Burke shrugs off flak from ‘paid social media mercenaries’

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FORMER general secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP) Paul Burke yesterday brushed aside accusations being levelled by Comrades in some quarters that he is a turncoat after the contents of an e-mail in which he criticised the party were leaked to the public.

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Pawnshop exec says receipt or letter from JP required when taking items

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AN executive at a popular pawnshop in Kingston, where members of the Uchence Wilson Gang had allegedly pawned stolen items, yesterday testified that it pawns items only from customers who either produce a receipt for the item that is being pawned or a certified letter of ownership from a justice of the peace.

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Food for poor must be hygienic, says Kgn mayor

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Food to be provided to homeless and indigent people in the Corporate Area must meet certain standards and must be taken to 11 specific locations approved by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams said yesterday. Williams said that while people organising ad hoc feeding programmes for homeless persons had good intentions, order was needed in the process.

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Holness: Last-quarter growth was two per cent

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THE Jamaican economy grew a year-on-year two per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has confirmed.Holness made the disclosure while speaking at yesterday’s Wigton Windfarm Limited’s breakfast briefing at the Legacy Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

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Reduction in mosquito breeding sites in Westmoreland

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VECTOR control officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Ryan Morris is reporting a major reduction in breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the parish.“We have seen a significant trending down, and we are heading back to normalcy,” he told JIS News.

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JHTA meeting with top cop postponed

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Today’s meeting between members of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association [JHTA] and Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson to discuss, among other issues, the spike in murders in St James has been delayed.A new date is to be determined.The meeting was reportedly postponed due to the unavailability of the police commissioner.

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Two dead, three injured in Olympic Gardens attack

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WHEN Peaches Allen heard explosions sounding like gunshots Monday evening she never imagined that her son, Steven Whyte, would be among the five people shot.Whyte and Samuel Johnson, both 33, were playing dominoes and watching a football match, respectively, on Tower Avenue in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, about 7:00 pm when they were attacked and shot by armed men.

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Tech upgrade for four women’s centres

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IGT Jamaica has announced that it will up its support of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), providing technology upgrades for its centres in Mandeville, St Ann’s Bay, Savanna-la-Mar, and Spanish Town.

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House committee to summon PCJ director over $9-m donation

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Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has indicated its intention to summon Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) director Lionel Myrie to answer questions about a $9-million donation by the State oil refinery to Sydenham Citizens’ Association in St Catherine.

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Land for the living or dead?

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HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said that legislators are to review the archaic Public Cemetery Management and Regulation Act and the Burial Within Towns’ Limits Act following complaints by residents opposed to any further expansion of Dovecot Memorial Park and Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.

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