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In dark on plastic ban - - Lead agency says legislation still being drafted; questions on penalties ‘premature’

Gleaner on September 17th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

Una-May Gordon, director of the climate change division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, has dismissed as “premature” questions about the range of penalties/sanctions for persons or institutions that run afoul of the pending ban…

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National Council on Education will not be revamped, Reid tells JTA

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Education minister Ruel Reid is seeking to allay the fears of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) that the Government is set to change the operations of the well-respected National Council on Education.Since 1993, the National Council on…

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New Three Miles bypass to bring relief to motorists

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Within a few weeks, motorists should experience an ease in the traffic congestion caused by the recent closure of the Portia Simpson Miller Square (Three Miles) in St Andrew, with the construction of a bypass road now under way.Yesterday, the…

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No Jamaica-US rift, says Johnson Smith

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has confirmed that the governments of Jamaica and the United States (US) are in talks over a new information-sharing agreement, but has denied that there is a rift between the two countries….

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Teaching Council Bill moves closer to agreement

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Years after it was first proposed, the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill - which will provide for the establishment of a governing body for the profession as well as a regime for the licensing and registration of all government-paid teachers - is now…

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Transport operators - demand fare increase - … seek 100 per cent raise amid steep operating - costs driven by road construction

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The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) yesterday demanded a fare increase for transport operators, who say they are being heavily inconvenienced by roadwork in sections of the Corporate Area.President of TODSS, Egeton…

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Sykes seeks to make J’can judiciary best in the region in three years

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Jamaica’s Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has revealed that he is aiming to make the country’s judicial system, crippled for decades by chronic under-resourcing and a backlog of civil and criminal cases, the best in the Caribbean in three years.Sykes…

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Phillips wants compensation for businesses affect by Three Miles closure

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Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips yesterday indicated that the Government should compensate businesses operating within the proximity of the now-closed Three Miles area in St Andrew for the adverse effects of the road project, charging that they…

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Expert: J’can engineers not threatened - by robots

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The growing trend of robots taking over jobs now occupied by humans, as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will in no way render local engineers useless, according to vice-president of marketing at the Jamaica Institute of Engineers’ (JIE…

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Student among four killed in Westmoreland

Gleaner on September 17th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

WESTERN BUREAU:A sixteen-year-old student of Manning’s School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, was among four persons shot and killed, as blood-thirsty gunmen went on a shooting spree in the western parish between late Sunday night and early…

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