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Coconut glut: Production up but farmers struggle to find market

The Coconut Industry Board (CIB) is reporting a glut of coconuts on the market due to a decline in demand. The CIB says there has been a substantial increase in the production of coconuts in the island over the past 18 months. The board says while...
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Man caught with submachine gun

The Central Village Police have seized an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition in China Town, Central Village, St Catherine. It was seized during a police operation yesterday. The police say about 8:14 yesterday morning, a man was seen...
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Tourism record - Ja welcomes four millionth visitor; Bartlett projects five per cent growth

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica's winter tourist cycle, whichcommenced yesterday, December 15, will be the largest in the country's history, with tourismminister Edmund Bartlett projecting a five per cent growth in stop-over arrivals.Bartlett was able to...
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15-year gift - Crystal Towers murderer gets reduced sentence after guilty plea

Phillip Brown, the man accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, who was also the mother of his child, to death at her Crystal Towers apartment in St Andrew last December, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.Justice Martin Gayle made the...
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Food For The Poor spreads Christmas cheer at Golden Age Home

Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica hosted its annual Christmas Treat at the Golden Age Home in Kingston on Monday. It catered to the two Food For The Poor-sponsored clusters: D...
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A mother's commitment to her son

Heather McDonald's son, 18-year-old Dajour, means the world to her, so you can imagine her distress when, in his early teens, he was diagnosed with infirmities that she didn't even know existed.The mother of two told Family and Religion that she...
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It's a woman's world - Female refs making their mark in Jamaican football

Chairman of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Referee Committee Patrick Malcolm says that huge benefits now on offer is one of the driving forces behind the influx of female referees into the sport.Malcolm told The Gleaner that a lot more...
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Pressured to stay? - Parris' intention to leave Dinthill linked to passport problems with manager

A source close to Dinthill Technical's daCosta Cup football programme has shared that team manager Greg McFarlane, who held Kaheem Parris' passport, which resulted in the player missing his flight to Florida on Wednesday morning with the All-Schools...
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Fesco to double gas station network, positions for eventual stock market listing

Four years after market entry, the Jamaican-owned gas marketing company Fesco plans to virtually double its network to 20 retail...
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Palace in talks with potential partner on movie distribution pact

Moviegoers in 2018 may get another chance to see recently released Hollywood films that are taken out of rotation at the three cinemas run by...
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More cameras change live experience

I can't pinpoint when I first saw Beres Hammond perform, but I know that a Western Consciousness concert at Llandilo, Westmoreland, was the first time I saw him sing Live On with Marcia Griffiths.And that, my goodly folks, is unforgettable. Much...
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Tribe Sankofa queries anthem's meaning

Tribe Sankofa's presentations have gone political. In 2015, the performing arts troupe acknowledged the Mario Deane incident (in which the young man died after being beaten at a police station, after being arrested for a spliff) to highlight the...
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Editorial | Carrying on citizenship debate

Celebrating Jamaican citizenship is not something we often hear about. Indeed, when polled in the past, a significant number of young Jamaicans expressed high desirability to become citizens of other countries, with particular targets being First-...
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Oberlene Smith-Whyte | Will Jamaican penises take a positive stand?

This external male organ serves two main functions, urination and sexual intercourse. It is, however, the latter that has generated much discussion by religious scholars and social scientists regarding its...
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Letter of the Day | Tertiary education must be growth oriented

THE EDITOR, Sir:For the most part, tertiary education in Jamaica is traditional, static and disjointed, for obvious financial reasons, offering many discrete courses that are neither market-sensitive nor...
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Utility companies neglect West End

THE EDITOR, Sir:The story of West End, Negril, and its angry residents did not only start with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), but with three other major companies: Digicel, FLOW Jamaica, National Water Commission (NWA) and, of course, JPS...
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It's key to avoid miscalculations on North Korea - UN chief

TOKYO (AP)United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called yesterday for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threat, saying it's important to avoid miscalculations and misperceptions...
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Holiday spending up six per cent so far this year

NEW YORK (AP):A payment technology company says shoppers spent strongly to start the holiday season and then cooled off, but the overall pace is still stronger than a year ago.First Data says overall...
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