PM acknowledges problems but vows to bring murder rate down

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says his Administration is committed to bringing the homicide rate down, but argues that the high number of murders facing the country now did not happen overnight.In his new year’s message to the nation, he pointed out that in the 1980s there were 4,870 murders and that by the decade of the 1990s this increased to 7,621.

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JPS to convert 25,000 street lights to LEDs in 2020

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THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company is reporting that it has reached 62 per cent of the target set to convert 105,000 street lights across the island to light-emitting diode (LED) lamps.On Monday, the company said since the start of 2019 some 65,000 street lights have been converted and that it is projecting the installation of 25,000 more in 2020. The programme is slated for completion in 2021.

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Haitians rescued in Jamaican waters back home

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THE four Haitians who were rescued in Portland waters in late November are now safely back in their country, after an unexpected drama-filled expedition.The men arrived at St Margaret’s Bay in the vicinity of the Rio Grande bridge in Portland on November 27, after their disabled vessel was spotted by Jamaican fisherfolk who assisted them to shore.

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Lizard brings temporary halt to Tesha Miller trial

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 A lizard in the jury box at the Home Circuit Court prompted a five-minute break in the trial against Tesha Miller in November.About 11:00 am, the presence of the lizard was brought to the attention of presiding judge Justice Georgiana Fraser, who instructed the registrar to remove it.The judge also suggested a five-minute break and asked the jurors to return to the deliberation room.

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Water tanks to make

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Like much of the rest of central Jamaica, the availability of water is a regular source of anxiety for residents of Mile Gully in deep rural, north-west Manchester.For most people there, rainwater harvesting is the main source of drinking water.During times of drought, many buy trucked water or lobby for help from their political representatives.

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Rift between a bishop and another bishop’s wife

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 The stories that made us laugh last year emanated mostly from the courts and, of course, were extremely popular among our online readers in particular.Easily, the story that generated most discussion was that of a 21-year-old bishop who accused another bishop’s wife of assaulting him because he had shunned her sexual advances.

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2020 wishes J’cans want end to crime

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 THE wanton bloodletting touched almost every section of the society last year, destroying several families. Jamaicans say they have had enough in 2019 and have one major wish for the new year — that crime be brought under control.

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Eager eyes

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Spotted in Arnett Gardens, St Andrew on Monday, these two children look on in earnest as motorists passed through the community. (Photo: Norman Thomas)

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PHOTO: With open arms

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Local romaine lettuce safe; ban on imports still in place

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JAMAICA’S agriculture ministry yesterday advised consumers that locally grown romaine lettuce is safe for consumption, but said the ban on imported Romaine lettuce is still in effect. “No romaine lettuce is being imported into Jamaica,” the ministry said yesterday.

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