Work on tourism employees’ pension scheme advanced

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Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Jennifer Griffith says plans are advanced for the establishment of the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme by early 2020.She advised that details pertaining to the accompanying Tourism Workers’ Pension Act regulations, and recruitment of personnel to manage the scheme’s investments and operations, are being finalised.

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NCU administrator receives GG Achievement Award

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Director of curriculum, examinations, and assessment at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr Grace Kelly is a recipient of the 2019 Governor General’s Achievement Award for Middlesex in the Over 35 Years category.Dr Kelly, a former president of the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education, received the award during a ceremony held at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on June 27, 2019.

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Courts awards 60 Dare to Dream scholarships

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Courts Jamaica last week awarded 60 scholarships to customers or their dependents, in recognition of its 60th anniversary celebrations. The 2019 recipients were announced in an awards ceremony held at Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew. They were selected from a pool of more than 500 applications across the country.

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Montague urges bauxite firms to address dust nuisance

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Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague is asking bauxite firms to address the issue of dust nuisance affecting mining communities.The minister, who has been meeting with representatives of bauxite/alumina firms on a number of issues, said in a release yesterday that he is continuing discussions with them in an effort to find viable solutions to concerns within the industry.

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Pay day blues

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National Commercial Bank (NCB) has warned its customers to brace for more delays as it continues to implement a new systems upgrade.

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Gentleman jailbreak

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SORONG, Indonesia (AFP) — More than 270 inmates — including convicted murderers — who bolted from a prison torched during violent riots in Indonesia’s Papua region have returned to finish their sentences, a corrections official said yesterday.The convicts are even helping to build a temporary office for their jailers, he added, after parts of the building in Sorong city went up in flames this week.

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Bitter ordeal Jamaican man detained for 82 days for bringing honey into US

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — A Jamaican man was detained for nearly three months in the United States after bringing in bottles of honey from the Caribbean island that customs agents mistakenly believed to be liquid methamphetamine.

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NEPA briefs municipal corporations on proposed Cockpit Country Protected Area

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Fourteen representatives from municipal corporations in Trelawny, St Ann, St James, Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth participated in a briefing on the proposed Cockpit Country Protected Area (CCPA) on Wednesday at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) head office.

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NEPA empowers Trelawny youth with summer programme

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The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting that this year’s Summer Library Programme, put on by the Sharon O’Connor Documentation Centre, has empowered youngsters aged 4-15 years to make environmentally conscious decisions.

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Bolsonaro authorises army to help fight Amazon fires

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PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AFP) — President Jair Bolsonaro yesterday authorised the deployment of Brazil’s armed forces to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, as a growing global outcry over the blazes sparks protests and threatens a huge trade deal.

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