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Punishing pastors - Anglican bishop calls for PM’s intervention after RGD institutes charge to register clergy as marriage officers

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Several pastors across the island could surrender their marriage officer’s licences in protest of a decision by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to charge them $10,000 to register, plus an annual registration fee.The pastors are also upset…

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Phillips: Petrojam the mother of all scandals - PNP steps up calls for Wheatley to go

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Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips is calling for the immediate resignation of Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley for what he has described as “the mother of all scandals” at the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam.”It has all the ingredients of all…

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Ann Marie Vaz among four new JLP caretakers

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Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid and Ann Marie Vaz, wife of West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, were among four caretakers confirmed by the Central Executive of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) yesterday.Reid was confirmed as the JLP…

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Low take-up of plea bargaining deals irks Chuck

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WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has expressed disappointment that the amended plea-bargaining system introduced last April in an effort to reduce the backlog of cases in Jamaica’s courts has not achieved the success that he had…

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Scorched by scammers - Overseas-employment agencies blame Ministry of Labour

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Several local overseas-employ-ment agencies have closed their doors in the last two years because of their inability to place workers in temporary jobs in the United States and the growth in the number of of unlicensed agents who are giving the…

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Bankruptcy beckons

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Elsie Douglas-Sinclair, who operates the overseas employment agency Len-Clair Recruiting in Mandeville, Manchester, has barely managed to get anyone on the H-2B programme over the last two years.She says this is because the 66,000 cap set by the…

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Gregory Park residents want special interest rates for small businesses

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The interest rates demanded by commercial entities have again been cited as one of the major factors preventing the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica.This time, the concern came from residents of Gregory Park, St…

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Dropping the ball - Gregory Park resident hurt by Ja’s failure to return to FIFA World Cup final

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Since France 1998, Jamaica’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup final has been nothing but a dream, and Gregory Park, St Catherine, resident Jason ‘Buzz’ McDonald is adamant that this is because of a lack of planning.According to McDonald, the…

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Fix the road now! - August Town taxi operators say massive hole in thoroughfare needs attention

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Taxi drivers and some residents of August Town, St Andrew, are unhappy with the pace at which authorities are repairing a massive hole in the middle of University Road in the community.Just under two months ago, a section of the roadway collapsed,…

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PM’s Petrojam headache - Holness vows to take strong action to clean up oil refinery and position it for divestment

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reportedly told his Cabinet colleagues that he is prepared to take tough actions to sort out the issues at Petrojam as the controversy swirling around the oil refinery could damage its market value and scupper its…

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