Unemployment drops to 7.8 per cent

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THE Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting further reduction in the unemployment rate to a new record low of 7.8 per cent.As contained in STATIN’s April 2019 Labour Force Survey, the figure is two percentage points lower than the 9.8 per cent recorded for the corresponding period last year, and 0.2 per cent lower than the out-turn for January.

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Post-mortem takes place 40 days after man shot dead in Half-Way-Tree

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A post-mortem on the body of Glen Lennon is scheduled to be done today, 40 days after he was killed when two off-duty policemen and gunmen traded bullets in Half-Way-Tree, the St Andrew capital.Lennon, otherwise called Micey, was killed on his 66th birthday. Four other people were also injured in the incident.

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Westmoreland residents turn trash into treasure

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TWENTY-FIVE community members from Whitehouse and Bluefields, Westmoreland, recently learnt during an upcycling workshop how to use waste materials or useless, unwanted products to create new materials or products that have a higher value, not only monetarily but also for the environment.

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Student athletes who sat PEP share winning formula

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BALANCING sports and academics has been a virtual tug-of-war for a number of Jamaica’s young athletes, but the robust performance of student athletes from St Richard’s Primary in the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) assessment is proof that it can be done.

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BIG SPENDERS

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THE Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) has admitted that it prepared cheques valued at more than $700,000 to a former driver of discarded Education Minister Ruel Reid.But, contrary to reports which surfaced in the sitting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) last week, the CMU says the former driver, Devon McQueen, was paid for transport services and not catering.

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MPs named to House committee on Sexual Harassment Bill

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MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange yesterday announced members of the House of Representatives who have been appointed to the Joint Select Committee to consider the Bill, entitled ‘An Act to Make Provision for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and for Connected Matters’.The MPs named to the committee are:Olivia GrangeDelroy ChuckFranklin WitterMarisa Dalrymple Philibert

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Tyres to be removed from Riverton City dump

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THE Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston.This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

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Another gang busted; 24 members head to court today

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TWENTY-FOUR members of the St Catherine-based One Don Gang — a breakaway faction of the notorious Klansman Gang — are scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court today

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Look out for con artists, NWC warns

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THE National Water Commission (NWC) has issued an advisory, urging the public to be on the lookout for unscrupulous people posing as its employees or bill collectors acting on the commission’s behalf in a guise to gain access to their properties.

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Gov’t facilitates inclusive education for all, says PM

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government remains resolute in facilitating an inclusive education system that caters to the needs of all children, particularly those with special needs.

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