‘Traumatised’

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A week after Royston Henry suffered a “traumatic” experience and had his vehicle badly damaged while travelling on the under-construction Junction main road in St Mary, he said contracting firm Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited has failed to communicate with him.

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It’s a victory for administration of justice, public interest

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DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has classified yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court that Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) lance corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley and private Arnold Henry be tried for the May 2010 killing of Keith Clarke at his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew, home as “a victory for the administration of justice and the public interest”.

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Funds to be made available to refurbish Santa Cruz Market

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MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says funds will be made available to refurbish the Santa Cruz Market in St Elizabeth in order to better address the needs of vendors and buyers.“The mayor (Derrick Sangster) has asked for some funds to start some remedial work,” he told journalists after a tour of the facility on February 14.

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Jamaican pleads not guilty to killing US babymother

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VERMONT, United States (AP) — A man authorities say killed the mother of his children in South Burlington and then fled to Jamaica, leaving the victim’s family starving for justice, pleaded not guilty yesterday in an emotional court hearing.Leroy Headley, 38, is charged with second-degree murder in the May 3, 2018 shooting death of his girlfriend, Anako “Annette” Lumumba.

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Peacemaker shot dead

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KEVIN “Rum Ram” Clarke has become the latest victim of gun violence — the very thing he had spent the last three years of his life advocating against.

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HEART/NSTA Trust on track to double training outputs

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THE Human Employment and Resource Training/National Service Training Agency (HEART/NSTA) Trust, the entity created out of the recent merger of the HEART Trust, the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, the Apprenticeship Board, and the National Youth Service, has embarked on a programme to institutionalise its new name and to promote its expanded range of services.

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COVID-19 quarantine space identified at St Joseph’s Hospital

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FOURTEEN suites have been identified at St Joseph’s Hospital in St Andrew and designated as quarantine facilities, in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has, up to yesterday, resulted into 2,000 deaths in China.In fact, more than 74,000 people have been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more in some 25 countries.

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Social housing programme gets going

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THE Government’s new social housing programme — which is being rolled out under the Housing, Opportunity, Production, Employment (HOPE) — has received 173 applications for new housing and/or tenement rehabilitation from all parishes since the initiative started last June.Of the applications received — which have come from 39 constituencies — 71 have been approved, while 24 are awaiting the required documentation.

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‘Game-changer’

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HAGUE, Trelawny — For the first time in the 65-year history of the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show, the event will have the prime minister of Jamaica doing the official opening duties.Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected do the honours on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 am.

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This Day In History — February 19

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 Today is the 50th day of 2020. There are 316 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1996: The World Health Organization confirms that the Ebola virus killed 13 villagers in Gabon.OTHER EVENTS1618: Peace of Madrid is ratified, ending war between Venice and Austria.1674: Treaty of Westminster is signed, whereby Britain withdraws support for French in war against Dutch.

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