By-election coming

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 VOTERS in Clarendon South Eastern could go to the polls before the end of this month in a by-election to replace Member of Parliament (MP) Rudyard “Ruddy” Spencer, who has been persuaded to quit.The veteran member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has indicated that he will be walking away from representational politics and is expected to submit his resignation before the end of this week.

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Senator backs call to increase pay of MPs

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Parliamentary Secretary Senator Robert Morgan is adding his voice to those who have recently called for an increase in the salaries paid to Members of Parliament (MPs).

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British Airways marks 100 with bespoke book

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British Airways (BA), still basking in its 100th anniversary of service observed last year, has produced a bespoke book marking the achievement.The British Airways Centenary Archive Collection features a collection of posters from the archives of the airline illustrating a stunning history of air travel from the earliest days to present.

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Koffee’s Grammy surprise

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For a split second Jamaican music sensation Koffee was not aware she was the winner of the Grammy award for Best Reggae album at the January 26 ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Trump sued for cutting food stamps to immigrants

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 NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — New York Attorney General Letitia James and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine have taken the lead in filing a lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration from eliminating food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans, including Caribbean nationals.

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Minister wants Hanover farmers to step up production

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LUCEA, Hanover — Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J C Hutchinson says he will be working closely with stakeholders in Hanover to ensure that the parish improves on its 10th place in contribution to the country’s domestic crop production.

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Ministry to step up earthquake preparedness

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in collaboration with various stakeholders, will be ramping up earthquake preparedness activities across the island  Portfolio Minister Desmond McKenzie made the disclosure at the official handover of a home for an indigent resident in Stettin, South Trelawny, on January 29.

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Chief justice puts his foot down

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CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes has warned that lawyers who absent themselves from trials, without providing the court with sound excuses, will not be allowed to continue doing so indefinitely.

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Not all gloom

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AS the world continues to reel from the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, which as of yesterday killed more than 420 people and infected over 19,500, the Chinese health authorities are reporting that 475 people who were infected have recovered and were discharged from hospital up to yesterday.

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‘I was beaten three days straight’

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ONE accused member of the Westmoreland-based King Valley gang, Lindell Powell, has claimed that his statement to the police two years ago, in which he said he fired five bullets into the chest of Ika Clarke, was only given because of coercion, as he was beaten “three days straight” by police to make that admission.Clarke was shot, chopped and burnt to death allegedly by King Valley gang members in March 2017, for crossing them.

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