Police vow to pursue all leads in Bashco break-in

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THE Kingston Central Police are “actively investigating a break-in” at the popular Bashco store in downtown Kingston after criminals made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and electronics sometime between Tuesday night and daybreak on Wednesday.

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Scotiabank wage settlement in sight

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THE threat of industrial action by unionised workers employed to Scotia Group has been withdrawn as the parties move close enough to an agreement on pay increases, which could be settled by weekend.The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), which represents the workers, has already started a round of consultations with members, which is expected to lead to a settlement by Friday and the possibility of signing a new agreement by next week.

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Commission to wrap up minimum wage talks next week

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THE National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (NMWAC) is to wrap up consultations on increased minimum pay for workers, when it meets at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Kingston next Wednesday at 10:00 am.

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Witness tells court he was present when order given to murder former JUTC boss

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A self-styled former member of the Klansman gang turned State witness testified yesterday that he was present at the meeting where Tesha Miller gave instructions to kill former Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Chairman Douglas Chambers in Spanish Town, St Catherine in 2008.

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Gender-based violence on the rise in Jamaica, T&T and Guyana

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NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) –A senior United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) official yesterday said that there’s a growing problem of gender-based violence in Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Youth parliamentarians tackle abortion, violence and climate change

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YOUTH leaders tackled a number of issues during Monday’s sitting of the 10th National Youth Parliament at Gordon House.The young people, representing youth groups from across the island, engaged in spirited debate on abortion, youth participation in the political process, youth violence, and climate change, proffering a number of recommendations for the Government to consider.

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Gov’t giving priority to MSMEs, says Green

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MINISTER of state in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green says the Government is giving priority to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) as a driver of economic growth.

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OUR concerned about quality of telecoms service

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DIRECTOR general of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) Ansord Hewitt says the agency expects network upgrades by local telecommunications firms, Digicel and Flow, to be carried out with minimum dislocation to customers.Hewitt told a meeting with the companies last week that the OUR is already taking steps to ensure that it is able to independently verify key performance indicators of service quality.

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Driver of ill-fated garbage truck for court tomorrow

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THE driver of the garbage truck that killed seven-year-old Clan Carthy Primary School student Benjamin Bair was yesterday charged with manslaughter.The police have identified him as 52-year-old Alten Brooks of 9 Miles, Bull Bay in St Andrew.He is expected to appear in the Home Circuit Court tomorrow.Benjamin was on October 28 crushed to death by the garbage truck at his school in St Andrew.

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WHO launches initiative to boost insulin access for diabetics

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GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization yesterday said it had begun an initiative that would cut prices and dramatically increase insulin access for diabetics.The United Nation (UN) health agency voiced alarm ahead of World Diabetes Day today at the soaring prevalence of diabetes in the world, with nearly three times more diabetics today than 35 years ago.

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