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August 19, 2017

Jamaica

Tesha Miller's mother, brother sue government

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The mother and brother of reputed gang leader Tesha Miller have taken the government to court over the police seizure of two motor vehicles in March last year. In the suit filed against the Attorney General, Sharon James and Harden Miller… Link: Tesha Miller’s mother, brother sue government

Aspiring teacher seeks HELP to attend college

Source: Jamaica Star The Mico University College academic year is set to begin on August 29, and 21-year-old aspiring teacher, Iris Bailey, is hoping for a silver lining in the dark clouds which currently hang over her chances of admission.At the moment, a tuition fee… Link: Aspiring teacher seeks HELP to attend college

Popular doctor to be sentenced for corruption charges

Source: Jamaica Star Popular medical doctor Jephthah Ford is now awaiting his August 22 sentencing date, after being found guilty of corruption charges when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting… Link: Popular doctor to be sentenced for corruption charges

Two unidentified bodies found

Source: Jamaica Star The bodies of two men believed to be in their late 20s were found on Wednesday.The first was found on the Caymanas Estate main road in St Catherine. The body is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) long… Link: Two unidentified bodies

Car stolen from under broken CCTV camera

Source: Jamaica Star The owner of a motor vehicle which was stolen in Ocho Rios is furious after the police informed him that the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed just metres away was not working when thieves made off with the car.AndrÈ O’Connor said he… Link: Car stolen from under broken CCTV camera

Drug traffickers target Kingston airport

Source: Jamaica Star The Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) appears to be a popular route for persons transporting drugs in and out of the country.Data obtained from the Statistics and Information Management Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) shows… Link: Drug traffickers target Kingston airport

From poverty to professor – J'can uses athletics to excel

Source: Jamaica Star While growing up in the community of Alexandria, St Ann, Richard Cross said he didn’t have many of the basic necessities many persons take for granted.The 35-year-old, who attended the Aabuthnott Gallimore High School,… Link: From poverty to professor – J’can uses athletics to excel

Man charged with larceny

Source: Jamaica Star A St Catherine man who allegedly stole more than $500,000 from his employer has been charged with larceny.He is 28-year-old Dwayne Ewart of Angels, Spanish Town, St Catherine.Ewart was charged by the Spanish Town police yesterday and is to appear in… Link: Man charged with larceny

3,000 cops to be trained at UWI in three years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was yesterday signed between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as the authorities try to bolster the number of members within the constabulary.Among the signatures… Link: 3,000 cops to be trained at UWI in three years

Western parishes hit 300 murders and counting

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Despite a range of new initiatives, the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland and St James, which are home to the nation’s two main tourist resort towns (Montego Bay and Negril), remain the hub of the nation’s bloodletting, with a… Link: Western parishes hit 300 murders and counting

Jamaica House 'was a success'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While the Jamaican athletes found it tough going in the London stadium during the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships, the place to be for some first-class entertainment, great Jamaican food, and a superb atmosphere was the Jamaica House… Link: Jamaica House ‘was a success’

Police Federation remains concerned about changes to Constabulary Force Act

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Police Federation says it remains concerned about changes to the Constabulary Force Act, even after a meeting with national security minister, Robert Montague. Montague scheduled the meeting after the Federation indicated it would be… Link: Police Federation remains concerned about changes to Constabulary Force Act

Loader man gunned down in Spanish Town

Source: Jamaica Star Commuters, public passenger vehicle operators, vendors and other persons in Spanish Town were forced to run for cover after two armed men opened fire on a man.According to police reports, at approximately 8:20 a.m. yesterday, 25-year-old Dwayne… Link: Loader man gunned down in Spanish Town

Portland families mourn youngsters murdered in Kingston

Source: Jamaica Star Like many school leavers from rural Jamaica, Daniqua Graham, 17, and Nicholas Lindsay, 20, left their communities in eastern Portland to seek opportunities to lead prosperous lives in the Corporate Area.But the wrath of vicious criminals in the… Link: Portland families mourn youngsters murdered in Kingston

Mechanic freed of motor vehicle theft charge

Source: Jamaica Star A mechanic was freed of car-stealing charges yesterday in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.Dayne Mullings was charged earlier this year with larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.The prosecution alleged that on March 13, a… Link: Mechanic freed of motor vehicle theft charge

I am not involved in any illegal sand mining – Russell

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Keith Russell, the owner of the Duncans Bay Development Company in Trelawny, has flatly rejected claims by residents of the Duncans Bay community that his company is involved in illegal sand-mining in violation of several conditions… Link: I am not involved in any illegal sand mining – Russell

J'cans will design, build new Parliament building – UDC

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) says that the new Parliament building will be definitely designed and built by Jamaicans, a position, it argues, that was always held, but which was lost in the ‘noise’ of public controversy over whether there… Link: J’cans will design, build new Parliament building – UDC

Armed thugs standing up to cops in MoBay

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The police in St James are now said to be facing a worrisome situation as marauding gunmen are reportedly standing up to them and engaging them in gunfights on the streets of the western parish.The revelation came in the aftermath of… Link: Armed thugs standing up to cops in

Gov't wants public input on plastic ban

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, chairman of the multistakeholder working group on Public Feedback on Plastic Packaging Materials, is calling for greater engagement on this issue by the average Jamaican in order to properly inform the final report to be… Link: Gov’t wants public input on plastic ban

Local players ready but import threat looms large

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Local manufacturers of single-use plastic bags have already begun to prepare for a ban on this all-too-popular packaging, if Senator Mathew Samuda has his way, according to Nigel Hoyow, technical director of Flexpak Limited.Hoyow represents the… Link: Local players ready but import threat looms large

No gasolene shortage after Petrojam fire

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Customers of the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam have nothing to worry about, insists Latoya Pennant, the company’s public relations officer, after a tank caught fire there early yesterday morning.She said that routine delivery of petroleum… Link: No gasolene shortage after Petrojam fire

Emanuella's voice to be used for Nigerian-talking doll

Source: Jamaica Star Following tremendous success with the launch of Toya, the Jamaican patois-talking doll, Saffron Jackson is again making bold moves with her line of Zuree Dolls. The Jamaica-born teacher, who is living in the United Kingdom, told THE STAR that plans… Link: Emanuella’s voice to be used for Nigerian-talking doll

Two prisoners recaptured, three still on the run

Source: Jamaica Star Two of the five prisoners who escaped from the Ocho Rios Police Lock-Up in St. Ann on Friday, August 11 about 4 a.m., during a routine cell check have been recaptured. They are Gary Ferguson, 48, of Dunsville, St Ann and David Anderson, 29, of… Link: Two prisoners recaptured, three

Man claims voices told him to kill grandfather

Source: Jamaica Star Investigators in Clarendon are to question a man who is believed to be of unsound mind and the grandchild of an elderly man whose body was removed from a pit yesterday morning.Information reaching THE STAR is that the family of 82-year-old pensioner… Link: Man claims voices told him to kill

Bedridden pensioner in need of money

Source: Jamaica Star Family members of 90-year-old Miriam Baddal say they have been finding it very difficult to adequately care for their ailing relative because they no longer receive pension on her behalf.With her grandmother bedridden, Sharline Rhoden says complying… Link: Bedridden pensioner in need of money

Man says voices told him to kill grandfather

Source: Jamaica Star Investigators in Clarendon are to question a man who is believed to be of unsound mind and the grandchild of an elderly man whose body was removed from a pit yesterday morning.Information reaching THE STAR is that the family of 82-year-old pensioner… Link: Man says voices told him to kill

Man injured in police shooting

Source: Jamaica Star One man was shot and injured during a confrontation with the police and two firearms one Glock pistol with four .45 cartridges and a Taurus pistol with twelve 9 mm cartridges – seized in Glendevon, Montego Bay, St James, yesterday.Reports from the… Link: Man injured in police shooting

Jamalco awards scholarships to Clarendon students

Source: Jamaica Star Last Friday, Jamalco held their Community Scholarship Awards at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, where they awarded 53 students to the tune of $6.8 million.Humorous guest speaker Michael Maragh told the scholars not to give up… Link: Jamalco awards scholarships to Clarendon students

Alleged gunmaker in custody

Source: Jamaica Star A man who told the Portland police that he was held up and shot by armed men, is now a suspect and is in custody. According to a police report, a male resident of Springfield in the Hope Bay Valley was rushed to hospital suffering from a gunshot… Link: Alleged

Lover beaten for squeezing man's groin

Source: Jamaica Star A man was hauled before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for beating his lover during a dispute which he said occurred because she squeezed his injured groin.Debido Smith, 44, of Pink Lane in Kingston, told the court that he was guilty of… Link: Lover beaten for squeezing man’s

'Stop blaming the Chinese!' – Samuda says 'terrible' fiscal policies drove Jamaica in partnerships

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Decades of terrible fiscal policies, which have pushed Jamaica’s debt burden to unbearable levels, have forced the country to seek alternative assistance, and set the platform for nations like China to partner with the island for mutual benefit, Senator Matthew Samuda has said… Link: ‘Stop blaming the Chinese!’ – Samuda says ‘terrible’ fiscal

Businesses support JCF-INDECOM relationship going before House board

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Business leaders are supporting a recommendation for the parliamentary committee with oversight for national security to examine the relationship between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM… Link: Businesses support JCF-INDECOM relationship going before House board

Teachers are still beating children – MOE official

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Despite being a breach of the Child Care and Protection Act, Maxine Headlam, regional director of Region Three in the Ministry of Education, says some schools are still using corporal punishment, much to the chagrin of the ministry.”… Link: Teachers are still beating children – MOE official

Gov't intervenes in row at Kgn Freeport Terminal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Amid growing unrest at the Kingston Freeport Terminal, the Government has stepped in to ease the frustration of truckers who had become irate over the pace of work at the terminal.At a press conference yesterday morning at Jamaica House in Kingston… Link: Gov’t intervenes in row at Kgn Freeport Terminal

Pastor accused of sexually assaulting 12-y-o held

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Kingston pastor who was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now in jail.Kenneth Blake, 52, pastor of the… Link: Pastor accused of sexually assaulting 12-y-o held

JRC accused of plotting against People's – Arcade shop operators

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:With battle lines now drawn, social activist O. Dave Allen, who is representing business operators at the People’s Arcade in Montego Bay, says the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) is on a mission to disenfranchise them.During a… Link: JRC accused of plotting against People’s – Arcade shop operators

Tanker drivers expected to roll again today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The strike among petroleum tanker drivers that threatened to cripple the business sector could end today.The Ministry of Labour and Social Security said last night that arising from discussions with the Petroleum Tanker Divers’ Association, “it is… Link: Tanker drivers expected to roll again today

Kingston pastor arrested on sex charges involving minor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Kingston pastor who was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail. Link: Kingston pastor arrested on sex charges involving minor

J'can-born pastor giving back to his community

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaica-born ordained pastor, Rev Father Michael Day, has left the US on a mission to construct a community centre and nursing home in Cockburn Gardens.Using the money he made from offerings while ministering at services, funerals and weddings, as… Link: J’can-born pastor giving back to his community

Optimistic David rises above kidney disease

Source: Jamaica Star Little David Virgo has been battling renal failure and the struggles associated with the disease since he was three years old, but the brave-hearted boy has refused to allow his ailment to dampen his spirit.Now 10 years old, the youngster spoke… Link: Optimistic David rises above kidney disease

Three constituencies without MPs following Green's death

Source: Jamaica Star Three constituencies are now without a member of parliament following the death of South East St Mary Member of Parliament, Dr Winston Green, who collapsed at his home and was later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday… Link: Three constituencies without MPs following Green’s death

Cornwall Regional gets much-needed incubators

Source: Jamaica Star The Cornwall Regional Hospital’s (CRH) capacity to care for sick babies and those born prematurely got a significant boost last week when the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise presented the facility with 10 infant incubators for its paediatric ward… Link: Cornwall Regional gets much-needed incubators

Dutty rapists! – Trelawny records 225 per cent rise in rape

Source: Jamaica Star Western Jamaica’s safest parish, Trelawny, has been hit by a massive increase in rape, recently released police statistics have revealed.The parish has seen a 225 per cent increase in rape this year when… Link: Dutty rapists! – Trelawny records 225 per cent rise in rape

South Trelawny salutes yam farmers

Source: Jamaica Star In a gesture, which fitted admirably into the nation’s 55th Independence celebrations, a group of respected stakeholders in south Trelawny created and staged an awardsceremony to honour 55 outstanding yam farmers, for their role in helping to… Link: South Trelawny salutes yam farmers

Craft vendor gets back stolen hats

Source: Jamaica Star The Catherine man who was robbed of more than $200,000 worth of straw hats on his way home from the Denbigh Agricultural Industrial Food Show last week is now beaming with joy after his hats were returned to him.Melton Brown said he was down on his… Link: Craft vendor gets

Charity strongest among older Jamaicans, poll shows

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Executive director at Food For The Poor, David Mair, says he agrees with a recent Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll that cites older, churchgoing Jamaicans as having the tendency of giving to charity, more so than those not affiliated to any… Link: Charity strongest among older Jamaicans, poll shows

Montego Bay woman accused of scamming still not charged

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The St James woman who was arrested on Sunday after she was allegedly found with identity information associated with the lotto scam has still not been charged, albeit she remains in police custody and could find herself in deep… Link: Montego Bay woman accused of scamming still not charged

St Ann Probation Office big on kindness, reintegration

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Reintegrating offenders into civil society through identifying projects that require noble acts of selflessness is what the St Ann Probation Office prides itself on.And while a lack of resources sees the office hard-pressed to complete the quantity… Link: St Ann Probation Office big on kindness, reintegration

Contract cancelled – Frustrated UDC removes Skeng firm from Heroes Park fencing project

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has terminated the contract it had with Kenneth ‘Skeng Don’ Black-owned Black Brothers to construct a perimeter fence around National Heroes Park in central Kingston because of non-performance.The $152-million… Link: Contract cancelled – Frustrated UDC removes Skeng firm from Heroes Park fencing project

UDC hits back in Aqua Sol row

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Dr Damian Graham, the general manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), says attorney-at-law Jennifer Messado was not accurate in her media statement about the impasse between her client, Carlyle Allen, the embattled… Link: UDC hits back in Aqua Sol row

PNP reiterates commitment to relationship with China after Bunting controversy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party (PNP) is reiterating its commitment to its relationship with the government and people of China following criticisms by Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting. In a video posted on YouTube, Bunting questioned whether… Link: PNP reiterates commitment to relationship with China after Bunting controversy

Everyday Jamaicans to be recognised by Supreme Ventures

Source: Jamaica Star With the new school year fast approaching, Supreme Ventures is launching an initiative to assist needy Jamaicans and also recognise acts of kindness by everyday individuals.Titled, ‘Simply Vested In Love,’ the campaign is slated to run from today to… Link: Everyday Jamaicans to be recognised by Supreme Ventures

Jah Cure crashes $30 million Benz

Source: Jamaica Star Reggae artiste Jah Cure is today counting his lucky stars after emerging relatively unscathed from a horrific accident Saturday night.THE STAR understands that the deejay met in an accident in Daniel Town, Trelawny. When contacted, Falmouth police,… Link: Jah Cure crashes million Benz

Students receive $4 million in scholarships and bursaries

Source: Jamaica Star Sixty students have been awarded scholarships and bursaries valued at approximately $4 million by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and Partners Co-operative Credit Union Limited.Among them are 55 top performers in the 2017 Grade Six Achievement Test… Link: Students receive million in scholarships and bursaries

Social media campaign to protect children created

Source: Jamaica Star The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has partnered with the Bigga brand of the Wisynco Group to roll out a social media campaign targeting secondary-school students.This is to sensitise Jamaican children to the issues surrounding public… Link: Social media campaign to protect children created

South East St Mary MP Dr Winston Green has died

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The St Mary South East MP Dr Winston Green has died. Green, a long time member of the People’s National Party died at hospital last night, shortly after complaining about feeling ill. He was a dental surgeon. He was elected for a second term in… Link: South East St Mary

Siloah – St. Bess' sugar town

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:While most of the townships in St. Elizabeth thrive on traditional farming, the town of Siloah is one notable exception, it is a sugar town and its economy revolves… Link: Siloah – St. Bess’ sugar town

Residents urged to prepare for storms before going on vacation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has encouraged persons to take the time to ensure that their properties are protected before travelling in the event that a hurricane should affect the island.Director of… Link: Residents urged to prepare for storms before going on vacation

Naomi Cowan – Bringing creative genes, new vision to Glory Music

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Just about everyone enjoys music of different kinds and for different reasons. But when music is entrenched in your life from your childhood to adulthood, it’s hard to ignore the pulsating… Link: Naomi Cowan – Bringing creative genes, new vision to Glory Music

Roger that! – Change in regulations could encourage radio hobbyists

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Recent amendments to the more than 40-year old Radio and Telegraphy Control Amateur Radio Service Regulation, as well as the Radio and Telegraph Control Radio Operators and Technicians Regulations, which have removed requirements for a working… Link: Roger that! – Change in regulations could encourage radio hobbyists

Maritime Institute offering course in crash-investigation skills

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Accident reconstruction and investigation with the use of a black box is predicted to become the way of the future, and the Caribbean Maritime Institute has developed a programme geared at preparing future experts in the field.”We have started a… Link: Maritime Institute offering course in crash-investigation skills

School intervention programme reaps success with students

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Supervised School Intervention Programme of the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) was born out of concern for the well-being of youngsters who have been suspended from school and who were often observed partaking in idle activities for the… Link: School intervention programme reaps success with students

Back-to-school Corner: Tips to get you prepared

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As you get ready to send the children back to school, here are some important tips from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information:Back-to-school activities can be extremely hectic. As the new school year approaches, we are faced with the task… Link: Back-to-school Corner: Tips to get you prepared

We will always remember Bolt's breathtaking brilliance – Grange

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has applauded members of Jamaica’s team for the performance in the IAAF World Championships, which ends today.”Today (yesterday), we witnessed the final act in the competitive… Link: We will always remember Bolt’s breathtaking brilliance – Grange

Grange saddened by death of Chris Blackwell's mom

Source: Jamaica Star The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has expressed sadness at the passing of Blanche Blackwell, the mother of music industry mogul Chris Blackwell.Blanche Blackwell passed away on Tuesday in… Link: Grange saddened by death of Chris Blackwell’s mom

Accused wife killer still on the run

Source: Jamaica Star Stephen ‘Gold Teeth’ Butler, who the police said is wanted for the murder of his wife, Oniesha Thompson-Butler, is still on the run.”We have reports that he has been spotted on the beach but we can’t seem to locate him,” Detective Inspector Homer… Link: Accused wife killer still on the

KPH gets laser eye treatment machine

Source: Jamaica Star Patients affected by glaucoma and cataracts will have improved access to corrective surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).This is through the donation of a state-of-the-art laser machine to the facility by the Church of Jesus Christ of… Link: KPH gets laser eye treatment machine

Getting Kingston up to speed a priority – PM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, which, this year, marked 145 years as a city, continues to lag behind other state capitals in the region in a number of important areas, a situation the Jamaican Government is moving to remedy, according to Prime… Link: Getting Kingston up to speed a priority – PM

Grange remains confident in Jamaican athletes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner London, England:Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange remains upbeat and confident in the country’s track and field athletes, hours after visiting the team in London.”We had an extensive discussion on the way… Link: Grange remains confident in Jamaican athletes

'Informer fi dead' culture must go, says Commish

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Commissioner of Police George Quallo is calling for the ‘informer fi dead’ culture, which permeates Jamaica, to be eradicated. Using a recent experience, he highlighted the importance of citizens stepping forward with information about crimes they… Link: ‘Informer fi dead’ culture must go, says Commish

Thousands of youth to audit street lights, street names

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Come Monday, 2,300 youngsters islandwide are to be employed to audit the nation’s more than 100,000 street lights.Other aspects of the employment will see the auditing of streets, are not properly labelled, as well as the identification of… Link: Thousands of youth to audit street lights, street names

London 2017 | Bolting to the end

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:It ends today.The greatest sprinter in history will take his final stride on the track, bringing to an end an era of unmatched dominance, influence and impact. Track and field’s poster boy will, we hope, bring the curtain down on his… Link: London 2017 | Bolting to the end

Most within J'can diaspora eye return to homeland

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Three out of five (60 per cent) of overseas participants at the recently concluded Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference are planning to eventually move back to Jamaica, or at least divide their time between their homeland and their current place of… Link: Most within J’can diaspora eye return to homeland

Car thieves target Portmore communities

Source: Jamaica Star Mayor implores residents to form strong citizenship associationsLike many times before, residents of Greater Portmore in St Catherine are scared to take their eyes off their vehicles, as thieves have been going through their communities in the dead… Link: Car thieves target Portmore communities

People using pee to cure pink eye – doctor warns against remedy

Source: Jamaica Star With a conjunctivitis outbreak sweeping across the island since July, some Jamaicans have admitted to using some ‘eye-popping’ home remedies to treat the condition commonly known as ‘pink eye’.The most prominent among the methods reported is using… Link: People using pee to cure pink eye – doctor warns against remedy

Cop sentenced for dealing in ganja

Source: Jamaica Star A policeman who was held by his colleagues along the Nelson Mandela Highway in St Andrew with more than 100 pounds of ganja was fined $500,000 plus 12 months’ imprisonment when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.He is… Link: Cop sentenced for dealing in ganja

Big bucks for instant whitening soap

Source: Jamaica Star Bumebime, a soap which promises to significantly whiten one’s skin in a matter of minutes, has hit the market in Jamaica.A distributor of the product in Jamaica said that one bar of this powerful brand of bleaching soap is priced at $5,000.A video… Link: Big bucks for instant whitening soap

Tax offices to open on Saturdays for ticket amnesty

Source: Jamaica Star Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will open several offices on Saturdays during the three-month Traffic Ticket Amnesty, beginning this Saturday August 12, to facilitate members of the public paying their outstanding traffic ticket fines.Tax offices… Link: Tax offices to open on Saturdays for ticket amnesty

Big time bronze – 'Rista is back!' exclaims 400 metres hurdler

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:Six years after her first World Championships appearance as a promising 19-year-old in Daegu, 400m hurdler Ristananna Tracey finally made her way on to the podium after a powerful, well-timed 53.74 seconds secured her the 2017 World… Link: Big time bronze – ‘Rista is back!’ exclaims 400 metres hurdler

Diaspora delight – Jamaica 55 conference gets high marks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The recently concluded Jamaica Diaspora 55 Conference has received high marks from the majority of persons who attended, with 93 per cent saying it was worthwhile for them to have attended.A post-conference survey done by pollster Bill Johnson,… Link: Diaspora delight – Jamaica 55 conference gets high marks

Heroes recall epic Sunny Side rescue mission

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The heroic actions of Jermaine Riley, his brother, Jamawno Riley, and friend, Ramone Peart, which saved the lives of seven people during the May 16 flood rains in Sunny Side, Linstead, St Catherine, will long be remembered by community members who… Link: Heroes recall epic Sunny Side rescue mission

Usain Bolt's Tracks &amp; Records to open 15 UK locations in 5 years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:Jamaican-based franchise company FRANJAM has signed a major contract with the United Kingdom (UK)-based Casual Dining Restaurants Group (CDRG) to open 15 Tracks… Link: Usain Bolt’s Tracks &amp; Records to open 15 UK locations in 5 years

Pride Conference charging churches to preach message of love

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dr Andrew Campbell, a Jamaican living in Canada and assistant professor of leadership, diversity studies, and child development, is charging the Church to be mentors of love for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.”When I… Link: Pride Conference charging churches to preach message of love

Gunmen shoot up party – Cop foils possible bloodbath

Source: Jamaica Star Quick action by a policeman thwarted what could have been a gruesome scene along East Street in Kingston after gunmen opened fire on a group of people last night, injuring one.Information reaching THE STAR is that the… Link: Gunmen shoot up party – Cop foils possible bloodbath

Craft vendor robbed of $200,000 worth of hats

Source: Jamaica Star A St Catherine man, who makes and sells straw hats, claims that he was robbed of more than $200,000 worth of goods while he was leaving the Denbigh Agricultural Industrial Food Show on the weekend.He is pleading to the driver of the taxi who fled… Link: Craft vendor robbed of

Millions collected since start of Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Source: Jamaica Star With just more than 7,000 persons making payments on outstanding traffic tickets at tax offices islandwide since the August 2 commencement date, the Government has raked in nearly $15 million.The figure was recorded between August 2 and August 4.The… Link: Millions collected since start of Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Family offers $100,000 reward for missing mom

Source: Jamaica Star One Manchester family has embarked upon a multi-parish search in the hope of locating their elderly relative, Adlin Chambers, who has been missing since last Friday.Adlin, who has been battling with dementia for the past four years, is theorised to… Link: Family offers 0,000 reward for missing mom

Holness to bring data protection bill to Parliament

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that a data protection bill is to be tabled in Parliament in the coming weeks, as a security component to the just-launched Government of Jamaica portal, gov.jm, and for the forthcoming National Identification… Link: Holness to bring data protection bill to Parliament

Missionary Church rebukes Roper, supports buggery law retention

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The cold reaction from the local Christian community greeting Reverend Dr Garnett Roper’s support for the repeal of the buggery law has continued, with the denomination in which he is a pastor now rebuking him.In a statement affirming its support… Link: Missionary Church rebukes Roper, supports buggery law retention

Jamaica challenging Barbados for British tourists' favour

Source: Jamaica Gleaner London, UK:Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has Barbados firmly in its cross-hairs and could soon replace that Caribbean country as the leading destination for British tourists to the region.Bartlett, who was speaking at a dinner for… Link: Jamaica challenging Barbados for British tourists’ favour

Japan-donated emergency vehicles to train CMI students

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The latest contribution to local emergency response came yesterday from the government and people of Japan in the form of three fire trucks and one ambulance. These will be utilised in training Caribbean Maritime Institute students, who will be… Link: Japan-donated emergency vehicles to train CMI students

JCF urged to withdraw Tivoli report

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte will now be called on to make a pronouncement on the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) review, which has cleared its members of wrongdoing, in the 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens. Public Defender Arlene… Link: JCF urged to withdraw Tivoli report

Ja faces economic colonialism – Bunting – Former nat'l security minister decries Chinese dominance of construction industry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has added his voice to the growing concerns surrounding Chinese investment in Jamaica, accusing the foreigners of using unfair competition to control the construction industry.Bunting, the host of… Link: Ja faces economic colonialism – Bunting – Former nat’l security minister decries Chinese dominance

Blake : We have a problem

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:”Yes, Jamaican sprinting has a problem.”Yohan Blake’s assessment did not require any Sherlock Holmes-style sleuthing. His own performance in the men’s 200m semi-final and the fact that Jamaica will, for the first time in the World… Link: Blake : We have a problem

#ReturnToLondon: No medal for Jamaica in 400m, Bahamian favourite injured

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaican trio of Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills placed 5th, 6th and 8th respectively in the final of the women’s 400 metres. Jackson registered 50.76 seconds, McPherson 50.86 and Williams-Mills 51.48…. Link: #ReturnToLondon: No medal for Jamaica in 400m, Bahamian favourite injured

Brave Desmond McKenzie dons pink suit

Source: Jamaica Star Desmond McKenzie, the local government minister, often outshines his peers in fashion. Today, the West Kingston Member of Parliament lit up the Executive Building at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston when he turned up for a function… Link: Brave Desmond McKenzie dons pink suit

BREAKING NEWS: Patrick Powell sentenced to nine months imprisonment

Source: Jamaica Star Businessman Patrick Powell has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment. Powell, who walked away from the Home Circuit Court a free man last October after he was tried for the murder of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, was… Link: BREAKING NEWS: Patrick Powell sentenced to nine months imprisonment

Youth leaders want action following Micholle Moulton's murder

Source: Jamaica Star The murder of 17-year-old Micholle Moulton in Arnett Gardens in Kingston on Sunday has bristled youth leaders from across the island who are now calling for swift and proactive action to be taken to protect children amid the spiralling murder toll… Link: Youth leaders want action following Micholle Moulton’s murder

Below-par World Championships impact Half-Way Tree sales

Source: Jamaica Star The usual patriotic and vibrant atmosphere surrounding athletics in the vicinity of the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre and subsequent spike in sales for vendors has been absent at this IAAF World Championships.THE STAR ventured into Half-Way Tree… Link: Below-par World Championships impact Half-Way Tree sales

Cops hunt pastor accused of getting teen pregnant

Source: Jamaica Star A Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now being sought by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child… Link: Cops hunt pastor accused of getting teen pregnant

Hero residents shined during Love Lane fire

Source: Jamaica Star While the fire was raging on Love Lane last Friday afternoon, 13-year-old Shevar Smalling was busy alerting persons about the blaze and helping persons save their belongings.”Dem send me out go buy something fi cook and when me come up here back me… Link: Hero residents shined during Love Lane

Nine restaurants ordered closed in Mandeville

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Manchester Public Health Department has ordered closed a total of nine food establishments in the parish between last week and yesterday as they were deemed to be putting the public at risk.Among those closed are all five located at the… Link: Nine restaurants ordered closed in Mandeville

No rapists here! – Residents of Zimbabwe deny claims of what led to 17-y-o's murder; call on mother to tell what she knows

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Serious about safeguarding the reputation of their community, residents of Arnett Gardens – particularly from an area called Zimbabwe, where 17-year-old Meadowbrook High School student Micholle Moulton was shot and killed – have rebuffed reports… Link: No rapists here! – Residents of Zimbabwe deny claims of what led to 17-y-o’s

London 2017 | Jamaica still has medal hopes – Quarrie

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:After recovering from an early stumble in her 200m heats to book her spot in the semi-final at the World Championships in London, young sprinter Sashalee Forbes was asked a question that has been making the rounds in the English… Link: London 2017 | Jamaica still has medal hopes

#London2017: Several Jamaican athletes with diarrhoea-like symptoms

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Several Jamaicans competing at the London World Championships are said to be presenting diarrhoea-like symptoms. It was not immediately clear who are the athletes and  how many  have shown the symptoms, but according to Television Jamaica… Link: #London2017: Several Jamaican athletes with diarrhoea-like symptoms

Holness talks tough after murder of 17 year old

Source: Jamaica Star Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on the police to spare no effort in investigating the killing of 17-year-old Micholle Moltan. Micholle was killed on Sunday, August 6, in her community in Arnett Gardens. Her 12-year-old sister was also shot… Link: Holness talks tough after murder of 17 year old

Murders soar 21 per cent

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaica’s murder tally has jumped more than 21 per cent. Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicates that 891 persons were murdered as of August 5. This represents a 21.6 per cent increase or 158 more murders than the corresponding… Link: Murders soar 21 per cent

#ReturnToLondon: Danniel Thomas-Dodd lands in shot put final

Source: Jamaica Gleaner National Champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd is through to Wednesday’s final of the women’s Shot Put at the 16th IAAF World Championships in London. Thomas-Dodd placed third in Group A with a qualifying mark of 18.42 metres on her second… Link: #ReturnToLondon: Danniel Thomas-Dodd lands in shot put final

Double amputee gets Spirit of Independence Award

Source: Jamaica Star This year’s ‘Emanci-pendence’ celebrations have come to an end, but being independent and selfless is a permanent way of life for double amputee, Winston Barr, who was conferred with the Spirit of Independence Award at the annual Civic Ceremony in… Link: Double amputee gets Spirit of Independence Award

Falmouth construction boom pleases Gager

Source: Jamaica Star Falmouth’s mayor, Councillor Colin Gager, is expressing delight with the construction boom now taking place in the parish capital, saying it will bring prosperity to the town and aid its plans to open up new heritage tourism opportunities.Speaking… Link: Falmouth construction boom pleases Gager

Buy back the plastic bottles – MoBay's mayor

Source: Jamaica Star Unhappy with the perennial problem of the improper disposal of garbage in Montego Bay, the city’s no-nonsense mayor, Homer Davis, is recommending a buy-back of plastic bottles to create an incentive to embrace cleanliness.”Let us encourage the buy-… Link: Buy back the plastic bottles – MoBay’s mayor

Normality returning to Hanover – but lawmen not getting complacent

Source: Jamaica Star With two of the parish’s most feared gangsters now dead and no murders in over a month, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for the Hanover Police Division, said normality is… Link: Normality returning to Hanover – but lawmen not getting complacent

A Grand Ja 55

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaicans came out in their numbers on Sunday to enjoy the Grand Gala celebration at the National Stadium. The Jamaica 55 Independence affair was a colourful blend of entertainment and excitement. Here are scenes from the pageantry that creatively… Link: A Grand Ja 55

Denbigh 65 honours outstanding farmers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner On Sunday, at the 65th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon, 65 outstanding farmers from across the island were honoured for their achievements.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Norman Grant, said it was all about… Link: Denbigh 65 honours outstanding farmers

More consultation needed between parents, schools – Hannam

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A call is being made for improved dialogue between school administrators and parents as a way of addressing issues regarding payment of fees and contributions.Everton Hannam, president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ),… Link: More consultation needed between parents, schools – Hannam

Some J'cans still unaware of impact of climate change

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Many Jamaicans are still blissfully unaware of the issues of climate change and its impact on everyday life.This was highlighted at the demonstration booth at the William Shagoury Building (formerly Clarendon Pavilion), as visitors acknowledged “… Link: Some J’cans still unaware of impact of climate change

Bolt eager for relay run, says respect due to Gatlin

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:Sprint king Usain Bolt says he is excited about competing in the 4x100m at the World Championships on Saturday inside the London Stadium. He also says he has no issue showing respect to under-pressure American sprinter Justin Gatlin… Link: Bolt eager for relay run, says respect due to Gatlin

Vendors blame crime, rain for low Independence sales

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The weekend rain and worrying trends in crime are the two main factors vendors attributed to very low sales over the Independence holidays.Venola, who has been a vendor for some 30 years, said this is one of the worst Independence she has seen, both… Link: Vendors blame crime, rain for

Clarendon Pavilion at Denbigh renamed in Shagoury's honour

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Over the years, custos of Clarendon, William Shagoury, has made his presence felt at the Clarendon Pavilion at the Denbigh Showground through his support – financial as well as his time.His support extended to assisting with the other needs that… Link: Clarendon Pavilion at Denbigh renamed in Shagoury’s honour

Maverley residents benefit from health services on Independence weekend

Source: Jamaica Gleaner More than 120 residents of Maverley, St Andrew, poured on to the grounds of the Source community resource centre in the community on Independence weekend to access significantly subsidised health care made available through the Rotary Club of… Link: Maverley residents benefit from health services on Independence weekend

Former Bahamas gov't minister charged with extortion released on bail

Source: Jamaica Gleaner NASSAU, Bahamas:A former government minister was released on US$40,000 bail after he appeared in court in the Nassau, Bahamas, charged with various counts of bribery, extortion and misconduct in public office.Former labour and national insurance… Link: Former Bahamas gov’t minister charged with extortion released on bail

How to produce a world-class athlete

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica has always been renowned for producing some of the very best of the world’s athletes and, as such, the question of ‘how the country does it’ has always been asked.Scientists have travelled from all around the world to the island to try to… Link: How to produce a world-class

117 to receive nat'l honours

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Joy is not about being presented with national honours, but it’s in the service of your fellow man, says Pastor Glen O. Samuels, one of 171 people who are to be conferred with national honours and awards in October.”It’s a joy to be of service to my… Link: 117 to

Bolt asked to be the face of the UNWTO confab in Ja

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:Placing tremendous confidence in world record holder Usain St Leo Bolt, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the athlete, who has taken on the moniker ‘The Legend’, is to become the face of national activities.”Jamaica… Link: Bolt asked to be the face of the UNWTO confab in Ja

'I'm moving forward' – Stunned Elaine vows comeback after 100m loss

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:Elaine Thompson kept a brave smile as she made her way off the London Stadium track, following last night’s IAAF World Championships women’s 100m final.As the world… Link: ‘I’m moving forward’ – Stunned Elaine vows comeback after 100m loss

Bolt asked to be the face of the UNWTO Conference in Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner London, England: Placing tremendous confidence in world record holder Usain St Leo Bolt, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the athlete who has taken on the moniker ‘The Legend’ is to become the face of… Link: Bolt asked to be the face of the UNWTO Conference in Jamaica

#ReturnToLondon: Favourite Elaine Thompson powers into 100m final

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson has easily booked her place in this afternoon’s final of the women’s 100 metres at IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. Thompson advanced after she won her semi-final in a… Link: #ReturnToLondon: Favourite Elaine Thompson powers into 100m final

FLA's failure … Prompts call for new approach to appointing state boards

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Outspoken Trelawny churchman, the Reverend Devere Nugent, has flayed the political system for the imbroglio now engulfing the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).According to Nugent, the way the boards of state agencies are appointed by the Government… Link: FLA’s failure … Prompts call for new approach to appointing state boards

Hurry up with probes into scandal-hit FLA – NIA

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action (NIA) is calling for a speedy conclusion of investigation into the scandal-hit Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) after reports of the granting of gun permits to people of questionable… Link: Hurry up with probes into scandal-hit FLA – NIA

Great &amp; Gracious – Usain wows London despite defeat

Source: Jamaica Gleaner London, England:Bronze.He wouldn’t be Usain Bolt if he didn’t end his career like he led it – with another first.Bolt closed the lid on a spell that will go down as one of the most dominant and impactful sporting careers ever; with the first-ever… Link: Great &amp; Gracious – Usain

PSOJ calls for fast-tracking of public-sector boards accountability framework

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has renewed its call for the Government to fast-track proposed changes to the appointment and structure of public-sector boards.According to PSOJ President Paul Scott, the need for this change is… Link: PSOJ calls for fast-tracking of public-sector boards accountability framework

Bolt made us proud – Grange

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed immense pride after watching Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake compete in the men’s 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships in London.Grange and Prime Minister Andrew… Link: Bolt made us proud – Grange

Rains could dampen Grand Gala

Source: Jamaica Star A strong Tropical Wave across the central Caribbean could dump water across the country this weekend and dampen Independence celebrations in the process.The Meteorological Service said yesterday that the system is currently producing a large area of… Link: Rains could dampen Grand Gala

Little love for 'Usain' … Few babies named after sprint king

Source: Jamaica Star Usain Bolt may be a legend, but his performances on the track have seemingly not inspired many Jamaican parents to name their children after him.Registrar General Department (RGD) statistics show that the name ‘Usain’ is not a favourite among… Link: Little love for ‘Usain’ … Few babies named after sprint

Payne Land wants peace

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Payne Land in South West St Andrew are calling for an end to the violence that is currently plaguing sections of the area.This appeal comes after two separate shooting incidents on Thursday. In one incident, at about 7: 50 p.m., a man… Link: Payne Land wants peace

Bolt should coach after retirement

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As Usain Bolt prepares to close one chapter of his life on the track, Jamaicans have made it clear they want to see him go no further than the sidelines where he would help mould the careers of upcoming athletics stars. A Gleaner-commissioned Bill… Link: Bolt should coach after retirement

Life after Track and Field for the sprint legend

Source: Jamaica Gleaner After fifteen years on the world stage, it is hard to think of sprint legend Usain Bolt doing anything but track and field athletics. Bolt says he will retire after London and, taken at his word, the question is: What next?Bolt can play for a while… Link: Life after Track

Something strange in Usain Bolt's stride

Source: Jamaica Gleaner DALLAS:Usain Bolt of Jamaica appeared on a video screen in a white singlet and black tights, sprinting in slow motion through the final half of a 100-metre race. Each stride covered nine feet, his upper body moving up and down almost imperceptibly,… Link: Something strange in Usain Bolt’s stride

Mega-rich by any yardstick

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Sprint legend Dr Usain St Leo Bolt is mega-rich by any yardstick. On any given day, the big man earns an average J$12 million – the breakdown of the latest estimates of his annual earnings.For Bolt and money, think these numbers: US$62 million, his… Link: Mega-rich by any yardstick

Events to Watch

Source: Jamaica Gleaner * Men’s Shot Put Qualifying – 4:00 amO’Dayne Richards* Men’s 400m Heats – 4:45 amNathon AllenSteven GayleDemish Gaye* Women’s Triple Jump Qualifying – 5:00 amKimberly WilliamsShanieka Ricketts* Women’s 100m Heats – 5:45 amElaine ThompsonJura… Link: Events to Watch

NEPA offers $100,000 reward for info on crocodile hunters

Source: Jamaica Star Following the publication of an article in THE WEEKEND STAR which indicated that persons in St Thomas have been hunting crocodiles and selling their meat for $2,000 per pound, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is offering to… Link: NEPA offers 0,000 reward for info on crocodile hunters

Couple killed in August Town suspected murder-suicide

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding what they believe is a murder-suicide involving a married couple in August Town this morning.  The deceased have been identified as Kiron Beckles of 87 August Town Road and Alethia… Link: Couple killed in August Town suspected murder-suicide

More than 300 spent shells recovered at crime scene

Source: Jamaica Star Crime chief for the East Kingston Police Division, Deputy Superintendent Christopher Brown, says approximately 300 assorted spent shells were recovered following an attack which left one man dead along Oliver Road on a premises adjoining a church… Link: More than 300 spent shells recovered at crime scene

Denbigh 2017 gets going tomorrow

Source: Jamaica Star President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and chairman of the Denbigh Show Committee, Norman Grant, has given the assurance that adequate security will be in place for the 65th Annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.Grant… Link: Denbigh 2017 gets going tomorrow

Bird shooting season begins August 19

Source: Jamaica Star The prime minister has approved the opening of the 2017 game bird shooting season in keeping with the recommendations of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority.The 2017 season will open on Saturday, August 19, and close on Sunday, September 24… Link: Bird shooting season begins August 19

'Money dem a look' – Drivers in no rush to use ticket amnesty

Source: Jamaica Star If the turnout at the Tax Administration Office in downtown Kingston on Wednesday was anything to go by, persons with outstanding tickets were not in a heated rush to take on the Government’s traffic ticket… Link: ‘Money dem a look’ – Drivers in no rush to use ticket amnesty

Manchester reading clinic breaks barriers

Source: Jamaica Star More than 120 students benefit from the Manchester leg of the recently concluded Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic summer camp. The programme ran from July 24-28 at Manchester High School and catered to students ages 6-17.Held under the theme, ‘… Link: Manchester reading clinic breaks barriers

Special needs children could be housed at Muirton Boys Home – CDA

Source: Jamaica Star CEO of the Child’s Development Agency( CDA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, said there are consideration to use the recently renovated childcare facility, Muirton Boys Home, in Manchioneal Portland to house special needs children.Gage-Grey said that an… Link: Special needs children could be housed at Muirton Boys Home – CDA

Mario Deane's mom standing up for justice

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:While the nation is celebrating Emancipation and Independence, Mercia Fraser, the mother of Mario Deane – who died from a brutal beating he sustained while in police custody three years ago – is on another mission: a relentless bid to… Link: Mario Deane’s mom standing up for justice

Reid recants claims of corruption, extortion – Opposition, JTA blast minister

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has withdrawn his references of extortion and corruption by several schools for breaching the non-mandatory fees policy, this as he came under public pressure for highlighting specific public institutions deemed… Link: Reid recants claims of corruption, extortion – Opposition, JTA blast minister

Grace, Digicel top good corporate citizen – survey

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The long-established GraceKennedy and relative newcomer Digicel have been voted the two corporate entities that have done the most to create a good image of Jamaica around the world.The two also share the top spots in a tightly bunched field as to… Link: Grace, Digicel top good corporate citizen –

Education Minister withdraws comment schools engaging in corruption, extortion

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has withdrawn his comments alleging that some schools were engaged in extortion and corruption in breaking the policy governing the charging of fees. Reid has been under pressure since his comment a post cabinet… Link: Education Minister withdraws comment schools engaging in corruption, extortion

Teacher Johnson still shining at 101

Source: Jamaica Star At 101 years old, Alice Johnson, affectionately called ‘Teacher’, still commands great respect in her rural Top Hill, St Catherine, community where she is credited as the founder of the first basic school in the area.”Me used to teach them ABC and… Link: Teacher Johnson still shining at 101

Stony Hill not 'independent' of water troubles

Source: Jamaica Star Residents at Stony Hill in Portland, who have never had the luxury of piped water in that community, are seriously questioning Jamaica’s acquisition of independence, as they continue to depend on the elements for the scarce commodity.As the name… Link: Stony Hill not ‘independent’ of water troubles

STAR gives great value at back-to-school bazaar

Source: Jamaica Star Keira Jackson, who travelled from Bull Bay, St. Thomas was among the winners of the 15 scholarships valued at $20,000 each issued by THE STAR at the RJRGLEANER Communications Group’s Back-to-School Bazaar held at Devon House last Saturday.”This is… Link: STAR gives great value at back-to-school bazaar

London 2017 | We must protect J'can athletics, says Wilson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:Head coach of Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships in London, Maurice Wilson, is urging the country’s track and field bosses to take proactive steps to ensure the nation’s continued athletics success despite what is likely… Link: London 2017 | We must protect J’can athletics, says Wilson

What you need to know about the Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Source: Jamaica Gleaner What you need to know about the traffic ticket amnestyn Delinquent motorists can now make payments for outstanding traffic tickets dating back to September 2010.n The Government’s traffic ticket amnesty took effect on August 2 and ends on October 31… Link: What you need to know about the Traffic Ticket

'Creative' schools still extracting fees – Education minister vows strong action against institutions for 'corrupt' act

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Amid reports that some public schools are still forcing parents to pay various fees, education minister Ruel Reid has described the practice as corrupt and has vowed to take strong action against the institutions involved.As a warning shot, Reid… Link: ‘Creative’ schools still extracting fees – Education minister vows strong

Easy does it as traffic ticket amnesty kicks into gear

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The first day of the three-month traffic ticket amnesty began without much fuss yesterday, but few made use of the opportunity in its early stage.In anticipation of the usual late rush, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has scheduled extended opening… Link: Easy does it as traffic ticket amnesty kicks into gear

Million dollar fine for ganja

Source: Jamaica Star Two men, who were held with nearly 500 pounds of ganja, were fined more than $1,000,000 or six months imprisonment. They are 46-year-old Gary Edwards and 39-year-old Evol Taylor both of Manchester. Edwards was sentenced to $15,000 or six… Link: Million dollar fine for ganja

Bishop crony gets five years for assault

Source: Jamaica Star A St Catherine man, who was among four charged with beating, burning and torturing another man in 2011, has been sent to prison for five years. He is Christopher McKoy, 38, of Beuna Vista, Ewarton, St Catherine. The sentence was handed down by… Link: Bishop crony gets five years for

FLA board resigns amid gun permit controversy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The entire board of directors of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has resigned amid the controversy over the issuance of gun permit to people of questionable character. Information Minister Ruel Reid says the members of the board, chaired by… Link: FLA board resigns amid gun permit controversy

Third man charged with murder of female cop

Source: Jamaica Star Detectives assigned to the Kingston Eastern Criminal Investigation Branch arrested and charged another man for the 2016 murder of woman corporal Judith Williams on Monday.Charged is 34-year-old Rohan Smith, otherwise called ‘Bull Dawg’, vendor of… Link: Third man charged with murder of female cop

Farmer's throat slashed, house set on fire

Source: Jamaica Star Investigators in St Ann have launched a probe into the gruesome death of an elderly man whose throat was slashed and his house set ablaze in Madras in the parish.The dead man has since been identified as 62-year-old Willie Sawyers, a farmer of the… Link: Farmer’s throat slashed, house set

GIRL RAPED, BUGGERED AND LEFT FOR DEAD

Source: Jamaica Star A 17-year-old girl is now battling for her life after she was raped, buggered, beaten, and left for dead in St James on the weekend.Reports from the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force are that the teenager was found… Link: GIRL RAPED, BUGGERED AND LEFT FOR DEAD

Traffic ticket amnesty begins today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Tax Administration Jamaica says all its systems are ready for the start of the traffic ticket amnesty today. The amnesty for delinquent motorists was initially announced for July 1. However, it was delayed to allow for all systems to be put in… Link: Traffic ticket amnesty begins today

'Augus Mawning Market' a hit at the village

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Reasonably priced ground provisions of the highest quality served as enticing bait for scores of persons who early yesterday morning converged on Augus’ Mawning Market at the Independence Village inside the National Arena in Kingston…. Link: ‘Augus Mawning Market’ a hit at the village

London 2017 | I am still the fastest – Bolt

Source: Jamaica Gleaner LONDON, England:A shiny new pair of spikes; tributes from some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba, Virat Kohli and Thierry Henry; a hair-raising video presentation; and even a confetti shower at… Link: London 2017 | I am still the fastest –

Monymusk factory facing uncertain future

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Karl Samuda said his industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries ministry is yet to get an undertaking from Chinese firm COMPLANT, the parent company of the Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, if they will be willing to offset the cost of… Link: Monymusk factory facing uncertain future

Political economy in need of emancipation – Semaj

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Individual responsibility is needed to “emancipate” the Jamaican political economy and mirror the same measure of successes the country has seen in sports and academia since full liberation from the clutches of slavery in 1838, according to… Link: Political economy in need of emancipation – Semaj

PM expected to name by-elections date soon

Source: Jamaica Gleaner General Secretary of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Dr Horace Chang, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness will, this week, hold consultations with his colleagues to set a timetable for the holding of by-elections in the St Andrew South West… Link: PM expected to name by-elections date soon

Garage crew ponders next move after blaze

Source: Jamaica Star Tradesmen at a garage located on Caledonia Road in St. Andrew were yesterday pondering how to pick up the pieces after a fire of unknown origin gutted their work area on Saturday at about midday.A total of 11 vehicles at adjoining garages were… Link: Garage crew ponders next move after

Mother cares for children from prison

Source: Jamaica Star A woman who applied for a Food For The Poor (FFP) house while she was inmate at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre was last week presented with the keys to a sunshine-yellow house with white and red trim. The house was built in Irish Pen,… Link: Mother cares for

Precious gift : FLOW gives blood to children's hospital

Source: Jamaica Star More than 40 units of blood have been donated in support of patients now being treated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The effort is the result of a staff blood drive hosted last Thursday by the FLOW Foundation.”Each year, we… Link: Precious gift : FLOW gives blood to children’s

Portia's people hope Angela's win will bring change

Source: Jamaica Star Even before general secretary for the People’s National Party (PNP), Julian Robinson made the official announcement, supporters of Dr Angela Brown Burke knew they had it won.Their mood was jubilant and excitement was written across their faces.Brown… Link: Portia’s people hope Angela’s win will bring change

Ackee Village clash looms – Roadside vendors wary to move into market

Source: Jamaica Star A showdown is looming between vendors along a section of the Mandela Highway that leads into the Sunshine City of Portmore, and the Portmore Municipal Corporation.The local government authority has given… Link: Ackee Village clash looms – Roadside vendors wary to move into market

Emancipation watch in Portmore

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Portmore, did you know that on July 31, 1838, our ancestors ‘set up’ to welcome their freedom?Come and relive this experience at the Community Emancipation Lecture and Vigil, Monday, July 31, 2017, at 9 p.m. at the Greater Portmore… Link: Emancipation watch in Portmore

Major renovation for MoBay Convention Centre

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this forms part of the Government’s undertaking to make the facility “fit for purpose” in its… Link: Major renovation for MoBay Convention Centre

Two Americans killed in St Ann crash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two United States residents perished in an early morning crash on Saturday that involved three motor vehicles.The crash, along the Queen’s Highway, west of Discovery Bay, St Ann, along Jamaica’s north coast, also resulted in three persons being… Link: Two Americans killed in St Ann crash

Michael Buckle dedicated to service

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Michael Buckle, who was recently installed as the 58th president of the Rotary Club of Kingston, is a man who knows how to seize opportunities. Growing up in Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny, Buckle saw opportunities all around him and moved quickly to act on… Link: Michael Buckle dedicated to service

'Who Mama say, a that we say'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The ugly underbelly of internal Jamaican party politics was on show yesterday as Angela Brown Burke and Audrey Smith Facey squared off for the right to represent the People’s National Party (PNP) in St Andrew South Western.Allegations of vote-buying… Link: ‘Who Mama say, a that we say’

Travel pains – Clarendon residents lament damaged roadway

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dozens of residents of Dykes Hill and surrounding communities in northern Clarendon are appealing to the authorities to fix the main road in area so they can stop fearing for their children, avoid paying a 400 per cent increase in fares, and easily… Link: Travel pains – Clarendon residents lament

Brown Burke beats Smith Facey by 93 votes in St Andrew South West selection

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Outsider Angela Brown Burke has won the race to become the People’s National Party (PNP’s) candidate for St Andrew South Western. She polled 595 votes to defeat Audrey Smith Facey who got 502  in today’s selection conference. Link: Brown Burke beats Smith Facey by 93 votes in St Andrew South West selection

PHOTOS: #AngelaVsAudrey in PNP selection exercise

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There is heightened anxiety in the St Andrew South West constituency where Angela Brown Burke is facing off with Audrey Smith Facey in a bid to replace Portia Simpson Miller as the party’s representative. Photographer Jermaine Barnaby captured some… Link: PHOTOS: #AngelaVsAudrey in PNP selection exercise

Cross Roads blaze

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Several motor vehicles were destroyed yesterday as fire ravaged two garages in the Cross Roads area of St Andrew.Firefighters were assisted by a team from the Jamaica Defence Force to put out the blaze which raged at the adjoining premises on… Link: Cross Roads blaze

Unruly attorneys – Five barred from practising so far this year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council last year received more than 220 complaints from Jamaicans who believed that they were wronged by attorneys hired to represent them.”Most of the complaints treat with failing to keep clients… Link: Unruly attorneys – Five barred from practising so far this year

'No reason to trust'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With a Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll showing that Jamaicans have a serious distrust of most of the leading officials and social agencies across the island, our team took to the streets for snapshots of the public’s opinion. The Johnson poll, which was conducted islandwide from June 9 to 11 with 1,500 respondents…

Dad fights – babymother's new lover

Source: Jamaica Star A father of four and the stepfather of his children agreed to go for mediation after both were charged after fighting over the children’s mother.Oral Campbell, the stepfather, and Paul Daley, the children’s father were both charged with unlawfully… Link: Dad fights – babymother’s new lover

Jealous taxi driver bites off man's nose

Source: Jamaica Star A taxi driver admitted he chopped a man in the head and bit off a piece of his nose because the man knew his babymother better than he did.Venreece Spencer was charged with unlawful wounding when he appeared before the Half-Way Tree Resident… Link: Jealous taxi driver bites off man’s

Construction worker stabbed to death

Source: Jamaica Star A man was stabbed to death while another is hospitalised under police guard following an argument triggered by a domestic dispute between the deceased and the mother of the injured man.Information reaching THE STAR is that the St Mary police are… Link: Construction worker stabbed to death

Independence Village | Best of Ja's culture on show

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the Independence euphoria already permeating the air, and as the celebrations are slated to begin, it has been promised that the best of Jamaica will be on show at the Independence Festival Village erected at the National Arena.Dubbed the… Link: Independence Village | Best of Ja’s culture on show

Denbigh 65 is on! – Improvements impress health department

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Patrons attending the annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show from August 5-7 can expect a bigger, better show following significant improvements to the facilities at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon. President of the Jamaica… Link: Denbigh 65 is on! – Improvements impress health department

Cops say no to tonight's Granville street dance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The residents of Granville, St James, who were looking forward to putting on their dancing shoes tonight to celebrate Jamaica 55 with a street dance, will have to make alternate arrangements as the St James Police High Command has… Link: Cops say no to tonight’s Granville street dance

Senate suspends debate on pensions bill

Source: Jamaica Gleaner After a firm resolve yesterday from Leader of Government Business in the Upper House Kamina Johnson Smith that debate and passage of the Pensions (Public Service) Act will go on, despite appeals to delay it from her opposition counterpart, Mark… Link: Senate suspends debate on pensions bill

A 'Braata Box' of opportunities

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Awash with nostalgia while undertaking extensive research work in Cape Town, South Africa, AndrÈ Robb’s brainchild, Braata Box, took shape as a medium for Jamaican culture overseas.Braata Box manifests as a wooden gift package containing various… Link: A ‘Braata Box’ of opportunities

Golding wants consultations before eliminating judge-alone trials for some murder cases

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Senator Mark Golding, wants the Government to hold broad based consultations before eliminating jury trials for murder cases involving the use of a gun. Debate on legislation to introduce the change started in the… Link: Golding wants consultations before eliminating judge-alone trials for some murder cases

READ: Police letter about controversial firearm permit holder

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Gleaner has obtained a copy of the letter written by a senior police officer to the Police High Command which has triggered intense worry about the operations of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA). The National Security Minister Robert… Link: READ: Police letter about controversial firearm permit holder

Not all prisoners will get sex visits

Source: Jamaica Star Prisoners hoping to enjoy the pleasures of conjugal visits will have to meet certain criteria before they are allowed to copulate with their partners.The Ministry of National Security said that the granting of sex visits will be an incentive that… Link: Not all prisoners will get sex visits

Starbucks to help local coffee farmers

Source: Jamaica Star Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda has sought to assure coffee farmers that the introduction of Starbucks to Jamaica will be good for the local industry.Starbucks is expected to open its first store on the island… Link: Starbucks to help local coffee farmers

Farmers reap from artificial insemination

Source: Jamaica Star Artificial insemination (AI) is a common practice of breeding livestock, and is much more common in dairy than beef production. The practice is gaining ground in beef-breeding herds due to increased access and marketing of favourably proven sires…. Link: Farmers reap from artificial insemination

Two shot dead in Manchester

Source: Jamaica Star Two men are now dead, while one battles for life in hospital following a shooting incident in the vicinity of Church Teachers College in Manchester.Dead are Phillip Knight, aka Chase, 28, of Comfort District, and Andrew Thomas, aka Bankpuss, also of… Link: Two shot dead in Manchester

Confessed – scammer faces 40 years behind bars

Source: Jamaica Star Lavrick Willocks, the Jamaican man who led a lottery-scam ring that fleeced scores of elderly American citizens out of nearly US$6 million, yesterday pleaded guilty before a judge in the United States.Assistant United States Attorney for North… Link: Confessed – scammer faces 40 years behind bars

Clarendon 12-y-o to get STAR scholarship

Source: Jamaica Star Following the publication of 12-year-old Makayha Gordon’s story, ‘Help my mother, please! 12-year-old girl pleads for assistance’, in The Gleaner yesterday, help is on the way.Her plight caught the attention of the management at The Gleaner Company… Link: Clarendon 12-y-o to get STAR scholarship

Pure joy as babies are finally home

Source: Jamaica Star The three surviving children of George Clarke and Codenia Miller are now finally home.They are developing healthily and impressively despite the passing of the smallest girl, Kayla, on June 26 after complications she developed while at hospital…. Link: Pure joy as babies are finally home

Hardly a catch – Fish stock dwindles in Manchioneal

Source: Jamaica Star For the past couple of years, fishermen in Manchioneal, Portland, have witnessed the amount of fish they normally catch dwindled drastically, and it is forcing them to turn back customers who turn up at the beach hoping to purchase fresh fish.The… Link: Hardly a catch – Fish stock dwindles in

Jonathan Gosse: The 'Jamerican' protecting Oracabessa Bay's Fish Sanctuary

Source: Jamaica Gleaner His birth certificate identifies Jonathan Gosse as a native of Wisconsin in the United States of America, but since 2000, this American-born farm boy has been wearing the brand ‘Jamaican’ with pride and distinction. Five years after landing here as… Link: Jonathan Gosse: The ‘Jamerican’ protecting Oracabessa Bay’s Fish Sanctuary

'Usain Bolt: Legend' now available for purchase

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Just days before the start of the World Championships in Athletics in London, the highly anticipated book detailing the performances of track-and-field icon Usain Bolt is finally on the market.The book, Usain Bolt: Legend, can be purchased at… Link: ‘Usain Bolt: Legend’ now available for purchase

Shantavia sees success despite sight challenges

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Shantavia Cain has been diagnosed with severe myopia since birth – a condition that led to serious reading challenges during her school journey. However, the 13-year-old was not daunted and managed to gain a 92. 8 per cent average in the recent… Link: Shantavia sees success despite sight challenges

Gangsters in the west are networking – SSP Parkins

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:In addition to the 16 active criminal gangs operating in the parish, Senior Superintendent of Police Egbert Parkins, the commanding officer for the Westmoreland Police Division, says migrating criminals from St James and Hanover are… Link: Gangsters in the west are networking – SSP Parkins

Lavrick Willocks pleads guilty in US court to lottery scamming charge

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Lavrick Willocks, the Jamaican man who led a lottery scam ring that fleeced scores of elderly American citizens out of nearly US$6 million today pleaded guilty before a judge in the United States. Assistant United States Attorney for North… Link: Lavrick Willocks pleads guilty in US court to lottery scamming charge

Gov't gets money to upgrade Bog Walk Gorge flood warning system

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The flood monitoring system at the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine is to be upgraded. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing €219,000 in grant funding for the project. An automatic flood early warning system was previously… Link: Gov’t gets money to upgrade Bog Walk Gorge flood warning system

Are Jamaicans the most dishonest?

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A new Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll has found that most Jamaicans believe their countrymen are less honest than people in other parts of the world. The survey was conducted islandwide from June 9 to 11, among 1,500 respondents and has… Link: Are Jamaicans the most dishonest?

Family in anguish as teen's murder still unsolved

Source: Jamaica Star It is approaching four months since 14-year-old Shanika Phillips was slain near her home in Cockburn Pen, Kingston, but her family is still in anguish as there has been no progress in the investigation of her murder.They are imploring investigators… Link: Family in anguish as teen’s murder still unsolved

Fresh food at Augus' Mawnin Market

Source: Jamaica Star This year’s Augus’ Mawnin Market is expected to see reasonably priced, fresh produce on sale in the Independence Village at the National Stadium.The market will be held on Emancipation Day to allow patrons to experience ‘Curry come Uptown; as part… Link: Fresh food at Augus’ Mawnin Market

Parliament approves $500,000 for Top Hill donkey race

Source: Jamaica Star Organisers of the annual donkey race held on Emancipation Day at Top Hill in St Catherine are brimming with excitement after parliament yesterday approved $500,000 to help them execute the event.With just a few days to go before the event,… Link: Parliament approves 0,000 for Top Hill donkey race

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