Organisers say all set for Sunday’s Sigma Run

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ORGANISERS of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run say all is set for the largest road race in the Caribbean, which will be held on Sunday, February 16, in New Kingston.President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica Christopher Zacca shared that with just a couple days until race day, the planning committee and hundreds of volunteers are pumped and excited.

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Man before court for stepson’s murder says inmates beat him

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THE man accused of killing his eight-year-old stepson after the child’s mother ended her relationship with him last month has complained about being beaten by inmates.Ochest Rose, while showing injuries he claimed were inflicted by fellow inmates at Hunts Bay police lock-up, begged to be transferred to another lock-up in court yesterday.

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Dentists want more teeth in Dental Act

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BRACO, Trelawny — President of Jamaica Dental Association (JDA), Dr Oswald Dunn, is calling for a review of the antiquated Dental Act to address the lack of teeth in the current law, among other concerns.He noted that the Act was last reviewed in 1972.

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SCHOOLS LOSE

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Three-hundred and ninety teachers have left the public school system since September, Karl Samuda revealed yesterday. However, he insisted that there is no need for panic. Samuda, the minister without portfolio who is overseeing the education ministry, said this is a small percentage of the island’s 26,000 primary and secondary teachers, and that the ministry is already implementing measures to buffer the impact and fill the gaps.

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House committee to review Integrity Commission Act

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MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck is to chair the special oversight committee appointed by Parliament to review the 2017 Integrity Commission Act.Leader of the House of Representative Karl Samuda announced that the MPs who will sit on the committee at the first sitting of Parliament for the new fiscal year, 2020/21, at Gordon House, next Tuesday.

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Appleton warms cold NY with Jamaica Rum Festival launch

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NEW YORK, United States — J Wray & Nephew’s Appleton Estate Rum took its spiritual message to cold New York City on Monday with the historic launch of the Jamaica Rum Festival here.The brand, lead sponsor of the second staging of the event scheduled for Hope Gardens in St Andrew on February 29 and March 1, saw its representatives reach out to the United States community in a bid to boost global interest in the event.

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All three patients test negative for coronavirus

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Jamaica’s health and wellness ministry yesterday advised that the test results for all three patients who were placed in isolation for investigation of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, have come back negative.

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Manchester superintendent highlights domestic-related murders as man charged

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — WITH three of the six murders committed in Manchester since the start of the year being domestic-related, head of the police in that parish, Superintendent Gary Francis, is appealing to…

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Coronavirus halts plans at JISCo/Alpart plant

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NAIN, St Elizabeth — The novel coronavirus, which has left more than 1,300 people dead in China, fuelling a global health scare, is also impacting plans for the expansion and modernisation of the Chinese-owned JISCo/Alpart plant here.

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Gov’t considering alternative venues for gang trials

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JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck says gang trials are posing serious problems to the courts and that alternatives are being examined to address the issue, including Up Park Camp, the headquarters of the Jamaica Defence Force.

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