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June 23, 2017

Jamaica

Latest killings leave market vendors fearful

Source: Jamaica Star The sound of George Banton’s ‘Awake Zion, Awake’ blasting from a stereo on wheels seemed insufficient to dissipate the sombre mood that loomed over Coronation Market after two vendors were gunned down late Wednesday night.They were identified as 34-… Link: Latest killings leave market vendors fearful

Cancer survivor rushes to save lives

Source: Jamaica Star Cancer survivor Mario Spencer says that he is hoping to raise funds to help persons living with the deadly disease.The 24-year-old Spencer, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma the most common type of cancer that develops in the bone at age 16,… Link: Cancer survivor rushes to save lives

South St Andrew residents want better infrastructure

Source: Jamaica Star Lack of working street lights, no running water in pipes, sewage systems that malfunction or don’t work at all, and improper housing and bathroom facilities are few of the problems hampering some areas of the South St Andrew constituency.Residents… Link: South St Andrew residents want better infrastructure

Farm work recruitment begins Tuesday

Source: Jamaica Star Recruitment for the Overseas Employment Programme, administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be held between June 26 and July 17.This programme provides opportunities for hundreds of Jamaicans on Canadian and American farms… Link: Farm work recruitment begins Tuesday

Damion Crawford eyes Portia's seat

Source: Jamaica Star Damion Crawford has declared an interest in replacing Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for South West St Andrew.However, Crawford, who did one term as MP for East Rural St Andrew before he was replaced as the People’s National Party’s (… Link: Damion Crawford eyes Portia’s seat

Nearly 100 illegal connections found in St James community

Source: Jamaica Star The problem of illegal connections continues to be an albatross to the National water Commission (NWC) as they found almost 100 illegal connections in one community in rural Jamaica earlier this month.Corporate public relations manager at the NWC,… Link: Nearly 100 illegal connections found in St James community

Peter Vogel trial | Prosecutors close their case

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Lawyers for the former household helper who is on trial with her boyfriend for killing university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel are today expected to ask a judge to dismiss the charges against them.Yesterday, prosecutors closed their case in the murder… Link: Peter Vogel trial | Prosecutors close their case

Labour laws biased against men – Taylor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner University lecturer Dr Orville Taylor has charged that labour laws in Jamaica are gender-biased and contribute negatively to the role Jamaican fathers play in the lives of their children.Taylor, the head of the Sociology Department at the University… Link: Labour laws biased against men – Taylor

'BPO sector in a precarious position'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Dr Guna Muppuri, the outgoing president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), is calling for dialogue with the Government before the long-awaited special economic zone (SEZ) regulations are finalised.The… Link: ‘BPO sector in a precarious position’

MoBay’s stakeholders mulling crime summit

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau: With the bid to tame St James’s ongoing lawlessness proving to be onerous, with more than 130 murders since the start of the year, several prominent stakeholders are proposing a crime summit to look at the situation with a view to finding a workable fix… Link: MoBay’s stakeholders

Two more murdered in St James, tally now at 132

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:St James’s reign of murderous terror claimed two more victims on Wednesday night as masked thugs, sporting assault rifles, struck in Providence Heights, the community adjoining Flanker, killing two persons and injuring six others.The… Link: Two more murdered in St James, tally now at 132

'Chinese hogging construction sector not good'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner President of the Incorporated Masterbuiders Association Humphrey Taylor says that the construction industry is in a state of ill-health because of the Chinese hogging the industry.He said that too many of the big jobs have gone the way of the… Link: ‘Chinese hogging construction sector not good’

Man gets life imprisonment for burning ex-lover to death

Source: Jamaica Star Christopher Locke has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in the St. Catherine Circuit Court. High Court Judge Stephane Jackson-Haisley today ruled that Locke must serve 40 years before he is eligible to apply for parole. A seven-member… Link: Man gets life imprisonment for burning ex-lover to death

Residents pay for Alpart free water

Source: Jamaica Star The opening ceremony for the restart of bauxite production at Alpart in Nain, St Elizabeth, was held yesterday, and residents who have been struggling with water issues for more than 20 years are hoping for an end to their plight.According to the… Link: Residents pay for Alpart free water

Mocho Primary students enjoy annual literacy fair

Source: Jamaica Star The grounds of the Mocho Primary School in Clarendon came alive with activity recently as the institution staged its annual literacy fair.The event, held every June, is geared at enhancing the literacy levels of students and bolstering academic… Link: Mocho Primary students enjoy annual literacy fair

Dressed to impress – peanut vendor brings her own style

Source: Jamaica Star From as early as 11 a.m. on Mondays to Wednesdays, a sharply dressed Melissa Blake can be seen in the midst of traffic along Trafalgar Road seeking sales for her peanuts and peanut cakes.The 27-year-old mother of four journeys from Spanish Town to… Link: Dressed to impress – peanut vendor

Red Rose Fish Market work on target

Source: Jamaica Star Work is advancing on the Red Rose Fish Market in downtown Kingston as project manager, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) through the PetroCaribe Fund, implements the J$43-million projectVeronis Chin, a fish vendor, expressed her anticipation… Link: Red Rose Fish Market work on target

FLOW opens donation line for St Ann's Bay hospital

Source: Jamaica Star A text donation line has been established to facilitate donations to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital Paediatric Ward.Managed by telecommunications firm Flow, the line will facilitate well-needed contributions from members of the public for the provision… Link: FLOW opens donation line for St Ann’s Bay hospital

Music saving wards at St Elizabeth boys home

Source: Jamaica Star Since the Child Development Agency (CDA) has built a music room at the Manning Boys Home in St Elizabeth late last year, absconding at the facility has become a thing of the past, according to public relations and communications manager at the CDA,… Link: Music saving wards at St Elizabeth

Ackee Village vendors enthused about new market

Source: Jamaica Star The Portmore Ackee Village vendors are more enthused about a market the Portmore Municipality Corporation and the St Catherine Municipal Corporation are building for them as efforts are being made to help them better manage their monies through… Link: Ackee Village vendors enthused about new market

INDECOM wants powers to probe new MOCA

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams wants the oversight body he leads to have powers to probe cases involving officers in the proposed new Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).At a… Link: INDECOM wants powers to probe new MOCA

Twice as bright – Alpha Primary Students Stand Out in GSAT

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Since birth, Shane and Shiane Barnett have done most things together, including preparing for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).The twin boy and girl, who attend the Alpha Primary School in Kingston, started out with grades that told them that… Link: Twice as bright – Alpha Primary Students Stand Out

Dunkley remembered for service to country

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former government minister Carlyle Anthony Cosmo Dunkley is being hailed for his long and dedicated service to country and party, following his death on Tuesday night at the age of 78. He died at the University Hospital of the West Indies.The… Link: Dunkley remembered for service to country

DPP and defence lawyer hail one-trial legislation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn and Peter Champagnie, a defence lawyer, have said that it is an “excellent” move by the Government to propose changes to the law to empower courts to order convicted offenders in criminal matters… Link: DPP and defence lawyer hail one-trial legislation

Government seeks to put national ID fears to rest

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Public fears that the much-talked-about National Identification System (NIDS), when passed into law, will not be as secure as intended, have been dispelled by the Government.Chief Technical Director in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation… Link: Government seeks to put national ID fears to rest

Don't trouble marriage with tougher rape laws, church groups warn

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Ignoring a priest’s charge that “Parliament does not meet to keep church”, six church groups and a lobby have warned lawmakers not to hurt the ‘sanctity’ of marriage by imposing tougher marital rape laws.Among the churches are the Jamaica Union of… Link: Don’t trouble marriage with tougher rape laws, church

Golding, Malahoo Forte spar over Zone of Special Operations bill

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition spokesman on Justice Senator Mark Golding and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte yesterday locked horns during a special select committee of Parliament after the senator declared the Zone of Special Operations bill unconstitutional… Link: Golding, Malahoo Forte spar over Zone of Special Operations bill

Service vehicle crash leaves cops hospitalised

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force were hospitalised yesterday in serious condition after the service vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a wall along Slipe Road in Kingston.Initial reports were that the driver of the service… Link: Service vehicle crash leaves cops hospitalised

Customs officer proposed to girlfriend by setting up drug bust

Source: Jamaica Star A customs officer proposed to his girlfriend by setting up a drugs bust. Oksana Tichkovskaya was travelling back to Ukraine with her mother from Poland when she was pulled over at the border by officers with sniffer dogs, the Daily Mirror reports…. Link: Customs officer proposed to girlfriend by setting

'Dipout Well' saves community

Source: Jamaica Star With the absence of water in their pipes for over 10 years, some residents on a section of Collie Smith Drive say the day a community member discovered a broken main with flowing water was a blessing for them.Located below ground on the sidewalk,… Link: ‘Dipout Well’ saves community

Historic birth – Doctors happy to deliver newborns

Source: Jamaica Star Doctors at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston are calling the quadruple Clarke babies a historic birth. “It’s the first at Jubilee that I’m aware of, certainly since the last 30 years, and it’s the first as I know it, that has been without… Link: Historic birth – Doctors happy

Mother mourns loss of promising daughter

Source: Jamaica Star Instead of planning a party to celebrate her daughter’s 21st birthday, Carol Williams is now looking to plan Shantel Wright’s funeral, after she was found dead in cane field in Little London, Westmoreland, last Friday, just three days before her… Link: Mother mourns loss of promising daughter

Longest okra ever? – Jamaican woman seeks to make Guinness Book of Records

Source: Jamaica Star Lapaline Ferron is seeking to make it into the Guinness book of records for having grown the longest okra in the world.When the housewife from Cockburn Pen, St Andrew, planted a few seeds of okra… Link: Longest okra ever? – Jamaican woman seeks to make Guinness Book of Records

Peter Vogel trial | No forced entry cop

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A police investigator testified yesterday that there was no sign of forced entry or exit at the home of former university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel on the night he was killed.Deputy Superintendent Webster Francis recounted that the house, located in… Link: Peter Vogel trial | No forced entry cop

Police facing public pushback without ganja ticket books

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Police personnel are complaining that the continued lack of ticket books for the enforcement of the revised ganja law is causing their authority to be questioned by some members of the public.”While we have been arresting some persons, we are still… Link: Police facing public pushback without ganja ticket books

CDF in record-setting half-hour sitting! – More than 30 projects approved in 30 minutes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner More than 30 projects sent to parliamentarians at the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament were yesterday morning approved in a record-setting, half-hour sitting.The sitting is usually an hour long.CDF Chairman Everald… Link: CDF in record-setting half-hour sitting! – More than 30 projects approved in 30 minutes

Gov't, NGOs to pump millions into juvenile reform

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of National Security, in seeking to get juvenile offenders get back on the right side of the law, yesterday launched its We Transform Youth Empowerment and Reintegration programme.The programme, themed ‘Save a Child, Save a Nation will… Link: Gov’t, NGOs to pump millions into juvenile reform

Bride gets mad after catching groom in bed with bridesmaid

Source: Jamaica Star A bride sought revenge after she caught her husband-to-be getting steamy under the bed sheets with one of her bridesmaids. A woman’s special day was left in tatters after she caught her fiance enjoying a night of passion with one of the… Link: Bride gets mad after catching groom in

Twenty gran fine for nearly 10 pounds of weed

Source: Jamaica Star A St Catherine man, who was held with almost 10 pounds of ganja, has been slapped with $20,800 fine. The man, Devon Douglas of Browns Hall, St Catherine, appeared before Tara Reid-Carr on Monday. He plead guilty to possession of ganja but not… Link: Twenty gran fine for nearly 10

Return of bauxite : Lunchtime! – Food vendors keep Alpart workers going

Source: Jamaica Star The reopening of Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart) at Nain in St Elizabeth, has presented opportunities for food vendors on whom the workers rely.Several vendors set up their portable stalls outside the plant… Link: Return of bauxite : Lunchtime! – Food vendors keep Alpart workers going

Terrorist dogs have farmers on edge

Source: Jamaica Star Dogs have been ripping through the livelihood of goat farmers in Clifton, Askenish and Mount Peace in Hanover, costing then tens of thousands of dollars in losses.One farmer, Ray Kerr of Clifton, said the onslaught by dogs began in March, costing… Link: Terrorist dogs have farmers on edge

Spell-off scores big in Mt Salem

Source: Jamaica Star Scores of residents fromvarious sections of Mt Salem in Montego Bay, St James, turned out in support of the inaugural spell-off last Sunday.The competition was staged by the Mandingo Youth Club in collaboration with the Women of Destiny Organisation… Link: Spell-off scores big in Mt Salem

Sickle cell never stopped me

Source: Jamaica Star Despite being diagnosed with sickle cell at age four, Tyrone Wilson’s life hasn’t been short of action, although he has to avoid getting involved in strenuous activities.But things have worked out quite nicely for Wilson, despite his health issues…. Link: Sickle cell never stopped me

British woman sentenced for $3m worth of drugs

Source: Jamaica Star A British woman, who was nabbed at the Sangster International Airport back in February, when she tried to board a flight to Germany with ganja and cocaine in her luggage, was sentenced when she appeared in the St James Parish Court yesterday.Alaha… Link: British woman sentenced for m worth of

Return of bauxite : Farmers say investments threatened by bauxite return

Source: Jamaica Star During the eight-year shutdown of Alpart, some farmers say their crops made a comeback.Now with the impending restart of bauxite production in the parish, they say their costly investments are threatened.THE STAR toured several farms in and around… Link: Return of bauxite : Farmers say investments threatened by bauxite return

McNeill demands crime plan

Source: Jamaica Star Concerned that serious crime is seeking to entrench itself in sections of western Jamaica, a long-standing lawmaker is calling for the Government to act quickly before things get worse.Dr Wykeham McNeill, the member of parliament for Western… Link: McNeill demands crime plan

Residents tired of scandal bag toilets

Source: Jamaica Star The lack of proper bathroom facilities has forced some residents in the inner-city community of Trench Town to find other ways to get rid of their waste.Without a toilet, scandal and plastic bags are the receptacles that some residents use to pass… Link: Residents tired of scandal bag toilets

Dog electrocuted by illegal connection

Source: Jamaica Star Director of Communications at the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Winsome Callum, wants to remind the public of the dangers of illegal connections after a dog was electrocuted on the weekend by an illegal connection that was lying in the floodwaters…. Link: Dog electrocuted by illegal connection

'MoBay can be paradise'

Source: Jamaica Star Aubrey Stewart, the youngster from Albion Lane in Montego Bay, who in 2015 introduced Barack Obama during town hall at the University of the West Indies, Mona, says he is hurt by the gun violence that has been ripping through the western parish.Some… Link: ‘MoBay can be paradise’

Poet Laureate spearheads poetry writing, self-defence programme for inner-city girls

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s first female Poet Laureate, Lorna Goodison, has hit the ground running, as 25 girls from inner-city Kingston, ages 11-14, are to benefit from a five-week summer programme that will couple poetry writing with basic self-defence principles… Link: Poet Laureate spearheads poetry writing, self-defence programme for inner-city girls

Take message to troubled communities, MoBay pastor urges colleagues

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Incensed by an apparent lack of appreciation for the negative impact that the upsurge in violent crimes has been having on western Jamaica, a cleric has challenged her ministerial colleagues to take their outreach to the affected… Link: Take message to troubled communities, MoBay pastor urges colleagues

Probe launched into stabbing of Norman Manley High student

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the stabbing of a Norman Manley High School student yesterday, resulting in the victim being hospitalised with a punctured lung.The student was stabbed six times by a schoolmate just… Link: Probe launched into stabbing of Norman Manley High student

Caribbean disaster agency monitoring flood events in Ja

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Ronald Jackson, head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), said that his organisation has taken on a ‘monitoring’ role in light of recent flood events that have severely impacted Jamaica.The island experienced severe… Link: Caribbean disaster agency monitoring flood events in Ja

Tardy OCG! – Oversight body knocked for failing to submit annual reports

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The hard-hitting anti-corruption commission of Parliament with responsibility for the monitoring and investigation of the award of government contracts, licences and permits has been thrown into the spotlight for its tardiness in submitting at least… Link: Tardy OCG! – Oversight body knocked for failing to submit annual reports

Alpart worker regrets eight-year closure

Source: Jamaica Star Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart) in Nain, St Elizabeth, was officially handed over to Chinese company Jiuquan Iron and Steel (JISCO) on November 24, 2016, and production is set to begin within two weeks.The plant, which was previously owned and… Link: Alpart worker regrets eight-year closure

Woman burns lover's mattress, money

Source: Jamaica Star A woman, who hauled her partner’s mattress on to the streets and burnt it along with $20,000 that was stashed under it, got off the hook when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.Angella Brown, and her lover, Alton… Link: Woman burns lover’s mattress, money

Flood victims feel neglected – MP asks them to be more patient

Source: Jamaica Star One month after floodwaters washed through their homes and swept away their animals, beds and clothes, residents of Pennants in North Central Clarendon are still looking to their political representatives to help them piece… Link: Flood victims feel neglected – MP asks them to be more patient

Toll rate hike July 1

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Come July 1, motorists who use the Portmore Toll Road, the Spanish Town Vineyards and the May Pen legs of Highway 2000 will be required to pay more, as the rates have been increased.Information reaching The Gleaner is that the toll rates will go up… Link: Toll rate hike July

No guarantees that deadly outbreak will not recur!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) has taken steps to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases such as klebsiella and serratia which killed several preterm babies, but there are no absolute guarantees that recurrences will not take… Link: No guarantees that deadly outbreak will not recur!

Westmoreland MP decries serious crimes in parish

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has called for the authorities to move decisively to stem what he described as the bloodletting in the parish.”In less than a week, the body of another beautiful young woman has been… Link: Westmoreland MP decries serious crimes in parish

'Foolishness!' – Golding slams Gonsalves over Venezuela crisis

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s decision to participate in discussions at the Organisation of American States (OAS) – whose general assembly starts today – over the Venezuela situation is “correct”, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said, as he chides opposing… Link: ‘Foolishness!’ – Golding slams Gonsalves over Venezuela crisis

Reid seriously considering 'Time Out' facilities

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Education Ruel Reid said the Government is prepared to take disruptive students from the regular school system and place them in what he is proposing as ‘Time Out’ facilities.Speaking to journalists during a Gleaner Editors’ Forum held… Link: Reid seriously considering ‘Time Out’ facilities

'Salacious headlines' threatening tourism sector

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica is at a delicate crossroad where the media will have to decide whether a culture of “read while you bleed” should take precedence over the national good.In a Gleaner interview yesterday, Bartlett… Link: ‘Salacious headlines’ threatening tourism sector

JUTC announces charter service rate increases

Source: Jamaica Star Persons using the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) charter services will be hit with a 30 per cent rate hike effective Monday.Cecil Thoms, the communication manager at the state-owned bus company said the increase will affect persons who charter… Link: JUTC announces charter service rate increases

Man beats babymother at police station

Source: Jamaica Star A man who beat his babymother while in full view of officers at a police station, was hauled before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to answer to his crimes on Friday.Twenty nine-year-old Marvin Brown, a salesman and painter of Linstead, St… Link: Man beats babymother at police station

Man on gun charges killed after leaving court

Source: Jamaica Star A Montego Bay man who was before the courts on gun-related charges was murdered shortly after being granted an extension to his bail in the St James Parish Court yesterday.”While we don’t have all the details at this time, we can confirm that the… Link: Man on gun charges killed

Cows about to get passports

Source: Jamaica Star Dr Karl Wellington, a cattle farmer in St Elizabeth, said he is eager for the implementation of the National Animal Identification and Traceability System.”I would enrol in the programme as soon as it comes to St Elizabeth,” the 80-year-old… Link: Cows about to get passports

Man robbed by prostitutes

Source: Jamaica Star A man was ganged, beaten up, and robbed by three persons, who appear to be cross-dressers in New Kingston.The incident, which is believed to have taken place recently, was filmed and a video has been circulating online. The aggressors, who are… Link: Man robbed by prostitutes

Quashie River runs red – residents think it is mermaid blood

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Freeman’s Hall in southern Trelawny got the scare of their lives this week when their usually clear flowing Quashie River turned red.Hugh Dixon, an environmentalist who resides in Albert Town, said persons speculated wildly about the… Link: Quashie River runs red – residents think it is mermaid blood

Winston Barr gets hands on with fathering

Source: Jamaica Star “Him nuh have no hand, but he made sure to provide for my sister and I in every aspect. Him a the best father me could ever ask for. He is really determined,” a proud Melisa Barr told THE WEEKEND STAR as she spoke of her father, Winston Barr.To show…

Not hair police – Ministry will still allow latitude with school-grooming policy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will shortly roll out its policy guidelines on the grooming standards for students as it relates to styling of their hair, uniform, and general deportment, portfolio minister Ruel Reid disclosed… Link: Not hair police – Ministry will still allow latitude with school-grooming policy

No immediate shift to zoning of schools – Reid

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A proposed formal policy for the zoning of secondary schools will not be in place for the 2019 implementation of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which is slated to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), stated Ruel Reid, minister of… Link: No immediate shift to zoning of schools –

Another murder rocks troubled Hanover

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Blood continued to flow with impunity in crime-plagued Hanover as rampaging gunmen snuffed out yet another life on Wednesday night. The latest killing brings to five the number of persons brutally murdered in the parish since Tuesday…. Link: Another murder rocks troubled Hanover

Labour ministry accused of misleading constituents about farm work programme

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Some members of parliament (MPs) have alleged that key persons in the labour and social security ministry are deliberately misleading members of the public that political representatives could be blocking their efforts to get on the farm work… Link: Labour ministry accused of misleading constituents about farm work programme

Suicide rate down in 2016, but higher incidence among males – PIOJ

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Notwithstanding reports in the latest Economic and Social Survey produced by the Planning Institute of Jamaica that 55 Jamaicans committed suicide in 2016, Professor Fredrick Hickling, a leading psychiatrist, says that the country has one of the… Link: Suicide rate down in 2016, but higher incidence among males – PIOJ

LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL … Portmore Welder convicted of murder

Source: Jamaica Star A seven-member jury today found Christopher Locke guilty of murder. He was on trial for the October 2011 murder of Sanchez Clayton who died from burns sustained after her house was set ablaze. The prosecution led evidence that Locke had threatened… Link: LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL … Portmore Welder convicted

Mount Ogle road to be closed for repairs

Source: Jamaica Star A section of the Nolan Hill to Border main road in St. Andrew, will be closed to vehicular traffic starting on Monday. The closure, which will be in effect for three months, is to facilitate repairs to a breakaway in Mount Ogle. During the closure… Link: Mount Ogle road to

Elvis Presley impersonator fails to make cut

Source: Jamaica Star One may have thought that it was Christmas in June at the Manchester High School last Sunday as Michael Crawford was dressed as if it were the Yultide season. But he wasn’t singing ‘Oh Holy Night’ or ‘Jingle Bell’. Instead… Link: Elvis Presley impersonator fails to make cut

Flowing rivers, dry pipes – Llandewey residents beg for water

Source: Jamaica Star Hurt is an understatement for how some residents of Llandewey in St Thomas say they feel about the water situation in their community.It’s not the lack of water sources in the area that saddens them, but their… Link: Flowing rivers, dry pipes – Llandewey residents beg for water

Gov't urged to press CARICOM on free movement of workers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Weeks away from the annual meeting of CARICOM heads, one Jamaican legislator has made it clear that the Government here must insist that its regional counterparts amend their laws to facilitate free movement of workers or threaten them with… Link: Gov’t urged to press CARICOM on free movement of workers

Pedestrians shun overhead bridges

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Scores of pedestrians are shunning overhead bridges constructed around the Corporate Area to allow them safe passage across busy roadways, putting their lives in danger in the process.The reason put forward by some pedestrians for not using them is… Link: Pedestrians shun overhead bridges

Spanish investors bullish on Jamaica – Demand remains high despite crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite the escalating crime rate and the country’s dip on the global Corruption Perception Index, newly appointed Spanish Ambassador Josep Maria Bosch Bessa said that Jamaica is still a big deal for investors from his country.”Spanish businesses… Link: Spanish investors bullish on Jamaica – Demand remains high despite crime

Opposition rubbishes explanation for granting UC Rusal waiver

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite drastic improvements in conditions for profit making such as declining oil prices, Jamaica has granted a full bauxite levy waiver to Windalco, a decision one opposition parliamentarian has labelled “scandalous”. But the Government is… Link: Opposition rubbishes explanation for granting UC Rusal waiver

China to build western Ja children's hospital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said that he expects ground to be broken for the construction of a 220-bed children’s hospital on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James before the end of the current… Link: China to build western Ja children’s hospital

Informers wanted – As calls to hotlines dip, J'cans urged to report corruption

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite at least two dedicated telephone systems where persons can call anonymously and report cases of corruption, Jamaicans are staying silent and not blowing the whistle.The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Office… Link: Informers wanted – As calls to hotlines dip, J’cans urged to report corruption

Peter Vogel murder trial | accused helper changed her name

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A teacher at the William Knibb Baptist Academy in Trelawny testified yesterday that Yanika Scott, the woman charged with the murder of university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel, had registered for classes at the institution using a different name.Grantley… Link: Peter Vogel murder trial | accused helper changed her name

National ID system a priority for government

Source: Jamaica Star Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. He said the system will have a “positive transformational effect” on the country and serve to improve… Link: National ID system a priority for government

One daughter dead, another pregnant at 11

Source: Jamaica Star Life for one mother has been thrown into a tailspin after her 11-year-old, now a ward of the State, was allegedly raped and impregnated.This comes four years after the death of another daughter, allegedly at the hands of her lover who is now on… Link: One daughter dead, another pregnant

Vendors plea for help after Redemption Arcade fire

Source: Jamaica Star Sitting among the burnt commercial goods drenched by water from firefighters’ hoses in the Redemption Arcade in downtown Kingston yesterday, vendor Icyline Henry, 78, remembers the other two times fire destroyed all her goods in an arcade in the… Link: Vendors plea for help after Redemption Arcade fire

Owner jumps into burning building to help control fire

Source: Jamaica Star Mere hours after the Kingston and St Andrew Fire Division brought a fire at a section of Redemption Arcade under control, they were summoned to put out a blaze in a warehouse on Princess Street in downtown Kingston yesterday morning.Deputy… Link: Owner jumps into burning building to help control fire

'Madman' beaten after breaking bank glass

Source: Jamaica Star The Linstead police are investigating an incident in which a man said to be of unsound mind broke the glass doors of a bank and entered the establishment on Saturday.Video footage of the ordeal has been circulating online, showing angry citizens… Link: ‘Madman’ beaten after breaking bank glass

Simpson Miller, Davies end political career June 29

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Dr Omar Davies, a senior figure in past People’s National Party (PNP) administrations, will at the end of the month step down from representational politicals, after each serving more than 20 years in… Link: Simpson Miller, Davies end political career June 29

Teacher challenged herself as she prepared GSAT students

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In preparing her students for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Nicole Fray-Johnson had to do something she had never done before.The grade six coordinator at Rollington Town Primary School in Kingston said she was led to share her experience… Link: Teacher challenged herself as she prepared GSAT students

'I should have done more for children'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Her accomplishments are extensive and well documented, but departing president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Kelly Tomblin, said one of her biggest regrets was not advocating more for Jamaican children.The… Link: ‘I should have done more for children’

Crime leading to blood shortage, say specialists

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With Jamaica recording close to 630 murders since the start of the year, some blood specialists believe that the associated violence might be contributing to a shortage of blood at the National Blood Transfusion Service.The claim comes as Jamaicans… Link: Crime leading to blood shortage, say specialists

Make It Legendary | Wayne DaCosta – The horse whisperer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Wayne DaCosta is widely regarded as one of the best horse trainers in Jamaica. He has saddled more than 2,000 winners and is the leading trainer at Caymanas Park.However, DaCosta, who has been involved with racing for… Link: Make It Legendary | Wayne DaCosta – The horse whisperer

Quallo outlines short-term measures to tackle crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner George Quallo, Jamaica’s police chief, has signalled that the security forces will be moving to take control of some of the most volatile communities across the island as part of the short-term measures to help stem the wave of murders that left a… Link: Quallo outlines short-term measures to tackle

JCF to re-establish anti-corruption unit at police inspectorate to probe rogue cops

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The police commissioner George Quallo has announced that an anti-corruption unit will be re-established in the Inspectorate of Constabulary to deal with complaints against rogue cops. At present the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency deals with corruption complaints involving police personnel. Link: JCF to re-establish anti-corruption unit at police

Captain Burrell's funeral set for Wednesday, June 28

Source: Jamaica Star The funeral for the late president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, will take place on Wednesday, June 28. Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, said the funeral will take place at the… Link: Captain Burrell’s funeral set for Wednesday, June 28

How the police will cut crime amid cop shortage

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Police Commissioner George Quallo today sought to assure that the police will be able to make a significant dent in crime despite the critical shortage of cops. Just over 11,000 police personnel make up the Jamaica Constabulary Force – that’s almost 2,000 fewer than the 13,000 target. Link: How

Portia, Omar resign from politics this month

Source: Jamaica Star After 35 years as a member of parliament, Portia Simpson Miller will resign as the parliamentary representative for South West St Andrew on June 29. Simpson Miller, who twice served as prime minister, will bow out at the same time as her… Link: Portia, Omar resign from politics this month

Baby clothes for rent

Source: Jamaica Star An environmentally conscious Danish entrepreneur, Vigga Svensson, has created a business in which she rents out baby clothes to parents. “Babies grow and clothes do not grow, that’s why we got the idea to rent out kids clothes,”… Link: Baby clothes for rent

Grange to give update on Bolt statue

Source: Jamaica Star Amid an Internet firestorm of controversy surrounding a statue, said to be that of Usain Bolt, Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is set to update the nation on the progress being made on the showpiece. Grange has already dismissed as… Link: Grange to give update on Bolt statue

Father charged after daughter dies in crash

Source: Jamaica Star Omeal Riley, otherwise called ‘Twisted’ of Steer Town, St. Ann, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving on Friday after his daughter, two-year-old Omealia Riley, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle… Link: Father charged after daughter dies in crash

Fire destroys L.P Azar warehouse downtown

Source: Jamaica Star Mere hours after Kingston and St Andrew Fire Division brought a fire Redemption Market under control, they were summoned to put out another blaze in a warehouse on Princess Street in downtown Kingston. Valarie Dixon, deputy superintendent at the… Link: Fire destroys L.P Azar warehouse downtown

Four relatives killed in Hanover attack

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Four members of one family were last night killed in Mt Pleasant, Hanover as criminals continue to wreak havoc in the rural community, which has also had a triple murder and a double murder since the start of the year. The identities of last night’s victims are not yet known. Link: Four relatives killed in Hanover attack

Government moves to expand production

Source: Jamaica Star De facto agriculture minister J.C. Hutchinson says the ministry plans to roll out a massive programme to encourage the cultivation of crops such as including Scotch bonnet pepper, pineapple, strawberry and sweet potato.He said these will be done in… Link: Government moves to expand production

Residents want senior cops in the street

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Hanover are calling for the police to rebuild trust by re-implementing community policing strategies, which helped to keep crime levels at the lowest in the island up to the mid-2000s.The calls come even as commanding officer for the… Link: Residents want senior cops in the street

J'can dads stepping up … more fathers on birth certificates

Source: Jamaica Star Provisional statistics from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) for live births occurring in the first quarter of 2017, show 4,270 of the 6,840 births had a father’s name registered on the birth certificate…. Link: J’can dads stepping up … more fathers on birth certificates

Young's Daycare and Preschool win quiz competition

Source: Jamaica Star Young’s Daycare and Preschool from Hopewell emerged champions of the Hanover Parish Library Network’s 3rd Annual Early Childhood Quiz Competition, which was held at the Hopewell Branch Library recently. They edged the Sandy Bay Seventh Day Adventist… Link: Young’s Daycare and Preschool win quiz competition

Policy change, SUVS coming to JCF

Source: Jamaica Star National Security Minister Robert Montague has announced that the Government is moving to change the policy as it relates to police personnel when they pass away.Montague, speaking at the funeral of the late Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy… Link: Policy change, SUVS coming to JCF

Optimism high as work resumes at Alpart

Source: Jamaica Star The reopening of the Alpart/JISCO Alumina Refinery in Nain is forecasted to generate increased economic activities for the residents of St. Elizabeth once the plant becomes fully operational.The effects of the resumption of bauxite production are… Link: Optimism high as work resumes at Alpart

Wanted man to be extradited

Source: Jamaica Star A Jamaican man who was listed among the top 10 most wanted in the United States of America is to be extradited.The man, who has been identified as 35-year-old Gregory Gooden of Allamand Avenue in Black River, St Elizabeth, was ordered extradited… Link: Wanted man to be extradited

Seismic shift – JSIF to help earthquake unit become better prepared

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus will today sign a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), which will see the university’s Earthquake Unit getting support valued at $104 million to… Link: Seismic shift – JSIF to help earthquake unit become better prepared

Jamaica Broilers boss warns against complacency in agriculture sector

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Christopher Levy, president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Broilers Group, has warned against complacency in light of recent gains in the agricultural sector. Commenting on the growing professional approach to livestock rearing, as well… Link: Jamaica Broilers boss warns against complacency in agriculture sector

Police federation wants watchdog for INDECOM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, has come out strongly against the Government’s position to dispense with a recommendation by a joint select committee of Parliament to establish a non-executive board to oversee the… Link: Police federation wants watchdog for INDECOM

Increased job opportunities in ICT – technology minister

Source: Jamaica Star The Government is optimistic about increased job prospects for Jamaicans in the area of information and communication Technology.Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley said activities being embarked on such as the transformation of public-sector… Link: Increased job opportunities in ICT – technology minister

Inmates, youth offenders to help 'Jamaica 55' celebrations

Source: Jamaica Star Inmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talent as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations.State minister for national security Pearnel Charles Jr says the inmates will be making their contributions… Link: Inmates, youth offenders to help ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations

Upgrading work to begin on Spanish Town Hospital

Source: Jamaica Star The Government is moving ahead with plans to rehabilitate the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said that the technical work for the project would be undertaken this year.He said that the objective is to… Link: Upgrading work to begin on Spanish Town Hospital

Thousands flock floating book fair

Source: Jamaica Star Patrons who attended the final day of the Logos Hope Floating Book Fair in Kingston had to endure over two hours of waiting in the pelting sun before boarding the vessel, but many said it was well worth the wait. About 2 p.m. on Saturday, some 3,334… Link: Thousands flock

Phone thief gets a 'bly' – complainant begs judge for mercy

Source: Jamaica Star A Kingston man was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, but his sentence has been suspended at the mercy of the complainant.Matthew Brown was charged with simple larceny. It is alleged… Link: Phone thief gets a ‘bly’ – complainant begs judge for mercy

Woman freed of 'love triangle' murder charge

Source: Jamaica Star A St Catherine woman who stabbed another to death during a dispute was found not guilty of murder in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Friday.She is Shellita Brown, a 22-year-old labourer of Christian Gardens Portmore, St Catherine. Brown was… Link: Woman freed of ‘love triangle’ murder charge

GSAT invigilators yet to be paid

Source: Jamaica Star While the students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March are still revelling in the results from last week, some of the invigilators have yet to receive payment for the work they did during the two-day examinations.One invigilator,… Link: GSAT invigilators yet to be paid

University students getting high off weed brownies

Source: Jamaica Star The production and sale of weed brownies have become a profitable business for at least one student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.Amy* said she has been making and selling the brownies for about year and makes “100 per cent profit… Link: University students getting high off

'Special Father' gets support

Source: Jamaica Star Since THE STAR featured Richard Consalvaries, a struggling single father who has been caring for his chronically ill daughter, he said he has been getting an outpouring of support from many persons who have been touched by his unconditional love for… Link: ‘Special Father’ gets support

Steve Lyston | You were born for a purpose

Source: Jamaica Gleaner God created us all with gifts, talents and solutions to change the world. It is critical for us to bring it forth. But in doing so, many are afraid to start small, when we are told not to forsake or despise small beginnings. Fulfilling God’s… Link: Steve Lyston | You

Make it Legendary | Christanya making a splash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The great thing about sports is that you constantly have to prove yourself. At just nine years old, Christanya Shirley already knows she has to get herself fully engaged, becoming more familiar with her sport and consistently improving each action… Link: Make it Legendary | Christanya making a splash

Stars salute Bolt

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As the track and field world stopped to watch Usain Bolt run his last race on home soil at the JN Racers Grand Prix ‘Salute To A Legend’ at the National Stadium on Saturday, a number of the sport’s biggest stars who were there to witness the moment… Link: Stars

Chik-V still affecting citizens three years later – Doctor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Three years after the islandwide outbreak of the chikungunya virus (chik-V), a number of persons are still experiencing debilitating effects.That is according to consultant rheumatologist Dr Stacy Davis, who, in giving an overview of the after-… Link: Chik-V still affecting citizens three years later – Doctor

'Time to get serious about crime fix for Kgn'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Crime and violence run the risk of crippling efforts to reposition Kingston as a tourist destination, according to businessman Chris Jarrett, head of the Kingston chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association.”We have been saying this for… Link: ‘Time to get serious about crime fix for Kgn’

Deadly start to June part of worrying trend – Bunting

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party (PNP) said that it was concerned about murder statistics, which have revealed that up to last week Saturday, 639 persons had been killed since the start of the year. The first 10 days of June accounted for 68 of those… Link: Deadly start to June part

Emergency funds needed to fight crime – Bunting

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With Jamaica averaging close to four murders per day over the first 160 days of 2017, Opposition Spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting is calling on the Government to urgently make more money available to the security forces to stop the… Link: Emergency funds needed to fight crime – Bunting

Driver exists seat of moving bus

Source: Jamaica Star A video has been circulating online which appears to show a male driver of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus getting up out of his seat while the bus was moving along the Portmore leg of Highway 2000.In the video three-minute video, the… Link: Driver exists seat of moving bus

DRIVER EXITS SEAT OF MOVING BUS

Source: Jamaica Star | DRIVER EXITS SEAT OF MOVING BUS A video has been circulating online which appears to show a male driver of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus getting up out of his seat while the bus was moving along the Portmore leg of Highway 2000.In the video three-minute video, the…

Former crime chief targets crooked lawyers

Source: Jamaica Star | Former crime chief targets crooked lawyers Former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields, through his company Shields Crime and Security Consultant, is offerings free consultations to individuals whose attorneys hold on to money after they have won legal cases on their behalf.After…

Campion-bound trio tops GSAT for Vaz

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Campion-bound trio tops GSAT for Vaz Prestigious and academically powerful are choice adjectives a trio of Vaz Preparatory students have attributed to their first-choice school, Campion College, where they will attend come September.Top performers for their institution, the trio tied…

Minister questioned in OCG probe of Rooms on the Beach sale

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Minister questioned in OCG probe of Rooms on the Beach sale The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is probing the Government’s sale of a prized beachfront property in Ocho Rios, St Ann, to Mexican investors allegedly without due regard to valuation reports.The extent of the disregard for the valuation…

Thwaites : Early childhood schools Cinderellas of education system

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Thwaites : Early childhood schools Cinderellas of education system Calling early-childhood institutions the Cinderellas of Jamaica’s education system, former Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites declared it was now time to focus on the formative years of children in order to mould and craft their young minds for…

Chuck criticised for buggery comments accusing Church of being a hindrance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Chuck criticised for buggery comments accusing Church of being a hindrance A suggestion by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck to over 30 parliamentarians from several CARICOM partners that they should lead by removing the buggery law in their countries, as the Church was the main hindrance in achieving this objective, has not…

Concerns raised over dredging of Falmouth Pier

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Concerns raised over dredging of Falmouth Pier WESTERN BUREAU:A decision has been taken to further dredge the Falmouth Pier in the second quarter of this year. The dredging is to facilitate an expansion of the US$269 million pier, which was opened in March 2011.Mervis Edghill, a senior vice-…

#LIGHTONVIOLENCE | Hanover determined to fight criminal elements

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | #LIGHTONVIOLENCE | Hanover determined to fight criminal elements WESTERN BUREAU:While extortion is not a major problem in western Jamaica, overall security remains a significant challenge in places like Hanover, where the high incidence of crime, especially murders, is driving fear into the business community.”…

'Willing' Ashley overcomes challenges to solve GSAT

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Willing’ Ashley overcomes challenges to solve GSAT “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life,” isn’t an expression often voiced by children at the primary school level, but for 13-year-old Ashley Keymist, it has become a mantra.A grade six student of Vaz…

Ten dead in murderous 24 hours

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Ten dead in murderous 24 hours Hoodlums went on a murderous rampage across several parishes in the 24 hours between Thursday and yesterday, leaving a trail of 10 bodies.Clarendon was again at the epicentre of the carnage, as a triple murder in the community of New Bowen accounted…

Water shops to help dry communities

Source: Jamaica Star | Water shops to help dry communities Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the ministry’s responsibility to provide minor water supply will be bolstered by the acquisition of the rolling stock of the Rapid Response Unit. The unit was created a number of years ago under…

Residents beg for 'red flag' – to be lifted

Source: Jamaica Star | Residents beg for ‘red flag’ – to be lifted Residents of Kidd Lane in Kingston say a ‘red flag’ has been placed on their community by the security forces, cramping any possibility of social enrichment since the start of the year.They, however, understand the flip side, as multiple murders and…

Dying baby gets surgery date

Source: Jamaica Star | Dying baby gets surgery date SICK baby gets surgery dateWhen she was just six months old, doctors told Alacia Trail’s parents that she was suffering from biliary atresia, a rare liver disease.They said that she would not live much longer than a year without getting a liver…

More than $1 billion for housing projects

Source: Jamaica Star | More than billion for housing projects Cabinet has approved contracts valued at approximately J$1.36 billion to carry out infrastructure works for housing projects in Clarendon.These are the Sevens and Longville Park housing developments and Monymusk Country Estate.Information Minister…

Sick baby gets surgery date

Source: Jamaica Star | Sick baby gets surgery date When she was just six months old, doctors told Alacia Trail’s parents that she was suffering from biliary atresia, a rare liver disease.They said that she would not live much longer than a year without getting a liver…

Voice UK auction to honour Bolt, Coach Mills

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Voice UK auction to honour Bolt, Coach Mills A development programme for young athletes training with the Racers Track Club will be given a boost as the club is set to benefit from the proceeds of a charity dinner and auction in London, to be hosted by The Voice newspaper and

Usain Bolt: Legend – New book means a lot to sprint icon

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Usain Bolt: Legend – New book means a lot to sprint icon Countless pages have documented his unmatched dominance, innumerable words have been penned; but for Jamaican sprinting icon Usain Bolt, the latest publication to celebrate his journey and successes holds a special significance.Usain Bolt: Legend, a…

Gleaner hails sprinting star Bolt with keepsake edition

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gleaner hails sprinting star Bolt with keepsake edition As a salute to the greatest in track and field, Usain Bolt, The Gleaner has produced a souvenir publication, which will be available to the public next month.The book, which traces the athlete’s career from Sherwood Content in Trelawny to the top of…

JPS blackout costs country $340 million

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JPS blackout costs country 0 million The April 17, 2016, islandwide power outage cost the Jamaican economy $340 million in losses, stated consultant with the Office of Utilities Regulation Valentine Fagan.He pointed out that the poor decisions made by the Jamaica Public Service Company…

Light On Violence | Hanover stakeholders join the war on crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Light On Violence | Hanover stakeholders join the war on crime WESTERN BUREAU:With 31 murders committed in the parish since the start of the year, which reflects a more than 100 per cent increase for the corresponding period in 2016, the Hanover Parish Development Committee (PDC) has embarked on programmes…

Boys top GSAT language arts, results available today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Boys top GSAT language arts, results available today For the first time in five years, male students have outperformed their female counterparts in a subject area, recording an 8.2 per cent increase for English language in the 2017 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Boys registered a mean percentage…

Partnering strategies key to economic growth – IDB

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Partnering strategies key to economic growth – IDB Partnerships between governments and civil society and the leveraging of technology are urgent requirements for achieving robust economic growth and prosperity in the Caribbean, noted Therese Turner-Jones of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (…

New JPS president and CEO takes office August 1

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | New JPS president and CEO takes office August 1 Canada’s Emanuel DaRosa is to assume office as president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) on August 1.Yesterday, the JPS confirmed that DaRosa would succeed Kelly Tomblin.Tomblin demits office onJuly 7.”Emanuel…

Light On Violence | Scammers taking over the gangs – Watson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Light On Violence | Scammers taking over the gangs – Watson WESTERN BUREAU:With pressure from law enforcement and the fear of extradition making lottery scamming less lucrative and appealing, lottery scammers in western Jamaica are said to be merging into existing criminal gangs to create new avenues to…

Jamaican breaks Internet with waterslide stunt

Source: Jamaica Star | Jamaican breaks Internet with waterslide stunt A jaw-dropping video of Jamaican Rolando Johnson skilfully gliding down a waterslide, skiing all the way across the pool and amazingly landing on the pool deck on his feet, while managing to adjust his shirt as he lands has been making its way…

Huge boost in Jamaican sales for US$435 million jackpot draw

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Huge boost in Jamaican sales for US5 million jackpot draw  (Advertorial) All eyes are on the US this Saturday after Powerball rolled over to US$475 million.** Many tens of thousands of Jamaicans are going online to play Powerball online through theLotter, so the chance that a Jamaican will win the…

US family risk being broken up as father faces deportation

Source: Jamaica Star | US family risk being broken up as father faces deportation More than 100 persons have so far responded with money to help the family of a Jamaican in the United States who is locked up and awaiting deportation. The Jamaican, Ricky Morgan, was reportedly detained by immigration officials on June 5.

BLAME THE GANGSTERS … Security minister says gangs driving murder figures

Source: Jamaica Star | BLAME THE GANGSTERS … Security minister says gangs driving murder figures Robert Montague says waring gangsters are responsible for driving up Jamaica’s murder toll. According to the national security minister, many of the murders are inter- and intra-gang related arising from increased police intelligence and…

Cops issue advisory ahead of Usain Bolt's last local race

Source: Jamaica Star | Cops issue advisory ahead of Usain Bolt’s last local race Persons who will be attending the Annual Racers Grand Prix Track Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 10, 2017 are being advised to take note of the following stipulations regarding prohibited items and licensed firearm holders….

Student killed in fight at school

Source: Jamaica Star | Student killed in fight at school Seventeen-year-old Renardo Dixon of Porus, Manchester, was fatally stabbed by another student on the Porus High School compound yesterday afternoon.According to police reports, at about 2:40 p.m., Dixon was at school when a dispute developed between…

Relatives suffer during 'GP' fire

Source: Jamaica Star | Relatives suffer during ‘GP’ fire Several relatives of inmates being housed at the Tower Street Correctional Facility in Kingston yesterday flocked the location to ascertain the safety of their loved ones inside as a massive fire engulfed a section of the facility.”Me cousin, Dwight…

Hanover commander vows to reduce murders

Source: Jamaica Star | Hanover commander vows to reduce murders After seeing the murder rate for the Hanover Police Division increase more than that of any other division for the first half of the year when compared to the corresponding period last year, Commander for the Division, Sharon Beeput, has vowed to…

SALUTE TO A GREAT CAPTAIN

Source: Jamaica Star | SALUTE TO A GREAT CAPTAIN Jamaica’s football suffered a major blow yesterday with the passing of Captain Horace Burrell, the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and FIFA official.Burrell, 67, died overseas Tuesday afternoon after being ill for some time.As…

Arnett nice again … premier league win boosts community

Source: Jamaica Star | Arnett nice again … premier league win boosts community Arnett nice again… premier league win boosts communityArnett Gardens’ triumph over Portmore in the 2016/17 Red Stripe Premier League finals is more than a win for a football club, it is a victory for the community and its people.Norman Jones, who…

Wanted man turns himself in

Source: Jamaica Star | Wanted man turns himself in A man known only as ‘Little Junior’ of Barnes Road in Rockfort, Kingston, who was listed as wanted by the Kingston Eastern police last Sunday, turned himself in to the police yesterday.He was escorted to the police by his attorney.Dwayne Barrett,…

Bon Voyage, Captain

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bon Voyage, Captain Shock and grief descended upon the Jamaican sporting fraternity yesterday, as news of the passing of Captain Horace Burrell, perennial president of the Jamaica Football Association (JFF), hit the world. Absent from the local scene for a…

Burrell hailed as a 'visionary'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Burrell hailed as a ‘visionary’ WESTERN BUREAU: Captain Horace Burrell is being hailed as a visionary who was ahead of his time, by business leaders and close allies in western Jamaica.”His heart was basically to ensure that football remained at an international level and his…

Football has lost a cornerstone

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Football has lost a cornerstone Yesterday’s passing of Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell has plunged Jamaica into mourning. As news spread, tributes poured in from all over the world and supporters took to social media to share their grief and pay their…

Contractor general seeks to question head of health authority in debushing probe

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Contractor general seeks to question head of health authority in debushing probe Contractor General Dirk Harrison late yesterday made a public appeal for Tyrone Robinson, chairman of the North East Regional Health Authority, to make himself available to answer questions in the probe of the controversial $600-million debushing…

Mother, daughter believed to be buried in boyfriend's bedroom – Suspect now on the run

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Mother, daughter believed to be buried in boyfriend’s bedroom – Suspect now on the run WESTERN BUREAU:Forensic experts are to return today to continue investigations related to the disappearance of 24-year-old Nadian Dyer and her three-year-old daughter, Orlandie Malcolm, who were believed to be murdered and buried inside a bedroom in…

Controversial hay – project still operational

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Controversial hay – project still operational The agriculture ministry on Monday confirmed that it has not suspended the operations of a multimillion-dollar hay production project financed by taxpayers, despite a damning audit that found that lax oversight had resulted in millions of dollars in…

Police probe fatal shooting near Cross Roads

Source: Jamaica Star | Police probe fatal shooting near Cross Roads The St Andrew Central police are now probing a fatal shooting which occurred in the Cross Roads area of St Andrew a short while ago. Details reaching our news team are that loud explosions were heard about 9 p.m. on the main road leading

Tributes pour in for Captain Horace Burrell

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tributes pour in for Captain Horace Burrell The nation’s political leaders have reacted with shock to the passing of Captain Horace Garfield Burrell. Burrell, the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) died Tuesday evening in the United States where he was undergoing…

5 WORST PICK-UP LINES

Source: Jamaica Star | 5 WORST PICK-UP LINES People often say men have a way with words. “Baby, buck yuh toe and drop ina mi life nuh!” This is what…

More promises for Goodyear in St Thomas

Source: Jamaica Star | More promises for Goodyear in St Thomas Yet another announcement has been made about converting the old Goodyear tyre factory in St Thomas into a place where people can gain employment. The factory employed more than 200 people until its abrupt closure in 1997. Adding to a growing…

Cop pepper-sprays colleague by accident

Source: Jamaica Star | Cop pepper-sprays colleague by accident Policemen posted in the Kidd Lane community, off Spanish Town Road, to deter criminal attacks from opposing gangs, got into action yesterday while our news team was roving the Kingston 13 area.But this time around, there was no issue among gangs….

Women fearful following fatal attack

Source: Jamaica Star | Women fearful following fatal attack Female residents are cowering in fear following the attack on councillor Karl Blake and the fatal shooting of his secretary Maxine Simpson on Sunday night at their divisional office on Spanish Town Road.Yesterday, when THE STAR visited the area,…

Family to plan 'two-in-one funeral' after tragedy

Source: Jamaica Star | Family to plan ‘two-in-one funeral’ after tragedy A St Elizabeth family is now planning a ‘two-in-one’ funeral for two relatives who died a month apart, as a result of injuries they received in an arson attack at their home on April 29.Ophelia Baker, 25, passed on Thursday June 1 at the

Traffic arrangement in Lucea stifling rum bar

Source: Jamaica Star | Traffic arrangement in Lucea stifling rum bar The recent enforcement initiative launched by the Hanover Municipal Corporation to clamp down on illegal parking in Lucea, has not gone down well with at least one business operator in the town.Carlton Allen, who operates Carlton and Sons Graphics…

Pregnant 17-year-old girl killed

Source: Jamaica Star | Pregnant 17-year-old girl killed Police in Clarendon are currently trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of two teenagers, including a pregnant female, who were killed in the community of Farm yesterday.Dead is 19-year-old Romario Hylton, otherwise called Rick…

Fear grips Trelawny seniors

Source: Jamaica Star | Fear grips Trelawny seniors While residents in Trelawny have a good reason to celebrating ‘old age,’ being the home parish of the world’s oldest person, 117 years old Violet Brown, they also have reasons to be sadden by the savagery some of the ‘old timers’ have experience…

No charges yet for duo arrested in Lowe River murder

Source: Jamaica Star | No charges yet for duo arrested in Lowe River murder Superintendent Clive Blair of the Trelawny police division says two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Otis Patrick in the community of Lowe River.However they are yet to be charged.”They are to do a question and answer,”…

North Street repairs continue this week

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | North Street repairs continue this week Road repairs being carried out by the National Water Commission (NWC) along East and North streets in Kingston may be completed as soon as today, accordingto Karen Williams, acting corporate and public relations manager at NWC.In the aftermath of…

'Justice a come fi dem,' wails friend of slain PNP Comrade

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Justice a come fi dem,’ wails friend of slain PNP Comrade The two women clutched each other shaking, their wails deafening behind Bible verses as they mourned the killing of Maxine Simpson, assistant to Karl Blake, People’s National Party (PNP)councillor for the Greenwich Town division in the St Andrew…

Government rushes to modernise company laws

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Government rushes to modernise company laws Late last year, the Andrew Holness administration was plunged into controversy over the telecoms licences it issued to Symbiote Investments Limited, the company whose true beneficiaries the Government admitted were unknown.Last Friday, the Senate…

Japan lends millions to rehabilitate NWC's St Catherine treatment plant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Japan lends millions to rehabilitate NWC’s St Catherine treatment plant The population increase in the greater Spanish Town area in St Catherine has led the Japanese Embassy in Kingston to grant the Jamaican Government millions of dollars in loans to rehabilitate and expand the National Water Commission’s (NWC) water…

Authorities launch probe into illegal gas station

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Authorities launch probe into illegal gas station The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the police have launched investigations into the illegal sale of gasolene at an unauthorised property on Beechwood Avenue in the St Andrew Central Police Division, which was revealed in a…

Job cuts coming for FSC – Shaw confirms Latibeaudiere as new financial secretary

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Job cuts coming for FSC – Shaw confirms Latibeaudiere as new financial secretary As part of the reorganisation process, job cuts are being planned for the Financial Services Commission (FSC), which is expected to be headed by Everton McFarlane, who stepped down recently as financial secretary.But Howard Mitchell, chairman of the…

Lady Cooke dies at 100

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Lady Cooke dies at 100 Lady Cooke, the widow of former governor general Sir Howard Cooke has died. Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement on Twitter this afternoon. “Just heard that Lady Ivy Cooke, widow of Sir Howard Cooke has passed. She…

Schoolgirls throw blows in bus park brawl

Source: Jamaica Star | Schoolgirls throw blows in bus park brawl A group of schoolgirls embroiled in a physical onslaught that sent scores of passengers and vendors at the Half-Way Tree Transport  Centre running for cover on Friday.Fists were thrown as vendors who are usually positioned to the front of the bus…

A plea for water – Portia's constituents want relief

Source: Jamaica Star | A plea for water – Portia’s constituents want relief Residents of Norman Lane, Kingston 13 say they have been plagued by a chronic water shortage for years. John Bell, who has lived in the community since 1969, says that the residents have to…

Cocaine spike! – Police uncovering more drugs

Source: Jamaica Star | Cocaine spike! – Police uncovering more drugs The Narcotics police have observed a spike in the amount of cocaine being trafficked in Jamaica and subsequent seizure by the authorities.In the latest discovery, at Gordon Cay at the Kingston Container Terminal on Wednesday, the police have…

PNP councillor shot, secretary killed

Source: Jamaica Star | PNP councillor shot, secretary killed A People’s National Party (PNP) councillor was last night shot and injured in a daring gun attack at his political office off Spanish Town Road at about 8 p.mThe councillor, Karl Blake, represents Greenwich Town in Member of Parliament Portia Simpson…

High powered rifle found in Rockfort

Source: Jamaica Star | High powered rifle found in Rockfort The East Kingston police yesterday discovered a Galil Ace 22 rifle, which bears the insignia of the Haitian police in the war torn community of Rockfort.Local authorities are trying to determine how the rifle ended up in Rockfort, East Kingston.THE…

Phone thief faces prison

Source: Jamaica Star | Phone thief faces prison A phone grabber, who was on the run for a week until he was pointed out to the police, will know his fate on July 5.Damion Bascoe pleaded guilty to the crime of larceny from the person when he appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish

'God rescued me' – Woman who fell in backyard pit speaks of ordeal

Source: Jamaica Star | ‘God rescued me’ – Woman who fell in backyard pit speaks of ordeal Linnett Brown experienced a horrifying ordeal last Wednesday when she plunged 15 feet into a pit that she wasn’t even aware existed.Brown was hanging out clothes at her home on Norman Lane, Kingston 13,…

Bishop's cronies convicted of assault

Source: Jamaica Star | Bishop’s cronies convicted of assault A jury last week convicted two of four St Catherine men who were charged with viciously assaulting a man at a house six years ago.The case, which involved the late Bishop Stephen Ricketts, saw Dennis Dunkley and Christopher McKoy of Buena Vista,…

Chef James serves up taste of the Caribbean in California

Source: Jamaica Star | Chef James serves up taste of the Caribbean in California “It is a new era … People are eating with the eyes,” says California-based chef Bernard James, who has been serving up serving up Caribbean food in the western US state.James was spotted recently in the Cathedral City, where partygoers went

When a 'rose' becomes a thorn

Source: Jamaica Star | When a ‘rose’ becomes a thorn A man was fined $50,000 for assaulting the mother of his children and causing damage to a barrel of clothing and other items she had for sale.Charged with malicious destruction of property and assault at common law is Derrick Rose.He pleaded guilty…

Holness sends condolences to the people of the UK

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Holness sends condolences to the people of the UK Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday expressed shock at the recent incidents of terror in the United Kingdom (UK) and extended the support and sympathies of the Government of Jamaica to the victims of the attacks on London Bridge and Borough…

$90m worth of coke from South America seized

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | m worth of coke from South America seized Illegal drugs estimated to be worth roughly J$90 million were seized at the Kingston Freeport Terminal, Gordon Cay, Port Bustamante Wharf last Wednesday, during a late-afternoon operation conducted by the police.A police unit from the Narcotics…

Green keen on Child Month expansion

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Green keen on Child Month expansion Heightened private and civil partnership to facilitate the expansion of Child Month activities beyond the confines of 31 days is atop the agenda of Floyd Green, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.In noting several…

Modern methods point to concrete as most cost efficient

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Modern methods point to concrete as most cost efficient The differential cost between concrete and asphalt roadways since the turn of the 20th century has been as low as single digit, primarily because of the utilisation of the 1993 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Guide…

Bartlett eyes a million visitors at six-month mark

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bartlett eyes a million visitors at six-month mark WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica will, for the first time, record more than one million stopover visitors within a six-month period, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is projecting.Currently, the figures stand at 900,071, and with April recording a 10 per cent…

Gov't: It wasn't us – Ja denies searching Trinidadian minister at airport

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t: It wasn’t us – Ja denies searching Trinidadian minister at airport The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade yesterday confirmed that neither Jamaican Immigration nor Customs officials, nor any security personnel retained by the Government of Jamaica, conducted a search on a Trinidadian minister of…

PNP councillor injured, assistant shot dead in St Andrew South West

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | PNP councillor injured, assistant shot dead in St Andrew South West Karl Blake, the councillor for the Greenwich Town division in the St Andrew South West constituency of Portia Simpson Miller has been shot and injured.His female assistant, identified as Maxine Simpson, was killed in the attack around 8 p.m Sunday…

Trapped in Curacao – Jamaicans struggle as airline suspends only direct flight between Kingston and Dutch Caribbean island

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Trapped in Curacao – Jamaicans struggle as airline suspends only direct flight between Kingston and Dutch Caribbean island Scores of Jamaicans have been left stranded in Curacao since March, when Dutch Caribbean carrier InselAir, which serves as the country’s national airline, suspended its services to several destinations, including Kingston.Jamaicans who want

'Bunting can talk only in Gordon House' – Used-car dealer challenges PNP spokesman to repeat allegations outside of Parliament

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Bunting can talk only in Gordon House’ – Used-car dealer challenges PNP spokesman to repeat allegations outside of Parliament The motor vehicle dealer at the centre of the controversy over the importation of used cars for the police force has challenged Opposition Spokesman Peter Bunting to repeat the allegations against him

Spanish Town bloodletting continues – Five killed in four days in the Old Capital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Spanish Town bloodletting continues – Five killed in four days in the Old Capital Up to late yesterday, police detectives in Spanish Town, St Catherine, were still trying to determine a motive for the fatal shooting of two teenagers in the crime-plagued community yesterday morning.The victims were identified as 18-year-old Cambre…

Life Yard to get Marley award

Source: Jamaica Star | Life Yard to get Marley award The Shane Morgan-led Life Yard has been selected to receive the inaugural Caribbean Heritage Robert Nesta Marley Humanitarian Award.Life Yard is based on Fleet Street in Parade Gardens, Kingston. The location houses a farm and a restaurant, both of…

Blocked domino game leads to fight

Source: Jamaica Star | Blocked domino game leads to fight A domino game that turned physical has landed partners in court after they came to blows following a ‘bad’ play by one of the players.The play caused the game against their opponents to be blocked. Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm is…

Actor creates YARD for at-risk boys

Source: Jamaica Star | Actor creates YARD for at-risk boys Convinced that there is a need to rescue at-risk youths, especially boys, Iris ‘Terri’ Salmon has been leading a mission to help persons ages 13 to 23 to recognise that there is a star within them that should be allowed to shine.Salmon last week…

Cop fined for beating up Joe Grind

Source: Jamaica Star | Cop fined for beating up Joe Grind A police corporal who pummelled a man he caught in bed with his then girlfriend has dodged a prison sentence.Craig Brown, who was attached to the National Intelligence Bureau of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the time of the 2012 incident, was…

Businessman freed in $2 million appliance heist case

Source: Jamaica Star | Businessman freed in million appliance heist case A man was freed yesterday in the St Catherine Parish Court following a no case submission, involving a J$2 million appliance heist case.Businessman Andre Green had charges dropped following a no case submission by his attorney Able-Don Foote.Green…

Banking bill delayed again – Fitz Jackson adamant that it's not an indication of wavering

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Banking bill delayed again – Fitz Jackson adamant that it’s not an indication of wavering The redrafting and retabling of a controversial bill proposing tighter regulations on banks and deposit-taking institutions has been met with further delays after having been previously stalled in the Lower House of Parliament.On May 10, Fitz…

St James students partake in World Milk Day

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | St James students partake in World Milk Day WESTERN BUREAU:There were numerous ‘milk moustaches’ on the smiling faces of students at the Barracks Road and Bickersteth Primary schools in St James on Thursday, as they took part in Jamaica’s second annual celebration of World Milk Day, as…

Tourism bigger than politics, says Bartlett – launches Destination Assurance Councils to replace possibly politically constructed boards

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tourism bigger than politics, says Bartlett – launches Destination Assurance Councils to replace possibly politically constructed boards Concerned that the resort boards may have been politically constructed, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that they are in danger of becoming obsolete.According to Bartlett, the new Destination Assurance Councils (DACs), which he launched

New MoBay vending plan leaves vendors unhappy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | New MoBay vending plan leaves vendors unhappy WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says that effective Monday, June 5, several streets in the western city will be designated no-vending zones and a ban will be placed on the sale of ground provisions along the roadways.”No vending will be…

Plea Negotiations bill passed in the Senate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Plea Negotiations bill passed in the Senate After extensive deliberations at the committee stage, members of the Upper House yesterday passed the Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, with 71 amendments.The legislation provides for a system of negotiations and agreements for persons who…

40 Years Later … – Literacy expert returns to fulfil promise

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | 40 Years Later … – Literacy expert returns to fulfil promise When she visited Jamaica in the ’70s, Penny Doherty, promised herself that she would return to the island, to assist with improving educational outcomes in Jamaica.Some 40 years later, the president of Penny Doherty Literacy Consultants Incorporated…

Needy North Street continues to crumble

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Needy North Street continues to crumble Those who have traversed the North Street roadway in Kingston within recent days would have had to pay close attention while driving as the freshly paved road continues to sink and crumble at a rapid pace.The road, which has presented several…

Gov't to educate J'cans on human trafficking

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t to educate J’cans on human trafficking Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the Government will be increasing its public-education drive to sensitise communities in rural Jamaica and inner city areas about the scourge of human trafficking.He said the ministry will be more aggressive, this…

Education ministry reviewing reports on trimming of student's hair

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Education ministry reviewing reports on trimming of student’s hair The Ministry of Education says that it is reviewing written reports and statements related to the alleged forced trimming of a male student’s hair by three teachers at the Vauxhall High School in Kingston earlier this week.The school board has also…

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