Jamaica

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Jamaica is preparing to join 59 states and one member organisation as a party to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.To that end, fisheries stakeholders in the island engaged in five days of discussions towards the formulation of a national strategy and action plan for compliance with measures to combat IUU fishing in Kingston last week.

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The global decline in bee populations poses a serious threat to a wide variety of plants critical to human well-being and livelihoods, and countries should do more to safeguard them in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, FAO stressed Monday, as it marked UN World Bee Day.

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Dear Mr Brown:I landed at the airport in Toronto and the immigration officer searched my telephone. Is that considered a breach of privacy? What can be done about it?– TC Dear TC:

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The University of the West Indies (The UWI) signed a contract with geo-data specialists Fugro Geoid SAS earlier this month to use Light Detection and Ranging Data (LIDAR) to assess coastal vulnerability and conduct climate analysis related to sea-level rise, storm surges and flooding in the Caribbean.

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PHOENIX , Arizona (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship.

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Attorneys representing the two alleged rogue police corporals implicated in the controversial shooting in Chedwin Park in Spanish Town, St Catherine, have indicated their desire to have the media barred from the proceedings.

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the decision regarding Antigua and Barbuda becoming the fourth-landed campus of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has become a political issue.

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The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is constructing an infant department at Barrett Town Primary School in St James, at a cost of $34 million. Funding is being provided by the European Union (EU) under its Poverty Reduction Programme.Project Manager at JSIF, Celia Dillon, said that the four-classroom infant school, which will accommodate more than 110 students, is slated to be completed in July of this year.

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Today is the 142nd day of 2019. There are 223 days left in th eyear.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1868: The Great Train Robbery takes place near Marshfield, Indiana, as seven members of the Reno gang make off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds. OTHER EVENTS1761: The first life insurance policy in the United States is issued in Philadelphia.

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THE Industrial Relations Tribunal's (IDT) role in the local industrial relations environment has been under scrutiny in recent months, and the Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute (HSLSI), UWI Open Campus at Mona wants it to be a part of this week's Worker's Week agenda.

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JUNCTION, St Elizabeth – Cetany Holness, councillor for the Junction Division (JLP) in St Elizabeth South Eastern, is calling on the authorities to immediately deploy additional police here, following a barefaced robbery at a leading supermarket by several armed men Sunday night.Millions of dollars were allegedly taken from the supermarket owner and cashiers, while shoppers were robbed of cash and valuables.

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An alleged member of the Uchence Wilson Gang, who, the trial heard, had turned in a Beretta shotgun to the police, reportedly told the cops that the accused gang leader had tried to frame him for the said firearm.The trial previously heard that Wilson, who is said to be the leader of the gang, had taken police personnel to visit alleged gang member Odeen “Brinks” Smith in Clarendon in November 2017.

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PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Grief hung heavy in the air at Titchfield High School yesterday morning as students and teachers mourned the death of 13-year-old second form student Pranjal Jasti Kumar.The teen was the only fatality when a minibus, overcrowded with students from his school and Port Antonio High, plunged into a ravine after failing to negotiate a corner at Black Hill on the northern coastal highway Monday afternoon.

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GANJA growers and producers say regulations to the updated Dangerous Drugs Act (2015) are too stringent and pose a major impediment to those who represent the backbone of the industry, and, by extension, its development.

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AT least four people have indicated an intention to enter the race to replace Ronald Thwaites as the People's National Party (PNP) standard bearer in Kingston Central when delegates vote on Saturday, June 22.The PNP's Executive Committee yesterday gave individuals interested in the seat until Friday to formally announce their interest to the party's general secretary. A draft voters' list is to be presented to the candidates next Monday.

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THE State-owned oil refinery Petrojam suffered estimated losses of $269.5 million as a result of the $2.00 per litre it gave up in fuel prices on the local market between November 2016 and January 2017, Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told yesterday.According to a submission by the oil refinery, the net results of the reduction during the week of November 24 - 30 alone caused the company to give up an estimated $42.5 million in revenue.

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A decision by Holy Childhood High School in St Andrew to bar students averaging below 60 from graduating has not gone well with at least one parent, whose daughter was reduced to tears after receiving the news.The school's graduation is scheduled for June 30.An attempt to speak with the principal or senior staff at the school was not successful yesterday.

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Sasha Daniels (left), form teacher of 13-year-old Grade 8 student Pranjal Jasti Kumar, is comforted by Patricia Salmon, senior guidance counsellor at the Ministry of Education's Region Two yesterday morning at Titchfield High School in Port Antonio. The school's guidance counsellor, Sharon Bennett, looks on. Pranjal was the only fatality when a minibus, overcrowded with students from his school and Port Antonio High, plunged into a ravine after failing to negotiate a corner at Black Hill on...

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WITH the number of people diagnosed with cancer expected to balloon in coming years, one of the nation's leading surgeons and university professors is urging his colleagues and the Government to address current barriers to cancer care delivery.

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Director of Elections Glasspole Brown has given the green light to the two candidates of the April 4 East Portland by-election, telling The Gleaner yesterday that Member of Parliament Ann-Marie Vaz and the defeated Damion Crawford met the May 16...

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Two prominent business leaders have renewed calls for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to address frontally issues surrounding his yet-to-be-cleared statutory declarations. Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President Howard Mitchell said...

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NWC issues prohibition order against water wasting With the worsening drought severely impacting sections of the country, the National Water Commission (NWC) has issued a Prohibition Notice, effective May 24, making it an offence to waste water...

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An alleged member of the Uchence Wilson Gang, Lanworth ‘Zeeks’ Geohagen, attempted to flee police when they were about to conduct a search of his vehicle at the Bog Walk Police Station in St Catherine on December 2, 2017, the court was told...

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Western Bureau: The new J$62-million Sam Sharpe Diagnostic and Early Intervention Centre, which has been established to assist at-risk youth, will be officially commissioned into service on Monday, June 3, with three diagnostic classrooms, an...

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Danny Roberts, head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, has warned against certain practices such as contract employment, noting that legislation should be crafted to address this issue, taking into account International...

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DETECTIVES assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) say a five-year-old boy who has been purported to be missing in several social media reports in recent days is not missing.

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GENEVA, Switzerland (CMC) — Jamaica's Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has expressed his displeasure with the operations of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).“I maintain and I still maintain that in order for Jamaica to benefit from that fund, the entire country has to be destroyed; everybody has to die for Jamaica to benefit,” he told a panel discussion at an international conference here.

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MEMBER of Parliament for Portland Eastern Ann-Marie Vaz is calling for a collective and united approach from all Jamaicans to put an end to the abuse and exploitation of children.According to Vaz, as 2019 Child Month comes to a close, Jamaica needs to adopt a community approach towards the protection of our children.

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Manchester Central Member of Parliament Peter Bunting is warning Jamaicans to be vigilant in the face of what he says could be a plan by Government to invade people's privacy, using high-end Israeli spy technology.

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BLACK HILL, Portland — One male Titchfield High student is dead and 23 others from that school, as well as Port Antonio High, are now in hospital after the minibus in which they were travelling plunged 70 metres into a ravine and landed on its four wheels.The driver and conductor of the ill-fated bus have also been hospitalised.The crash occurred minutes after 3:00 pm.

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Following a ruling by the director of public prosecutions that they be charged last Friday, corporals Kirk Fraser and Ramone Scott were yesterday remanded when they made their first appearance in the downtown Kingston-based Home Circuit Court. The...

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Various government agencies involved in the Operation Restore Paradise now under way in Montego Bay, St James, are reporting a successful first day in their new push to restore law and order in the Second City. Yesterday, areas such as the Charles...