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Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson successfully underwent hip-replacement surgery yesterday at the Tony Thwaites Wing of The University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. The procedure was without complication. Patterson suffered injury in...

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CASTLETON, St Mary:  The erection of a new bridge in Castleton has resurrected villages that were hit by urban sprawl as residents, weary of being marooned for days, had migrated to other communities, residents told The Gleaner yesterday....

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GENEVA, Switzerland (CMC) — The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on The Bahamas to refrain from deporting Haitians after Nassau earlier this month deported more than 100 Haitians less than two weeks after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis warned illegal migrants they should either leave the country voluntarily or be “forced to leave”.

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The trial of eight people charged in connection with allegations of a $400-million fraud uncovered at the Manchester Municipal Corporation in 2016 went on a week-long break on Tuesday.

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Opposition spokesperson on science and technology Julian Robinson says while adopting 5G mobile networks is imminent, it comes with a number of risks.He is therefore urging Jamaica to look into the risks associated with the new technology as it mulls its adoption.

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips are expected to join representatives of civil society groups today to continue discussions on cooperation in tackling crime.The two leaders gave their blessings to the effort on Tuesday, as the House of Representatives debated and voted to extend the lives of five states of emergency (SOEs) by a further 90 days, and two zones of special operations (ZOSOs) by a further 60 days.

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Jamaican track and field sprint great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce yesterday expressed pleasure at being named on the British Broadcasting Corporation 's ( BBC 's) 2019 list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.

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SOME vector control workers employed to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) are up in arms about their current work situation, which they say has resulted in reduced and haphazard mosquito eradication activities for the region, and warned that this will have a direct and negative impact on the dengue outbreak now facing the island.

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THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has finally taken control of its planned new headquarters on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston, but it is unlikely to move in any time soon.The building was officially handed over yesterday to the foreign affairs ministry by the Chinese authorities, paving the way for Government to begin to acquire the furniture and fixtures to facilitate the staff to move in which is now set for March 2020.

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The European Union (EU) and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal yesterday, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed within a day at an EU summit.Positive vibes radiated from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference in Toulouse, France.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of people across Haiti attended funerals yesterday for protesters who have died in ongoing demonstrations aimed at ousting President Jovenel Moïse.The funerals for 11 of at least 20 people killed were held in six cities, including the capital of Port-au-Prince, where sweat mingled with tears as mourners packed a church in the neighbourhood of Delmas.

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A native of Annotto Bay, St Mary, Roger Williamson, after migrating to the United States, has returned to Jamaica with his family to open a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in his hometown.The company, NK Customer Solutions, which was officially opened last week Thursday, currently employs 25 people, but Williamson has his sights set on providing jobs for close to 500 people when it is fully operational.

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SOME People's National Party (PNP) supporters in the key swing seat of St Andrew West Rural are questioning reports that president of the party's youth organisation Krystal Tomlinson is set to be named as its next standard bearer for the constituency.

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THE Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says it has renewed its commitment to meeting the regional goal of 100 per cent air traffic flow management (ATFM), as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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MONTEGO BAY, St James – Members of the Tarrant Baptist Church in Kingston yesterday demonstrated in the historic Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, in support of the city's Mayor Homer Davis and the St James Municipal Corporation who have refused to rent the Montego Bay Cultural Centre to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group, Montego Bay Pride, for meetings.

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Today is the 290th day of 2019. There are 75 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 2005: China celebrates the successful landing of the country's second manned space flight as a boost to its status as a space power. OTHER EVENTS 1777: American rebels capture 5,000 British soldiers at the Second Battle of Saratoga, turning the fortunes of the American War of Independence.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, October 17, 2019: This year, you will feel more in sync with others and yourself than you have for a long time. You will draw someone very different, perhaps a foreigner. Relating to this person will help open new doors. If single, you could form a romantic bond with this person. If attached, travel appears more likely than it has in the recent past. You also might see your in-laws more often. A GEMINI plays a fun role in your life. You laugh more often if they...

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PM, Opposition leader to have crime summit today Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of National Security Dr Horace Change, Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips and member of civil society group will today meet to discuss the issue of...

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The proposed Bernard Lodge township hailed by the Holness administration as a model of mixed-use development will have 76 per cent more lands designated for farming, a senior government minister revealed yesterday. The St Catherine town, slated for...

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WESTERN BUREAU: Gay-rights campaigners should be allowed to use the Montego Bay Cultural Centre says Josef Forstmayr, a popular western Jamaica hotelier and chairman of the group that has oversight of the St James civic building. Forstmayr’s stance...

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Gas prices are to go up by $2.66 Thursday. The state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, says E-10 87 will sell for $127.94 per litre and a litre of E-10 90 for $130.78. Meanwhile, automotive diesel has moved up by $1.80 to sell for $135....

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Four children who were removed from a vessel transporting what is believed to be illegal migrants are now in state care, pending further investigations by local authorities. The Gleaner understands that the boat, which is believed to have been...

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says parishes currently under a state of emergency (SOE) will see more relaxed business hours in a few weeks to facilitate increased commercial activity associated with the Christmas season. “The end of November – or...

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The bloodletting continues in Clarendon despite a state of emergency blanketing the mid-island parish since September 5 as the Government seeks to peg back a runaway homicide rate. Early yesterday morning, criminals snuffed out the life of 51-year-...

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Mandeville, Manchester: A witness whose name appears on several cheques reportedly drawn on the account of the Manchester Parish Council reappeared in court yesterday to continue giving testimony in the multimillion-dollar fraud trial. The witness...

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Western Bureau: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis will be challenging Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that granted the gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride an interim order that allows them to rent the Montego Bay Cultural Centre for an upcoming event....

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Recognising the importance of modernising the agriculture sector to reap greater yields, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) says technology is a major part of its thrust to enhance its extension service delivery to Jamaican farmers...

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The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on October 11 — World Homeless Day — opened a newly constructed walk-in shower for the city's homeless. It also offered free health checks and offered care packages at a function organised by the Poor Relief Department, in partnership with the National Council on Drug Abuse.Here are some highlights:

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ON Monday, October 21, Richard Patrick Salm will be among Jamaicans who will be recognised for their contribution to national development at the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House.He will be awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for service to tourism, winter sports promotion and community development.

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FORMER Prime Minister P J Patterson is to undergo surgery today at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).A statement yesterday from the People's National Party (PNP), which Patterson served for several years as president, said after an evaluation by the medical team attending to Patterson, it was determined that he suffered injuries to his right knee and right hip.

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THE Caribbean's newest and largest Confucius Institute, which was built by the People's Republic of China at The University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, was officially handed over to the Jamaican Government on Monday.

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THE family of the man who was on Sunday beaten by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is seeking the public's assistance in covering his medical expenses.The incident was captured on video.The 24-year-old man, Romaine Anderson, is scheduled to undergo four computed tomography (CT) scans totalling $178,000.

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ANOTHER 450 hospitality workers, who have been trained and certified by the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), will graduate from the institution today.The ceremony is slated for Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, and will bring to 640 the total number of graduates since the facility was established in 2017, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said.

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THE Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is slated to build 1,650 studio and one-bedroom homes in St Catherine, under a joint venture partnership with China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), at a cost of approximately $9.5 billion.The 54-month project, to be called Catherine Estates, is being developed on land in the Bernard Lodge area and is scheduled to commence next month.

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THE GraceKennedy Foundation has secured a US$960,000-grant from the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, through its ecosystem-based adaptation facility, as a start to the daunting task of rescuing Kingston Harbour — the seventh-deepest natural harbour in the world — from degradation and helping to restore it to its former glory.

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips jointly confirmed in Parliament yesterday afternoon that they have started discussions on cooperation on a national anti-crime strategy.Holness raised the issue in the House of Representatives, while opening the debate on resolutions seeking to approve the continuation of five states of emergency in St James, St Catherine, Hanover, Westmoreland, and parts of St Andrew.