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May 24, 2018

Jamaica

AGD unable to verify 30-y-o opening balances

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has warned that statements from the Accountant General’s Department related to the Consolidated Fund would be qualified if 30-year-old opening balances were not verified.Monroe Ellis made the disclosure on Tuesday… Link: AGD unable to verify 30-y-o opening balances

Scamming not just a Jamaican problem – Golding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has underscored that scamming is not a problem unique to Jamaica, but a global one.Addressing the GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS)/Western Union 2018 town hall series at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in… Link: Scamming not just a Jamaican problem – Golding

Current labour climate hostile to union growth – Patterson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has expressed the view that certain labour practices now being employed in the country are threatening the trade union movement, and he has warned that unions risk betraying their purpose if they allow the return… Link: Current labour climate hostile to union growth – Patterson

Reid to heighten focus on early childhood learning

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Education Minister Ruel Reid has indicated that greater effort is to be placed on educating children in their most “absorptive years” through reading programmes, which would, in the long term, help to steer the country away from the infestation of… Link: Reid to heighten focus on early childhood learning

Bustamante Hospital gets well-needed makeover

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Members of staff at the National Housing Trust (NHT) expect that their renovation project undertaken at the Bustamante Hospital for Children yesterday will aid in the facility becoming a certified breastfeeding institution, in addition to enhancing… Link: Bustamante Hospital gets well-needed makeover

Women are triggers in gang violence, study shows

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Approximately 62 per cent of women who have been victims of gang-related activities were killed because of ongoing warfare.In addition, 32 per cent of females have been “triggers” for starting conflicts in crime-ridden communities across the country… Link: Women are triggers in gang violence, study shows

Poverty Plunges – Gov't cites rising employment, low inflation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has attributed the 19 per cent drop in poverty between 2015 and 2016 to increased employment and reduction in the cost of living.Data from the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, released yesterday by the Planning… Link: Poverty Plunges – Gov’t cites rising employment, low inflation

Robinson wants oversight bodies to probe Petrojam

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition spokesman on Science and Technology Julian Robinson has called on the new Integrity Commission and the auditor general to urgently examine the operations of the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, noting that the viability of the entity… Link: Robinson wants oversight bodies to probe Petrojam

No abortion advice

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Almost seven in every 10 Jamaicans would not recommend an abortion to a friend who is faced with an unwanted pregnancy.Only one in seven persons (14 per cent) would recommend the termination of the pregnancy, while 17 per cent would give their… Link: No abortion advice

PNP reps claim witness to abuse of former EOJ boss

Source: Jamaica Gleaner People’s National Party (PNP) commissioners to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have said that they have been witness to claims of abuse made by the former director of elections, Orrette Fisher, who resigned from the body in the middle of a… Link: PNP reps claim witness to abuse of

Five perish in Hanover crash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It was literally a case of ‘speed kills’ along the Hopewell main road in Hanover on Sunday night as all five occupants of a Toyota Corolla motor car died instantaneously in a horrific crash that left the two occupants of another car badly injured.”… Link: Five perish in Hanover crash

'Bear with us' – NWC president asks customers to be patient

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As the National Water Commission (NWC) makes strides in Kingston and St Andrew to reduce its non-revenue water (NRW) losses, its president, Mark Barnett, has appealed to customers to be more understanding,as water disruptions were inevitable.”My… Link: ‘Bear with us’ – NWC president asks customers to be patient

MoBay's mayor, JCF stand by SOE business hours

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, and Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s commander for the state of emergency (SOE) in St James, have said that there would be no relaxation of… Link: MoBay’s mayor, JCF stand by SOE business hours

Men flock shops to pierce nipples

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaican men have reportedly been buying into the nipple piercing trend, a practice that was believed to be the exclusive domain of women not too long ago.”Quite a large number of men have been coming to get their nipples pierced lately, and before… Link: Men flock shops to pierce nipples

Cops grab Tommy Lee in ATM

Source: Jamaica Star Popular entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta was taken into custody early Sunday morning, after leaving the final of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall.His attorney Ernie Emith told media that the artiste was taken in for questioning as it relates to… Link: Cops grab Tommy Lee in ATM

Couple charged in ammunition find

Source: Jamaica Star A husband and wife were dragged before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court after 50 9mm bullets were found at their home.Charged with illegal possession of ammunition is 40-year-old Ronald McLaren, a bank teller, and his wife, 47-year-old… Link: Couple charged in ammunition find

Centenarian credits long life to 'living clean'

Source: Jamaica Star Despite turning 100 years old last Thursday, Raymond ‘Mas Charlie’ Donaldson says the real celebrations will take place next year when he reaches 101.Donaldson reasoned that when he has lived another 365 days, he would truly be a centenarian.”I pray… Link: Centenarian credits long life to ‘living clean’

Farmer on assault charges to see psychiatrist

Source: Jamaica Star A St James farmer who reportedly attacked and injured another man has been sent for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, after he made a bizarre request while in the St James Parish Court.Presiding judge Kacia Grant made the order in relation to… Link: Farmer on assault charges to see psychiatrist

NWC going after delinquent customers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With a massive $26 billion owed by National Water Commission (NWC) customers, President Mark Barnett says the company is now in discussions with several entities that have expressed an interest in purchasing the outstanding receivables.Barnett told… Link: NWC going after delinquent customers

Blaine suggests sharper focus on operational hours for Gov't day-care centres

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Betty Ann Blaine, co-founder of Hear The Children’s Cry, welcomed news of the establishment of government-sponsored day-care centres, but strongly suggested that they operate between the times when school is dismissed and when parents get home.Floyd… Link: Blaine suggests sharper focus on operational hours for Gov’t day-care centres

St Elizabeth North East PNP run-off leaves some Comrades fuming

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A tension-filled day at St Elizabeth Technical High School where Basil Waite and Everton Fisher squared off to be the People’s National Party (PNP) standard-bearer for the St Elizabeth North East constituency ended with huge cracks in the party’s… Link: St Elizabeth North East PNP run-off leaves some Comrades fuming

More schools to be fitted with ramps for the disabled

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Come Labour Day on Wednesday, the process of increasing the number of public schools fitted with ramps to accommodate physically disabled students will begin.Education Minister Ruel Reid said that roughly $50 million has been earmarked for the… Link: More schools to be fitted with ramps for the disabled

Police Federation gets first female head

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Corporal Arlene McBean is the new head of the Jamaica Police Federation.McBean was elected immediately following the federation’s 75th annual conference at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort in St Ann last Thursday.She is the first woman to head the… Link: Police Federation gets first female head

'Pepe' pays up after wounding charge

Source: Jamaica Star Former National footballer Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison had to fork out US$1,000 (J$125,917) to a complainant before a wounding matter he was charged with in December 2017 could be dismissed yesterday at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.Pepe was… Link: ‘Pepe’ pays up after wounding charge

Vendor offers medicine through seeds and herbs

Source: Jamaica Star Whatever the ailment, it is quite likely that Nathan Thompson has the herbal antidote. Among his bestsellers are sunflower seeds and fenugreek powder.”I have no proof that sunflower tightens the vagina, but the women have been buying it a lot… Link: Vendor offers medicine through seeds and herbs

Man fined for taking 'Chinese' boots

Source: Jamaica Star An employee who was fingered in the theft of a pair of work boots owned by a Chinese colleague, also employed to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), was fined $13,000 or 30 days’ imprisonment.Julio Brown pleaded guilty with explanation when… Link: Man fined for taking ‘Chinese’ boots

No more 'freeness'! – NWC says amnesty a thing of the past

Source: Jamaica Gleaner If delinquent National Water Commission (NWC) customers were entertaining the thought of another amnesty to clear their outstanding bills, the agency’s president, Mark Barnett, said “it’s simply not on”.”We have done enough. We have given enough… Link: No more ‘freeness’! – NWC says amnesty a thing of the past

JLP's Mark McLean wins Homestead division by-election

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Mark McLean was declared winner in the preliminary count of the municipal by-election in the Homestead division of the St Catherine Municipal Council, polling 1,409 votes to 136 for the People’s National Party (… Link: JLP’s Mark McLean wins Homestead division by-election

Over 100 persons feared dead in Cuba plane crash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner HAVANA (AP):A Cuban-operated airliner, with at least 110 people aboard, crashed and burned in a cassava field just after takeoff from the Havana airport yesterday. Cuban media have reported three survivors.The Boeing 737 went down just after noon a… Link: Over 100 persons feared dead in Cuba plane crash

JDF soldier and wife on drug charge granted bail

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica Defence Force Corporal Dwayne Stevens and wife Stacey-Ann Stevens were granted bail in the sum of $600,000 for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act when they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday.Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie… Link: JDF soldier and wife on drug charge granted bail

Victoria Jubilee Hospital receives four incubators

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the number-one cause of neonatal deaths at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) being prematurity, the hospital yesterday welcomed four incubators valued at more than US$15,000 (J$1.9 million).The hospital currently has two incubators, and the… Link: Victoria Jubilee Hospital receives four incubators

Palisadoes strip becoming popular chill spot

Source: Jamaica Star Friday evenings are a sigh of relief for many persons who work nine-to-five jobs, as this symbolises the start of the weekend.Some may only have this time to relax as Saturday is another working day with house chores, and Sunday is just another… Link: Palisadoes strip becoming popular chill spot

Mother wants answers after cops kill son

Source: Jamaica Star Dorrett Medder, 68, is seeking justice for the death of her son, who was fatally shot by police in St Mary on May 4.Medder said she is broken, not only because she has lost her youngest child, but because information has not been forthcoming.She… Link: Mother wants answers after cops

Dancehall artiste detained in state of emergency

Source: Jamaica Star Up-and-coming dancehall artiste Squash, who hails from Montego Bay, has reportedly been in police custody for close to two months after he was detained in a spot check in Spanish Town, during the state of emergency in parts of St Catherine.According… Link: Dancehall artiste detained in state of emergency

Student stabbed in the head

Source: Jamaica Star Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick is imploring persons to find amicable means of resolving their issues.This comes after a student of The Queen’s School was stabbed in the head at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre on Tuesday.Garrick… Link: Student stabbed in the head

Government to seek Diaspora funding for Parliament building

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday indicated that he would be turning to the Diaspora to help finance the construction of a new Parliament building at National Heroes Circle in Kingston.Holness, who was addressing the official launch of the… Link: Government to seek Diaspora funding for Parliament building

NSWMA clears backlog of audited financial statements

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) can finally present almost a decade’s worth of audited financial statements, dating back to the 2007-08 financial year.Desmond McKenzie, local government minister, made the disclosure in his… Link: NSWMA clears backlog of audited financial statements

Gun-planting cops – INDECOM paints grim picture of JCF

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Hamish Campbell, assistant commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), yesterday declared that the repeated allegations of ‘planted firearms’ was beyond anecdotal as findings contained in the oversight body’s First… Link: Gun-planting cops – INDECOM paints grim picture of JCF

Trump to nominate Donald Tapia as ambassador to Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner United States President Donald Trump has signalled his intention to nominate Arizona businessman Donald Ray Tapia as ambassador to Jamaica.A statement from the White House yesterday said that Tapia, who has served as chairman and chief executive… Link: Trump to nominate Donald Tapia as ambassador to Jamaica

Police Fed Up – Outgoing Police Federation head blasts Gov't about poor working conditions

Source: Jamaica Gleaner “No more!” That is what outgoing chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation Sergeant Cecil McCalla said to Government regarding the practice of police personnel working overtime and not being properly compensated.McCalla was addressing a militant… Link: Police Fed Up – Outgoing Police Federation head blasts Gov’t about poor working conditions

NWC gets financing pipeline from NCB

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Water Commission (NWC) has announced the establishment of a $15 billion local bond facility through National Commercial Bank Capital Markets Limited (NCBCM).The NWC said that the facility would enable it to become more financially… Link: NWC gets financing pipeline from NCB

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre gets facelift

Source: Jamaica Star Calling the residents of Waterhouse her biggest fans, double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is hoping that the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre will offer upliftment for persons in the community.”They are always cheering for me, no… Link: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre gets facelift

Big bucks for fake rum

Source: Jamaica Star Several persons in Kingston are cashing in on their fake alcohol business. So good is the market, that Jason Smith* has hired an assistant to deliver the products to his customers in other sections of the Corporate Area.”Me make me own ting. It sell… Link: Big bucks for fake rum

Windscreen cleaner wants a better job

Source: Jamaica Star Wiping car windscreen for a living was not what Omar Gabbidon had in mind when he was a child. However, after being unemployed for a while, he claims that he was forced to go to the Three Miles area in St Andrew to ‘hustle’ his way out.He said that… Link:

Two in custody for killing student

Source: Jamaica Star The St Catherine police have held two persons in connection with Monday’s fatal stabbing of a student of the Bog Walk High School in the parish.Up to press time, the suspects were not charged.Kavaughn Barnes, 16, was killed, while a schoolmate was… Link: Two in custody for killing student

Prominent real estate attorney granted bail

Source: Jamaica Star Prominent estate attorney Jennifer Messado, who is charged with fraud, was granted bail in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.Messado and her co-accused, real estate broker Beverly Barakat, were granted bail in the sum of $800,000 and… Link: Prominent real estate attorney granted bail

Health ministry names oversight committee for Cornwall Regional rehab

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Health has named a multi-skilled, independent oversight committee for the rehabilitation project at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in a move to ensure accountability and provide transparency to the Jamaican public. The five-… Link: Health ministry names oversight committee for Cornwall Regional rehab

Jamaica working to reduce infant mortality

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In continuing its effort to reduce infant mortality, the Ministry of Health believes that the receipt of 150 fully equipped midwife bags will go a long way in reducing the volume of neonatal deaths and other maternal incidents.Speaking at the… Link: Jamaica working to reduce infant mortality

RJRGLEANER seeking to bring down Holness – Warmington

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Everald Warmington, the state minister with responsibility for works in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and who chairs the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament, yesterday unleashed a tirade against the RJRGLEANER… Link: RJRGLEANER seeking to bring down Holness – Warmington

Japanese grant to help boost education quality

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The public education sector has received a financial boost through the Japanese Trust Fund to launch the programme of Support for Sustainability of the Education Sector Transformation Plan.A grant of US$500,000 (J$63m), managed by the Inter-American… Link: Japanese grant to help boost education quality

Police seize fake liquor, warn of health risks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Managing Director of J. Wray & Nephew, Jean-Phillipe Beyer, has said that his team would be conducting a full investigation into reports that 19 cases of counterfeit Campari valuing approximately $380,000 were seized during the weekend… Link: Police seize fake liquor, warn of health risks

Policeman caught up in laptop theft mystery

Source: Jamaica Star Just days after graduating from the National Police College of Jamaica, a newly minted policeman is being investigated in a case where a laptop was stolen. Reports are that the computer was stolen after a car belonging to a software developer was… Link: Policeman caught up in laptop theft mystery

Gamblers rush lucky Lotto spot

Source: Jamaica Star Gamblers from across the western region have converged at Medifair Pharmacy in Montego Bay to see if lady luck will be favourable to them. This comes after one lucky customer spent $200 dollars on a Super Lotto ticket and win $180.9 million last… Link: Gamblers rush lucky Lotto spot

Lawyer's car stolen at court

Source: Jamaica Star The St Catherine North police have launched an investigation in the theft of an attorney’s car while it was in the precincts of the Spanish Town Courthouse.It was revealed that at about 1 p.m. yesterday, the attorney emerged from the court to see an… Link: Lawyer’s car stolen at court

Four males arrested for fake Campari and DVDs

Source: Jamaica Star The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation (C-TOC) branch charged four men for breaches of the Trademark and Copyright Acts.Reports are that between Saturday, May 12 and yesterday, a team of investigators carried out special operations… Link: Four males arrested for fake Campari and DVDs

News On The Go

Source: Jamaica Star One P380 pistol and a .32 revolver with two rounds were seized by the Portmore police at the Pigeon Shoot fishing beach in Waterford, St Catherine, last Sunday.Reports from the Waterford Police Station are that about 6:40 p.m., a police team… Link: News On The Go

Capleton's lawyer blazes investigators

Source: Jamaica Star Though pleased that his bail application yesterday for high-profile client Capleton was successful, attorney Christopher Townsend is blasting investigators at Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) over what he… Link: Capleton’s lawyer blazes investigators

Rasta community, fellow artistes support the 'Fireman'

Source: Jamaica Star It was a vibrant affair for Capleton’s supporters inside the courtyard at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday after news emerged that the reggae artiste, who is charged with rape, was granted bail.From a dreadlocked man parading with a… Link: Rasta community, fellow artistes support the ‘Fireman’

Insurance boss unaware of 'extraordinarily high' premiums for disabled drivers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Peter Levy, president of the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ), has said that he was unaware of insurance companies increasing car premiums for disabled drivers. Opposition Senator Floyd Morris made the claim in his contribution to the debate… Link: Insurance boss unaware of ‘extraordinarily high’ premiums for disabled drivers

Pedal cyclists face tough fines

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Pedal cyclists who run the red light or refuse to obey stop signs on the nation’s roads could be dragged before the courts and face a maximum fine of up to $24,000 or, in default of payment, spend 10 days in prison.Under the new Road Traffic Act,… Link: Pedal cyclists

Police ignored evidence that contradicts Capleton's accuser – lawyer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Police investigators received information that contradicted claims made by the woman who has accused popular entertainer Capleton of rape, but failed to act on it, the attorney for the internationally renowned recording artiste has charged.That… Link: Police ignored evidence that contradicts Capleton’s accuser – lawyer

Embrace Learning Hub – Reid

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Education Minister Ruel Reid has said that the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) initiative, the Learning Hub, is in perfect alignment with the Government’s thrust to equip citizens with 21st century skills.Slated for initial roll-out in… Link: Embrace Learning Hub – Reid

Montego Bay mayor gets tough on concrete spillage

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:With a massive road-rehabilitation campaign now on in St James, Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, plans to get tough on construction companies, especially those transporting concrete and causing spillage along the roadway…. Link: Montego Bay mayor gets tough on concrete spillage

Dancehall entertainer Capleton granted $250,000 bail on rape charge

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Popular entertainer Capleton has been granted bail in the sum of $250,000 on a rape charge.​ Capleton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey made his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning, four days after the 51-year-old was charged by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation…

Family frustrated with murder investigation

Source: Jamaica Star It has been six months since Desiree Gibbon was murdered in Montego Bay while she was on vacation, and her mother, Andrea Gibbon, and aunt Peggy Brunner say they are still searching for answers.Not impressed with the way authorities are handling the… Link: Family frustrated with murder investigation

School uses art to teach kids about J'can culture

Source: Jamaica Star The Allman Town Primary School in Kingston has taken on a new and innovative way to teach children about the Jamaican culture while incorporating other subjects such as social studies.The initiative, which started last school year, saw the school… Link: School uses art to teach kids about J’can culture

Youngster builds house from wiping windshields

Source: Jamaica Star Having had the chance to complete high school, Jamar Christie said he returned to Kingston with the hopes of getting a job. But this was not to be.However, this did not deter him from trying his best to make something of his life. Having been a… Link: Youngster builds house

Two youngsters held with four home-made guns

Source: Jamaica Star Two youngsters were arrested and four home-made firearms were seized by the police in Westmoreland yesterday morning.According to reports, a police team went to an area known as Withorn, and while conducting a search, the weapons were found.There… Link: Two youngsters held with four home-made guns

CHRISTIANS TURN – TO OBEAH – FOR HEALING

Source: Jamaica Star Bedridden for almost three years, John Brown* says he has decided to consult an obeah man in an effort to get healing.Despite being a long-standing member of a Seventh-day Adventist Church, the 81-year-old man, who has diabetes, confesses that he no… Link: CHRISTIANS TURN – TO OBEAH – FOR HEALING

Limited access to loans, crime major issues for small business owners

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Limited access to financing, and crime, continue to be major threats to small business owners, but with appropriate planning, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) believes entrepreneurs can overcome these impediments.While the… Link: Limited access to loans, crime major issues for small business owners

Editors' Forum | Small business conference to 'demystify' ignored business elements – Students expected out in numbers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The main takeaway for the many business-minded tertiary and vocational students who will flock to this week’s 11th annual Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Small Business Expo and Conference should be that financing isn’t the only… Link: Editors’ Forum | Small business conference to ‘demystify’ ignored business elements – Students

Creative and IT industries the main interest for entrepreneurs – JBDC

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While production and manufacturing are still major areas of interest, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) has found that many budding entrepreneurs are more interested in the creative and information technology (IT) industries.”A lot… Link: Creative and IT industries the main interest for entrepreneurs – JBDC

Short-term rentals raising community security concerns

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents of some gated communities in the Corporate Area are concerned that their security is being compromised by the upsurge in short-term tourist rentals. They contend that guests arrive weekly and often disturb neighbours by playing loud music… Link: Short-term rentals raising community security concerns

Mother's Day without mom

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Debra Ashman is not around to celebrate Mother’s Day 2018, but her children will mark her legacy as they remember the challenges she faced and conquered to ensure that they have a good life.Despite becoming… Link: Mother’s Day without mom

Corporate mothers take the spotlight

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mothers are a special group of employees who are always on call. By day, they fulfil their responsibilities to their organisations, and day or night, they fulfil their responsibilities to their families.Last Friday, The Gleaner, in association with… Link: Corporate mothers take the spotlight

Jamaican wins $180 million in Super Lotto

Source: Jamaica Star A Jamaican who purchased a $200 ticket at Medifair Pharmacy, 24 Market Street, Montego Bay, won $180.9 million on Friday night.The winner joined the list of Jamaicans to have won the Super Lotto. Had he purchased a $300 ticket he would have won the… Link: Jamaican wins 0 million in

Soldier, spouse held with 600 pounds of ganja

Source: Jamaica Star The Narcotics police are now making arrangements for a Jamaica Defence Force soldier and his wife to be interviewed in the presence of their attorney, following their arrest in connection with the seizure of more than 600 pounds of ganja, cash and… Link: Soldier, spouse held with 600 pounds of

Mouthwatering melons at Marvin Rodney's stall

Source: Jamaica Star Upon entering Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, it is almost impossible not to be captivated by Marvin Rodney’s welcoming smile.Loaded on his stall are dozens of watermelons and pineapple melons. It is not the best day in terms of sales, but… Link: Mouthwatering melons at Marvin Rodney’s stall

Thief pleads guilty after being caught on camera

Source: Jamaica Star A man who was part of a group that broke into a Mother’s restaurant located in downtown Kingston and stole three Smart TVs and a laptop will be sentenced on July 2.Charged with shop breaking and larceny is Rashawn White.He pleaded guilty yesterday… Link: Thief pleads guilty after being caught

Capleton arrested for rape

Source: Jamaica Star Entertainer Capleton has been arrested for rape.The Jamaica Constabulary Force said the artiste, whose given name is Clifton Bailey, was arrested and charged on Friday. According to the police, Capleton, 51, was taken into custody following a… Link: Capleton arrested for rape

Jennifer Messado in police custody

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jennifer Messado, one of the nation’s top real estate attorneys, was taken into custody by the police late yesterday.Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, who heads the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime division, confirmed that Messado… Link: Jennifer Messado in police custody

JTA votes to accept Gov't's salary offer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has said that its General Council voted yesterday to accept the latest salary offer from the Government to public sector teachers.The JTA said that it has communicated this decision to the Ministry of Finance… Link: JTA votes to accept Gov’t’s salary offer

Webber again! – UWI confirms ecologist as new Mona Campus principal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The University of the West Indies (UWI) yesterday confirmed that Professor Dale Webber would serve as the next principal for the Mona Campus.The Gleaner had first disclosed on Tuesday that the ecologist and pro vice-chancellor of graduate studies… Link: Webber again! – UWI confirms ecologist as new Mona Campus principal

Chang urges 195 graduating police officers to serve with dignity

Source: Jamaica Gleaner One hundred and ninety-five fresh-faced police officers have been armed with the power of the law and charged with the responsibility of executing their duties with dignity and honour. They graduated yesterday from the National Police College of… Link: Chang urges 195 graduating police officers to serve with dignity

Man accused of killing Dexter Pottinger denied bail

Source: Jamaica Star Romario Brown, the Kingston-based tattoo artist who was charged with the murder of fashion designer Dexter Pottinger, was once again denied bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.It is said that when the case was… Link: Man accused of killing Dexter Pottinger denied bail

Woman puts life on hold to take care of sister's kids

Source: Jamaica Star “It still feels like yesterday. I couldn’t feel the Earth beneath my feet when I received a call that my little sister was murdered by her estranged husband in front of their kids,” Bilasco Pratt said.Recounting the morning of April 16, 1993, Pratt… Link: Woman puts life on hold to

Male cross-dresser turns heads in court

Source: Jamaica Star The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court went into a frenzy last Wednesday when a 24-year-old man came to the court dressed as a woman.Marlon Robinson turned heads as he strutted into the courthouse arousing many people’s suspicions as to whether he… Link: Male cross-dresser turns heads in court

Mom glad she did not abort baby

Source: Jamaica Star Twenty-two years ago, Jane Doe* almost made the biggest mistake of her life when she found out she was pregnant. She revealed that she was going to abort the child because she was impregnated by a man she hardly knew.”A one month me and him did a… Link: Mom glad

Revolution of healthy socialisation needed – Thwaites

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While lauding the Government for its efforts to certify early childhood institutions, Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites has said that this is insufficient to bring about the revolution of care and healthy socialisation required for… Link: Revolution of healthy socialisation needed – Thwaites

Health department raises water treatment concerns in Hanover

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:It appears that all is not well with water coming from the 23 minor water-supply systems scattered across the parish of Hanover. The Hanover Health Department has raised concerns about the quality of the water with the Hanover… Link: Health department raises water treatment concerns in Hanover

Man's licence revoked for pulling gun in bank

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The privilege of carrying a licensed firearm has been taken from the man who pulled his handgun inside the National Commercial Bank in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, last month.In a letter, signed by the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) on… Link: Man’s licence revoked for pulling gun in

June 8 for NIDS court hearing

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Supreme Court is to hear on June 8 the claim brought by People’s National Party (PNP) General Secretary Julian Robinson challenging the National Identification and Registration Act 2017 (NIDS).The Opposition has insisted that sections of the act… Link: June 8 for NIDS court hearing

Slow sales hurting Riverton pig farmers

Source: Jamaica Star Pig farmers in Riverton, St Andrew, say the importation of pork has resulted in low or no sales, forcing them to eat some of the animals themselves.When THE STAR visited the community yesterday, several pig farmers were busy attending to a 400-pound… Link: Slow sales hurting Riverton pig farmers

Two killed in Melrose bypass crash

Source: Jamaica Star Up to press time last night, the police were still trying to identify the two persons who died in a motor vehicle accident along the Melrose bypass in Manchester yesterday. Four persons were also injured and admitted to hospital as a result of the… Link: Two killed in Melrose bypass

No hard feelings! – OUR withdraws lawsuit against OCG

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Declaring that neither had any intention to cause damage to the other’s organisational reputation, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Integrity Commission have decided to bury the hatchet nearly two years after the former filed a suit… Link: No hard feelings! – OUR withdraws lawsuit against OCG

Appointment of new UWI Mona principal to be formalised

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The University of the West Indies (UWI) has insisted that the final decision to appoint a new principal for the Mona Campus has not been taken, following The Gleaner’s report yesterday that Professor Dale Webber would take up the post on October 1… Link: Appointment of new UWI Mona principal

Anti-gang boost – Parliament to set up committee to review law

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Acknowledging that Jamaica’s crime problem is fuelled primarily by gang-related activities, Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang has indicated that Parliament will be asked to review the anti-gang law, formally titled the Criminal Justice (… Link: Anti-gang boost – Parliament to set up committee to review law

Rising oil prices a risk to growth – Wynter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter has his eyes on the movement of oil prices on the world market as a result of geopolitical factors. Oil prices have risen 25 per cent since January, and the upward trajectory is already causing worry about… Link: Rising oil prices a risk to

– Zinc fences to be torn down in Mt Salem – Six of Westmoreland's most wanted behind bars – Man charged for lottery scamming – PNP takes – Gov't to court over NIDS – Three arrested for ganja – in St Elizabeth – Five more scholarships for chil…

Source: Jamaica Star Some 1,000 metres of zinc fencing in the Mount Salem zone of special operations (ZOSO) will be removed and replaced with concrete walls. The project, which is estimated to cost $26 million, forms of part of the general infrastructure development in… Link: – Zinc fences to be torn down in

NWA assessing rainfall damages

Source: Jamaica Star The National Works Agency (NWA) says it is presently conducting cleaning up operations across the island and are awaiting completion before a dollar figure can be placed on the damages caused by the recent islandwide rainfall.Quite a number of… Link: NWA assessing rainfall damages

Retired teacher Etrielda Taylor misses the classroom

Source: Jamaica Star It was as if teaching was a calling for Etrielda Taylor, who gave 64 years of her life to early childhood education and still yearns for the classroom.Taylor, who is the founder of the Little Crescent Basic School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, said… Link: Retired teacher Etrielda Taylor misses

PASTOR THREATENS TO SUE GINO JENNINGS

Source: Jamaica Star Pastor Gino Jennings and Minister Gary Robinson have been issued a cease-and-desist order from the attorneys of the Reverend Dr Carla Dunbar for the unauthorised use of her image in the promotion of their mid-year convocation event scheduled to be… Link: PASTOR THREATENS TO SUE GINO JENNINGS

Man charged with slapping daughter with machete

Source: Jamaica Star On the heels of another parent being charged with beating their child with a machete, the Office of the Children’s Advocate is again appealing to parents to maintain positive and effective parenting.Yesterday, the police arrested and charged 54-year… Link: Man charged with slapping daughter with machete

Raise GCT registration threshold to $36 m – Bunting

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Peter Bunting, opposition spokesman on industry, has proposed that the General Consumption Tax (GCT) turnover threshold should be increased from $3 million to $36 million in a push to remove barriers related to tax compliance in… Link: Raise GCT registration threshold to m – Bunting

Police not making full use of body cameras -Commissioner

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Acknowledging that the police force has not been making full use of the body cameras introduced two years ago, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson suggested yesterday that the project was not implemented properly. “The whole… Link: Police not making full use of body cameras -Commissioner

Money leaving Jamaica's shorelines a danger to tourism – Bartlett

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Calling “leakage” a major stumbling block to any form of growth, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said that more needs to be done to keep revenues generated from the sector into the pockets of ordinary Jamaicans.The minister, who… Link: Money leaving Jamaica’s shorelines a danger to tourism – Bartlett

Dexter Street residents cut off by violence

Source: Jamaica Star A five-year gang feud between opposing communities in Savanna-la-Mar has cut off residents of Dexter Street from accessing critical services located on the other side of the parish capital.According to residents, the gang violence is so intense that… Link: Dexter Street residents cut off by violence

Adina hits 100 – Trelawny native thankful for long life

Source: Jamaica Star Showing off her ability to read without eyewear then belting out a verse of ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’, 100-year-old Adina Phillips demonstrates that she still has her wits about her.Born on April 26, 1918, in Daniel Town, Trelawny, Phillips is simply… Link: Adina hits 100 – Trelawny native thankful for

Hopewell gets banking services

Source: Jamaica Star Residents and business operators in Hopewell, Hanover, have welcomed the opening of a GraceKennedy Money Services branch to support the expanding commercial district.GK One Financial Centre is the first such banking facility to take its services to… Link: Hopewell gets banking services

Tearful send-off for 'Ms James'

Source: Jamaica Star Heavy rain poured outdoors, and tears flowed indoors, as relatives and friends said their final goodbyes during Sunday’s thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Esther James at the Harrison Seventh-day Adventist Church in Catherine Hall,… Link: Tearful send-off for ‘Ms James’

Woman beats up alleged 'shotta' brother

Source: Jamaica Star A Westmoreland woman on Saturday beat up her brother when he reportedly entered the family house with a gun and allegedly opened fire hitting an occupant.Head of the Westmoreland police, Senior Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie, said the gunman… Link: Woman beats up alleged ‘shotta’ brother

Murder tally hits 500 as at Sunday

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Sunday’s fatal shooting of 56-year-old Neville Salmon of Annotto Bay, St Mary, and 27-year-old Obrian Hartey of Norwood, St James, has pushed Jamaica’s murder tally to at least 500 since the start of the year.According to the latest statistics… Link: Murder tally hits 500 as at Sunday

Road Traffic Bill geared towards public safety, not revenue – Knight

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition Senator K.D. Knight has said that Jamaicans should stop perpetuating a narrative that the Road Traffic Bill currently before the Senate is geared towards generating additional revenue for the Government. He said that during his stint as… Link: Road Traffic Bill geared towards public safety, not revenue – Knight

Gully on Marcus Garvey Drive could pose flood risk

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Debris piling up in a gully on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston may not be good news for companies in the area that suffered immensely from extensive flooding in September 2016.Heavy showers in the last few days serve as a reminder that the start of… Link: Gully on Marcus Garvey

Harbour Drive residents rue State's inaction

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Ethel Pete-Smith was in bed with the pitter-patter of the rain on her roof lolling her to sleep when she heard a loud rumbling, then a crash, as the wall to rear of her house at 19 Harbour Drive in Harbour View, St Andrew, collapsed.The floodwaters… Link: Harbour Drive residents

Haile Clacken Bipolar Foundation launched

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:It was a case of tears and laughter at good memories at the Junction Guest House in St Elizabeth on Sunday, as the Haile Clacken Bipolar Foundation, created to immortalise the late Haile Clacken and draw attention to the mental… Link: Haile Clacken Bipolar Foundation launched

'This can't work' – Pandohie cites faults in agricultural authority structure

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government’s much-touted Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), the umbrella organisation under which all former crop commodity services, with the exception of banana, are being subsumed, has no chance of working,… Link: ‘This can’t work’ – Pandohie cites faults in agricultural authority structure

Second annual JN Group Expo a success

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The second annual Jamaica National Group Expo, held recently in Canada, has been hailed as a resounding success.Thousands of patrons entered the expo as soon as the doors were opened at 9 a.m. on April 28, in Brampton, as they sought to access… Link: Second annual JN Group Expo a

Pandohie quits JACRA – Urges urgent changes to regulatory body

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chief executive officer of the Seprod Group Richard Pandohie has quit as chairman of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA).According to Pandohie, his decision was prompted by a perceived conflict of interest, given the… Link: Pandohie quits JACRA – Urges urgent changes to regulatory body

Trump tremors! – CARICOM jittery over Washington's lack of engagement with the region

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are being urged to again push for a meeting with United States President Donald Trump amid growing fears about the “unpredictable” nature of American policies and the diminishing of regional interests to… Link: Trump tremors! – CARICOM jittery over Washington’s lack of engagement with the region

Mentally ill man caught begging at UWI campus

Source: Jamaica Star Nicholas Collins, who pleaded guilty to being in a restricted area, was admonished and discharged when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.Collins, 20, was said to be on the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, on… Link: Mentally ill man caught begging at UWI

Senior citizen's bank account 'disappears'

Source: Jamaica Star Senior citizen’s bank account ‘disappears’In 1996, Amos Joseph said he lodged $40,000 with a bank in the Corporate Area. He had intended to use the money to purchase a piece of land.But, Joseph, 80, said that instead of using the money, he opted to… Link: Senior citizen’s bank account ‘disappears’

– Ananda Alert out for three teenagers – Road closure in Constant Spring – NWA lights up Elegant Corridor in St James – Portland Municipal Corporation to get new building – Relay for Life – set for June

Source: Jamaica Star Ananda Alerts have been activated for three St Catherine teenagers.They are Brandon Swaby, 16, otherwise called ‘Javahnte’, of Valdez Road, Homestead, Spanish Town; Gaylee Forbes, 15, otherwise called ‘Latie’, of Kitson Town; and Anthony Skervin, 16… Link: – Ananda Alert out for three teenagers – Road closure in Constant Spring

Prisoner stabs cellmate for sex

Source: Jamaica Star An inmate at the South Camp Rehabilitation Centre is facing the court after she allegedly stabbed a cellmate who refused her sexual advances.Anna-Kay Watson pleaded not guilty to unlawful wounding when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew… Link: Prisoner stabs cellmate for sex

JDF Coast Guard makes major drug bust

Source: Jamaica Gleaner   The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard on Thursday seized approximately 765 pounds of compressed marijuana when it intercepted a vessel off the coast of Westmoreland. Three men, one Haitian and two Jamaican nationals, were held in… Link: JDF Coast Guard makes major drug bust

Gun Find – Eight firearms seized in six hours in St James

Source: Jamaica Gleaner   The security forces yesterday had arguably their best day since the state of public emergency (SOE) was imposed in St. James earlier this year when they seized four M16 assault rifles, four ballistic vests, four magazines and more than … Link: Gun Find – Eight firearms seized in six hours

That's a wrap: Irvin Forbes leaves CVM after 20 years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Irvin Forbes, a veteran journalist who was instrumental in shaping CVM Television’s former flagship programme, Newswatch, has left the station. He spent his last day in office on Monday after 20 years with the company.”I enjoyed working with a… Link: That’s a wrap: Irvin Forbes leaves CVM after 20 years

Coconut growers expect good news from Shaw at AGM today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Anticipation is high ahead of today’s annual general meeting (AGM) of the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston where Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is expected to… Link: Coconut growers expect good news from Shaw at AGM today

Three killed in Trelawny plane crash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is reporting that the small aircraft that went missing shortly after take-off from Montego, St James yesterday has crashed. According to Major Basil Jarrett, the civil military cooperation officer of the JDF,… Link: Three killed in Trelawny plane crash

Man caught stealing AC unit on Mona campus

Source: Jamaica Star A man who was caught taking an AC unit from the University of West Indies campus pleaded guilty to simple larceny with explanation when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish court yesterday. Samuel Dayle 32 told the court that on the 15… Link: Man caught stealing AC

Three women perish in nightclub fire

Source: Jamaica Star Three women perished in a blaze that destroyed an exotic club in St Mary early yesterday.Up to press time last night, firefighters were still trying to determine the cause of a deadly fire, which took place at the Bad Fowl nightclub in Trinity.A… Link: Three women perish in nightclub fire

Swinging parties in high demand

Source: Jamaica Star ‘Swinging parties’ are on the rise in Jamaica and men are loving it.One man who hosts the swinging parties regularly said that it is something that is becoming a trend because people look forward to it.”Right now, a it… Link: Swinging parties in high demand

Cop shoots female motorist – Bullet was meant for windscreen wiper

Source: Jamaica Star A female motorist had to be rushed to hospital after being shot inadvertently by a policeman who opened fire at a windscreen wiper man in Liguanea yesterday morning.According to an alleged eyewitness, the incident started… Link: Cop shoots female motorist – Bullet was meant for windscreen wiper

13 arrested after deadly Grange Hill shootings, men wanted

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:In the wake of Tuesday’s deadly shootings in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, which left seven persons dead, Police Commissioner Antony Anderson has revealed that 13 persons have since been arrested following a police operation in the area…. Link: 13 arrested after deadly Grange Hill shootings, men wanted

UPDATED: Cancer Society launches Relay For Life 2018

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Yulit Gordon, executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, believes that if every Jamaican donated $100 to the work of the organisation, its target to fund operations for the next two years would be achieved. Link: UPDATED: Cancer Society launches Relay For Life 2018

Three women burnt to death in St Mary fire

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Three women were burnt to death in a fire that destroyed the Bad Fowl nightclub in St Mary early Thursday morning.The police have confirmed the incident but said the identities have not yet been ascertained.The women are believed to have been… Link: Three women burnt to death in St Mary

Cancer Society launches Relay For Life 2018

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Yulit Gordon, executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, believes that if every Jamaican donated $100 to the work of the organisation, its target to fund operations for the next two years would be achieved.Gordon, in a passionate plea… Link: Cancer Society launches Relay For Life 2018

Liguanea shooting victim recovering – INDECOM appeals for witnesses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The woman who was accidentally shot near the entrance to Sovereign Centre on Barbican Road, St Andrew, by an off-duty police corporal yesterday is in full recovery mode following surgery.”She’s totally fine. She’s in full recovery [and] is doing… Link: Liguanea shooting victim recovering – INDECOM appeals for witnesses

Probing Portland: Pirates target Manchioneal fishermen

Source: Jamaica Star Fishermen at the Manchioneal fishing beach in Portland say although much of the parish is regarded as safe, they wish they could say the same when they venture out to sea.The fishermen told THE STAR that the space where they seek their livelihood is… Link: Probing Portland: Pirates target Manchioneal

Father wants back name from 40-y-o 'jacket'

Source: Jamaica Star Hurt that his girlfriend gave him a ‘jacket’ 40 years ago, John Brown* is today taking aim at the ‘son’ who carries his name.”I get to understand that the man got a visa on my name and is travelling on my name, and I want my name to be stripped…

Grange Hill residents want state of emergency

Source: Jamaica Star Some residents of Grange Hill, Westmoreland, have been placing bottles and cans at their windows and doors at nights to alert them about intruders.Fear has been grippingthe blood-drenched western Westmoreland community since Tuesday night when inter… Link: Grange Hill residents want state of emergency

Legislators question AG's report of cost overrun on road programme

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament have contended that the auditor general’s claim of a cost overrun of US$2.71 million for a Jamaica Development Infrastructure Project for quantity surveyor services may not be painting an… Link: Legislators question AG’s report of cost overrun on road programme

War – Seven murdered, eight injured in Westmoreland massacre

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says that the gangsters responsible for the gun-slaying of seven persons in a 12-hour murderous rampage in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, on Tuesday night are animals that should be tracked down… Link: War – Seven murdered, eight injured in Westmoreland massacre

Five murders in four months, alarming but …

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mayor of Port Antonio Paul Thompson has accepted that five murders in four months in the usually peaceful parish of Portland is alarming, but he doesn’t expect that number to escalate much for the rest of the year.”Because of what has unfolded over… Link: Five murders in four months, alarming

Cops in love – Couple happy as four-year relationship flourishes

Source: Jamaica Star Typically, relationships come with obstacles, and when your job presents challenges of its own, it can make the union even more difficult to maintain.So one would imagine that two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), based at Mobile… Link: Cops in love – Couple happy as four-year relationship flourishes

Eight years of pain – Woman almost crippled over $60

Source: Jamaica Star It has been eight years since Dorrell McCarthy-Coley claimed she was dragged to the floor by a co-worker from whom she still has not got redress.McCarthy, 58, said that the incident happened because she asked for $60… Link: Eight years of pain – Woman almost crippled over

Young mother needs heart surgery

Source: Jamaica Star Last December, shortly after giving birth to her son, Zayne, Jhenae Simpson, 21, was told she had a murmur in her chest.”I didn’t have any complications during pregnancy. After I had the baby and I was in the recovery room, they started to remove… Link: Young mother needs heart surgery

Children set homeless man on fire

Source: Jamaica Star A policeman from the Half-Way Tree Police Station has confirmed that a homeless man received serious injuries after he was set ablaze by a group of youngsters in Half-Way Tree last week.The policeman, who spoke under condition of anonymity, stated… Link: Children set homeless man on fire

Police taking note of hair-raising funeral procession antics

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Reckless driving during funeral processions is not going unnoticed by the police, who say they are prepared to slap offenders with fines under the full extent of the law, according to Courtney Coubrie, acting senior superintendent of the Traffic… Link: Police taking note of hair-raising funeral procession antics

Gov't to put idle lands into serious hands – Shaw

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government is pushing to get idle lands that were leased for agricultural purposes into the hands of persons who are serious about production.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw yesterday raised concern about… Link: Gov’t to put idle lands into serious hands – Shaw

Graphic designer wants to start making licence plates

Source: Jamaica Star Xavier Bryant had a vision a few years ago to make licence plates for the government to supply various vehicles in Jamaica but he decided to put it off.But, after the country ran out of licence plates for a couple of months in 2015, Bryant started… Link: Graphic designer wants

Vox Pop: What are the most pressing needs in Green Island?

Source: Jamaica Star Balford Bowen, president, Green Island Fisherfolk co-operative:Green Island doesn’t have any garbage skip and as a result, people throw their garbage everywhere. My group and I… Link: Vox Pop: What are the most pressing needs in Green Island?

Thank God for Jamalco – Manchester community praises mining company

Source: Jamaica Star Mining company Jamalcois receiving high praisesfrom residents in Asia, Manchester.One resident, Paulene Clarke, told The STAR that she is very happy that Jamalco came in the community about 15 years ago because they have motivated the youth to… Link: Thank God for Jamalco – Manchester community praises mining company

Man charged after deadly Mandela crash

Source: Jamaica Star Head of the Highway and Traffic Division Superintendent Courtney Coubrie said that a 21-year-old man has been held in suspicion of manslaughter, following the deadly five-car crash on the Mandela Highway on Sunday.Coubrie said that the man in… Link: Man charged after deadly Mandela crash

Ja could see 10m visitors during next 10 years – PM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that Jamaica’s tourism potential has not even begun to “scratch the surface”, arguing that the country could easily see 10 million visitors and earn $10 billion during the next 10 years.The… Link: Ja could see 10m visitors during next 10 years – PM

Ministry to develop disaster risk policy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prior to the end of the current precautionary standby arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Jamaica will develop, with the technical assistance of multilateral partners, a public financial management policy for natural disaster… Link: Ministry to develop disaster risk policy

Enshrine Windrush promise in law, UK MPs press Theresa May gov't

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The promises to grant citizenship and other benefits to the Windrush Generation, including Jamaicans, could be enshrined in law soon if the Theresa May-led Tory Government bows to pressure from some 200 British members of parliament who are… Link: Enshrine Windrush promise in law, UK MPs press Theresa May gov’t

80/20 tertiary education funding model not sustainable – minister

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Plans are currently under way to revise funding mechanisms for tertiary students, as Education Minister Ruel Reid has declared that the existing 80/20 model is not sustainable.The Government currently funds 80 per cent of the economic cost for… Link: 80/20 tertiary education funding model not sustainable – minister

'Portland Probe' starting this week

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For years, Portland has been among the island’s most peaceful parishes. The trend is continuing this year with the parish reporting five murders up to April 21, to be second to Manchester (four) as the parishes with the fewest murders.But five… Link: ‘Portland Probe’ starting this week

Common ground needed to fight crime – PM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has been in a state of emergency with murders and violence, guns, gangs and dons, for a very long time, and common ground is now needed to take on the country’s most pressing problem.Addressing the annual… Link: Common ground needed to fight crime –

After 'crazy gunfight', police probing links to slain MoBay gangster 'Bowza'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Police crime-scene tape surrounding the three-storey apartment complex in Hatfield, St James, yesterday, was the only indication of the hours-long gun battle last Saturday that left notorious gangster Nico ‘Bowza’ Samuels dead and four policemen… Link: After ‘crazy gunfight’, police probing links to slain MoBay gangster ‘Bowza’

Colbeck scheme poses no threat to Bodles

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, has put to rest speculation that a large section of the Bodles Research Station in St Catherine is at risk of being carved up to facilitate The… Link: Colbeck scheme poses no threat to Bodles

Former Colombian president backs Jamaica’s tourism initiatives

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe last week endorsed Jamaica’s Small and Medium-Sized Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs) initiative and signalled his intention to attend a summit on SMTEs to be held in Jamaica next January.Uribe, who served as the… Link: Former Colombian president backs Jamaica’s tourism initiatives

Editors' Forum | Report them, please! – Authorities beg for information on counterfeit products being sold in Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Intellectual and Property Office (JIPO) and the police Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch(C-TOC) are appealing to Jamaicans to report when and where they have been sold ‘knock-offs’ or counterfeit goods.Addressing a Gleaner… Link: Editors’ Forum | Report them, please! – Authorities beg for information on counterfeit products being

Regional body writes to Holness about legal action against HFJ

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), a group of close to 100 civil society organisations across the region, has written to Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness declaring that it has serious concerns about the legal action brought against the… Link: Regional body writes to Holness about legal action against HFJ

Bodles gets first of six regional seed banks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The first of six seed banks to identify, preserve, and store climate-resilient crop varieties to be established across the region is set for completion at the Bodles Research Station in St Catherine by July this year.”The plans have been drawn in… Link: Bodles gets first of six regional seed banks

Wolmer's parents say $5,000 Career Day price tag worth it

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Parents of Wolmer’s Boys’ School third-form students, who accompanied their sons to Career Day at the Kingston-based institution yesterday, told The Gleaner that the $5,000 charged for the event was well worth it.One disgruntled parent in February… Link: Wolmer’s parents say ,000 Career Day price tag worth it

Put workplace safety on the front burner – Senator Gayle

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As nations observe World Day for Safety and Health at Work today, local senators have lamented the need for a stronger workplace safety culture.”Mr President, safety and health at the workplace is something that we take for granted. Accidents and… Link: Put workplace safety on the front burner – Senator

Four bodies found in Pennants, Clarendon

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Clarendon police have launched a major investigation into this morning’s discovery of four bodies in Thomas River, Pennants, Clarendon. The bodies are believed to be those of four men who went missing from St Elizabeth. … Link: Four bodies found in Pennants, Clarendon

Junior youth minister seeks mentors for youth leaving state care

Source: Jamaica Gleaner State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has urged universities and corporate entities to partner in a new mentorship programme for youngsters who are preparing to leave the care of the State.Green made the call… Link: Junior youth minister seeks mentors for youth leaving state

Gov't, Opposition to face off on parliamentary committees

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Andrew Holness-led administration is agitating for two government lawmakers to chair two select committees of Parliament previously chaired by the parliamentary Opposition.Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda told The Gleaner yesterday that… Link: Gov’t, Opposition to face off on parliamentary committees

Gleaner Editors' Forum | Jamaican ganja needs patent protection, says JIPO head

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There is a growing need to protect the Jamaican strain of ganja, primarily for medicinal purposes, Lilyclaire Bellamy, the executive director of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), has said.She made the assessment that it was vitally… Link: Gleaner Editors’ Forum | Jamaican ganja needs patent protection, says JIPO head

ICT, gender specialist urges innovation above consumption

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Ayanna Samuels, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and gender policy specialist, says that despite strides made in the ICT sector during recent years, it is unfortunate that most Jamaicans are consumers of technology rather than… Link: ICT, gender specialist urges innovation above consumption

We can't stop every single murder – Supt Beeput

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Superintendent Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for Hanover, says that the police are powerless to stop incidents such as Wednesday’s gruesome triple murder in Green Island as aggrieved persons are not utilising the mechanisms… Link: We can’t stop every single murder – Supt Beeput

Peace continues to flow in Accompong

Source: Jamaica Star Respect for human life is of high importance for the residents of Accompong in St Elizabeth.This is inarguably evident as the residents stated that for years, the community has recorded only three murders, one of which was committed by an ‘outsider… Link: Peace continues to flow in Accompong

Vendors complain of extortion in May Pen

Source: Jamaica Star Some vendors from May Pen, Clarendon, said they are frustrated that the police are forcing them into the market when no one is coming there to buy from them.One person said that vendors and shoppers alike are afraid of going in the market because… Link: Vendors complain of extortion in

Man set ablaze in his house

Source: Jamaica Star A St Mary man was chopped and set ablaze at his home on Rectory Street in the parish yesterday morning.The dead man has since been identified as Neville ‘Syrup’ Tucker.Reports are that residents heard Tucker in distress, crying out for help at about… Link: Man set ablaze in his house

Woman fights student outside school

Source: Jamaica Star A 15-year-old student of Bridgeport High School had to be treated by doctors following a fight involving female students and a woman outside the institution in Portmore, St Catherine, on Monday.In a video that is being circulated on social media, a… Link: Woman fights student outside school

Children labour trap – 38,000 J'can children working in prohibited conditions

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Almost 38,000 or six per cent of Jamaican children between 5 and 17 years old were engaged in child labour during 2016. Furthermore, nearly half (48.9 per cent) of the working children were involved in hazardous work or activities… Link: Children labour trap – 38,000 J’can children working in prohibited conditions

Parents should not cause additional panic – psychologists

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Fear and anxiety are emotions two noted counselling psychologists have indicated that children will experience as they prepare to sit both internal and external exams in the coming weeks. The counsellors are, however, pleading with parents and… Link: Parents should not cause additional panic – psychologists

NAJ supports health impact study at CRH

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Nurses’ Association of Jamaica (NAJ) has welcomed the decision by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to commission a study that will look at the health profile of the staff of Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.”I have instructed the… Link: NAJ supports health impact study at CRH

No place for paedophiles in church, says Blaine

Source: Jamaica Gleaner “If you know that you have a special attraction to children and in the Church … , get out and go fix yourself and come back completely converted,” child advocate Betty-Ann Blaine has advised paedophiles who, she charged, are attending church… Link: No place for paedophiles in church, says Blaine

UPDATE: Wisynco defends decision to pursue legal action over CranWata

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Wisynco Group Limited is defending its decision to take legal action against the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ). “While Wisynco is mindful and respectful of HFJ’s mandate, it must ensure that its brands are protected,” the company spokesperson said. Link: UPDATE: Wisynco defends decision to pursue legal action over CranWata

Tempers flare in Parliament

Source: Jamaica Star Tempers flared in Parliament yesterday afternoon as the Opposition and the Government discussed the issues surrounding the scaling back of operations at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.A shouting match started after Daryl Vaz, member of parliament… Link: Tempers flare in Parliament

Just keep working hard – Former 'bad boy' advises youth

Source: Jamaica Star After losing his mother at age five, Andrew Armstrong turned to his father to get the love and tender care.The two were inseparable, and Armstrong thought that things were okay, even though they were not financially stable.”Me and me fada had a… Link: Just keep working hard – Former ‘bad

Community on edge after don's murder

Source: Jamaica Star The police are keeping a close watch on Cockburn Gardens, St Andrew, following the murder of a strongman from the community yesterday afternoon.The man, who goes by the alias ‘Ditty’, was shot and killed at a house along Melrose Avenue at about 2:30… Link: Community on edge after don’s murder

Jamaica moves up to sixth on world press freedom index

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica has moved up two places to sixth on the 2018 world press freedom index released by the France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Tuesday night. It’s highest ranking for a Caribbean country since 2002 when the index was… Link: Jamaica moves up to sixth on world press freedom index

Gov't committed to protecting rights of victims, criminals – Holness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has appealed to law-abiding citizens to support Jamaica’s crime-fighting measures, armed with the assurance that his administration is equally committed to safeguarding their rights, as well as those of the criminals… Link: Gov’t committed to protecting rights of victims, criminals – Holness

Gov't moving to cushion blow of UC Rusal ban, says Montague

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government is relentlessly lobbying the United States (US) Department of State to mitigate the adverse effects of the sanctions against United Company (UC) Rusal, operator of West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO), according to the minister of… Link: Gov’t moving to cushion blow of UC Rusal ban, says Montague

House in turmoil over hospital controversy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Government and opposition lawmakers yesterday tested the resolve of House Speaker Pearnel Charles to restore order in Parliament following a statement by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton on the controversial noxious fumes saga at Cornwall… Link: House in turmoil over hospital controversy

Entertainer's friend killed during video shoot

Source: Jamaica Star What was supposed to be a memorable occasion for up-and-coming entertainer Righteous turned out to be a complete nightmare last Saturday after his friend was killed, while he was wrapping up a scene from his video shoot.The entertainer said that he… Link: Entertainer’s friend killed during video shoot

Struggling grandmother still needs assistance

Source: Jamaica Star The Miracle Tabernacle Free Town Church of God of Prophecy Outreach Foundation is reaching out to the Diaspora and those in Jamaica to assist one of their own, Marjorie Bell.Bell went through the anguish of having her daughter’s life viciously… Link: Struggling grandmother still needs assistance

William Knibb student aims for global art title

Source: Jamaica Star Ayreonna Grubb, a Grade 10 industrial technical student of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny, recently achieved third place in the national Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2018.She has also been entered in the upcoming global… Link: William Knibb student aims for global art title

We care – Jamaicans respond to plea to motivate YWCA girls

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Several persons have expressed an interest in giving motivational talks to students at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) following concerns expressed by the institution’s principal Denise Jeffries that Jamaicans are generally unwilling… Link: We care – Jamaicans respond to plea to motivate YWCA girls

PJ Patterson Collection goes to UWI Main Library

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The P.J. Patterson Collection, consisting of more than 500 files, will be formally handed to the Main Library of the University of the West Indies, Mona, during a function at the UWI Regional Headquarters today at 5:30 p.m.The collection consists of… Link: PJ Patterson Collection goes to UWI Main Library

World-class installation the focus for Solar Buzz Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Energy Conservation company Solar Buzz Jamaica (SBJ) does not profess to be the cheapest option in the market. Instead, the Kingston-based operation prides itself that its top-quality installations are on par with global standards.Founded in 2011,… Link: World-class installation the focus for Solar Buzz Jamaica

Denham Town welcomes return of ZOSO security phase

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents of Denham Town in west Kingston yesterday welcomed an increase in the presence of the security forces in their community after several persons were reported to have been shot in the zone of special operations (ZOSO) in recent weeks.The… Link: Denham Town welcomes return of ZOSO security phase

UK to make it right – British Gov't offers Windrush migrants citizenship

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Inundated by a flood of harsh criticisms and public outrage over its handling of the Windrush Generation saga, the Theresa May-led Conservative Party Government yesterday moved beyond apology and compensation and pledged to grant citizenship to… Link: UK to make it right – British Gov’t offers Windrush migrants citizenship

Bellevue staff worry as attacks mount

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Nurses at Bellevue Hospital in Kingston are left to fend off robbers and other malicious persons amid growing fears that their lives could be in danger following the attack on one of their own last week.The incident, which occurred last Tuesday… Link: Bellevue staff worry as attacks mount

Youth rehab is everybody's business – Spencer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Rehabilitation and successful reintegration of juvenile offenders into society must be given national priority, with all Jamaicans playing a part and not relying solely on the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).That is the view of Rudyard… Link: Youth rehab is everybody’s business – Spencer

Man wants to rebuild 'duppy house'

Source: Jamaica Star “A di duppy house uno a look fah? It deh right down the road in a lane beside a two bedroom pink house,” a woman in Rose Hall, St Elizabeth told, The STAR team. Her directions were on point as just minutes later, Kenneth Hanson… Link: Man wants to rebuild

Policemen ambushed and shot in Lluidas Vale

Source: Jamaica Star Amid the announcement of reduction in crime in the St Catherine North Division by Minister of National Security Horace Chang, two policemen were shot the community of Lluidas Vale.The STAR was told that at about 3:10 yesterday morning, two policemen… Link: Policemen ambushed and shot in Lluidas Vale

Cross-dresser killed in New Kingston

Source: Jamaica Star A cross-dresser was shot and killed on Saturday morning. The STAR understands that residents heard explosions around 12:55 a.m. at the intersection of Barbados Avenue and Knutsford Boulevard, and alerted the police.Reports from the Half-Way Tree… Link: Cross-dresser killed in New Kingston

Accused in 'commissioner scam' remanded

Source: Jamaica Star Annessia Currie, who was charged with credit card fraud in the case where Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson was scammed, was remanded until May 1 when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew parish court on Friday.Currie, 19,… Link: Accused in ‘commissioner scam’ remanded

Eunis Palmer-Pryce grateful as she turns 109

Source: Jamaica Star Eunis Palmer-Pryce turned 109 last Saturday and her daughter Valda Pryce is very happy that she gets to share in this journey with her.Valda told the STAR that as a retired teacher, she is very happy to have the time to take care of her mother.”I’m… Link: Eunis Palmer-Pryce grateful

Five per cent jump in murders

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Four hundred and forty-two murders have been committed across Jamaica between January 1 and April 21 of this year, a 5.2 per cent increase when compared with the same period last year when 420 were killed.According to the latest statistics compiled… Link: Five per cent jump in murders

Jamwest a winner at Expo

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A mere six months into its operations and Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park Ltd copped the 2016 Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association award for attraction of the year, besting the likes of world-renowned ice cream purveyor Devon House, Dolphin… Link: Jamwest a winner at Expo

Deals sealed – Expo Jamaica 2018 ends on high note

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With an almost capacity crowd, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, attending yesterday’s final day of Expo Jamaica 2018 at the National Area and National Indoor Sports Centre, satisfied Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) officials said… Link: Deals sealed – Expo Jamaica 2018 ends on high note

Airports at risk as effects of climate change draw closer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the issue of climate change taking sharp focus on the global stage, at least one local expert is sounding an ominous warning that Jamaica’s airports and others in the Caribbean could be at risk due to rising sea levels.Addressing a public… Link: Airports at risk as effects of climate

Name mix-up lands woman in court

Source: Jamaica Star There was high drama in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish court yesterday when a woman, Annastacia Feron, was mistaken for an accused man.Reports are that in 2015, Feron was on her way to Clarendon and was seeking transportation in downtown Kingston… Link: Name mix-up lands woman in court

Lazy people! – Canadian politician apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Faced with a social media backlash, Canadian Legislative Assembly member Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, has backtracked on claims that Jamaicans are lazy and underproductive because of their excessive use of ganja.Smith-McCrossin, a member of the Legislative Assembly… Link: Lazy people! – Canadian politician apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Lazy people! – Canadian MP apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Faced with a social media backlash, Canadian Parliamentarian Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, has backtrack claims that Jamaicans are lazy and underproductive because of their excessive use of ganja.Smith-McCrossin, a member of the Legislative Assembly… Link: Lazy people! – Canadian MP apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

JUTC running ads against preaching on buses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is currently running advertisements in the media, appealing to lay preachers who attempt to win souls on the state-run buses to discontinue the practice.JUTC’s Communications Manager Cecil Thoms told The… Link: JUTC running ads against preaching on buses

Homestead division by-election set for May 18

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Voters will be going to the polls on May 18 to elect a new councillor for the Homestead municipal division in South Central St Catherine.The candidates are Mark McLean of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Janet Grayson for the People’s National… Link: Homestead division by-election set for May 18

Man who pulled gun in bank says he felt threatened by security

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The man who caused panic at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, on Thursday, brandishing his licensed firearm inside the institution, has claimed that he was physically assaulted by the bank’s security and felt threatened… Link: Man who pulled gun in bank says he felt threatened

Expo Jamaica 2018 goes nuts for for Crazy Jim

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For longstanding ice cream purveyors Crazy Jim, Expo Jamaica 2018 is proving to be the ideal springboard into the retail market, which it will now supply with 11 premium gold flavours.One of the more popular exhibitors at the four-day show-and-tell… Link: Expo Jamaica 2018 goes nuts for for Crazy Jim

Shaw announces Micro Stock Exchange coming

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw has announced plans to establish a micro stock exchange, to complement the junior stock exchange.  Shaw says the micro stock exchange will target micro and medium enterprises… Link: Shaw announces Micro Stock Exchange coming

Welder rescues mom with three-wheel creation

Source: Jamaica Star When Alvern Simpson saw his mother making numerous trips to the river with a bucket on her head, he knew he had to step in and make a difference.He knew he could not afford to buy her a car, so he decided to use pieces of scrap metal to create…

Man pulls firearm in NCB branch

Source: Jamaica Star Customers who were conducting business in the National Commercial Bank’s Half-Way Tree branch were sent into a frenzy yesterday when a man pulled his firearm in the business establishment.The man, whose identity is being withheld, is said to have… Link: Man pulls firearm in NCB branch

Single mom makes big bucks from porn website

Source: Jamaica Star Although she is a certified phlebotomist (a person trained to draw blood), a single mother, who goes by the name Scorpio Queen, felt she had to find other means of surviving after sending out numerous job applications without much success.Her ‘light… Link: Single mom makes big bucks from porn website

Man blames hospital for fiancee's death

Source: Jamaica Star Just weeks ago, Shevon Edwards, a teacher at the St Jago High School, was busy planning his wedding with his fiancee, Shanice Lewis. But today, he is faced with the pain of planning her funeral.Lewis, who was a teacher at Eltham High School in St… Link: Man blames hospital for

Deadline extended for barber and beauty competition

Source: Jamaica Star The deadline for entries in the JN Small Business Loans Barber and Beauty Challenge has been extended to April 27.The original deadline was March 31. The competition’s final will now be held on July 1.Ockino Petrie, chairman of the planning… Link: Deadline extended for barber and beauty competition

MoBay Chamber embracing Gloves Over Gun

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The drive to target at-risk youth in St James through sports got a major boost yesterday when the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) presented a cheque of $638,000 to support the Gloves Over Guns initiative.Stephen… Link: MoBay Chamber embracing Gloves Over Gun

Kgn pastor accused of rape requests second paternity test

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Kingston pastor facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl and impregnating her has reportedly requested a second paternity test.The request by Kenneth Blake, pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located… Link: Kgn pastor accused of rape requests second paternity test

Man could be charged for brandishing gun in bank

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It is likely that charges could be laid against a disgruntled licensed firearm holder who brandished his gun inside the National Commercial Bank (NCB) in Half-Way Tree yesterday, allegedly pointing it at security personnel.According to Dahlia… Link: Man could be charged for brandishing gun in bank

Linstead to get new Drug Serv Pharmacy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents of Linstead and surrounding areas in St Catherine will soon benefit from added pharmacy services with the construction of a new pharmacy building at the Linstead Hospital.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton broke ground yesterday for the… Link: Linstead to get new Drug Serv Pharmacy

Technical consultants to be engaged as Shaw pushes for dormant funds

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Industry and Commerce Minister Audley Shaw has disclosed that the Government is now in the process of engaging technical consultants to assess the feasibility of utilising unclaimed funds held by financial institutions as a financing option for the… Link: Technical consultants to be engaged as Shaw pushes for dormant funds

Cops warn public to cooperate at checkpoints

Source: Jamaica Star The joint security team, which is operating in the state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints.Acting Head of… Link: Cops warn public to cooperate at checkpoints

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