Unions to discuss JISCO/Alpart’s future with company on Monday

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Trade unions representing employees of the JISCO/Alpart bauxite refinery in St Elizabeth are seeking preferential treatment for their members when the plant reopens.This follows Tuesday’s confirmation by the Ministry of Transport and Mining that the plant will be closed for modernisation and expansion by October.

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Mugabe: Zimbabwe hero-turned-despot

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Robert Mugabe, the former guerrilla hero turned despot who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until the military forced him out, has died — aged 95, the country’s president announced yesterday.First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony Rhodesia of white minority rule, Mugabe used repression and fear to govern until he was finally ousted by his previously loyal generals in November 2017.

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Mugabe’s lavish birthday parties an annual controversy

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Every February, in different venues around Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe would throw an extravagant birthday party with thousands of guests, huge cakes and a defiant speech.But the annual jamboree also exposed the leader’s declining health as his physical and mental strength drained away, his voice weakened and he appeared increasingly detached from the celebrations.

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T&T braces for Brexit

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon says the Dr Keith Rowley-led Administration is looking at bringing legislation to Parliament to enact a treaty signed between Cariforum and the United Kingdom to prevent any sudden imposition of tariffs if the UK leaves the European Union (EU).Gopee-Scoon told the Trinidad NewsDay that the Government is keeping abreast of developments in the UK.

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18 of 34 detained in St Catherine SOE still in custody

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Hours after the state of public emergency (SOE) was reinstated in St Catherine, 34 people have been detained, 16 processed and released, while 18 remain in police custody. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, who heads the constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, processing of the 18 who remain will continue and “normally, if a person is not needed they are released in 24 hours”.

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And now, to battle! - Phillips, Bunting square off

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One of the most contentious periods in the history of the People’s National Party (PNP) will reach a high point today when delegates vote for the person to lead the Opposition party into its 81st anniversary celebration.

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Blow for Boris

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s upper house yesterday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British prime minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election.

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Four notorious chapters of Mugabe’s 37-year rule

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from its independence in 1980 after British colonial rule until 2017.Here are four of the most notorious chapters of his long and autocratic rule:  Gukurahundi massacresOptimism that Mugabe would lead a new, united Zimbabwe ended in the early 1980s with the mass killing of the minority Ndebele people in a campaign known as Gukurahundi.

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Defiant!

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HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Thousands of Hong Kongers held rallies last night, rejecting calls by the city’s pro-Beijing leader to end their movement as the finance hub braces for another weekend of clashes, including a plan to disrupt the airport.Police fired brief volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets against a few hundred protesters who had gathered outside a police station in Mongkok district.

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The Power of the Pixie

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As the well-known saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But hairstylist Tanesha Barnett believes that ‘fixing’ things (even when they already work), every now and then, is a good idea too. That mindset led Barnett, Principal of Beauty Fetish by Tan, to the recently held Bronner Bros International Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia,the largest multicultural tradeshow in the United States.

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