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SENIOR Medical Officer (SMO) at the Savanna-La-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland, Dr Alfred Dawes, is calling for a crackdown on illegal bike riders who he says are putting serious press ...

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Menace!
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The 19th staging of the Sagicor Sigma 5K run yesterday garnered a whopping $50.5 million in funds for charity. “We are taking donations right through to March. So I’m still appealing ...

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$50.5m for charity
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FIVE years after his incarceration, Vybz Kartel was the biggest winner at the 10th annual Youth View Awards (YVA), held at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew on Saturday. Vybz Kartel, ...

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Vybz of the youth
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PRINCIPAL of Airy Castle Primary School in St Thomas, Dawn Graham, is appealing to the Government and members of the private sector for help after a fire destroyed an entire block at the institution ...

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Champions Montego Bay United, despite playing with 10 men for over 20 minutes, held Maverley-Hughenden to a 0-0 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match at Constant Spring Field yesterda ...

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Jamaica’s getting well-tuned

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The real ‘Portia Effect’
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Brown’s Town High wins police debate competition

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Health should be a major factor in assessing potential leaders

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Lobbying against FATCA on Capitol Hill
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Good reasons to smile
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Exploiting Kingston’s appeal to tourists
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AUTO

ATL starts REV-olution

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Gregg begins with a bang
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Off-road pleasure
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