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JPS Expands Hydroelectricity Capacity

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is to increase its renewable energy capacity with the official commissioning of the new Maggotty hydroelectric power plant in St. Elizabeth. This will increase the number of hydropower stations to nine. The plant will add 7.2 megawatts to the national grid. It will also help to reduce Jamaica’s oil imports.

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New Website For Green Grotto Caves

The Green Grotto Caves and Attractions, St. Ann, which is the first cave in the world to receive a Green Globe Certification, now boasts a new website. Visitors can now access a more interactive website at www.greengrottocavesja.com The Green Grotto Caves & Attractions is now the first tourist attraction in the history of Jamaica to receive Platinum Certification.

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NWC Confirms Contamination at White Hall Source

The National Water Commission in the eastern parish of St. Thomas has confirmed that its White Hall source was contaminated with chemicals on the week-end. The affected communities are: White Hall, Soho, Seaforth, Middleton and Golden Valley. A team from the NWC is trying to flush the Dam and water is expected to return to the communities on Tuesday.

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Sections of The May Pen Bridge Closed

The pedestrian walkways on the May Pen bridge is closed for repairs. Officials of the National Works Agency this morning closed the walkways after experts, who toured the structure, said the left and right walkways were unfit to accommodate pedestrians. It is unclear when the work will begin or how much it will cost to carry out the repairs.

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Kern Omar Spencer is Now A Free Man

Kern Omar Spencer, who for more than five years has fought corruption charges related to the Cuban light bulb programme, is now a free man. Spencer and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright, were freed after Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey upheld a no-case submission made by their attorneys. The court ruled this morning that there is no case against ...

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Water Lock-offs in Sections of St. Ann

Several communities in St. Ann will be without piped water this week. This as the National Water Commission (NWC) carry out what it calls urgent repairs at the White River pumping station in the parish. As a result, the NWC says residents in Exchange, Bonham Heights, Bonham Spring, Lance Wood, as well as sections of Eltham and White River will ...

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Vybz Kartel & 3 Co-accused Found Guilty

Vybz Kartel and three co-accused were found guilty of murder in the Home Circuit court today, Thursday, March 13. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was charged jointly with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also called Shawn Storm; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and André St John for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. Of the four co-accused Shane Williams was ...

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Curfew Imposed on Waterford/Portsmouth

After reports of a series of shootings which have left at least one person dead, the police have imposed a curfew in the communities of Waterford and Portsmouth in Portmore, St Catherine. The curfew began at 6:00 pm Wednesday and will remain in effect until 6:00 pm Friday, March 7, the police say. Boundaries of the curfews are: Waterford: North ...

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Shanique Myrie to be Awarded J$3.6m

The Caribbean Court of Justice has ruled that Jamaican Shanique Myrie be awarded a total of Bds$75,000 or $3.6m Jamaican dollars. The ruling by the six-member panel was delivered via a video conference in the Supreme Court. The court declared that the Barbados government breached Myrie’s right to enter the country under article 5 of the revised treaty of Chaguaramas. ...

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Patrick “Roach” Samuels Shot and Killed

Popular dancehall producer Patrick “Roach” Samuels (Middle in Photo) was shot and killed by unknown assailants along a section of Mannings Hill road in St. Andrew this morning. The shooting occurred at 4:12 am, when three shots were fired into a vehicle at the Texaco Gas Station at Mary Brown’s corner. As the victim tried to drive away, three more ...

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