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#FootballFever | Uruguay players charged for confronting World Cup referee

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Four Uruguay players were charged with offensive behaviour by FIFA on Monday for their angry pursuit of the referee after being eliminated from the World Cup. The Uruguayan football federation also faces an extra...
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Supreme Court taking up clash of religion and gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing the case Monday of a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, a dispute that's the latest clash of religion and gay rights to land at the...
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The Jamaica Agricultural Society has expressed concern about the pre-Christmas demands on egg farmers but a lobbyist insists that there should be no supply deficit.

Egg farmers crack under strain – JAS Premium

Local egg farmers are struggling to ramp up production to satisfy the traditional pre-Christmas surge in demand as stakeholders emerge from the shadows of the COVID-19 economy, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President Lenworth Fulton has said....
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Ramp up essential oils production to tap billion-dollar market, says Dunn

Jamaicans have been urged to temper their appetite for foreign-produced essential oils and to invest in local production to tap a global industry valued at US$8.8 billion and which is expected to exceed US$15 billion by 2027. State Minister for...
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Education and Youth Minister, Fayval Williams, addresses December 1 quarterly press conference of the Education Transformation and Oversight Committee at Jamaica House. JIS

Education Transformation recommendations close to implementation

Of the more than 190 recommendations outlined in the Jamaica Education Transformation Commission (JETC) report, the Ministry of Education and Youth is significantly closer in achieving and implementing its 72 priority targets. The JETC report,...
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Sydney Pagon STEM Academy charged with building agricultural resilience

WESTERN BUREAU: Agricultural resilience building has been laid squarely into the hands of Sydney Pagon STEM Academy in St. Elizabeth, under a special memorandum of understanding with J Wray and Nephew Foundation (JWNF). The Foundation turned over...
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Timar Lewis of Harbour View FC in action against Faulkland FC during a Jamaica Premier League match at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. Lewis scored a first half hat-trick to lead his team to a 6-1 win.

Harbour View hit Faulkland for six

Timar Lewis’ first-half hat-trick lifted leaders Harbour View to a comprehensive 6-1 win over Faulkland in their Jamaica Premier League (JPL) match at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The 24-year-old forward scored in the 31st, 35th...
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Knight-Wisdom expects early recovery after knee injury

Last Saturday, Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom sustained an injury to his knee while competing at the December 1-4 Scottish National and Open Diving Championships in Edinburgh. The injury could keep him out of the pool for some time. The 27-year-...
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Manpower restructures and hunts for CEO Premium

Manpower & Maintenance Services Limited (MMS) is on the hunt for a CEO as the sanitation company founded by Audrey Hinchcliffe restructures and prepares for succession...
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JSSE targeting $100m for social investments Premium

The Jamaica Social Stock Exchange, JSSE, is targeting $100 million to fund social investment programmes for the coming year, via a telethon. JSSE Chairman Professor Neville Ying says the target is well beyond the amount needed to fund immediate...
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Horace Francis on set during filming. He plays the role Fruita who eventually helps to reintegrate his friend into society after learning that he was living with AIDS.

Jamaican short film tackles HIV/AIDS discrimination

After witnessing various cases of stigmatisation and discrimination on the island, Jamaican screenwriter and author Roger Williams was moved to use his skills in the art of film-making to help spread information and knowledge on HIV and AIDS....
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Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster

Taylor Swift fans are suing Ticketmaster for “price fixing” and “fraud”. Following the ticket-buying debacle for Swift’s North American Eras tour, which saw Ticketmaster cancel the general sale due to high demand and insufficient ticket inventory,...
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The problem is especially acute at the primary level, where 72 per cent, 550 of 759, operate below their  capacity, including 28 per cent whose  enrolments are less than half the students they were designed to accommodate.

Editorial | Rationalising schools

There are many matters in Jamaica’s crisis-riddled education system that require urgent remedial action. But just as important as any that commands the public’s attention is the need to end the frittering away of taxpayers’ money on maintaining...
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Garth Rattray | Doctors fight disease on several fronts

The job of medical doctors is far more difficult than it appears. Aside from the very broad spectrum of problems that we see, we are also faced with several obstacles when trying to reduce the risk of disease, or adverse outcomes of diseases that...
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Letter of the Day | ‘I am 13, and I no longer feel safe in Jamaica’

THE EDITOR, Madam: I am a 13-year-old Jamaican high-school student and I love my country. Our rich culture, formidable spirit and great people make me proud to be Jamaican. Although I love this country, I have recently began seriously...
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Jamaica needs more utility companies

THE EDITOR, Madam: We, a group of eight retired professionals, who are still standing on our feet at 80- and 90-plus years, have always wondered why the ‘C’ in NWC (National Water Commission) stands for ‘commission’. We think the word ‘commission...
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In March 22, 2016 file photo, police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels.

Survivors of Brussels suicide-bomb attacks seek closure at trial

BRUSSELS (AP) Jaana Mettala was six months pregnant and on her way to work when the bomb exploded in the heart of Brussels’ European Union quarter. She suffered severe burns, but Mettala and her baby survived — 32 other people did not. It’s now...
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About 1,700 dead seals found on Caspian coast

MOSCOW (AP) About 1,700 seals have been found dead on the Caspian Sea coast in southern Russia, officials said Sunday. The authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said that it’s still unclear what caused the animals’ deaths, but they...
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We caught up with Tamara Burke (right) and Gayle Cunningham at the Island Child Style fashion show, held at the Historic Naval Dockyard in Port Royal.

Something Extra | Monday

Following a two-year hiatus, Island Child Style, marketed as the Caribbean’s premier children’s runway event celebrating fashion and designers, returned in fine style last Saturday at the Port Royal Cruise Pier. More than 100 boys and girls,...

Christopher Yeung: A passion for life and private equity

Christopher YEUng prefers to be behind the scenes but, as the co-founder and managing director of FirstRock Private Equity (PE) Limited, of late, the spotlight seems to be finding him. Most recently, with FirstRock PE as a major shareholder in...
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