CBD oil to be commoditised in three years, former CLA chair predicts

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MONTEGO BAY, ST James — Former chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority Board Dr Andre Gordon is predicting that, like Jamaican coffee and cocoa, the highly touted cannabidiol (CBD) will soon become a commodity in the global market but won’t be able to fetch premium price.For that reason, he advised against investors expending too much capital into producing high-quality distinctive brands.

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‘Not every father is a John Crow’

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FIRST-time father 20-year-old Nathaniel Frank is a man tormented.Having pledged to be there for his child, unlike his own father who disappeared from his life when he was two years old, Frank has been in a tailspin since October 13 when his son disappeared in a bizarre incident.

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Former employees recall happy times at JBC reunion

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For a few hours on December 30, it was like old times at what used to be Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). Former workers filed into Studio B at the South Odeon Avenue complex that now houses Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica for a reunion that recalled happy times at the Government-run radio and television stations.JBC went off the air in 1997, purchased by Radio Jamaica Limited, its former rival. Besieged by political interference for most of its 38-year…

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First batch of farm workers for 2020 depart for Canada

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The first batch of farm workers for 2020 began departing the island for Canada on Friday to take up employment opportunities under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme. The final set is scheduled to leave today, January 6, for a total of 228.

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Afraid to go to school - Mountain View violence leaves children terrified

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Following weeks of ongoing violence between warring factions in the Mountain View area of Kingston which have left 10 people dead so far, the police have pledged to maintain a strong presence in the area to allow students to return to school with some sense of security this week.

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PHOTO: Buying Jamaica

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These two Chinese nationals await transportation on Darling Street in downtown Kingston after stocking up on bags and bags of fresh herbs and ground provisions at Coronation Market ahead of the recent Christmas holidays. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

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Bartlett admits decline in cruise visitors but blames previous Gov’t

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MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has said that the 25 per cent reduction in cruise visitors to the island in 2019 was due partly to the effects of the 2017 hurricane season, agreements reached between the previous Government and the cruise lines, as well as the failure of western Caribbean countries to re-establish an itinerary to link the mega cruise vessels with ports in Jamaica, Haiti and the Cayman Islands.

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Jamaica ready to implement IMO sulphur cap

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The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) says the island is ready to implement the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations for the 2020 Global Sulphur Limit, which came into effect on New Year’s Day, last Wednesday.

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World Braille Day puts spotlight on 2.2 billion people with vision impairment

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Being marked for the second time ever, World Braille Day on Saturday raised awareness of the importance of the tactile global communication system which enables blind and visually impaired people to realise their full human rights.

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‘A fitting send-off’

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WHEN business slowed in the construction industry several years ago, carpenter Mervin Davis and his team turned to ‘grave shelters’ for supplemental income.More than a decade later, the market for these shelters and monuments has become increasingly attractive and especially in rural Jamaica.

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