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January 10, 2019

Jamaica

Thornton salutes model citizens

Source: Jamaica Star The lives of several Thornton community members were touched on New Year’s Day, thanks to the effort of Pauline Grant.Grant, who is from the community… Link: Thornton salutes model citizens

Mocho seeks a slice of the ganja pie

Source: Jamaica Star A group from the community of Mocho in Clarendon is putting big hopes on breaking the poverty cycle by cashing in on the ganja industry.Havelock… Link: Mocho seeks a slice of the ganja pie

Gov't, Opposition vow to fight crime – Murder toll lower than last year – Health Ministry – making progress in containing dengue – Hostel for low-risk inmates reopened

Source: Jamaica Star The Government and the Opposition have agreed to look at ways to tackle crime in the post state of public emergency era.The security measure ended… Link: Gov't, Opposition vow to fight crime – Murder toll lower than last year – Health Ministry – making progress in containing dengue – Hostel for low-risk

Otis James goes homeless for a day

Source: Jamaica Star Otis James of the James and Friends foundation decided to go on a ‘fact-finding mission’ of what it is like being homeless. He said the… Link: Otis James goes homeless for a day

Man killed in Denham Town under ZOSO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite a heavy police-military presence in Denham Town, west Kingston, where a zone of special operations is currently in force, assailants managed to kill 26-year-old… Link: Man killed in Denham Town under ZOSO

Schoolchildren are being fed genetically modified foods – Shaw

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaican schoolchildren are being fed a steady diet of genetically modified foods, with the full knowledge and consent of the State, exposing them to potential… Link: Schoolchildren are being fed genetically modified foods – Shaw

Petrojam takeover bid triggers alarm

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The parliamentary Opposition is terming as premature and unwarranted, a likely move by the Government to introduce legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per… Link: Petrojam takeover bid triggers alarm

Man shot from bike in Denham Town

Source: Jamaica Star A Water Lane, Kingston, resident was shot from a motorcycle after he and colleague ventured into a section of Denham Town on Monday night. The… Link: Man shot from bike in Denham Town

Curfew in Denham Town after man shot dead from motorcycle

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A curfew has been imposed in sections of Denham Town in western Kingston.  It follows last night’s fatal shooting of 26-year-old Adam Clarke on Bread Lane,… Link: Curfew in Denham Town after man shot dead from motorcycle

Mystery illness cripples siblings

Source: Jamaica Star The case of siblings Sherrian and Courtney Irving has puzzled the residents of Salt Spring in St James. Sherrian 25, and Courtney, 24, were both… Link: Mystery illness cripples siblings

Hanover police seize first illegal firearm for 2019

Source: Jamaica Star The Hanover police have confirmed that no criminal charges will be laid against a man who was taken into custody in connection with the seizure… Link: Hanover police seize first illegal firearm for 2019

Mom tells children she abandoned to 'get over it'

Source: Jamaica Star When a woman travelled to the US to conduct business, she used the opportunity to meet her mother who had left her with a family… Link: Mom tells children she abandoned to 'get over it'

St James mourns beloved son, Walt Crooks

Source: Jamaica Star The parish of St James has been plunged into mourning since the death of one of its favourite sons, Walt Crooks.Crooks, 69, a Cornwall College… Link: St James mourns beloved son, Walt Crooks

Woman thanks stranger who saved her life

Source: Jamaica Star In 2014, as persons stood watching a woman die after being involved in a motor vehicle crash along the New Forrest main road in Manchester,… Link: Woman thanks stranger who saved her life

VOX POP: What is your new year’s wish for Little Bay?

Source: Jamaica Star What is your new year’s wish for Little Bay?Jess Beach: “We would love to have water in the community. If rain don’t fall, we have… Link: VOX POP: What is your new year’s wish for Little Bay?

Security measures will remain after SOEs – Chang

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang is reassuring Jamaicans that the presence of the security forces will remain in troubled communities after the… Link: Security measures will remain after SOEs – Chang

Daniel Dawes selected as new CEO of USF

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Daniel Dawes was yesterday announced as the new chief executive (CEO) officer of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The appointment took effect January 2.A press… Link: Daniel Dawes selected as new CEO of USF

Bartlett commits to new framework for visitor safety and security

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to creating a new way forward and architecture as it relates to visitor safety and security.This… Link: Bartlett commits to new framework for visitor safety and security

Gardens of Kingston: Auntie Annette works to uplift Tivoli

Source: Jamaica Star Annette Irving’s stern facial expression can be quite intimidating at first glance. Her tone is no different, and readily tells you that she is a… Link: Gardens of Kingston: Auntie Annette works to uplift Tivoli

7 Basiks satisfies vegan crave

Source: Jamaica Star More persons are opting to go vegan. Just ask Tunde Oladele, the production manager of 7 Basiks and More Restaurant. Oladele will readily tell you… Link: 7 Basiks satisfies vegan crave

Sheer joy – Parents happy that stolen baby has been found

Source: Jamaica Star It was a picture of unspeakable joy when Walton Evans, 41, and Latoya White 34, the parents of three-week-old, Vernesha Evans, were reunited with their… Link: Sheer joy – Parents happy that stolen baby has been found

Elderly indigent men get a place to lay their heads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two elderly indigent men in St Ann are now living in comfort after two fully furnished houses were officially handed over to them by Minister… Link: Elderly indigent men get a place to lay their heads

Bartender arrested for stealing baby

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:A 26-year-old female bartender and her common-law husband were taken into custody by the police in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday after a three-week-old… Link: Bartender arrested for stealing baby

Hannah Town residents breathe sigh of relief

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents of Hannah Town are today breathing much easier following Thursday’s clean-up of a massive garbage pile-up along Blount Street by the National Solid Waste… Link: Hannah Town residents breathe sigh of relief

Political ombudsman takes aim at bad conduct on social media

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Vitriolic mud-slinging by politicians and their surrogates on social media is now being investigated by Political Ombudsman Donna-Parchment Brown, who has reported that some of… Link: Political ombudsman takes aim at bad conduct on social media

Kalifa dazzles consumers with style

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Eighteen-year-old Kalifa Chambers has successfully balanced her academic studies while operating her business, SexyStart, with her sister, Yahnique.Started in February 2018, the two divisions of… Link: Kalifa dazzles consumers with style

Parents lose their only child to dengue fever

Source: Jamaica Star Yesterday when Conrad Gopaulsingh learnt that the Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton had declared that the island is now experiencing a dengue fever outbreak, he… Link: Parents lose their only child to dengue fever

MP wants Gov't to ramp up vector control programme

Source: Jamaica Star Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine Colin Fagan is calling on the Government to ramp up its vector control programme in Portmore.One of… Link: MP wants Gov't to ramp up vector control programme

St Clare's Basic School in need of help

Source: Jamaica Star The St Clare’s Basic school has been the go-to institution for children in Windsor Heights, St Catherine, for many years. Established in 1979, the school… Link: St Clare's Basic School in need of help

Porus rocked by two murders

Source: Jamaica Star The community of Porus, Manchester, has been rocked by the murder of two of its residents.Kevin Timol, 28 and Nicholas Smith, 22, were killed on… Link: Porus rocked by two murders

Sentencing for 'Chucky' Brown pushed back again

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Murder-convicted police Constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown will have to wait at least three more weeks before knowing how long he will spend behind bars, following… Link: Sentencing for 'Chucky' Brown pushed back again

Mixed responses in St James to plastic bag ban

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Residents and businesses in St James are giving mixed responses to the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags, with some practising or otherwise approving… Link: Mixed responses in St James to plastic bag ban

Mother seeks help for son with heart condition

Source: Jamaica Star A mother’s dream is to protect her children at all cost, but 32-year-old Nicole Box says there is nothing she can do but pray for… Link: Mother seeks help for son with heart condition

Disabled student chased out of store

Source: Jamaica Star The tears welled up in Sashagaye Thompson’s eyes when she visited THE STAR on Wednesday. The 21-year-old said she cried after she was chased out… Link: Disabled student chased out of store

Police daycare – Cops take up babysitting duties

Source: Jamaica Star When three cops were given an assignment to locate a mother in Denham Town, west Kingston, on New Year’s Eve, little did they know that… Link: Police daycare – Cops take up babysitting duties

News on the Go

Source: Jamaica Star After a temporary stand-off, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, yesterday had discussions on the matter of crime.The… Link: News on the Go

Plastic bags, styrofoam products still being used in Hanover

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:The banned single-use plastic bags (‘Lada’ and ‘scandal’ bags) and styrofoam products are still in full use in the parish of Hanover days after… Link: Plastic bags, styrofoam products still being used in Hanover

Empowering youth through entrepreneurship

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Isheba Cornwall, an outspoken 17-year-old student from Excelsior High School in Kingston, has utilised her passion for positivity to push her company, Empower YOUth Tees.Established… Link: Empowering youth through entrepreneurship

PM, opposition leader held private talks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips yesterday held full, frank, and confidential talks on issues concerning security and crime management, a… Link: PM, opposition leader held private talks

Holness, Phillips hold private talks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips this afternoon held private talks at Vale Royal on security and crime management in Jamaica.… Link: Holness, Phillips hold private talks

Returning resident wants to improve community

Source: Jamaica Star Farm, Manchester:When Eric Smalling left Jamaica more than 40 years ago, he knew he had to return some day; not just to enjoy his years… Link: Returning resident wants to improve community

Vendors want practical alternatives for styrofoam

Source: Jamaica Star The ban on single-use plastic bags and styrofoam products became effective yesterday, but the vendors in downtown Kingston insist that they need alternatives that will… Link: Vendors want practical alternatives for styrofoam

Britney Brown moves to transform lives in Effortville

Source: Jamaica Star Britney Brown has one thing on her agenda, and that is to ensure that the women in her community of Effortville, Clarendon, are empowered to… Link: Britney Brown moves to transform lives in Effortville

Kingston mayor promises help for homeless downtown

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Plagued by an influx of homeless persons to the capital city, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Council (KSAMC) yesterday reiterated its resolve to find… Link: Kingston mayor promises help for homeless downtown

Nine judges to be appointed

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Nine judges are to be appointed this week to serve in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, Gleaner sources have revealed.There are reports,… Link: Nine judges to be appointed

Shaquille Johnson: Flying beyond expectations

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Eighteen-year-old Wolmer’s Boys’ School student Shaquille Johnson has impressed observers with how successfully he has run his company, Drone Repairs Jamaica.Shaquille, who is serving as… Link: Shaquille Johnson: Flying beyond expectations

Stronger values needed for 2019, say police

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Commanders in three of the island’s most notorious police divisions say their 2019 crime-fighting strategies will require greater social intervention by the State and a… Link: Stronger values needed for 2019, say police

Kyle on the rise – Young entrepreneur takes initiative

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Kyle Billings, an 18-year-old student from the Wolmer’s Boys’ School, has defied expectations to operate his successful graphics company, Rise Visuals. Currently in his last year… Link: Kyle on the rise – Young entrepreneur takes initiative

Kaylia Ellington – Entrepreneur with a creative touch

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Kaylia Ellington, the 18-year-old student from St Andrew High School for Girls has combined her creative passion with an acute understanding of financial independence in the… Link: Kaylia Ellington – Entrepreneur with a creative touch

Resilient Cubans mark 60 years since revolution

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As the people of Cuba mark the 60th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the Batista regime, Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Inez Fors Fernandez is… Link: Resilient Cubans mark 60 years since revolution

Two churchmen drown at Duncans beach

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:A special team of divers yesterday joined forces with members of the Trelawny Marine Police in a bid to locate the body of one… Link: Two churchmen drown at Duncans beach

Sir Patrick Allen | Rekindling hope

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Fellow Jamaicans, at home and abroad, I greet you warmly and wish for you a bright, prosperous, and happy New Year.It does not seem like… Link: Sir Patrick Allen | Rekindling hope

Deadly gunfight at wedding reception

Source: Jamaica Star The pastor who officiated at the wedding of Damion Omar Davis and Asheika Raven Williams has described the tragedy which unfolded at their wedding reception… Link: Deadly gunfight at wedding reception

THE STAR in review: Top 10 stories of 2018

Source: Jamaica Star Throughout 2018, THE STAR has kept readers informed about happening in the country, delivering accurate, incisive and exciting content each day. As the year draws… Link: THE STAR in review: Top 10 stories of 2018

Tivoli Drum Corps recruiting new members

Source: Jamaica Star The Tivoli Drum Corps and Drill Team is currently on a vigorous drive for recruits to start the new year. According to assistant director Desmond… Link: Tivoli Drum Corps recruiting new members

Cops clamp down on Palisadoes blockers

Source: Jamaica Star If you are thinking about watching the fireworks on the Waterfront from the Palisadoes road, you may want to think twice about making that trip.… Link: Cops clamp down on Palisadoes blockers

No claims for nearly $200-m lottery winning

Source: Jamaica Star Time is running out for the winners of two lottery games to collect a total of $191 million in prizes.Supreme Ventures has been seeking to… Link: No claims for nearly 0-m lottery winning

Francis: Road races not cash cows

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Managing Director of Running Events Jamaica Limited, Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, believes the perception that money will be made from road races and walks is overblown… Link: Francis: Road races not cash cows

Gov't to give thousands of reusable market bags

Source: Jamaica Gleaner At least 30,000 environmentally friendly bags are to be distributed in market districts in the coming days by mayors, as the Government tries to equip… Link: Gov't to give thousands of reusable market bags

Delay plastic ban, says PNP

Source: Jamaica Gleaner After giving its support to the Government’s legislation to ban certain single-use plastic and Styrofoam products, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is now advocating… Link: Delay plastic ban, says PNP

O'Brien takes over as Digicel Group CEO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chairman of the Digicel Group, Denis O’Brien has temporarily taken over the role of chief executive officer (CEO) of the telecommunications conglomerate.The move follows the… Link: O'Brien takes over as Digicel Group CEO

Sam Sharpe to get his own day after 187 years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:The man who led the war that spurred the end of slavery in Jamaica, Sam Sharpe, is to have a day named in his… Link: Sam Sharpe to get his own day after 187 years

Weekend Escape: Discovering Jamaica's 'hidden gems'

Source: Jamaica Star It has been almost two months since the launch of Weekend Escape where our team set out to unearth and highlight some hidden and unconventional… Link: Weekend Escape: Discovering Jamaica's 'hidden gems'

Murder, suspected suicide in Rollington Town

Source: Jamaica Star The Rollington Town police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a man and a woman on Portland Road in Rollington Town,… Link: Murder, suspected suicide in Rollington Town

Young farmer gets business name

Source: Jamaica Star When Conroy Shakespeare celebrated his 13th birthday last Saturday, it wasn’t about the cake and festivities. Instead, the youngster spent his evening getting business tips… Link: Young farmer gets business name

Making fitness a way of life

Source: Jamaica Star Some of Jamaica’s leading personalities have embraced exercise and dieting as a way of life. Dubbed ‘fitfluencers’ by THE WEEKEND STAR, these persons have embarked… Link: Making fitness a way of life

Bloody Sundays – Road deaths spike on weekends

Source: Jamaica Star Sundays continue to be deadliest day on the nation’s roads, accounting for twice the number of deaths that take place on Mondays.Statistics from the Road… Link: Bloody Sundays – Road deaths spike on weekends

St James hits 100 murders despite SOE and ZOSO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Despite enhanced security measures, including the imposition of a state of public emergency (SOE), to curb St James’ 2018 crime rate, the parish hit… Link: St James hits 100 murders despite SOE and ZOSO

Jealousy blamed for murder-suicide in Rollington Town

Source: Jamaica Gleaner If it wasn’t for her secretive nature, 40-year-old Anika Taylor, who was reportedly murdered by her boyfriend in Rollington Town in east Kingston yesterday morning,… Link: Jealousy blamed for murder-suicide in Rollington Town

No water since August in Denham and Hannah towns

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents in sections of Denham Town and Hannah Town in west Kingston say they are worried that a lack of piped water in their communities… Link: No water since August in Denham and Hannah towns

Gleaner Editors’ Forum | Full support for plastic ban, says Samuda

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite concerns of a financial fallout from the ban on certain single-use plastic and styrofoam products, which takes effect next week, Government Senator Matthew Samuda… Link: Gleaner Editors’ Forum | Full support for plastic ban, says Samuda

Three guns seized in St James

Source: Jamaica Star The St James Police seized three firearms and over 30 assorted rounds of ammunition just before Christmas.Reports are that between the hours of 5:30 a.m.… Link: Three guns seized in St James

Gardens of Kingston: Life Yard keeps Fleet Street alive

Source: Jamaica Star It is almost impossible to travel through Fleet Street in Parade Gardens and not stop to take a selfie beside the colourful wall murals, which… Link: Gardens of Kingston: Life Yard keeps Fleet Street alive

Some clear plastic bags exempt from ban

Source: Jamaica Star Persons who use plastic bags to package meat, flour, sugar, rice and baked products such as bread and bullas will not be impacted by the… Link: Some clear plastic bags exempt from ban

Faith United spreads Christmas joy in Mandela Terrace

Source: Jamaica Gleaner “This is the best treat I’ve ever been to!” exclaimed an excited Dianne, almost out of breath with her hands full of goodies from the… Link: Faith United spreads Christmas joy in Mandela Terrace

Double-murder spoils Christmas in Hanover

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Murder tainted the Christmas celebrations in the Cold Spring district in Hanover early yesterday morning as two men were ambushed by gunmen as they… Link: Double-murder spoils Christmas in Hanover

Record tourist arrivals over the Christmas season

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica’s tourist arrivals reached record numbers between December 21 and 23, with preliminary reports showing a 12.8 per cent increase over the same period… Link: Record tourist arrivals over the Christmas season

Recalling former gov’t minister Dwight Nelson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former Government Minister Dwight Nelson died on Sunday night at the age of 72 years after ailing for some time. Nelson who has had a… Link: Recalling former gov’t minister Dwight Nelson

No bypass for small ganja farmers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Small ganja farmers across Jamaica will have to find the money to fully comply with all the rules governing traceability from seed to sale if… Link: No bypass for small ganja farmers

On the Corner | Fletcher’s Land safe for children

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It is a scourge for many inner-city communities across the island: perverts taking aim at children and demanding or coercing them into sex.But in the… Link: On the Corner | Fletcher’s Land safe for children

UDC promises exciting New Year's Eve fireworks and family fun day

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is promising an exciting New Year’s Eve fireworks and family fun day for the Kingston Waterfront and the Ocho Rios Bay Beach… Link: UDC promises exciting New Year's Eve fireworks and family fun day

STAR, Digicel reward females for remixing carols

Source: Jamaica Star Three women who dared to remix their favourite Christmas carols were last Friday rewarded for their spirited performances in the STAR/Digicel Christmas promotion.Persons were asked… Link: STAR, Digicel reward females for remixing carols

LOVE & DEVOTION – Celebrating Christmas on the job

Source: Jamaica Star For persons working in the essential services, Christmas is just like any other day. Professionals such as police officers, firefighters, nurses and doctors have had… Link: LOVE & DEVOTION – Celebrating Christmas on the job

Residents fight over calendars

Source: Jamaica Star The St Andrew South police say they were called to quash a dispute at a constituency office last week after residents traded blows during the… Link: Residents fight over calendars

Partying mom charged for leaving baby locked in car

Source: Jamaica Star A 32-year-old mother was this morning arrested after she abandoned her four-month old baby in a car and went to a party.Police charged the mother,… Link: Partying mom charged for leaving baby locked in car

Fly Jamaica awarded half a billion dollars in legal dispute

Source: Jamaica Gleaner ADS Global Limited, a business process outsourcing (BPO) company based in St James, has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay Fly Jamaica US$4.28… Link: Fly Jamaica awarded half a billion dollars in legal dispute

Strict measures to keep Falmouth safe this holiday

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Falmouth’s Mayor Councillor Colin Gager says that the Trelawny Municipal Corporation (TMC) will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to street-vending in Falmouth during the Christmas… Link: Strict measures to keep Falmouth safe this holiday

Show us results of SOE – CBA president

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Stacy-Ann Young, president of the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA), has said that the time has come for the police in St James to show… Link: Show us results of SOE – CBA president

Gloomy Christmas for Kayon Samuels

Source: Jamaica Star Kayon Samuels was thriving as a nail technician who always looked forward to Christmas because the period brings a lot of customers. However, the 44-year-old… Link: Gloomy Christmas for Kayon Samuels

Families keep Christmas tree traditions

Source: Jamaica Star An excited Marquise Johnson held on to his father’s hand tightly as he jumped happily, all the while managing to land in the same spot.Marquise… Link: Families keep Christmas tree traditions

ECLAC projects slight uptick in Jamaica’s economic growth next year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has projected that Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, will return the lowest economic growth… Link: ECLAC projects slight uptick in Jamaica’s economic growth next year

Montague cautiously optimistic about lifting of US ban on UC Rusal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague is cautiously optimistic that normality will return to the operations of the West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) in… Link: Montague cautiously optimistic about lifting of US ban on UC Rusal

'Blue Mountain nuh normal a Christmas time' – Vendor excited by season

Source: Jamaica Star Although the nights are cold enough to make teeth chatter, the Blue Mountains and surrounding communities come alive during the Yuletide season.Christmas tree vendor Oral… Link: 'Blue Mountain nuh normal a Christmas time' – Vendor excited by season

Returnees association head wants Gov't to do more

Source: Jamaica Star Percival Latouche, head of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, says he is not impressed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and… Link: Returnees association head wants Gov't to do more

Gordon House treats elderly for Christmas

Source: Jamaica Star Usually associated with bickering politicians going back and forth on national issues, Gordon House showed a different side yesterday.The wellness section of the Houses of… Link: Gordon House treats elderly for Christmas

Fire brigade sounds Christmas alarm

Source: Jamaica Star Arguing that holiday-related activities “increases our vulnerability to fires,” the Jamaica Fire Brigade is imploring Jamaicans to take precautions to prevent fires this holiday season.”At… Link: Fire brigade sounds Christmas alarm

Sinopharm working to improve Caribbean healthcare industry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Sinopharm Pan-Caribbean has established business units in medical equipment trading and healthcare in Jamaica and the Caribbean region, says General Manager Peter Zheng.”Sinopharm is actively… Link: Sinopharm working to improve Caribbean healthcare industry

Second test, same result for pastor accused of sex with 12-y-o

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A second paternity test has all but concluded that the Kingston pastor who is facing criminal charges for repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl… Link: Second test, same result for pastor accused of sex with 12-y-o

Lay Magistrates Association blasts corrupt JPs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica (LMAJ) has condemned the action of some of its members in St James who have been providing recommendations for… Link: Lay Magistrates Association blasts corrupt JPs

C-TOC seize $1.5 billion worth of counterfeit goods

Source: Jamaica Star The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) says it has seized more $1.5 billion worth of counterfeit goods in Jamaica since the start… Link: C-TOC seize .5 billion worth of counterfeit goods

St Bess critical to Jamaica's development – Hutchinson

Source: Jamaica Star Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, says the magnitude of St Elizabeth’s contribution to the national food… Link: St Bess critical to Jamaica's development – Hutchinson

Claude McKay High goes green

Source: Jamaica Star Students at Claude McKay High School in Clarendon are reaping the benefits of a new greenhouse and additional agricultural resources, thanks to Food For The… Link: Claude McKay High goes green

St Bess cops get tough on crime

Source: Jamaica Star Although her parish is not one of the parishes that has been targeted by the security forces as part of a massive islandwide operation aimed… Link: St Bess cops get tough on crime

Maxfield Park Children's Home feted with gifts

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Children at Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston were not left disappointed yesterday after they were feted with gifts and entertainment during the Jamaica Energy… Link: Maxfield Park Children's Home feted with gifts

Cops to ease traffic gridlock during Yuletide season

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen is assuring motorists that they can expect reasonable traffic flow, despite the expected challenges that come with the Christmas… Link: Cops to ease traffic gridlock during Yuletide season

Go after JPs who operate contrary to oath – Chuck

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is mooting the use of sting operations and private investigators to identify and rid the judicial system of justices of the… Link: Go after JPs who operate contrary to oath – Chuck

Gloria Henry recalls fondest Christmas memories

Source: Jamaica Star Christmas has always been the most favourite holiday for Gloria Henry, president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica. Her most treasured holiday memory… Link: Gloria Henry recalls fondest Christmas memories

Bevolyn Ingrid Harvey was a farmer's best friend

Source: Jamaica Star One could have been led to believe that the thanksgiving service held last Saturday for Bevolyn Ingrid Harvey was actually a meeting of farmers.This was… Link: Bevolyn Ingrid Harvey was a farmer's best friend

Missing returning resident's body was in morgue for 40 days

Source: Jamaica Star The almost two-month search for 82-year-old missing man, Seymour Samuels, ended last Friday at a morgue in Savanna-la-Mar where his body was being housed for… Link: Missing returning resident's body was in morgue for 40 days

Thugs capture elderly man's house

Source: Jamaica Star A man who purchased a house in the Corporate Area with the hopes of retiring soon is now without a home because the property has… Link: Thugs capture elderly man's house

Petrojam loses latest round of legal battle with former GM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) to hear the case between Petrojam and its former general manager Howard… Link: Petrojam loses latest round of legal battle with former GM

Caricel gets temporary reprieve, vows to fight Government

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Telecommunications company Caricel has vowed to use “every resources at our disposal” to fight the Government’s decision to shut down its operations. “It is a… Link: Caricel gets temporary reprieve, vows to fight Government

Aerotel inspires young J'can to stay home and help build economy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner University of Technology (UTech) engineering student Navion Plummer accepts that the domestic work environment is not the most attractive, but believes he serves as an… Link: Aerotel inspires young J'can to stay home and help build economy

Technical difficulties stall trial

Source: Jamaica Star There was an early adjournment on Friday in the lottery scamming trial of Tommy Lee Sparta and O’Brian Smith in the Circuit Court, downtown Kingston,… Link: Technical difficulties stall trial

Fight between in-laws spoils wedding reception

Source: Jamaica Star Carlene and Mike Harrison were ready to celebrate the first couple of hours as husband and wife with friends and family last Saturday in Clarendon.But… Link: Fight between in-laws spoils wedding reception

Suspect in security guard's murder in custody

Source: Jamaica Star The police have confirmed that one of the suspects in the shooting death of King Alarm security guard Lincoln Graham has been taken into custody.According… Link: Suspect in security guard's murder in custody

Tactikal brings cheer to his family even while overseas

Source: Jamaica Star On the sixth day of Christmas, fast-rising recording artiste Tactikal, who is currently on his first promotional tour of Canada, went holiday shopping for his… Link: Tactikal brings cheer to his family even while overseas

Young chicken farmer to receive award

Source: Jamaica Star Since launching his small business with seven chickens, budding farmer Conroy Shakespeare has warmed the hearts of thousands of Jamaicans worldwide.Among them is CEO of… Link: Young chicken farmer to receive award

Editors' Forum | Churches gaining from gambling

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Churches are among the main beneficiaries of the proceeds of gambling revenue collected by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) to which they apply… Link: Editors' Forum | Churches gaining from gambling

Workers prove abilities in CHEC skills competition

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For 22-year-old Ramone Saunders, placing first in the steel-fabricating category in the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) worker skills competition was the crowning achievement in… Link: Workers prove abilities in CHEC skills competition

FHC head calls for laser beam focus on domestic violence

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In a plea for voluntary organisations to focus on what she calls the “disease of violence and abuse caused by failing relationships”, CEO of First… Link: FHC head calls for laser beam focus on domestic violence

Editors' Forum | Betting on responsible gaming

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Against the reports of the devastating impact that gambling addiction has had on families worldwide, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) in Jamaica has… Link: Editors' Forum | Betting on responsible gaming

Farmer found dead in Portland

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Boundbrook in Portland are now in shock following the death of 59-year-old Delroy Smart. Reports from the police’s Corporate Communications Unit are that… Link: Farmer found dead in Portland

Health Ministry ramps up vector control programme

Source: Jamaica Star The Ministry of Health this year doubled the number of communities where its vector control programme were administered up to the end of September to… Link: Health Ministry ramps up vector control programme

6,000 additional hotel rooms to be built

Source: Jamaica Star Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says ground is slated to be broken in January to commence the construction of 6,000 additional hotel rooms. He said expansion… Link: 6,000 additional hotel rooms to be built

Police recover murdered woman’s gun

Source: Jamaica Star A Ruger 9mm pistol that police say belonged to Karen Cleary-Brown, who was murdered late November in Boscobel, St Mary, has been recovered by the… Link: Police recover murdered woman’s gun

New mobile HIV testing unit to significantly increase coverage

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A mobile testing unit, valued at over $12 million, which has been handed over to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), will enable health… Link: New mobile HIV testing unit to significantly increase coverage

Main Street, Santa Cruz will be one-way come Monday

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Works Agency (NWA) will be implementing traffic changes in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, come Monday. The changes are to facilitate the conversion of Main Street… Link: Main Street, Santa Cruz will be one-way come Monday

MoBay will be clean for Christmas – NSWMA

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:   Patrick Gilchrist, the public cleansing officer at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) in western Jamaica, says plans are in place… Link: MoBay will be clean for Christmas – NSWMA

Grace brought the spirit of Christmas to All Saints

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It was a day of food, frolic, and fun for students and staff at the All Saints Infant School in west Kingston yesterday as the… Link: Grace brought the spirit of Christmas to All Saints

SHOCKER! Lawyer murdered at home – Husband in police custody

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of the usually quiet West Kirkland Heights community in Red Hills, St Andrew, were shocked at the sight of several police and military services… Link: SHOCKER! Lawyer murdered at home – Husband in police custody

Woman beaten up by police on highway to sue State

Source: Jamaica Star When Laurie Radlin was knocked from her bike and pounced upon by four persons two females and two males her life flashed before her eyes.… Link: Woman beaten up by police on highway to sue State

Micro-insurance saves farmer's business

Source: Jamaica Star Twelve years ago, while Gary Watson worked at his nine-to-five job, he became extremely frustrated because he realised that his sole income source would never… Link: Micro-insurance saves farmer's business

Flu vaccine available to high-risk groups

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Acting chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie has indicated that the flu vaccine is now available to high-risk groups, including… Link: Flu vaccine available to high-risk groups

Small-business operators glad SOE is coming to an end

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:While several prominent stakeholders in St James are unhappy with the planned termination of the state of public emergency (SOE) in the parish, it… Link: Small-business operators glad SOE is coming to an end

Scott-Mottley: Don't blame us if murders increase in St James

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Donna Scott-Mottley, opposition spokesperson on justice, says that the People’s National Party (PNP) will not accept any blame if murders increase in St James, noting… Link: Scott-Mottley: Don't blame us if murders increase in St James

UPDATE: Husband of murdered attorney was battling mental health issues

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The husband of 34-year-old attorney-at-law, Nordraka Williams-Burnett has reportedly been battling mental health issues for some time now. But at least one neighbour, only knew him a decent Christian… Link: UPDATE: Husband of murdered attorney was battling mental health issues

States of Emergency were not legal <I>- JFJ

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has said that the present States of Public Emergency (SOEs) have not adhered to Jamaica’s laws.In a media release yesterday, the… Link: States of Emergency were not legal <I>- JFJ

Recent killings scare Seaview residents

Source: Jamaica Star There have been a string of murders and shooting incidents within the St Andrew South Police Division over the last few weeks.Seaview Gardens is one… Link: Recent killings scare Seaview residents

Christmas shopping weak downtown

Source: Jamaica Star With Christmas 12 days away, vendors in the downtown Kingston commercial district are hoping that the number of shoppers venturing to the area will increase.… Link: Christmas shopping weak downtown

Alpha Campus redevelopment gets major boost – JCF to establish agricultural produce protection division – More social workers for schools – Funds to be provided for lock-up improvement – Folly R…

Source: Jamaica Star Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett yesterday committed $100 million to the redevelopment of the 40-acre Alpha Campus.The allocation will come from the Ministry’s Tourism Enhancement Fund… Link: Alpha Campus redevelopment gets major boost – JCF to establish agricultural produce protection division – More social workers for schools – Funds to be provided for

Anthony Cruz treats a child to shopping spree

Source: Jamaica Star On the fourth day of Christmas, reggae singer Anthony Cruz put a smile on the face of a little girl.Though reggae singer Anthony Cruz would… Link: Anthony Cruz treats a child to shopping spree

Committee proposes criminal charges for people who wilfully transmit STIs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A parliamentary committee has recommended that it should be a criminal offence for individuals to “knowingly” infect a partner with a sexually transmitted infection (STI).Further,… Link: Committee proposes criminal charges for people who wilfully transmit STIs

Prosecutors are wasting time, says chief justice

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has criticised members of the prosecution for what he describes as their inefficient use of time in the management and presentation… Link: Prosecutors are wasting time, says chief justice

Judge orders psychiatrists' testimony in Deane case

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU::High Court Justice Glen Brown yesterday ordered the prosecution to arrange for psychiatrists to testify before the St James Circuit Court on January 7… Link: Judge orders psychiatrists' testimony in Deane case

JACAP secures court victory, eyes other copyright violators

Source: Jamaica Gleaner At least 22 companies have been sued by the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) since the start of the year for copyright… Link: JACAP secures court victory, eyes other copyright violators

Dark day in MoBay – Stakeholders concerned with halt to SOE in St James

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis has expressed dismay and disappointment at the parliamentary Opposition’s vote against the continuation of the state of public emergency… Link: Dark day in MoBay – Stakeholders concerned with halt to SOE in St James

Jamaican among four senators appointed in Canada

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Included in the four senators who were appointed yesterday by the governor general in Canada was Jamaica-born Dr Rosemary Moodie.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made… Link: Jamaican among four senators appointed in Canada

Cops following leads in KingAlarm guard's murder

Source: Jamaica Star The police are pursuing all possible leads as they seek to bring to justice the person or persons responsible for the death of a KingAlarm… Link: Cops following leads in KingAlarm guard's murder

Nice Christmas breeze blowing in Manchester

Source: Jamaica Star Like other families in Epping Forest, Manchester, the Baileys have already begun to feel the Christmas breeze.They were in the process of painting their house… Link: Nice Christmas breeze blowing in Manchester

Police youth club changed Ronald Hall's life

Source: Jamaica Star Life hasn’t always been easy for 25-year-old Ronald Hall. Throughout his teenage years he struggled with his identity.Hall, who was born in Kingston and relocated… Link: Police youth club changed Ronald Hall's life

PM gives speaker a week to probe PAC sitting debacle

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles one week to carry out a probe into the controversy surrounding the… Link: PM gives speaker a week to probe PAC sitting debacle

Several Jamaican hotels being sued in the US, says attorney

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:An increasing number of assault, rape, negligence and personal-injury cases are being filed against Jamaican resorts in federal courts in the United States (US).That’s… Link: Several Jamaican hotels being sued in the US, says attorney

Munroe: Bring full force of law against violators

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA) Professor Trevor Munroe is adamant that the full force of the law must be brought against all parties… Link: Munroe: Bring full force of law against violators

US specialist urges Jamaica to quickly embrace casino gaming

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Despite the seeming reluctance by successive governments to fully embrace casino gambling, a leading United States expert is insisting that Jamaica stands to make… Link: US specialist urges Jamaica to quickly embrace casino gaming

1834 Investments sees six-fold profit increase

Source: Jamaica Gleaner 1834 Investments Limited, the company into which The Gleaner Company Limited reconfigured itself after the 2016 spin-off of its media assets to Radio Jamaica Limited,… Link: 1834 Investments sees six-fold profit increase

PM underscores commitment to human rights of detainees

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Detainees in one of the three states of emergency (SOE) now in place across the island yesterday had mixed reactions to a visit to the… Link: PM underscores commitment to human rights of detainees

Lack of wage settlements poses risks to economic reform programme – IMF

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission chief to Jamaica, has warned that protracted wage negotiations between the Government and “the unsettled groups” in… Link: Lack of wage settlements poses risks to economic reform programme – IMF

MoBay Chamber of Commerce: – Petrojam breaches must be punished

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Winston Lawson, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, says that the auditor general’s damning report, which alleges nepotism and breaches of operating… Link: MoBay Chamber of Commerce: – Petrojam breaches must be punished

Buju's family happy for his return

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Preparations were in high gear yesterday for the return of dancehall and reggae artiste Buju Banton at his Gargamel Recording Studio, which is located off… Link: Buju's family happy for his return

13-y-o boy reportedly murders mother

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Residents of Berkshire District in Bethel Town, Westmoreland, were left baffled yesterday, as they woke up to the shocking news that a seemingly quiet… Link: 13-y-o boy reportedly murders mother

Early childhood practitioners exempt from some fees

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Early childhood practitioners are now exempt from paying for police records, medical records, and food handler’s permits.The announcement was made by Minister of Education, Youth… Link: Early childhood practitioners exempt from some fees

AG: Petrojam on edge of liquidity crisis

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Petrojam’s most liquid assets, cash, and equivalents covered only an average 17 per cent of its current liabilities over the five-year period 2013-2018 as cash… Link: AG: Petrojam on edge of liquidity crisis

Interest groups call for full implementation of Disabilities Act

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson has said that her ministry is committed to the swift implementation of the Disabilities Act, which was passed… Link: Interest groups call for full implementation of Disabilities Act

Auditor general calls out ministry on poor monitoring of agencies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With glaring weaknesses identified in the governance and monitoring framework at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Petrojam, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis says… Link: Auditor general calls out ministry on poor monitoring of agencies

Businessman's suspected suicide shocks Mandeville

Source: Jamaica Star The business community in Mandeville was sent into shock yesterday as news broke of the death of 33-year-old businessman Jason Neil of Neil’s Auto Repair… Link: Businessman's suspected suicide shocks Mandeville

May Pen, Mandeville hospitals to be upgraded

Source: Jamaica Star Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says five hospitals have been shortlisted for upgrading over the next three to five years, with loan funding of US$50… Link: May Pen, Mandeville hospitals to be upgraded

Some pastors have to answer to God – Blair

Source: Jamaica Star Pastor Bishop Herro Blair Jr believes that some of his religious colleagues will have a lot to answer for on judgement day for the manner… Link: Some pastors have to answer to God – Blair

St Mary group makes movie to steer youth from gangs

Source: Jamaica Star Amid the crime and violence that the country is facing, some members of the Boys and Girls Production in Annotto Bay, St Mary, have decided… Link: St Mary group makes movie to steer youth from gangs

Auditor general urges stronger management of public bodies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The auditor general’s report into the systemic breakdown in resource management practices at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Petrojam, which was tabled in… Link: Auditor general urges stronger management of public bodies

Time to let go of corporal punishment – Gordon Harrison

Source: Jamaica Gleaner   WESTERN BUREAU: Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison said it will take a change in culture and behaviour for Jamaica to effectively eradicate corporal punishment, which has been… Link: Time to let go of corporal punishment – Gordon Harrison

Sugary drink ban will hit school-gate vendors, too

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government’s ban on the sale of overly sweetened beverages will also apply to vendors operating on the perimeter of early childhood, primary-, and high-school… Link: Sugary drink ban will hit school-gate vendors, too

Social media big part of hiring process, say employers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Social media is now a big part of the vetting process when hiring individuals for at least two organisations.Weighing in on The Gleaner’s series, which… Link: Social media big part of hiring process, say employers

Cops seize $7.5 million worth of ganja

Source: Jamaica Star Some $7.5 million worth of ganja was recovered by the police during an operation in Little Bay, Little London, Westmoreland on Monday. The police say… Link: Cops seize .5 million worth of ganja

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