First batch of 2020 farm workers depart for Canada

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THE first batch of farm workers for 2020 began departing the island for Canada, yesterday.A total of 228 workers will be leaving between yesterday and Monday, January 6, to take up employment opportunities under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme.The customary send-off ceremony was held for the workers at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Services Centre, downtown Kingston, where they were given solid advice…

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Put people at the centre of tourism, says Jarrett

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EARL Jarrett, chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, says the country needs to develop a stronger narrative that helps more Jamaicans locally to make the connection between their economic and social realities and the tourism industry.

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Trini pastor granted nearly $1-million bail

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — A pastor is due to return to court on January 10 after he was granted TT$900,000 bail on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and trafficking in persons, after law enforcement officials raided his Transformed Life Ministry church last October and “rescued” more than 69 people.

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‘A more dangerous world’: Iran killing triggers global alarm

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PARIS, France (AP) — Global powers warned yesterday that the world became a more dangerous place after the US assassinated Iran’s top general, urging restraint on all sides. Britain and Germany suggested that Iran shared some blame for provoking the targeted killing that dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the Mideast.

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Iran vows ‘harsh’ response to US killing of top general

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for a US airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed a top Iranian general who had been the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing.

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Judge: Hospital can remove 11-month-old baby from life support

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TEXAS, United States (AP) — A Texas judge on Thursday sided with a hospital that plans to remove an 11-month-old girl from life support after her mother disagreed with the decision by doctors who say the infant is in pain and that her condition will never improve.

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Safer hospitals

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HEALTH and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton yesterday signed contracts, valued at more than $1.7 billion, for improved security services for hospitals and health centres within the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).

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Legal basis for US killing of Iran general depends on threat

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Did President Donald Trump have the legal authority to order the killing of a top Iranian general in Iraq? The short answer: Probably.But it depends on facts that aren’t publicly known yet. And legal experts are quick to point out that even if it was legal that doesn’t make it the right decision, or one that will be politically smart in the long run. Iran and its allies are vowing revenge.

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Go for it!

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BRITISH High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad is urging Jamaicans to display their natural ingenuity and go after the millions of British pounds up for grabs in a just-launched initiative to dispel the current pessimism around the environment, replacing it with fresh optimism and action.

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Caribbean American advocate wants Bernie for president

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NEW YORK, USA (CMC) —Caribbean American Public Advocate for New York City Jumaane Williams has announced his endorsement of US Senator Bernie Sanders for president of the United States.In an endorsement video, Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, lauded Sanders’ inclusive grass roots movement, as well as his “consistency and commitment” on issues such as quality housing, health care and education.

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