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Chairman & Managing Director of ARC Manufacturing Ltd Norman Horne was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander on Monday, October 15 for his “contribution to entrepreneurship and community development”. In the evening, Horne hosted a cocktail reception at the Spanish Court's Worthington to celebrate his conferment with family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers. Horne is deeply respected and this was conveyed by the numerous attendees, the 10...

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Inspector Allison Grant-Johnson displays her Medal of Honour for Gallantry at the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House on Monday.Inspector Grant-Johnson received the award for displaying “extraordinary bravery in confronting gunmen in defence of her family on September 26, 2017 when her daughter was held at gunpoint”, the citation read.

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Yesterday's Jamaica Observer front page, which features the historic World Cup qualification by Jamaica's women's football team, was among 80 newspapers from around the world featured yesterday by the Washington, DC-based Newseum in the United States, Here, Nigel Coke, communications director for the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists, who is on a visit to Washington, was happy to see his Jamaican newspaper among those selected for display. It is, however, not the first time that an...

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MINISTERS from across the region of the Caribbean have agreed on an action plan to ensure that the health of those living in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is protected and prioritised within the global climate change agenda.

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Across the Corporate Area on Monday, October 15, a number of luncheons and cocktails receptions took place to celebrate recipients of National Awards. Among them was Mitsy Seaga-Mian, who was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of commander for her dedication to child safety and development and philanthropy. Along with founding the SOS Children's Village, Seaga-Mian has overseen the refurbishing of several hospitals in Jamaica, was the main driver behind the...

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Jamaica Defence Force Corporal Malachi Davis has dedicated his Medal of Honour for Gallantry to the memory of Police Constable Leighton Hanson, who was disarmed by a suspect he was trying to arrest and shot point-blank in the head.Corporal Davis was one of two soldiers who had rushed to help the cop, applying first aid and challenging the attacker whom they shot dead.

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Wednesday ordered the release of Japhet Bennett, who had been found guilty of a 2009 murder in Belize.Bennett had been convicted of murdering Ellis Meighan Sr in Belize City and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013.

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Jamaica National Group Chief Executive Officer Earl Jarrett was conferred with the Order of Jamaica on Monday, National Heroes' Day, as the State recognised citizens for outstanding contributions in various fields.

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THE process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year.Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz, who made the announcement Wednesday, said that the move forms part of the Government's strategy to safeguard the island's biodiversity.

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Kimani Anderson walked briskly to the dais at King's House on Monday, National Heroes' Day, to receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry from the governor general. But the national recognition, he admitted, was a bittersweet experience for him as it served as a reminder of his valiant act in saving the lives of three wards of the State and his inability to rescue a fourth from a fire that destroyed Walker's Place of Safety in January this year.

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FIVE illegal weapons were seized and four men taken into custody in separate incidents across three parishes between Wednesday and yesterday.

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HEAVY voting combined with readers' demands have resulted in an extension to the deadline for entries in this year's Jamaica Observer Cutest Baby Competition.

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JAMAICA Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which certified more than 300 people in its most recent cohort, is on target to train 8,000 tourism workers over the next five years.

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TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett joined officials in St Ann Wednesday for an official ground-breaking ceremony at Salem Beach, which is being upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to the tune of $26 million under their National Beach Development Programme.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme from countries in the region.The scheme had categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission.

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) says another phase of traffic changes is to be implemented along the Mandela Highway in St Andrew, starting tomorrow.“The change which will last for a minimum of eight weeks will affect westbound traffic (travelling towards Spanish Town). The change will impact the section of the corridor in the vicinity of the Six Miles overpass,” the NWA said in a release.

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THE National Water Commission (NWC) has applied to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for a review of its current charges, a news release from the OUR said yesterday.The OUR release said that NWC applied for a review of its current tariff on October 2, proposing a 23 per cent and a 38 per cent average increase in revenues for water and sewerage charges, respectively.

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A 10-year-old girl, frustrated with her living conditions at her family home on New Lincoln Avenue in St Andrew, ran away last weekend in search of better accommodation.Now safely back home, she says she is sorry for all the pain that she had caused her parents.

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THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reported yesterday more discoveries of theft of electricity in upscale communities. “In the last few weeks, the company has uncovered theft at high-end residences in Seacrest, St Ann; Nampriel in Westmoreland; and Coral Gardens and West Gate Hills in St James,” a JPS release said yesterday.

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OYSTER BAY, Trelawny — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the good relationship between Jamaica and Spain has seen the latter investing US$1.7 billion in the local tourism sector.In fact, he disclosed that Spanish investments account for a quarter of the 32,000 hotel room stock across the island.

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Today is the 292nd day of 2018. There are 73 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1992: African National Congress President Nelson Mandela acknowledges that prisoners in congress military camps had been tortured during the 1980s and early 1990s. The camps, located in other African countries, had been training sites during the congress's guerrilla war against the South African Government. OTHER EVENTS

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THE Government will be spending $116.8 million over four years to undertake a comprehensive review of the education system.This follows Cabinet's approval for Jamaica to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid made the disclosure at Wednesday's post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

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THE Horizon Park Waste Treatment Plant in St Catherine is to be expanded and upgraded to meet the long-term requirements for sewerage in that area.Cabinet has approved a US$2-million contract to Florida Aquastore and Utility Construction Inc, to undertake the worksMinister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid made the announcement during Wednesday's post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

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JN Bank is offering free health advice and check-up as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, and will today host the JN Bank Solidarity Day 2018 at its Half-Way-Tree location in St Andrew.The bank, in a release, said the special day of activities is being held as part of the JN Bank's Power of Pink campaign, as the financial institution continues its drive to raise public awareness about breast cancer..

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — A High Court judge has sentenced a 27-year-old gangster to life imprisonment after he was convicted of murdering a father of one in 2011.Khyri Smith-Williams was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of premeditated murder and the use of a firearm in the killing of Colford Ferguson in 2011.Ferguson, 29, was shot dead in February 2011 as he worked on a house in Somerset at the island's west end.

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When the health ministry moved its offices from the Oceana Building in downtown Kingston five years ago, it also left behind $175 million in unpaid rent owed to the state-owned Urban Development Corporation (UDC).According to figures compiled by the...

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Girls sitting in the laps of boys while riding public transport to and from school is not a new phenomenon, but Glen Bromfield, chief executive officer of the Medallion Hall Hotel, who is also a transport operator, has expressed concern that a stop...

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The National Water Commission (NWC) is looking to pull in a further $34 billion in revenue annually by hiking the rates it charges its customers.The NWC has applied to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for a 23 per cent average increase in...

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"This historic victory and qualification places the girls in the pantheon of the greatest sports teams of all time from Jamaica. This win symbolises the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the team and management...

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Some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group took to the streets of Montego Bay, St James, on Sunday to make it clear that they would like to be accepted in society the way they are.In a well-organised march, the LGBT...

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When a heavily hued Jamaican woman with 'Chiney bump' (hair twisted and rolled into knots) was featured as a television presenter, there was collective shock and surprise, but there was also celebration for the promotion of women who looked like the...

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PICK YOUR PARLIAMENTOver the next few days, The Gleaner will be publishing features on the five designers shortlisted for the new Parliament building to be constructed at National Heroes Park in Kingston. During the period, readers are invited to...

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WESTERN BUREAU:O'Neil and O'Brian Walters, the brothers who were on trial for the murder of Kahni Erskine following a brazen daylight attack by gunmen at a St James gas station in 2016, were found not guilty yesterday afternoon in the St James...

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that his administration is exploring ways to ensure that its two main anti-crime measures do not dampen the Christmas spirit for Jamaicans.Holness announced yesterday that discussions are now taking place...