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SRC staging science education symposium
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is staging a two-day symposium aimed at improving the delivery of science education at the primary and secondary levels. Approximately 200 mathematics and science teachers are expected to participate in the event, which opened today at the Mona Visitors' Lodge of the University of the West Indies (UWI). It will promote interventions under the European Union (EU)-funded Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) Project and highlight its impact on the local education system   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Caribbean |  Jamaica | 
Jamaica receives US$300,000 grant from UN Green Climate Fund
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica has received a US$300,000 grant from the United Nations (UN) Green Climate Fund (GCF) to strengthen the island's capacity to develop and implement strategies to respond to climate change. The funds will allow for engagement of consultants in climate and development finance to provide technical support to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation's Climate Change Division in the development of a country programme for engagement with the GCF   Read More ...
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Scientists may have found a cause of dyslexia
PARIS, France (AFP) — A duo of French scientists said Wednesday they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye. In people with the reading disability, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing "mirror" images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B   Read More ...
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Gov't initiate 'Youth Club Charge Up' to promote peace
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government has initiated a youth-development programme to engage young people in the promotion of peace while building the capacity of youth clubs to steer community growth. According to State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, under the youth club rebuilding initiative, dubbed 'Youth Club Charge Up', from which the groups are provided with grants, young persons are encouraged to foster conflict solving through joint club and community projects   Read More ...
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St Mary residents to start process of having Tacky declared national hero
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security, Robert Montague said the people of St Mary intend to start the process of having Tacky declared a national hero as soon the Bill to absolve certain national heroes is passed in the House of Representatives. However, he told Parliament this afternoon that as a start, the residents want him to be given a national honour   Read More ...
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Jamaica to benefit from US$7.52-m grant funding
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica is set to benefit from an initial US$7.52 million in grant funding under the ninth cycle of the Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 9). The money will go towards the areas of education, transportation, enterprise development, and water and sanitation, through projects implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The allocation is part of a provision of US$40   Read More ...
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Tags: Finance |  Investments |  Investment Funds | 
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Haiti police use tear gas to stop tax protest
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haitian police on Tuesday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters marching on the capital Port-au-Prince, as anger mounts over tax hikes seen as unfairly targeting the poor. It was the latest in a series of demonstrations that began over a month ago against the 2017-18 budget passed by the administration of President Jovenel Moise   Read More ...
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Read JP Progressives’ Endorsement of Mayor Walsh
The JP Progressives have chosen to endorse Mayor Marty Walsh for a second term over District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson. JP Progressives, a chapter member of Progressive MASS, provided a lengthy and thoughtful endorsement. In the Sept. 26th preliminary election Walsh took 62 percent of the vote and Jackson received 29 percent. The two will face-off against each other in the Nov   Read More ...
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ZOSO 'daddies' - soldiers playing father role
Despite their initial reservation when the community was chosen as the nation's first zone of special operations (ZOSO), some residents are now heaping praise on the security forces, especially the soldiers, for the positive impact they are having. "Many of them (the soldiers) have become like fathers to the children, especially the boys who have no father figures at home," said Joy Brissette, a resident of the community   Read More ...
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Tags: Military |  Soldiers | 
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Get out, squatters! - Operators want to regain control of People's Arcade
The Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) is now taking a militant stance in its bid to take control of the People's Arcade in Montego Bay, which has become a haven for social disorder and resistance by equally militant squatters, who have refused to leave the premises. Fitzroy Williams, the chief executive officer of the JRC, recently told the WESTERN STAR that the JRC will be serving the notices even though JRC agents have been threatened   Read More ...
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WESTERN STAR: Mobile Tax Unit makes $4.5-million haul
The St James Municipal Corporation says it is greatly encouraged by the response from residents to its special property tax promotions and outstations, which recently made stops in the communities of Dumfries, Norwood, Ironshore and Cornwall Court. The promotion, which ran from September 27 to 30, received support from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development's mobile tax unit. More than 380 residents across the targeted communities visited the outstations to make queries and payments   Read More ...
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WESTERN STAR: Past student pleasing palates
Some three decades ago, Dorset Stewart-Williams was a student at the Haddo Primary and Infant School in Haddo, Westmoreland. Today, she is back at her alma mater, serving the institution as a cook. When the WESTERN STAR visited the 104-year-old school, which is located on the grounds of the Haddo Methodist Church, Stewart-Williams, who is now in her mid-30s, was busy preparing lunch to satisfy the nutritional needs of the current generation of students   Read More ...
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Tags: Students | 
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Police capture four robbers
Quick action by police officers following a robbery resulted in the seizure of a firearm and the arrest of four men on Waterloo Road in St Andrew yesterday. Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that at about 1:15 a.m., men travelling in a blue motor car robbed a female at gunpoint. The officers, who were quick on the scene, gave pursuit and intercepted the vehicle on Waterloo Road   Read More ...
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Residents grateful for $10-million road repairs
Residents of Bunkers Hill, Dromily and Cockburn Pen in Trelawny should have better roads to traverse on in the not-too- distant future, as $10 million has been allotted from the nation's coffers to carry out much-needed road repairs in these communities. The roads, were in a state of significant disrepair for a long time as Trelawny Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the National Works Agency (NWA) haggled over which body was responsible for carrying out the repairs   Read More ...
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There is hope for St James - CCU head confident despite recent crime figures
Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Stephanie Lindsay, believes that the next crime statistics, which will be released at the end of the year, will show some reduction in the number of serious crimes in St James. This as the police have been successful at apprehending and eliminating some of the main violence producers in that parish   Read More ...
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Knockalva High School to be developed
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries through the Jamaica Dairy Development Board is providing a multimillion-dollar support package to the Knockalva Agricultural School in Ramble, Hanover. This was announced by Minister Karl Samuda recently as the school hosted the National World Food Day Ceremony and Exhibition under the theme 'Change the future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development'   Read More ...
Categories: Farming | 
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'Footy' keeping things ital for 40 years
Markland 'Footy' Ricketts is arguably the most familiar face in the community of Hadoo in Westmoreland. Over the past four decades, his trademark 'ital' peanut soup has been a big hit with both residents and passing motorists. In fact, for many persons who regularly traverse the Montego Bay to Westmoreland route, a journey is never considered complete without a cup of the vendor's tasty 'saltless' and 'meatless' offering   Read More ...
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WESTERN STAR: iCare, Sandals bring vision to western communities
The joint-venture arrangement between the United States-based Great Shape! Inc and the Sandals Foundation to bring much-needed health care to Jamaican communities was again evident last week as residents from communities in and around Duncans, Trelawny, and Brompton in St Elizabeth became the latest beneficiaries. According to Rochelle Forbes, the public relations manager at Sandals South Coast, the clinics, which took place between September 25 and October 6, were a major success, as residents benefited from a wide range of medical care   Read More ...
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WESTERN STAR: Haddo Primary striving for excellence
Despite its location, in the heart of a sleepy farming community, the Haddo Primary and Infant School in Haddo, Westmoreland, has its sights set on creating an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence and the holistic development of its students. The school, which opened its door at the same time as the neighbouring Haddo Methodist Church in 1913, has achieved much in its 104 year   Read More ...
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Haddo in need of development
Despite its pleasing rural charm, Haddo in Westmoreland is a community in crisis. Due to the lack of adequate economic infrastructure and job opportunities, many of its young people are forced to look beyond its borders for employment, causing a brain drain in the area. While the residents believe that Haddo has the potential for major development, they believe that the ongoing emigration of the community's most educated and talented individuals will undermine its capacity to grow, economically   Read More ...
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Working together for peace and harmony
Despite its economic challenges, the community of Haddo in Westmoreland has one enviable feature. Unlike many communities in western Jamaica, it is enjoying sustained peace and tranquillity because its residents believe unity is strength. In fact, the residents, who see much value in living in peace and harmony, take pride in the fact that the community has not had a single serious crime in many years   Read More ...
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Western Children's Hospital a step closer
The Government is a step closer towards commencing construction of the Western Children's Hospital in Montego Bay, St James. Health minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, and Chinese ambassador to Jamaica, Niu Qingbao, signed an Economic and Technical Co-operation agreement for the provision of more than CNY300 million (J$5.8 billion) in funding for the development of the facility. This follows the exchange of letters between the countries as an initial step in the process some 10 months ago   Read More ...
Categories: Health | 
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Heroes Day fire leaves 17 homeless
The St James fire department is investigating the circumstances that lead to a large fire, which gutted three board houses in Mount Salem, leaving 17 people, including eight children, homeless. Information reaching THE STAR is that the three houses on Crawford Street went up in smoke yesterday morning about 4:30. Acting assistant superintendent Fitzroy Thomas of the St James fire department told our news team that they were alerted to the fire about 4:42 a   Read More ...
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Brave bus passenger kills armed robber
An armed robber was shot and killed by a licensed firearm holder in the wee hours of yesterday morning as he attempted to rob passengers on a public transport bus on Spanish Town Road. The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force identifies the dead man as 23-year-old Kingsley Gunter, also known as Gummy, of First Street in Trench Town, Kingston 12   Read More ...
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Tags: Crimes |  Robberies |  Armed robbery |  Robbers | 
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Denham Town declared second zone of special operations
Prime Minister Andrew Holness a short while ago announced that the second zone of special operations, made possible under recently enacted legislation, has been declared in Denham Town, west Kingston. The special designation took effect early this morning and will remain in force for 60 days, in the first instance. The justifications given for Denham Town being declared as the second zone of special operations are; ongoing gang warfare, rampant criminality and escalating violence and murders among others   Read More ...
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TAJ to open more offices on Saturdays as Traffic Ticket Amnesty nears end
With less than half of the over $500 million in outstanding traffic fines collected, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says it will be opening more of its offices on Saturdays as the amnesty on traffic tickets nears its end. In a release this morning, TAJ advised that it will operate three additional offices on the last two Saturdays of this month to accommodate motorists paying their outstanding traffic tickets   Read More ...
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Third person sentenced in pension fraud scheme at AGD
A third person has been convicted in relation to the pension fraud scheme at the Accountant General’s Department. Kemar Lewis was sentenced to nine months imprisonment or a fine of $300,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew   Read More ...
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Tags: Judiciary |  Crimes |  Trials |  Sentencing |  Frauds |  Civil Actions | 
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Second ZOSO no solution to crime – Jackson
Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer. Fitz Jackson, the recently appointed spokesman on national security for the opposition People's National Party (PNP) has expressed disappointment that Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced another zone of special operations (ZOSO) this morning instead of a comprehensive anti-crime plan. According to Jackson a second ZOSO it was nothing to brag about at a time when the country’s murder total has already passed 1,200 since the start of this year   Read More ...
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Travel industry ramps up effort to promote C'bean tourism
FLORIDA, United States — The travel industry is ramping up efforts to get out the message that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while letting vacationers know that many destinations were unscathed by the storms or have already recovered.The Travel Leaders travel agency and AAA Travel have both launched campaigns to increase consumer awareness   Read More ...
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Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism | 
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Rasta musician refuses to stand in Gordon House
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Rastafarian musician Yasus Afari was this afternoon threatened with being thrown out of Gordon House for refusing to stand during the opening proceedings as is customary during sittings of the Houses of Parliament. The entertainer, who had arrived with a group of Rastafarians and sat in the gallery, remained seated as the mace was brought into the chamber and prayers said   Read More ...
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Regional conference to discuss housing starts tomorrow
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Housing cost and financing are high on the agenda of the Regional Housing Conference slated for October 18 to 20 at the Iberostar Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St James. Themed 'Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation', the conference will identify practical solutions and industry best practices to resolve the challenges facing the Caribbean housing sector   Read More ...
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Taylor, Jarvis return to Zimbabwe squad for Tests against Windies
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC) — Former captain Brendan Taylor and all-rounder Kyle Jarvis have been recalled, boosting Zimbabwe for their two-test series against West Indies, starting on Saturday at the Queen's Sports Club in Zimbabwe. This follows a long lay-off from the five-day format for the two players, as the hosts made seven changes to the squad from their last Test against Sri Lanka three months ago   Read More ...
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Media asked to delay entering Denham Town ZOSO
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hours after Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a section of Denham Town in Kingston the second zone of special operation (ZOSO), the joint security force is asking the media to delay entering the community until certain procedures are dealt with. Head of Jamaica Defence Force Civil Cooperation and Media Affairs, Major Basil Jarrett made the request shortly after midday   Read More ...
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TAJ opens more offices on Saturdays as traffic ticket amnesty ends
KINGSTON, Jamaica — With two weeks remaining until the October 31 close of the traffic ticket amnesty, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says that it will operate three additional offices on the last two Saturdays of the month, October 21 and 28, to accommodate motorists paying outstanding traffic tickets. The additional tax offices that will be opened on Saturdays are in Port Maria; Santa Cruz and Kingston   Read More ...
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US judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A US judge on Tuesday barred the White House from implementing yet another version of Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was to go into full effect. The decision by federal judge Derrick Watson – which the US government is likely to swiftly appeal –marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to indefinitely restrict entry of travellers from targeted countries into the United States   Read More ...
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Tags: Politicians |  Donald John Trump | 
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New addition to Windies Women T20 team
ST JOHN'S, Antigua – The selection panel of Cricket West Indies (CWI) today announced a 13-member Windies Women's squad for the three Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka Women next week. The games are scheduled for October 19, 21 and 22 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. According to a CWI release today there is only one change to the squad – Britney Cooper   Read More ...
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Usain Bolt to put Hamilton under starter's orders
Jamaica’s Olympic champion Usain Bolt (centre) crosses the finish line as he wins his final 100 meters sprint at the second Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica June 10, 2017. (FILE) LONDON – Usain Bolt, the “world’s fastest man”, will be putting Formula One title favourite Lewis Hamilton under starter’s orders for what could be a decisive US Grand Prix this weekend   Read More ...
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Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies, says Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday his socialist party's landslide victory in disputed regional elections had delivered a "strong message" to the United States and its allies. "Our people have given a strong message to imperialism, to [US President Donald] Trump, to its regional allies and to the local right-wing," Maduro told a news conference after the Opposition rejected the results and the US and EU said they were deeply flawed   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections | 
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Trinityville residents protest bad roads
Scores of placard-bearing residents in Trinityville, St Thomas are protesting the poor road conditions in their community and its environs. The irate residents say the road has been in a deplorable state for some time, posing a hazard to motorists and pedestrians. They claim that many of the motor vehicle collisions along the Seaforth to Trinityville main road were as a result of the potholes in the road   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Issues |  Protests | 
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Junction cleared, but motorists warned to be careful
The National Works Agency (NWA) is urging continued caution by motorists using the Junction roadway, which connects St Mary and St Andrew.   Read More ...
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