Red cap porter killed by bike while at wake for his mom

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MONTEGO BAY, St James – Members of the Montego Bay Red Cap Porters Association are mourning the passing of one of their members who was mowed down by a motorcycle on the road across from his house where a wake for his mother was taking place Thursday night.The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Romeal Wilson of Bounty Hall, Trelawny.

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Several entities under agriculture ministry to be transformed

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SEVERAL entities that fall under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries will be transformed and modernised.Portfolio Minister Audley Shaw, who made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, said that the process involves the merger, removal, privatisation and closeout of operations.

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Accused baby snatcher lurked at hospital daily for almost a month

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TWO hospital employees, according to court documents, stated the woman who snatched the day-old baby from Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) on January 9 was lurking at the facility daily for almost a month.The accused, Peta-Gay Ffrench, was charged with child stealing on February 11.

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Alleged gangster said he dreamt of his arrest

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ONE of the alleged members of the Uchence Wilson Gang reportedly told police that he was being set-up and that he had dreamt that he was either going to prison or be killed.An assistant superintendent who was among a group of officers who had arrested the accused, Odeen “Brink” Smith and others, yesterday made the revelation during her testimony before Chief Justice Bryan Sykes in the Home Circuit Court.

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PHOTO: Welcome to the Senate

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New Opposition senator Dr Andre Haughton (right) is congratulated by his colleague, Dr Floyd Morris, after he was sworn in at Gordon House yesterday. At left is Damion Crawford, who has been reappointed to the Senate after resigning to contest the Portland Eastern by-election on April 4. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Ready next week

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A long-delayed report from the Integrity Commission on the sale of a piece of beachfront land in St Ann has now been finalised and should be tabled in Parliament when the Senate meets next week.The Jamaica Observer was reliably informed last night that Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson’s response to Opposition senators at the last sitting of the Senate on March 22, that the report would have been tabled yesterday, was not without merit.

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Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum to focus on education sector resilience

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — St Vincent and the Grenadines will host the second Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum next week that will focus on education sector resilience.

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National Water Policy to be tabled soon

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THE National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019 is to be tabled in Parliament soon.Director, Water Monitoring, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Water Division), Talia Gibson, said the policy is an update of the 2014 water sector policy and embodies the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Water.

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$295m approved for redevelopment of Bodles Research Station

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THE Government has budgeted $295 million to continue the redevelopment programme at the Bodles Research Station.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw said that the funds will be used to carry out expansion and upgrading work at the facility located in Old Harbour, St Catherine.He was contributing to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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Gov’t firm on policy tackling gender disparity in education sector

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ACTING Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dr Grace McLean says Government will continue instituting policy changes aimed at tackling gender disparity within the education sector.

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