Blame it on the rain

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THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is pleading for patience as it tries to address the pile-up of garbage in sections of the island, particularly in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.Executive director of the NSWMA Audley Gordon admitted yesterday that the collection of garbage has been less than adequate over the past four to six weeks, but argued that this was because of issues outside of the agency’s control.

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$339 million spent for Bernard Lodge relocation, compensation

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THE Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings has spent some $339 million on relocation and compensation to settlers in Bernard Lodge, St Catherine, even while it tries to collect millions in unpaid rent.

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Repairs finally under way on ‘Rocky Road’

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AFTER more than 25 years, according to residents and school administrators in the Hope Estate area of St Andrew, ‘Rocky Road’ is finally getting some much-needed attention.“First mi see the road a fix, and mi feel good,” one resident, who has lived in the area for more than 25 years, told the Jamaica Observer this week.

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$5 billion in cocaine, ganja seized at sea

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THE Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), in collaboration with its international partners, has seized more than $4 billion worth of cocaine and ganja estimated at just under $1 billion at sea since late 2018.

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UTech strike ends but students now make demands

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STUDENTS at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Papine campus are awaiting a final decision on whether their exams will be postponed following the near two-week suspension of classes due to a strike by the academic staff.

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‘Watching very closely’

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison has expressed concerns for the safety of children in communal living at Bayith Yahweh compound in Paradise Gardens, St James.

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China warning

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JUST days into the first official visit to China by Prime Minister Andrew Holness the top United States military official in the region, Admiral Craig Faller, has listed that country among those which do not hold the values shared by Jamaica and America.

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800 JISCO/ Alpart workers lose jobs

Observer on November 7th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

AN agreement has been reached between the trade unions representing staff at the JISCO/ Alpart plant in Nain, St Elizabeth, which will result in 800 positions being made redundant.However, up to 300 of the workers could be recalled to carry on the modernisation of the outdated refinery, which is unable to produce competitively. The updating project is likely to take up to 24 months to be completed.

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Gov’t commits to ensure a more inclusive Jamaica

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MINISTER of state in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Zavia Mayne says people with disabilities are capable of achieving economic and social independence, once they have access to the necessary support services.

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Night of savagery

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JOEITH Lynch, 18, and her mother Charmaine Rattray were not total strangers to the group of about eight or nine marauding gunmen who in July 2011 shot and hacked them to death before beheading them. But the ‘memory’ of the savagery of that night was enough to drive three of the five to confess their involvement, claiming that it was either they carry out the brutal crimes or be killed.

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