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Principal director of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) Programme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson says the recently launched Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) will help Jamaica to improve its ranking on the World Bank's Doing Business report index.The island is ranked at 75 among 190 economies, according to the 2018 Doing Business report.

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Sybil Waller Friday, last, hosted a celebratory dinner in honour of her son Professor Lloyd Waller's promotion to Professor of Digital Transformation Policy and Governance, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus.

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China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is warning that scammers are using its name in an effort to dupe people out of their goods and money and is urging the public to contact the company's office for confirmation if they are suspicious of any request being made to them in the firm's name, particularly when it includes requests for money, goods or services.

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday called on the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to develop research and programmes that will help the oil-rich twin island republic deal with “current challenges” in an evolving and changing global environment.

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Gary Bodeau says legislators will seek to resume their attempt today to debate a motion aimed at impeaching President Jovenel Moise, after a second attempt last week failed to materialise.

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Newly installed president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, Owen Speid, has echoed the call for the Government to appoint a full-time minister of education.Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Karl Samuda was assigned to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information earlier this year, following Ruel Reid's resignation from the Cabinet and Senate.

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — A Mexican judge has granted two people's requests to be allowed to use cocaine recreationally, the organisation behind the cases said yesterday, calling it a “historic step” — though it must first be reviewed by a higher court.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil (AFP) — The number of forest fires in Brazil surged in the first eight months of 2019, official data show, as President Jair Bolsonaro faces growing criticism over rampant destruction of the Amazon.Nearly 73,000 fires were recorded between January and August, compared with 39,759 in all of 2018, the embattled National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said late Monday.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Saudi Arabia yesterday began implementing a landmark reform allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male “guardian”, authorities said.The reform, announced earlier this month, weakens the restrictive guardianship system that has long been a symbol of repression against women.

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ROME, Italy (AFP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned yesterday after lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for pursuing his own interests by pulling the plug on the government coalition.The move leaves the eurozone's third-largest economy in a political vacuum until President Sergio Mattarella decides whether to form a new coalition or call an election after talks with parties in the coming days.

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Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive

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Surgeons are pushing for the ramping up of public awareness of the treatment options in plastic and bariatric surgeries that are available in the public sector, and for more emphasis to be placed on the expansion of training and development in these specialised areas of medicine.

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NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – A 43-year-old man with a history of groping women for almost two decades was jailed for six years after being found guilty of his latest offence.The Nassau Guardian newspaper reported yesterday that Sidney Cooper's history of sexual assaults against women dates back to 2000 and he has been convicted of groping 23 women in the last two decades.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A 500-year-old mummy of an Incan girl has been returned to Bolivia 129 years after it was donated to the Michigan State University Museum (MSU), marking what an official says is the first time human remains of archaeological importance have been repatriated to the Andean country.

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MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says that Jamaica's tourism industry is resilient enough to overcome the global recession being predicted for 2020.

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities.

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WITH a 50 per cent increase in funding over last year's $40-million allotment, more than 600 students will this year benefit from NCB Foundation's Scholarship and Grants fund, which stands at $60 million.These recipients include 28 outstanding students who qualified for this year's premier scholarships, valued at $300,000 per year for the duration of their studies at a locally accredited institution, a release said yesterday.

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THE confessed driver of a motor car who was captured recklessly stunt driving in a video that went viral last week got off scot-free after surrendering to the police.In fact, all Dennis Dietrih did yesterday was to offer a public apology for his actions.

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Plastic surgeons from across the Caribbean are scheduled to meet in Montego Bay on August 30 for a major conference.According to Dr Guyan Arscott, senior plastic surgeon at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the conference will examine current issues that are relevant to both the public and private sector, and is a result of a collaboration between the Caribbean Association of Plastic Surgeons and local plastic surgeons.

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IN light of the Government's thrust to supply the demand for affordable housing, Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is encouraging individuals to plan effectively to purchase a home.“We want to encourage persons in the interim to get their pre-qualification letters and secure their deposits,” senior public relations and marketing manager at HAJ, Richard Jones told JIS News in an interview.

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THREE men found hiding in an air-conditioning vent on the roof of a supermarket, which they had broken into after knocking out a section of the wall, were yesterday remanded for sentencing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 6.The trio, Kemmoy Campbell, 25; Lamoye Scott; and Jermaine Robinson, 29, pleaded guilty to shopbreaking when they appeared in court before Parish Judge Maxine Ellis.

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Washington , United States (AFP) — The White House is considering cutting taxes or reversing tariffs to head off a recession, US media reported on Monday, despite President Donald Trump's insistence the economy was in rude health.

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Today is the 233rd day of 2019. There are 132 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1791: Slaves rise, beginning the Haitian Revolution OTHER EVENTS1673: Britain's Prince Rupert is defeated off Texel, ending British efforts to land troops in Holland and freeing Dutch coast from blockade.

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A man who was held with a forged $50-million limit credit card when he went to a liquor store to purchase goods after previously buying $200,000 worth of liquor is to be sentenced in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 18.

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The Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands has broken its silence, two years after one of its pastors admitted to having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old. In an advertisement in today’s Gleaner, the church...

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Having written a number of articles highlighting the achievement of other high school students across the island, the spotlight is now on outgoing deputy head boy of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, David Salmon, who ranked first at the Kingston-based school...

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WESTERN BUREAU: Byron Farquharson, secretary general of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), wants to see a fast-tracking of hearings by the tribunal looking into cases against teachers who are suspended or dismissed. Of the 20 dismissal cases...

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Opposition Spokesperson on Education Ronald Thwaites yesterday called for a clear funding plan for schools where parents are unable to pay auxiliary fees. “The schools cannot do without the money – the contributions that come from parental...

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Former MP Glenville Shaw dies Former St Ann South West Member of Parliament (MP) Glenville ‘Power Saw’ Shaw died in the United Kingdom yesterday after a period of illness In a media release, the People’s National Party hailed Shaw as a “strong...

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Fresh jitters have emerged among members of the Windrush Generation in the United Kingdom since Boris Johnson succeeded Theresa May as prime minister last month. There are fears that the new prime minister could stymie efforts made to compensate...

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Western Bureau: In just over three months since the state of emergency (SOE) was declared in Hanover, Westmoreland and St James, the security forces have seized 33 illegal firearms and more than 3,700 rounds of ammunition. Nine alleged top-flight...

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A Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) leader has come out swinging against what he labelled as discriminatory practices against members of his faith by business process outsourcing (BPO) firms. In a sermon at the Kencot SDA Church in St Andrew on Saturday...

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Rashawn Stewart, the outgoing head boy of the St James-based Cornwall College, has said that the declaration of his Mount Salem community as a zone of special operations (ZOSO) has contributed to his success in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency...