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Mervyn Morris is Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate since Independence

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:50
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Seventy-six year old professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mervyn Morris is the first Jamaican to be named poet laureate in the nation’s 51 years of independence from Britain.
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MOUNT ROSSER NOW IMPASSABLE

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:43
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Members of the public are being advised that the Mount Rosser roadway is impassable at this time as it is blocked by a disabled motor truck.
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Education Ministry recruits math specialists

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:47
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Ministry of Education is recruiting math specialists for the upcoming 2014/15 academic year, to be placed in several schools across the island.
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Oscar Pistorius trial: Defence gets its turn

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:21
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defence could undermine the prosecution's efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument.
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Pipeline repair turns fatal

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:47
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- One man is now dead and at least six people have been injured in an incident which occurred while effecting repairs to the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Spring Water Supply System in St Catherine.
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Forex: $109.90 to one US dollar

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average $109.90 to one US dollar on Tuesday, April 15, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.
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Money available to deliver water but no trucks

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:18
ST ANN, Jamaica – The St Ann Parish Council has been allocated J$6 million by the Ministry of Local Government to truck water to drought-stricken areas in the parish, however, the council is having a hard time finding truck operators willing to do the job.
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EWI granted licence to supply power to JPS

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:51
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Energy World International (EWI) was on Monday granted a licence to supply electric power to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) under the terms of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the JPS and EWI, according to reports out of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.
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JPS application for rate hike 'predatory', says CAPI

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:18
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) on Tuesday described the Jamaica Public Service's (JPS) application for a rate hike as "predatory and insensitive, given the present economic conditions".
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Bunting to deliver lecture on 'Divine Intervention'

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:10
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of National Security Peter Bunting will on Wednesday deliver a lecture on ‘divine intervention’ at the Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) at 16 West Avenue, Kingston 8.
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Region warned against new strain of banana disease

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:55
UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – Caribbean banana producing countries have been warned to be on their guard against the introduction of the fusarium wilt disease regarded as the most destructive to the banana industry.
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India's court recognises third gender category

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:42
NEW DELHI, India (AP) — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognising transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
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Police High Command commends Desmond McKenzie's bodyguards

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:12
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Police High Command on Tuesday moved to commend Desmond McKenzie's bodyguards "for their swift action, alertness and stealth-like response" after they came under gunfire about 11:05 am on Oxford Street in Kingston.
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Supreme Ventures fetes residents of Kingston's Children's Homes

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:53
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Hope Zoo at Hope Gardens in Kingston will come alive on Monday, April 21, when Supreme Ventures Limited hosts its ‘Bun and Cheese Easter Egg Hunt’ for some 160 residents of Children’s Homes in the Corporate Area.
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Gunmen open fire at Desmond McKenzie's security team

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:36
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Members of the security team assigned to west Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie were attacked by gunmen Tuesday morning.
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Transport Minister tours JUTC depots

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:18
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Transport Dr Omar Davies on a tour of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Spanish Town Depot Tuesday morning spoke with workers, mostly drivers, about their responsibilities under the new sub-franchise regime.
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UPOV Approves ARIPO Draft Legislation Spreading Plant Variety Protection To Africa

Intellectual Property Watch - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:27
The African Regional Intellectual Property Office last week obtained a positive decision at the international level on its draft law to protect new varieties of plants. Amid protest from civil society, the regional office now has to adopt the draft law and has said it would convene a diplomatic conference (high-level negotiation) in 2014 in order to do so.
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Tribute marks Boston Marathon bombing

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:13
BOSTON (AP) — A tribute is underway in Boston for those killed and injured in the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago.
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Rehabilitation work starts on Parry Town, St Ann road

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:45
ST ANN, Jamaica — A few weeks after demonstrating in Ocho Rios over the poor road conditions and lack of water in the Parry Town community, the residents’ cry has been heard and rehabilitation work started on the Pimento Walk to Parry Town Main Road.
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Holness tours the City

Jamaica Observer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:18
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness Tuesday morning carried out a tour through the Corporate Area to get a first hand view of the capital city's transportation system.
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