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Cocaine vauled at US$400,000 seized at Sangster airport, British man arrested

Narcotics cops on Saturday seized cocaine valued at US$400,000 at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James and arrested a British man. The police report that about  3:20  p.m. the man was checking in to board a flight...
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Jamaican Margaret Ramsay-Hale appointed Chief Justice of Cayman Islands

Jamaican jurist Margaret Ramsay-Hale has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands. In making the announcement, Governor Martyn Roper said the appointment will take effect on October 26. She is to replace Chief Justice Anthony Smellie,...
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“I believe the next two generations will blame us for the state of the environment we have left them”: Dr Barbara Carby, former ODPEM Director General.

Slippery slope

Even as she welcomes housing developments that have changed the landscape of Kingston and St Andrew in recent years, former Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Director General, Dr Barbara Carby, believes the country is...
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Lewin: DCS, not cops, should man lock-ups Premium

Former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin believes the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) should assume responsibility for all persons detained in criminal investigations or awaiting trial, and the police relieved of duties to...
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Prime Minister of Grenada Dickon Mitchell.

Haiti’s instability a threat to the entire Caribbean region, says Grenadian prime minister

It would not be the first, second, or third time that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has attempted to help the hemisphere’s poorest nation get a grip on its internal problems, which are reaping murder, mayhem, and kidnappings, exposing Haiti as...
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UN slavery estimate raises question: Are 50 million people really enslaved today?

AP According to the United Nations, about 50 million people are enslaved worldwide. The report, released last month by the UN’s International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and the human rights group the Walk...
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Michael Ricketts, President of the JFF.

Expect new JFF gen sec in a matter of days

AFTER FIVE months without any real news about the status of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary Dalton Wint, the saga may be reaching its endgame. JFF president Michael Ricketts disclosed that the position of general secretary would...
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The secret to Tallawahs success

MANY FANS across the Caribbean and the world are still processing the fact that the Jamaica Tallawahs are the 2022 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions. After finishing fourth in the preliminary round of the tournament, the Tallawahs,...
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Customs to implement drone, canine detection programmes

Deputy Commissioner of Operations at Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Marlon Lowe, says work is being undertaken to incorporate drones and canine detection in JCA’s border security strategy by 2025. Both programmes are now said to be in the start-up...
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JSE expects boom despite gloom

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Group’s earnings are expected to rise despite the market index’s fall towards a near five-year low. The expected rise in revenue will come from small tweaks in its offerings, but largely reliant on the continuation...
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There is no doubt about it, recording artiste and songwriter, Nyanda, has her hands full.

‘All Fruits Ripe’ for Brick & Lace

Recording artiste and songwriter Nyanda Thorbourne has her hands full. She has been balancing being a mother, running a household, family life, a recording career, and a business, which evolved out of being part of the popular group Brick...
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Educators give high marks to Opal Palmer Adisa’s ‘The Storyteller’s Return’

Educators were plentiful at the launch of Opal Palmer Adisa’s latest book, The Storyteller’s Return: Story Poems. Hence, the abundant praise that flowed for the book might well have been thought of as “high marks,” especially by the author, herself...
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An aerial view of Big Pond in Bannister, St Catherine, which is perennially flooded.

Editorial | Address perennial planning failures

The US states of Florida and South Carolina are still counting the cost of being hit by Hurricane Ian. Central Florida, particularly, took a pummelling. Buildings were destroyed. Millions of people lost power. Many may have died. It will be a...
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Orville Taylor | Bullets don’t make decisions Premium

Last week both on air and in this column, I went to great pains to discuss the use of deadly force protocol. There is a simple formula; assume that you may be asked afterwards as to whether or not you could justify the shooting if the purported...
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Hurricane Ian lashes South Carolina as Florida surveys devastation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A revived Hurricane Ian made landfall on coastal South Carolina on Friday, threatening the historic city of Charleston with severe flooding after the deadly storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and trapped...
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US hits Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine,tensions soar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its allies hit back at Russia's annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Friday, slapping sanctions on more than 1,000 people and companies including arms supply networks, as Moscow and the West...
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Jamaica’s vanishing legacy of historic buildings

In the age of the quest for reparations, the word “preservation” is now taboo in reference to historic buildings. We can no longer say that we have an interest in “preserving” historic buildings because if they were built in the period of...
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Kingston Creative story – the importance and limits of partnership

“A single twig breaks, but a bundle of twigs is strong” (Tecumseh, Shawnee Warrior, North America). Kingston Creative has delivered over 54 meet-ups, 23 artwalks, 74 murals, with hundreds of creatives trained in the short space of five years. The...
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Bencle Hibbert, stands in front of his massive water tank, at his automotive dealership.

Bye Bye NWC - Auto dealer takes on water woes

Bencle Hibbert, the owner of Wheels and Wheels Auto Imports, is not your average entrepreneur as he prides himself on going above and beyond for his company. “When I started Wheels and Wheels in 1997, my water bill from the National Water...
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The parking brake ….and other pedals

The purpose of the parking brake is to keep the motor vehicle in place while parked. “This brake can also be used in an emergency if the foot brake fails,” says Kurt Harding, an experienced St Andrew-based auto mechanic. In some cars, the parking...
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Barber Kemar Heslop gives a clean cut to Shane Bennett.

The Dewar brothers go from bathroom stall to cutting-edge barber business

It’s always impossible until it’s done. Two young brothers, hailing from Westmoreland, packed up their dreams and took to Kingston in pursuit of education, independence, and financial freedom. What started as grooming services in the bathroom of...

Sunday Social

Family, friends and book aficianados joined philanthropist and chair of Stewart’s Automotive Group, Diana Stewart, for the launch of her first literary work, Dunsinane: A Memoir, last Wednesday at the Jaguar Land Rover showroom in St Andrew....
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The newly built Green Acres Police Station on St John’s Road, Johnson Pen, is swamped by floodwaters. Drainage works are yet to be undertaken to alleviate the flood risk.

Patricia Green | Stop blaming climate change for flooding

“… If it rains heavily enough and long enough, there will be flooding … ” wrote L.C. Nkemdirim and Eleanor B. Jones in ‘Flood Regions in Jamaica’, having studied, mapped, and published in 1978 the flood pattern on the island. The peak period,...
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Gordon Robinson | What happens when the real storm comes?

Three weeks ago, I revealed the contents of a memo written by Michael Manley to David Coore (chairman of a Constitutional Reform Parliamentary Committee) dated May 25, 1994. In that seminal memo, Manley postulated : “Jamaica’s ‘first past the post...
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