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October 16, 2017

Jamaica

Inside the Municipal Corporation | Meeting overshadowed by election challenge

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The monthly meeting of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation was on Thursday overshadowed by the recommencement of the ongoing election petition involving one of its councillors.The case against the election of councillor for the Yallahs division,… Link: Inside the Municipal Corporation | Meeting overshadowed by election challenge

Bartlett to head global tourism recovery team

Source: Jamaica Gleaner St George’s, Grenada:Amid efforts to strategise the recovery of Caribbean tourism, a Global Caribbean Tourism Recovery Team (GCTRT) has been named, with Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett leading the charge.The group includes… Link: Bartlett to head global tourism recovery team

Mayor says 'crafty' entertainers not paying amusement fees

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams, says the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be moving to collect millions in amusement fees being lost on a monthly basis.Williams, who declared earlier this year that the… Link: Mayor says ‘crafty’ entertainers not paying amusement fees

Williams pays tribute to Marjorie Taylor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams has lauded late parliamentarian Marjorie Taylor as someone who dedicated her life to public service.”She did so in an honourable way,” Williams said yesterday.The People’s National Party (PNP) announced that Taylor… Link: Williams pays tribute to Marjorie Taylor

WOMAN STABS COUSIN OVER DIRTY YARD

Source: Jamaica Star Self-defence was the claim of an accused woman who was dragged before the court for using a knife to stab her younger cousin in his chest after he allegedly beat her with a board.The court learnt that a dispute, which began with two women arguing… Link: WOMAN STABS COUSIN OVER

Stolen $4,000 plantains land man in court

Source: Jamaica Star A man accused of stealing a costly bunch of plantains after he was allegedly spotted leaving a premises will know his fate next month.Charged with housebreaking and larceny, as well as praedial larceny is Daniel Harris.He pleaded not guilty to the… Link: Stolen ,000 plantains land man in court

Dead couple found in bed

Source: Jamaica Star The remains of a common-law couple were discovered at a house in Mansfield Heights in Ocho Rios, St Ann, in a decomposed state yesterday morning.According to police reports, some time after 7 o’clock Friday morning, residents smelt fowl odour coming… Link: Dead couple found in bed

JCF not at fault in lock-up repair scandal, says Quallo

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Following the multimillion-dollar upgrading work to make at least four of the country’s lock-ups more fitting to accommodate juvenile offenders two years ago, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which has day-to-day responsibility for operation,… Link: JCF not at fault in lock-up repair scandal, says Quallo

Alexis, Dunn not yielding an inch!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The candidates, Dr Shane Alexis and Dr Norman Dunn, may have signed the Political Code of Conduct yesterday, but there is clear indication that neither the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) nor the People’s National Party (PNP) is prepared to yield an inch… Link: Alexis, Dunn not yielding an inch!

St Andrew candidates implored to uphold political code

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The four candidates set to contest the two St Andrew seats in the October 30 by-elections yesterday affirmed their commitment to good governance and to fair campaigning by signing the Agreement and Declaration on Political Conduct at the Political… Link: St Andrew candidates implored to uphold political code

Stakeholders on importance of Global Media and Information Conference 2017

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Stakeholders on importance of Global Media and Information Conference 2017Stakeholders in the upcoming Global Media and Information Conference 2017 were part of a Gleaner Editors’ Forum on Thursday. They were asked to complete the following… Link: Stakeholders on importance of Global Media and Information Conference 2017

Ammunition found in chicken coop

Source: Jamaica Star The Denham Town police seized one hundred and twenty 5.56 cartridges on Oxford Street, Kingston, last Wednesday.Reports are that at about 6:10 p.m., a team conducting operations in the area searched a premises and the ammunition was found in a… Link: Ammunition found in chicken coop

Inner-city youth being empowered through debating

Source: Jamaica Star Charity organisation Dabate Mate Jamaica has employed a number of university students to go into schools in impoverished communities across the island to teach students important life skills through debating.Director of Debate Mate Jamaica, Jessica… Link: Inner-city youth being empowered through debating

More than 10,000 benefit from Fi Wi Jamaica project

Source: Jamaica Star The Fi Wi Jamaica project, a collaborative effort of the University of Technology and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been making great strides in its advocacy against human trafficking, domestic violence and… Link: More than 10,000 benefit from Fi Wi Jamaica project

Cops putting technology to good use – Montague

Source: Jamaica Star Minister of National Security Robert Montague has credited the use of geospatial data in improving the technological capabilities of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as it seeks to predict and prevent criminal activity.According to Montague, the… Link: Cops putting technology to good use – Montague

Escapee on rape charge recaptured

Source: Jamaica Star The Linstead police recaptured a second prison escapee yesterday.He is 22-year-old Daniel James of Troja, St Catherine, who was charged with rape. He was recaptured in Banbury district, St Catherine, at about 7:30 a.m.James, along with five others,… Link: Escapee on rape charge recaptured

No new JUTC rolling stock until 2021

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite significant costs to maintain the current fleet of buses owned by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC), the Government has no plans at this time to retire the older buses, looking instead at another four years before it acquires… Link: No new JUTC rolling stock until 2021

Candidates for by-elections to sign political code of conduct

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Candidates for the upcoming by-elections in St Mary South Eastern, St Andrew Southern, and St Andrew South Western are expected to affirm their commitment to good governance and to fair campaigning by signing the Agreement and Declaration on… Link: Candidates for by-elections to sign political code of conduct

Chuck slaps Portia, Omar – Reveals gov't grappling with how to dismantle garrisons

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Justice Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday launched a blistering attack on retired parliamentarians former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Dr Omar Davies, describing the St Andrew constituencies they represented for decades as “two of the… Link: Chuck slaps Portia, Omar – Reveals gov’t grappling with how to dismantle garrisons

Crime costing Ja $68 billion per year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Crime does not pay, but it certainly is costing the Government of Jamaica a tidy sum, amounting to $68 billion per year, a dollarfigure the National Security Minister Robert Montague says could fund the construction of 16 new schools.Addressing the… Link: Crime costing Ja billion per year

US-based pastor gives back to Clarendon

Source: Jamaica Star While some are afraid to venture into the troubled communities of Farm/Effortville in Clarendon, Jamaica-born pastor Emmanuel Azan sees it as his duty to make a difference.Last month, he made his annual trek to the island, bearing gifts in various… Link: US-based pastor gives back to Clarendon

Cop kills man in police station

Source: Jamaica Star The doors to the Greater Portmore Police Station were temporarily shut yesterday after the reception area was reduced to a scene of crime, following the fatal shooting of a man believed to be of unsound mind.Information reaching THE STAR is that a… Link: Cop kills man in police station

JLP steps up pressure on 'Canadian' Alexis

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has scoffed at reports from the People’s National Party (PNP) that its candidate for South East St Mary by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, has started the process of acquiring Jamaican citizenship.”Too little, too late…. Link: JLP steps up pressure on ‘Canadian’ Alexis

JUTC overstaffed – 500 more workers than needed at company

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The cash-strapped Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is currently implementing a rationalisation exercise to reduce the number of workers at the overstaffed state-owned bus company, which has nearly 500 more personnel than what is needed… Link: JUTC overstaffed – 500 more workers than needed at company

Transport Authority spends millions to secure rat-infested building

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Members of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) yesterday called on the Transport Authority to get rid of the asbestos-plagued Jamintel building at the corner of Duke and North streets in Kingston, pointing out that… Link: Transport Authority spends millions to secure rat-infested building

Obesity in children becoming major burden on country

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Professor Marvin Reid says that parents have a lot more to do in teaching their children about the importance of proper eating habits, noting that there continues to be an increase in the number of obesity cases among the youth population.Reid,… Link: Obesity in children becoming major burden on country

Monica wants to help cancer warriors restore lost hair

Source: Jamaica Gleaner She might not have a doctor’s certificate, but Monica Shakespeare believes that her role is just as important when it comes to treating women suffering from cancer.In an interview with The Gleaner, Shakespeare, a certified hair-loss specialist, said… Link: Monica wants to help cancer warriors restore lost hair

Conference leaders urge Adventists, Evangelical Alliance to dialogue

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Rector of Christ Church Father Sean Major-Campbell says that better understanding is needed by fellow church leaders to spur conversation around the repealing of the buggery law, while issuing a call to the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance (JAE) and the… Link: Conference leaders urge Adventists, Evangelical Alliance to dialogue

JUTC offers $100,000 reward to catch stone throwers

Source: Jamaica Star The cash-strapped state-owned bus company Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) has announced a partnership with Crime Stop to offer reward to anyone who can assist in the prosecution of those responsible for stoning their buses.JUTC is offering $… Link: JUTC offers 0,000 reward to catch stone throwers

Man burns Rasta camp over goat

Source: Jamaica Star Rastafarians from the Bobo Shanti group in Nine Miles, St Andrew, will be meeting today to ‘reason’ about how to piece their lives back together after an armed intruder started a huge fire on the premises, destroying multiple buildings, computers,… Link: Man burns Rasta camp over goat

Unveiling of Bolt's statue postponed

Source: Jamaica Star The date for the unveiling of the Usain Bolt’s statue that is being erected at the National Stadium has been pushed back to December 3.The statue was to be unveiled this Friday. In a release from Minister of Sport Olivia Grange, weather forecasts of… Link: Unveiling of Bolt’s statue postponed

Mom thanks donors for helping finance daughter's surgery

Source: Jamaica Star Anneth Carter, the mother of Claudia Vassell, who was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease with moderate mitral stenosis, is expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support and donations that made it possible for her daughter to travel overseas… Link: Mom thanks donors for helping finance daughter’s surgery

PNP Immoral, says Vaz

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As the race for the prized St Mary South East seat heats up, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has questioned the moral standing of the People’s National Party (PNP) in selecting a candidate who is not Jamaican but Canadian.The PNPs Dr Shane Alexis who… Link: PNP Immoral, says Vaz

Government using GIS technology to fight crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government now has another crime-fighting tool in its arsenal with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is already in use in Mt Salem,St James, being able to map criminal hot spots, among myriad other applications.The system… Link: Government using GIS technology to fight crime

No need for alarm!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Dennis Chung, has come to the defence of the agency, indicating that the $29.7-million project to remove bulk waste in three parishes was not unusual in terms of the state body’s… Link: No need for alarm!

Buggery backlash – Church groups distance themselves from conference

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two powerful church groups, the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance (JEA) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, are distancing themselves from a planned two-day conference, to start tomorrow, which seeks to examine the Church and anti-buggery… Link: Buggery backlash – Church groups distance themselves from conference

Former vagrant gets dignified send off

Source: Jamaica Star In life, Marie Barnaby did not have much to celebrate. Being a former vagrant, her life was a constant struggle. However, in death, she got a taste of dignity, thanks to the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC), whose staff turned out in… Link: Former vagrant gets dignified send off

Community Focus : Adelphi, a sweet history with sugar

Source: Jamaica Star The Adelphi community, which is less than an houris drive from Montego Bay, St James, was once a hub of sugar production dating back to the 1700s. However, today, the quiet locale has very few remnants of its sugar-rich past. “I like… Link: Community Focus : Adelphi, a sweet history

Bad roads crippling Adelphi

Source: Jamaica Star As residents of Adelphi in St. James continues to eye the future with optimism, one of their immediate needs is for better roads, as the existing roads are now in ruins due to poor maintenance. The residents said it is unlikely that any investor… Link: Bad roads crippling Adelphi

Adelphi skills training centre making its mark

Source: Jamaica Star The HEART Trust Skills Training Centre in Adelphi, St James, has been providing learning and training opportunities to the community since 1992. Allison Evans, who has been the centreis coordinator since 1996, told Western Star that the… Link: Adelphi skills training centre making its mark

South East St Mary hot!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Any doubt that the South East St Mary by-election, one of three set for Monday, October 30, is just a by-election was dispelled yesterday when both major political parties, the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Opposition People’s National… Link: South East St Mary hot!

Stamp out tyre burning to lift air quality – Gordon

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The burning of tyres and other hazardous materials in communities around the Riverton City dump for financial gain must be stamped out or regulated if the deteriorating air quality is to improve, says National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA… Link: Stamp out tyre burning to lift air quality – Gordon

Golding targets Shaw on nomination day

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate for St Andrew Southern, Mark Golding, yesterday took aim at Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw for his “don’t draw mi tongue” rhetoric, as both political figures squared off over gross… Link: Golding targets Shaw on nomination day

Unwarranted suspensions irk students' council president

Source: Jamaica Gleaner President of the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC), Antonette Dennis, is calling on school administrators to review their disciplinary practices following the five-day suspension of a group of students from the St Catherine High School for… Link: Unwarranted suspensions irk students’ council president

'St Mary mi come from' – Dunn ready to represent

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Confident that he has done enough to convince residents of South East St Mary that he should be their next member of parliament, Dr Norman Dunn spent last week talking to constituents and getting a first-hand take on the issues that have stymied… Link: ‘St Mary mi come from’ –

Pink power

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Friday The Gleaner printed a special Pink Day edition. Jamaicans showed their solidarity by wearing pink and taking a photo with The Gleaner’s special edition. Here are some of the photos… Link: Pink power

Candidates for three by-elections to be nominated today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Last week, they were placed in the starting blocks by Prime Minister Andrew Holness when he announced the date for the first by-elections since the 2016 general election, which ended with a one-seat majority in Parliament for the Jamaica Labour… Link: Candidates for three by-elections to be nominated today

Roads the big-ticket item in SE St Mary

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Located between Richmond and Cromwell Land, the farming district of Aleppo is a neglected section of the South East St Mary constituency, or so it would seem, if the poor road conditions are an accurate measure of its treatment by successive… Link: Roads the big-ticket item in SE St Mary

Unacceptable! – PM condemns machete beating of child

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has condemned the savage beating of Jamaica’s children by some parents while expressing concern for the St Thomas mother captured in a video using a machete to punish her daughter.”I’ve never been one to accept that it… Link: Unacceptable! – PM condemns machete beating of child

No deal! – Candidates face-off unlikely before October 30 by-elections

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It appears that Jamaicans will not get to hear any debates involving the candidates to contest the three by-elections on October 30 even though both major political parties have indicated a willingness to clash.Last Friday, Dr Norman Dunn, the… Link: No deal! – Candidates face-off unlikely before October 30 by-elections

Hooker helped Las Vegas shooter

Source: Jamaica Star A United States official said investigators believe the Las Vegas shooter may have hired a prostitute in the days before the shooting, and they are interviewing other call girls as they look for clues into his motive.The official said yesterday that… Link: Hooker helped Las Vegas shooter

Culprit faces prison after pleading guilty

Source: Jamaica Star Cop robbed of cashA man who was convicted of robbing a female cop of a large amount of cash will be sentenced on November 1 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.Charged for robbery with violence and unlawful wounding is Kevin Grant. The… Link: Culprit faces prison after pleading

Greedy robber caught

Source: Jamaica Star … said he stole too muchTwo men who were brought before the Corporate Area Criminal Court yesterday for a case involving stolen property turned on each other in a bid to have the other shoulder the blame.Osborne Parchment, 29, a former convict,… Link: Greedy robber caught

Kids mimick senators in House visit

Source: Jamaica Gleaner They came, they saw, and they behaved like senators, including being bored with the business of the Upper House. Except that they were kindergartners, aged two to six years old, from the Truth Tabernacle Early Childhood Education Centre in… Link: Kids mimick senators in House visit

Pastor on sex charges provides DNA sample

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her has provided police investigators with DNA samples, making good on an offer he made in August.Kenneth Blake, 56, pastor of the Harvest Temple… Link: Pastor on sex charges provides DNA sample

Kids mimic senators in House visit

Source: Jamaica Gleaner They came, they saw, and they behaved like senators, including being bored with the business of the Upper House. Except that they were kindergartners, aged two to six years old, from the Truth Tabernacle Early Childhood Education Centre in… Link: Kids mimic senators in House visit

School Report | Teamwork makes Scott's Hall's dream work

Source: Jamaica Gleaner “Teamwork makes the dream work,” stated principal, Eunice McKenzie, as she relates how Scott’s Hall Primary in St Mary pulled itself up from near the bottom of the school effectiveness ranking established by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI… Link: School Report | Teamwork makes Scott’s Hall’s dream work

Spelling Bee | It was intense but worth it, says Karisse

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mandeville, Manchester:Top Bees1. Karisse Seymour, Bishop Gibson High2. Macheda Myers, Knox Junior School3. Thornton Dennis, deCarteret College4. Dujonte Bryan, Bethany Primary5. Makoto Lilly, Mount St Joseph PreparatoryTop Boy: Thornton Dennis,… Link: Spelling Bee | It was intense but worth it, says Karisse

GraceKennedy donates millions to hurricane relief efforts

Source: Jamaica Star GraceKennedy Limited is assisting with the relief effort in the Caribbean with a contribution of food items and cash valued at J$3.7million to Food for the Poor and the International Red Cross.Following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,… Link: GraceKennedy donates millions to hurricane relief efforts

JN Foundation launches disaster fund

Source: Jamaica Star The JN Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds that will assist Caribbean islands which were devastated by the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria.The campaign, called ‘Help Our Caribbean Neighbours’, was launched recently.Onyka Barrett-Scott… Link: JN Foundation launches disaster fund

Student killed over wristwatch

Source: Jamaica Star Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent Coleridge Minto, said investigators are still collecting information on a stabbing incident that resulted in the death of a student at the Edith Dalton James High School yesterday…. Link: Student killed over wristwatch

Community leader feels targeted by cops

Source: Jamaica Star A former associate of convicted gangster Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is pleading to the security forces to change the lens through which they view him, insisting that he is a family man and a responsible citizen.In fact, Mark Walters, who is popularly… Link: Community leader feels targeted by cops

Living off the dead – Funeral vendors upset mourners

Source: Jamaica Star Many hustlers and higglers see funerals and other events surrounding death as an opportunity to earn some cash, however, some persons want vendors to desist from gathering at their homes and the church gate.Danieka Thompson, who buried her… Link: Living off the dead – Funeral vendors upset mourners

Cadejah ready for sacrifice

Source: Jamaica Gleaner TOP BEES1. Cadejah Adams, Hampton School2. Natania Anderson, Glen Stuart Primary3. Jhanelle Brown, Burnt Savannah Primary4. Ozaro Brooks, Burnt Savannah Primary5. Najeer Nish, Black River PrimaryTop Boy: Ozaro Brooks, Burnt Savannah PrimaryTop Girl… Link: Cadejah ready for sacrifice

Editors' Forum | Gov't choking Ja – Environmentalists demand greater responsibility from agencies polluting the environment

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In bemoaning the adverse findings of the Air and Water Quality Report for Jamaica, a study conducted by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), veteran environmentalist Peter Espeut says that the country must advance to a point where government… Link: Editors’ Forum | Gov’t choking Ja – Environmentalists demand greater responsibility

Brothers murdered in gun attack

Source: Jamaica Star Losing two children to gun violence a day earlier, the workplace is not where a grieving parent can easily be found.However, Gary Russell, though mourning, used work to ease his mind.Russell, 56, told THE STAR yesterday that the death of his two… Link: Brothers murdered in gun attack

Father discovers 'missing' son was in jail for illegal gun

Source: Jamaica Star Aubyn Jarrett, 38, said that last Friday was worse than the day he lost his leg.That’s because he heard that his 15-year-old son, who he thought had gone missing because he didn’t come home from school, was in custody for illegal gun possession.The… Link: Father discovers ‘missing’ son was in

Students wade dangerous flood waters in eastern St Thomas

Source: Jamaica Star Many students were forced to wade through flood waters in eastern St Thomas yesterday as torrential rain over the past two days rendered the Hordley Crossing main road impassable.Principal of the Happy Grove School in Hector’s River, Portland,… Link: Students wade dangerous flood waters in eastern St Thomas

Gov't MP leaves meeting after comments rejected

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A seemingly irritated Leslie Campbell, member of parliament for St Catherine North East, yesterday walked out of a meeting in Gordon House after his submission that the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) was “erroneously”… Link: Gov’t MP leaves meeting after comments rejected

'B-fix it' slows slide of J'can dollar, says Wynter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Declaring that the Jamaican dollar has depreciated by only 1.0 per cent for the 12-month period up to October 2 this year, Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor Brian Wynter said that the central bank is reaping positive results from its “B-fix it… Link: ‘B-fix it’ slows slide of J’can dollar,

No mindless opposition, Phillips warns shadow spokespersons

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has vowed that members of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) new Shadow Cabinet will not embark on a path of frivolous condemnation of government policies just for the sake of opposing.In a wide-ranging interview… Link: No mindless opposition, Phillips warns shadow spokespersons

B-FXITT slows slide of J'can dollar, says Wynter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Declaring that the Jamaican dollar has depreciated by only 1.0 per cent for the 12-month period up to October 2 this year, Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor Brian Wynter said that the central bank is reaping positive results from the Bank of Jamaica Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool… Link:

School Report | Maxfield Park Primary: Success under construction

Source: Jamaica Gleaner “Have you received your invitation to the end-of-term lyme?” Beverley Gallimore-Vernon, principal of the Maxfield Park Primary School in St Andrew asked a vendor plying her goods across from the school’s gate.Building positive relationships among… Link: School Report | Maxfield Park Primary: Success under construction

Schools report HPV vaccine success

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two of the schools whose students received the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine on Monday are reporting that despite the backlash and islandwide controversy, it was a smooth process.Leighton Smith, principal of the Papine High School in St Andrew… Link: Schools report HPV vaccine success

Six-year-old falls 18 feet

Source: Jamaica Star A six-year-old boy is now admitted to the hospital after falling over 18 feet while at school on Monday afternoon. Elsey O’Connor Thomas told THE STAR that school had just been dismissed at 2:30 p.m., when the incident occurred. Her son,… Link: Six-year-old falls 18 feet

Fighting for peace in Denham Town

Source: Jamaica Star There is no need for alarm if a crowd is seen gathered inside the general parking area at the entrance of the Golden Heights Housing Scheme in west Kingston on a Friday night.The inner-city community, located at Racecourse Lane in Denham Town, has… Link: Fighting for peace in Denham Town

Kartel discharged from hospital

Source: Jamaica Star Incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel, who was admitted last week for treatment at the University Hospital of The West Indies, has been discharged from the hospital.He was returned to his cell at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, popularly… Link: Kartel discharged from hospital

Special Olympics to benefit from Digicel 5K

Source: Jamaica Star Beyond running a personal best time or getting painted in the ‘Fun Zone’, participants in the 2017 Digicel 5K will also be making a big investment in Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ).The sports organisation stands to benefit once again from a share of… Link: Special Olympics to benefit from Digicel 5K

Mom to face court for beating daughter with machete

Source: Jamaica Star The machete-wielding mother has been charged and is booked to appear before the St Thomas Parish Court on October 9.Doreen Dyer, 44, has been charged with cruelty to a child.The Jamaica Constabulary Force confirmed the charge against Dyer, via a… Link: Mom to face court for beating daughter with machete

Holness to address itelbpo opening in MoBay

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the keynote speaker at the official opening of the new Montego Bay campus of itelbpo Smart Solutions, to be held at Freeport House in the second city today. The state-of-the-art campus incorporates a modern yet… Link: Holness to address itelbpo opening in MoBay

MPs fed up with losing millions of CDF to agencies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Members of Parliament (MP) who lost millions of dollars to some implementing agencies for years, yesterday vented their frustration during a meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament at not being reimbursed.MPs are… Link: MPs fed up with losing millions of CDF to agencies

Historic natural gas conference gets under way

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The push to significantly diversify the country’s energy mix will be underscored today when the first ever natural gas conference gets under way this morning at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The latest in technology and best practices… Link: Historic natural gas conference gets under way

Cops vow to keep Maverley calm

Source: Jamaica Star Commander for the St Andrew South Police Division, Senior Superintendent Arthur Brown, said residents of Maverley can expect an increase in snap raids and stop and search as the police try to prevent another outbreak of violence in the community…. Link: Cops vow to keep Maverley calm

Families seek help to bury cancer victims

Source: Jamaica Star The families of cancer victims Jermaine Barrett and Tajae Jones, who died just a day apart last week, are now pleading for assistance to cover the expenses related to the burial of their loved ones.Jones of Murray Mount in St Ann, and Barrett of Mt… Link: Families seek help to

Las Vegas shooter used special device on two guns

Source: Jamaica Star The gunman who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas attached what is called a ‘bump-stock’ to two of his weapons, in effect converting semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones.Las Vegas shooter… Link: Las Vegas shooter used special device on two guns

Mom 'konks' son with pressure cooker – court hears

Source: Jamaica Star A Kingston mother was dragged before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday to answer to charges of assault after it is alleged that she beat her son in his head with a pressure cooker.Venesha Williams is charged with assault… Link: Mom ‘konks’ son with pressure cooker –

More could have been done, Tufton says of controversial HPV exercise

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, admitted that more could have been done to better inform parents and other stakeholders about the plans to administer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools, an initiative that begun yesterday.The… Link: More could have been done, Tufton says of controversial HPV exercise

Editors' Forum | Innocent habits that lead to addiction

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The misguided action of some parents, other adult relatives and caregivers who send children to buy lottery tickets or to collect winnings from these legal forms of gambling is triggering an addiction that, in some cases, becomes a lifelong… Link: Editors’ Forum | Innocent habits that lead to addiction

October 30 by-election date announced

Source: Jamaica Star Clad in a candy striped shirt, green pants and sneakers, Prime Minister Andrew Holness recounted that he was positive about a Norman Dunn victory in the February 2016 General Elections.Holness, who told party… Link: October 30 by-election date announced

Woman bites aunt-in-law over money

Source: Jamaica Star A 30-year-old mother pleaded guilty to biting her aunt-in-law on her hand after they got into row over money.Fredericka Walker was charged with malicious destruction of property and unlawful wounding when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew… Link: Woman bites aunt-in-law over money

Mother arrested for beating daughter with machete

Source: Jamaica Star Rosalee Gage-Grey, head of the Child Development Agency (CDA), said a video which emerged online on the weekend, showing a woman, clad only in an underwear, using a cutlass to brutally beat a child, throws into sharp focus whether corporal punishment must be banned… Link: Mother arrested for beating daughter

Jamie's hard work pays off

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Top Bees1. Jamie Crooks, Bethel Primary and Junior High2. Jabari Brown, Green Island Primary3. Jaina Linton, March Town SDA Preparatory4. Danique Daley, Green Island Primary5. Quiono Moodie, Esher PrimaryTop Boy: Jamie Crooks, Bethel Primary and… Link: Jamie’s hard work pays off

Guest Editor | Breast cancer patients face killer costs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The economic, social, and emotional costs associated with the treatment of breast cancer in Jamaica can be devastating, particularly where there is late-stage diagnosis. The seeming consensus within the medical fraternity is that the treatment of… Link: Guest Editor | Breast cancer patients face killer costs

Ministry not ready for HPV vaccine to be mandatory

Source: Jamaica Gleaner As the Ministry of Health administers the human papilloma-virus (HPV) vaccines in schools today, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said it is of equal importance to make sure that parents fully understand and appreciate the benefits of… Link: Ministry not ready for HPV vaccine to be mandatory

'Extremely flawed' – Crawford blasts JSIF boss for saying high percentage of Mt Salem young women engage in prostitution

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Untrue!That’s the assertion from political firebrand Damion Crawford addressing comments made by Omar Sweeney, managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), who revealed that data showed that 70 percent of young women in Mount… Link: ‘Extremely flawed’ – Crawford blasts JSIF boss for saying high percentage of Mt

Young Ashanti conquering paediatric cancer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Her toughest battle should have pitted her against the upcoming Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), butas fate would have it, in the summer of 2015, 11-year-old Ashanti Allen’s opponent turned out to be leukaemia.The turn of events which preceded… Link: Young Ashanti conquering paediatric cancer

War on crime not lost, says Semaj

Source: Jamaica Gleaner On its current trajectory, the country’s homicide rate will do record numbers come year end.However, according to noted psychologist Dr Leahcim Semaj, the war on crime is still very much in the balance, but will require greater focus on the part of… Link: War on crime not lost, says Semaj

Former helper, boyfriend get 25 years for Vogel killing

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A High Court judge yesterday suggested that Yanika Scott, the former household helper to university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel, was the “brains” behind his murder.It came as Justice Evon Brown dressed down Scott, 32, and her boyfriend, Kelvin Downer,… Link: Former helper, boyfriend get 25 years for Vogel killing

Pension laws for public sector passed by the Senate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Pensions (Public Service) Act, 2017, which is intended to reform pension arrangements in the public sector, was passed yesterday by the Upper House with 62 amendments.This follows weeks of delays in completing the debate in the Senate, as… Link: Pension laws for public sector passed by the Senate

Couple sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder of UWI lecturer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The former household helper and her boyfriend who have been convicted of killing university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel have each been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Justice Evon Brown, who handed down sentence this afternoon, has ordered that Yanika Scott and Kelvin Downer must serve 15 years before they are eligible for parole. Link: Couple

St Catherine men who abandoned trial midway found guilty of murder

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The three St Catherine men who shot another man twelve times then absconded in the middle of their murder trial have been found guilty in their absence. A jury of seven women deliberated for nearly three hours yesterday before returning a unanimous guilty verdict against Oshane Coley, Devon Harriott and Michael Jacobs. Link: St Catherine men who

Hotel guests donate laptops to school

Source: Jamaica Star When Sandals Negril guests Hector and Pamela Cooley signed up for one of the Sandals Foundation’s Reading Road Trips three years ago, they had no idea that going into schools and interacting with the children would be the start of a long-lasting,… Link: Hotel guests donate laptops to school

Preacher, church sister shot in attempted – robbery

Source: Jamaica Star A pastor and one of his church sisters were shot and injured yesterday morning at his residence in Hellshire, St Catherine.The incident occurred off Seafort Boulevard in the seaside community.THE STAR understands that robbery was the motive.The… Link: Preacher, church sister shot in attempted – robbery

Disaster money runs out

Source: Jamaica Star The Government said that it has used up the $491 million that was allocated in the Budget to respond to natural disasters.Audley Shaw, the country’s finance minister, said that adverse weather conditions that affected the island earlier this year,… Link: Disaster money runs out

I'm not hurt – Peter Bunting happy to bring expertise to new portfolio

Source: Jamaica Star Peter Bunting, who spent almost nine years heading the security portfolio, says he is not hurt after being transferred to Industry, Investment and Competitiveness in the reshuffled Shadow Cabinet announced yesterday.”Absolutely not,” Bunting replied… Link: I’m not hurt – Peter Bunting happy to bring expertise to new portfolio

After 17 trial dates, judge forces attorney to start case

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A High Court judge yesterday barred a defence attorney from backing out of a murder case that has been set for trial 17 times and mentioned another 33 times in the last seven years. According to court records, Elvis McPherson’s murder trial… Link: After 17 trial dates, judge forces attorney

UPC confirms sacking of Pentab Pastor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The United Pentecostal Church (UPC), the umbrella organisation of apostolic churches in Jamaica, yesterday confirmed the dismissal of Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab) pastor John-Mark Bartlett.The confirmation came by way of a two-page… Link: UPC confirms sacking of Pentab Pastor

Phillips names huge Shadow Cabinet, support team

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips yesterday unveiled a sizeable 19 portfolio positions in a Shadow Cabinet that saw some shifts from the previous council of spokespersons.In addition to the Shadow Cabinet, Phillips also named eight persons… Link: Phillips names huge Shadow Cabinet, support team

Leave Bolt alone … Jamaicans slam Trump for including sprinter in rant

Source: Jamaica Star Donald Trump’s decision to include Usain Bolt in the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem has spectacularly backfired. The United States’ president has been… Link: Leave Bolt alone … Jamaicans slam Trump for including sprinter in rant

250 young people recruited by JDF

Source: Jamaica Star Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that come November, an additional 250 young people will be recruited by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) under the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC).He said the new recruits will represent the second cohort… Link: 250 young people recruited by JDF

RJRGLEANER gives support to Dominica's relief efforts

Source: Jamaica Star The RJRGLEANER Communications Group has partnered with Food For The Poor (FFTP) in a hurricane relief effort. The partnership is amed at providing assistance to the people of Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which obliterated the island… Link: RJRGLEANER gives support to Dominica’s relief efforts

'Nothing, nothing' – Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico

Source: Jamaica Star MONTEBELLO, Puerto Rico (AP):Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico.Neighbours formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain roads… Link: ‘Nothing, nothing’ – Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico

Dr Jennifer Mamby Alexander | Driven by her many passions

Source: Jamaica Gleaner October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Gleaner has invited several stakeholders to be Guest Editors of a special edition of the newspaper. They will help bring into sharp focus the impact that this dreaded disease has had on the Jamaican… Link: Dr Jennifer Mamby Alexander | Driven by

School Report | Excellence is the mantra at Buff Bay High

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Buff Bay High School is a powerhouse in athletics, having won the Eastern Championship thrice since 2010 and earning gold medals at Boys and Girls’ Champs since 2012.The school is attempting to replicate this sporting success in teaching and… Link: School Report | Excellence is the mantra at Buff Bay

A zestful moment for Angel

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Emmanuel Baptist Church, Port Maria, St Mary:Top Bees1. Angel Tucker, St Mary High2. Tajana Thomas, Carron Hall Primary3. Tyrece Beckford, Guy’s Hill High4. Nichelia Ramdon, Rock River Primary5. Rushaun Smith, Port Maria PrimaryTop Boy: Jaheem… Link: A zestful moment for Angel

JCF slowly responding to INDECOM on sanctions

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams yesterday said that responses are slowly coming in from the hierarchy of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Police Service Commission a day after he… Link: JCF slowly responding to INDECOM on sanctions

Phillips to name Shadow Cabinet today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The key positions of finance and national security should hold the most interest when Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips announces the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Council of Spokespersons today.Phillips has called a press conference for 11:30… Link: Phillips to name Shadow Cabinet today

Cops' home attacked: Inspector among three shot

Source: Jamaica Star The home of three police personnel was attacked in Portmore, St Catherine on Tuesday evening by gunmen who were reportedly seeking to avenge the death of a wanted man in the sunshine city. The men, who were said to be wearing masks, invaded the… Link: Cops’ home attacked: Inspector among

Suspects held in Duppy Film operation released

Source: Jamaica Star The two persons held by the police during Sunday’s operation, which resulted in the death of one of Jamaica’s most wanted men, Marlon ‘Duppy Film’ Perry, have been questioned and released.THE STAR understands that the male and female, whose names… Link: Suspects held in Duppy Film operation released

Students exposed to danger

Source: Jamaica Star Days before repair works were set to take place on an overhead pedestrian crossing along Marescaux Road in Kingston, a truck crashed into the structure making it unsafe for use.The National Works Agency (NWA) told THE STAR that the bridge was hit by… Link: Students exposed to danger

Sewage forces school to close

Source: Jamaica Star Almost 750 students of the Glen Stuart Primary School in Maggotty, St Elizabeth, have been forced to continue their studies at different facilities after the institution was ordered closed by the Ministry of Health.”The health authorities closed the… Link: Sewage forces school to close

School Report | Bog Walk High: Adding value to students

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Nothing will daunt the fervour of principal Patrick Phillips and the academic staff at Bog Walk High School in their quest to add value to the approximately 2,000 students.Phillips and his team are faced with the seemingly uphill task of pulling the… Link: School Report | Bog Walk High: Adding

Gov't spends $50m to airlift J'cans from Eastern Caribbean

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaican Government has spent more than $50 million to airlift 200 Jamaicans living in Eastern Caribbean countries back home in the wake of the devastation caused to those islands by hurricanes Irma and Maria.However, there are several Jamaicans… Link: Gov’t spends m to airlift J’cans from Eastern Caribbean

Warmington blasts Fisher, ECJ for 'incompetence'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Lawmaker Everald Warmington on Tuesday accused Director of Elections Orrette Fisher of misleading the Constituency Boundaries Committee during its weekly meeting at Gordon House.In challenging the… Link: Warmington blasts Fisher, ECJ for ‘incompetence’

RIP Jermaine

Source: Jamaica Star “I really want to get better,” Jermaine Barrett told THE STAR last April. The Mount Salem resident was in fierce battle with chondrosarcoma, a cancerous tumour. Barrett, a chef, and many well-wishers appealed for help and persons rally to… Link: RIP Jermaine

Four M16 rifles, one Glock seized in Flanker

Source: Jamaica Star Four M16 assault rifles, a Glock 40 pistol, and a quantity of assorted ammunition were seized in Flanker, St James, yesterday.The weapons were found during a nine-hour joint police-military operation, which targeted the much-feared ‘Red Dirt’… Link: Four M16 rifles, one Glock seized in Flanker

Drive-by shooting frightens peaceful district

Source: Jamaica Star The usually peaceful community of Brown’s Hall, St Catherine, was startled by a drive-by shooting which left two of its members suffering from gunshot wounds yesterday.According to a report from the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica… Link: Drive-by shooting frightens peaceful district

'Save Cockpit Country' petition gets strong support

Source: Jamaica Star The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has pledged to respond to the ‘Save Cockpit Country’ petition within 30 days, as the initiative surpassed the 15,000 signatures needed for a review before the September 30 deadline.With four days left until the… Link: ‘Save Cockpit Country’ petition gets strong support

School Report | Bellevue pulls itself up by the roots

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The enthusiasm of school principal Shaunavon deSouza is infectious. He can hardly conceal his excitement as he recounts how Bellevue Primary and Junior High used agriculture to pull itself up from the bottom of the school effectiveness ranking… Link: School Report | Bellevue pulls itself up by the roots

Big gun bust – Four M16s among major find in Flanker raid

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Four M16 assault rifles, a Glock 40 pistol and a quantity of assorted ammunition were seized in Flanker, St James, yesterday, during a nine-hour police-military operation that targeted the much-feared ‘Red Dirt’ section of the… Link: Big gun bust – Four M16s among major find in Flanker raid

Holness urges Caribbean leaders to take climate change seriously

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:In the midst of the devastation caused by hurricanes and earthquakes to the Caribbean region, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness said climate change is real, presenting a clear and present danger to countries worldwide.The prime… Link: Holness urges Caribbean leaders to take climate change seriously

Missing in action – PAC not carrying out mandate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Despite a plethora of reports submitted by the Auditor General’s Department to Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which has responsibility for reviewing such reports, has not had a sitting since November 1, 2016.The committee, chaired… Link: Missing in action – PAC not carrying out mandate

Caribbean diaspora to host 'Day of Giving' for hurricane victims

Source: Jamaica Star Saturday, October 7 has been designated ‘Caribbean Day of Giving’. On that day, the Caribbean diaspora and friends of the Caribbean will be taking action through a radiothon to support Caribbean countries affected by the recent hurricanes, Irma and… Link: Caribbean diaspora to host ‘Day of Giving’ for hurricane victims

Man punches babymother for biting him

Source: Jamaica Star A Kingston man pleaded guilty to punching and kicking his girlfriend in the face several times after she bit him during a domestic dispute.Keron Gordon was charged for assault occasioning bodily harm when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew… Link: Man punches babymother for biting him

Cops probe 'Roots Man' shooting

Source: Jamaica Star The St Andrew Central police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of an unidentified man last Friday night in Papine Square.Information reaching THE STAR is that the man, known only as Roots Man, was shot by a licensed firearm… Link: Cops probe ‘Roots Man’ shooting

He fought hard – Jermaine Barrett's family mourns his passing

Source: Jamaica Star The family of Jermaine Barrett has been plunged into mourning and is struggling to come to terms with the loss of their beloved son and brother.Barrett, 28, lost his battle with cancer yesterday while at… Link: He fought hard – Jermaine Barrett’s family mourns his passing

Phillips scolds Holness over Ombudsman suggestion

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has described Prime Minister Andrew Holness as “out of order” for suggesting that political ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has no authority to intervene in “… Link: Phillips scolds Holness over Ombudsman suggestion

Port Authority pushes civic pride with award

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:More attractive and welcoming resort areas for locals and visitors alike is the objective behind the creation of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ)-sponsored ‘Best Resort Town Experience’ award, which will be presented at the 2017… Link: Port Authority pushes civic pride with award

Let the spelling begin!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The first week of The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee competition kicks off today in St Thomas at the Morant Bay Parish Church at noon. The parish finals will be held in each parish starting today and culminating on Friday, October 6, in St… Link: Let the spelling begin!

My win is for the PNP, Jamaica, says Jackson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Fitz Jackson celebrated his massive win for the position as People’s National Party (PNP) chairman over long-time deputy chairman Anthony Hylton, saying that it was the loss of the latter but a win for the party and Jamaica, following yesterday’s… Link: My win is for the PNP, Jamaica, says Jackson

Corporate scam – Criminals placing ads to lure jobseekers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Police investigators are being kept busy by scammers who are using the names of well-established local entities to lure unsuspecting persons into possible danger with the worrying undertone of a possible attempt at human trafficking.The scammers are… Link: Corporate scam – Criminals placing ads to lure jobseekers

Schoolgirls armed in cancer fight

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Health will be spending more than $100 million to roll out a national immunisation programme targeted at grade-seven girls as it ramps up its efforts to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, which claims almost 200 lives annually…. Link: Schoolgirls armed in cancer fight

Serial rapists scare – Police nab two, hunting others

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two men who have been linked to almost two dozen rape cases have left police worried that serial rapists are on the loose across the island.One of the men, in Portmore, St Catherine, is scheduled to appear on 15 identification parades based on… Link: Serial rapists scare – Police nab

Mexicans search for missing pets after earthquake

Source: Jamaica Star MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP):Jack is a small white dog who lives in Mexico City and has been missing since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake startled both humans and their pets when it struck early Tuesday afternoon.”I got lost in the earthquake!!!” a sign… Link: Mexicans search for missing pets after earthquake

Woman charged with selling sex to 13-year-old boy

Source: Jamaica Star A 48-year-old woman, who allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old boy for money, was granted bail yesterday when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew parish court.Dahlia Boutin was charged with having sexual intercourse with a person under 16…. Link: Woman charged with selling sex to 13-year-old boy

Facebook posts lead to beating

Source: Jamaica Star Savion Hall, a 20-year-old man was charged in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday for unlawfully wounding his 16-year-old girlfriend.It is alleged that on September 1, the complainant was on her way to a shop when Hall crept up behind… Link: Facebook posts lead to beating

Worker crushed to death by truck

Source: Jamaica Star A 45-year-old labourer was crushed to death on the site of the Excellence Resort in Cooper’s Pen, Trelawny, yesterday in a mishap which involved a trailer loaded with building blocks.The dead man has been identified as Andrew Garrick, of Golden… Link: Worker crushed to death by truck

Criminals selling fake brands at price of original

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Consumers can no longer use price to differentiate real from counterfeit goods competing for their money. Deputy Superintendent Carl Berry, head of the Anti-trafficking in Persons Unit, revealed that illicit traders were selling fake brands at… Link: Criminals selling fake brands at price of original

Gov't was forced to tap NHT for money – Holness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Government’s decision to draw down on National Housing Trust (NHT) money was as a consequence of “circumstances” and not just to use the funds to do other things.He was speaking at yesterday’s… Link: Gov’t was forced to tap NHT for money – Holness

Stay away from lottery scamming, warns Sir Patrick

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Jamaica’s Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, has issued a stern warning to young people in general, and students in particular, to stay away from lottery scamming, noting that there is much more to life than the acquisition of… Link: Stay away from lottery scamming, warns Sir Patrick

Trade unionists seek answers about viability of Monymusk

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Owners Pan Caribbean Sugar Company will take control of the Monymusk Sugar Factory in Clarendon, at least for the 2017-18 sugar crop, agriculture minister Karl Samuda said on Wednesday, but uncertainty about the fate of the facilities thereafter has… Link: Trade unionists seek answers about viability of Monymusk

Bogus divorces … Fake judges signing decrees at Supreme Court

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has revealed that a major police probe is now underway involving staff members in the divorce unit of the Supreme Court. Link: Bogus divorces … Fake judges signing decrees at Supreme Court

Saluting the elderly – National Senior Citizens Week starts Sunday

Source: Jamaica Star The annual National Senior Citizens Week will be observed from September 24, 2017 to October 2, 2017.The week of activities is aimed at honouring and recognising older citizens in Jamaica and highlighting their contribution to nation-building and… Link: Saluting the elderly – National Senior Citizens Week starts Sunday

Man on cocaine charges gets bail

Source: Jamaica Star Urcel Bundy, the Hawkeye security guard charged with possession of more that 200 pounds of cocaine, has been granted bail.When the matter came up for mention in the St Catherine Parish Court before judge Tara Reid-Carr, Bundy’s attorney, Jacqueline… Link: Man on cocaine charges gets bail

US law enforcement to assist probe into tourist's death

Source: Jamaica Star American law enforcement officials are working with their local counterparts to track the scammers linked to the murder of retired US schoolteacher Heidi Ann Muth in Montego Bay, St James.Information reaching THE WEEKEND STAR is that Muth, 68, was… Link: US law enforcement to assist probe into tourist’s death

UTech students abducted and robbed

Source: Jamaica Star The Students’ Union of The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), and the Papine police are working assiduously to ensure students who use public transportation to travel to and from school get to their destinations safely.President of the… Link: UTech students abducted and robbed

One-armed lifeguard unable to land job

Source: Jamaica Star Despite being certified as a lifeguard, David Bascoe, who has one arm, has been unable to pick up a job for the past six years. Bascoe, 31, lost his arm after being electrocuted when he was just seven years old.”Most of the places that I go and look… Link: One-armed

Withdraw claim or face outcome, JMA’s ultimatum to Samuda

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) has given Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture, and fisheries, a seven-day ultimatum during which he must retract a recent statement that some of its members continue to rob the… Link: Withdraw claim or face outcome, JMA’s ultimatum to Samuda

PM has confidence in Reid, Montague ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday told journalists that it was not the intention of the Government to withhold information, although the Government’s chief spokesman has had to offer numerous clarifications on policy issues from Cabinet… Link: PM has confidence in Reid, Montague ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Private sector players initiate Dominica relief effort

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, a group of private sector players have banded together to alleviate the suffering in Dominica by seeking to collect and donate four container loads of essential products, in addition to… Link: Private sector players initiate Dominica relief effort

DPP orders probe of 'bailer man'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The nation’s top prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has directed that a thorough investigation be conducted after a man admitted yesterday that he used the same land title to secure bail for persons accused of gun crimes, some of whom were not… Link: DPP orders probe of ‘bailer man’

St Mary man 'over the moon' about unique hairstyle

Source: Jamaica Star If at first glance when you espy Conrad Guscott, you have to do a double take. And that’s okay because what you’re seeing really isn’t a figment of your imagination. At first glance, it would appear that Guscott is wearing some sort of… Link: St Mary man ‘over the moon’

Cherished memories lost in Buck Up Town fire

Source: Jamaica Star A man and his son are now homeless after a fire of unknown origin destroyed their two-bedroom board house and all their belongings in Buck Up Town district near Albert Town in Trelawny on Tuesday night.While 50-year-old farmer Durvin Jones and his… Link: Cherished memories lost in Buck Up Town

Fun Run back by popular demand

Source: Jamaica Star With the weeks closing in on the sixth staging of the Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs, Digicel has announced that the Fun Run is back for another year by popular demand. Tyre run, pillow pendulum, beam balance and the popular slip and slide are… Link: Fun Run back by

Canadian deported from Jamaica arrives with drugs

Source: Jamaica Star The police have launched a major probe into reports that an inmate who was released into the custody of immigration authorities for deportation arrived in Canada on Monday with drugs in her suitcase.Deputy Commissioner of Police Selvin Haye said… Link: Canadian deported from Jamaica arrives with drugs

Women demanding tongue vibrators

Source: Jamaica Star Some Jamaican women are lapping up tongue-shaped vibrators to satisfy their sexual needs.Jasmine Brown, the store manager of Aura Viibe in Portmore, told THE STAR that they stock different types of these vibrators and at least one is sold every day… Link: Women demanding tongue vibrators

Teen breeds dogs to support his family

Source: Jamaica Star Born in poverty but desperate to find a way out, one 16-year-old boy from the community of Fletcher’s Land in Kingston is breeding ‘brand name’ dogs to provide financial support for his family, and ultimately to alleviate himself from the destitute… Link: Teen breeds dogs to support his family

Blind senator 'keeping an eye' on Nat'l ID Bill

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Advocating for the disabled community, Opposition Senator Floyd Morris has said that he will be scrutinising the National Identification and Registration Bill once it reaches the Upper House so as to ensure that the legislation is “comfortable for… Link: Blind senator ‘keeping an eye’ on Nat’l ID Bill

Gov't moves to refine sugar imports

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The introduction of fundamental changes to the regime on refined sugar importation for the retail trade announced by Karl Samuda, minister ofindustry, commerce, agriculture, and fisheries, on Wednesday, awaits his signature on a Ministerial Order… Link: Gov’t moves to refine sugar imports

Gov't can't underwrite Heroes Circle project – PM

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Jamaican Government will not be able to provide a sovereign guarantee for the multimillion-US-dollar project to develop Government Circle, comprising the construction of a parliament building, a museum,… Link: Gov’t can’t underwrite Heroes Circle project – PM

DPP gets green light for additional staff

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Finance has moved to ease the pressure on the beleaguered court system by confirming, through a letter, that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) will now be able to employ some additional staff.The information… Link: DPP gets green light for additional staff

ECJ says process already in train for fixed by-elections

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it is well advanced in proposing amendments to the Representation of the People Act for the holding of by-elections within a prescribed time. In a statement released today, the ECJ said by… Link: ECJ says process already in train for fixed by-elections

Woman deported from Jamaica arrives in Canada with drugs in coffee beans

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The police have launched a major probe into reports that at an inmate who was on Saturday released into the custody of immigration authorities for deportation, arrived in Canada on Monday with drugs in her suitcase. Link: Woman deported from Jamaica arrives in Canada with drugs in coffee beans

Raw sewage becomes nuisance for motorists

Source: Jamaica Star The perpetuating sewage problem in downtown Kingston continues to be a nuisance to motorists, as raw sewage is again spewing from a manhole on Port Royal Street. THE STAR has received complaints from motorists about being splashed with raw sewage… Link: Raw sewage becomes nuisance for motorists

Digicel prepares for vicious Hurricane Maria

Source: Jamaica Star The large contingent of Digicel network restoration teams already on the ground in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is now turning its attention towards preparing for the potential threat of Hurricane Maria bearing down on the area over the next… Link: Digicel prepares for vicious Hurricane Maria

Burn victim says hospital staff ignored her

Source: Jamaica Star A woman who visited the Mandeville Regional Hospital to have her badly burnt hand treated on Sunday, says she felt neglected by medical authorities.Kam Geachy, 36, told THE STAR that she was at the institution from approximately 11 a.m. until… Link: Burn victim says hospital staff ignored her

Flexible youngster gets gymnastics scholarship

Source: Jamaica Star Young McKayla McKenzie, the super flexible eight-year-old from Denham Town in Kingston, has received a full scholarship to train at the Jamaica School of Gymnastics, from which she can matriculate to represent the island in competitions.The St… Link: Flexible youngster gets gymnastics scholarship

Double amputee begs on busy highway

Source: Jamaica Star The early morning sun hits hard against the face of George Henry as he kneels at the side of the road in Mamee Bay, St Ann.Like many mendicants, Henry gets up daily, hoping people will put some money in his hands.”This is how I eat,” the double… Link: Double amputee

Police constable shot dead in Portmore

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A 29-year-old police constable was on Tuesday night shot dead by unknown assailants as he arrived home in Portmore, St Catherine. The constable who worked at the Stadium Police Station had just entered his house when he was attacked and shot. His… Link: Police constable shot dead in Portmore

Speaker bars MP from quizzing Holness on debushing report

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles, yesterday shot down a question from Julian Robinson, member of parliament for St Andrew South East, after the lawmaker sought answers from the prime minister as to why he has not fulfilled… Link: Speaker bars MP from quizzing Holness on debushing report

British high commissioner looks to hit reset button with Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Asif Ahmad, British high commissioner to Jamaica, says that methods he employed in helping to fashion a healthy trade and investment relationship between the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and which helped to provide a sturdy economic platform… Link: British high commissioner looks to hit reset button with Jamaica

Ministry misfires on new FLA board

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There is confusion surrounding whether a new Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) board has been appointed, after a series of conflicting press releases out of the Ministry of National Security.In the latest release sent out yesterday, the ministry… Link: Ministry misfires on new FLA board

Joy Crooks cries for help for the homeless

Source: Jamaica Star Joy Crooks, co-founder of the Montego Bay-based Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), has renewed calls for the Government to do more to assist the mentally ill and homeless in St. James. Crooks argued that the cultural tourism… Link: Joy Crooks cries for help for the homeless

Trelawny gets 12 bicycle cops

Source: Jamaica Star The Street Crime unit of the Trelawny Police Division received a well-needed boost on Friday when 12 of its cops graduated from a bicycle riding course.Superintendent Michael Phipps, who heads the Police Area One crime-fighting unit, told the cops… Link: Trelawny gets 12 bicycle cops

Gunmen shooting up homes in St James community

Source: Jamaica Star Since the St James police recovered five guns in Cambridge, St James, early last week, gunmen have rummaged through the community, allegedly spraying homes with bullets as they search for their cronies.A resident of the community told THE STAR that… Link: Gunmen shooting up homes in St James community

No report of missing M-16 magazine – senior cop

Source: Jamaica Star An M-16 magazine was allegedly lost by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force last Friday.It is alleged that a group of police officers went to a premises in Arnett Gardens to execute an arrest warrant. While pursuing the man, one eyewitness… Link: No report of missing M-16 magazine –

Tough times for Jermaine Barrett

Source: Jamaica Star Jermaine Barrett spends most of his days in bed sleeping. He hardly has the strength to speak, and when he does, his words are slurred. Additionally, he hardly eats as well.”The doctors in the US did a scan, saw where it (the tumor) came back, and… Link: Tough times for

Attorney recovering after inmate attack

Source: Jamaica Star Nancy Anderson, an attorney-at-law and human rights activist who was attacked by an inmate at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston last Friday, said she is recovering well from the frightful ordeal.She said she will need about two… Link: Attorney recovering after inmate attack

OCG to oversee multimillion$ Junction road project

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Contractor General Dirk Harrison has said that his office will be monitoring the more than $600-million road project in St Mary that was announced by the Andrew Holness administration last week.The value of the project includes the works component… Link: OCG to oversee multimillion$ Junction road project

10% of educators underperforming – Reid

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Some 10 per cent of Jamaican educators are performing below standard and the education ministry is urgently looking at strategies that will bring them up to par with their more successful colleagues.In an interview with The Gleaner at his offices in… Link: 10% of educators underperforming – Reid

GSAT stress will linger even after exam ends

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There are high hopes that the intense stress associated with the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will be alleviated as Jamaica prepares for the transition to the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). Ruel Reid, education minister, said, however, that… Link: GSAT stress will linger even after exam ends

Cabinet approves new FLA board

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Cabinet has approved the appointment of a new board for the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).The board will be chaired by national security adviser, Major General Antony Anderson.The other members are:• Ena Rose, retired civil servant.n Albert… Link: Cabinet approves new FLA board

Category Five Hurricane Maria batters Dominica, takes PM's roof

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Category Five Hurricane Maria has torn through the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica leaving a trail of damage and destruction. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has taken to Facebook reporting that he has lost his roof. “Certainly no sleep… Link: Category Five Hurricane Maria batters Dominica, takes PM’s roof

Chief Justice announces two more sentence reduction days

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has announced two more sentence reduction days. The first will be on October 19 in Kingston. The second will be in Spanish Town, St Catherine on October 20. Sentence reduction day is among the measures being implemented… Link: Chief Justice announces two more sentence reduction days

Parents accused of beating pregnant daughter

Source: Jamaica Star The parents of a pregnant woman were brought before the court after their daughter accused them of abusing her.The parents, Bernice Chandler and Oswald Chandler, are charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property… Link: Parents accused of beating pregnant daughter

Man found with identity information at airport

Source: Jamaica Star Nineteen-year-old Ceon Adams, who is charged with possession of identity information, was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday.It is alleged that Adams, who was returning to the… Link: Man found with identity information at airport

Wanted man captured in Hanover

Source: Jamaica Star The Sandy Bay Police captured one of Westmoreland’s most wanted men during an operation in Hoodland district, Hanover on Friday.He is 25-year-old Kemar Clarke, otherwise called ‘Max’, unemployed of Hugger Lane, Norwood in St. James and resides at… Link: Wanted man captured in Hanover

Phillips promises help for small businesses

Source: Jamaica Star People’s National Party (PNP) president Dr Peter Phillips yesterday said that the next time his party forms the government it will ensure that small business owners are able to thrive.Phillips, speaking at his party’s 79th annual conference at the… Link: Phillips promises help for small businesses

PNP to create legal path for squatters to own land

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party (PNP) says if it forms the next administration, it will create a legal path for the nearly 700,000 squatters to become homeowners.President of the PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, in his address to the party’s 79th annual… Link: PNP to create legal path for squatters to own

'Sugar Shane': I'm the right doctor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dr Shane Alexis, the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate in St Mary South East, told hundreds of delegates and supporters attending the public session of the 79th annual conference of the party yesterday that he was the right doctor for the… Link: ‘Sugar Shane’: I’m the right doctor

'Comradery' underlines 79th conference

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In making no secret of their intention to reclaim the reins of governance, solidarity shone brightest yesterday at the National Arena in Kingston as thousands of euphoric Comrades banded together for an incident-free final day of the People’s… Link: ‘Comradery’ underlines 79th conference

PNP urges Gov't to increase NIS pensions

Source: Jamaica Gleaner President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to “have some compassion” on the pensioners of Jamaica, noting that the last time they got an increase was in January 2013.Sending a message… Link: PNP urges Gov’t to increase NIS pensions

We are just a call away – Patterson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Former People’s National Party (PNP) President P.J. Patterson yesterday told supporters attending the public session of the party’s 79th annual conference that although retired and in the political pavilion with his immediate successor, Portia… Link: We are just a call away – Patterson

#PNPConference: Jubilant comrades flock National Arena for 79th annual confab

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Although not yet boasting a capacity crowd, the cheers inside the National Arena were deafening as hundreds of People’s National Party (PNP) supporters occasionally broke out in song and dance on the final day of the party’s 79th… Link: #PNPConference: Jubilant comrades flock National Arena for 79th annual confab

'Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica' – Strong support for International Coastal Clean-up Day

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Thousands of Jamaicans yesterday marked International Coastal Clean-up Day with activities across the island.In the Corporate Area, the Jamaica Environment Trust hosted its 24th annual clean-up of the Palisadoes Strip while the Tourism Enhancement… Link: ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’ – Strong support for International Coastal Clean-up Day

World's oldest person is dead

Source: Jamaica Star The world’s oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown, is dead. Her son, Barry Russell, said she died today. Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900, became the world’s oldest woman in April. This follows the death yesterday of Emma… Link: World’s oldest person is dead

Seven guns found in one day

Source: Jamaica Star Seven guns were recovered by members of the security forces in three separate incidents on Thursday. The largest find involved the recovery of five firearms, including a high-powered rifle, on Ducketts Road, Cambridge in St. James. According to the… Link: Seven guns found in one day

LASCO thief begs judge for six-month sentence

Source: Jamaica Star A Kingston judge yesterday denied a man his request to be sent to prison, opting instead to send him for psychiatric evaluation.Jason Edwards, who is accused of shoplifting 12 packs of Lasco, 9 bags of noodles, and 12 porridge mixes and a few Protex… Link: LASCO thief begs judge for

World's oldest person dies at 117

Source: Jamaica Star The world’s oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown, died yesterday.Her son, Barry Russell, 85, said the death came as a surprise, even though she was hospitalised.Russell said that he gave instructions for his mother to be taken from her… Link: World’s oldest person dies at 117

PNP warns Gov't against corruption in road project

Source: Jamaica Gleaner General Secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP), Julian Robinson has sounded a warning to the Government that if the more than $600 million earmarked for road projects in St Mary is used in a “corrupt” manner to influence the outcome of a by-… Link: PNP warns Gov’t against corruption

Body of man washed away in gully found

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There was to be no fairy-tale ending in the story of yet another person being swept away in a gully by raging floodwaters as the tale of 79-year-old labourer William Marshall would prove.Marshall’s tattered body was discovered yesterday morning in… Link: Body of man washed away in gully found

Confident Justin bests CSEC 'monster'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Having vanquished the hard-hitting mock exams earlier in the year, nine grade ones and a grade two in the recent May/June Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) exams came as little surprise to Ardennite Justin Lynch.”The mock exams are… Link: Confident Justin bests CSEC ‘monster’

Matt's formula – Preparation key, says Ardennite after exam success

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Nine ones and a grade two later and Ardennite Matthew Palmer is resolute that ample preparation is the formula that has brought him Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exam success.A consistent top performer since transitioning from… Link: Matt’s formula – Preparation key, says Ardennite after exam success

World's oldest person dies at 117 in Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The world’s oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown has died, her son Barry Russell, 85, has reported. This morning, The Gleaner reported that Moss Brown was caught in the middle of a tug of war between members of her family, as one group… Link: World’s oldest person dies at 117

Bird shooter convicted

Source: Jamaica Star A bird shooter was convicted in the St. James Parish Court of shooting more birds than is allowable under the law. The man, Horace Mair, was convicted on September 7 in the St James Parish Court. Mair was fined $30,000 or ten days… Link: Bird shooter convicted

Super flexible – Young acrobat wows inner-city community

Source: Jamaica Star Young McKayla McFarlane of Denham Town, Kingston, can contort her body into positions that would land many persons in hospital if they attempted to try. The super flexible eight-year-old told THE STAR that she was never professionally taught,… Link: Super flexible – Young acrobat wows inner-city community

Tears flow for doctor who was found dead

Source: Jamaica Star The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a female doctor who worked at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Sonya-Kay Forbes was found by… Link: Tears flow for doctor who was found dead

Bush fire sends students to hospital

Source: Jamaica Star Classes at the Yallahs High School in St Thomas were yesterday forced to end early after several students were rushed to the nearby community health centre and later transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation… Link: Bush fire sends students to hospital

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