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Monday, March 12, 2018

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top stories for today:

1. JTA says it is not fazed by tactics aimed at discrediting the association
The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says reports of absenteeism by teachers islandwide due to illness may be a possible reaction to the manner in which the Government of Jamaica through the Finance Ministry has handled the ongoing salary negotiation with teachers.

2. Go back to the bargaining table with wage negotations – PNPYO tells gov't
The People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) is calling on the Andrew Holness led administration to act with “speedy resolve” to settle ongoing wage disputes with the island's teachers.

3. St Elizabeth farmers arrested in ganja bust
Police have reported that two men have been arrested and charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act in connection with the seizure of approximately 100 pounds of ganja in the Round Hill district in St Elizabeth on Saturday, March 10.

4. Jamaica strengthening disaster resilience with US$30 million project
Jamaica's resilience to disaster and climate risk is being strengthened through various activities and initiatives being undertaken as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP).

5. Business leaders welcome no new taxes
Several business leaders have welcomed the Government's decision not to implement new revenue measures to fund the 2018/19 Budget, which amounts to $773.6 billion.

6. J'can trio in Cayman charged with list of crimes
Three Jamaican men who were nabbed by Cayman authorities last week following the interdiction of a suspected drug canoe, are facing a long list of charges, including possession of an unlicensed gun and drug importation.

7. Henry applauds 15% bauxite growth but laments provision of land titles for re-settlers
Transport and Mining Minister, Lester “Mike” Henry, has welcomed the 15 per cent growth in the bauxite/mining sector for the last quarter of last year, but is not happy with the rate at which land titles are being delivered to re-settled vendors.

8. BOJ adjusts exchangerate for cambio cash surrenders
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has announced, that effective May 1 2018, it will be purchasing cash surrenders from cambios at “the mid-day rate less a discount factor of two per cent”.

9. Windies beat Netherlands by 54 runs
West Indies defeated the Netherlands by 54 runs under Duckworth/Lewis, in their Group A match of the ICC World Cup qualifiers at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe Monday.

10. Final 2 fugitives captured in large J'can lottery scam
The last two fugitives in a Jamaican lottery scam that US authorities said cost dozens of mostly elderly Americans millions of dollars have been captured in the Caribbean country.

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