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May 23, 2017

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Proposal to dump 'uncontrollable' designation for violent children

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Proposal to dump ‘uncontrollable’ designation for violent children Two new measures called the Care Order and the Antisocial Behaviour Order are being proposed for the courts to use in treating with children. They would formally replace the ‘uncontrollable’ designation that some advocates argue results in the abuse…

No, thank you! – Accused persons ignore sentence-reduction initiative

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No, thank you! – Accused persons ignore sentence-reduction initiative Accused persons in the nearly 700 criminal cases that are before the Home Circuit Court yesterday turned their backs on an initiative implemented by court administrators that guaranteed significantly discounted sentences in exchange for pleading…

Carlos Hill trial postponed again

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Carlos Hill trial postponed again The fraud trial of former Cash Plus boss Carlos Hill is scheduled to start in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston tomorrow.The trial was expected to start yesterday, but was again postponed because the judge selected to hear the case was…

JCF graduates get their feet wet in Half-Way Tree operation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JCF graduates get their feet wet in Half-Way Tree operation Police personnel, including a batch that graduated two weeks ago, flooded Half-Way Tree (HWT) yesterday as part of an initiative of the Police High Command to eradicate lawlessness from society.Similar to yesterday, increased presence within the HWT…

Social-media war declared on lotto scammers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Social-media war declared on lotto scammers Western Bureau:The Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force, which is now on a high following the recent extradition of several high-profile, alleged ‘lotto scammers’ has opened up another front in its war against the fraudulent scheme, using social media as…

Major roadworks by NWA can stand up to scrutiny – Hunter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Major roadworks by NWA can stand up to scrutiny – Hunter Chief Executive officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), E.G. Hunter, has moved to defend major works carried out by his agency.He declared that there is no evidence that such roadworks have been found wanting.”One needs to establish factually…

'Jamaica Moves' presented to Commonwealth health ministers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Jamaica Moves’ presented to Commonwealth health ministers Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, on Sunday made his presentation at the annual Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting being held in Geneva, Switzerland.The presentation, which focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the…

Multimillion-dollar project goes haywire – Lax monitoring, poor intervention lead programme to 'abysmal' results

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Multimillion-dollar project goes haywire – Lax monitoring, poor intervention lead programme to ‘abysmal’ results An audit by the Ministry of Agriculture has revealed that the Hay Commercialisation Project failed to deliver on any of its objectives outlined in the project document.According to the findings, the production levels have been significantly low

Salvation Army celebrates 130 years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Salvation Army celebrates 130 years Deputy Police Commissioner Novelette Grant will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s fund-raising dinner at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in support of the Salvation Army, which has been operating in Jamaica since 1887.The dinner will headline a…

Monumental error – Labour minister ironically misses mark in lamenting lack of knowledge about historical sites

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Monumental error – Labour minister ironically misses mark in lamenting lack of knowledge about historical sites Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson yesterday demonstrated in dramatic fashion, how the lack of information about Jamaica’s cultural heritage is undermining its development, when she referred to a memorial in “Highgate, St

Mason's unfulfilled dream – Athlete wanted Usain Bolt-signed Jamaican Rio jersey

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Mason’s unfulfilled dream – Athlete wanted Usain Bolt-signed Jamaican Rio jersey Before the end of Jamaica-born athlete Germaine Mason’s thanksgiving service yesterday, national 100m and 200m sprinter Julian Forte revealed to The Gleaner that Mason badly wanted a 2016 Olympic-branded Jamaican vest signed by sprint legend Usain…

Stop wasting money on expensive tests, equipment – urologist

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Stop wasting money on expensive tests, equipment – urologist While highlighting the need for Jamaica’s health sector to capitalise on new technology available to screen patients, consultant urologist Dr Robert Wan has argued that policymakers should be equally cautious in ensuring that resources are not…

Millions down the drain in hay project

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Millions down the drain in hay project The financial mismanage-ment and lax oversight uncovered in the Government’s $20-million hay production project resulted in lost revenues totalling millions of dollars, a damning audit report has found.The Hay Commercialisation Project designed and…

On the corner | Duncan determined to lead EPOC success

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | On the corner | Duncan determined to lead EPOC success Keith Duncan, co-chairman of the Government’s Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), told residents of Swallowfield in St Andrew that he was determined to lead the charge for the success of the plan of action that hopefully would rescue…

Orange Street residents cry police brutality

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Orange Street residents cry police brutality Accusing the police of using excessive force, residents along a section of Orange Street, Kingston, in the vicinity of Bulla Lane, yesterday set fire to debris that was used to block the road.Residents complained that the police used pepper spray on…

Free health care could pose challenge to development – IDB

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Free health care could pose challenge to development – IDB The PROBLEMS plaguing Jamaica’s health sector, especially with free access to public services and treatment, are among several gaps being looked at by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as it develops its 10-year strategic plan.Commenting on…

'Blame us' – Phillips accepts that Gov't's failure to enforce the rules over the years was major contributor to recent flooding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Blame us’ – Phillips accepts that Gov’t’s failure to enforce the rules over the years was major contributor to recent flooding Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has accepted that the failure of successive administrations to enforce the more than 100-year-old Building Act is partly to be blamed for the devastation caused

Jailbreak injustice? – Four rank-and-file cops still suspended without pay eight months after prisoners escaped from Denham Town lock-up

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Jailbreak injustice? – Four rank-and-file cops still suspended without pay eight months after prisoners escaped from Denham Town lock-up Eight months after they were suspended without pay following a jailbreak at the Denham Town Police Station, four junior cops remain in limbo awaiting a decision on their fate.On September 18, 2016,

Clueless cops! – IDB study finds Caribbean police tackling crime the wrong way

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Clueless cops! – IDB study finds Caribbean police tackling crime the wrong way Jamaica and other Caribbean states must quickly change their crime-fighting strategies if the runaway problem they now face is to be tamed, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in a study released last week.The study, dubbed ‘…

NWA approval needed to paint pedestrian crossings for Labour Day

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | NWA approval needed to paint pedestrian crossings for Labour Day Community groups planning to paint pedestrian crossings for Labour Day are being urged to check with the National Works Agency (NWA) before embarking on such projects.Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and…

New measures necessary to assist poor – PSOJ

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | New measures necessary to assist poor – PSOJ The Government must implement additional social welfare measures to help poor Jamaicans who are getting state benefits cope with the effects of the rising prices in the switch to indirect taxation, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ)…

UDC selling lots in Fairy Hill

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | UDC selling lots in Fairy Hill As part of its divestment programme, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is offering nine service lots in Fairy Hill, Portland, for sale.The corporation says the properties will be sold on a “first-come, first-serve basis until all lots on offer…

Reforms having positive impact on economy, says BOJ boss

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Reforms having positive impact on economy, says BOJ boss Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) governor Brian Wynter says Jamaica is set to record a single-digit current account deficit of the balance of payments, a feat that was last accomplished about 20 years ago.”Jamaica has long lived beyond its means by spending…

Heavy rains expected to continue this weekend

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Heavy rains expected to continue this weekend The Meteorological Service has continued the flash flood watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes until this morning.According to the Met Office, weather conditions across the island will remain unstable as the trough persists in…

Activities for workers' week

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Activities for workers’ week Several activities will be undertaken to mark Workers’ Week 2017, to pay tribute to Jamaican workers and the important role they play in socio-economic development.The week is being observed from May 15-23 under the theme…

Frankie Paul – A voice gone from another generation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Frankie Paul – A voice gone from another generation As word of singer Frankie Paul’s death at the University Hospital of the West Indies spread across the globe yesterday, sadness flowed at the loss of a remarkable talent. He passed away just over a week after singer Arthur ‘Bunny’ Robinson, who

Redeveloped Kingston port to make Ja more competitive

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Redeveloped Kingston port to make Ja more competitive Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed satisfaction with the scope and pace of development work being done at the Kingston Freeport Terminal to make the facility globally competitive.”I was very pleased with what I saw today,” the prime…

Frankie's famous moments

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Frankie’s famous moments LAST PERFORMANCES – Frankie Paul’s final major Jamaican performance: Startime, Mas Camp, National Stadium, January 9, 2016. Organiser of the vintage music series, Michael Barnett, said it was “mind-blowing”. At a concert where…

<a href="/article/news/20170519/jamaican-people-are-too-lazy-psychologist-says-slim-quick-products-will-always">Jamaican people are too lazy – psychologist says slim-quick products will always sell</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170519/jamaican-people-are-too-lazy-psychologist-says-slim-quick-products-will-always”>Jamaican people are too lazy – psychologist says slim-quick products will always sell</a> Jamaican people are too lazy – psychologist says slim-quick products will always sell

PIOJ analyses impact of tax measures on consumption

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | PIOJ analyses impact of tax measures on consumption The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has conducted an assessment of how consumption spending has been affected by the tax measures that the Government has imposed to fund the increase in the income tax threshold.The PIOJ made the document public…

Cost of flood damage could be known today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cost of flood damage could be known today The cost of the damage associated with flooding caused by heavy rains this week – which destroyed bridges, roads, homes, and crops as well as leaving some rural towns under water – could be known as early as today. The Government says that

'We should not be surprised' – Geologist laments poor behaviour, failure to use research data among causes of flooding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘We should not be surprised’ – Geologist laments poor behaviour, failure to use research data among causes of flooding The authorities should not be surprised at areas left devastated by floods earlier this week, argues geologist Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, who insists that poor planning and behavioural practices, as well as the

Essential services gradually returning to full operation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Essential services gradually returning to full operation As heavy rains battered Jamaica for the fourth consecutive day, essential services sought to update the country on their operational state. Several of the island’s systems were affected, among them schools, hospitals, health centres, piped water and…

Who really fired Hugh Graham?

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Who really fired Hugh Graham? Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and Fisheries, yesterday contradicted himself in informing Parliament that he did not in any way influence the axing of agronomist Hugh Graham as chief executive officer of the Jamaica Dairy…

Non-PATH households worse off from $1.5m tax break – PIOJ

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Non-PATH households worse off from .5m tax break – PIOJ Jamaicans in poor households who do not get assistance under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) “will be worse off” because of the Government’s tax measures imposed to fund the increase in the income tax threshold.That’…

Oversight body needed for restoration work – PNP

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Oversight body needed for restoration work – PNP The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is calling for the establishment of an office of national reconstruction staffed by engineers and other professionals that would have oversight for the islandwide repairs or reconstruction of roads,…

'I'm going to sue' – Arscott cries foul over grass revelation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘I’m going to sue’ – Arscott cries foul over grass revelation Former government minister Noel Arscott has denied claims that he benefited from 30 acres of grass under the Jamaica Dairy Development Board programme to assist dairy farmers, claiming instead that he only got the equivalent of 10 acres.”I never…

Mt Salem poised to cast a 'spell' on violence

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Mt Salem poised to cast a ‘spell’ on violence WESTERN BUREAU:In a bold bid to create a platform to restore peace to several volatile sections of the Mt Salem community in St James, two community-based groups have come together and developed a novel approach to engage the young people in…

Cops, passer-by rescue 82-y-o man from flooded cabin

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cops, passer-by rescue 82-y-o man from flooded cabin As heavy rains pounded sections of the island this week, forcing several persons to flee their flooded homes, 82-year-old Kenneth Reid had to be rescued by police officers from his cabin on the banks of the Rio Cobre in St Catherine on Tuesday….

Flash flood watch, warning remain for several parishes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Flash flood watch, warning remain for several parishes The Meteorological Service says a flash flood warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Ann, St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester. At the same time, a flash flood watch…

<a href="/article/news/20170517/tough-going-clarendon-residents-hurdle-obstacles-walk-miles-due-landslides">TOUGH GOING … Clarendon residents hurdle obstacles, walk for miles due to landslides</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170517/tough-going-clarendon-residents-hurdle-obstacles-walk-miles-due-landslides”>TOUGH GOING … Clarendon residents hurdle obstacles, walk for miles due to landslides</a> TOUGH GOING … Clarendon residents hurdle obstacles, walk for miles due to landslides

Islandwide havoc!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Islandwide havoc! A trough across the central Caribbean and Jamaica has been influencing weather conditions across the island since Saturday night and is expected to continue into tomorrow, according to the Meteorological Service.Torrential rainfall has caused severe…

Stubborn croc evades capture in Portmore

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Stubborn croc evades capture in Portmore As parishes across Jamaica experienced torrential rainfall yesterday, which caused severe damage to several communities, scores of residents in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, were sent scampering as agents from the Urban Development Corporation (…

Several parishes devastated by landslides, flooding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Several parishes devastated by landslides, flooding The disabled, children and the elderly were among the vulnerable groups impacted by severe weather conditions that plagued Jamaica since Saturday night into yesterday, in many instances causing flooding, landslides and damaged houses and businesses…

J'cans no longer lining up for US visas

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | J’cans no longer lining up for US visas The lines outside the United States Embassy in St Andrew have noticeably got shorter in recent times, with persons speculating that it could be a result of Donald Trump becoming America’s 45th president.Throughout the presidential campaign and since…

Get it right! – Engineer says flawed drainage contributing to severe flooding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Get it right! – Engineer says flawed drainage contributing to severe flooding As the Jamaican Government rushes to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the significant impact of heavy rains on the country’s infrastructure and the agricultural sector, Carvel Stewart, past president of the Incorporated Masterbuilders…

Rain leads to closure of some health centres

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Rain leads to closure of some health centres Although hospitals within the South East Regional Health Authority remain operational, several health centres have been closed because of the effects of the inclement weather affecting Jamaica.Below is the list of the health centres that are closed…

Most students sat exams; schools to reopen today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Most students sat exams; schools to reopen today Most students were able to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations yesterday, stated Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid.”We had a few students from the Buff Bay Valley in Portland and a few across…

Saved by his colleagues

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Saved by his colleagues Cecil Reynolds yesterday sang praises to two of his colleagues who he claimed rescued him from what could have been a disaster.Reynolds was one of three farmers of the Plantain Garden River (PGR) agro-park in Winchester, St Thomas that was yesterday…

Clarendon hardest hit by overnight flood rains

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Clarendon hardest hit by overnight flood rains Loss of bridges, multiple damaged roads and marooned communities have made Clarendon the parish worst affected by more than 72 hours of heavy rainfall. Acting Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang says at least nine other parishes have been affected. T IN…

<a href="/article/news/20170516/murders-driving-us-crazy-gangsters-wreaking-havoc-campbells-lane-residents">Murders driving us crazy! – Gangsters wreaking havoc on Campbell's Lane residents </a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170516/murders-driving-us-crazy-gangsters-wreaking-havoc-campbells-lane-residents”>Murders driving us crazy! – Gangsters wreaking havoc on Campbell’s Lane residents </a> Murders driving us crazy! – Gangsters wreaking havoc on Campbell’s Lane residents

UN Office for Project Services takes charge of rehabilitation work at CRH

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | UN Office for Project Services takes charge of rehabilitation work at CRH WESTERN BUREAU:A team from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is now at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, overseeing the rehabilitation work that is being done to restore the problem-plagued…

Kill the glamour of crime – IDB

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Kill the glamour of crime – IDB A comprehensive crime plan has been recommended to the Jamaican Government by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which should ensure that greater emphasis is placed on eradicating the glamour from illegal activities.While not outlining the…

Below-average hurricane season expected

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Below-average hurricane season expected The latest forecast published April 6 from the Colorado State University in the United States predicted a slightly below-average hurricane season, with 11 named storms, four of which are expected to become hurricanes and two of which are expected to…

JUTC to conduct full investigation into breaches

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JUTC to conduct full investigation into breaches The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is reporting that it has completed its preliminary audit of alleged breaches within its Charter Services Unit.The audit was triggered after irregularities were identified in the unit last month. Four…

Heavy rains expected over next few days

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Heavy rains expected over next few days The Meteorological Service is projecting light to moderate and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to affect sections of all parishes until Thursday.According to the Met Service, a trough across the central Caribbean and Jamaica…

PAJ seeks clarification on Reid's media regulation statements

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | PAJ seeks clarification on Reid’s media regulation statements Following a statement by Information Minister Ruel Reid in the Senate on Friday that the Government was engaged in talks with the Broadcasting Commission regarding proposals to manage the media landscape, the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has…

$300m dream – Super Lotto hopefuls eye houses, children's education

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | 0m dream – Super Lotto hopefuls eye houses, children’s education The prospect of winning a life-altering $301-million jackpot by simply buying a $300 Super Lotto ticket is serving as irresistible bait for thousands of Jamaicans, with the majority citing home ownership and higher education for their children,…

Clergy urged to stand firm for truth, justice

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Clergy urged to stand firm for truth, justice Professor Trevor Munroe, executive director of National Integrity Action (NIA), is urging citizens, specifically members of the clergy, to make a solemn commitment to stand up for truth and justice.Munroe was addressing the Independent Churches of…

As computer hackers hold roughly 80 countries ransom … Security expert warns Jamaicans against downloading viruses for love of freeness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | As computer hackers hold roughly 80 countries ransom … Security expert warns Jamaicans against downloading viruses for love of freeness Economic hardships faced by Internet users across the globe are being cited as playing a significant role in large numbers of persons falling victim to cyber hackers and scammers.Local information security

Who’s missing parliamentary committee meetings, House of Representatives: March 10, 2016 – March 28, 2017

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Who’s missing parliamentary committee meetings, House of Representatives: March 10, 2016 – March 28, 2017 Who’s missing parliamentary committee meetings, House of Representatives: March 10, 2016 – March 28, 2017Constituency Development Fund – 15 meetingsn James Robertson (St Thomas Western, JLP) – 11/15n Dayton Campbell (St Ann North Western, PNP) –

'No patty shop business!' – DPP lashes anti-corruption campaigner for wanting to curtail her office's power

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘No patty shop business!’ – DPP lashes anti-corruption campaigner for wanting to curtail her office’s power Anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe would, ideally, want a review of constitutional powers given to the director of public prosecutors (DPP) to intervene in cases, but the office holder, Paula Llewellyn, says that that appears

Inside the Municipal Corporations | Cemetery, bridge top St Mary concerns

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Inside the Municipal Corporations | Cemetery, bridge top St Mary concerns Open graves in the White Hall Cemetery, the dilapidated state of the Westmoreland Bridge, and the efforts to regularise Annotto Bay’s transportation centre were among the most pressing issues discussed at the St Mary Municipal Corporation’s monthly…

Lawyers taking POCA fight to appeal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Lawyers taking POCA fight to appeal The Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) has been granted an expedited hearing of its appeal of the Constitutional Court’s decision to throw out its challenge to the 2013 amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).The appeal is scheduled to start on…

Money from the mines – Copper $$$ allowing 'everybody to eat a food'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Money from the mines – Copper $$$ allowing ‘everybody to eat a food’ It could be another 15 years before Carube Copper Corp begins mining in Jamaica, but residents in several communities around the exploration sites are already seeing benefits from the Canadian company’s presence.More than 600 persons have been…

Government considers regulating social media

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Government considers regulating social media Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid said the Government is having dialogue with the Broadcasting Commission with a view to putting on the table proposals to regulate a significant section of the local media landscape that is not…

Carib Cement delivers one million bags

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Carib Cement delivers one million bags The Caribbean Cement Company is reporting that it has been able to pack and distribute more than one million bags of cement promised to the market.A Sunday Gleaner article, which was published in April, highlighted that there was a shortage of…

My patriotic actions were misunderstood – Samuda

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | My patriotic actions were misunderstood – Samuda According to Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, theproject to plant out some six hectares (15 acres) of his Knollis, St Catherine, farm holding in Mombasa – a high-quality pasture grass being introduced by the…

I Believe in Hope’ – Governor General wishes collaboration with Logos book ship and social initiative

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | I Believe in Hope’ – Governor General wishes collaboration with Logos book ship and social initiative Governor general wishes collaboration between Logos book ship and social initiativeGovernor General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen believes that the arrival of the Logos Hope presents a myriad of opportunities to impact youth development in

No place for corrupt police in 21st century JCF – Montague

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No place for corrupt police in 21st century JCF – Montague Be examples of good, professional and corruption-free police officers, urged National Security Minister Robert Montague in his charge to the 147 constables at yesterday’s passing out parade and awards ceremony at the National Police College of…

One driver with 1,402 outstanding traffic tickets

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | One driver with 1,402 outstanding traffic tickets Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, is bemoaning what he says are gaps in the country’s driver’s licensing system which allow drivers to continue to operate on the nation’s roads despite amassing several traffic tickets.

<a href="/article/news/20170512/get-back-basics-police-commissioner-challenges-officers-start-rebuilding-trust">Get back to basics – Police commissioner challenges officers to start rebuilding trust</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170512/get-back-basics-police-commissioner-challenges-officers-start-rebuilding-trust”>Get back to basics – Police commissioner challenges officers to start rebuilding trust</a> Get back to basics – Police commissioner challenges officers to start rebuilding trust

Greater Portmore residents welcome community facelift

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Greater Portmore residents welcome community facelift Residents and visitors using the Fourth Street entrance to Greater Portmore in St Catherine will do so with more aesthetic value, following the erection of a concrete sign adjoining the Hellshire main road.This was made possible through efforts of…

No ganja babies – Tufton vows to protect vulnerable from ill effects of marijuana

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No ganja babies – Tufton vows to protect vulnerable from ill effects of marijuana Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has declared that he remains strongly dedicated to protecting vulnerable Jamaicans, particularly children, from the harmful effects of smoking marijuana, despite his plans to bat for recognition of the medicinal…

TEF head trying to clear $6 million bad debt

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | TEF head trying to clear million bad debt Dr Carey Wallace, executive director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), has admitted that a company he was a director of owes the entity he now has direct control of some $6 million, but he is now taking steps to pay off the

Holness congratulates Minnis, Macron on election victories

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Holness congratulates Minnis, Macron on election victories Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warmly congratulated Prime Minister-elect Dr Hubert Minnis of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and President-elect of France Emmanuel Macron on their impressive victory at the polls.Minnis’s Free National Movement…

West Kingston residents urged to help fight gang violence

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | West Kingston residents urged to help fight gang violence Highly volatile and a hotbed for criminal activity, Police Area Four – which includes the Kingston West Division, where an estimated 23 known gangs are said to be operating – remains a serious challenge for the police, according to Senior…

Why the change of heart on Hugh Graham?

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Why the change of heart on Hugh Graham? The recent dismissal of Hugh Graham from the position of chief executive officer of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB) represents a turnaround by Donald Elvey, chairman of the board of directors, who, seven months ago, recommended that the…

St Catherine health department issues 30-day notice on NWC

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | St Catherine health department issues 30-day notice on NWC The St Catherine Health Department has served a 30-day notice on the National Water Commission (NWC) for breaches of the Public Health Act. Acting Chief Public Health Officer for the parish, Grayson Hutchinson, says five of the NWC’s…

But you broke the law! – Christie says of politicians hailing highway deal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | But you broke the law! – Christie says of politicians hailing highway deal Greg Christie, the contractor general in 2012 who battled the then People’s National Party (PNP) administration to monitor the US$720 million North-South Highway contract, said that though politicians on both sides are insisting that it was a good…

I erred, but I don't beg, says Samuda

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | I erred, but I don’t beg, says Samuda Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda yesterday admitted that the Mombasa grass trials conducted on his farm in Knollis, St Catherine, as well as the subsequent extension services he received courtesy of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, is consistent…

Gov't wants laws to prevent child abandonment in state care

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t wants laws to prevent child abandonment in state care If a child in state care spends 12 months of a 15-month period without a parental visit, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is recommending that that should be specific grounds in law for a court to terminate parental rights.Parental abandonment is…

Teachers' Day joy! – Educators pampered, saluted for service

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Teachers’ Day joy! – Educators pampered, saluted for service Celebrations to honour teachers at the Jessie Ripoll Primary School in Kingston yesterday were overwhelmed by the students, who filled the classrooms with joy and excitement, while volunteers from Scotiabank engaged everyone in conversations and…

ACP Winchroy Budhoo was a 'policeman's policeman'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ACP Winchroy Budhoo was a ‘policeman’s policeman’ Winchroy Budhoo, the late assistant commissioner of police who died suddenly yesterday, has been described by rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as “a policeman’s policeman”.According to police officials, Budhoo left his…

Growth in economy dips below projected target

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Growth in economy dips below projected target The 1.6 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the recently concluded 2016-2017 financial year has been revised downwards to 1.2 per cent.Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dr Wayne Henry said that the outlook has…

No locks, no bars – 'Dudus' moved to low-security prison

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No locks, no bars – ‘Dudus’ moved to low-security prison Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke has been moved to a low-security prison with “no bars, towers, or locks” to complete his 23-year prison sentence in the United States (US).The US Bureau of Prisons confirmed yesterday that Coke had been…

Samuda denies corruption in planting of grass on his farm

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Samuda denies corruption in planting of grass on his farm Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has denied that he used his influence to get the Jamaica Dairy Development Board to establish a 15-acre demonstration plot of Mombasa dairy feeding grass on his personal property in Knollis, St Catherine. The…

Bankers say class action suit against dormant account fees unfortunate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bankers say class action suit against dormant account fees unfortunate President of the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA), Nigel Holness, has described as unfortunate the decision of the St Catherine South Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson to continue pursuing a class action suit against local banks for applying fees…

No More help for Long Pond and Monymusk sugar factories

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No More help for Long Pond and Monymusk sugar factories Agriculture and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda, said the Government will be moving to recover monies spent to keep the Long Pond and Monymusk sugar factories opened.

Review law suggested to ban 'child hustlers' – parent group, violence expert

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Review law suggested to ban ‘child hustlers’ – parent group, violence expert Outlawing using children to sell on the streets or in markets is a good intention, the National Parent-Teacher Association and a violence expert noted. However, they are cautioning that such punitive measures must equally be matched by government…

Lawmakers unconvinced age of consent should be raised

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Lawmakers unconvinced age of consent should be raised Lawmakers remain unconvinced about the merits of raising the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old and have told Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison to bring more evidence to support the position she has been advancing.Harrison yesterday…

HOPE gets ready to unveil opportunities for youngsters

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | HOPE gets ready to unveil opportunities for youngsters Targeting 15,000 apprenticeship positions for unattached young people in the first year of its roll-out, the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme will be providing training and employment opportunities for Jamaicans 18 to…

'Stinking politics!' – Samuda denies allegations he fired Dairy Board CEO over milk powder, grass dispute

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Stinking politics!’ – Samuda denies allegations he fired Dairy Board CEO over milk powder, grass dispute A furious Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, has rubbished claims by his opposition counterpart, Dayton Campbell, that he fired Hugh Graham, chief executive officer of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, over

Pastors among proposed groups legally mandated to report child abuse

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Pastors among proposed groups legally mandated to report child abuse Pastors are among a proposed group of professionals the Child Development Agency (CDA) has recommended be legally mandated to report their knowledge or suspicion of child abuse or neglect.The development comes amid increased public glare on…

JET wants Ja snapping and cleaning

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JET wants Ja snapping and cleaning The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is inviting Jamaicans to help to present an accurate picture, or rather as many pictures as possible, of the country’s solid waste collection and disposal problem.On Monday, it launched the ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica…

New trucks to improve garbage collection

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | New trucks to improve garbage collection Three brand new Renault-manufactured garbage trucks valued at approximately $61 million were commissioned into service yesterday by Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie, which should ease the perennial issues of…

On the rebound – Three floors to be ready soon at CRH

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | On the rebound – Three floors to be ready soon at CRH WESTERN BUREAU:Three floors at the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, are slated to be reopened within two weeks, as rehabilitation work to correct faulty ventilation, which all but caused a complete shutdown of the…

Read Across Jamaica brings out the joy of reading!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Read Across Jamaica brings out the joy of reading! The Read Across Jamaica Foundation yesterday embarked on another mission to encourage the nation’s children to pattern fluent and impressive reading, by having influential persons in society and representatives from major organisations read to them…

<a href="/article/news/20170509/rebuilding-westwood-online-campaign-launched-after-fire-trelawny-based-school">Rebuilding Westwood … Online campaign launched after fire at Trelawny-based school</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170509/rebuilding-westwood-online-campaign-launched-after-fire-trelawny-based-school”>Rebuilding Westwood … Online campaign launched after fire at Trelawny-based school</a> Rebuilding Westwood – Online campaign launched after fire at Trelawny-based school

Standoff deepens between coconut growers, agriculture ministry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Standoff deepens between coconut growers, agriculture ministry Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda on Saturday admitted to coconut growers that the Government would be going after the $5 billion held in trust on their behalf by the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) to bolster its…

Consideration to increase speed limit on North-South Highway

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Consideration to increase speed limit on North-South Highway The authorities are considering increasing the speed limit on a section of the North-South Highway that runs from Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann, bowing to the clamour from some motorists who questioned the 80km/h limit for most…

Shell-shocked Hannah Town residents want end to turf war

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Shell-shocked Hannah Town residents want end to turf war Residents of Hannah Town in west Kingston remained shell-shocked and fretful yesterday as three of seven persons reportedly shot in a drive-by attack last Friday evening remained hospitalised in serious condition.The police Corporate Communications…

deCarteret College mourns loss of 'The Great Builder'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | deCarteret College mourns loss of ‘The Great Builder’ Mandeville, Manchester:The hushed tones at deCarteret College in Mandeville, Manchester, yesterday morning evidenced the grieving hearts of students and members of staff alike who were trying to come to grips with the reality that their beloved…

Heading down the wrong road – Experts warn State about public-private partnerships

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Heading down the wrong road – Experts warn State about public-private partnerships Experts in the local building industry are raising concerns about how contracts are being awarded under the public-private partnership programme (PPP).Addressing a Gleaner Editors’ Forum last Friday at the media house’s North Street, Kingston,…

Gangs in MoBay's violent flare-up identified

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gangs in MoBay’s violent flare-up identified WESTERN BUREAU:Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie, the operations officer in charge of the St James Police Division, said the three gangs involved in the recent flare-up of violence in the Melbourne and Quarry communities in the parish…

Land saga deepens – Knight: Gov't did not intend to pay UDC

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Land saga deepens – Knight: Gov’t did not intend to pay UDC The Jamaican Government had no intention of valuating lands owned by the Urban Development Corporations (UDC) that were earmarked for transfer to Chinese developers of the US$720-million North-South Highway, and only started negotiations after the…

Critics growl at pastor for 'blessing' pets in church

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Critics growl at pastor for ‘blessing’ pets in church The rector of the Christ Church, Vineyard Town, Rev Sean Major-Campbell is facing a social media backlash for his decision to allow pets in his pews yesterday at a special service involving the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association and the Jamaica…

Wrong priority? – Architects question need for new Parliament building

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Wrong priority? – Architects question need for new Parliament building The debate surrounding plans to create a new building to house the Parliament in the vicinity of National Heroes Circle in Kingston has taken another twist, with one of the island’s leading architects questioning the decision.Fellow of the Jamaican…

Father key to ending child abuse, says pastor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Father key to ending child abuse, says pastor Having fathers play more active roles within families may be the solution to the problem of child abuse in Jamaica, says Pastor Eric Nathan, president of the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.Nathan delivered reflections on child…

Cops raid Falmouth's 'Back Road'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cops raid Falmouth’s ‘Back Road’ Western Bureau:Nearly three dozen people were arrested on Saturday night when police swooped down on Falmouth’s infamous ‘Back Road’, which has become a haven for prostitutes and their clients, making life miserable for residents.”We conducted a…

Retelling history through art – Kavion Robinson uses illustrations, paintings to give positive depiction people of colour

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Retelling history through art – Kavion Robinson uses illustrations, paintings to give positive depiction people of colour Kavion Robinson is an illustrator and painter, recognised most notably for his illustrative depictions of historical figures and scenes. He has dedicated his artistic career to depicting life’s beauty and struggles in a creative,

Prayers for pets

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Prayers for pets Alongside the blessing of humans, the popular Christ Church in Vineyard Town, Kingston, used yesterday’s service to bestow God’s grace upon animals.The church was packed yesterday with pets of all kinds, from dogs to snakes, all turning out with…

'Let Jamaicans do it'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Let Jamaicans do it’ Miffed by what they consider the Government’s “open-arms” policy towards foreigners in the construction industry, stakeholders last week told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum that the talent required for “any major development” was present in Jamaica….

Architect says brain drain depleting construction sector

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Architect says brain drain depleting construction sector Several architects and engineers are predicting a dismal future for the local construction sector, indicating that scores of young graduates have to migrate because there are no incentives in…

Unspeakable horror! – Cops suspect foul play in deaths of young siblings

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Unspeakable horror! – Cops suspect foul play in deaths of young siblings Up to late yesterday, police investigators were still struggling to put together the sequence of events which ended with two young sisters dead, their 15-year-old brother being questioned and their mother getting medical help.So far, the police have…

Fire them! – Professionals want sanctions against those responsible for non-valuation of properties given to China Harbour

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Fire them! – Professionals want sanctions against those responsible for non-valuation of properties given to China Harbour Several local architects and engineers have argued that it is unbelievable that there was no valuation of the land being given to Chinese investors as part of the US$720 million North-South Highway deal.The building

Radigan's murder bloodies Jamaicans' image in the US

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Radigan’s murder bloodies Jamaicans’ image in the US A Jamaican, who heads the Criminal Gang Homicide Division in the Los Angeles Police Department, has described the last October incident which left alleged Jamaican gang leader Robert ‘Radigan’ Davis dead in the American city as the bloodiest gang…

State slackness! – Children absconding from Government facilities at will

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | State slackness! – Children absconding from Government facilities at will With at least 50 of the nation’s children having gone missing from 10 child-care facilities between February 2016 and March of this year, head of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Greig Smith, has admitted that the situation is…

Trump fires J'can White House chief usher

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Trump fires J’can White House chief usher Angella Reid, a Jamaican, has been fired by the Trump administration as the chief usher of the White House. She had been hired under Barack Obama’s administration and was responsible for the management of the building and its staff.According to the…

Finally, Epworth road to get attention

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Finally, Epworth road to get attention For decades, the residents of Epworth district in southeast St Ann have pleaded unsuccessfully to have the deplorable condition of the road leading to their community addressed.In April 2016, the St Ann Municipal Corporation disclosed that it could…

Public-private partnership lacks transparency, accountability

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Public-private partnership lacks transparency, accountability Jamaica’s snail-paced growth and the equally slow development of infrastructure have influenced the establishment of the public-private partnership (PPP) programme to guide arrangements made towards a change. But is the Government’s approach to the…

Coconut growers seek answer today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Coconut growers seek answer today Coconut farmers from across the island will be seeking clarification on the role of their new organisation, the Coconut Growers Industry Board, which is the successor entity to the Coconut Industry Board, whose regulatory functions have been ceded…

Jamaicans flock public health facilities

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Jamaicans flock public health facilities Nearly 2.9 million Jamaicans visited public health facilities for medical care in 2016.Of this number, a little more than 1.5 million visited the public health centres.At the same time, almost 670,000 Jamaicans sought medical care at the accident…

'Be more strident!' – Former president charges JAS to defend farmers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Be more strident!’ – Former president charges JAS to defend farmers Former president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Alaric ‘Bobby’ Pottinger on Wednesday challenged the leadership of the 132-year-old statutory organisation to demonstrate greater levels of independence in the execution of its duties and to…

Poor lifestyle practices influence HPV-related cervical cancer – doctor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Poor lifestyle practices influence HPV-related cervical cancer – doctor Florida-based gynaecologic oncologist and robotic surgeon, Dr Troy Gatcliffe wants Jamaicans to know that the human papillomavirus (HPV) does not cause cervical cancer all by itself, but is aided by poor lifestyle practices such as smoking, which…

Don't give up, Robinson urges teachers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Don’t give up, Robinson urges teachers As the nation prepares to mark Teacher’s Day next Wednesday, the island’s teachers are being urged not to crumble under the weight of indiscipline that is sometimes displayed by students.Instead, Julian Robinson, opposition spokesman on information…

Corporate Area closer to becoming Caribbean capital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Corporate Area closer to becoming Caribbean capital Another big step was made in the journey to transform Kingston and St Andrew into the capital of the Caribbean yesterday following the official launch of the Kingston and St Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel,…

Redeveloping downtown – Innovative, exciting projects top all others

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Redeveloping downtown – Innovative, exciting projects top all others The Downtown Kingston Redevelopment Project has been described by minister with responsibility for land, environment, climate change, and investments, Daryl Vaz, as the most innovative, exciting, growth and job-creating and socially just project to…

Corporate Area students better off from $90-million investment

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Corporate Area students better off from -million investment Three schools yesterday highlighted what they deemed significant improvements in the teaching and learning environment, thanks to the more than $90 million worth of investments provided mainly through the European Union (EU).The Corporate Area-based…

Parliament's tax committee could see rebirth

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Parliament’s tax committee could see rebirth Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw says that he is prepared to examine a suggestion to re-establish the tax committee of Parliament to review the administration’s tax measures before they are announced.His comments came on Wednesday…

End of May new deadline for Marcus Garvey Drive reopening

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | End of May new deadline for Marcus Garvey Drive reopening The deadline for completion of the road work project on Marcus Garvey Drive has flown by and the new timeline for completion has been set for the end of May.Insisting that the road work has not slowed down, communications manager at

Tear them down! – Fuller wants to rid capital of unsightly structures

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tear them down! – Fuller wants to rid capital of unsightly structures Convinced that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has the power to utilise laws that would enable a faster rejuvenation process in the capital city, Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller is suggesting that potentially unsafe and…

Government eyes merger of Regional Health Authorities

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Government eyes merger of Regional Health Authorities The Government is considering plans to overhaul the four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) this year.Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, suggested that there would be the need for consolidation of the RHAs through shared services or the…

St Elizabeth $1.72 billion in property tax arrears, McKenzie appeals for compliance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | St Elizabeth .72 billion in property tax arrears, McKenzie appeals for compliance Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has revealed that St Elizabeth ranks among the most delinquent parishes in property tax payments with $1.72 billion in arrears. The other two delinquent parishes are Clarendon and Manchester. Speaking at a…

Get serious about farm theft – Phillips

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Get serious about farm theft – Phillips The scourge of farm theft continues to thrive in Jamaica in large measure due to the failure of successive administrations to recognise and treat it with the seriousness of other major crimes, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips charged on Wednesday…

Show us revised tax plan

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Show us revised tax plan Following its rollback of property taxes announced in its $715-billion expenditure to finance the 2017-18 Budget, the Government needs to come clean with the country on how it plans to make up for that shortfall, according to Opposition leader Dr…

Commercial property owners still uncomfortable with increases

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Commercial property owners still uncomfortable with increases Commercial property owners are still uncomfortable with the levels of increase in the rates used to calculate their tax, but there is no call for a further revision to the new regime, the Realtors’ Association of Jamaica has said.The realtors and…

Hanover running out of cemetery space

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Hanover running out of cemetery space WESTERN BUREAU:Andria Dehaney-Dinham, councillor for the Sandy Bay divisionin the Hanover Municipal Corporation, says that the corporation is now seeking to establish a replacement cemetery in her division as the existing one has reached its…

Hundreds of posts created for specialist nurses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Hundreds of posts created for specialist nurses The Government is rushing to ease the haemorrhaging of specialist nurses from Jamaica’s public-health sector to the proverbial greener pastures in other jurisdictions by approving 300 additional posts for these skilled personnel.With no security of…

Process used to give Chinese lands under question

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Process used to give Chinese lands under question Most of the 1,200 acres of prime lands that the Jamaican Government has already provided to the Chinese developers of the North-South Highway was not valuated, and that is “untidy”, a lawmaker has told the state agency representing the Government’s…

Bailout of students not just economic decision – Holness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bailout of students not just economic decision – Holness Prime Minister Andrew Holness made an appeal to citizens not to view the Government’s decision to fund tertiary students in arrears solely from an economic perspective, but to see the progressive benefits that would accrue in the long run.The…

'Bloated NWC is bankrupt of ideas'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Bloated NWC is bankrupt of ideas’ THE Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, who was state minister in the ministry with responsibility for water in the last administration, has described the National Water Commission (NWC) as a public body that is bankrupt of ideas.Taking aim at…

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