Coastal flooding could cost Jamaica US$136 million annually

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COASTAL flooding from storm surges is projected to cost Jamaica US$136.4 million in damage annually, according to the latest World Bank report on Jamaica’s coastal resilience in the face of intense hurricanes related to climate change.

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Minister orders probe into brawl at Pembroke Hall High

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MINISTER with responsibility for education, youth and information, Karl Samuda, has ordered an investigation into an incident in which a teacher at the Pembroke Hall High School allegedly threatened a student with physical harm.The incident was captured on video and has been widely circulated on social media. Minister Samuda has reminded that teachers employed in the public education system that they are expected to act with professionalism and…

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53-Y-O Man jailed for revenge porn post on social media

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A 53-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to two years in jail by the Corporate Area Criminal Court, four months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious communication under Jamaica’s Cybercrimes Act.The court heard that Donovan Powell had posted nude pictures and videos of his ex-girlfriend, American television anchor Darieth Chisolm, after the woman ended their romantic relationship.Powell was sentenced to one year in prison at hard…

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Junior mayors getting more money for programmes

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THE Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be increasing the funds allocated to the island’s Junior Mayors Programme.Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie made the announcement at Wednesday’s Youth Mayor’s Forum, held at the St James Municipal Corporation offices in Montego Bay.

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Doctor proud to receive Jamaica Civil Service award

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IT was with an overwhelming sense of pride and joy that Dr Brian James accepted the Jamaica Civil Service long-service award on Wednesday, for his years of contribution to the country in the medical field.He was among 430 civil servants, who have served for 25 years or more, who were recognised at the awards ceremony held on the lawns of King’s House.

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Caribbean connect

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IN its quest to further connect the region, Caribbean Airlines is to begin direct flights between Kingston and Havana and Kingston and Grand Cayman next month.The direct flights between Kingston and Grand Cayman will take to the skies on December 13, while the seasonal twice weekly flights between Kingston and Havana, Cuba, will start on December 17. “All of these are part of the expansion of the Kingston hub in the north because the overall…

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Know the traffic changes in Three Miles this weekend

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A map showing the traffic changes to affect Three Miles in Kingston this weekend. The National Works Agency says the traffic changes are to facilitate critical waterline connection works within the Three Miles interchange. Among the changes is restriction of traffic on the lower overpass bridge along Spanish Town Road.

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Glowell Prep School teachers, parents pray together

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TEACHERS and parents of students of the Glowell Preparatory School in Portmore, St Catherine, met Thursday for the school’s annual prayer breakfast.The school’s founder and principal Gloria Jack, said teachers and parents meet once a year, in November, to give thanks to Almighty God, through prayers.

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Regional countries urged to use more data in push for development

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SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — Executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Alicia Bárcena is urging regional countries to break the statistical silence and seek more and better data to respond to the long-standing desire for sustainable development with equality.

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‘Butcher shop’

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DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn yesterday urged a panel of seven jurors to rely on the evidence given by the witness in the chopping, shooting and beheading of a St Catherine mother and her daughter in 2011.Kemar Riley, who is charged with two counts of murder, is the only remaining accused in the trial after his co-accused, former assistant teacher Sanja Ducally was freed on Wednesday.

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