MPs unite in call for better pay

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MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) on both sides of the House of Representatives teamed yesterday in a spirited revolt against their salaries, pension and constituency funding.

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Clarendon, St Andrew South lead 2020 crime figures

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TWO of the island’s most problematic police divisions last year — St Andrew South and Clarendon — have started the new year in the same vein, despite states of emergency (SOE) being in place.While official final figures for last year have not yet been released, with two days to go in 2019 St Andrew South had recorded 166 murders to make it the bloodiest police division in the island.

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Auditor general maintains RADA breached procurement rules

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AUDITOR General Pamela Monroe Ellis is standing by findings of a performance management audit of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) that the agency breached procurement guidelines, based on investigations carried out by her office, on its management of the Farm Road Rehabilitation Programme (FRRP) from 2014 to 2019.

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Suspect in double murder shot dead in MoBay

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A man, who has featured in multiple murders, including a double murder in the St Andrew North Police Division, was shot dead during a confrontation with the police at an apartment complex in an upscale area of Montego Bay, Monday afternoon.He has been identified as Kimani Brown, otherwise known as “Jim Brown” or “Indian”, who was of a Passage Fort, St Catherine address.

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STEM school for boys to be built in St James, says Chang

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A school for boys that will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics is to be built in Norwood, St James, according to National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang.The school, which is to be built on a section of a 25-acre parcel of land between Ironshore and Norwood, will be one of six such schools to be rolled out across the island.

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Witness gives chilling details of King Valley Gang operations

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 A key prosecution witness yesterday provided chilling details of the underbelly of feared Westmoreland-based King Valley Gang, also known as Lawless Gang, during the trial of eight alleged members who are now before the Home Circuit Court facing criminal charges, including rape, murder, and aggravated robbery.

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Columbus’ claim of Caribbean cannibalism correct — study

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RALEIGH, North Carolina (CMC) — A study carried out by a United States-based university in the state of North Carolina says researchers have uncovered evidence that there was truth to reports of a population of cannibals in The Bahamas and Hispaniola, as described by Christopher Columbus.

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Working in the US as a non-immigrant

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Q: What are the requirements for employment-based visas?A: To work in the United States temporarily, as a lawful non-immigrant, applicants must first qualify for the appropriate visa category based on their planned employment purpose.This could include agricultural farm work, seasonal employment at a hotel or resort, specialised skilled jobs, or as a minister of religion.

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Thieves rob school bus that took almost 20 years to acquire

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PRINCIPAL of Windward Road Primary School in Kingston Noel Pennant yesterday described as “a knife in a heart” last Thursday’s theft of the school’s bus from its compound after almost 20 years of getting money together for its purchase.

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Lost your job in Canada?

Observer on January 15th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Dear Mr Brown,I recently obtained permanent residence in Canada after working for a year on my post-graduate work permit after attending Humber College. I am not sure if you remember me, but you helped me with my Humber College and study applications a few years ago. I was recently laid off from my job and I want to know whether I am entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at this stage.

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