Emergency medical personnel boost for Fire Brigade

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THE Jamaica Fire Brigade will soon be able to offer better critical medical first aid when it responds to calls, as the number of emergency medical technicians (EMT) in its ranks will be boosted tremendously today.

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Four boys among five shot, injured in Manchester

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Manchester North West Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips confirmed that four high school boys and a man were shot in the Greenvale area of his constituency, Thursday.The five were taken to hospital but one of the schoolboys was released yesterday.

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Seaga comes home tomorrow

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THE body of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga will be flown to Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston tomorrow, the Jamaica Information Service advised yesterday.The flight is expected to land by 6:00 pm.Seaga, who served as prime minister from 1980 until 1989, died in a Miami, Florida hospital on Wednesday, on his 89th birthday.

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One killed, several missing as heavy rains hit Haiti

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – At least one person was killed and five others missing, after heavy rains caused flooding in the commune of Cabaret, west of here, the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) has said.It said that the torrential rain was also responsible for the damage to the Bethel Bridge.

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$17-m cocaine bust

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THE Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) says it continues to make strides in disrupting the illicit drug trade, following the seizure of ten (10) packages of cocaine at the port of Kingston.The seizure took place on Thursday by officers from the JCA’s Contraband Enforcement Team, the Jamaica Constabulary’s Narcotics Division, and other enforcement entities, during an operation being conducted on the port.

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Vaz reports 90 per cent support for plastic, styrofoam ban

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Five months after the ban on styrofoam and single-use plastic bags was implemented in Jamaica, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz is reporting more than 90 per cent support for the initiative.

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Patterson urges Caribbean unity on Venezuela

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Former Jamaica Prime Mnister P J Patterson has urged Caribbean countries to maintain a unified position on the political situation in Venezuela, where o pposition forces backed by the United States and several other western countries are seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.

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MPs TARDY

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WITH the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season starting today, the National Works Agency (NWA) is yet to fully roll-out a multimillion-dollar drain -cleaning programme across the island because some Members of Parliament (MPs) are yet to submit the areas in their constituencies they want worked on.

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Uchence Wilson Gang trial goes on one-month break

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THE Uchence Wilson Gang trial will not be sitting for the month of June and is scheduled to resume on July 1.The trial, which started on March, 5 and sat for 45 days, was adjourned Thursday after the prosecution closed its case after calling 34 witnesses.The break, however, is due to the unavailability of presiding judge, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, who will be out of the jurisdiction between June 2 and 22, as a result of a work-related matter.

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Storm warning

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JAMAICANS are being urged to heed all warnings and take the necessary precautions to be ready for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which starts today.At a media briefing to mark the start of the season yesterday, representatives of disaster preparedness and response agencies, expressed concern that some Jamaicans could let their guard down because Jamaica has avoided a major brush with a weather system for some time.

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