Private sector wants proper monitoring of new procurement procedures

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Business leader Metry Seaga wants the Government to appoint an individual in each of its ministries, departments and agencies to monitor the newly approved procurement legislation.“I would say that the most important thing that the Government could do is to implement the (new) procurement policy, and put one person in every ministry or government agency for the sole purpose to buy local, when and where possible,” he said.

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Reporting HIV discrimination and seeking redress

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The following is the second in a four-part feature, written by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Jamaica team, ahead of World AIDS Day — December 1 — exploring how civil society groups are working with partners in Government and the development community to address stigma and discrimination in keeping with this year’s theme “Communities make the difference”. This year marks 36 years since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency…

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Tesha Miller’s lawyer to make no-case submission today

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DEFENCE attorney Bert Samuels, who is representing Spanish Town resident Tesha Miller, is expected to make a no-case submission in the Home Circuit Court, today.Miller is currently on trial for being an accessory before and after the fact in relation to the June 27, 2008 murder of then Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman Douglas Chambers.

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Jamaica’s consumer price index four years behind, minister confirms

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FINANCE Minister Nigel Clarke has acknowledged that the country’s consumer price index (CPI) is outdated, lagging four years behind the international benchmark period for updating.The CPI is produced by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) and serves as a gauge for assessing the performance of the economy. It is also a critical tool used by Government to formulate and evaluate economic policies.

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UNAIDS Fast-Track Cities programme for Kingston

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THE Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Joint United Nations Programme on Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – (UNAIDS) – which will activate the Fast-Track Cities programme in Kingston.

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Dr Owen Jefferson, a humble but extraordinary C’bean man — Davies

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FORMER Finance Minister Dr Omar Davies yesterday described the late Dr Owen Jefferson, former senior deputy governor of the central bank, as a humble yet extraordinary man who was highly respected for his contribution to the Caribbean region.

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Gov’t to table new National ID Bill by March

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday informed the House of Representatives that the Government expects to table a new National Identification Bill by March 31, 2020, the end of the financial year.Holness reminded the House that, despite not appealing last year’s decision by the court to strike down several sections of the National Identification and Registration Act (also referred to as NIDS), the Government would not be abandoning its identification…

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‘I want my daddy’

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Eight-year-old Laviana Thomas has been repeating the same request since July when her father, Constable Dean Thomas, died in hospital in the United States, from gunshot wounds he received while on the job — “I want my daddy.”

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Beheaded girl wanted to study medicine

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Eighteen-year-old Joeith Lynch was dead by the time the letter from the Students’ Loan Bureau informing her that she had been successful in securing funds to begin her studies as a medical student at The University of the West Indies, Mona made its way into her family’s hands.

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French couple seeking to adopt killed in Haiti

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — France has called on its nationals to postpone any trip to Haiti after a couple were shot and killed in front of their hotel soon after arriving here to adopt two children on Sunday.

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