Education Ministry partners with JN on leadership project in 15 schools

The Ministry of Education have partnered with the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation on a three-year project, aimed at improving the leadership of 15 primary and
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Rocket attack by pro-Russian rebels kills 10 and injures dozen in eastern Ukraine

10 civilians were killed and additional 12 injured when an alleged rocket attack by pro-Russian rebels hit eastern Ukraine on Wednesday (September 17). The Ukrainian
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At least 13 dead after attack on Nigerian city

Nigerian officials are saying that at least 13 people have been killed after Gunmen attacked a teacher training college in the Nigerian city of Kano.
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U.S citizen arrested after failed attempt to swim to North Korea

South Korean news media confirmed that a U.S citizen was arrested by officials after he was trying to swim to North Korea. The unidentified man
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Ebola outbreak could have catastrophic implications for West Africa - World Bank

The World Bank today is saying that the Ebola outbreak could have major impact on the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The organisation
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Chelsea held to 1-1 draw by Schalke in Champions League action

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 home draw by German side FC Schalke 04 in their Group G encountered played in Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas fired Chelsea into an early lead after 11 minutes with a right footed shot, after an assist from Eden Hazard. Schalke were threatening through their talisman Julain Draxler, and his through ball found Klass-Jan Huntelaar who made no mistake as his shot found the back of the net. The goal would be the last in the match as both sides settled for a share of the points in Group G.
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Ebola claims life of fourth doctor in Sierra Leone

A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor has died after contracting the deadly Ebola virus. Doctor Olive Buck tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday(September 9) and was admitted to the Connaught Hospital in central Freetown, she later died on Sunday (September 14). A Dutch charity repatriated two doctors suspected of having been contaminated with the disease. The doctors have been placed in quarantine at a hospital in the western city of Leiden where they are undergoing tests to confirm whether or not they have the disease. The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa has killed more than 2,400 people since it erupted earlier this year, according to the World Health Organization.
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At least 113 Chikungunya virus related deaths – PAHO

At least 113 Chikungunya virus related deaths – PAHO
At least 113 persons have died in the Americas, after becoming infected with the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, the Pan-American Health Organisation reported. The figure which was released by PAHO in its latest report, includes figures as of September 12th. 55 deaths linked to the virus were recorded in Martinique, 49 in Guadeloupe, 6 in the Dominican Republic and 3 St. Maaarten, where the virus was first discovered in the Americas. Health officials stated that even though victims were affected with the Chikungunya virus, it may not have been the main source of death.
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CARPHA Director: Chikungunya virus symptoms could last for years

CARPHA Director: Chikungunya virus symptoms could last for years
Dr. James Hospedales the Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), says three years from now a number of victims of the Chikungunya virus are likely to be occasionally subjected to its effects. Dr. Hospedales who was speaking in an interview with Kaieteur News, stated that while there are various symptoms from the virus including, high fever, headache, rash, and pain, the most pronounced symptoms are likely to remain over a period of time, is that of joint pains. Chikungunya is a viral disease carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito with similarities to Dengue. Symptoms such as high fever, muscle pain, headache and nausea appear between 4-7 days after being bitten. No vaccine or treatment exists for the disease.
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Cop, Wrecker Driver on Corruption Charges offered bail

26-year-old Alwin Clarke a Police Constable attached to the St. Ann Division, and 43 year-old wrecker driver, Rayon Henry o/c “Chris” of an Ocho Rios address, were yesterday granted bail when they appeared in the St. Anns Bay RM Court for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. The two men were arrested on Monday by MOCA, following a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP). Clarke and Henry appeared in court today and were both granted bail in the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.) with surety and are to report to the St. Anns Bay and Ocho Rios Police, respectively each Monday between 6am and 6 pm. They were ordered to surrender their travel documents and a Stop Orders were issued. They will next appear in Court on December 04, 2014. A copy of the full allegations against the dup can be viewed at the link below.
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Interactive Food Safety Workshop hosted by the Best Dressed Chicken

Interactive Food Safety Workshop hosted by the Best Dressed Chicken
Retail personnel from supermarkets across Jamaica converged at the Jamaica Broilers Group Processing Plant recently for The Best Dressed Chicken Food Safety Workshop. The interactive seminar examined a range of relevant issues including meat microbiology, labeling standards, retail merchandising and regulations governing meat trade in Jamaica. Divisional Sales and Marketing Manager Joan Forrest-Henry, said “The aim of the workshop is to reiterate the key issues in food safety thereby supporting our retail customers in sustaining their businesses through proper quality maintenance procedures throughout the supply chain.” Participants were represented from Hi-Lo Food Store, Progressive Group, Pricesmart, Lee’s Food Fair, Family Pride, General Foods and other leading supermarkets across the island. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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UWI Cave Hill campus to see 2,500 less students

As the Barbadian government’s new tuition fee policy comes into effect, the UWI Cave Hill campus is to see close 2,500 less students attending the institution. This was revealed Ken Walters the campus registrar in a news conference held yesterday. Mr. Walters said there was a 28% drop in registration in 2014 when compared to 2013, and added that a significant decline in the number of new students attending the campus has been recorded.
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Ceasefire talks held by Putin, Poroshenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held discussions on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Presidential aide to Mr. Putin, Yury Ushakov, said both Presidents were mainly satisfied that a ceasefire agreement is holding, and that the process is complicated, and not absolutely smooth.
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Married couple held with cocaine charged in St. James

Hewitt Fowler and his wife Nadine Tracey-Fowler have been charged with possession of cocaine and dealing in cocaine, after the they were caught with a quantity of the drug on September 5, at the Sangster International Airport. The couple according to the police, were allegedly found with six pounds of Cocaine during a security check by Police at the Montego Bay-based airport. Further reports are that a quarter pound of cocaine was also found at the home of the married couple. The estimated street value of the cocaine allegedly seized by the police is J$3.7 million. Both are no scheduled to appear in Court on September 11.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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