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December 15, 2017

Jamaica

Fake goods vendors cry foul

Source: Jamaica Star Some vendors in downtown Kingston are angry at the authorities who are targeting them for selling counterfeit products.”The Government want run in and cease the people them goods. Weh me always a seh is that the goods them affi pass through Customs… Link: Fake goods vendors cry foul

Schoolgirl robbed of lunch money

Source: Jamaica Star A high school student was robbed of her lunch money on her way to school on Wednesday.The student was walking along Hoose Avenue in Monticello, Spanish Town, St Catherine about 6 a.m. when the incident occurred.She was reportedly attacked by a man… Link: Schoolgirl robbed of lunch money

J'cans flock fake Clarks

Source: Jamaica Star Unsuspecting shoppers are shelling out up to $14,000 for a pair of Clarks.”Most people don’t know the original different from the knock-off,” a downtown Kingston vendor said yesterday.He said that vendors understand that many Clarks lovers are… Link: J’cans flock fake Clarks

Mentally ill man allegedly beaten at airport

Source: Jamaica Star A woman is alleging that her mentally ill brother was beaten by security guards at the Norman Manley International Airport last Friday.Sharon Bloomfield said relatives in the US had been searching for him after he went missing from his home in New… Link: Mentally ill man allegedly beaten at airport

Drive-thru cambio reopens on Red Hills Road

Source: Jamaica Star LASCO Financial Services has re-opened its drive-thru cambio service at its LASCO Money Store located at its head office on Red Hills Road in St Andrew.”Our clients are excited that the drive-thru cambio has been re-opened in time for the season,”… Link: Drive-thru cambio reopens on Red Hills Road

Hefty increase for MPs to spend on constituency offices

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Members of parliament have received a 112.5 per cent increase in sums paid to them to meet constituency office expenses.The amount allocated in the First Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure to defray constituency office expenses is $128.5 million… Link: Hefty increase for MPs to spend on constituency offices

Health Check | Improved grade for St Ann's Bay Hospital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In 2015, then Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in response to several concerns raised about the status of public-health facilities, ordered an internal audit of the four regional health authorities to “determine safety and functionality of the… Link: Health Check | Improved grade for St Ann’s Bay Hospital

Sinclair wants sanctions against facilitators of payment to former Troupe assistant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Senator Charles Sinclair, the outspoken councillor for the Flanker division in the St James Municipal Corporation (STJMC), is calling for sanctions to be levied against staffers who facilitated the recent questionable payment of funds… Link: Sinclair wants sanctions against facilitators of payment to former Troupe assistant

Special needs children get Christmas surprise

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It might as well be Christmas Day for more than 200 special needs children who were feted by the Sanmerna Foundation in conjunction with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre yesterday.Gifts and food… Link: Special needs children get Christmas surprise

Disbarred attorney arrested for fraud

Source: Jamaica Star Well-known disbarred attorney-at-law Harold Brady was charged with fraudulent conversion yesterday by detectives from the Fraud Squad.The charges were laid after Brady, who was disbarred in March, turned himself in to the police after the Jamaica… Link: Disbarred attorney arrested for fraud

House burnt down after man gives 'bun'

Source: Jamaica Star Last Tuesday will go down as the worst day in the life of Alvin Smalling. Moments after he claims to have been beaten with a stick by his girlfriend, who caught him in bed with another woman, Smalling, 52, watched helplessly as his house was burnt… Link: House burnt down

Homeless and depressed – Fire victims need help

Source: Jamaica Star The rains have been unrelenting since last Friday when fire gutted a multifamily dwelling at 99 East Street in Kingston. Most of the 16 persons who lived in the house are now forced to sleep in a shed, which was once the resting spot for mechanic… Link: Homeless and depressed

Ground broken for largest solar plant in the Caribbean

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While Jamaica continues to lead the rest of the world in energy diversification, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley says that his Government does not intend to become complacent but will intensify its efforts to reduce the… Link: Ground broken for largest solar plant in the Caribbean

Clarke elected chairman of RJRGLEANER Group

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Oliver F. Clarke, OJ, was elected chairman of Radio Jamaica Limited, which trades as the RJRGLEANER Com-munications Group, on Monday, December 11, 2017.He fills the slot created by the passing of J.A…. Link: Clarke elected chairman of RJRGLEANER Group

West Kgn residents to get paid before year end

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government of Jamaica is to dole out just under $200 million to west Kingston residents before the end of the year as compensation for damages accrued during the May 2010 operations by the security forces in their attempt to arrest former… Link: West Kgn residents to get paid before

JPS expresses regret for electrocution of men

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has expressed regret for the death of two men who were electrocuted on Tuesday in Negril after a power line reportedly fell on a motorcycle on which they were travelling…. Link: JPS expresses regret for electrocution of men

JPS investigating electrocution of Negril men

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) says it has started an investigation into the electrocution of two men who came in contact with an electrical wire in Negril, Westmoreland on Tuesday. An energised utility wire fell on 21-year-old… Link: JPS investigating electrocution of Negril men

Spanish Town link road stoplight to be recommissioned

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Spanish Town link road and Windsor Road intersection in St Catherine will once again be managed by traffic signals when the National Works Agency (NWA) recommissions the lights today. The lights have not been working for more than a year… Link: Spanish Town link road stoplight to be recommissioned

Looking for safe shopping this Christmas – Kingston Mayor

Source: Jamaica Star The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police and other stakeholders today to finalise plans for shopping in downtown Kingston over the festive season. Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Delroy Williams, said a… Link: Looking for safe shopping this Christmas – Kingston Mayor

Man jobless after sexual attack

Source: Jamaica Star Three years after he left a manufacturing company because he was sexually harassed, Jon Brown* said he is still haunted by the ordeal and worse, cannot get a steady job.”It (the incident) cause so much problem with mi family abroad, my family in… Link: Man jobless after sexual attack

George Headley Primary are 2017 TVJ JSCQ champs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner ​The curtains came down yesterday evening on the 15th season of Television Jamaica’s Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz competition, with George Headley Primary, from St Andrew, walking away as the 2017 champions. The studio was packed… Link: George Headley Primary are 2017 TVJ JSCQ champs

Palmyra developer dies – Trotta hailed for assistance to Jamaican children

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:The man who built the multibillion-dollar Palmyra Resort and Spa, Robert Trotta, is dead.Trotta, who is credited with transforming the lives of some 11,500 Jamaican children with his ‘Book4Kids’ charity programme, transitioned at his… Link: Palmyra developer dies – Trotta hailed for assistance to Jamaican children

Plans being finalised to accommodate Christmas shopping and vending

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Indicating that changes are in the pipeline to accommodate Christmas shopping in downtown Kingston, Robert Hill, town clerk at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), said that a proposed meeting with members of the corporation and… Link: Plans being finalised to accommodate Christmas shopping and vending

Bartlett: Tangible change needed to stop murders

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While violence against tourists amounts to less than one per cent of all crimes committed in St James, it is still a concern that requires tangible change overall to effectively counter Jamaica’s international image as a crime-infested country, says… Link: Bartlett: Tangible change needed to stop murders

Aubyn Hill appointed new EGC CEO, targets 2.3 per cent growth next year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former investment banker Aubyn Hill has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Growth Council (EGC). He replaces Maureen Denton, who left the post in August. The appointment was made public by Prime Minister Andrew Holness… Link: Aubyn Hill appointed new EGC CEO, targets 2.3 per cent growth next year

Flash flood watch extended

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Meteorological Service has continued the Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew. It will remain in place until 5 o’… Link: Flash flood watch extended

Police reject latest wage offer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Rank and file cops have rejected the latest wage offer from the Government. Representatives of the Jamaica Police Federation met yesterday with finance ministry officials to continue wage talks. But it’s understood that the only variation to… Link: Police reject latest wage offer

Trenail, Maggotty gets water

Source: Jamaica Star The residents of Trenail in Maggotty, St Elizabeth, are now able to see water running from their taps after the commissioning of a water supply system that serves Trenail and other neighbouring communities.The rehabilitation of the water supply… Link: Trenail, Maggotty gets water

Cruise ship comes calling in Kingston; little spending, though

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Vendors at the Kingston Craft Market (KCM) were yesterday left disappointed by the low number of sales of their merchandises despite hundreds of cruise passengers roaming their space for at least five hours.The cruise vessel, the MS Monarch, which… Link: Cruise ship comes calling in Kingston; little spending, though

Health Check | SRHA making strides

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In 2015, then Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in response to several concerns raised about the status of public-health facilities, ordered an internal audit in the four regional health authorities to “determine safety and functionality of the… Link: Health Check | SRHA making strides

Local entity makes play for Monymusk Sugar Factory

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A Jamaican-owned entity, Yallahs Inter-national Inc, has initiated discussions with Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) to acquire the Monymusk Sugar Factory in Clarendon.”Yes, we have reached out to JAMPRO and Petrojam with our business model and… Link: Local entity makes play for Monymusk Sugar Factory

Chandiram hailed for love for people

Source: Jamaica Gleaner His extensive work with the Hosana House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT) was one of the many things that stood out in the minds of mourners who came out to celebrate the life of Pokar Chandiram at his thanksgiving service yesterday.At the… Link: Chandiram hailed for love for people

Portland murder suspect mobbed, shot in rescue attempt

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A Portland man, who is suspected to have killed a man early Monday morning, was rescued by the police from an angry mob, but not before he was badly beaten. The man, who is believed to be a drug addict, reportedly fled the crime scene after… Link: Portland murder suspect mobbed,

Mother granted bail after burning son with hot fork

Source: Jamaica Star A woman who was charged with wounding her four-year-old son was granted $50,000 bail when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.Nickeisha Beckford was arrested on October 8, for using a hot fork and hot spoon to burn… Link: Mother granted bail after burning son

Man fined for cutting girlfriend in head

Source: Jamaica Star A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the head pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.Kenolvae Powell was fined $25,000 or six months in prison for the offence.The… Link: Man fined for cutting girlfriend in head

UPDATED: Reject 'free-for-all' culture, says lawyer – Senior prosecutor lashes out at corruption, hustler culture

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor has come out strongly against acts of corruption and the “free-for-all” culture, which, he said, is pervasive in Jamaica, noting that regulations and restrictions are often frowned upon by… Link: UPDATED: Reject ‘free-for-all’ culture, says lawyer – Senior prosecutor lashes out at

MoBay winds blow top-flight cruise ship back to Kingston

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For the second time in a year, the Port of Kingston will host a top flight-cruise vessel when the MS Monarch makes an unscheduled visit to the capital city today.The vessel, formerly known as Monarch of the Seas and operated under Royal Caribbean’s… Link: MoBay winds blow top-flight cruise ship

Funeral bloodbath – Gunmen turn weapons on mourners outside church

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For some, it was a scene similar to what they had seen on television as gunmen armed with high-powered weapons yesterday sprayed mourners attending a funeral at the Kings Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church in east Kingston.”Collection [offering]… Link: Funeral bloodbath – Gunmen turn weapons on mourners outside church

Pan Caribbean to start sugar production this week

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Following a slight delay, the Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) will get its 2017-2018 crop year at the Frome Sugar Factory going tomorrow, three weeks later than previously announced.”We had to delay because of the weather … …. Link: Pan Caribbean to start sugar production this week

Health Check | Maintenance deficiency still worrying

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In 2015, then Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in response to several concerns raised about the status of public-health facilities, ordered an internal audit of the four regional health authorities to “determine safety and functionality of the… Link: Health Check | Maintenance deficiency still worrying

Reject 'free-for-all' culture, says lawyer – Senior prosecutor lashes out at corruption, hustler culture

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor has come out strongly against acts of corruption and the “free-for-all” culture, which, he said, is pervasive in Jamaica, noting that regulations and restrictions are often frowned upon by… Link: Reject ‘free-for-all’ culture, says lawyer – Senior prosecutor lashes out at corruption,

Cheers and tears as Knox College wins TVJ's All Together Sing

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Clarendon’s Knox College High School is the winner of the 2017 Television Jamaica All Together Sing competition. Knox, located in the town of Spalding, was declared winner on Sunday evening during the grand finale at the TVJ studios in… Link: Cheers and tears as Knox College wins TVJ’s All Together

Health Check | Infection control on the improve

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In 2015, then Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in response to several concerns raised about the status of public-health facilities, ordered an internal audit in the four regional health authorities to “determine safety and functionality of the… Link: Health Check | Infection control on the improve

Schoolboy footballers accused of raping girl

Source: Jamaica Star At least two schoolboys are now under investigation for raping a schoolgirl at a Corporate Area high school.The principal of the institution told THE STAR that the girl reported the matter to the dean of discipline at the school, who took the matter… Link: Schoolboy footballers accused of raping girl

Morris wants disabled-friendly schools in every constituency

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition Senator Dr Floyd Morris has called on the Government to make one primary and high school in each of the 63 constituencies across Jamaica disabled-friendly.Opening the debate on a motion in the Upper House yesterday, Morris urged the… Link: Morris wants disabled-friendly schools in every constituency

IGT warms the hearts at Holy Trinity

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Technology and gaming services provider International Gaming Technology (IGT)yesterday gave computer technology students at the Holy Trinity High School a taste of an early Christmas as part of their annual outreach under their After-School… Link: IGT warms the hearts at Holy Trinity

CIBC brings Christmas cheer to Victoria Jubilee Hospital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner When a mother at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) was observed with her newborn on her bed, instead of in a bassinet beside the bed, the institution chose itself as the beneficiary for Christmas goodies from CIBC employees.And yesterday,… Link: CIBC brings Christmas cheer to Victoria Jubilee Hospital

Montague calls for consecutive prison terms

Source: Jamaica Gleaner National Security minister Robert Montague has said that persons charged with murder or gun-related crimes should serve their sentences consecutively rather than concurrently.Montague’s comments come just two days after authorities in the Unites… Link: Montague calls for consecutive prison terms

Christmas horror for Kingston families as fire destroys home

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Twenty-six people, including children from six different families, are in need of shelter after a fire of unknown origin ripped through the house they shared yesterday.Fanned by the high wind, the blaze spread quickly to engulf the dwelling as… Link: Christmas horror for Kingston families as fire destroys home

Digicel announces new CEO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Digicel has announced the appointment of Alexander Matuschka Greiffenclau as its new group chief executive, effective February 2018. He will succeed Colm Delves who had signalled his intention to step down from his executive role for… Link: Digicel announces new CEO

Blue Mountain residents want more tourism dollars

Source: Jamaica Star Euton Rhodney is dissatisfied with the fact that communities in the Blue Mountain range have not been able to maximise the benefits from tourism. According to Rhodney, who lives in Penlyne Castle, St Thomas, the coffee-producing region is not given… Link: Blue Mountain residents want more tourism dollars

Sandhills Vista wants road fixed

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Sandhills Vista in Hellshire, St Catherine, are calling on the National Housing Trust (NHT) to fix the marl road which leads from Hellshire Park to the community.Dominique Harrow-Bredwood, secretary of the benevolent society, told THE… Link: Sandhills Vista wants road fixed

Bucknor experiences Christmas magic

Source: Jamaica Star More than 100 children from the central Clarendon community of Bucknor were treated to a Christmas movie and an early visit from Santa Claus.The event, sponsored by FLOW, was organised by the Bucknor Concerned Citizens Benevolent Society and the… Link: Bucknor experiences Christmas magic

Cabbies targeted by thieves

Source: Jamaica Star The throat of a taxi man was reportedly slashed on Wednesday night by criminals who robbed him of cash and his car in Portmore, St Catherine.Egeton Newman, president of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), said that the… Link: Cabbies targeted by thieves

Cops find gun in bathroom ceiling

Source: Jamaica Star A gun hidden in a bathroom ceiling was one of three firearms that were seized by cops yesterday.Between the hours of 4:20 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. yesterday, lawmen from within Area Two, conducted a special operation in Steer Town, St Ann. During the… Link: Cops find gun in bathroom ceiling

Governments fail to invest in mental health treatment – Hickling

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Successive Jamaican governments have failed to adequately fund treatment and prevention programmes for the sizeable portion of the population suffering from one form or another of mental health disorder, says Professor Frederick Hickling.He said, in… Link: Governments fail to invest in mental health treatment – Hickling

Pothole Patrol | Death trap in the city

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Acacia Avenue in St Andrew falls perfectly into the category of roads throughout the Corporate Area that are in need of proper fixing.Huge potholes and stones are major features on this stretch of road.Ivy Green Crescent and… Link: Pothole Patrol | Death trap in the city

US$722k capital injection for National Health Insurance Plan

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Health Fund (NHF) on Wednesday signed a contract with Sanigest International aimed at advancing the establishment of a national health insurance plan for the country.Sanigest International secured the US$722,000 contract, through a… Link: US2k capital injection for National Health Insurance Plan

UPDATED: US$722k capital injection for National Health Insurance Plan

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Health Fund (NHF) on Wednesday signed a contract with Sanigest International aimed at advancing the establishment of a national health insurance plan for the country.Sanigest International secured the US$722,000 contract, through a… Link: UPDATED: US2k capital injection for National Health Insurance Plan

Registration of political parties to begin in January

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The regulating of political parties and monitoring of their campaign financing activities should start next year. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) will begin the registration of political parties on… Link: Registration of political parties to begin in January

Cops accused of fondling man's penis

Source: Jamaica Star Eight policemen have been accused of stripping a man naked, beating him violently and fondling his penis.The incident, which allegedly took place on Wednesday, November 29, is now the subject of a probe by at least one member of the Police High… Link: Cops accused of fondling man’s penis

Major gun bust triggers probe

Source: Jamaica Star Rifles, pistols, bullets and several other illegal firearm accessories were prevented from reaching Jamaica’s shores, after they were intercepted by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Outbound Enforcement Team (OET) at the Miami… Link: Major gun bust triggers probe

Rape accused granted bail

Source: Jamaica Star Omar Jones, a 30-year-old security guard who was charged with grievous sexual assault and raping a 16-year-old girl was granted bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.It is alleged that on November 17, Jones… Link: Rape accused granted bail

LANDLADY BITES OFF MAN'S FINGER OVER RENT

Source: Jamaica Star A landlord who bit off a man’s index finger in row over rent was denied bail when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.Shamella Powell was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.Allegations are that on October 30,… Link: LANDLADY BITES OFF MAN’S FINGER OVER RENT

GoFundMe campaign launched to catch killers

Source: Jamaica Star A GoFundMe campaign created by the brother of a slain senior motor vehicle inspector has achieved more than half of its target after five days.Ainsley Carless was attacked and shot in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on November 26 after arriving at his… Link: GoFundMe campaign launched to catch killers

$700m for EoJ reverification project withdrawn

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has withdrawn the $700 million it had set aside for the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EoJ) pilot reverification programme from the First Supplementary Estimates tabled on Tuesday, and the reasons for the removal did not… Link: 0m for EoJ reverification project withdrawn

Pothole patrol spots danger

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Day two of The Gleaner’s Pothole Patrol continued yesterday, capturing additional roadways in and around Kingston and St Andrew that have been reduced, over months and or years, to stone- or water-filled craters.Retirement Crescent, which is… Link: Pothole patrol spots danger

One shelter not enough, says EU Delegation head

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica Malgorzata Wasilewska has called for the establishment of more safe spaces for women who are victims of gender-based violence and has revealed that she has started exploring opportunities for the… Link: One shelter not enough, says EU Delegation head

Ian Boyne out of Intensive Care

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service  Ian Boyne is now out of the Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies and is reportedly recuperating well in the Tony Thwaites Wing. Link: Ian Boyne out of Intensive Care

Man kills self after running over child

Source: Jamaica Star When residents in the community of Friendship, St Mary, gathered at a wake last Saturday evening, they never knew that their convergence would have led to the mysterious death of one of their beloved sons.But today, they are still dumbfounded as to… Link: Man kills self after running over child

Police send protest warning

Source: Jamaica Star Following the planned demonstration in St Thomas last month, which shut down the parish for two days with roadblocks, the Police High Command is taking steps to prevent the same thing from happening again after a message prompting roadblocks in… Link: Police send protest warning

Cop uses shoes to smuggle weed into prison

Source: Jamaica Star A district constable, who was attached to the Detention and Courts Division, has been arrested and charged with possession of ganja and introducing contraband into a penal institution last Saturday.He is 57-year-old Dale Edwards, who was assigned to… Link: Cop uses shoes to smuggle weed into prison

NCDA' s ganja education programme enters secondary schools

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is on track with its Ganja Education Programme, according to Michael Tucker, executive director of the NCDA, who announced that they have executed a peer-to-peer training throughout secondary schools… Link: NCDA’ s ganja education programme enters secondary schools

Gleaner journalist called to the Bar

Source: Jamaica Gleaner She braved morning sickness in her final year at Norman Manley Law School, while being a full-time newspaper editor. Now the new mother of a baby boy was yesterday called to the Bar, at 11:45 a.m., in the Chief Justice Court.”It really has been a… Link: Gleaner journalist called to

$1b allocated for early retirement payments to public-sector workers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government has underscored its commitment to begin the early retirement of some civil servants this fiscal year with the allocation of $983 million to cover this cost in the First Supplementary Estimate of Expenditure for the fiscal year.Prime… Link: b allocated for early retirement payments to public-sector workers

New fears gripping Flanker – Alleged gangsters released from jail

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Residents of Flanker in St James are cowering in fear following the release of two so-called hot steppers from police custody and their immediate implication in one murder and a string of shootings in the volatile community.A police… Link: New fears gripping Flanker – Alleged gangsters released from jail

Roadwork galore! – Gov't signs US multimillion-dollar project for Eastwood Park to Manor Park thoroughfare

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The much-anticipated major improvement project on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew is to begin early next year, as the Government yesterday signed a multimillion-dollar contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to undertake the works… Link: Roadwork galore! – Gov’t signs US multimillion-dollar project for Eastwood Park to Manor

Pothole Patrol – Bad roads still common feature in Kingston and St Andrew

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The streets of the capital city, like those of many urban and rural towns, are littered. Not with garbage this time. With potholes. Ugly, accident-beckoning, motor vehicle-wrecking, back-dislocating potholes! Starting today, The Gleaner goes on… Link: Pothole Patrol – Bad roads still common feature in Kingston and St Andrew

Ruel Davis enjoying life after retirement

Source: Jamaica Star Ruel Davis of Williamsfield in Westmoreland is resting on his laurels these days, having served the Jamaica Fire Brigade bravely and valiantly for more than 40 years.These days, the 66-year-old retiree is a regular fixture in Williamsfield, where he… Link: Ruel Davis enjoying life after retirement

Williamsfield roads in ruins

Source: Jamaica Star At a glance, the quiet rural community of Williamsfield in Westmoreland appears to have no compelling reason to worry. But the residents readily agree that road repairs and access to water are among their most pressing needs.When the WESTERN STAR… Link: Williamsfield roads in ruins

Chorvelle Johnson named new Sagicor Bank CEO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chorvelle Johnson, described as a “trailblazer in the financial services industry” and who has functioned in the sector for the past 20 years, will become the new chief executive officer of Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited, effective January 29, 2018…. Link: Chorvelle Johnson named new Sagicor Bank CEO

Why did Lowell Hawthorne commit suicide?

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The question on everyone’s lips across the Jamaican diaspora is why Lowell Hawthorne, CEO and founder of the hugely successful Golden Krust chain with 120 retail outlets across the United States, would commit suicide.Police reports and accounts from… Link: Why did Lowell Hawthorne commit suicide?

NIA wants MOCA to probe police vehicle contract

Source: Jamaica Gleaner National Integrity Action (NIA) has charged that the Government’s procurement procedures in the award of a contract to O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rentals Limited appeared to have been compromised, either through incompetence or lack of… Link: NIA wants MOCA to probe police vehicle contract

Bloody Sunday in MoBay – Murders climb to 310 as panic reigns

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The out-of-control lawlessness that has been plaguingSt James continues to claimvictims with alarming regularity as three more persons were murdered on Sunday, bringing the parish’s runaway murder count to 310, which is 46 more than… Link: Bloody Sunday in MoBay – Murders climb to 310 as panic reigns

Gang hit hard – CTOC nabs 25 members, including cop, women

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The police are claiming a massive breakthrough into the operations of one of Jamaica’s most sophisticated and ruthless criminal outfits, the Terrence Gang, which they say has extended into seven parishes and has been responsible for a number of… Link: Gang hit hard – CTOC nabs 25 members, including cop,

… UWI, political leaders mourn

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The University of the West Indies (UWI) community yesterday said it was shocked and saddened by the death of Lowell Hawthorne, who had, since 2011, served as director/partnership board chairman of the American Foundation for the University of the… Link: … UWI, political leaders mourn

RJRGLEANER dominates PAJ awards

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Journalists from the RJRGLEANER Communications Group dominated the 2017 Press Association of Jamaica Awards on Saturday night, taking the top prizes of ‘Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ in… Link: RJRGLEANER dominates PAJ awards

Ian Boyne hospitalised

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Veteran journalist Ian Boyne was yesterday hospitalised after suffering what the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) called a medical emergency.It was not immediately clear how serious his condition was.Boyne, the deputy chief executive officer of the… Link: Ian Boyne hospitalised

Diaspora in shock over death of Lowell Hawthorne

Source: Jamaica Gleaner QUEENS, New York:The Jamaican diaspora was jolted Saturday evening as news of the death of the renowned CEO and founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Lowell Hawthorne, circulated throughout the community.Hawthorne, 57, who migrated to… Link: Diaspora in shock over death of Lowell Hawthorne

Lowell Hawthorne's rise in business… 10 things about the late Golden Krust boss

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica-born American businessman Lowell Hawthorne lived a story of achievement over adversity in the establishment and growth of his restaurant chain, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill. Link: Lowell Hawthorne’s rise in business… 10 things about the late Golden Krust boss

Elders fight over partner draw money

Source: Jamaica Star An elderly woman who was charged with wounding, escaped spending the weekend in custody after the claimant begged the judge for leniency.The court heard that Claudette Stewart used a chair to hit the complainant, causing a cut in the elderly man’s… Link: Elders fight over partner draw money

SDC salutes community builders

Source: Jamaica Star Basil James and Wayne Gadishaw walked away with accolades for philanthropy at the Kingston and St Andrew Social Development Commission (SDC) Community Incentive and Grants Award ceremony last weekend.The ceremony, held at the Blue Mountain Suite at… Link: SDC salutes community builders

Christmas cart racing on Sunday

Source: Jamaica Star With the Christmas season drawing nigh, some persons have decided to start the festivities a bit early. Downtown Kingston will be filled with joy and excitement this Sunday as the Social Development Commission (SDC) will host their annual Push Cart… Link: Christmas cart racing on Sunday

Policeman shot and killed

Source: Jamaica Star The body of a police detective sergeant was found with bullet wounds in a car in the community of Bowden Hill, Stony Hill, St Andrew yesterday morning.He has been identified as 60-year old Trevor Williams, who was attached to the Flying Squad.Head… Link: Policeman shot and killed

Kingston Tech marches for AIDS awareness

Source: Jamaica Star Teachers and students of the Kingston Technical High School took to the streets yesterday to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.Students were heard remixing the songs of Vybz Kartel’s ‘Mhm Hm’ as they chanted “safe sex or no sex.””Today (yesterday… Link: Kingston Tech marches for AIDS awareness

Ja House: ‘Doctored’ video aims to ‘inflame and mislead’

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The communication arm of Jamaica House yesterday hit back in relation to a video circulating on social media showing Prime Minister Andrew Holness responding to a question from President of the Love March Movement Dr Daniel Thomas. Link: Ja House: ‘Doctored’ video aims to ‘inflame and mislead’

Ministry extends tax deadline in police vehicle controversy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has granted a six-months moratorium on tax and duties valued at over $34 million for vehicles imported by O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rentals Ltd for the Ministry of National Security.The… Link: Ministry extends tax deadline in police vehicle controversy

Cops seek public's help to find retired sergeant's killer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner No stone will be left unturned in the search for the killers of retired Detective Sergeant Trevor Williams, whose body was found in the back of his car yesterday morning, the police hierarchy has said.Police Commissioner George Quallo has instructed… Link: Cops seek public’s help to find retired sergeant’s killer

Ground broken for New Fortress Energy Plant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Ground was broken yesterday at the Jamalco for New Fortress Energy gas-fired heat and power plant. The project is the result of a partnership that signals the beginning of great things for the job market and the parish of Clarendon.The project will… Link: Ground broken for New Fortress Energy Plant

Oh, Christmas tree! Oh, Christmas tree!

Source: Jamaica Star The fresh scent of pine permeates the air, high up in the Blue Mountain hills.That, coupled with the extremely cool breeze underlines that Christmas is just around the corner.This fact has not been lost on Euton Rhodney, Rudolph Watson Sr, Rudolph… Link: Oh, Christmas tree! Oh, Christmas tree!

Fire wrecks Christmas for Geddes workers

Source: Jamaica Star Refrigerator technicians who work with Geddes Refrigeration Limited are now worried about where they will get their Christmas money from as they are sure to be out of work for the rest of the year.This, after they witnessed the company’s building… Link: Fire wrecks Christmas for Geddes workers

Boy's foot crushed in freak accident

Source: Jamaica Star Donna Graham is left puzzled as to how her 13-year-old son, Damani Warren’s right foot managed to be crushed while he was in physical education class at his school last Friday.Graham said she got a call from one of his teachers who said she should… Link: Boy’s foot crushed in

Cabbie shot fleeing traffic authorities – former INDECOM employee fingered

Source: Jamaica Star A taxi operator who was shot in 2015 while fleeing from traffic authorities is worried that charges would not be pressed against the shooter.Ray Brown* said the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) told him in a letter that the… Link: Cabbie shot fleeing traffic authorities – former INDECOM employee fingered

Make petroleum codes mandatory, says­ BSJ exec

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Describing the development of the National Petroleum Codes as a “very significant event”, James Rawle, chairman of the standards council at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), has charged the Government and industry players to continue to work together to ensure that these are implemented as a matter of course throughout…

Chuck: Traffic violators may be jailed at Up Park Camp after amnesty

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has announced a plan to collaborate with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to house traffic violators who fail to capitalise on a new traffic ticket amnesty deadline set for January 14, 2018, at Up Park Camp… Link: Chuck: Traffic violators may be jailed at Up Park Camp after amnesty

Private sector blasts Gov't over police vehicle controversy – Demands greater accountability in the procurement system

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two powerful sector groups – the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) – have blasted the Government for what they consider incompetence and lack of accountability to taxpayers, which was… Link: Private sector blasts Gov’t over police vehicle controversy – Demands greater accountability in

Multimillion-dollar expansion for Sav-la-Mar hospital next year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The chronic shortage of space at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland will soon be a thing of the past as plans are in the pipeline for a new block to be constructed, the institution’s chairman, Eric ‘Busha’ Clarke, has said…. Link: Multimillion-dollar expansion for Sav-la-Mar hospital next year

Huge fire ruins Geddes Refrigeration

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For more than three hours yesterday, firefighters from St Catherine, as well as the Kingston and St Andrew fire divisions, battled a huge fire that eventually destroyed a vast section of the Geddes Refrigeration Limited building off Spanish Town… Link: Huge fire ruins Geddes Refrigeration

Sex deals behind bank

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Ocho Rios say Graham Street in the resort town is overrun with prostitutes. And in what some consider a counter move, a security guard has been put in place at the Scotiabank branch which is located on the street.An individual who works… Link: Sex deals behind bank

Woman grabs $30,000 worth of goods in shopping spree

Source: Jamaica Star Verona Duffus is the first winner of the Coca-Cola shopping spree hosted by General Food Supermarket located in Liguanea Plaza, St Andrew.The 58-year-old woman had the staff and a few shoppers running through the aisles yesterday morning, screaming… Link: Woman grabs ,000 worth of goods in shopping spree

Moravian pastor pleads guilty

Source: Jamaica Star Moravian pastor, Rupert Clarke pleaded guilty to two counts of having sex with someone under the age of 16 years old yesterday when he appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court.The pastor was taken into custody on December 28 last year by the St… Link: Moravian pastor pleads guilty

Franklin Town finds 'sweet' formula for peace

Source: Jamaica Star When the community of Franklin Town was going through a period of unrest in 2007, Veda Fagan and other members of the community felt like the area needed an association that would spur peace.So they came together and formed the Greater Brown’s Town… Link: Franklin Town finds ‘sweet’ formula for

Murder accused offered bail

Source: Jamaica Star A Portland man, who is charged with the chopping death of a farmer at Long Road in the parish, is to return to court in February.He is Philbert Salmon of a Muriton Pen address in Manchioneal, Portland.He is booked to reappear on February 2, 2018 to… Link: Murder accused offered

Opposition pressures Gov't on NIDS passage

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Parliamentary Opposition is seeking to make a case that Government lawmakers breached the Standing Orders or the rules of Parliament last week when they passed Senate amendments to the controversial National Identification and Registration Act,… Link: Opposition pressures Gov’t on NIDS passage

God says I'm the best 'warner woman'

Source: Jamaica Star One woman from western Jamaica believes that she has got a message from God that she is to be crowned, ‘Queen of the Gospel’ for her ability to accurately warn about future events.Eve Campbell told THE STAR that she preaches, counsels, and warns in… Link: God says I’m the best

Crime rocks Stony Hill – … Second murder in four days

Source: Jamaica Star The quiet community of Airy Castle in Stony Hill, St Andrew, has been rocked by a second murder in a few days. The latest victim is Ryan McLeod, otherwise called ‘Duckie’.Tosha Schwapp, councillor for the Stony Hall Division, said the community is… Link: Crime rocks Stony Hill – … Second

Examination depot head killed

Source: Jamaica Star Ainsley Carless, the senior motor vehicle inspector at the St Thomas Island Traffic Authority, has been murdered.Carless was attacked and shot in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Sunday night after arriving at his house with his wife.According to… Link: Examination depot head killed

'Hair' to stay – … Queen Davina plans to keep Afro

Source: Jamaica Star Having succeeded in causing the world to take notice of her natural beauty, Jamaica’s beauty queen Davina Bennett said she cannot now cut her hair.At the same time, Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s culture minister, said Bennett’s success underscores the… Link: ‘Hair’ to stay – … Queen Davina plans to keep Afro

HIV-positive man wants to kill himself

Source: Jamaica Star Around 10 p.m. on Sunday Tom Francis*, 44, decided ‘this is it’. He decided that the shame, scorn and neglect he has been living with since he contracted the deadly HIV had become unbearable.He opened the bottle of poison he had purchased… Link: HIV-positive man wants to kill himself

Dec 9 funeral for Spaulding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The family of J.A. Lester Spaulding, chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, has advised that thanksgiving service for his life and work will be held on Saturday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Webster Memorial Church… Link: Dec 9 funeral for Spaulding

UN official blasts exclusive resorts

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:In a no-holds-barred speech yesterday, secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, urged Caribbean tourism stakeholders to stop promoting modern-day plantations called exclusive resorts.”With regard to… Link: UN official blasts exclusive resorts

UN: About 11 per cent of drugs in poor countries are fake

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON (AP):About 11 per cent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said… Link: UN: About 11 per cent of drugs in poor countries are

Killed for a piece of electrical wire?

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The St Ann woman who is on trial, along with her husband and three adult sons for repeatedly chopping a mentally ill man to death in 2007 complained to the police on the day of the killing that the victim had stolen “a piece of electrical wire” from… Link: Killed

Councillor gets backlash after posing with AK-47

Source: Jamaica Star Councillor for the Welcome Hall Division in St James, Gregory Wint, who was pictured holding a high-powered rifle that was found in a gully after flood rains in Montego Bay last Wednesday, is adamant that he did not pose with the weapon for a photo… Link: Councillor gets backlash after

National cyclist to be charged in man's death

Source: Jamaica Star The St Catherine Traffic Department said that criminal charges are imminent against national cyclist Marloe Rodman, whose motorcycle caused the death of a man.Dead is Anthony Gordon of Gordon Pen district, St Catherine.Head of the St Catherine North… Link: National cyclist to be charged in man’s death

Cambridge terror – Gangsters drive fear in residents

Source: Jamaica Star Cambridge is now at the mercy of gangsters aligned to notorious gangster Ryan ‘Ratty’ Peterkin, who have transformed the community into a criminal state within the state.”A dem run things … dem have illegal toll fi extort motorists … . A dem… Link: Cambridge terror – Gangsters drive fear in

Gov't negotiating loan with CHEC for MoBay bypass

Source: Jamaica Star Montego Bay, St James, is to get a bypass, the construction of which is expected to begin next year.Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Government is negotiating a loan with China to carry out the work in the Second City.Holness told… Link: Gov’t negotiating loan with CHEC for MoBay

A lifelong affair with Goodwill – Bowen-Hudson happy to give back

Source: Jamaica Star As a past student of the Goodwill Primary and Infant School, it gives Judith Bowen-Hudson a special thrill to be back at her old school, located on the Trelawny-St James border.The always-smiling 47-year-old Bowen-… Link: A lifelong affair with Goodwill – Bowen-Hudson happy to give back

Another child killed in St James, murders at 296

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:The killing of yet another child has lifted the spine-chilling murder count in St James to 296 since the start of the year, leaving many residents paralysed with fear as it would appear that the police are powerless to stop the… Link: Another child killed in St James, murders

Over 10 illegal guns seized on the weekend

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Between Friday and Sunday, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) seized more than 10 illegal guns.The latest find, a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, along with five rounds of ammunition, occurred on Sunday in the Kingston 8 region.Official… Link: Over 10 illegal guns seized on the weekend

'Get used to it!' – Police watchdog unfazed by Holness' criticism

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Terrence Williams, is demanding clarity from Prime Minister Andrew Holness for a statement he made on Sunday at the Jamaica Labour Party’s 74th annual conference at the… Link: ‘Get used to it!’ – Police watchdog unfazed by Holness’ criticism

Debate begins on bill to govern how JPs operate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Debate on legislation aimed at strengthening the regime governing the functions of justices of the peace (JPs) began in the House of Representatives last week.The Justice of the Peace Bill and the Renaming of the Courts of Petty Sessions (… Link: Debate begins on bill to govern how JPs operate

Jamaica to negotiate air services agreement with Dominican Republic

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said a new air services agreement is to be negotiated between Jamaica and the Dominican Republic to complement a soon-to-be-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on multi-destination tourism. Link: Jamaica to negotiate air services agreement with Dominican Republic

Man tries to export ganja in tin mackerel

Source: Jamaica Star An elderly man who attempted to export 22 pounds of ganja, hidden in tins of jack mackerel, will be sentenced on February 6 next year.Charged with possession, dealing, attempting to export and conspiracy to export ganja is Peter Murray of a May Pen… Link: Man tries to export ganja in

Woman's body found on the road

Source: Jamaica Star Detectives assigned to the St. James Police Division are sleuthing through evidence to ascertain what led to the death of a woman, whose body was found along the roadway in Anchovy in the parish on Saturday.According to the communication arm of the… Link: Woman’s body found on the road

Credit card scammer gets stern warning

Source: Jamaica Star An employee who fraudulently used a customer’s credit card escaped immediate imprisonment after she was sentenced to one year’s probation in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday.Charged with obtaining credit by fraud is 25-year-old… Link: Credit card scammer gets stern warning

Dazzling Davina – Jamaican places third at Miss Universe

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaica’s Davina Bennett last night finished third in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant, finishing behind winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa and first runner-up Laura Gonzalez from Colombia.Ninety-… Link: Dazzling Davina – Jamaican places third at Miss Universe

Rockfort gets Internet cafe

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents of Rockfort in Kingston now have easier access to Internet and other computer-related services with the establishment of a community access point (CAP) in the community by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $2.6 million.The… Link: Rockfort gets Internet cafe

Major tourism conference kicks off in MoBay today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:A milestone in the process of advancing tourism development is how UN World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai describes the ‘Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth for Sustainable Tourism’, which kicks off in Montego… Link: Major tourism conference kicks off in MoBay today

MoBay to get bypass

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Construction of a bypass for Montego Bay, St James, is expected to begin next year, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.Currently, the Government is negotiating a loan with China to carry out the work in the Second City.Holness told… Link: MoBay to get bypass

I came because I miss you – Seaga

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader and prime minister, Edward Seaga, who had been absent from the party’s annual conference for several years, yesterday told thousands of Labourites that he showed up at this year’s conference, held at Kingston… Link: I came because I miss you – Seaga

'Help now, not after disasters'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With Caribbean states facing the brunt of what many believe to be the effects of climate change, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that pumping aid into countries hit by hurricanes was not necessarily the answer.In a message to the international… Link: ‘Help now, not after disasters’

Nat'l parenting body intensifies public-education campaign

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up its efforts to empower parents with the knowledge and skills to effectively raise their children.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid, in a statement in the… Link: Nat’l parenting body intensifies public-education campaign

#JLPConference: NHT on track to deliver 8,500 mortgages – Holness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is on track to deliver 8,500 mortgages to new home owners. He was speaking on Sunday at the Jamaica Labour Party’s Annual Conference at the National Arena Link: #JLPConference: NHT on track to deliver 8,500 mortgages – Holness

All systems go for UNWTO conference, says Bartlett

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says all is in place for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference, which gets under way tomorrow at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James.”It’s all systems go,” Bartlett… Link: All systems go for UNWTO conference, says Bartlett

Parent-teacher standoff – Mother at odds with school administrators over social media post; – Given ultimatum to apologise or withdraw daughter and face legal action

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Concerned that the abuse of her 10-year-old daughter by her classmate was not being taken seriously by school administrators, one mother was further infuriated last week after she was asked to withdraw her daughter from the institution and to expect… Link: Parent-teacher standoff – Mother at odds with school administrators

St Lucia's PM headlines foreign speakers at JLP conference

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Allen Michael Chastinet, the prime minister of St Lucia, who shares a middle name with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will headline the list of Caribbean politicians to address the public session of the party’s 74th… Link: St Lucia’s PM headlines foreign speakers at JLP conference

Popular dancer charged with fraud

Source: Jamaica Star Popular dancer Raddy Rich is now on bail after he was arrested on fraud charges. Raddy Rich, whose given name is Rohan Lyttle, is charged jointly with Jamar Purrier and Howard Hares with conspiracy to defraud and possession of forged documents.The… Link: Popular dancer charged with fraud

Jamaicans catch Black Friday fever

Source: Jamaica Star The scanty streets of downtown Kingston is not the greatest image of a Black Friday sale. However, despite the look, persons are taking advantage of some of reduced prices offered by some merchants.There was not enough space to walk in Payless, King… Link: Jamaicans catch Black Friday fever

Ignoring rural development will be to our peril – Stanberry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Sustained economic development is not likely to be achieved if parliamentarians and other policymakers continue to exclude rural communities from their national development strategies, according to Donovan Stanberry, permanent secretary in the… Link: Ignoring rural development will be to our peril – Stanberry

Labourites expect 'celebration' at 74th annual conference

Source: Jamaica Gleaner When Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters meet tomorrow for their 74th annual conference, party officials are expecting Labourites to turn out in large numbers to celebrate the recent by-election victory in South East St Mary, which has increased… Link: Labourites expect ‘celebration’ at 74th annual conference

Three killed in St James, murder count nears 300

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:The ongoing murder mayhem in St James claimed another three lives and left several persons nursing gunshot wounds as gun-toting thugs struck in three separate locations on Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning.In the first… Link: Three killed in St James, murder count nears 300

Students impress vet at Eat Jamaican expo

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The number of young students who took an active interest in the booth hosted by the Veterinarian Division at Wednesday’s Eat Jamaican Expo at the Jamaican 4H Club Headquarters, 95 Old Hope Road, Kingston, caught veterinarian Dr Kevin Walker by… Link: Students impress vet at Eat Jamaican expo

'Tis the season for giving

Source: Jamaica Star What would you do with half-a-million dollars this Christmas? As part of its Christmas is better with Digicel’ promotion, two lucky Digicel customers will win a grand prize of $500,000 each week. In addition, there will be one winner each of a… Link: ‘Tis the season for giving

Show of unity at Jamathon Benefit Concert

Source: Jamaica Star On Wednesday night, the National Indoor Sports Complex created a frame of possibilities, demonstrating the capacity of local promoters to congregate with many of the entertainment industry’s giants and even the nation’s leaders.In an effort to raise… Link: Show of unity at Jamathon Benefit Concert

Mother says dad molested three-year-old daughter

Source: Jamaica Star A mother, who claims that her three-year-old daughter was molested by the child’s father in December last year, is fuming at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), as, according to her, she is yet to get a… Link: Mother says dad molested three-year-old daughter

Government to assist MoBay flood victims

Source: Jamaica Star Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be assisting persons who have been affected by the massive flooding that ravaged sections of Montego Bay, St James, on Wednesday.Addressing the media following a tour of the affected areas… Link: Government to assist MoBay flood victims

Blow for mace and pepper spray

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaicans have, for the most part, ignored a petition calling for the legalisation of mace and pepper sprays.Needing to get 15,000 signatures by Monday to trigger a response from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the petition which, was launched on… Link: Blow for mace and pepper spray

'Unfair trial' – Family says Ninja Man got raw deal

Source: Jamaica Star When Buju Banton turned up for his second trial in Tampa, Florida in 2011, prosecutor Jim Preston made it clear to the jury that the case was not about “Mark Myrie the entertainer but about Mark Myrie the drug… Link: ‘Unfair trial’ – Family says Ninja Man got raw deal

Gov't working to tighten inefficiencies that lead to widespread corruption

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Government is moving towards creating a greater level of efficiency among state agencies, which should help to stamp out corruption.He was addressing recipients of the Integrity Champions certificate at… Link: Gov’t working to tighten inefficiencies that lead to widespread corruption

Flood waters dampen commercial activity in MoBay

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry T’Shura Gibbs says that commercial activities in the tourist capital have been severely affected by the heavy rains, which, yesterday, left numerous streets and buildings… Link: Flood waters dampen commercial activity in MoBay

Tourism conference to boost three unique attractions

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Three attractions indigenous to Jamaica’s tourism product are to receive greater exposure from visitors who will gather in Montego Bay, St James, for the first-ever World Tourism Conference next week.The three-day ‘Global Conference on Jobs and… Link: Tourism conference to boost three unique attractions

Clarendon church launches charity foundation

Source: Jamaica Star On Sunday, the Miracle Tabernacle Free Town Church of God of Prophecy launched its foundation. The church has been engaging the Free Town community and nearby environs with events for over 13 years with activities such as back-to-school treats. But… Link: Clarendon church launches charity foundation

US charity gives free surgeries at KPH

Source: Jamaica Star Eight adolescent patients who suffer from scoliosis benefited tremendously from corrective surgery during a medical mission at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) recently. The mission was carried out by a team from the Duncan Tree Foundation (DTF… Link: US charity gives free surgeries at KPH

Mother to sue hospital after son breaks arm

Source: Jamaica Star A mother is planning to take legal action against the Bustamante Hospital for Children after she found her four-year-old son, who was admitted at the facility to treat asthma, with a broken arm on the day that he was suppose to be discharged.Janesha… Link: Mother to sue hospital after son

Charity organisation using football to unite youth

Source: Jamaica Star With the latest crime statistics showing murder figures surpassing 1400, the highest in years, aid organisation, International Youth Charity Foundation (IYCF) is attempting to channel sport as a mechanism to unite communities.Following a successful… Link: Charity organisation using football to unite youth

Mother, children mowed down in front of hospital

Source: Jamaica Star Up to press time last night, doctors at the Bustamante Hospital for Children were still attending to a mother and her two children after they were mowed down while walking on the pedestrian crossing at the front of the medical facility.Information… Link: Mother, children mowed down in front of hospital

IDB US$20 million loan to boost police investigative capacity

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s criminal investigative capacity is to receive a major boost as aresult of a US$20 million loanfrom the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).In a statement issued yesterday, the IDB outlined that because Jamaica has one of the most violent… Link: IDB US million loan to boost police investigative capacity

Crime not yet slowing MoBay business – Gibbs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite murders in St James swiftly approaching the 300 mark, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry T’Shura Gibbs says that it will not be a deterrent to the investment and commercial activities in the parish – at least for… Link: Crime not yet slowing MoBay business

Major flooding in Montego Bay

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Several streets and businesses in Montego Bay, St Jamaica have been extensively flooded following heavy rains out west Wednesday afternoon. Link: Major flooding in Montego Bay

… Bad roads driving motorists crazy

Source: Jamaica Star Potholes aplentyBad roads, which have been made worse by persistent rainfalls over the past months, have been making life miserable for motorists.Drivers told THE STAR that they have been forced to shell out thousands of dollars weekly to buy front-… Link: … Bad roads driving motorists crazy

Water at last! – Pennants gets life-saving commodity

Source: Jamaica Star More than 2,000 residents of Pennants and surrounding communities in Clarendon are set to benefit from the opening of a water shop.Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the water shop, which was commissioned into service last Thursday,… Link: Water at last! – Pennants gets life-saving commodity

$8 million worth of weed seized

Source: Jamaica Star Ganja with an estimated street value of J$8 million was seized during an operation by the Narcotics Police in Comma Pen, St Elizabeth, on Monday.Reports are that about 6:30 a.m., detectives conducted a special anti-narcotics operation during which… Link: million worth of weed seized

WATER AT LAST! – Pennants gets life-saving commodity

Source: Jamaica Star More than 2,000 residents of Pennants and surrounding communities in Clarendon are set to benefit from the opening of a water shop.Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the water shop, which was commissioned into service last Thursday,… Link: WATER AT LAST! – Pennants gets life-saving commodity

Three killed in early morning crash

Source: Jamaica Star Following the death of three people who were involved in an early morning traffic accident along the Temple Hall main road, motorists are calling on the authorities to declare the stretch of road as a crash hotspot.A head-on collision with a Toyota… Link: Three killed in early morning crash

Homeless man – rescued from gully

Source: Jamaica Star Police and fire personnel had to pool muscles together to lift a homeless man from a gully located along Half-Way Tree Road in St Andrew, after he was rescued from gushing waters by another male who saw him in despair.The homeless man, who was… Link: Homeless man – rescued from

Chinese claim locals unwilling to cut cane at Frome Estate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:According to the Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC), one of the major players in the local sugar sector, a chronic shortage of cane cutters and the persistent plague of illicit cane fires could once again have a negative impact on the… Link: Chinese claim locals unwilling to cut cane

Gender stigma preventing empowerment of girls, says Henry-Wilson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Maxine Henry-Wilson, commissioner of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission and former education minister, sought to caution policymakers and leaders to do more to lift gender stereotypes and empower girls to venture into innovative professions.”… Link: Gender stigma preventing empowerment of girls, says Henry-Wilson

Holness declares no mining in Cockpit Country

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While lauding the Government for taking steps to declare that no mining will be permitted in the Cockpit country, Diana McCaulay, chief executive officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), said that there are still concerns regarding some… Link: Holness declares no mining in Cockpit Country

Portland craft vendors upset despite promise of increased cruise arrivals

Source: Jamaica Gleaner PORT ANTONIO, Portland:While conceding that Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is seemingly paying serious attention to Port Antonio, Portland, craft vendors are complaining that they are not receiving their fair share in that market.The more than 60… Link: Portland craft vendors upset despite promise of increased cruise arrivals

Gov't OKs NIDS – Opposition considering court challenge

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Senate amendments to the controversial National Identification Registration Act 2017, otherwise called the NIDS bill, received unanimous support from Government lawmakers in the Lower House yesterday in the absence of the parliamentary Opposition…. Link: Gov’t OKs NIDS – Opposition considering court challenge

Gov't MPs pass controversial NIDS bill in absence of Opposition members

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Staring at empty Opposition benches, the Andrew Holness-led government members in the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening passed into law, the controversial National Identification System (NIDS) bill. Link: Gov’t MPs pass controversial NIDS bill in absence of Opposition members

Community Focus : Brighter days ahead for Scott’s Cove

Source: Jamaica Star Fish and bammy vendors at Scotts Cove, located on the Westmoreland/ St Elizabeth border, will soon be able to ply their wares in much greater comfort, thanks to the signing of a recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a $15 million upgrade…. Link: Community Focus : Brighter days ahead for

Needy Westmoreland seniors get houses

Source: Jamaica Star After living in deteriorating houses for several years because of their inability to finance repairs, two elderly residents of Central Westmoreland are now living in greater comfort, thanks to their Member of Parliament (MP), Dwayne Vaz, who… Link: Needy Westmoreland seniors get houses

Rosemount residents living in fear

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Rosemount, which lies on the outskirts of Montego Bay, are now cowering in fear following recent attacks on the community by marauding gangsters.This has resulted in the death of one man and the shattering of a peace the residents… Link: Rosemount residents living in fear

Entertainers shocked by Don Gorgon's verdict

Source: Jamaica Star The entertainment fraternity has been plunged into sadness following news that veteran deejay Ninja Man has been found guilty of murder.The ‘Don Gorgon’ was convicted by a seven-member jury in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston yesterday…. Link: Entertainers shocked by Don Gorgon’s verdict

Cambridge under siege … three women killed in 72 hours

Source: Jamaica Star The community of Cambridge, in southern St James, is now under siege as gangsters have murdered three women in less than 72 hours.In the first of the murders, which took place… Link: Cambridge under siege … three women killed in 72 hours

Ninja Man's records – Deejay's many brushes with the law

Source: Jamaica Star Yesterday, Desmond Ballentyne, popularly known as Ninja Man, was convicted of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson.But the case, which lasted almost a decade, was not the entertainer’s first brush… Link: Ninja Man’s records – Deejay’s many brushes with the law

… Kitchen space dispute led to conviction

Source: Jamaica Star A dispute over kitchen space involving two tenants at a premises at Lower Mall Road was at the heart of the incident that led to Ninja Man and his two co-accused being convicted of murder.”One of the tenants was an old lady, and she made a report to… Link: …

Garbage collector wants better pay

Source: Jamaica Star John Brown* spends his days on the back of a garbage truck collecting tons of smelly domestic waste, but these days he can’t motivate himself to go to work.And this has nothing to do with whether he enjoys his dirty job. It is because of money…. Link: Garbage collector wants

Charges recommended for mother who violently beat 4-y-o

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A recommendation has been put forward by chief executive officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, that the woman seen violently beating her four-year-old daughter in a viral video be charged. The case has… Link: Charges recommended for mother who violently beat 4-y-o

Editors' Forum | Brand Jamaica still strong – Bartlett

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Next week’s staging of a global tourism conference in Jamaica is a resounding validation of the strength of Brand Jamaica, says Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.The ‘Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable… Link: Editors’ Forum | Brand Jamaica still strong – Bartlett

Legislators to take final look at NIDS bill

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Identification Registration Act 2017 will again come under the microscope of lawmakers today in the Lower House when the amended legislation is tabled forconsideration in the House of Representatives.Government legislators in the Upper… Link: Legislators to take final look at NIDS bill

Chinese hit hard by realities in local sugar industry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:George Hong Guo, deputy chief executive officer of Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC), said despite conducting an intense feasibility study on the local sugar sector, his firm was not prepared for the realities that they have had to… Link: Chinese hit hard by realities in local sugar industry

Ninja Man found guilty … 'Don Gorgon' convicted of murder

Source: Jamaica Star Entertainer Ninja Man has been convicted of murder. The entertainer, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, was found guilty of murder by a seven member jury in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston just minutes ago. STAR sources say… Link: Ninja Man found guilty … ‘Don Gorgon’ convicted of

Waterford police get new computer

Source: Jamaica Star The Waterford police in St Catherine have been the recipient of a new computer courtesy of the SMILE Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Boston, United States.That foundation works in collaboration with the local Growth Foundation, who… Link: Waterford police get new computer

Bottle throwing defendant cries in court

Source: Jamaica Star A woman wept openly after a judge’s ruling when she appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.Juesie McDonald was ordered by judge Lester Crooks to pay a fine of $30,000 or spend six months in prison, which caused the tears… Link: Bottle throwing defendant cries in

Mother in beating video located

Source: Jamaica Star The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has confirmed that the incident in which a woman is seen violently beating a child in the latest video to hit social media highlighting grave instances of child abuse in Jamaica.In a statement… Link: Mother in beating video located

… Hudson calls for action to transform Jamaica's capital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While she aspires to be a forensic pathologist, the just-appointed youth mayor of Kingston, Annakay Hudson, says she has not ruled out a future in public speaking or politics.With the cameras rolling and dozens of her peers and many stakeholders… Link: … Hudson calls for action to transform Jamaica’s capital

New coffee craze – Jamaicans urged to produce more for Chinese market

Source: Jamaica Gleaner China’s huge population and ready-made market can potentially absorb all the coffee Jamaica produces, says Chinese ambassador to Jamaica, Niu Qingbao.The Chinese diplomat said that even though the Japanese have done a good job importing Jamaican… Link: New coffee craze – Jamaicans urged to produce more for Chinese market

EPA will remain in place post Brexit, – says Johnson Smith

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith says that CARIFORUM ministers are committed to ensuring that terms under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will continue to govern CARIFORUM-United Kingdom (UK) trade… Link: EPA will remain in place post Brexit, – says Johnson Smith

EPOC co-chairman urges wage restraint

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Keith Duncan is calling for restraint and understanding on all sides in the present round of public-sector wage negotiations.According to Duncan, there needs to be greater ownership of… Link: EPOC co-chairman urges wage restraint

NIDS data concerns – Cybersecurity expert supports proposed system but warns about hackers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As public debate continues over the proposed National Identification System (NIDS), an international cybersecurity expert is expressing concern about the ability of the Government to protect the data it will capture from Jamaicans.Marc Asturias,… Link: NIDS data concerns – Cybersecurity expert supports proposed system but warns about hackers

A legend passes on

Source: Jamaica Star Joseph Aloysius Lester Spaulding wore many hats, including caring father and husband, shrewd businessman, and even master fisherman.Spaulding, 76, the chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital yesterday… Link: A legend passes on

CCU names Jamaica's top five most wanted men

Source: Jamaica Star The Constabulary Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has issued its list of the top five most wanted men.They are: Charles Hamilton aka Tuggy Tuggy; Ryan Peterkin otherwise called Ratty, of Cambridge, St James; Kniko St Aubyn… Link: CCU names Jamaica’s top five most wanted men

$30 million worth of cocaine seized at wharf

Source: Jamaica Star Some $30 million worth of cocaine was found at a wharf in Kingston on Thursday. Police reports indicate that members of the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) of were conducting operations at the facility, during which they searched a refrigerated… Link: million worth of cocaine seized at wharf

Police going after crime bosses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Specialised teams of police investigators have been established to go after crime bosses.Among the persons being targeted, declared Selvin Haye, deputy commissioner in charge of crime, are the financiers behind the illegal importation and… Link: Police going after crime bosses

Leaders react to death of J.A. Lester Spaulding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner News about the passing of J.A. Lester Spaulding, the late chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, has triggered immediate reactions from political leaders, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Peter Phillips…. Link: Leaders react to death of J.A. Lester Spaulding

IMF boss insists public sector trimming necessary in Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, is insisting that public sector reform is absolutely necessary if the Jamaican economy is to unlock its potential for growth.She said that the public sector wage bill… Link: IMF boss insists public sector trimming necessary in Jamaica

MOU signed to aid elimination of child labour in Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Amid continued concerns about the prevalence of child labour in Jamaica, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the new Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA – formerly the Child Development Agency and the Office of… Link: MOU signed to aid elimination of child labour in Jamaica

Holness says unions should consider wage offer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite a flat rejection by some unions of the Government’s six per cent wage offer over two years, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging the groups representing public sectorworkers to reconsider their positions.He said that the workers were… Link: Holness says unions should consider wage offer

$30 million worth of cocaine seized at Kingston wharf

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The narcotics police have seized some $30 million worth of cocaine at a wharf in Kingston. It is reported that about 8:40 last night, members of the Customs Enforcement Team searched a refrigerated container and found 24 rectangular parcels, each containing cocaine. Link: million worth of cocaine seized at Kingston wharf

Residents loot overturned truck

Source: Jamaica Star It was a field day for residents living in Orange Bay, Portland, after a truck transporting non- alcoholic beverages from T Geddes Grant overturned.The incident reportedly took place shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the police, the… Link: Residents loot overturned truck

Talking garbage – NSWMA refutes residents' waste pile-up claims

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Kidd Lane off Waltham Park Road in St Andrew are complaining that their garbage is piling up.One resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that their garbage has not been collected in the past month.The community has… Link: Talking garbage – NSWMA refutes residents’ waste pile-up claims

Inmate killed while trying to escape

Source: Jamaica Star An inmate who was serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was shot and killed when he tried to escape custody, while on a medical visit to the National Chest Hospital in St Andrew yesterday afternoon.According to the… Link: Inmate killed while trying to escape

Free movement of labour – Holness urges greater cooperation within CARICOM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the threat that climate change poses to Caribbean countries should spur regional leaders to work towards greater cooperation among states across the region.Speaking yesterday at the sixth High Level… Link: Free movement of labour – Holness urges greater cooperation within CARICOM

Senate committee quiz NHT on housing allocation to disabled

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the National Housing Trust (NHT) allocating two one-bedroom houses out of a total of 1,500 units at the Estuary scheme in Friendship, St James, to the disabled community, members of the Regulations Committee of the Senate pressed for an… Link: Senate committee quiz NHT on housing allocation to disabled

Carpenter killed at own birthday party

Source: Jamaica Star The St Ann Criminal Investigation branch (CIB) is investigating the death of a carpenter who was shot and killed on his birthday, while out celebrating at a nightclub with friends a Tuesday night.Preliminary investigations have pointed to robbery as… Link: Carpenter killed at own birthday party

Pastor wants to legalise bootleg CD vendors

Source: Jamaica Star Pastor of the Sabbath Day Church of God in Linstead, St Catherine, Devon Morris, is calling on the Government to give bootleggers on the street licence to promote and sell CDs.Morris, who said he is also a recording gospel artiste and producer, said… Link: Pastor wants to legalise bootleg CD

Jamaica-born soldier dies in Kuwait

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A Jamaica-born 17-year veteran in the United States Army died in Kuwait on Tuesday while on a tour of duty for less than a year.Sergeant Hughton Coopie Brown, 43, was born in Kingston and attended Wolmer’s Boys’ School before migrating to New York…. Link: Jamaica-born soldier dies in Kuwait

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