Clean-up resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

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MCLEAN’S TOWN, The Bahamas (AP) — Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground to hunt for passports and other documents at the place where his family’s home stood before Hurricane Dorian blasted into Grand Bahama island.What was underneath was sodden and unrecognisable. He shuffled across a white tile floor, the only clear sign this had once been a house, and found a pair of rusty old pliers, only to toss them in frustration. They…

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Calls made for coffee farmers to get registered

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NORMAN Grant, president of the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA), is pushing for all coffee farmers to be registered with the association.According to Grant, who up to recently was the president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), he is concerned that only 4,167 of the known 4,578 coffee farmers in Jamaica are registered with JCEA, which means that there are at least 400 unregistered coffee farmers.

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Global tourism resilience satellite centres for Africa

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EDMUND Bartlett, Jamaica’s tourism minister, has announced that the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM) will be establishing satellite centres in Kenya, Seychelles, South Africa, Nigeria, and Morocco, to expand its reach.This agreement emanated from discussions held in the margins of the 23rd session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, which took place in St Petersburg, Russia.The satellite centres…

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Gov’t working to address water challenges

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SENATOR Pearnel Charles Jr supports the United Nations’ (UN) position that “water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change”.The second-generation politician, who has now been placed in charge of the water portfolio, acknowledges that recent climatic events across the Caribbean suggest that the threat is no longer futuristic, but is either happening or about to happen.

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PHOTO: SWEET VICTORY!

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A Jamaica Tallawahs supporter basks in the team’s victory against Barbados Tridents in their Hero Caribbean Premier League game at Sabina Park yesterday. Tallawahs won by four wickets. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Tourism Awareness Week to focus on job opportunities

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SEVERAL activities will be held to mark this year’s Tourism Awareness Week (TAW) from September 22 to 28.The period will also incorporate the observance of World Tourism Day on September 27. The theme will be: ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all’.The week will commence with a thanksgiving service at Church on the Rock in St Andrew, on Sunday, September 22.Throughout the week, the ministry will utilise the print, electronic, and social media to…

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Cops arrest taxi, bus operators with over 1,000 unpaid traffic tickets

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TWO public passenger vehicle operators were on Friday arrested by members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB), after checks revealed that the two had a combined total of more than 1,000 outstanding traffic tickets.A release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) identified the men as 26-year-old Cleveland Dockery, a taxi operator of an Arnett Gardens address in Kingston, and 53-year-old Rohan Williams, a bus…

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Portland Credit Union gives a helping hand to students

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The Portland Cooperative Credit Union has handed out approximately $1.5 million in grants to 78 students in the parish.

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PHOTO: Prayerful harmony

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Reverend Devon Dick (centre), pastor of Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew, holds the hands of People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips (right) and Member of Parliament for Manchester Central Peter Bunting as he prayed during a service at the Washington Boulevard church yesterday. Bunting and Phillips faced off in an election two Saturdays ago for the leadership of the 181-year-old PNP — which issued an invitation to yesterday’s church service that cited Psalm133:1,…

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Champion farmer beating the drought

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The extensive drought affecting most of the island has left several farmers facing ruin but Michelle Black, who was crowned Champion Farmer at the recent 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show has found a way to beat the heat.The St Ann-based Black, who operates the Golden Dutchie Farm, has managed to minimise her losses by practising smart farming.

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