Manchester Parish Court fire causes $35m in damage

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Fire Brigade has estimated the damage to Manchester Parish Court following yesterday morning’s fire at $35 million.

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US army commander’s statements irresponsible, says Chinese Embassy

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The Chinese Embassy in Jamaica yesterday described as irresponsible, statements made by the top United States military official in this region that China does not share a commitment to democracy and the rule of law that America shares with Jamaica.

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Ridiculed for being illiterate, man now teaching literacy at YMCA

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Jamiel Forrest was devastated when, after joking that he would secure a place at Calabar High School in St Andrew after sitting the then Grade Six Achievement Test, a woman from his community told him that the only bar he would be attending was a rum bar.When the results were released, Forrest — who was 11 years old at the time and unable to read — was placed at Red Hills All-Age School in St Andrew.

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Crooks on motorcycles to be targeted

Observer on November 8th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE police are going to be introducing special covert operations to collar robbers who are plaguing Jamaica on motorcycles.This has already started, but will be intensified over the next eight weeks as part of a new security strategy to reduce the accusatory crimes, which have marred the holidays for scores of Jamaicans over the years.

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Christmas clampdown

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FOUR hundred young soldiers, who have recently been trained under the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC), will hit the streets shortly, as part of an eight-week security plan to ensure that Jamaicans enjoy a safe holiday period.

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Weird twist

Observer on November 8th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

In the hours when The Queen’s School student Joeith Lynch and her mother Charmaine Rattray were screaming and fighting for their lives at their house in Lauriston, St Catherine, Sanjay Ducally — who now stands accused of murder in the gruesome death of both women — says he was on his way “from a function” in the dead of night and, on hearing the shrieks, went to…

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Tensions high in Grey Ground after murder, shooting

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Police here are maintaining a strong presence in the community of Grey Ground following two shooting incidents yesterday — one of which resulted in a fatality.In the first incident, the body of a man was found in a car in a section of the community known as Wilben Street. The man, believed to be in his late 30s, has been identified as Gregory Morgan.

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Strike threat hangs over Scotia as wage talks reach crucial stage

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DOWNTOWN Kingston Scotiabank customers could find it difficult to access regular banking services next week if current wage talks break down and unionised staff carry out threats to strike.For nearly a year now the closure of the Duke Street ScotiaCentre for refurbishing has created confusion for thousands of customers who have been forced to use the King Street branch, which is to be closed permanently.

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Woman on the run for 20 years fined $50,000

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A woman who was on the run for 20 years on an assault charge was fined $50,000 when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.Janet Thompson had pleaded guilty to absconding bail when she appeared in court on Tuesday.

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1,000 benefit from eye-care mission in western Jamaica

Observer on November 8th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

MORE than 1,000 residents in St James and Trelawny have benefited from free eye services offered by the United States non-profit organisation Great Shape! Inc.The 45-volunteer optical professionals form part of an iCare Mission which partners with the Sandals Foundation to deliver free eye and general health services to underserved rural communities on an annual basis.

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