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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Chinese entity Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) plans to invest more than $3 billion to develop the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St Elizabeth, where it operates the Alpart alumina refinery.The park, which is expected to generate approximately 60,000 jobs, is pivotal to Jamaica's Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).

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OHIO, United States (AP) — More than 100 workers were arrested at an Ohio meatpacking plant by federal agents following a yearlong immigration investigation, the second largest raid in the state in the past two weeks.

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Five members of Venezuela's armed forces and three civilians were imprisoned today, convicted of taking part in a 2015 coup plot against President Nicolas Maduro, a prisoners' rights group said.A military court handed down sentences of between three and six years, the group Foro Penal announced.

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Newly appointed Bangladesh cricket coach Steve Rhodes predicted a competitive Test series in the West Indies next month but said there was no reason the team could not win.The ex-England wicketkeeper was formally introduced as the Tigers' coach today after his appointment was confirmed earlier this month following a long hunt for a new coach for the Test minnows.Rhodes, who has never previously coached a national team, will make...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will be established in Jamaica to deal with climate-related issues, is expected to be fully operational by next year.Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure at the opening ceremony for the Organisational Development Transformation Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston today.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A policeman assigned to the Motorized Patrol Division (MPD) has been arrested and charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, 2000, after he was accused of soliciting $7,000 from a motorist.The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) in a report said Constable Chantel Stephenson and another policeman were reportedly on duty along the Sir Florizel Glasspole Highway on Tuesday May 2, 2017 when they signalled the complainant to...

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Almost 14 years after it was destroyed by the category three Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the Houses of Parliament will have a new home with the official opening of a new parliament building tomorrow.The event will be attended by regional leaders – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago; Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines; and Caricom Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

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MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset today.The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16.Costa, who scored twice in a 3-3 opening draw with Portugal in Sochi, courted controversy early in the Group B encounter when he stepped on the toes of Iran 'keeper Ali Beiranvand as he waited to kick the ball...

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WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order today ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the US border illegally.It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) says that it is “gravely concerned” with the current controversy surrounding the government and operations of PetroJam.

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — A raft of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union against stiff metals duties imposed by US President Donald Trump will come into effect on Friday, a top EU official said.From blue jeans to motorbikes and whiskey, the EU's hit-list of products targeted for tariffs with the US reads like a long list of emblematic American exports.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Bog Walk High School in St Catherine has been renamed the Enid Bennett High School in honour of the late former State minister and daughter of the parish, who was instrumental in the establishment of the institution.Bennett played a key role in securing funds and land for the construction of the school, along with Tacius Golding High School and Lucky Valley Primary School in the 1970s under the 'New Deal in Education' project.

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — US-based oil giant,  ExxonMobil has struck oil again this time at the Longtail-1 exploration well, making this the 8th successful discovery.In a press release ExxonMobil's partner Hess Corp said this discovery creates the potential for additional resource development in the southeast area of the Stabroek Block.

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FEASIBILITY studies are being done for the establishment of an irrigation system that will take water from the Black River to supply farmers in the Pedro Plains of St Elizabeth.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw said the proposed project could bring millions of dollars in investments to improve the infrastructure of the parish.

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Q. Can I come to the US Embassy to get information on voting in the US elections? A: Yes! On June 27th, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, the US Embassy will host an open house to register Americans to vote from overseas and to provide information to eligible voters as part of Overseas Citizens Voters Week, which runs June 27th–July 5th.

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GOVERNMENT and Opposition MPs yesterday expressed bipartisan positions on the recommendations from the Bruce Golding-led Caricom Review Commission's Report, which was discussed in the House of Representatives yesterday.Prime Minister Andrew Holness had requested that yesterday's meeting at Gordon House focus solely on the 51-page report, in an effort to create a bipartisan response to the report which was tabled in Parliament on February 6.

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The Transport Authority (TA) is insistent that it has been increasing enforcement and monitoring of Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) operators, but a performance audit report points to drivers still being able to renew their licences despite racking up summonses for numerous violations.

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A 51-year-old Rastafarian man accused of raping a 11-year-old girl in his community yesterday volunteered to provide DNA samples to clear his name, when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.The construction worker, who resides in an inner-city community in Kingston, was this month arrested and charged with rape.

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MAYOR of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams has indicated that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is well advanced in the repairs being made to the Redemption Arcade.The arcade was destroyed by fire in June of last year.KSAMC has since restored 62 stalls in the arcade with further repairs being done to beautify and improve the space, a release said yesterday.

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GROUND was broken yesterday for the construction of five additional classrooms and four technology laboratories at Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) in St Andrew for approximately $76 million.

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Educator and first-time councillor Rohan Kennedy was last Thursday elected as the new deputy mayor and vice-chairman of the Manchester Municipal Corporation.Kennedy, who won the Mile Gully Division for the People's National Party (PNP) in the 2016 local government election, was the sole nominee for the post during the regular monthly meeting.

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THE Registrar General's Department (RGD) will be hosting a series of registration fairs across the island over the next 18 months to facilitate individuals who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.The first in the series of fairs will be held today from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Linstead Methodist Church in St Catherine.

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ALTERNATIVE routes motorists will be able to use when the National Works Agency (NWA) closes Three Miles/Portia Simpson Miller Square to vehicular traffic completely, in a month's time, were outlined to yesterday's Roads and Traffic Committee meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.

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President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' and Exporters' Association (JMEA), Metry Seaga, is adamant that Government must ensure transparency in its investigation of allegations of financial impropriety at the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam."My...

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Western Bureau:Last week was a very good one for the Hanover police, as 12 persons who were arrested recently under the lottery scam law were convicted in the Hanover Circuit Court."We hope this will be a lesson to all the persons who are still...

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Paul Hoo, former chairman of Supreme Ventures Limited; Rosie Pilner, a former vice-president of Scotiabank; and Wayne Powell, who also served as a vice-president of Scotiabank, have been appointed to replace the three Jamaican directors who resigned...

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Prison boss Ina Hunter has been freed of a criminal charge related to the longstanding problem of sewage flowing from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre on to the roadway.Hunter, commissioner of corrections at the Department of Correctional...

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Western Bureau:A police corporal who allegedly breached the Corruption Prevention Act last Thursday and successfully eluded personnel from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has reportedly submitted an application for sick...

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A parish judge has ordered that the two men arrested in connection with a multimillion-dollar money laundering probe be remanded.The order was made yesterday when the two men, Lawrence Pommels, an engineer employed to the government-owned firm...

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The Transport Authority (TA) says operators of public passenger vehicles who are repeat offenders will face suspension and revocation of their licences under proposed tough legislation to come on stream.Managing director of the TA, Cecil Morgan,...

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The Ruel Reid-led Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has announced that the final Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy examinations in their current form will be administered today, Wednesday, June 20 and on Thursday, June 21.A total of 104,...

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Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague says that the Government is taking steps to provide greater protection for persons who use public passenger vehicles by proposing the mandatory installation of GPS in these vehicles."We must put a GPS...

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Teachers have given the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination the thumbs up after yesterday's national mock sitting, citing its practicability and ease. However, while confident of its role in preparing students for secondary-level education,...

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SOCHI, Russia (AP):Unlike the other FIFA World Cup favourites that struggled through their opening matches, Belgium looked every part the title contender.Having Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku capable of scoring the way they did against Panama helps...

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Grade five students at Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High, as well as Winward Road Primary schools, emerged from day one of the national mock exam of the performance task component of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) with mixed reactions."It was...

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Since its explosion on the local scene in 2015, Gustazos has developed an enviable reputation for providing top deals on its e-commerce platform across various sectors.However, according to Chief Executive Officer Carlos Villares, Gustazos has been...

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Pastor Robert Walker said it well. Avis Rebecca Henry's was a beautiful life well lived. Family members, friends and well-wishers who packed the Hollis Peter Lynch Multipurpose Building in Westgate, St James, nodded in agreement as they reflected on...

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The island's sole distributor of electricity, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has signalled its readiness to face the ongoing 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, declaring that it has a robust disaster preparedness programme.Speaking with...

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WESTERN BUREAU:Owen Glaze and Andrew Brown, the men who were recently found guilty in relation to 66 kilograms of cocaine valued at J$264 million, were yesterday sentenced when they appeared in the St James Parish Court.The two men were sentenced by...