Jamaica on alert for dreaded banana disease

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MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw yesterday put farmers on alert for the emergence of the Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease in the hemisphere, and its potential threat to the region’s banana and plantain industry.Shaw noted that TR4, previously known as “Panama Disease”, a deadly disease affecting banana and plantain crops, is not present in Jamaica but put the industry on high alert “to keep it out of the island”.“As…

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CMU boss Fritz Pinnock back on leave

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PRESIDENT of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock, who returned to work last week, after taking leave to allow investigations surrounding the CMU in a Ministry of Education scandal, is back on special leave.

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Arresting officer did not record parts of statement

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Key prosecution witness in the multimillion dollar Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud case, Detective Corporal Fabian Parnell, told the court yesterday that he agreed with defence counsel that there were “relevant details” that were omitted from his statement, in respect to the arrest and charge of the main accused, Sanja Elliott.

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S Hotel MoBay ranked No 39 in the world

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THE S Hotel, Montego Bay is ranked number 1 in the Caribbean & Central America, and number 39 in the world by the respected Condé Nast Traveler in its Best Hotels in the World: 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.The recognition was given Monday evening at a glittering awards ceremony held at One World Observatory, at One World Trade Center.

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Petrojam to fill HR manager vacancy

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MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams says the human resource (HR) manager vacancy at the State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, will soon be filled.

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Jamaican asylum seeker finds new life in the US

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WORCESTER, Massachusetts (AP) — Maurice Newman was thriving in Jamaica, fulfilling his dreams. He was teaching the fifth grade and also travelling for the government, training fellow teachers. He was building his life, living in the upper-middle class with an apartment and nice car.Then his life flipped around in an instant when police discovered his sexuality.

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Mosquito sterilisation project for Jamaica next year

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COME next year, the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be embarking on a pilot for the Sterilised Insect Technique (SIT), as part of efforts to minimise mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue.Portfolio Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the initiative will be spearheaded by the Mosquito Control Research Unit, which has been established in conjunction with The University of the West Indies (UWI).

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JLP delegates’ pick for Hanover Western has big plans for constituency

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LUCEA, Hanover — Attorney-at-law Tamika Davis, who was on Sunday selected by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegates in Hanover Western as the potential caretaker for the constituency, has big plans for the area.Speaking to journalists after amassing 129 votes to her opponent Andrew McLeary’s 102 votes in a run-off at Rusea’s High School in Hanover, Davis said her desire is to create jobs and improve infrastructure in the constituency.

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Things to take to your US immigrant visa interview

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Q: I’m expecting to interview at the US Embassy for my immigrant visa soon. What should I bring to my interview? A: Congratulations! You are nearing the end of the immigrant visa process. At the interview, your immigration petition, visa application and supporting information will be reviewed for compliance with immigration laws, verification of the facts and potential visa ineligibilities.

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Living in filth

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Residents of Twickenham Park housing scheme in St Catherine are enraged.Pointing to sewage flowing on the streets for months and, in some cases, seeping into houses, the residents were yesterday fuming that they are living in subhuman conditions.

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