Gov’t adds $11b to 2018/19 budget

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The Government yesterday tabled the second supplementary estimates (budget) for 2018/19, showing provisions for an additional $11.4 billion for the current financial year, which ends on March 31.The proposed increases of $10 billion in recurrent (housekeeping) expenses and $1.4 billion in capital (works) expenditures have moved the 2018/19 budget from the initial $$791.1 billion to a proposed new figure of $802.5 billion.

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Prime minister visits five-year-old letter writer

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday took time out to visit a five-year-old child, Makai McLawrence, who sent him a letter during the festive season with a request for him to visit his school, Small Treasures Child Care in St Andrew.

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Holness says Corporate Area murders now a cause for concern

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday noted that of 20 murders reported since the start of the new year, 11 were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew.The prime minister hinted that, with the statistics highlighting more than 50 per cent of the 2019 murders in the Corporate Area, this is “an area of specific cause for concern”.

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Destroy mosquito-breeding sites, minister urges

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MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher Tufton is imploring citizens to be vigilant in seeking out and destroying mosquito-breeding sites in and around their homes.“Citizens must recognise that they have an important responsibility as it relates to monitoring their environment. We are appealing to them to play their part as we seek to quickly contain and overcome this period,” the minister said.

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Man shot dead just before SOE lifted in Denham Town

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Hours before the state of public emergency (SOE) ended in the Kingston Western Division a man was murdered on Bread Lane in Denham Town.The deceased, 26-year-old Adam Clarke, otherwise called Bigger of a Water Lane address, was shot.The Constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the police were summoned approximately 9:20 pm by residents who heard explosions.

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Integrity Commission says Bogue land

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THE Integrity Commission is reporting that a special investigation which the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) initiated into the proposed sale of lands at Bogue Estate by the St James Municipal Corporation, was based on an eight-year-old valuation and is irregular and in breach of the Government’s current divestment policy.

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Opening hours extended at health clinics

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The opening hours for State-operated health clinics at Duhaney Park, Olympic Gardens, Slipe Pen Road, Glen Vincent, and Stony Hill in Kingston and St Andrew have been extended for certain periods to facilitate people experiencing dengue fever symptoms.This was disclosed by Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams at yesterday’s council meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.

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Rejoicing after alleged robber shot

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Scores of people who descended on the scene of an alleged robbery at the gully at Tangerine Place on Half-Way-Tree Road, St Andrew, yesterday rejoiced that the accused had been shot.The Jamaica Observer was told that the man, who is said to be among a group of homeless homosexuals who have been robbing commuters mainly of their cellular phones and wreaking havoc, had been shot by a licensed firearm holder during a robbery.

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CMU to launch paramilitary uniformed group for high-schoolers

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Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is to launch its paramilitary uniformed group for high school students, called the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps (CMMC), early in 2019.

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AIM donates to eight children’s homes

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AIM Financial Corporation Limited embarked on its first major charity event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 selecting eight children’s homes for assistance, highlighting the fact that the company now operates eight branch offices.The event, launched as ‘AIM Christmas Cheer’, was greatly supported by the company’s employees, past and present customers who donated gifts of cash and kind for delivery to the children at the selected homes.

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