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TRIPS Council Debates: Tobacco Packaging, Non-Violation Disputes, Innovation, Health Waiver, UNCTAD

Intellectual Property Watch - 3 hours 33 min ago
This week's meeting of the World Trade Organization body governing intellectual property issues addressed a long agenda, reflecting continued divergence on regular items, such as complaints that do not involve breach of a WTO agreement, a health waiver, and sustained discussions on plain packaging for tobacco products.
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Patterson says medical ganja essential for economic growth

Jamaica Observer - 6 hours 45 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former Prime Minister P J Patterson has called for urgent implementation of legislation to facilitate the growth of Jamaica’s medical ganja industry.
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Govt destroying Michael Manley’s NHT dream, says Chang

Jamaica Observer - 7 hours 16 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition Spokesman on Housing Dr Horace Chang says that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is failing its contributors under the government's current leadership, and particularly through the activities of Chairman Easton Douglas.
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Cop accused of stealing motor car has bail extended

Jamaica Observer - 7 hours 24 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A St Thomas police constable, who is accused of stealing a motor car that was allegedly found burning in a cane field, had his bail extended when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
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Ferguson hands over thermal sensors to Sangster Airport

Jamaica Observer - 7 hours 44 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson on Wednesday handed over two hand-held thermal sensors to the port health staff at the Sangster International Airport as part of the Government’s Ebola preparedness and response activities.
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A look at marijuana laws in Jamaica, Latin America

Jamaica Observer - 8 hours 11 min ago
(AP) — Here's a look at the status of marijuana laws in some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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UK opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage

Jamaica Observer - 8 hours 47 min ago
LONDON (AP) — Britain opened a National Sperm Bank on Thursday to help meet rising demand for donors.
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Trinidad: No stopping Carnival despite Ebola threat

Jamaica Observer - 9 hours 3 min ago
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Carnival 2015 is on. Both Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas and National Security Minister Gary Griffith said on Wednesday there were no plans to cancel or postpone carnival celebrations 2015 despite the threat of Ebola.
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US nurse vows to fight Ebola quarantine rule

Jamaica Observer - 9 hours 24 min ago
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A US nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa is vowing to fight the state of Maine, which wants to keep her in quarantine for the 12 days that remain of the virus' incubation period.
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PHOTO: ROYAL TRIO

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:17
These ‘royally-attired’ Rastafarians turned heads as they trod the streets of downtown Kingston yesterday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)
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Gov’t eyes pay increase offer for public sector workers

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:51
THE Government is expected to make a pay increase offer to trade unions representing its employees when negotiations on a new three-year labour agreement start within two weeks.
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OCA wants 'financial abuse' recognised as domestic violence

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) says that the concept of domestic violence should be expanded to include instances of "financial abuse".
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Smarter Card fraud

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is probing yet another incident of fraud involving employees of the State-owned entity.
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Street scenes - Oct 30

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
1 - This man fetches water from a hydrant connection in downtown, Kingston.
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Looming danger

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
Residents of Luke Lane in downtown Kingston are calling on the relevant authorities to remove a utility pole which is threatening to topple over in the community. "Is more than nine years now the light post stay like that," said one resident.
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'And they say talk is cheap'

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on reports about the high cellphone bills racked up by some Government ministers in 2013. The highest bill of $1.09 million was for an instrument assigned to junior minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown. Here are some edited comments:
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Jamaica wants changes to Caricom's Rules of Origin policy

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
THE minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says that there is a need to ensure clarity in the treatment of import duties, following confirmation by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) that Trinidad and Tobago was exporting foreign lubricants to Jamaica.
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Oh baby!

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Daymarys Gonzalez's first attempt to have a child ended with an ectopic pregnancy at age 31. She stopped trying to conceive after a miscarriage the following year.
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Over 400 business owners for Brad Sugars seminars

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
MORE than 400 local business owners and leaders are set to benefit from interactions on November 13 and 14 with noted international business coach Brad Sugars, the chairman and founder of ActionCOACH International.
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Cottage processors get training in manufacturing best practices

Jamaica Observer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
MORE than 40 small cottage processors have received training in manufacturing best practices, following their participation in a food safety workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, today.
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