MP: Let motorists pay for damage on roads

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THE issue of motorists being forced to pay for the destruction of road furniture when they are at fault for crashes, has again come to the fore, with St James Central Member of Parliament Heroy Clarke calling for legislation to hold persons liable.

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Squatter wins

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has quashed the decision of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) that gave away the rights of a person who had occupied a piece of land for more than 12 years in Dominica.David George had appealed the ruling of the ECSC and the Dominica High Court that he was not entitled to be on the land owned by Albert Guye, which he had occupied for more than 12 years.

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Caribbean warned to brace for continued drier-than-normal-pattern next year

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — A regional forecaster says the 2020 dry season is not expected to be as dry as this year, but has warned that the effects of the drier-than-normal 2019 raining season will continue into the new year.

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‘Senate bully’

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THE debate on amendments to two anti-terrorism Bills in the Senate yesterday descended into a noisy interlude, during which the issue of who is a “bully” in the Senate was raised.The noisy exchange followed a response from the Opposition benches by Senator Lambert Brown to the opening arguments raised by Leader of Government Business Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

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Black Friday frenzy goes global but not everyone’s happy

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PARIS, France (AP) — People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, or Russia, or South Africa – but they do shop on Black Friday.The US sales phenomenon has spread to retailers across the world in recent years with such force that it’s prompting a backlash from some activists, politicians and even consumers.

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Transitional living complex for wards leaving State care

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FORTY females set to exit State care should shortly get their first taste of independent living when they settle into a new transitional living complex in the Corporate Area.

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Bamboo Police Station is the winner

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BAMBOO Police Station in St Ann walked away as the champion of the inaugural Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority (PCOA) ‘Transforming Our Police Service’ (TOPS) Competition.Bamboo topped 31 police stations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Area 2 – St Mary, St Ann and Portland – pilot initiative that began on September 16 and ended October 31.

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Teacher, student clash a reflection of society’s ills, says Thwaites

Observer on November 29th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

ROSE HALL, St James — Opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites says the much-publicised incident at Pembroke Hall High School, which escalated into a teacher threatening a student, is not only a reflection of the ailments of the education system but the society at large. There have been immense public reactions to the incident, after a video that showed the teacher threatening to harm a child went viral.

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Move to sell terminal raises questions in shipping circles

Observer on November 29th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

News that French container shipping giant CMA CGM is planning to raise more than US$2 billion through vessel sale-and-lease-back deals and by selling port assets, including in Jamaica, has raised questions in shipping circles as to which company did the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) reach a concession agreement to develop and operate Kingston Container Terminal Ltd four years ago.

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Cops might be called on to protect vector workers

Observer on November 29th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has indicated that, if necessary, the police could be engaged to support vector control workers in the fight to stem the spread of dengue, which has so far resulted in 63 deaths.Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Dr Tufton highlighted the latest incident in which vector workers deployed by his ministry were attacked in Trench Town, St Andrew. One worker was injured.

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