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Bill Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in prison

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Declaring Bill Cosby doesn’t deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman...
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Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records to open in UK

Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records restaurant is going overseas. The popular bar, restaurant, and lounge will open its first venue in the London in the United Kingdom on October 10. It will be the first of 15 restaurants to be opened across...
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Criminals, beware! - PM targets reducing murders to fewer than 1,000 as he declares third state of emergency

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the Government will use every legal tool at its disposal to erode the capacity of criminals to spread mayhem across the island.Addressing a hastily called press conference at Jamaica House yesterday to...
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Motorists, don't worry

The leadership of the security forces has sought to allay fears that motorists in the Corporate Area, already dealing with traffic snarls because of three sets of major roadwork, could face further delays today with check points erected in...
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Challenges could undermine success of plastic bag ban

The following is a contribution from the Caribbean Policy Research Institute.The announcement by Daryl Vaz, minister Without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, of a ban on single-use plastic bags (scandal bags), plastic...
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Behaviour change integral to mitigating climate change

Climate adaptability and mitigating climate change can only be achieved through behavior change, according to senior technical director in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Marlon Morgan.Representing Education Minister Ruel Reid on...
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Law resigns as Windies coach

St John’s, ANTIGUA: Stuart Law has resigned as head coach of the Windies Men’s team to take on a new role in January 2019. Law, who took over as Head Coach in February 2017, leaves after guiding the Test team to series wins against...
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State of concern! - Newly imposed SOE worries west Kingston football fraternity

Two prominent figures in west Kingston football say the State of Emergency (SOE) imposed on that area yesterday has left them very concerned about what it may mean for their clubs going forward.Leon Mitchell, president of Trench Town based Boys'...
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With 80 million PET bottles produced per month - Businessman investing US$3m to recycle plastic into tiles

WESTERN BUREAU:Twenty-four years after pioneering one of the country's most successful hospitality distribution entities, Tom Tyler has waded into new territory.This time, the Montego Bay-based businessman, who co-founded Caribbean Producers Jamaica...
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Clarke urges deeper, better communication from BOJ

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has urged the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) to increase its communication channels, including utilising social media such as Twitter to counter misinformation.Clarke's advice was made in the context of...
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Glory and tears to God - Marshall felt power of hit song from writing lyrics

All it takes is one song to completely change an entertainer's life. For Wayne Marshall it couldn't be any truer, as the artiste continues to enjoy huge success from his hit single 'Glory To God'. Not only did the track reintroduce Marshall to the...
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Romain Virgo 'Lovesick' no more - Singer engaged to long-time partner Elizabeth

Reggae artiste Romain Virgo has been in a committed relationship with his girlfriend Elizabeth for six years. He has always expressed an interest in one day settling down and tying the knot and the singer is one step closer to the altar after '...
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Editorial | A blurry pact with Israel

Having, after much prompting, provided blurry outlines of his Government's security arrangement with Israel, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is obligated to bring clarity to the deals being struck with Bibi Netanyahu's government and how they fit into...
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Michael Abrahams | Jamaica, reggae, music and Marley

“One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley The phenomenal cultural influence of Jamaica never ceases to astonish me. Our country is so small that it is a mere speck...
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Letter of the Day | Representation by spectatorship

THE EDITOR, Sir:I have noted the statement published in the Jamaica Observer on Friday, September 21, 2018 from the member of parliament for Central Clarendon, Minister Mike Henry, regarding the persistent problem of flooding in the town of May Pen....
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Deal with Israel appalling

THE EDITOR, Sir:I am appalled by the news that this Holness-led administration is prepared to even consider working (yet again) with apartheid Israel.Doing deals with Israel, especially given the hardening of attitudes against Palestinians by the...
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Cosby sentencing reveals generational divide over his legacy

Keon McGuire has no real attachment to Bill Cosby or his landmark show.As a black man, he's aware of the sitcom's place in pop culture, but he was barely in elementary school when The Cosby Show went off the air. Years later, he mostly tuned Cosby...
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Kavanaugh accuser commits to hearing

WASHINGTON (AP):Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing on Thursday as talks continued on Sunday to resolve potentially make...
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Argentinian, Chilean embassies join for splendid wine dinner

Back in February 2016, GraceKennedy Limited entered the wine market with the launch of Harbour Wines and Spirits. Since then, customers and consumers alike have been able to experience a wide range of wines with a variety of tastes to meet every...
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Prime Minister's Welcome Reception delights

It is the University of the West Indies' Chancellor's Week, and in fine style, it started with the Prime Minister's Welcome Reception.It was a night filled with Jamaica's leaders, forward thinkers, educators and future nation builders, who were all...
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