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Gun Licence Requests Triple in Jamaica

With just under six hundred murders reported since the start of the year, there are signs that Jamaicans are rushing in droves to arm themselves with licensed firearms. In the last year alone, according to the Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA), the average number of persons applying for gun permits each month has almost tripled. Executive Director of the FLA, Dr. ...

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No More Arrests For Small Amounts of Ganja

Security Minister Peter Bunting last night announced that cops can no longer arrest people for possession of a small amount of ganja but must, instead, serve them with summonses. The announcement came just minutes after the constabulary announced that six cops had been suspended and interdicted for their role in the beating death of 31-yearold Mario Deane. Bunting, in a ...

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Government of Turkey Donates Ambulance To UWI Hospital

The Government of Turkey has donated an ambulance to the University Hospital of the West Indies. The hand over will take place on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the University Hospital at a ceremony starting at 4:00 p.m. On hand to witness the event and to deliver messages will be: Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson – Minister of Health Senator A.J. ...

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Petrojam Donates $3m To The Jamaica Fire Brigade

Petrojam Limited will hand over J$3 million to the Jamaica Fire Brigade tomorrow (August 12) during a presentation at the York Park Fire Station in Kingston. Petrojam in a statement today said that the donation seeks to assist in further building the capacity of the fire fighters to respond to differing situations. The fire brigade had previously expressed the need ...

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33 Local Companies Receive US$ Financial Aid

Thirty-three Jamaican companies are to benefit from US$1 million in grant funding to boost their export potential. The allocation is part of US$4.02 million in support provided to the region’s private sector by the Caribbean Export Development Agency under its Direct Assistance Grant Scheme funded by the European Union. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton expressed appreciation for ...

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Former Wyndham Hotel in Kingston To Be Sold

Following years of delay, the former Wyndham Kingston Hotel in New Kingston will go on sale next Wednesday in what chartered surveyors Allison Pitter & Co expect will be an expedited auction. “The session will last about an hour,” Connel Steer, partner at Allison Pitter & Co, told the Jamaica Observer in a phone interview on Friday. Allison Pitter & ...

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JPS Increases Deposits For New Accounts

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has increased the deposit for new residential customers by over 233%, as of this month. (August) The $5,000 fee means that all new customers seeking to establish electrical connections will be required to pay up to $3,500 more than the previous $1,500 charged by the utility company. The power company has also tagged a ...

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Brazil & Jamaica Sign us$98K Water Management Contract

The island’s capacity to manage its water resources is to be strengthened with the signing of a US$98,000 (J$11,005,176.93) contract between Jamaica and Brazil. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, who signed on Jamaica’s behalf on August 7, at the Ministry in Kingston, said that the project represented the continued commitment of the Ministry and its ...

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Wray & Nephew Rum Win Big in San Francisco

Jamaica’s very own Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rum, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum, and Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, won six double gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The brands are a part of the wider Campari America premium portfolio. Campari America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari- Milano S.p.A., was honored with the ...

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Anti-HIV Properties Found in Lignum Vitae Flower

Jamaican Scientist Dr. Henry Lowe and his team of researchers say they have discovered potent bio-activity against the deadly HIV in lignum vitae, Jamaica’s national flower. The discovery, Dr Lowe said, was made last year, but because of its significance, the tests were repeated several times to ensure data accuracy. “Since then, the findings were published in the April 2014 ...

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