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Virgin Islands: DDM continues to ‘closely’ monitor seismic activity in region

(VIRGIN ISLANDS NEWS ONLINE) – With daily earthquakes in the Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands region, some of which have been felt in the [British] Virgin Islands, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has been monitoring the situation closely while urging the public to have their emergency plans in place, including in the event of a tsunami. Further, DDM has been going ...

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Venezuela has less cash in its coffers than Jay-Z is worth

(NEW YORK POST) – Venezuela’s cash supply has tanked so far that it has less money than Jay-Z. The South American country’s reserves, which were already at a 30-year low, have now fallen below $1 billion amid economic sanctions, Bloomberg reported Friday. Venezuela’s central bank has only about $800 million in cash and $200 million in liquid assets, sources told ...

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Man cleared of murder walks free after 28 years in prison

(AP) – A man who served nearly three decades in prison for a triple killing in Philadelphia in what prosecutors called a “perfect storm” of injustice was freed after a judge threw out his conviction. “Theophalis Wilson, you are free to go,” Judge Tracy Brandeis-Roman said Tuesday as extended family and friends who packed the courtroom cried and hugged each ...

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Trinidad: Evangelical Council has crime solution – Bible

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – The pervasive problem of crime in Trinidad and Tobago can be solved through reading the bible and praying. This according to the Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches, which released a statement on Tuesday relaying its position on the country’s increasing crime rates. According to the Council, a return to biblical values is needed to deal ...

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Agri exporter breaks into new market

(PRESS RELEASE) – Agricultural exporter Fevrier Consulting and Trading, has been seeking prospective buyers in the St. Kitts market. Through the intervention of Export Saint Lucia, the company was introduced to this market in 2019. Since then, the exporter had been working feverishly to secure the first shipment of produce. Mr. Simon Henry who is the Export Coordinator at Fevrier ...

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Department of Health and Wellness prepares for new strain of coronavirus

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Health and Wellness continues to monitor the alerts issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in relation to a new strain of coronavirus discovered in central China. The virus has been linked to respiratory tract infections in China and according to WHO, current evidence suggests that person-to-person transmission is limited. As of Wednesday, January ...

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St Lucia captures numerous accolades at 27th Annual World Travel Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) – Fresh off the heels of the announcement naming Saint Lucia as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2019, the inspirational Caribbean Island has done it yet again, this time capturing the title of Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2020, at the 27th Annual World Travel Awards (WTA) that took place on January 20, 2020 in Nassau, Bahamas. Saint Lucia ...

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Screening in UK as 17 killed by ‘mutating’ coronavirus

(SKY NEWS) – The new virus that has killed 17 people in China is mutating and could spread further, health officials have warned, as Britain announced measures to monitor flights arriving from the country. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News a “separate area” is being set up at Heathrow, as airports around the world step up screening of travellers ...

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Convicted child molester beaten to death with cane in California prison

(NEW YORK POST) – An inmate at a California prison beat a convicted child molester to death with a walking cane, authorities said. Jonathan Watson, 41, allegedly battered the perv, David Bobb, 48, and another prisoner Thursday around 2:30 p.m. at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran. Both Bobb and the other prisoner suffered head ...

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Porn videos of young girls with older men in BVI is alarming, support group needed

(BVI NEWS) – Newly-inducted member into the governing Virgin Islands Party, Alvera Maduro-Caines is calling for a support system to be developed for young girls who have been captured in pornographic videos performing sexual acts with older men in the British Virgin Islands. Maduro-Caines made the appeal at the press conference on Monday when she announced her resignation from the ...

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BVI: Delinquent fathers to be barred from travelling under upcoming child-support legislation — Premier

(BVI NEWS) – Government is introducing a piece of legislation that will prevent delinquent fathers from leaving the territory until they pay any and all outstanding child support debt. Premier Andrew Fahie said this legislation will be introduced in the British Virgin Islands before June 2020. Speaking at a media conference on Monday, the Premier said: “I do not know ...

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Killer virus: ‘T&T should be concerned’

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Carnival is in the air, and so too is the threat of a killer virus. As the country prepares for the busiest time of the year, with thousands flying in for Carnival, every passenger from North America, the United Kingdom and Panama will be thermo-­scanned and screened at Piarco International Airport for signs of the killer virus ...

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OECS YES In Action features Jasmine Duncan

(PRESS RELEASE) – This month, OECS YES In Action caught up with Jasmine Duncan, a 20 year old Saint Lucian business student whose passion for helping others has inspired the launch of two local companies with regional and global reach! Tell us a little about yourself. I am 20 year old Jasmine Duncan, an undergraduate student at the University of ...

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US Secretary of State arrives in Jamaica

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now in Jamaica for a two-day working visit. Pompeo, accompanied by senior US officials, landed at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport around 6 p.m Tuesday. He was met by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, Opposition spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna and US Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia. ...

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Trinidad: Fake kidnap victim reveals the truth in court

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Shane Ramjattan, the man who lied about being kidnapped, has been fined $600. He was given a week to pay the fine or he will two serve months with hard labour. He was charged with wasteful employment of police time by making a false report to constable Majid Khan that he was kidnapped. He appeared yesterday before ...

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US gets 1st case of mysterious new Chinese illness

(AP) — The United States on Tuesday reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak’s epicenter was hospitalised in good condition near Seattle. The man, identified only as a Snohomish County resident is in his 30s, was not considered a threat to ...

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US: Teacher pleads guilty to having sexual contact with her students

(AP) – A 23-year-old Alabama teacher plead guilty to having sexual contact with two students and sending sexually explicit messages to them. Former Madison County special education teacher Lyndsey Sherrod Bates was convicted of having sex with a student and engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19, plus three misdemeanour counts of distributing obscene material to ...

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Trinidad: UWI scholars facing eviction

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Several scholarship recipients enrolled at the University of The West Indies, St. Augustine, have been threatened with eviction after being deprived of their promised scholarship stipends for the past six months. Mickayla Ramdeen, who received an additional scholarship in 2016, told the Express that approximately 40 scholarship students enrolled at the medical sciences faculty have not received ...

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China warns virus may spread as death toll hits 9

(AFP) — China warned Wednesday that a SARS-like virus could mutate and spread as the death toll rose to nine and the number of cases reached 440 across the country. The coronavirus is transmitted via the respiratory tract and there “is the possibility of viral mutation and further spread of the disease”, National Health Commission vice minister Li Bin said ...

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Nigeria charges ex-attorney general with financial crimes in $1.3 billion oil deal

(REUTERS) – Nigeria’s financial crimes watchdog charged a former attorney general suspected of taking bribes to facilitate a $1.3 billion oil block sale, the agency said yesterday, in the latest twist in one of the industry’s biggest alleged corruption scandals. An international investigation into the 2011 sale of the offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas ...

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Road work underway along east coast road

(PRESS RELEASE) – Motorists and pedestrians are advised that road markings from Cul de Sac to Ravine Poisson along the east coast road are ongoing, and is scheduled to continue for the next two months. The aim is to improve road safety for all users, cognizant that road markings give important information and instructions to motorists about vehicle positioning, road ...

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Grenada’s Leo Garbutt named 2020 Hotelier of the Year

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has named respected Grenada hotelier Leo Garbutt 2020 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year. The owner of Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel in Grenada received the coveted honor during the opening of Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Nassau last night as recognition of his exceptional contributions to Grenada and the Caribbean hotel and ...

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World Bank approves US$20 million for Grenada to reduce disaster risks and build resilience

(PRESS RELEASE) – The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$20 million Disaster Risk Management Development Policy Credit for Grenada with a Deferred Drawdown Option for Catastrophe Risks (Cat DDO). The Cat DDO provides Grenada with contingent financing in case of natural disasters while supporting the country’s reform program to build multi-sectoral resilience to disaster and climate ...

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New ECLAC policy brief outlines areas for improving national statistics in the Caribbean

(PRESS RELEASE) – The data revolution for sustainable development has heralded a renewed focus on evidence-based policy making in policy planning and implementation, but the legal foundation for the production of official statistics to inform these processes has lagged among most Caribbean countries. By incorporating and supporting the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (UNFPOS) in national statistical legislation, ...

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Young Saint Lucian chef featured at restaurant in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) – A young Saint Lucian chef has “wowed” patrons at a local restaurant in southern Taiwan. Nyhymn Terrance, a third-year Culinary-Arts Management student at I-Shou University, was the guest chef at Legends Bar and Grill in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. There, he treated 40 guests to dishes that spoke to his Caribbean heritage and the skills, styles, and techniques he ...

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Heavy Equipment Academy names recipient of full scholarship to their program

(PRESS RELEASE) – Heavy Equipment Academy released the name of the awardee of their scholarship contest in a live facebook video broadcast, Tuesday January 21st at 2:30pm; on their profile. The video submissions were scored based on how well the applicant stated his/her personal vision including how becoming certified at HEA will allow them to accomplish this goal, as well ...

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Saint Lucia benefits from support to National Utilities Regulatory Commission

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia has received support from the U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the United States, Anton Edmunds. Ambassador Edmunds noted that a request fielded by the Department of External Affairs for assistance for Saint Lucia’s National Utility Regulatory Commission (NURC), ...

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Trump’s lawyers: Abuse of power not a crime

(AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team asserted yesterday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong”, urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy” and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution”. The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged and insisted that abuse of power was not a crime. The brief from Trump’s lawyers, filed before ...

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Antigua & Barbuda CARIFESTA XV logo, management team and preparatory plans unveiled

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Tuesday 21st January, during a press conference, the Minister responsible for Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts, Honourable Daryll Matthew, unveiled preparatory plans for CARIFESTA XV, to be held in Antigua and Barbuda in 2021. During his presentation, Minister Matthew took the opportunity to pay a special homage to the late Director of Culture and ...

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CDF welcomes new Chair

(GIS) – The Cultural Development Foundation has a new chairperson. In keeping with government’s thrust to ensure greater synergies among sectors and capitalizing on the orange economy, Hon. Jeanine Giraudy-McIntyre succeeded the previous Chairman, Daniel Belizaire. The Board of Directors headed by Daniel Belizaire expired in September 2019. Hon. Giraudy-McIntyre was appointed to the position. Jeanine Giraudy-McIntyre who is also ...

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Trinidad: Fired worker tries burglary

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – FIRED from his job from an air conditioning company months, a Barataria man allegedly attempted to break into one of the business places on which he had worked. His plan failed and he was arrested by police early Monday, as he allegedly attempted to break into Massy Stores in Chaguanas. He was held with his alleged accomplice, ...

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Countries around world gear up response to new coronavirus

(AP) — Countries in Asia and elsewhere have begun body temperature checks at airports, railway stations and along highways in hopes of catching people carrying a new coronavirus that is believed to have spread from Wuhan in central China and sickened more than 290 people in that country. The recent confirmation that the disease can spread between humans has heightened ...

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Jamaica: Mom blames doctor for 13 year-old daughter’s death

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – A St Elizabeth mother is blaming the death of her daughter, a 13-year-old student at William Knibb High School in Trelawny, on a medical doctor at the Falmouth hospital who she claimed misdiagnosed her daughter and then gave her medication for an ailment she did not have. The mother, Janet Powell, who is of a Cheapside address ...

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Trinidad backs Barbados, blanks Pompeo’s meeting

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – The T&T Gov­ern­ment has backed Bar­ba­dos’ po­si­tion not to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to to­day’s meet­ing be­ing held by US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo with sev­er­al Caribbean lead­ers in Ja­maica. The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­istry con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion yes­ter­day. The Min­istry said Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley is sup­port­ing Bar­ba­dos Prime Min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley on the is­sue. Mot­t­ley ...

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Jamaica: 25 die in road crashes since start of year

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Director of the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kenute Hare is lamenting that, since the start of the year, 25 people have lost their lives on the nation’s roads up to yesterday. “We don’t gone 25 days in the year yet and 25 people dead already. The writing is on the ...

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Signing of the CARIFICO agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Signing Ceremony for “The Project for Strengthening Sustainable Use and Management of Coastal Fisheries Resource in CARICOM Countries” between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Saint Lucia, was held at 11:30 am on Friday, 17 January 2020 at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives. The overall goal ...

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DASH 2020 set for weekend launch

(PRESS RELEASE) – Armed with a new theme and an exciting new cause in focus, DASH 2020 is set to kick off its first popup this weekend at its new JQ Mall Flagship store. Set for March 1, 2020, the 6th staging of DASH Independence Colour Run will track as the ‘Hero Edition’ which looks to inspire and encourage “fearlessness ...

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Hero CPL announces tournament’s economic impact on St Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has announced the tournament’s economic impact for St Lucia. The 2019 event, which took place between 4 September and 12 October last year, created a total economic impact of US$13,670,260 in the country, an increase on the fantastic results that were achieved during the 2018 event. This figure has been calculated ...

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Internal fault triggers system shut down

(PRESS RELEASE) – The island experienced a total electrical system shutdown at approximately 7:55 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21. The power outage was caused by a major internal fault at the Cul De Sac power station. The fault triggered the protection systems at the power station, resulting in a total System shutdown. After the faulted zone was isolated, appropriate checks ...

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Keymanie shines as repeat junior golf champ

(PRESS RELEASE) – Keymanie Thomas was the centre of attention as the Grow Well Junior Golf Program held its 9th annual prize giving. The sixteen-year-old was one of several young golfers from the Gros Islet area honoured at the ceremony and exhibition at the Sandals Golf and Country Club. This capped a highly successful year, which saw Grow Well juniors ...

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Trinidad: ‘Kidnap’ victim charged with faking crime

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Shane Ramjattan has been charged with making a false report. He will appear before a Rio Claro Magistrate this morning. Ramjattan, 24, reported that he was kidnapped, taken into a forest camp and forced to pack drugs and clean high-powered weapons. He also told his father that he was taken on a boat ride to Venezuela. Ramjattan, ...

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Student competition: A Nuclear Education Idea for Climate change

(PRESS RELEASE) – One of the challenges of the human resources lifecycle in the nuclear field is attracting and recruiting talented individuals. To foster the younger generations interest in education in nuclear technology, the IAEA is holding an international student competition in conjunction with the International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management and Human Resources Development. Students (aged 14-18 and currently ...

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The Ark Band – Launch of The Ark of the Covenant

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ark Band launches their 5th Album with their singles ‘Turn The Page’ and ‘Hold On’ from the Album ‘Ark of the Covenant’ to be launched in the Spring of 2020 in the U.S.A. The Ark Band is a St. Lucian Reggae Band based in Columbus, Ohio which has continually toured the U.S.A., Canada, Jamaica and Turks ...

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Assou Square 2020 hailed a success

(PRESS RELEASE) – After a comprehensive review of the Assou Square 2020 last week, Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis is applauding key stakeholders for their role in making the event a success. At a post mortem press conference attended by representatives of the St. Lucia Fire Service, Castries Constituency Council and the Royal St. Lucian Police Force, ...

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Fake German doctor who coaxed women to electrocute themselves jailed

(BBC) – A man who impersonated a doctor in order to persuade women and girls to electrocute themselves has been jailed for 11 years in Germany, officials say. The 30-year-old, named only as David G, offered victims money to take part in fake pain therapy experiments for his sexual gratification, prosecutors said. He watched and recorded the victims on Skype ...

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Immune discovery ‘may treat all cancer’

(BBC) – A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists. The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have “enormous potential”. Experts said that although ...

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West Indies U-19s all but qualify for semi-finals at World Cup

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – For the second game in a row, allrounder Nyeem Young led the way as West Indies defeated a higher-seeded team at the Under-19 World Cup. After his half-century against Australia downed the 2018 runners-up on Saturday, Young returned today to smash a 41-ball 66 and then take five wickets to defeat England and virtually confirm his team’s ...

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Former UK tourist board director launches Travel Insights Report

(PRESS RELEASE) – UK Travel Advisers are mainly confident about the future outlook for the UK travel industry in 2020. The USA tops the list of destinations with the most growth in Q4 bookings, and Destination Marketing had the strongest recall among travel advisers beating hotel, cruise and airline marketing, according to the latest market research report titled Travel Insights ...

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Prime Minister meets with Caribbean Development Bank

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet is currently in Barbados meeting with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) President, Dr. William Warren Smith. The purpose of the one-day meeting is to discuss the Millennium Highway and West Coast Road Rehabilitation Project and other financing from CDB to the Government of Saint Lucia. The upgraded roads are expected to ...

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Warehouse of emergency supplies went unused in Puerto Rico after Maria, now 2 officials are fired

(USA TODAY) – Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria in 2017. The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar came a day after the governor fired the director of ...

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Jamaica: Empty bank account shocks woman

(JAMAICA STAR) – Last November when Ayoka Lawrence checked her account balance online, she was confronted by a dismal reality – it was $387.16. Lawrence, 39, said she had $150,000 in the account, which she kept with the National Commercial Bank from which she only withdrew $20,000. “What happen is that when I went online and look at the account ...

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Jamaica: Baby dumped in garbage bin after birth turns pastor

(JAMAICA STAR) – Pastor Jeremy Arnold said he was thrown into a garbage bin at birth by doctors who thought he was dead. Arnold, 30, pastor of Andrews Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston, said that his mother, Barbara Robinson, went into preterm labour and had him at five months, some four months before he was due to be born. He ...

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