Noranda says blocking its Special Mining Lease will hurt the economy

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Noranda Bauxite Jamaica says that preventing it from mining bauxite reserves granted under Special Mining Lease (SML) 173 would have a serious impact on direct and indirect jobs, as well as export earnings and taxes it contributes to the Jamaican economy.According to Noranda, if it is precluding from mining the reserves, all of which fall outside of the Cockpit Country Protected Area (CCPA), it will be forced to mine lesser quality bauxite at much further haul distances.

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Police praised for bloodless end to hostage drama

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The police were last night still basking in the successful outcome of a hostage stand-off with gunmen that ended without a shot being fired and the criminals arrested late Monday night in the capital city.Initially, the police reported that two men had attempted a robbery at a lottery shop on Molynes Road shortly after 8:00 pm but were surprised by a police team which was quick on the scene.

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National minimum wage consultations start tomorrow

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The National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (NMWAC) will finally start consultations with stakeholders tomorrow on a new national minimum wage at Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

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Concern about seawater flow on Port Royal street

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A councillor in the capital city believes that construction being done at Old Wharf in Port Royal to facilitate cruise shipping is contributing to seawater flowing onto a street in the historic town at nights.As such, Councillor Lorraine Dobson (People’s National Party, Springfield Division) wants the National Environment and Planning Agency to conduct an environmental impact assessment study in order that the problem can be corrected.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean opens Hurricane Dorian recovery account

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CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank yesterday said it has opened a special account to receive funds for the benefit of The Bahamas, where the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco were devastated by Hurricane Dorian on September 1.“Persons wishing to contribute to the cause may make deposits at any branch of the bank to USD savings account no 1002261213, and JMD chequing account no 1002261214,” the bank said in a news release.

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Jamaica attracting more Russian tourists, says Seiveright

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — As the country’s stopover arrivals continue to grow, the Ministry of Tourism is reporting that the number of Russian tourists has more than tripled in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2018.At the end of August stopover visitor arrivals reached 1.87 million or a 9.15 per cent increase over the same period last year, earning the economy US$2.39 billion in revenue.

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Trade issues too distant from climate change discussions, says Vaz

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Jamaica has called on member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to include the cost associated with climate change in any discussion on international trade.Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz made the call on Monday as he addressed the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Defence suggests accused man’s rights may have been breached

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A defence attorney yesterday suggested that the rights of one of the accused in the Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud trial may have been breached when he was asked to sign to a list of items seized by law enforcers during a raid on his house in 2016.Defence attorney Norman Godfrey argued in court that unless it can be proven that the accused, Dwayne Sibblies, was apprised of his rights prior to signing, it should not have happened.

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Tufton, Jamaica Broilers Group honour top PEP students

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Danah Cameron (left), group public relations manager, Jamaica Broilers Group, and St Catherine West Central Member of Parliament Dr Christopher Tufton pose with the constituency’s top boy and top girl awardees Dimitri Haughton and Trishayne McInnis, both from Friendship Primary School. Occasion was an awards ceremony to recognise the top-performing primary school students from the constituency who sat this year’s Primary Exit Profile examinations. The ceremony, held under Dr Tufton’s ‘West…

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This Day In History — September 11

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2001: Terrorists crashed two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City, bringing down the twin 110-storey towers, killing more than 2,700 people. Another hijacked jetliner slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, killing at least 189 people. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in rural southern Pennsylvania, killing 44 people aboard.OTHER EVENTS1714: The forces of King Philip V of Spain overcome…

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