Police say two people in custody after $25-m robbery

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Investigators say they are questioning two people in connection with a $25-million heist carried out by three gunmen in Trelawny last week.At the same time, a senior cop has expressed grave concern that criminals now have access to that quantity of cash.

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Improved facility boosts Petrojam’s asphalt export capacity

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Petrojam on Wednesday exported a shipment of 22,500 barrels of performance grade asphalt valued at approximately US$1.45 million, a development that the company said will help increase Jamaica’s foreign exchange earnings.The shipment was made possible by Petrojam’s improved infrastructural capability to export larger volumes of asphalt.

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Patterson, JIS hail ‘consummate professional’ Chaplin

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Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson and the Jamaica Information Service ( JIS ) have extended glowing tributes to veteran journalist and football referee Ken Chaplin, who died on Tuesday.Chaplin, who was ailing for a long time, was 89 at the time of his passing.

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Ja needs international partners to fight crime, says Chang

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National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says that Jamaica will have to continue collaborating with major external partners in handling transnational crimes until it is in a position to properly monitor its borders.Dr Chang said that despite the best efforts of previous police units, such as ‘Kingfish’, they could not operate effectively within the constitutional space they had to work with while dealing with transnational crimes.

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GraceKennedy Group reports increased revenues of $51.5 billion

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GraceKennedy Group is reporting that its second quarter revenue and profits are ahead of the corresponding period for prior year by nine per cent and 10 per cent, respectively.

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Brazen criminals

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Just over 24 hours after breaking into Stresscon Jamaica Limited, a group of brazen criminals, numbering about 10, went back to the business on Riverton Boulevard in St Andrew, tied up two unarmed security guards, ransacked the place, and threatened the guards with death if they dared to return.

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A potter’s tale

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With two flower pots on his head and one intention — to provide food for his family — Sydney Wilson headed towards Jack’s Hill from one of the toughest inner-city communities in St Andrew 25 years ago.But the Ramsay Road resident’s journey ended at the intersection of Barbican Way and Barbican Road .

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Venezuela’s power struggle drags on

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — With the pressure from street protests easing, a US intervention unlikely and the military entrenched behind the regime, the power struggle between Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and Opposition Leader Juan Guaido has ground to an impasse.

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This Day in History — August 2

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Today is the 214 day of 2019. There are 151 days left in the year.TODAYS HIGHLIGHT2012: Kofi Annan announces his resignation as peace envoy to Syria and issues a blistering critique of world powers, bringing to a dramatic end a frustrating six-month effort to achieve even a temporary ceasefire as the country plunges into civil war. OTHER EVENTS

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Photo: 200 soldiers receive Medal of Honour

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Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Andrew Holness pins the 2019 Medal of Honour for General Service to Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Private Stanley Whitely during the JDF’s Armed Forces Day Parade on Wednesday at Up Park Camp, St Andrew. Looking on is Chief of Defence Staff Lt General Rocky Meade (left). Two hundred members of the JDF’s enlisted ranks received the 2019 Medal of Honour for General Service, effective May 23. The recipients, who were recognised for land, air and sea…

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