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CAFFEE deeply disturbed by ECJ impasse; demands clarification

Citizens Action for Fair and Free Elections (CAFFE) says it is deeply disturbed by what it describes as the unhealthy and contentious impasse between the former director of elections and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ). CAFFE says the...
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Poverty Plunges - Gov't cites rising employment, low inflation

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has attributed the 19 per cent drop in poverty between 2015 and 2016 to increased employment and reduction in the cost of living.Data from the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, released yesterday by the Planning...
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Police harassment costs Tommy Lee $20m, says manager - Lawyer threatens to sue State for abuse of power

Tommy Lee Sparta, the popular but controversial dancehall artiste, has lost more than $20 million in earnings over the last three years because police investigators have been forcing promoters in western Jamaica to remove him from their events, the...
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Gov't targets special need children

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs.Education Minister Ruel Reid, who spoke at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus...
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Centenarian shares secret of a long life and a healthy marriage

Looking at Julia Campbell, it would be hard to guess that she is 101 years old. Celebrating 56 years of marriage to the love of her life, Franklyn - a man nine years her junior - she didn't miss an opportunity to show him her affection."We go...
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Icy relations - Japanese outfit says it has lost faith in Jamaica Bobsled

Relations have soured somewhat between the Jamaica Bobsled Federation and the Japanese outfit that gifted them three sleds for their outing at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February this year.Things took a turn for the worse...
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NJ willing to look past Henry - Lewis

Netball Jamaica (NJ) Director Wayne Lewis says they will be exploring all possible avenues to have Sasher-Gaye Henry return as head coach, but warned that the board is not ruling out the possibility of closing the chapter and moving on.Henry...
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Gore invests in quarry to cut home prices

Construction company Gore Developments Limited has set up its own quarry on lands in St Catherine, a $400-million investment that Chairman Phillip Gore says should lead to a reduction in the price of homes it sells in two years.Gore Developments...
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More robust interest rate reductions needed to spur growth - Wynter

Despite the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) reducing interest rate five times since last July, Governor Brian Wynter says further and more robust downward adjustments may be needed to overcome the sluggishness of the economic recovery.Last week, the central...
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Entertainment is no joke business! - Online celebrities use comedy to transition into music

Call them what you may social media celebrities, video bloggers (vloggers for short), jokers, or lyrical comedians. Recording artiste is another name that social media influencers such as: T'Wani Roo Price, Trabass, Bella Blair and Prince Pine are...
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Half the chart for J'can vocalists

In a context where the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart is often dominated by non-Jamaican performers, the listing valid up to Saturday, May 26 stands out with its high proportion of Jamaican vocalists.Half of the top 10 entries feature the voices of...
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Editorial | No glory for PNP members of ECJ

The two People's National Party's (PNP) representatives on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have rescinded their support for the ECJ's assertion of an absence of political influence in the operations of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ...
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Patria-Kaye Aarons | Light a candle against cancer

I've written about her before, my friend Jihan Cooke. She's the dance teacher in Mandeville I had spoken about in my December 2014 column, 'Kingston is not Jamaica'. She had a dance school there of just under 100 little pumpkins and was introducing...
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Letter of the Day | Give mentally ill prisoners urgent intervention

THE EDITOR, Sir:Stand Up for Jamaica is encouraged by recent news that the Ministry of National Security is working on a policy on how to treat, care, and house mentally ill persons who are incarcerated but who are unfit to plead.Such a policy is...
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Misplaced energy around graduation frenzy

THE EDITOR, Sir:The silly season is upon us! No, it is not Christmas! It's called graduation, specifically at the early-childhood and primary levels of our education system.I loathe the fact that parents whom we have not laid eyes on since they...
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Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP):R. Kelly sexually abused and demeaned a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment, and infected her with herpes, according to a lawsuit that furthers a string of misconduct accusations against the platinum-selling singer....
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Governor open to lifting limits on child sex abuse lawsuits

MADISON, Wis. (AP):Governor Scott Walker is suggesting he's open to lifting the statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse lawsuits.Women's March of Wisconsin has asked all candidates for elected office to support a version of the Child...
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Sweet sorrow? - Artificial sweeteners could be contributing to weight gain

Sugar has long been known to cause weight gain if and when consumed in large amounts. But how is this possible? When more sugar than the body needs is taken into the body, the excess is stored as glycogen and fat.Too much fat in the body leads to...
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Fit 4 Life | The five Rs of training [Part 1]

Fitness programmes are complex undertakings. There are many variables to consider. The five Rs principle aims to provide a simple way to keep track of the basic tenets of the training aspect of any fitness programme. So what are the five Rs? They...
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A royal high tea

It was an evening of fine dinning, sweet treats and tea as the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, in collaboration with White Lotus Bridal Boutique, held a Champagne High Tea to celebrate today's highly anticipated royal wedding between Prince Harry and...
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A mother's greatest fear

Parenthood is no joke, and for mothers, just the idea of being a mother can put them in a slight frenzy.Flair asked a few mothers what was their greatest scare as a mother. Here are there responses:p I'll say when he was two and he was jumping on...
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