Residents fleeing Nine Miles in wake of violence

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Nine Miles in Bull Bay, St Andrew is becoming a virtual ghost town.Residents have been fleeing the east rural St Andrew community that has been rocked by deadly intermittent violence for decades.The latest retreat came on the heels of the killing of three residents, including a Camperdown High School student, in less than 48 hours.

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Water woes cripple clinic

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Scores of people were turned away from Comprehensive Health Centre on Slipe Pen Road yesterday as the severe water shortage gripping much of the Corporate Area left the pipes at the facility dry.Officials of the clinic, which caters to hundreds of patients each day, refused to comment on the crisis, but one staff member told the Jamaica Observer that the lack of water meant patients could not be seen.

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Former Lucea mayor walks free

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LUCEA, Hanover — Former Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton was freed of charges brought against her in relation to misconduct in a public office and breaches of the public sector procurement regulations of 2008, when she appeared in the Hanover Parish Court on Tuesday. The charges were made following a report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) that was submitted to Parliament in March 2015.

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Minister promises closer monitoring of scandal-rocked Petrojam

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Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams says since the compulsory acquisition of the 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam, the Government is moving to reconstitute the Board. “There is closer monitoring of the activities, resulting in Petrojam seeking clearance from the ministry on many matters,” she told the House during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate on Tuesday.

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300 young people selected for training at Red Stripe Bar Academy

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CULTURE, Gender, Entertainment & Sport Minister Olivia Grange has lauded the Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation for sponsoring 300 young Jamaicans to get training at the Red Stripe Bar Academy for jobs in the entertainment and tourism sectors, under the Learning for Life Programme.

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‘All a mi book dem burn up’

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Eight-year-old Rickayla Scotland lost her house and everything in it to a fire yesterday morning, but what seemed foremost on her mind was the loss of her books and not being able to go to school.“All a mi book dem burn up!” the little girl wailed yesterday when the Jamaica Observer visited the scene.Rickayla is a grade three student of Holy Rosary Primary School.

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Female wards, parents engage in reintegration intervention session

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Fifty-eight female wards of the Granville Child Care Facility in Trelawny and their families participated in a family reintegration intervention session at the home on Wednesday (May 16), in observance of International Day for Families. The event, dubbed ‘Family Reintegration Day’, was hosted by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), under the theme ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Society’.

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Gov’t to begin divesting former sugar cane

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THE Government will soon begin the process of divesting former sugar cane lands to be used for high-yielding, profitable crop production. “The crisis of sugar must now emerge into a glorious opportunity of so many other things that we can produce in Jamaica,” said Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw.

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Family Life Ministries launches foster-care programme

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THE church’s pro-life position against abortion has led Family Life Ministries to start a programme targeting Christians to become foster parents.“The church over the years has been very critical and has spoken out so much about abortion [but] there challenges. If you are against abortion, what are the alternatives?

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PSOJ disturbed at increase in violent crimes against children

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THE Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says it is deeply disturbed at the violent crimes being committed against the nation’s children.

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