‘What kind of demon possessed these killers?’

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This is an edited version of the victim impact statement read in the Supreme Court on Wednesday by a relative of Joeith “Chrystal” Lynch and her mother, Charmaine “Gloria” Rattray who were brutally murdered and their heads severed in July 2011. Before sentencing the four men convicted of the gruesome crime, High Court Judge Justice Vivene Harris had ordered that no mention should be made of the individual’s name or gender in any report on the…

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‘Onerous’ Gov’t guidelines delay CRH project

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Head of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) rehabilitation project oversight committee Professor Archibald McDonald has bemoaned the onerous government procurement guideline process, which he said has resulted in delays in the $4-billion project.Providing an update on the project at Grand-A-View Restaurant and Event Place in St James yesterday, Professor McDonald stated that the project has three phases.

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Holness welcomes increased Japanese assistance

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that two maritime patrol vessels which have been donated to Jamaica by the Japanese Government will boost the country’s ability to secure its borders.

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Some churches make noise, too, says McKenzie

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has expressed concerns that noise emanating from some churches is disturbing neighbourhoods, too.

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MURDER’S GRUESOME IMPACT

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THE excruciating pain and loss experienced by the family of Charmaine Rattray and her daughter Joeith Lynch when both were brutally chopped, shot and beheaded in their house in July 2011 was relayed in a victim impact statement read to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, moments before Justice Vivene Harris sentenced the four men convicted of the gruesome crime to life in prison.

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Special needs children get Christmas wish

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WHEN Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce got to the second floor of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre yesterday morning, more than 200 special needs children were astonished.Some of them, with tears in their eyes, could not contain their excitement, while others who were in disbelief, sought confirmation.

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UK exit poll suggests majority for Conservatives

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LONDON, England (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is likely to win a solid majority of seats in Parliament an exit poll suggested late last night — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfil his plan to take the UK out of the European Union next month.

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Dengue remains widespread in Manchester, says health official

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Health officials say dengue remains a major problem in this south-central parish. Speaking at the monthly sitting of the Manchester Municipal Corporation yesterday, Acting Medical Officer of Health Shannette Blair-Walters said the Manchester Health Department “continues to see [dengue] cases in almost all health facilities”.

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Politicians sad after deadly Dover attack

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THE tears seemed set to flow at any minute as Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange responded to questions from the media on Wednesday in her first public comments following the fatal shooting of her cousin and three others in Dover, St Catherine, on Tuesday night.

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Gangsters in cross hairs

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THE police will be intensifying their efforts to capture, charge and convict gang members heading into the new year, as part of efforts to stem the violence that has left more than 1,260 people dead across the island since the start of the year.

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