Poverty rises - Capital sees bump in number of persons falling on hard times after years of decline, rural areas record small dip

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The number of Jamaicans living in poverty climbed to a shade below 20 per cent in 2017, a document released by the Government has revealed. Ministry Paper 51, which was tabled in the Senate yesterday, indicated that 19.3 per cent of the Jamaican…

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Man to serve 66 years for eight murders

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Having pleaded guilty last month to using an illegal firearm to commit eight murders over a three-month period in 2014, Kemar Thompson, 29, was this week sentenced to serve roughly 66 and a half years before being eligible for parole. He had also…

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Public transport operators want 100% fare increase - Drivers say transport ministry’s GPS directive a violation of their privacy

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Several associations representing operators of public transportation have written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, asking for a fare increase. They are hoping that their wish will be granted before the start of the new school year. President of…

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Denbigh 67 promises much to see and explore

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The 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will kick off at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon tomorrow, with organisers promising to excite patrons over the three days. Under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We…

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Suspect held for Portland teacher’s murder

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David Lane, Portland: The Portland police have arrested a male suspect in connection with Tuesday’s killing of schoolteacher Latoya Hill at David Lane in the parish. The suspect, an undertaker, was handed over to the police in Kingston by a friend…

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New police buses dedicated to cop slain on public transport

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The Jamaica Police Federation is now breathing a sigh of relief following years of negotiation as they were yesterday outfitted with eight motor vehicles – five Toyota Coasters and three Toyota Hiace buses – to transport police officers to and from…

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MoBay Airbnb hosts rake in $36m from Sumfest

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As tourists and locals descended upon the Second City in droves last month for the week-long Reggae Sumfest, several small players in the local accommodations sector cashed in offering weary patrons a place to rest their heads. Those who did…

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Uchence Wilson Gang trial | A look back at key points

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With at least six weeks remaining before the trial of reputed gang leader Uchence Wilson and his 17 alleged cronies resumes, here is a recap of key points. During the trial, which began on March 4, a total of 37 witnesses took the stand. Sixty-one…

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News Briefs

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Jamaicans urged to use pesticides cautiously KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): The Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are encouraging Jamaicans to exercise caution when using pesticides, especially…

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FSC looking to create pension scheme for low-income workers

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The Financial Services Commission (FSC) is now looking to create a micro pension scheme that would benefit self-employed and low income workers. Government Senator Aubyn Hill says this was disclosed to him by the FSC. His announcement in…

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