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March 29, 2017

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<a href="/article/news/20170328/mother-demands-surgery-baby-woman-wants-huge-cysts-removed-10-month-old">Mother demands surgery for baby – Woman wants huge cysts removed from 10-month-old </a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170328/mother-demands-surgery-baby-woman-wants-huge-cysts-removed-10-month-old”>Mother demands surgery for baby – Woman wants huge cysts removed from 10-month-old </a> Mother demands surgery for baby – Woman wants huge cysts removed from 10-month-old

Simplify basic-school teaching, urges Reid

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Simplify basic-school teaching, urges Reid Rather than complex areas of learning far beyond their years, children at the early-childhood level should be focused on developing cognitive and physical capabilities, according to Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information.The…

Warrants issued for absentee witnesses in Sylvan Reid trial

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Warrants issued for absentee witnesses in Sylvan Reid trial WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Circuit Court has issued warrants for several prosecution witnesses in the case against Councillor Sylvan Reid, who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving, after they failed to appear before the court…

Less than 1% of early childhood centres meet ECC standard

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Less than 1% of early childhood centres meet ECC standard Western Bureau:Floyd Green, the state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says that of the approximately 2,500 registered early childhood institutions in Jamaica, only 18 schools, or less than one per cent, have so far met…

Big business for small hotels as Champs begins

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Big business for small hotels as Champs begins Small hotels across Kingston and St Andrew are in for big business during the five-day period encompassing the annual staging of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys…

Jamaican man in murder-suicide tragedy in Maryland

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Jamaican man in murder-suicide tragedy in Maryland Maryland, United States:A Jamaican man living in Maryland killed his two daughters, and critically wounded his wife before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.Dead are 37-year-old Carlton Goodwin, his four-year-old daughter…

Paralympic heroes hailed for triple medal haul

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Paralympic heroes hailed for triple medal haul Considering Jamaica was represented by a four-member contingent, Jamaica Paralympic Association director Edmund Jones lauded as “very good’ the three Para Pan American Youth Games medals returned from S„o Paulo, Brazil.Para athletes Tevaughn Thomas…

Leaders react to Phillips' PNP takeover

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Leaders react to Phillips’ PNP takeover Some sector leaders have been reacting to the ascension of Dr Peter Phillips to the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), the political opposition in Jamaica. They argue that his takeover, on the third try, comes as Jamaicans become…

Never again! – After being viciously stabbed, allegedly by their co-worker, traumatised cousins vow not to return to Moncrieffe's

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Never again! – After being viciously stabbed, allegedly by their co-worker, traumatised cousins vow not to return to Moncrieffe’s After reportedly being viciously attacked last Friday by an employee, co-owner of Moncrieffe’s Patio Shop, Vassel Moncrieffe, and his 19-year-old acting assistant manager, Jadene Wilson, both successfully underwent surgery and are recuperating

Greater Portmore North by-election goes to PNP

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Greater Portmore North by-election goes to PNP Gary Nicholson, 46, won the Greater Portmore North division in a municipal by-election marred by low voter turnout – trend that has characterised elections in Jamaica over the last two decades.After all 38 boxes were counted, Nicholson polled 2,125…

<a href="/article/news/20170327/j%E2%80%99can-flock-brazilian-butt-doctor-says-everybody-wants-get-their-assets-done">J’can flock Brazilian butt … Doctor says everybody wants to get their assets done</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170327/j%E2%80%99can-flock-brazilian-butt-doctor-says-everybody-wants-get-their-assets-done”>J’can flock Brazilian butt … Doctor says everybody wants to get their assets done</a> J’can flock Brazilian butt … Doctor says everybody wants to get their assets done

<a href="/article/news/20170327/j%E2%80%99cans-flock-brazilian-butt-doctor-says-everybody-wants-get-their-assets-done">J’cans flock Brazilian butt … Doctor says everybody wants to get their assets done</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170327/j%E2%80%99cans-flock-brazilian-butt-doctor-says-everybody-wants-get-their-assets-done”>J’cans flock Brazilian butt … Doctor says everybody wants to get their assets done</a> J’cans flock Brazilian butt … Doctor says everybody wants to get their assets done

Peter takes 'oath' – P.J., Portia, affiliates welcome new PNP leader

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Peter takes ‘oath’ – P.J., Portia, affiliates welcome new PNP leader Surrounded by former People’s National Party (PNP) presidents and prime ministers P.J. Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, and in front of an annual conference-size crowd, Peter David Phillips yesterday took the oath of office to the presidency of…

Federation laments new era of criminality

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Federation laments new era of criminality The Jamaica Police Federation is urging members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and its affiliates to continue to hold fast to the guiding principles of their oath of office even as they mourn the murder of Corporal Kevin McLean, who was cut…

Crime Stop still active

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Crime Stop still active After almost three decades of operation, Crime Stop, the private-sector funded initiative, which facilitates the public sharing information about crimes without having to identify themselves even when they collect the rewards offered for information…

'Same old 'bruk down' PNP bus' – Shaw describes Phillips as part of Ja's economic 'wrecking crew'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Same old ‘bruk down’ PNP bus’ – Shaw describes Phillips as part of Ja’s economic ‘wrecking crew’ Labelling yesterday’s long-awaited transition of leadership within the People’s National Party (PNP) as the “same old bruk-down PNP bus, (only with a) different driver”, Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw vibrantly attempted to

Peter eyes youth vote

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Peter eyes youth vote Peter eyes youth voteReceiving the proverbial baton from his predecessor Portia Simpson Miller, new president of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips yesterday wasted no time in wooing young Jamaicans to become members of the party…

Crucial by-election on today for Greater Portmore North

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Crucial by-election on today for Greater Portmore North PORTMORE, St Catherine:A crucial by-election for the Greater Portmore North Division of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, which is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Ann Marie Lewis and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Gary…

Vaz says PNP is same old bus with a different driver

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Vaz says PNP is same old bus with a different driver The change of leadership in the People’s National Party was among the issues on the platform at the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council One meeting in West Central St Andrew this afternoon. “It’s the same old bus with a

#PeterTakeover: Tearful Portia bids farewell as PNP president

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | #PeterTakeover: Tearful Portia bids farewell as PNP president A tearful Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon bid goodbye to the presidency of the People’s National Party saying throughout her 11 years at the helm, she’s faced the pain of defeat and had the sweet taste of victory.

#PeterTakeover: Dayton Campbell labels Holness an anancy PM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | #PeterTakeover: Dayton Campbell labels Holness an anancy PM The rising firebrand speaker Dr Dayton Campbell has labelled Prime Minister Andrew Holness an anancy who is leading an uncaring government. Campbell is the chairman of the PNP’s region one which includes St Ann North Western which he represents…

Ganja lobbyist suspicious of NCDA data

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Ganja lobbyist suspicious of NCDA data Ganja lobbyist and director of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Delano Seiveright, has expressed suspicion over the latest data provided by the National Council on Drug Abuse about a 50 per cent increase in children seeking medical treatment after…

NO THREAT! – JLP not fazed by PNP's change of leader

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | NO THREAT! – JLP not fazed by PNP’s change of leader The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is confident that its electoral fortunes will not be impacted by the change of leadership in the opposition People’s National Party (PNP).Dr Peter Phillips is set to replace Portia Simpson Miller as president…

Protocol coming for medical marijuana

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Protocol coming for medical marijuana Pure Jamaica Island Traders has announced a pending deal with Apollon Medical Formularies Jamaica Ltd for the establishment of the structured medical protocols to govern marijuana treatments in Jamaica.The deal will also cover the exclusive export…

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Stand your ground! – Sugar producers charged to fight for market share

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Stand your ground! – Sugar producers charged to fight for market share Sugar industry stakeholders are being urged to stand their ground in the face of new and emerging threats to their economic livelihood.Addressing Thursday’s opening ceremony of the two-day regional policy workshop on ‘The Caribbean Sugar Industry…

Search on for gunmen who attacked police with grenades

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Search on for gunmen who attacked police with grenades Sleuths have launched a hunt for a man who yesterday hurled two grenades at a police team, injuring a cop, when they turned up to arrest him at a house in Armadale, Alexandria, St Ann.Assistant Police Commissioner Ealan Powell said the cops

Hunt on for two gunmen who kidnapped Manchester businessmen

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Hunt on for two gunmen who kidnapped Manchester businessmen Mandeville, Manchester:The Manchester police have intensified their investigations into the kidnapping of two businessmen in the parish on Thursday. Both men were found unharmed and released after the police foiled the ransom drop.One suspect was…

There should be no refuge for criminality – Grant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | There should be no refuge for criminality – Grant WESTERN BUREAU:Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant said criminals are being shielded in their communities by residents who knowingly provide them with information and escape routes, which not only make the job of the police very difficult…

Breathtaking! – Central Gardens opens at Dunn's River Falls and Park

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Breathtaking! – Central Gardens opens at Dunn’s River Falls and Park The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), on Thursday, officially opened its newest attraction, the $122-million Central Gardens at the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park in St Ann.What was once an area that served as a car park for patrons has…

Businesswoman, relatives charged with money laundering

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Businesswoman, relatives charged with money laundering A Manchester businesswoman, her son and sister have been arrested and charged by the police for allegedly purchasing a number of properties valued at more than $100 million from the proceeds of drug trafficking.Detectives from the Financial…

No surprises! – Budget approved although senators stick to partisan script

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No surprises! – Budget approved although senators stick to partisan script Government and Opposition senators yesterday held tightly to their partisan scripts, either celebrating the Budget for the 2017-2018 financial year or berating it as being burdensome on poor Jamaicans.In the end, the Appropriation Bill (Budget),…

<a href="/article/news/20170324/gully-queens-recruit-young-boy-father-tries-rescue-14-y-o-living-among-gays">'Gully queens' recruit young boy … father tries to rescue 14-y-o living among gays</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170324/gully-queens-recruit-young-boy-father-tries-rescue-14-y-o-living-among-gays”>’Gully queens’ recruit young boy … father tries to rescue 14-y-o living among gays</a> ‘Gully queens’ recruit young boy … father tries to rescue 14-y-o living among gays

Mission to discover commercial quantities of oil in Ja intensifies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Mission to discover commercial quantities of oil in Ja intensifies A hunt to find commercial quantities of oil and gas off Jamaica’s shores is the latest mission of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which has Science Energy and Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley quite optimistic.Wheatley, who was taken…

Cybercrimes Act is necessary – ODPP

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cybercrimes Act is necessary – ODPP Before last month, the charge of using a computer for malicious communication was an obscure criminal offence included in Jamaica’s Cybercrimes Act 2015 – the legal framework enacted by lawmakers two years ago to regulate activities in cyberspace….

Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children sparks angry protest

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children sparks angry protest Up to last night, the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew was only accepting emergency cases until further notice. This followed an incident on Wednesday night, where a health records clerk was injured in the eye by a parent…

'We accept responsibility' – Gov't sourcing funds to complete North Street sewage line rehabilitation – Chang

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘We accept responsibility’ – Gov’t sourcing funds to complete North Street sewage line rehabilitation – Chang While urging cooperation and insisting that residents and businesses refrain from dumping waste and garbage into the North Street, Kingston, sewage lines, Dr Horace Chang, minister with responsibility for water, environment and housing, said that…

London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con LONDON (AP):Authorities yesterday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism – but…

Thank God and OSAY! – Woman overjoyed for renovated house

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Thank God and OSAY! – Woman overjoyed for renovated house After struggling for a long time with the reality of living in a rotten wooden house, Barbara Denton is now smiling brightly since receiving the gift of a newly renovated one-bedroom home in Clifton, Bernard Lodge, in St Catherine. Thanks to

Only emergency cases being accepted at Bustamante hospital as staff protest over security concern

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Only emergency cases being accepted at Bustamante hospital as staff protest over security concern The Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston is now only accepting emergency cases because of industrial action by the health records staff. They are demanding increased security arrangements after a health records clerk was injured at the…

Tax on group health insurance not onerous, says Shaw

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tax on group health insurance not onerous, says Shaw Despite objections by some players in the insurance industry to the Government’s imposition of general consumption tax (GCT) on group health insurance, Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw yesterday defended the measure, suggesting…

JTA boss embraces plans to outlaw corporal punishment

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JTA boss embraces plans to outlaw corporal punishment Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ plan to rid the island’s education system of corporal punishment has been warmly embraced by the president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Howard Isaacs, who feels transformation is badly needed in regard to how…

Multimillion-dollar stink – North Street sewage continues to flow despite lengthy fix – NWC blames business that continues to dump into the main

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Multimillion-dollar stink – North Street sewage continues to flow despite lengthy fix – NWC blames business that continues to dump into the main The problem of the ongoing raw sewage overflowing on to North Street in downtown Kingston continues despite a lengthy $36 million project to correct it. According to Charles

Holness defends decision to use NHT money

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Holness defends decision to use NHT money Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that he was not interested in any political battles about whether he broke a promise not to take funds from the National Housing Trust (NHT) even as he clarified that the latest drawdown was for debt payments and…

Cybercrimes Act well structured, says Champagnie

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cybercrimes Act well structured, says Champagnie Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie said that not only is the new Cybercrimes Act quite clear in its structure and wording, but it is also well timed for the expanding social media era, where damage caused to reputation by publishing is almost…

Five dead in attack at British Parliament

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Five dead in attack at British Parliament LONDON (AP):A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power yesterday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.Five…

Grace corned beef suppliers not under probe – Wehby

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Grace corned beef suppliers not under probe – Wehby Brazilian processing plants that supply corned beef to at least one of Jamaica’s two major distributors of the product are not under investigation by the Brazilian authorities in the ongoing “rotten beef and poultry” probe now unfolding in the South…

PNP denies crafting new anti-crime plan

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | PNP denies crafting new anti-crime plan The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is rejecting an assertion from Prime Minister Andrew Holness that a proposed law to give the security forces powers to search places, vehicles, or persons within specific areas without a warrant was…

Police mourn death of senior member's son

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Police mourn death of senior member’s son The police fraternity has joined one of its senior members in mourning the loss of her son, who was one of the latest victims of the rampant killings in St James.Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Ross, who is the son of one of the heads of a

<a href="/article/news/20170322/dem-coulda-ban-it-some-more-poor-jcans-unaffected-bully-beef-restriction">'Dem coulda ban it some more' … poor J'cans unaffected by bully beef restriction</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170322/dem-coulda-ban-it-some-more-poor-jcans-unaffected-bully-beef-restriction”>’Dem coulda ban it some more’ … poor J’cans unaffected by bully beef restriction</a> ‘Dem coulda ban it some more’ … poor J’cans unaffected by bully beef restriction

Man stabbed to death during dispute in August Town

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Man stabbed to death during dispute in August Town A dispute between two men, believed to be brothers, in August Town, St Andrew last night has left one dead and the other in hospital under police guard, law enforcement sources have revealed. According to the police, 35-year-old Ryan Murray of…

Cops still probing murder of doctor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cops still probing murder of doctor Four days after being found shot dead in his car at hisSt Andrew home, the police are still piecing together clues in the murder of well-known medical doctor, Garth Officer.Head of the Corporate Communications Unit, Sup-erintendent Stephanie Lindsay…

MoBay stakeholders demand better results in war against crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | MoBay stakeholders demand better results in war against crime WESTERN BUREAU:While Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St James Police Division, is blaming ignorance of policing strategies for the perception that the war again crime in the area is woefully lacking, his assertion is not finding…

Budget fiscally responsible, says King

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Budget fiscally responsible, says King Co-executive director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and economist, Dr Damien King, said the 2017-2018 Budget is fiscally responsible.He argued that the new Budget is continuing the trend in recent times of being very close to a…

Controversy surrounds Falmouth's readiness for social patients

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Controversy surrounds Falmouth’s readiness for social patients WESTERN BUREAU:With the $3-million repair of the Icy Allen Care Centre now completed, the Trelawny Municipal Corporation said the facility was now ready to house the 36 social patients who are to be transferred from the problem-plagued Cornwall…

Budget on the right PATH – CaPRI

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Budget on the right PATH – CaPRI The claim by Finance Minister Audley Shaw that the 2017-18 Budget will provide an enhanced social safety net for the poor and vulnerable has been endorsed by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), which yesterday presented its in-depth…

Parliament barred from tabling OCG report about Hayles

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Parliament barred from tabling OCG report about Hayles The Supreme Court has ordered Parliament not to table the controversial report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) containing allegations of impropriety against West Hanover Member of Parliament Ian Hayles until the matter is fully…

Accumulated losses nearing $3b but HAJ on the mend

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Accumulated losses nearing b but HAJ on the mend Despite facing a projected accumulated loss of $3 billion, the leadership of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is expressing confidence that it is taking the right steps to turn things around, with a projected profit this fiscal year proof that it…

'Pickpocket budget' – Phillips urges Jamaicans to protest budget, tax package

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Pickpocket budget’ – Phillips urges Jamaicans to protest budget, tax package Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will make his contribution to the 2017-2018 Budget Debate amid urging from the Opposition’s incoming leader, Dr Peter Phillips, for Jamaicans to decide what action they will take to show that they will not…

Gov't bans corned beef imports from Brazil, people urged not to consume product

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t bans corned beef imports from Brazil, people urged not to consume product The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has imposed an immediate ban on imports of corned beef originating from Brazil. In the meantime, consumers are being cautioned not to eat corned beef until further notice. The move…

<a href="/article/news/20170320/duppy-film-spotted-st-thomas-adams-believes-wanted-man-could-be-caught-better">'Duppy Film' spotted in St Thomas? – Adams believes wanted man could be caught with better tactics</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170320/duppy-film-spotted-st-thomas-adams-believes-wanted-man-could-be-caught-better”>’Duppy Film’ spotted in St Thomas? – Adams believes wanted man could be caught with better tactics</a> ‘Duppy Film’ spotted in St Thomas? – Adams believes wanted man could be caught with better tactics

Chile hunts secret to own Bolts

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Chile hunts secret to own Bolts Chile accepts there will never be another Usain Bolt, but the South American country has approached Jamaica, the country of the multiple Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, for help to create the environment to unleash its own Bolts.”I…

Housing Agency of Jamaica to give update on financial health

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Housing Agency of Jamaica to give update on financial health Almost two weeks before the 2016-2017 financial year ends, the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), which racked up almost $900 million in losses for one financial year, is today expected to reveal how the agency’s financial position has turned around…

Work continues on Marcus Garvey Drive to meet April deadline

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Work continues on Marcus Garvey Drive to meet April deadline Ninety-seven per cent of the rehabilitation and expansion work on Marcus Garvey Drive has been completed, with the project looking set for completion by the April 30 deadline, according to National Works Agency (NWA) Communications Manager Stephen…

JHTA stands ground – Group to discuss taxes, TEF with Shaw, Bartlett today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JHTA stands ground – Group to discuss taxes, TEF with Shaw, Bartlett today Excessive property taxes, meddling with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and elevated health insurance are among the burning issues the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) will discuss today with both the finance and tourism ministers.The…

Bloodbath – Four gunned down at cookshop in Bath, Westmoreland

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bloodbath – Four gunned down at cookshop in Bath, Westmoreland Residents of Bath in Westmoreland are struggling to come to grips with Saturday night’s quadruple murder when members of their community were slaughtered at a popular cookshop and bar by men travelling on two motorcycles.When the shooting, which…

Children lead in being the 'hands and feet of Christ' through OSAY!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Children lead in being the ‘hands and feet of Christ’ through OSAY! Thousands of youngsters turned out yesterday to become the “hands and feet of Jesus Christ”, rendering assistance to the needy in St Catherine and also learning important life skills like discipline and teamwork, thanks to the Central Jamaica…

'Unspeakable joy' – Elder elated after baptising his 82-year-old mother

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘Unspeakable joy’ – Elder elated after baptising his 82-year-old mother For Elder Michael Vernal and the members of the Regent Street Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Kingston, March 11, 2017 will long be remembered.History will record that this was the first time that Elder Vernal was given the opportunity to do…

Perception of crime greater than reality – cop

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Perception of crime greater than reality – cop A senior police officer of Area One is urging the public not to be captives within their own homes, noting that the perception of crime is greater than the reality.Addressing a media briefing at the Social Development Commission office in Albion, St…

Ja, Chile advance talks on treatment of youth offenders

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Ja, Chile advance talks on treatment of youth offenders Chile and Jamaica are taking steps to deepen the exchange of best practices to help deal with youth offenders in what could partly be viewed as a response to the concerns raised by local rights groups about the treatment of offenders, especially…

Raphaelita Walker remembered for her kindness, energetic spirit

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Raphaelita Walker remembered for her kindness, energetic spirit She was described as the ‘Black Santa Claus’ while she was living in Canada and one who always ended her conversations with ‘love you’ – character traits of Raphaelita Walker mourners will miss, as her life was celebrated yesterday during a…

US comes to aid of ailing hospital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | US comes to aid of ailing hospital The United States Embassy in Kingston is moving to assist the ailing Cornwall Regional Hospital, which has had to close some floors because of noxious fumes.The embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development and the Pan-…

Retirees say no to tax on group health insurance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Retirees say no to tax on group health insurance The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has joined several other groups expressing concern over the Government’s proposal to impose general consumptiontax (GCT) on group health insurance.Finance Minister Audley Shaw announced the new tax…

Doctors mourn murdered colleague

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Doctors mourn murdered colleague Members of the local medical community were left sad and nervous yesterday as news spread about the fatal shooting of popular medical doctor, 72-year-old Garth Officer, who was fatally shot outside his house in St Andrew Friday evening.”Whenever we…

GSAT ends with passing grade

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | GSAT ends with passing grade By all indications, officials at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information were unanimous in their declaration of a successful final day of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Overall, the ministry was satisfied with the outcome of the two…

Senate pays tribute to McPherson, Saunders

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Senate pays tribute to McPherson, Saunders Members of the Upper House yesterday paid tribute to Joseph McPherson, a former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) senator and trade unionist who died recently.Senator Kavan Gayle described McPherson as a stalwart in both the JLP and the Bustamante…

Tax package counterproductive to tourism sector, JHTA declares

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tax package counterproductive to tourism sector, JHTA declares The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has added its voice to growing opposition to aspects of the government’s tax package, with its president Omar Robinson describing the plan as counterproductive to overall growth of the tourism sector….

HAJ bleeding – State agency loses $900 million in one year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | HAJ bleeding – State agency loses 0 million in one year The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) continues to under-deliver on projects, even as its latest annual report showed that it racked up almost $900 million in losses in one financial year.And with another $900-million loss projected for the 2016-2017…

Nugent recovering well, Tambourine Army to discuss recent events

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Nugent recovering well, Tambourine Army to discuss recent events Co-founder of advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent, shared that she has been recovering well following her arrest and subsequent hospitalisation earlier this week. She said the group will be meeting to discuss the impact of recent events,…

New UTech president promises to make students centre of development

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | New UTech president promises to make students centre of development While acknowledging that the University of Technology (UTech) has made great strides in producing graduates who are ‘industry ready’ and is still the leading institution in training health professionals, particularly in pharmacy, newly installed…

Caribbean mourns passing of writer Derek Walcott

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Caribbean mourns passing of writer Derek Walcott “He was great” and “one of the best” are just some of the multitude of praises that greeted yesterday’s death of 87-year-old Sir Derek Walcott – the St Lucia-born but Caribbean-celebrated poet, playwright and painter.Walcott, the 1992 Literature…

J'cans will be involved in building of parliamentary complex – PM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | J’cans will be involved in building of parliamentary complex – PM Prime Minister Andrew Holness has responded to concerns from Jamaican architects, assuring that local skills will be involved in the Chinese-led construction of the new parliamentary complex at Heroes Circle in downtown Kingston.The complex will…

Legislators say arbitration law full of gaps

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Legislators say arbitration law full of gaps Debate on the Arbitration Act, 2017, was suspended in the Senate yesterday after lawmakers highlighted gaps in the legislation that has been in gestation for some time now.A major criticism levelled against the Government by Senator Mark Golding,…

Updated: HAJ bleeding – State agency loses $900 million in one year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Updated: HAJ bleeding – State agency loses 0 million in one year The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) continues to under-deliver on projects, even as its latest annual report showed that it racked up almost $900 million in losses in one financial year…

Holistic rehabilitation essential for deliquent juveniles – Hunter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Holistic rehabilitation essential for deliquent juveniles – Hunter The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is taking a holistic approach to rehabilitating young girls in state care at the South Camp Road Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre in Kingston.Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, said an…

<a href="/article/news/20170317/we-are-innocent-scrap-metal-exporters-refuse-take-blame-copper-cable-theft">We are innocent! – Scrap metal exporters refuse to take blame for copper cable theft</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170317/we-are-innocent-scrap-metal-exporters-refuse-take-blame-copper-cable-theft”>We are innocent! – Scrap metal exporters refuse to take blame for copper cable theft</a> We are innocent! – Scrap metal exporters refuse to take blame for copper cable theft

<a href="/article/news/20170317/pastor-used-my-money-buy-new-vehicle-elderly-woman-accuses-clergyman-taking">Pastor used my money to buy new vehicle – Elderly woman accuses clergyman of taking funds intended for her burial</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170317/pastor-used-my-money-buy-new-vehicle-elderly-woman-accuses-clergyman-taking”>Pastor used my money to buy new vehicle – Elderly woman accuses clergyman of taking funds intended for her burial</a> Pastor used my money to buy new vehicle – Elderly woman accuses clergyman of taking funds intended for her burial

Handcarts rescued cruise ship passengers in flooded Falmouth

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Handcarts rescued cruise ship passengers in flooded Falmouth WESTERN BUREAU:Some cruise ship passengers who got caught in the heavy rains that lashed Falmouth, Trelawny, yesterday, flooding several roads, got a novel taste of what it is like to be transported Jamaican handcart-style.The handcart operators,…

Tax-perity! – Simpson Miller attacks prosperity mantra of Holness Gov't in final Budget speech

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tax-perity! – Simpson Miller attacks prosperity mantra of Holness Gov’t in final Budget speech Seizing on the popular local term ‘tax-perity’, Portia Simpson Miller used her final address to Parliament as opposition leader to attack the ‘prosperity’ mantra of the Andrew Holness administration, arguing that the new Budget is an exploitation

Sagicor's new structure – Byles now chairman, Zacca president/CEO, Williams director emeritus of company

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Sagicor’s new structure – Byles now chairman, Zacca president/CEO, Williams director emeritus of company Philanthropist and entrepreneur R. Danny Williams announced his retirement as chairman of the Sagicor Group effective June 1 while at a press conference held in New Kingston at the Sagicor Auditorium yesterday.Williams’s retirement as head of one

Opposition leader charismatic in criticising but lacked alternatives – Champagnie

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Opposition leader charismatic in criticising but lacked alternatives – Champagnie In the view of attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, Portia Simpson Miller’s final presentation to the Budget Debate yesterday was a reminder as to why she was elected prime minister.”She was not short of charisma and empathy, particularly as it relates…

MAJ rips Government over health insurance tax

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | MAJ rips Government over health insurance tax The Government’s recent announcement to apply tax on group health insurance has not gone down well with the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), which said that it feared that such a move would negatively impact the already overburdened public…

Portia impresses law students

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Portia impresses law students Portia Simpson Miller has received high marks from three university students for her final presentation in the Budget Debate as opposition leader.The three students from the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus – Dwayne…

Few blemishes on GSAT Day One; ministry satisfied

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Few blemishes on GSAT Day One; ministry satisfied Barring heavy rains across sections of the island that slightly affected the scheduled 9 a.m. start time and a few instances of paper shortage, Day One of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) got off to a smooth start yesterday, with more than

What Simpson Miller said:

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | What Simpson Miller said: In her final presentation to the Budget Debate in Parliamentyesterday, Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller paid tribute to significant political figures who had an impact on her political career.Below are highlights of…

Cultural void as JCDC icon dies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cultural void as JCDC icon dies The Jamaica Cul-tural Development Commission (JCDC) family was left numb yesterday as news spread of the sudden passing of its executive director, Dr Delroy Gordon. Reeling from the shock, several Jamaicans shared in their grief.Gordon, 55, died…

#JaBudget2017: Praises for Portia after final Budget contribution

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | #JaBudget2017: Praises for Portia after final Budget contribution There was bipartisan praise in Parliament this afternoon for Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female prime minister, who delivered her final address to the nation’ s legislature as Opposition Leader. “May God bless you, and may…

<a href="/article/news/20170316/jamaican-women-want-matey-hunters-females-willing-spend-big-bucks-get-rid-side">Jamaican women want 'matey' hunters – Females willing to spend big bucks to get rid of side chicks</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170316/jamaican-women-want-matey-hunters-females-willing-spend-big-bucks-get-rid-side”>Jamaican women want ‘matey’ hunters – Females willing to spend big bucks to get rid of side chicks</a> Jamaican women want ‘matey’ hunters – Females willing to spend big bucks to get rid of side chicks

Gov't relents! – Five per cent public-sector pension to be phased in

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t relents! – Five per cent public-sector pension to be phased in A crucial amendment has been made to the Pensions (Public Service) Act, 2016, with the Government yielding to a chorus of appeals from public-sector workers to implement the five per cent contribution on a phased basis.President of the Jamaica…

Mixed reactions to fuel, motor vehicle fees increase

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Mixed reactions to fuel, motor vehicle fees increase Taxi operators and motorists in the Corporate Area are not unanimous in their objection to the increase in the special consumption tax (SCT) on fuel, which took effect yesterday. In fact, more persons criticised the 20 per cent increase on motor…

Seniors exercise more than youngsters, poll shows

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Seniors exercise more than youngsters, poll shows On average, persons aged 55 to 65 years and older engage more in a structured exercise routine – such as sporting activities, running or walking – compared to younger persons in the 18 to 34 age bracket, according to a Gleaner-commissioned poll…

Tambourine Army co-founder granted bail, released from hospital

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tambourine Army co-founder granted bail, released from hospital The case against co-founder of advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent, was not called upin court yesterday because she washospitalised.Nugent was arrested and chargedon Tuesday with malicious use ofcomputers, under the Cybercrimes Act, by…

Men are more active than women – study

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Men are more active than women – study According to a study on health care issues in Jamaica that polled 1,200 residents, 77 per cent of men aged 18 to 65 years and over engage in frequent physical activities, such as sports, compared to 62 per cent of women in the

Tax package leaves western stakeholders fuming

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tax package leaves western stakeholders fuming WESTERN BUREAU:Some top stakeholders in western Jamaica are hopping mad with the Government’s decision to place a levy on group health insurance and want a rollback of the $1.5 million tax threshold set to take effect April 1. Instead, they want the…

Long Pond closure devastating Clark's Town

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Long Pond closure devastating Clark’s Town WESTERN BUREAU:Clark’s Town and surrounding communities in Trelawny are said to be reeling under the impact of the lack of activity at the Long Pond Sugar Factory, which has been the economic lifeline in that section of the parish for decades.”There…

Cops target Closed User Group among illegal taxi operators

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cops target Closed User Group among illegal taxi operators The now common practice by some illegal taxi operators of using WhatsApp voice notes and text messages in a Closed User Group (CUG) as a means to evade the police is being closelymonitored by law enforcement officials, Head of the Police Traffic…

Smith says he will be 'available' for Budget vote

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Smith says he will be ‘available’ for Budget vote The St Andrew North Western Member of Parliament Derrick Smith has said he will be present for any parliamentary vote for the passage of the 2017-2018 Budget next week.”I will be available for any parliamentary vote,” Smith told The Gleaner…

Hike in health insurance costs will 'kill' patients

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Hike in health insurance costs will ‘kill’ patients Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips has described as “pernicious”, the new tax on group health insurance premiums.Noting that Jamaica’s health system is grossly inadequate to provide proper services to citizens, Phillips argued that no…

Ja gets help to fight gun crimes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Ja gets help to fight gun crimes The handover of a Bullettrax System to the Institute of Forensic Science yesterday marks an important part of the Government’s effort to combat the illicit trafficking in firearms and ammunition, National Security Minister Robert Montague said,…

What Phillips said

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | What Phillips said Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Dr Peter Phillips, yesterday urged the Andrew Holness administration to “wheel and come again” with its $13.5-billion tax package during his contribution to the 2017-2018 Budget Debate in the House…

Principal presses for road-safety measures after death of student

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Principal presses for road-safety measures after death of student Mandeville, Manchester:As the students and teachers of Victor Dixon High School in Manchester mourn the passing of 14-year-old student Amelia Willis, who was hit by a taxi last Friday, principal Orchid Smith believes this accident could have been…

Phillips gets 6.5, says political commentator

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Phillips gets 6.5, says political commentator Political commentator Kevin O’Brien Chang said that while Dr Peter Phillips scored well in critiquing the Government’s tax package from an opposition finance standpoint, he failed to present his own economic vision for the country as opposition…

Hannam: Drop off kids and go home

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Hannam: Drop off kids and go home Parents are being urged to create an environment that will provide relaxation and comfort for their children as they sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this Thursday and Friday.Everton Hannam, president of the National Parent-Teacher…

Peter's 'new deal' – Phillips offers Gov't three keys to unlock economic growth

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Peter’s ‘new deal’ – Phillips offers Gov’t three keys to unlock economic growth Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips is of the view that the Jamaican economy will not achieve high rates of economic growth unless the country addresses the problems stemming from social and economic inequality.In his presentation to…

Long-awaited DNA regulation could be approved in six weeks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Long-awaited DNA regulation could be approved in six weeks National Security Minister Robert Montague has hinted that Parliament could approve the long-awaited DNA Regulation within six weeks. According to Montague, some US$146,000 is being approved for the purchase of equipment and training of personnel…

<a href="/article/news/20170314/man-tries-jump-bridge-three-times-firemen-say-suicidal-man-puts-strain">Man tries to jump from bridge three times – Firemen say suicidal man puts strain on resources</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170314/man-tries-jump-bridge-three-times-firemen-say-suicidal-man-puts-strain”>Man tries to jump from bridge three times – Firemen say suicidal man puts strain on resources</a> Man tries to jump from bridge three times – Firemen say suicidal man puts strain on resources

Phillips to talk tough today on Government's tax measures

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Phillips to talk tough today on Government’s tax measures Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips, who described the $13.5 billion tax package imposed by the Government as “devastating”, will today respond in full to the Budget.Phillips will make his presentation to the Budget Debate in Gordon…

Death Squad Trial | Jury to get 'death squad' case today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Death Squad Trial | Jury to get ‘death squad’ case today The seven-member jury in the so-called police death squad trial is expected to begin their deliberations today.Yesterday, attorneys for the two policemen on trial wrapped up their closing arguments in the Home Circuit Court.Justice Jennifer Straw,…

Jamaica still land of wood and water but still challenges

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Jamaica still land of wood and water but still challenges Jamaica does not have a shortage of water, despite the drought in 2015 that saw a decline in agricultural production, according to Peter Clarke, deputy managing director of the Water Resources Authority.”In terms of water supply, it is the Water…

Getting it clean! – The water-treatment process

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Getting it clean! – The water-treatment process Untreated water in natural sources such as rivers, springs and aquifers is usually clean enough for a number of purposes such as washing clothes but definitely not good enough to drink. Although the water may look clean, it is not…

No rollback! – Defiant Shaw hails tax package as the best despite strong criticisms

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | No rollback! – Defiant Shaw hails tax package as the best despite strong criticisms Indicating that there will be no rollback of any aspect of the $13.5-billion tax package, Finance Minister Audley Shaw has said he expects no “battle” between the administration and unions representing public-sector workers which have labelled the…

Is NHT a trust or financial agency? – Shaw explains Holness comments, defends 'raid'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Is NHT a trust or financial agency? – Shaw explains Holness comments, defends ‘raid’ Amid confusion triggered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness over the purpose of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw is insisting that the administration’s $11.4-billion draw-down from the agency to…

Three men held for murder of police sergeant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Three men held for murder of police sergeant Three men were arrested yesterday morning by police officers in Lacovia, St Elizabeth, in relation to the murder of Police Sergeant Neville Bryan on February 24.Reports are that about midnight, the men were held by lawmen at a guest house in the…

Cops target 'Back Road'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Cops target ‘Back Road’ ‘Back Road’, the red-light district of Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, has been red-flagged by the St Catherine South police following Saturday morning’s discovery of a 9mm pistol and the detention of more than 50 persons, including…

Gov't department spends $76m on rent without moving in

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t department spends m on rent without moving in The Accountant General’s Department (AGD) has so far racked up a bill of almost $76 million to lease the ground floor of the old Oceana Hotel building in downtown Kingston, which it is yet to occupy.To compound the seeming waste of taxpayers’

Bring them to the light! – Congregations urged to expose sexual predators among clergy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bring them to the light! – Congregations urged to expose sexual predators among clergy Co-founder of the recently formed Tambourine Army Latoya Nugent is calling for church congregations islandwide to publicly expose ministers of religion who continue to abuse women and children while using their positions in the Church to evade…

Tax increases hit motorists today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tax increases hit motorists today Motorists are to face increased costs today when motor vehicle licence and related fees go up as part of the Government’s J$13.5-billion tax package announced last week.An increase in the special consumption tax on petrol will take effect on…

'One-way stupidity' – Lucea Mayor demands new traffic-management system

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | ‘One-way stupidity’ – Lucea Mayor demands new traffic-management system WESTERN BUREAU:Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels is demanding that the National Works Agency (NWA) moves immediately to reverse a decade-old decision to convert all roadways within the town centre into one-way thoroughfares.Samuels told The Sunday…

13 curious questions! – Hayles wants answers about operation of OCG

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | 13 curious questions! – Hayles wants answers about operation of OCG Eyebrows were raised last week as the parliamentary opposition indicated that it is seeking answers from prime minister Andrew Holness about several issues related to the operation of the Office of the…

Row over bullet making machine

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Row over bullet making machine The management of the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) has shot down claims that they ignored a directive from then security minister, Dwight Nelson, that a machine which could be used to make bullets should have been stored at the Jamaica Defence…

Shameful! – Ministry pays out more than $200m in unapproved travel allowances

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Shameful! – Ministry pays out more than 0m in unapproved travel allowances The Auditor general has recommended that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) move to recover more than $200 million it paid in travel allowance to staff without approval.In a special report tabled in Parliament last Thursday, the…

Bloodletting continues in MoBay

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Bloodletting continues in MoBay Less than 24 hours after killing four persons in St James, gunmen continued their carnage in the parish, leaving two dead and two nursing bullet wounds.Detectives at the Montego Hill Criminal Investigations Branch are investigating the circumstances…

Manchester businessman held in big cocaine bust

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Manchester businessman held in big cocaine bust A popular Manchester businessman is one of two persons arrested by the Narcotics Police in a major drug bust in the parish last Friday.According to the Narcotics Police, the men were held with cocaine valued at more than $18 million along the…

Pastor gets 20 years for sexual assault of 13-year-old

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Pastor gets 20 years for sexual assault of 13-year-old Pastor Paul Hanniford, the clergyman convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl after telling her mother he was taking the teen and her brother for a drive-out, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.The sentence was handed down by Justice…

Tighter – regulations coming for – gun club

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tighter – regulations coming for – gun club Days after fresh concerns were raised about the possible leakage of bullets from the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) head office on Mountain View Avenue in eastern St Andrew, National Security Minister Robert Montague is moving to tighten control at…

Defence Act to be amended for enlistment programme

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Defence Act to be amended for enlistment programme The Defence Board has commenced dialogue with the Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice to facilitate amendments to the Defence Act in order to give the recently announced National Service Enlistment (NSE) Programme legal standing.When…

117-y-o still basking in visit from GG

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | 117-y-o still basking in visit from GG Western Bureau:While yesterday was the 117th birthday of the woman believed to be the world’s second oldest person, Vioris Brown, who has that enviable distinction, did very little celebrating, choosing to revel in the visit she got from Jamaica’s…

Gov't electricity team dismisses concerns about JPS licence – Power company gets green light for Old Harbour plant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Gov’t electricity team dismisses concerns about JPS licence – Power company gets green light for Old Harbour plant The Government’s Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) has dismissed concerns from the chief technical adviser to the finance minister, Aubyn Hill, that the current Jamaica Public Service (JPS) licence threatens the economy and

Minister rejects motion to set up tertiary education fund

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Minister rejects motion to set up tertiary education fund Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid has rejected a motion moved by Opposition Senator Wensworth Skeffery to create a special fund to allow needy Jamaicans to access financing for tertiary education for their children.”I would…

Jackson, MSME Alliance support plan to protect consumers from banks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Jackson, MSME Alliance support plan to protect consumers from banks The Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Alliance and Fitz Jackson, the parliamentarian pushing for tougher regulation of bank fees, have endorsed the Government’s plan to establish an agency to protect consumers in their dealings with…

UPDATE: Mandeville student dies after being hit by taxi

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | UPDATE: Mandeville student dies after being hit by taxi Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer MANDEVILLE, Manchester: The second-form student of the Victor Dixon High School who was on Friday morning involved in a car crash  has died. The student, whose name is has not been released, was admitted to…

<a href="/article/news/20170310/could-be-our-year-campion-college-takes-aim-schools-challenge-quiz-crown">This could be our year – Campion College takes aim at Schools' Challenge Quiz crown</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170310/could-be-our-year-campion-college-takes-aim-schools-challenge-quiz-crown”>This could be our year – Campion College takes aim at Schools’ Challenge Quiz crown</a> This could be our year – Campion College takes aim at Schools’ Challenge Quiz crown

What Shaw said

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | What Shaw said Audley Shaw, finance minister, made a wide-ranging presentation yesterday in the House of Representatives to open the 2017/2018 National Budget Debate. Below are some of what he said:1. On reducing selected Students’ Loan Bureau…

Drivers to dig deep – Motorists get hit twice with revenue measures

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Drivers to dig deep – Motorists get hit twice with revenue measures Motorists will bear a significant weight of the nearly $30 billion in revenue measures announced yesterday by Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw in Parliament.In opening the 2017-2018 Budget Debate, Shaw announced a 20 per cent hike…

JCTU wants Gov't to contribute to public sector pension scheme

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JCTU wants Gov’t to contribute to public sector pension scheme As the debate over public sector pension reform continues, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) is calling on the Government to also make contributions to the public-sector pension scheme to make it easier for workers when the new…

Byles: 16.5% tax on insurance unfortunate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Byles: 16.5% tax on insurance unfortunate A seemingly disappointed Richard Byles, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, last night declared it an “unfortunate” move by the Government to apply a 16.5 per cent general consumption tax (GCT) to group…

New flights coming between Germany, Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | New flights coming between Germany, Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett yesterday announced that one of Europe’s leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, would begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany and Montego Bay.Lufthansa is one of the world’s…

Plans move ahead for new Parliament building

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Plans move ahead for new Parliament building Long-delayed plans to construct a new Parliament building moved a step closer to reality yesterday when the Government, through the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Construction Company of…

Tax measures devastating, says Phillips

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Tax measures devastating, says Phillips Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips said that the revenue measures announced yesterday by the Government would have a devastating impact on the working poor in Jamaica.”Contrary to all that they are claiming, the truth is, what they…

JGRA cries foul at – fuel price increase

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | JGRA cries foul at – fuel price increase Gregory Chung, first vice-president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), has expressed shock and disappointment at the announcement that the special consumption tax (SCT) on fuel will see increases ranging from $0.43 to $7.36,…

#JaBudget2017: Tax on fuel, alcohol, tobacco and motor vehicle licences going up

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | #JaBudget2017: Tax on fuel, alcohol, tobacco and motor vehicle licences going up The Andrew Holness administration has announced increases in taxes on motor vehicle licences, fuel, tobacco and alcoholic beverages as well as a 16.5 per cent GCT on group health insurance among measures aimed at raising almost $30 billion…

<a href="/article/news/20170309/could-be-our-year-campion-college-takes-aim-schools-challenge-quiz-crown">This could be our year – Campion College takes aim at Schools' Challenge Quiz crown</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170309/could-be-our-year-campion-college-takes-aim-schools-challenge-quiz-crown”>This could be our year – Campion College takes aim at Schools’ Challenge Quiz crown</a> This could be our year – Campion College takes aim at Schools’ Challenge Quiz crown

<a href="/article/news/20170309/excited-shelly-announces-pregnancy-fraser-pryce%E2%80%99s-mother-will-be-strict">Excited Shelly announces pregnancy – Fraser-Pryce’s mother will be a strict grandmother</a>

Source: Jamaica Star | <a href=”/article/news/20170309/excited-shelly-announces-pregnancy-fraser-pryce%E2%80%99s-mother-will-be-strict”>Excited Shelly announces pregnancy – Fraser-Pryce’s mother will be a strict grandmother</a> Excited Shelly announces pregnancy – Fraser-Pryce’s mother will be a strict grandmother

Shaw to open Budget Debate today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Shaw to open Budget Debate today Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw will today unveil revenue measures in the House of Representatives to fund the second phase of the personal income tax reform, which could cost taxpayers approximately $16 billion, or 0.9 per cent…

CRH 'social patients' heading to Falmouth

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | CRH ‘social patients’ heading to Falmouth Western Bureau:Repairs are now being done to the Icy Allen Care Centre in Falmouth, Trelawny, to accommodate 35 ‘social patients’ (people abandoned at hospital), who have been displaced by the problems now plaguing the Cornwall Regional Hospital (…

Increased criminal confrontations explain growing fatal shootings – Cops

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Increased criminal confrontations explain growing fatal shootings – Cops The Police High Command has said that increased confrontation with alleged criminals has contributed to the higher number of fatal incidents. This claim is in response to concerns expressed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)…

I feel di pain inna mi belly bottom, mom cries

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | I feel di pain inna mi belly bottom, mom cries In 2000, Nadine Campbell’s sister was raped and killed. Then, it was the most traumatic experience for her. Until last December.On December 14 in Ocho Rios, right before her eyes, her “pride and joy”, her 20-year-old daughter, Alisa Carey, was…

Wife's murder drives husband to alcohol

Source: Jamaica Gleaner | Wife’s murder drives husband to alcohol Western Bureau: When Ashley ‘Bush Tiger’ Hayden left home for a nearby shop on December 31, 2014, his wife, Baptist deacon and retired matron, Hyacinth, was in the kitchen of their Green Park, Trelawny, home preparing the pot of soup…

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