Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | January 13, 2013
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Montego Bay legal aid building in squalor ... while available government spaces remain empty
While millions of dollars are being paid out annually for the maintenance of unused office space owned by the Government in western Jamaica, taxpayers are footing the rental bill for the unkempt, dilapidated building which now houses the Montego Bay Legal Aid Clinic.

Eight-year-old killed
An eight-year-old girl, who was visiting the island with her family, was killed and three persons shot and injured when a gunman went on a rampage in Duncans, Trelawny, last Friday night.

Petrojam expansion back on track
After being put on hold for the past three years because of the negative response from International Monetary Fund (IMF), plans to upgrade and expand the Petrojam refinery appear back on track.

Western Jamaica jittery - Business operators want speedy closure to IMF talks
Several stakeholders in western Jamaica have entered 2013 with a gloomy outlook because of the protracted delay in the Government's bid to secure a new deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the continuing decline in the value of the Jamaican dollar.

NWC taps foreign help for rate hike
The National Water Commission (NWC) is paying an international firm approximately $25 million to help it prepare its application for an increase in water rates.

Extraordinary Jamaicans honoured - Digicel social-media campaign selects three winners
Three extraordinary Jamaicans have been selected from a pool of 30 nominees to receive a cash prize of $100,000 each, having been chosen by fans of the Digicel Jamaica Facebook page and an internal judging panel.

Conflict claims more than 60,000 lives
Syrian troops yesterday reported that they have captured most of a strategic Damascus suburb used by rebels as a base to threaten key regime facilities in the capital.

Humour not stymied by Chávez's crisis
The month-long absence of ailing President Hugo Chávez has elicited prayers, an emotional street rally and heated political debate. Amid the tense wait for news from Chávez's hospital in Cuba, Venezuelans are also turning to one of their most prized national attributes: a biting, irreverent sense of humour.

Debate over Sandy aid
Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a 'not-so-fast' campaign against a US$50.7-billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that North-eastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this week.

Americans battle flu outbreak
The annual flu season hit the United States about a month early this year, and illness is now widespread in 47 states.Many cases are caused by a flu strain that tends to make people sicker.

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