Jamaica’s location a double-edged sword, says Chang

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Security Minister Dr Horace Chang is bemoaning that Jamaica’s strategic position in the Caribbean is a double-edged sword, providing opportunities for economic prosperity on one hand but also proving to be a stomping ground for organised criminals.

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Supt Wayne Cameron heads Police Officers’ Association

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Superintendent Wayne Cameron was elected as the new chairman of the Police Officers’ Association, during its annual conference last Friday.He assumes the position formerly held by Superintendent Catherine Lord.Cameron heads a seven-member executive, which includes Superintendent David White, who will take on the role of vice-chairman, and Superintendent Maldria Jones Williams, who will serve as secretary/treasurer.

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Bunting promises issues-based presidential campaign

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THERE was a noticeable toning down of the bitter rhetoric which has so far marred the People’s National Party’s (PNP) presidential race when the ‘Rise United’ team launched its campaign on Sunday, and its leader, Peter Bunting, has said that was by design.

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21 years in US prison for Jamaican people smuggler

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A Jamaican man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison in the United States for running an international alien-smuggling organisation out of Freeport, Bahamas.Court records show that 44-year-old Michael Stapleton was extradited to the United States last year and sentenced to 21 years and 10 months last Thursday.A federal jury in South Florida found him guilty of 47 counts related to a people — smuggling scheme.

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Drop-in centre haven from the streets

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THE Drop-In Centre in Buckfield, St Ann, has been a refuge for homeless and mentally ill individuals in Ocho Rios and surrounding areas, providing them with a haven from the streets, and catering to their basic needs.The $14-million centre, which opened its doors on May 11, 2018, is one of several such facilities under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s social protection programme to assist needy people across the country.

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At last!

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House says yes …

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THE House of Representatives voted yesterday to extend the state of public emergency (SOE) in the St Andrew South Police Division by another 90 days, despite a passionate appeal from Opposition MP and People’s National Party leadership aspirant Peter Bunting to end it.

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Drama as warehouse burns

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RESIDENTS of lower Lyndhurst Road and Brenton Avenue in St Andrew fought desperately yesterday to remove items from their homes as a fire that ripped through a warehouse on the nearby Ivy Road threatened their properties.Some householders on Lyndhurst Road, in the vicinity of Calvary cemetery, meanwhile, doused their houses with water as a preemptive measure. Luckily, firefighters prevented the huge blaze from spreading.

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Accused continue to deny wrongs as one more freed

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AN alleged Uchence Wilson gang member, believed to be one of the key henchmen in the criminal organisation, yesterday testified that police officers had beaten and threatened to kill him and his children if he did not tell them where to find the reputed leader.

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Applying for your US student visa? A few things to know

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Q: I was recently accepted to a US academic institution for a programme that will start in September 2019. What do I need for my visa application? A: Congratulations on your acceptance! We are proud of our academic institutions and hope that you will have a wonderful experience.

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