Opposition calls for review of Integrity Commission Act

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LESS than 15 months after it came into operation, the legislation governing the highly acclaimed corruption watchdog body — the Integrity Commission Act — may have to be further reviewed.

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46 firms cited for plastic ban breaches

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Five months after the Government imposed a ban on the use, distribution, and manufacturing of specified single-use plastic carrier bags, 46 establishments have been served compliance notices for various breaches of the prohibition.

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NEPA engages students, teachers in protecting birds

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THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will engage primary-school students and teachers in the protection of shore and water birds ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.Approximately 70 students from 12 primary schools in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Region 6 will participate at a sensitisation, session at the Mount Nebo Primary School and Baptist Church in St Catherine tomorrow.

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SOE slows down murder rate in the west

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MONTEGO BAY, St James – Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the police have reported that murders have dropped since the declaration of the states of public emergency (SOE) in three western parishes.Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced SOEs for the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James on Tuesday, April 30.

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Phone taken from accused gangster belonged to robbery victim

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A cellular phone that was stolen from a St Ann family during a robbery at their home in April 2017 was reportedly found in the possession of an alleged member of the Uchence Wilson Gang, the court heard yesterday.The family – a couple and their three sons – was robbed of cash, more than five cellular phones, video games, a Toyota bus, and a school bag when three men, including two armed with guns, broke into their home.

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$B Water Rescue

Observer on May 15th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of worsening drought conditions that have been affecting the Corporate Area and St Catherine in particular.Among the new measures is the construction of a 15-million-gallon per day water treatment plant in the Rio Cobre, under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

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Relay for Life expected to raise $20 million

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THE Jamaica Cancer Society is expecting to raise $20 million when it stages its annual Relay for Life event next month to help finance its efforts to raise awareness about cancer, provide screening tests for and early detection of the disease, and celebrate survivorship.The event, now in its 16th year, is scheduled for June 1 to 2 at the University of Technology, Jamaica in St Andrew.

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Sagicor Life hosts blood drive for premature babies

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SAGICOR Life Jamaica has partnered with the Preemie Foundation of Jamaica to host a blood drive today to provide life-saving support to babies who are born prematurely. The public is being invited to take part in the blood drive which will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Sagicor Sigma Run Secretariat at the R Danny Williams Building in New Kingston.

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As water crisis hits hard…

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Some Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillors yesterday raised strong objection to the wording of a resolution urging the National Water Commission to speedily alleviate the water crisis gripping the capital city.

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This Day in History— May 15

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Today is the 135 day of 2019. There are 230 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1989: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in Beijing declares an end to Sino-Soviet split. OTHER EVENTS1536: Anne Boleyn, wife of King Henry VIII, and her brother, Lord Rochford, are tried and found guilty in England of adultery and incest.

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