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Cuba and Jamaica give Moreno a grand opportunity
YESTERDAY, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno arrived in Jamaica. The IDB has become Jamaica's most important banker, so it is encouraging that this visit appears to be saying to us 'job well done, keep up the good ... [...]
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Truant Students in Ski Masks Spark Jamaica HS Building Lockdown
JAMAICA — A pair of truant students set off a lockdown at the former Jamaica HS Thursday when they sneaked back into the building wearing ski masks to avoid surveillance cameras, police and education officials said. The students left the school at 167 ... [...]
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Jamaica Police Killings Drop Sharply in 2014
Jamaica is on track to report just over 100 killings by police officers this year, drastically lower than the 258 reported fatal shootings by security forces in 2013 -- a reduction that could be partly attributable to the work of an anti-impunity ... [...]
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Lawyers to make bid for release of Ophthalmologist today.
Lawyers representing an Opthalmologist who was detained on Monday as part of  a major tax probe have filed a writ in court demanding his release. It was filed yesterday and is to be heard today by Senior Magistrate, Judith Pusey.    The doctor was taken into... [...]
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Gas stations support "Pump Watch Day" to pressure for the reduction of fuel prices.
Gas station operators have endorsed an initiative for consumers to monitor prices at the pumps in the wake of  complaints that the country is not seeing the full benefits of  the decline in the cost of  oil.    Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says persons should make... [...]
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Cubans celebrate renewed relations with US
HAVANA (AFP) — Cubans erupted into celebration Wednesday at news of a historic renewal in relations with the United States, voicing hope the breakthrough would change their lives amid economic decay. [...]
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OBSERVER ‘TREATS’ STUDENTS AT Faith Tabernacle Basic School
THE Jamaica Observer on Tuesday hosted a Christmas treat for students at the Faith Tabernacle Basic School, located off Lyndhurst Road in St Andrew. [...]
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NIA launches second documentary film
NATIONAL Integrity Action's (NIA), which is celebrating its third anniversary, last week launched its second documentary film -- Building Integrity... A Work in Progress -- at the Palace Cineplex, Liguanea, St Andrew, on December 9, coinciding with the United Nations' observance of International Anti-Corruption Day. [...]
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Jamaica Praise Chorale brings band sound to gospel
Aptly named Jamaica Praise Chorale (JPC), the dynamic interdenominational group gave a preview of what is to come when they delivered an awesome performance as they launched their outfit at the Holy Cross Carter Hall in Half-Way Tree last Tuesday. [...]
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Jamaican officials hail historic diplomatic breakthrough with US
LEADING Jamaican political and medical figures and the senior Cuban envoy in Jamaica have welcomed yesterday's top global news story of efforts to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba after a stormy relationship that lasted more than ... [...]
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Japan and others gain from Jamaican brain drain
Dave Collymore, a 34-year-old Jamaican, has been a resident of Japan for the past seven years. He was recruited as an assistant language teacher (ALT) to teach English to elementary school kids in a rural area of Okayama Prefecture, where, it turned ... [...]
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Nick Cannon visits Jamaica Observer
American entertainer Nick Cannon and Canadian/Jamaican singer Kreesha Turner having a good laugh during yesterday's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper's headquarters in Kingston. Cannon is on a four-day visit to Jamaica to learn ... [...]
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Jamaica Bay offers ocean of knowledge for STEM students
John Waldman is standing on a dirt path, surrounded on all sides by 4-foot-tall sea grass, staring out across Jamaica Bay. Seagulls are flying overhead. Ducks are gliding across the water. A conservation biologist, Waldman is in his element. He's spent ... [...]
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Jamaica may have to import American ganja, says US activist
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the near future Jamaica could be importing cannabis (ganja) from the United States, says Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting ... [...]
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