish Town to be closed

In an effort to further enhance its network oversight and the protection of customers, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) and Western Union will be ceasing money transfer services at two additional locations in St. Catherine. The affected locations...
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'Stop blaming the Chinese!' - Samuda says 'terrible' fiscal policies drove Jamaica in partnerships

Decades of terrible fiscal policies, which have pushed Jamaica’s debt burden to unbearable levels, have forced the country to seek alternative assistance, and set the platform for nations like China to partner with the island for mutual benefit, Senator Matthew Samuda has said...
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Unfit for marriage - Court quashes union between mentally ill man and his caregiver

A High Court judge has quashed the three-year marriage between an elderly man with a history of mental disorders and the woman employed as his caregiver and ordered her...
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Hello Mi Neighbour | Helping a fallen neighbour makes us winners

Hello mi neighbour! I recently read where 'A runner who collapsed from heat stroke won a race with help from a competitor'. This occurred around the time Usain Bolt lost the final race of his career due to a hamstring injury in a 4x100 relay at the...
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Ja on path to economic independence, says Marks

Jamaica's ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, is pointing out that "Jamaica is firmly on the path of the true national mission of this generation - achieving and establishing economic independence for our nation and all our people"....
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No change in RSPL format

The 2017-18 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season is all set to kick off on Sunday, September 3, with no change in the format."September 3 is slated for the start of the 2017-18 Red Stripe Premier League. We have done a draft of the fixtures but...
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Diamond Mile Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better

The prestigious Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission's (BGLC) Diamond Mile has grown rapidly to become one of the nation's and the region's most lucrative and glamorous horse racing events, and at yesterday's launch of the third staging at the...
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Digicel founder behind new telecom - Denis O'Brien main shareholder in Deep Blue Cable

Digicel Group founder and chairman Denis O'Brien holds the largest stake in Deep Blue Cable, the new entity that aims to string the region with underwater fibre-optic cables.Deep Blue is not connected to Digicel, which has operations in the...
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Trade Winds targets Caribbean markets with tetra pak line

Trade Winds Citrus Limited, maker of Tru-Juice beverages, is planning to move into exports with its tetra pak line of products to Caribbean markets.It will also be bottling two new chilled products, green vegetable and beet root juices, for local...
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Ernie Smith, the philanthropist, highs and lows - Offers to pay annual insurance fees for five JAVAA members

At a recent media launch for his upcoming concert - Ernie Smith Celebrates 50 - the Jamaican musical pioneer spoke of his high and low moments of his musical career.But first, The Gleaner wanted to know why he has decided to assist the Jamaica...
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JA poetry festival, merge education, entertainment

The recent staging of the seventh annual Jamaica Poetry Festival 'The Poetree Feast' featured some of the most influential speakers in the creative writing industry in Jamaica as well as guests from the US, and Africa.Irie FM's, Andrea Williams-...
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Editorial | Police Federation has legitimate concerns

It is not often, in recent times, that this newspaper has found itself in support of positions held by the Police Federation. That's because the union for the rank and file of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has mostly busied itself with irrational...
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Keith Gardner | Arresting cops against their will

The recent requirement for sub-officers and constables to give six months' notice of their intention to withdraw from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) may prove as difficult to enforce as the Public Health Tobacco Control Regulation which...
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Letter of the Day | Where are moral voices on Zimbabwe murder?

THE EDITOR, Sir:On August 8, 2017, I observed in anguish a section of the community of Zimbabwe in Arnett Gardens shamelessly turn their anger on the mother of slain Micholle Moulton, with my silent cry, "O...
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OM for Bolt

THE EDITOR, Sir:We should all take a leaf from the book of the phenomenal character called Usain Bolt.The sport of athletics will miss his antics, showboating and playful idiosyncrasy. We will never pass this way again with a sportsman who was...
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12 killed when huge tree crashes down on Portuguese festival

LISBON(AP):A huge tree crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira yesterday, killing 12 people and injuring 52 others, officials said.The tree fell while a large...
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More than 300 dead, 600 missing in mudslides

FREETOWN (AP):Fatmata Kamara had just stepped outside her house before dawn on Monday when she saw the muddy hillside collapsing above her. The only thing she could do was run.She was one of the survivors, those who managed to escape the surging...
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Over 40? - Fight the ageing process by ditching these bad habits

You may look much younger and more vibrant than the 40-plus you are, but your body isn’t going to respond the way it did in your 20s. Sure, no one will ever guess your age, and may be quite shocked to know you are that old, but your body definitely knows and will not hesitate to remind you...
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Leading by example - Health staff enthusiastic about regular physical activity

Aligned with the Ministry of Health's 'Jamaica Moves' campaign, which promotes healthy lifestyle habits among Jamaicans, the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) is providing resources and support to its staff in the parishes of Clarendon,...
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Nothing wrong with a little bump and grind

Have you ever seen the picture of a man running away from his pregnant wife screaming, 'I poked the baby'? That is good for laughs but the truth is, sex during pregnancy is no joke. It can lead to an exploration of your flexibility while heightening...
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'Twas Trending ... highs and lows of IAAF World Championships

This week on 'Twas Trending, we have World Championships and a Wal-Mart glitch.  Farewell Bolt! Many Jamaicans were holding out for a gold, but the fastest man in history had to settle for a bronze. But that didn't seem to matter to...
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