‘Jamaica and the US — partners from birth’

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Chargé d’affaires for the US Embassy in Kingston Eric Khant said he is hoping to see the US increase upon the US$1.2 billion the American private sector and the US Government have invested in helping Jamaica transform its energy sector by creating cleaner and more affordable energy sources over the last five years.

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Divest Petrojam

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Petrojam , the State oil refinery, could be in private hands in approximately two years if the Government adopts the recommendation by the Petrojam Review Committee (PRC) to divest the entity in a long-term lease arrangement.

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‘Tell them to sue me’

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PRESIDENT- elect of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Owen Speid has hit back at the Ministry of Education, challenging it to take legal action if his comments about an alleged cover-up of poor performance among the grade six students who recently sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) have no basis in fact.

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Shaw wants FAO funding for threats by pests

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MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has called on the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to provide a greater degree of funding, through technical cooperation budgets, for the sector.

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Fenton Ferguson gives full support

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HE might be sitting on the Opposition benches in Parliament, but that is not stopping Dr Fenton Ferguson from giving his full support to the Government in its plan to convert the old Goodyear factory to an ultra-modern urban centre.Addressing the ground breaking for the planned Morant Bay Urban Centre on Wednesday, Ferguson, the Member of Parliament for St Thomas Eastern, said it represented an historic moment for the parish.

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Zon International commits $1 billion to NCU

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Zon International holdings has committed $1 billion to the Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University, through a partnership which launched Jamaica’s newest nutraceutical product, Zon Teasan, on Monday during the university’s 20th Charter Day ceremony.Former NCU president and vice-president of Zon International Holdings, Dr Trevor Gardner, announced the organisation’s commitment to NCU during the ceremony.

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Portmore mayor, councillors going with Phillips

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PRESIDENT of the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips continues to grow his share of leadership support going into the upcoming leadership challenge, his campaign team said in a release yesterday.Phillips is being challenged by Manchester Central MP Peter Bunting for presidency of the party at a special leadership conference set for September.

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St Thomas residents get their wish

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News that two of the top international fast food franchises operating in Jamaica, Burger King and KFC, could set up shop in the planned Morant Bay Urban Centre, received the loudest cheers from several of the residents of St Thomas who had travelled to the old Goodyear factory for the groundbreaking on Wednesday.

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FLA facing court for failure to return cop’s gun

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 THE board of the Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) is facing a legal challenge over claims that it has breached a court order to return a policeman’s weapon, but the board is contending that the court made no such order.On March 12, the claimant, Constable Sancho Summerville, went to renew his firearm licence when the gun was seized on grounds that adverse traces were detected.

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This Day in History — June 28

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Today is the 179th day of 2019. There are 186 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2000: Seven months after floating adrift in the Florida straits, six-year-old Elian Gonzalez returns to his native Cuba, bringing to a close a fierce custody battle. OTHER EVENTS1812: Napoleon Bonaparte’s army crosses Vilna River as Russian forces retreat.

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