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UPDATED: CMU breaks silence on swirling controversy; denies employing persons because of political connections

The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is denying claims that it employed persons because of their affiliation to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as the controversy over allegations of impropriety and political interference continues to swirl. "We...
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Not Ruel’s man - CMU’s Pinnock denies chairmanship of Reid foundation as corruption probe deepens

Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Fritz Pinnock has distanced himself from Cabinet discard Ruel Reid, denying allegations that he holds chairmanship of a fundraising foundation linked to the former education minister, who was sacked...
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C-Bar track stars suspended for disobedience, not assault

Calabar High School’s acting principal, Calvin Rowe, has fired back at physics teacher Sanjaye Shaw, accusing the educator of attempting to overstep his boundaries in wanting to dictate what punishment should be meted out to track stars DeJour...
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Negrilliers view ‘New Negril’ master plan with high suspicion

Weed Ed | Terpenes: how they impact your high and their therapeutic benefits

Have you ever smelt ganja so enticing, you just want to chop it up and sprinkle it over your favourite dish like Salt Bae, the Turkish chef who broke the Internet in 2017 with his elaborate salt-sprinkling technique? Yes, ganja can be that good!...
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PEP still in step - Terrelonge says all set for second phase of exam this week

There are assurances from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information that the controversy that broke last week surrounding the sacking of portfolio minister Ruel Reid will not affect the administration of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP)...
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High Performance target - Skerritt vows to revamp grass-roots cricket

Newly elected president of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt, said that his first order of business in his new role is to revamp the association’s High Performance Centre (HPC). The 62-year-old defeated incumbent Dave Cameron of Jamaica, 8-4...
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Poor preparation cost Boyz – Stewart

Veteran coach and football analyst Bradley Stewart believes poor preparation and a lack of goalscoring throughout the tournament were the reasons for Jamaica’s disappointing finish in the qualifying round of the CONCACAF Nations League. The...
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Moneylending slowdown - Access warns of fewer loans for micro businesses from regulated rates

Few microfinance companies have finalised their review of the legislation that will soon police their business practices, but those who have are worried. One of the top companies in the field, Access Financial Services Limited, warned this week...
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JamTeas goes upmarket, expands into soups and spices

Jamaican Teas is looking to tap into a more sophisticated market for its teas and expand its portfolio of ­manufactured products beyond beverages, a decision that Marketing Manager Charles Barrett says was driven by ­consumption surveys. The push...
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Album inspired by Trump tops Billboard Reggae Album Chart

What started out as a song dedicated to his wife after seeing her disappointment when Donald Trump won the United States (US) election in October 2016 has morphed into an entire album, and now, singer Aaron Nigel Smith is celebrating the project’s...
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The INDIGGO Conference exposure call

At the second instalment of the INDIGGO Conference, held on Saturday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, there was an ­influx of tertiary-level students at varying stages of study, as well as corporate professionals, all eager to get insight on ­turning...
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Editorial | Capital expenditure and economic growth

The 2019-20 Budget presented by Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke on March 7, 2019, has a capital budget of $72.1 billion, which is an increase of five per cent over the revised estimates for the previous fiscal year. This, according to the minister...
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Ronald Thwaites | Not in education

The training and teaching of our children are too precious to be deflected by scandal. Adults underestimate how impressionable young people are. So ask yourself, what lessons the more than 700,000 Jamaican youth are ingesting from the avalanche of...
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Letter of the Day | Jamaica, Venezuela and the US

THE EDITOR, Sir: It was very encouraging to see the treatment in the two major newspapers on Friday, March 22, 2019, of the struggle in Venezuela between that country and the US administration, which is bent on removing Maduro from office, perhaps...
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Calabar board has it wrong

THE EDITOR, Sir: If ISSA and the Ministry of Education want to give any ­modicum of appearance that academics is an high school’s first priority, they need to step in right this minute and, at the very least, suspend these boys from competing in...
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Trump cleared of collusion – Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP): The united States (US) Justice Department said yesterday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence that US President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the...
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Key findings coming on Mueller report ... but not quite yet

WASHINGTON (AP): Attorney General William Barr spent yesterday reviewing the special counsel’s confidential report on the Trump-Russia investigation, but Barr’s “principal conclusions” summary for Congress was not coming for at least another day....
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Wendy Williams reveals she is living in 'sober house'

Wendy Williams says she's living in a "sober house" because of addiction struggles. The 54-year-old talk show host tearfully revealed the information, yesterday, to the audience at 'The Wendy Williams Show'. She says the only other people who knew...
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Styling Nuptial Dreams with Helen G

Every girl dreams about her wedding dress. And Helen G Events has decided to make that fairytale a reality by providing upcoming local designers with an opportunity to showcase their talent through The Designer Dress competition. The...
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