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E-Cigarettes Now Being Sold in Jamaica

MegaMart is now selling e-cigarettes from its Kingston and Portmore locations, but buyers must be 18 years and over to purchase. Two brands were on display this week in locked cabinets at the cash registers. Prices start from $730 for a 500-puff e-cigarette or about $1,200 for an e-hookah. Several flavours are available, including blueberry, raspberry and tropical delight.

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Twitter To Roll Out ‘Mute’ Feature

You know that friend who has an opinion or a joke about everything? Sure, they’re entertaining, but sometimes you wish you could get them to shut up. Now on Twitter, you can. Twitter is rolling out a “mute” feature that will let you silence certain users in your feed. Once you’ve muted them, their tweets and retweets will no longer ...

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Football Club Aston Villa Up For Sale

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has announced that the Premier League club is being put up for sale. “I owe it to Villa to move on, and look for fresh, invigorated leadership, if in my heart I feel I can no longer do the job,” Lerner said in a statement. The likely asking price would be about £200m – which ...

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Consumers Force Price Roll Back of Bananas

Less than a month after consumers started paying more for the price of five fingers of ripe bananas, the island’s largest producer of the fruit, JP Tropical Foods, has rolled back the increase. The price was hiked by 20% on April 22. Jamaica Producers Group implemented a roll back, after a negative reaction from consumers. The price roll back is ...

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22 Persons Arrested in Westmoreland For Lotto Scamming

Four women are among 22 people arrested for lottery scamming in the parish of Westmoreland earlier today. Members of the Anti Lottery Scam Task Force assisted by the Mobile Reserve and the Westmoreland police, carried out simultaneous raids. Two motor cars, computers, tablets, cellular phones and a large quantity of lead lists, containing information mostly on elderly US nationals, were ...

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The European Union Commits $11.5b To Jamaica

The European Union (EU) has committed more than 75 million Euros (J$11.5 billion) in development assistance to Jamaica for the next two to five years. The agreement was signed last Friday at a ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister to celebrate Europe Day, which is recognized on May 9 each year. The ceremony also marked the EU’s ...

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Chris Brown Sentenced To 131 Days in Jail

Chris Brown was ordered to spend 131 days in a Los Angeles County Jail by a Superior Court judge in California yesterday, after the singer admitted to violating the terms of his probation. Brown was charged with a misdemeanor last fall when he and his bodyguard got into a brawl outside a W Hotel in Washington D.C. Brown was on ...

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Darren Sammy Quits Test Cricket

All-rounder Darren Sammy has announced his retirement from Test cricket. The St. Lucian all-rounder was earlier in the day axed as Test skipper and replaced by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, after a near four-year stint in charge. “Sammy said that he will always cherish the memories of representing and captaining the West Indies in Test cricket.”

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Denesh Ramdin is The New West Indies Test Captain

West Indies selectors have ended Darren Sammy’s near four-year reign as captain and appointed wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin in his place for the upcoming New Zealand series. The announcement was made by the West Indies Cricket Board via Twitter. “Denesh Ramdin, the Wicket-keeper/Batsman, has been named new Test Match Captain of the Windies Team. Congrats to him on the appointment,” the ...

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Apple Buys Dr. Dre’s Beats in a us$3.2 Billion Deal

Apple officially has purchased audio equipment and service company Beats for $3.2 billion. As part of the deal, streaming service Beats Music would also join the company’s iTunes division. Interestingly, the deal makes rapper Dr. Dre the first billionaire hip-hop artist. This is Apple’s largest acquisition recently.

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