Murder contract

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A State witness in the trial against Tesha Miller yesterday explained how he knew that the killing of then Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) chairman Douglas Chambers was a hit, and who had killed him.

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Air quality concern at TAJ’s Oxford Road offices

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Staff at Tax Administration Jamaica’s (TAJ) Oxford Road offices were earlier this week sent home after a number of them reported feeling ill.Yesterday, TAJ’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer Meris Haughton confirmed that the 6th and 9th floors, where TAJ offices are located, were evacuated over concerns about poor air quality.

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‘We must be doing business at the speed of Usain Bolt,’ says PM

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given an assurance to potential international investors that the political climate in Jamaica is friendly, and that the Government is determined to ensure that the ease of doing business here will be as speedy as legendary sprinter Usain Bolt.

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Dismiss, discredit, divert: White House fights impeachment

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — Discredit the witnesses, dismiss the accusations against President Donald Trump as hearsay, shift the focus to the Bidens, unmask the whistle-blower.The outlines of the White House defence are clear after day one of the impeachment hearings in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

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Five charged for water theft in St Elizabeth

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FIVE people have been charged for illegally taking water and trespassing on the works of the National Water Commission (NWC). The five accused, charged under Section Three of the Public Utilities Act and Section 25 of the NWC Act, are to appear before the Santa Cruz court in St Elizabeth and the Porus court in Manchester on December 4 and 16, 2019 and January 4, 2020, the NWC said yesterday.

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Alleged gangster freed last week facing fresh allegations

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DAYS after he was freed of charges under the anti-gang legislation because the main witness had been murdered, alleged August Town strongman George Ellis is back on the police’s radar and could soon be hit with fresh charges.Ellis, otherwise called “Boom” was freed after the director of public prosecutions had no choice but to enter a nolle prosequi, ending the case following the murder of the prosecution’s key witness in 2017.

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Jailhouse confession clash

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A star prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of two men accused of the murder and beheading of a mother and daughter at their home in St Catherine eight years ago, yesterday stoutly denied suggestions by a defence attorney that he was lying about the jailhouse confession he said was made to him by one of the accused.

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Stewart hails Douglas Vaz

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A man of “unquestioned integrity, incredible decency, an innovator and patriot”, is how Gordon “Butch” Stewart described his long-time friend Douglas Vaz, who died in his sleep last Saturday, November 9, aged 83.

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Jamaica will have one of the most modern patent systems in region, says Green

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STATE minister Floyd Green says the new Patents and Designs Bill will be tabled in Parliament this month.Green, state minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, says he recently went to the final sitting of the Legislative Committee of Cabinet where they signed off on the final amendments, and now the Bill is ready to go before Parliament.

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‘Key persons’ among 17 detained in military, police ops

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Seventeen people were taken into custody in connection with various crimes committed in and around the Savanna-la-Mar area during a massive joint police/military operation yesterday.According to head of the Westmoreland Police Division, Superintendent Robert Gordon, some “key persons” are among the detainees to be questioned by the police.

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