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April 23, 2018

Jamaica

Man wants to rebuild 'duppy house'

Source: Jamaica Star “A di duppy house uno a look fah? It deh right down the road in a lane beside a two bedroom pink house,” a woman in Rose Hall, St Elizabeth told, The STAR team. Her directions were on point as just minutes later, Kenneth Hanson… Link: Man wants to rebuild

Accused in 'commissioner scam' remanded

Source: Jamaica Star Annessia Currie, who was charged with credit card fraud in the case where Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson was scammed, was remanded until May 1 when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew parish court on Friday.Currie, 19,… Link: Accused in ‘commissioner scam’ remanded

Policemen ambushed and shot in Lluidas Vale

Source: Jamaica Star Amid the announcement of reduction in crime in the St Catherine North Division by Minister of National Security Horace Chang, two policemen were shot the community of Lluidas Vale.The STAR was told that at about 3:10 yesterday morning, two policemen… Link: Policemen ambushed and shot in Lluidas Vale

Eunis Palmer-Pryce grateful as she turns 109

Source: Jamaica Star Eunis Palmer-Pryce turned 109 last Saturday and her daughter Valda Pryce is very happy that she gets to share in this journey with her.Valda told the STAR that as a retired teacher, she is very happy to have the time to take care of her mother.”I’m… Link: Eunis Palmer-Pryce grateful

Cross-dresser killed in New Kingston

Source: Jamaica Star A cross-dresser was shot and killed on Saturday morning. The STAR understands that residents heard explosions around 12:55 a.m. at the intersection of Barbados Avenue and Knutsford Boulevard, and alerted the police.Reports from the Half-Way Tree… Link: Cross-dresser killed in New Kingston

Five per cent jump in murders

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Four hundred and forty-two murders have been committed across Jamaica between January 1 and April 21 of this year, a 5.2 per cent increase when compared with the same period last year when 420 were killed.According to the latest statistics compiled… Link: Five per cent jump in murders

Jamwest a winner at Expo

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A mere six months into its operations and Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park Ltd copped the 2016 Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association award for attraction of the year, besting the likes of world-renowned ice cream purveyor Devon House, Dolphin… Link: Jamwest a winner at Expo

Airports at risk as effects of climate change draw closer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the issue of climate change taking sharp focus on the global stage, at least one local expert is sounding an ominous warning that Jamaica’s airports and others in the Caribbean could be at risk due to rising sea levels.Addressing a public… Link: Airports at risk as effects of climate

Deals sealed – Expo Jamaica 2018 ends on high note

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With an almost capacity crowd, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, attending yesterday’s final day of Expo Jamaica 2018 at the National Area and National Indoor Sports Centre, satisfied Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) officials said… Link: Deals sealed – Expo Jamaica 2018 ends on high note

Name mix-up lands woman in court

Source: Jamaica Star There was high drama in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish court yesterday when a woman, Annastacia Feron, was mistaken for an accused man.Reports are that in 2015, Feron was on her way to Clarendon and was seeking transportation in downtown Kingston… Link: Name mix-up lands woman in court

Lazy people! – Canadian politician apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Faced with a social media backlash, Canadian Legislative Assembly member Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, has backtracked on claims that Jamaicans are lazy and underproductive because of their excessive use of ganja.Smith-McCrossin, a member of the Legislative Assembly… Link: Lazy people! – Canadian politician apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Expo Jamaica 2018 goes nuts for for Crazy Jim

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For longstanding ice cream purveyors Crazy Jim, Expo Jamaica 2018 is proving to be the ideal springboard into the retail market, which it will now supply with 11 premium gold flavours.One of the more popular exhibitors at the four-day show-and-tell… Link: Expo Jamaica 2018 goes nuts for for Crazy Jim

JUTC running ads against preaching on buses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is currently running advertisements in the media, appealing to lay preachers who attempt to win souls on the state-run buses to discontinue the practice.JUTC’s Communications Manager Cecil Thoms told The… Link: JUTC running ads against preaching on buses

Homestead division by-election set for May 18

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Voters will be going to the polls on May 18 to elect a new councillor for the Homestead municipal division in South Central St Catherine.The candidates are Mark McLean of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Janet Grayson for the People’s National… Link: Homestead division by-election set for May 18

Man who pulled gun in bank says he felt threatened by security

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The man who caused panic at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, on Thursday, brandishing his licensed firearm inside the institution, has claimed that he was physically assaulted by the bank’s security and felt threatened… Link: Man who pulled gun in bank says he felt threatened

Lazy people! – Canadian MP apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Faced with a social media backlash, Canadian Parliamentarian Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, has backtrack claims that Jamaicans are lazy and underproductive because of their excessive use of ganja.Smith-McCrossin, a member of the Legislative Assembly… Link: Lazy people! – Canadian MP apologises after labelling Jamaicans as unproductive weedheads

Shaw announces Micro Stock Exchange coming

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw has announced plans to establish a micro stock exchange, to complement the junior stock exchange.  Shaw says the micro stock exchange will target micro and medium enterprises… Link: Shaw announces Micro Stock Exchange coming

Welder rescues mom with three-wheel creation

Source: Jamaica Star When Alvern Simpson saw his mother making numerous trips to the river with a bucket on her head, he knew he had to step in and make a difference.He knew he could not afford to buy her a car, so he decided to use pieces of scrap metal to create…

Man blames hospital for fiancee's death

Source: Jamaica Star Just weeks ago, Shevon Edwards, a teacher at the St Jago High School, was busy planning his wedding with his fiancee, Shanice Lewis. But today, he is faced with the pain of planning her funeral.Lewis, who was a teacher at Eltham High School in St… Link: Man blames hospital for

Man pulls firearm in NCB branch

Source: Jamaica Star Customers who were conducting business in the National Commercial Bank’s Half-Way Tree branch were sent into a frenzy yesterday when a man pulled his firearm in the business establishment.The man, whose identity is being withheld, is said to have… Link: Man pulls firearm in NCB branch

Single mom makes big bucks from porn website

Source: Jamaica Star Although she is a certified phlebotomist (a person trained to draw blood), a single mother, who goes by the name Scorpio Queen, felt she had to find other means of surviving after sending out numerous job applications without much success.Her ‘light… Link: Single mom makes big bucks from porn website

Deadline extended for barber and beauty competition

Source: Jamaica Star The deadline for entries in the JN Small Business Loans Barber and Beauty Challenge has been extended to April 27.The original deadline was March 31. The competition’s final will now be held on July 1.Ockino Petrie, chairman of the planning… Link: Deadline extended for barber and beauty competition

MoBay Chamber embracing Gloves Over Gun

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The drive to target at-risk youth in St James through sports got a major boost yesterday when the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) presented a cheque of $638,000 to support the Gloves Over Guns initiative.Stephen… Link: MoBay Chamber embracing Gloves Over Gun

Kgn pastor accused of rape requests second paternity test

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Kingston pastor facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl and impregnating her has reportedly requested a second paternity test.The request by Kenneth Blake, pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located… Link: Kgn pastor accused of rape requests second paternity test

Man could be charged for brandishing gun in bank

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It is likely that charges could be laid against a disgruntled licensed firearm holder who brandished his gun inside the National Commercial Bank (NCB) in Half-Way Tree yesterday, allegedly pointing it at security personnel.According to Dahlia… Link: Man could be charged for brandishing gun in bank

Technical consultants to be engaged as Shaw pushes for dormant funds

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Industry and Commerce Minister Audley Shaw has disclosed that the Government is now in the process of engaging technical consultants to assess the feasibility of utilising unclaimed funds held by financial institutions as a financing option for the… Link: Technical consultants to be engaged as Shaw pushes for dormant funds

Linstead to get new Drug Serv Pharmacy

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Residents of Linstead and surrounding areas in St Catherine will soon benefit from added pharmacy services with the construction of a new pharmacy building at the Linstead Hospital.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton broke ground yesterday for the… Link: Linstead to get new Drug Serv Pharmacy

Vendor vows to sell until she dies

Source: Jamaica Star As Jean Houston stirred her pot of soup at the Manley Horne Park cricket ground in Ballards Valley, St Elizabeth, last Sunday, she was also hoping that she would remain pain-free in order to sell off the entire pot.Houston, a vendor from New Market… Link: Vendor vows to sell until

Cops warn public to cooperate at checkpoints

Source: Jamaica Star The joint security team, which is operating in the state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints.Acting Head of… Link: Cops warn public to cooperate at checkpoints

Scammers selling fake financial products

Source: Jamaica Star Persons claiming to be representatives of investment company World Ventures have been going door to door to seek persons to invest their money with the promise of massive returns.Sharlene Smith says she was at her home in Harbour View east Kingston… Link: Scammers selling fake financial products

UWI professor backs call for Jamaica’s economic independence

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Densil Williams, pro vice chancellor of planning at the University of the West Indies (UWI), has thrown his support behind calls by Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Jamaica to move towards economic… Link: UWI professor backs call for Jamaica’s economic independence

False hope – Workers resigning with wrong expectation of redundancy payment

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Scores of employees have been resigning from their jobs with the mistaken expectation that they will receive redundancy payments from their employers, a Ministry of Labour official disclosed yesterday.”There’s a misconception out there among the… Link: False hope – Workers resigning with wrong expectation of redundancy payment

McKenzie holds talks with Chinese ambassador on fixing parochial roads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With deplorable road conditions in many parts of rural Jamaica posing serious problems to farmers and motorists, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has begun preliminary talks with the Chinese ambassador to explore areas of support,… Link: McKenzie holds talks with Chinese ambassador on fixing parochial roads

McKenzie gathers information on Albion Estates green space

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Local Government is now gathering information in relation to a disputed 400-acre lot in Albion Estates, St Thomas, where residents have complained bitterly for years that the land that they claim… Link: McKenzie gathers information on Albion Estates green space

Police thank citizens for helping wounded cop

Source: Jamaica Star The High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) commended residents of Christiana in Manchester, for rushing to the assistance of a lawman who was chopped yesterday morning.A corporal from the Christiana police station had to be rushed to… Link: Police thank citizens for helping wounded cop

Disabled man seeking new wheelchair

Source: Jamaica Star Life has not been an easy road for Adrian Hurst. However, his faith and hope have never gone dim, and at this stage of his journey, he believes any assistance he receives would do wonders.Hurst, 48, is no stranger to streets, where he can be seen… Link: Disabled man seeking

MP bats for cricket

Source: Jamaica Star Having turned out to play for the St Elizabeth Invitational team in the IGL Curry Goat Cricket series last Sunday, Member of Parliament for South Eastern St Elizabeth, Franklyn Witter, is adamant that cricket has the power to promote peace.Witter,… Link: MP bats for cricket

Holness gets support – British PM promises to help reform anti-gay laws

Source: Jamaica Star British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised for Britain’s historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth as its 53 leaders gathered in London for their annual summit.”Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who… Link: Holness gets support – British PM promises to help reform anti-gay laws

Seek justice! – Windrush Generation urged to contest deportation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals dubbed the Windrush Generation who have been aggrieved by the actions of the United Kingdom (UK) government should immediately take steps to seek redress, advised Diana Baxter, solicitor in Britain.At the… Link: Seek justice! – Windrush Generation urged to contest deportation

Class-action lawsuit looms over CRH

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Junior doctors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) have indicated that they will pursue a class-action suit against the Government regarding the unhealthy environment at the western Jamaica hospital.The incensed doctors informed the Jamaica… Link: Class-action lawsuit looms over CRH

Diamond in the rough – Tivoli Gardens student rising to the top

Source: Jamaica Gleaner His life has been plagued by a number of setbacks, including sitting the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) from a hospital bed last year, recuperating from surgery.Jahnoy St Jacques, 19-year-old resident of Tivoli Gardens, is… Link: Diamond in the rough – Tivoli Gardens student rising to the top

Massive fire in Spanish Town

Source: Jamaica Star Sections of Brunswick Street was left without electricity after fire of unknown origin destroyed buildings in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday.The fire occurred along Martin Street, which resulted in the destruction of the Cock Spirit wine… Link: Massive fire in Spanish Town

Dogs and donkeys safe

Source: Jamaica Star J’can says Chinese not consuming animalsDeloy D’Augilar, a Jamaican who has facilitated the settlement of Chinese merchants, is refuting claims that the presence of the Asians has created an unsatisfied demand for dog and donkey meats.”Some Chinese… Link: Dogs and donkeys safe

Trelawny mechanic makes helicopter in backyard

Source: Jamaica Star A Trelawny man is hoping to stun Jamaica by building his very own fully operational helicopter.What started as a dream decades ago is steadily becoming a reality for Noel Malcolm of Duanvale in the parish.Malcolm, who is a mechanic, has been working… Link: Trelawny mechanic makes helicopter in backyard

Two stores raided for fake goods

Source: Jamaica Star “Jesus Christ! A dah store yah mi did a go guh inna enuh. Mi can’t believe mi walk come so far fi nutten,” a pregnant woman said when she saw yellow tape barring the public from entering two stores that were being raided on Barry Street, adjacent to… Link: Two

Man says church elder gave him STI

Source: Jamaica Star A member of a St Mary church is threatening to kill one of the elders if he does not pay his medical bill after infecting him with a sexually transmitted disease.An irate John Brown* told The STAR that he was raped by the clergyman after he was… Link: Man says

Government to consider next move on UC Rusal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague should be in a position to address growing concerns regarding the implications of Jamaica’s engagement with United Company (UC) Rusal, Russian operator of West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO), following the… Link: Government to consider next move on UC Rusal

No problem with gays in my Cabinet – Holness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive.Holness’ response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then… Link: No problem with gays in my Cabinet – Holness

UK about-turn! – Jamaicans under deportation threat handed lifeline

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the threat of deportation hanging over their heads, thousands of undocumented Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals who migrated to the United Kingdom (UK) when they were children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s are to receive… Link: UK about-turn! – Jamaicans under deportation threat handed lifeline

Pastor urges church members to discard 'see no evil' mentality

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Reverend Aston Carlyle, pastor of the Kingston-based Webster Memorial United Church, says church members must be willing to get proactive and do away with the “see no evil” mentality in order to promote peace at the community level.Carlyle made the… Link: Pastor urges church members to discard ‘see no evil’

$100m in counterfeit goods seized

Source: Jamaica Gleaner More than $100 million in counterfeit clothes and shoes were seized by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) in an operation on Barry Street in downtown Kingston yesterday.The raid was conducted on two adjoining… Link: 0m in counterfeit goods seized

Cop suspended for cursing JP

Source: Jamaica Star A policeman has been suspended by the Jamaica Constabulary Force after he was caught on camera cursing a justice of the peace (JP) last week.The Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) said that they have also commenced a probe into the incident that… Link: Cop suspended for cursing JP

Riverton meat being sold dirt cheap

Source: Jamaica Star Upon hearing the name Riverton Meadows, one thinks of the landfill, Jamaica’s largest dump which is operated by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).But, according to the residents, the community is the feeding pot for a lot of… Link: Riverton meat being sold dirt cheap

T&T buggery ruling is victory for human rights

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) has welcomed last week’s ruling in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court which stated that the criminalisation of buggery is unconstitutional.”It has always been the considered view of CVC that any… Link: T&T buggery ruling is victory for human rights

Rectify tax problem at schools speedily – Thwaites

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party (PNP) has expressed alarm at what it describes as the disgraceful misplaced priorities of the Ministry of Education and the minister of education which have led to some principals of high schools being prosecuted for non-… Link: Rectify tax problem at schools speedily – Thwaites

Editors’ Forum | Expo 2018 will be bigger and better because?

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Richard Coe,Co-chairperson,Expo Jamaica:”It’s full of features for the family and for patrons to come and enjoy. It’s not simply for business; it’s for all Jamaicans to learn about Jamaican products.”… Link: Editors’ Forum | Expo 2018 will be bigger and better because?

Editors' Forum | Expo Jamaica 2018 to showcase 'JEMS'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Organisers of Expo Jamaica 2018 will unveil a village of emerging entrepreneurs in the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services (JEMS) village when the biennial show opens on Thursday.Among the gems that will be in the village are ganja and… Link: Editors’ Forum | Expo Jamaica 2018 to showcase ‘JEMS’

PM to OAS: Jamaica committed to stamping out corruption

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has underscored his administration’s commitment to address the issue of corruption, and has welcomed the commitment of the Organisation of American States (OAS) to deal with this scourge.Addressing the VIII Summit of… Link: PM to OAS: Jamaica committed to stamping out corruption

Small steps, right direction – IMF applauds Jamaica's efforts to boost SMEs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s efforts to provide an enabling environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to thrive are beginning to gain traction, according to Constant Lonkeng, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative to Jamaica.”I’m… Link: Small steps, right direction – IMF applauds Jamaica’s efforts to boost SMEs

Prison officials – support Michael McLean's sex probe

Source: Jamaica Star The Department of Correctional Service says it supports the investigation by the police into reports that Michael McLean, while in custody left 19 times to engage in sexual activities.Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn said on Thursday… Link: Prison officials – support Michael McLean’s sex probe

Teen hit with stone for – kicking dog

Source: Jamaica Star They say a dog is a man’s best friend, but in this case, it was a woman who came to the defence of her dog after it was allegedly kicked by a male student.Althea Bell’s defence of the dog, however, landed her in court after she used a stone to…

Digicel promises high-tech experience at Expo Ja

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Expo Jamaica 2018 title sponsors Digicel are promising a high-tech experience for the approximately 20,000 patrons expected to converge on the National Arena and National Indoor Sports Centre for the four days of the highly anticipated manufacturers… Link: Digicel promises high-tech experience at Expo Ja

Manufacturers welcome healthy Spike in industry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Thursday’s tour of the Spike Industries Limited factory at 99 Windward Road, Kingston 2, is evidence that the manufacturing sector is alive and well, according to Metry Seaga, president ofthe Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) who led a… Link: Manufacturers welcome healthy Spike in industry

New beginnings for correctional facilities – Spencer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Rudyard Spencer, newly appointed state minister in the Ministry of National Security, has promised to continue what he described as tremendous work by his predecessor, Senator Pearnel Charles, while encouraging girls at the South Camp Juvenile… Link: New beginnings for correctional facilities – Spencer

Delays on Washington Boulevard as taxi operators protest colleague's murder

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Scores of Corporate Area taxi operators this morning withdrew their services to protest last night’s murder of one of their colleagues in Dunrobin, St Andrew.The protest has resulted in a traffic pile-up and delays for motorists along the Washington… Link: Delays on Washington Boulevard as taxi operators protest colleague’s murder

Escaped teen convict recaptured in Linstead

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The teen convict who escaped from the Yallahs courthouse in St Thomas last Friday has been held in St Catherine. Eighteen-year-old Romario Dawes was captured by the Linstead Police early this morning. He is to be brought back to St… Link: Escaped teen convict recaptured in Linstead

Pipe-laying on Windward Road to affect traffic

Source: Jamaica Star The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists using Windward Road that works to improve the water supply infrastructure along a section of the roadway has begun and may cause occasional traffic delays over the next 20 days.Manager,… Link: Pipe-laying on Windward Road to affect traffic

Carpenter's wooden folding chairs an instant hit

Source: Jamaica Star “Wow! Dem look nice! Weh it mek outta?” a motorist in a line of traffic travelling along Lady Musgrave Road on Wednesday asked Owen Clarke.Clarke was holding one of the wooden folding chairs that he had brought to sell.”Blue Mahoe,” he replied to… Link: Carpenter’s wooden folding chairs an instant

Three the hard way – Two women, one man under one roof

Source: Jamaica Star They say three is a crowd but these days, that number represents the spice that some persons have added to their sex life.According to sex expert Shelly-Ann Weeks, a lot of Jamaicans are partaking in ‘trouple’ relationships. This is a three-person… Link: Three the hard way – Two women, one

Collect your documents – RGD official

Source: Jamaica Star The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is appealing to persons who have applied and paid for documents and have not collected them to do so now.Marketing and Planning Manager at RGD, Nicole Whyte, said there are thousands of uncollected birth,… Link: Collect your documents – RGD official

Caribbean mayors see Kingston as pacesetter after 145 years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner After three days of discourse, participants in the first Caribbean Conference of Mayors, held at the University of the West Indies, Mona Regional Headquarters, have agreed in principle on a template for strengthening local governance at the regional… Link: Caribbean mayors see Kingston as pacesetter after 145 years

Ja's disaster resilience hindered by lack of funding – ODPEM head

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s efforts to be proactive in building its resilience to natural disasters has been severely hampered by the unwillingness of local and international partners to provide funding support in a timely manner.Major Clive Davis, director general… Link: Ja’s disaster resilience hindered by lack of funding – ODPEM head

Record Expo projected

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With interest in the decades-old Expo Jamaica at an all-time high, the next staging, scheduled for later this month, is expected to draw a record number of patrons, the expo’s co-chairman, Richard Coe, has said.The four-day expo will be held from… Link: Record Expo projected

Morris chides labour ministry for not advancing disability treaty

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Senator Floyd Morris has expressed disappointment in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for not submitting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) report to the United Nations (UN), 11 years after it… Link: Morris chides labour ministry for not advancing disability treaty

Denham Town and Mt Salem ZOZOs extended for 60 days

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Members of Parliament (MPs) Marlene Malahoo Forte and Dr Angela Brown Burke articulated completely different realities regarding the impact of the zones of special operations (ZOSOs), which the Houseof Representatives yesterday extended for 60 days… Link: Denham Town and Mt Salem ZOZOs extended for 60 days

Ebenezer Home faces imminent closure

Source: Jamaica Gleaner the Manchester-based Ebenezer Home for the mentally challenged and the homeless, which focuses on treating and rehabilitating individuals and placing them back into their communities or with families, has fallen on hard times and could close its… Link: Ebenezer Home faces imminent closure

Campion celebrates its meteoric rise to SCQ champion

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With the coveted Schools Challenge Quiz (SCQ) trophy now on display at 105 Hope Road in Kingston as testament to Campion College’s “meteoric rise” in the famed competition, principal Grace Baston has declared that the school has sewn the seeds of an… Link: Campion celebrates its meteoric rise to SCQ

House arrest for Antiguan football official

Source: Jamaica Star Danny Benjamin, one of the Antiguan football officials charged with drug possession, has been placed under house arrest.Benjamin has been ordered by Judge Maxine Ellis to serve the house arrest at the Jamaica National Football Team residence on… Link: House arrest for Antiguan football official

Husband leaves wife after brain surgery

Source: Jamaica Star A St Catherine woman believes that her sister-in-law is to be blamed for her husband of 15 years walking out on her.The woman, Jane Brown*, said her sister-in-law never approved of their relationship. She surmised that her husband was influenced to… Link: Husband leaves wife after brain surgery

Company turns containers – into homes

Source: Jamaica Star A local company is seeking to make container homes a preferred option for potential homeowners.”We have had one customer so far and he is quite pleased with his home. We are also getting requests from other Caribbean Islands such as Trinidad, so… Link: Company turns containers – into homes

JPS to close three offices in rural parishes

Source: Jamaica Star The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) will be closing three of its offices at the end of the month.JPS announced that offices in Falmouth, Trelawny, Lucea, Hanover and Port Antonio, Portland.The information was revealed at a meeting of the Jamaica Hotel… Link: JPS to close three offices in rural parishes

Church says – it was not – supporting – carnival – Single lane – traffic along Greenvale to Spur Tree corridor – Limited services at Cornwall Regional Hospital

Source: Jamaica Star Barry Hall, senior pastor of the Ekklesia Bible Fellowship, said his church members being along the Carnival Road March route on Sunday does not mean they were there in support of Carnival.”Whilst we are not in support of the carnival, we are not… Link: Church says – it was not

I see a nurse coughing up blood – renal patient

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:The decision to keep the renal and radiology units on the main building at the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay could be fraught with danger as fresh reports have surfaced of at least one nurse coughing up… Link: I see a nurse coughing up blood – renal

Jamaicans gradually embracing cremation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In-ground burial is still the leading and preferred type among Jamaicans. However, Ingrid Chambers, chief executive officer of Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine, has disclosed that cremation is becoming more popular.Chambers spoke with The… Link: Jamaicans gradually embracing cremation

Bold move – Butch Hendrickson doubles support for manufacturers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Small local manufacturers are to benefit from a doubling of support from the National Baking Company when it hosts the Bold Ones at Expo Jamaica 2018 at the National Indoor Sports Centre next month, Butch Hendrickson, the company’s chairman and… Link: Bold move – Butch Hendrickson doubles support for manufacturers

Developer hits back at Samuda in sewage row

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Landmark Developers Limited has fired back at the minister with responsibility for housing for asking the police to bar them from disconnecting residents of Liberty Estate, St Mary, from the incomplete sewerage system. The company argued that it is… Link: Developer hits back at Samuda in sewage row

This one will be for Melvin Jones – Mike Henry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mike Henry, Central Clarendon member of parliament, says that the anticipated victory by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor candidate Tanya-Lee Williams in the April 27 by-election will seek to honour late councillor Melvin Jones.”This one is for… Link: This one will be for Melvin Jones – Mike Henry

JLP, PNP candidates confident of win in St Thomas by-election

Source: Jamaica Gleaner John Lee and Constantine Bogle were duly nominated yesterday as councillor candidates for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP), respectively, in the April 27 by-election for the Yallahs division in the St Thomas… Link: JLP, PNP candidates confident of win in St Thomas by-election

Jamaica looks to Airbnb for tourism bonanza

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s failure to embrace and fully participate in Airbnb, a web-based directory of bed and breakfast-type vacation properties, which is redefining the global tourism product, will result in the country missing out on vast economic benefits to… Link: Jamaica looks to Airbnb for tourism bonanza

News On The Go

Source: Jamaica Star More than 50,000 tourists visited Jamaica in the first week of April, which tourism minister Edmund Bartlett said is linked to the island’s carnival celebrations.”Carnival in Jamaica is a marketable product on the calendar of events that attracts… Link: News On The Go

Patients moved from Cornwall Regional

Source: Jamaica Star Patients in the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital were relocated over the weekend to the Falmouth Hospital in the neighbouring parish of Trelawny in an evacuation exercise.According to Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, the… Link: Patients moved from Cornwall Regional

Man caught hiding in shop

Source: Jamaica Star A St James man, who was reportedly found hiding inside the closet of the owner of the shop he had robbed, was remanded in custody when he was brought before the St James Parish Court recently.Javon Wright, 21, of a Cambridge address, was charged… Link: Man caught hiding in shop

Police probe alleged murder-suicide in Linstead

Source: Jamaica Star Investigators attached to the St Catherine North Police Division are probing an alleged murder-suicide which occurred in Linstead last Friday.The incident surrounds a man, Kirk ‘Coolie’ Roxborough, of a Shenton district address, and 56-year-old… Link: Police probe alleged murder-suicide in Linstead

Seize assets of farm terrorists, JAS boss urges

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The community of Raymonds in Clarendon is still reeling from the gruesome killing of two goat farmers who were found on Thursday with their throats slashed and machete wounds over their bodies. The farmers – 74-year-old Altimond Harrison of… Link: Seize assets of farm terrorists, JAS boss urges

Make Falmouth a Type B hospital – Chairman Grant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Following the recent injection of $50 million to do upgrading work at Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, businessman Kenneth Grant, chairman of the hospital’s board of management, is calling for the institution to be upgraded from a Type… Link: Make Falmouth a Type B hospital – Chairman Grant

Mother seeks further investigation into Walker's Place of Safety fire

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Trudy Parker, mother of Oneika McCrae, one of two wards of the state who perished in the January 16 fire that destroyed the Walker’s Place of Safety, yesterday expressed dissatisfaction with the fire report, calling for further investigation into… Link: Mother seeks further investigation into Walker’s Place of Safety fire

Tufton says sorry to medical staff affected by noxious fumes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In the wake of recent reports from the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) that more than 100 nurses have been adversely impacted by the noxious fumes at Cornwall Regional Hospital, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has apologised for the… Link: Tufton says sorry to medical staff affected by noxious fumes

Alleged Carnival phone thief charged

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The police have charged a Manchester man with three counts of larceny in connection with the theft of cellphones and jewellery during Sunday’s carnival road march. Twenty-year-old Jamar Myrie of Kirkview Terrace, Ingleside was arrested after… Link: Alleged Carnival phone thief charged

AG says stalemate settled with attorneys over legal fees for death squad cops

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has reported that the stalemate that stalled three of the so-called police death squad cases has now been resolved. Malahoo Forte made the announcement in the Home… Link: AG says stalemate settled with attorneys over legal fees for death squad cops

Technology Minister rushed to hospital after being injured in Portmore crash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley has been rushed to hospital with injuries he received in a three-vehicle crash in Portmore, St Catherine around 9 o’clock this morning.   The crash happened at the four-way… Link: Technology Minister rushed to hospital after being injured in Portmore crash

Church group wants to join Xodus

Source: Jamaica Star Members of the Ekklesia Bible Fellowship (EBF) were out in their numbers yesterday in support of carnival in Jamaica.The religious group said is not against the carnival activities in Jamaica, as it is one of the things that also brings people… Link: Church group wants to join Xodus

Woman loses thousands in phony land deal

Source: Jamaica Star A woman who leased a plot of land in Clarendon last June said she cannot build on it because the alleged owner will not give her a letter proving she paid for it.Judith Webb, 33, told The STAR that after she leased the land, she started to dig the… Link:

Carpenter murdered in St Catherine

Source: Jamaica Star The St Catherine South police have launched a manhunt for two men who allegedly shot and killed a carpenter yesterday in Marlie Mount in the parish.He has been identified as Dwayne Allen, otherwise called Whacker, of Patrick Street, Old Harbour…. Link: Carpenter murdered in St Catherine

Another man shot and killed in Maxfield

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of the Maxfield Avenue community are fearing the start of reprisal shootings as 49-year-old Raymond Roberts otherwise called ‘Rup Raps’ was shot and killed in front of his home yesterday.Roberts’ death comes in the aftermath of the murder… Link: Another man shot and killed in Maxfield

Soca fanatic keeps coming back

Source: Jamaica Star Although he has never been in the actual parade, O’Neil Smith has been revelling on the sidelines of carnival Road March for the past 17 years.”I have been to all of the events leading up to Road March but me never buy a costume and join in. But it… Link:

Tufton chides Campbell for 'reckless statements'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has rejected the allegation by Opposition Spokesman on Heath Dr Dayton Campbell that the authorities kept staff at the Cornwall Regional Hospital working in areas infested with mould without taking any action.”… Link: Tufton chides Campbell for ‘reckless statements’

Major local government investment in Trelawny

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the Government has taken a decision to set aside approximately J$150 million from the Budget for this financial year to improve and upgrade markets across the island.McKenzie made the… Link: Major local government investment in Trelawny

New chapter in St Jago-Campion quiz rivalry

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A win each in two semi-final matchups, the last of which required a sudden-death playoff, and a quarter-final face-off. That’s the history of multitime quiz champions St Jago High and academic powerhouse Campion College over the past three seasons…. Link: New chapter in St Jago-Campion quiz rivalry

#CarnivalinJamaica: Trini mom matches strides with young daughter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mother-daughter duo Janna and Jahzara Roberts are out in matching costumes to play mas with the Xodus marching band in Kingston. Janna who lives in Trinidad said this is the first time her three-year-old daughter is marching. Link: #CarnivalinJamaica: Trini mom matches strides with young daughter

UPDATED: #CarnivalinJamaica: Revellers take lunch time for costume repairs

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Half way through the excitement of road marches and wining to calypso music, revellers in the Bacchanal band broke for lunch and laughter too. But some revellers had to use the time to repair costumes. Link: UPDATED: #CarnivalinJamaica: Revellers take lunch time for costume repairs

Sexual performance big concern for men diagnosed with cancer

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While the major concern for men diagnosed with cancer is their ability to perform sexually, women generally worry about their prospect for survival and how the disease will affect their finances, image and efforts to get pregnant.”For some women,… Link: Sexual performance big concern for men diagnosed with cancer

Parents heartbroken over missing children …Scores still unaccounted for

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Eric Maxwell’s only child is among the 1,674 children who went missing last year, and with each passing day he gets even more depressed about the mysterious disappearance of his 12-year-old daughter, Tamoy.According to the Ananda Alert Secretariat,… Link: Parents heartbroken over missing children …Scores still unaccounted for

Labelling nutri products not necessary – Bureau of Standards knocks suggestions to mark products being sold in schools, noting they are not for the general public

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While parents wait to see if the nutri products that are being offered through a school-feeding programme by the Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) will indeed get proper labelling, fresh concerns are being raised as to how they were passed by the… Link: Labelling nutri products not necessary – Bureau of

Shaw aims to cut onion imports

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Efforts must be made to reduce the percentage of onions being imported for domestic consumption, stressed Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw.It is a call to which the Caribbean Broilers Group is responding through its… Link: Shaw aims to cut onion imports

Bad roads sucking life from community

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Cedar Valley, St Thomas, are convinced that bad roads are squeezing the life out of their community.So far, the post office and courthouse, which was refurbished just a few years ago, have all been abandoned, while the health centre… Link: Bad roads sucking life from community

Shop owner murdered while cooking lunch

Source: Jamaica Star Scene of crime investigators were called to a murder scene yesterday in the vicinity of Sunlight Street, Maxfield Avenue, after a shop owner was gunned down at his business place in broad daylight.The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old… Link: Shop owner murdered while cooking lunch

Man escapes from courthouse

Source: Jamaica Star A judge allegedly jumped from her seat yesterday when a man who was being transported from the Yallahs Parish Court to the holding area escaped from police officers.The STAR understands that the man, who is known as Romario Dawes from Land Top in… Link: Man escapes from courthouse

Suspected killer caught by cops

Source: Jamaica Star The Portland police yesterday captured a man who was on the run following the stabbing death of a retired member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Ajardo Lawrence, 32, otherwise known as ‘Gaza’, was apprehended near the bus park in Port… Link: Suspected killer caught by cops

New St James custos calls for ethics campaign

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Bishop Conrad Pitkin, the newly installed custos rotulorum of St James, has issued a call to justices of the peace, the business community, and other stakeholders to join him in a campaign for ethics in order to restore peace and good… Link: New St James custos calls for ethics

Jamaican young men no longer want to be 'breeders'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Cultural specialist Professor Donna Hope believes that young men are delaying fatherhood because they want to live out their young days without the immediate burden of having a family of their own.”A lot of young men who have traditionally been the… Link: Jamaican young men no longer want to be

Men crying for equal rights!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Professional men have been making the deliberate decision to delay or forego having children, a worrying trend in light of Jamaica’s greying population.Though the median age in Jamaica currently stands at 29, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding… Link: Men crying for equal rights!

Fatalities down says road safety official

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council, believes that with continued training of road users, the country will sustain the current reduction in fatalities, indicating that the greatest success thus far has been among… Link: Fatalities down says road safety official

Two Falmouth escapees back in custody

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Two of four prisoners who escaped from the Falmouth Police Lock-up in Trelawny on Wednesday are back in custody. Travaun Lawson, 22, otherwise called ‘Tall Man’, of Rose Mount, St James turned himself in to the police in the company of… Link: Two Falmouth escapees back in custody

Retired policeman stabbed to death in Portland

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A retired policeman is the fourth person to be killed in Portland since the start of the year. Sixty-five-year-old Homer Davis alias ‘Silver Fox’ died last night after he was stabbed along the Seaview Farm Road in Port Antonio. It is… Link: Retired policeman stabbed to death in Portland

NWA to patch western parish roads

Source: Jamaica Star The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced a $184 million patching programme across St James, Trelawny, Westmoreland, and Hanover.The programme forms part of efforts to improve the road network across the western region.Community Relations… Link: NWA to patch western parish roads

The 'Satan' of Cedar Valley

Source: Jamaica Star While growing up in Cedar Valley, St Thomas, Carlton Crossdale was infamous for misbehaving in church, so much so that he was given the name ‘Satan’ because of his naughty ways.But Crossdale, 59, who used to attend the Grove Church of God in St… Link: The ‘Satan’ of Cedar Valley

Memorial service for Walkers fire victims rescheduled

Source: Jamaica Star The memorial service for Oneika McGrae and Anna Kaye Moreland, two children in State care who died in a fire at the Walkers Place of Safety on January 15 has been rescheduled to Monday, April 9.Initially there were reports that the service was to be… Link: Memorial service for Walkers

Sunflower seeds used to tighten vagina

Source: Jamaica Star There is no limit to the lengths that some women are willing to go to achieve a ‘firmer grip’ during sex.One option that they have turned to is consuming sunflower seeds.In a video circulating since last week, a vendor, who was recorded selling a… Link: Sunflower seeds used to tighten

Young stunt riders want to go pro

Source: Jamaica Star Miguel ‘Stinga’ Taylor has been riding bicycles for as long as he can remember, so much so that he believes that he is a pro at performing stunts on a two-wheeler.Taylor and some friends, who also own bicycles, have formed a crew called ‘Lebanus… Link: Young stunt riders want to

Inmates escape in Falmouth, cops penalised

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Several police personnel were yesterday removed from front-line duty and several cells at the lock-up at the Falmouth Police Station in Trelawny taken out of service following the escape of four prisoners, including an accused… Link: Inmates escape in Falmouth, cops penalised

NAJ paints a scary picture of CRH situation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:The emission of noxious fumes plaguing the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, could be far more serious than initially believed as more than 100 nurses have been adversely affected, according to Carmen Johnson… Link: NAJ paints a scary picture of CRH situation

Sick of shifts – Chang blames system for social ills

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Newly appointed Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says that persons responsible for coming up with the shift system for primary and secondary schools should be “imprisoned” for doing a great disservice to the nation.In a… Link: Sick of shifts – Chang blames system for social ills

AIDS support group clears the air, wants no recording of sex data

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) says it does not want the sexual orientation, activity or behaviours of its clients to be collected under the Data Protection Act 2017. A joint select committee of Parliament is now reviewing the… Link: AIDS support group clears the air, wants no recording of sex

Recurring blaze frustrating firemen

Source: Jamaica Star Firefighters from the Rollington Town Fire Station say they are frustrated because of the number of calls they receive to put out fires on the premises of a former recycling plant on Victoria Avenue in Kingston. District officer for the Jamaica… Link: Recurring blaze frustrating firemen

Man wants help to mend broken leg

Source: Jamaica Star After being in pain for years, Omar Martin, a 36-year-old mason of Cornel district in Jack’s River, St Mary, is seeking help to fund an operation to mend a broken leg he sustained in 2016. During a domestic dispute in Westmoreland, where he… Link: Man wants help to mend broken

Nearly 1,000 cases for Home Circuit Court

Source: Jamaica Star Chief Justice Brian Sykes is urging greater stakeholder collaboration and effort in ensuring the timely disposal of court cases, and reduction in the backlog of matters for trial.He made the call during yesterday’s opening of the Easter Term of the… Link: Nearly 1,000 cases for Home Circuit Court

Public rebukes woman in 'hot sex' video

Source: Jamaica Star Social media users have voiced their displeasure at a video of a woman who brags about a sexual encounter in the presence of a little boy.In the minute-long video, the woman, who appears to ask her niece to make the video viral, gives details of the… Link: Public rebukes woman

Dead baby found in trash

Source: Jamaica Star The Kingston Central police are probing the gruesome discovery of an infant, whose body was found among trash in downtown Kingston yesterday.The body, believed to be that of a female, was found in the vicinity of the National Gallery of Jamaica… Link: Dead baby found in trash

Gregory warns of danger of eroding workers' rights

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The gradual erosion of the rights of workers in Jamaica has not gone unnoticed by the Church as Anglican Bishop Howard Gregory placed the issue in the spotlight at a synod this week.Gregory told his congregation to remind the Government of the 1938… Link: Gregory warns of danger of eroding

Chief Justice promises faster divorces

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, seeking to underscore that it won’t be business as usual in the nation’s court system, has announced that come September, it should take weeks, not years, to complete divorce cases and validate wills.Sykes also announced… Link: Chief Justice promises faster divorces

Common ground found at Vale Royal Talks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips emerged from yesterday’s resumption of the Vale Royal Talks having found what the parties described as “common ground” on issues of national importance. These included agreement… Link: Common ground found at Vale Royal Talks

High school students receive scholarships

Source: Jamaica Star Twenty-five students were awarded scholarships on Monday as part of the Dr Lloyd Cole Foundation’s commitment to assisting youth entering the secondary level of education.This year’s awardees sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in 2017 and are… Link: High school students receive scholarships

Cops watch west Kingston after businessman's son is murdered

Source: Jamaica Star The security forces are maintaining a close watch on sections of West Kingston following the murder of the son of businessman Justin Ogilvie on Monday at a Corporate Area service station.The deceased, 32-year-old Keifa Ogilvie, was killed while… Link: Cops watch west Kingston after businessman’s son is murdered

Gunshots send – partygoers running

Source: Jamaica Star Pandemonium erupted at an event that was held in Clarendon early yesterday morning where several patrons had to scamper for cover as gunshots rang out in the vicinity of the venue.Persons who said they were in attendance, said the shots forced the… Link: Gunshots send – partygoers running

Ex-gangster wants to be motivational speaker

Source: Jamaica Star Having had eight persons who were close to him die in violent circumstances, Romaine Lewis, 27, says he would like to become a motivational speaker to guide wayward children back on to the right path.Lewis, who admitted that he joined a gang when he… Link: Ex-gangster wants to be motivational

SDA church welcomes PSOJ stance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Seventh-day Adventist church in Jamaica says it fully supports the stance taken by Howard Mitchell, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), who declared on Monday that punitive action would be taken against member… Link: SDA church welcomes PSOJ stance

Teenage consensual sex should not be criminalised – Golding

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition lawmaker Mark Golding is proposing that the child diversion law be used to address consensual sexual encounters between teenagers rather than bringing criminal sanctions against them in the Home Circuit Court.Reviewing the chief justice’s… Link: Teenage consensual sex should not be criminalised – Golding

May Pen North Division by-election for April 27

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Electors in the May Pen North Division in Clarendon are to go to the polls in a by-election on Friday, April 27. Nomination Day is April 10. Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh made the announcement at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation on Tuesday… Link: May Pen North Division by-election for

Vox Pop: Why do you continue to live in Mountainside?

Source: Jamaica Star In a recent visit to Mountainside in St Elizabeth, Western STAR asked the residents why they continue to live in their rural community. Easton Smith, former carpenter: “It is still the best community in St Elizabeth. I born and grew up here,… Link: Vox Pop: Why do you continue to

Man accused of killing 14-year-old remanded

Source: Jamaica Star One of six St James men implicated in the 2017 shooting death of 14-year-old Jordane Blackwood was denied bail when he appeared in the St James Parish Court recently. However, his co-accused was granted bail. Norval Christopher and Odane… Link: Man accused of killing 14-year-old remanded

Man loses thousands in pregnancy scam

Source: Jamaica Star Only days after The STAR published an article about women using fake pregnancies to fool men, John Brown* decided that he wanted his story heard.Brown, 34, who lives in the Corporate Area, said his dilemma started three years ago when he met a woman… Link: Man loses thousands in pregnancy

Identity confusion in court

Source: Jamaica Star There was some confusion in the St James Parish Court recently over the true identity of a man who appeared before the court for possessing a counterfeit note.Balvin Spence, who was arrested on December 8, 2017, after he was allegedly found in… Link: Identity confusion in court

Smoother roads ahead for St Ann community

Source: Jamaica Star Residents of Douglas Castle in St Ann are concerned about the condition of the road in the community and are calling on the authorities to get the problem fixed.One resident, Stephen Douglas, who has lived in the community for more than 60 years,… Link: Smoother roads ahead for St Ann

Foreigner slapped with drug charges

Source: Jamaica Star A 31-year-old Bermudan national was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Sunday at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.He is Paulos Francis of Loyal Hill, Denishire, Bermuda. Francis has been… Link: Foreigner slapped with drug charges

Food truck expected to satisfy fast-food cravings

Source: Jamaica Star The General’s Fried Chicken (GFC) is Hanover’s answer to a restaurant on wheels, delivering what the proprietor promises is the same quality as KFC’s famed chicken.The venture is the brainchild of Gavin Russell from the UK, who is hoping to satisfy… Link: Food truck expected to satisfy fast-food cravings

'Part of my Soul' took Davis closer to Winnie

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Carlene Davis was enjoying a laid-back Easter Monday morning when she learnt that Winnie Mandela had died, and her day changed. “I did not know that she was ailing. It came as a shock,” Davis told The Gleaner. “The news sank in, and I was travelling… Link: ‘Part of my

Rift Over – New agri minister drops $2b claim for coconut growers' money

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Audley Shaw, the newly appointed minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, yesterday announced that Cabinet had dropped demands for $2 billion from dividend earned on Seprod shares owned by the Coconut Industry Board.The decision… Link: Rift Over – New agri minister drops b claim for coconut growers’ money

Members who deny Seventh-day Adventists jobs will be terminated – PSOJ president

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Howard Mitchell, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), says that action will be taken against member companies if they are found denying Seventh-day Adventists jobs simply because of their faith.Speaking yesterday on the… Link: Members who deny Seventh-day Adventists jobs will be terminated – PSOJ president

Cops find 84-inch TV in man's house after school break-in

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A man has been arrested and charged after cops found an 84-inch flat-screen television set stolen from the Holland Primary School in St Elizabeth in his house.The school had been broken into on March 1.Charged with the offences of school… Link: Cops find 84-inch TV in man’s house after school

Jamaican honoured by Polish gov't

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica’s honorary consul of Poland, Irena Cousins, was in February invested by Charge d’Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Caracas Milena Lukasiewicz with the second highest civilian honour – the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit.It… Link: Jamaican honoured by Polish gov’t

Coffee board raises fraud alarm

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Coffee Industry Board (CIB) is warning of a scam involving the fraudulent misuse of the email addresses of several CIB employees and licensed coffee stakeholders in Jamaica and overseas.”The public, especially licenced (sic) coffee stakeholders… Link: Coffee board raises fraud alarm

Still-outstanding FINSAC report will not be timely – Rudd

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Another finance minister has left office without delivering the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) report into the collapse of the financial sector in the 1990s. But the chief executive officer of the company which purchased most of the… Link: Still-outstanding FINSAC report will not be timely – Rudd

New cemetery for St Catherine

Source: Jamaica Star The need for an additional burial ground in St Catherine has been addressed with the addition of the Thetford Cemetery in Church Pen, St Catherine.The 25-acre facility is now officially added to the roster of the Local Planning Authority.According… Link: New cemetery for St Catherine

Pregnant woman murdered – Mom-to-be shot in the head

Source: Jamaica Star A 33-year-old woman, who was believed to be eight months pregnant, was shot and killed in her home on Thursday afternoon.Dead is Lavern Poyser of Fullers Field district in Westmoreland.Reports are that shortly after 4 p.m., residents heard… Link: Pregnant woman murdered – Mom-to-be shot in the head

Angry customers thrash company's office

Source: Jamaica Star One day before the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) released information about an investigation into the works of motor vehicle importer Prisoners for Christ (PFC), customers who paid for vehicles and didn’t receive them… Link: Angry customers thrash company’s office

Lambert Brown gets flak for death squad comment

Source: Jamaica Gleaner President of the Senate Tom Tavares-Finson on Thursday urged Opposition Senator Lambert Brown to withdraw an assertion that police officers involved in the so-called death squad cases are in jail because, among other things, they took a stance… Link: Lambert Brown gets flak for death squad comment

High Court orders State to compensate convicted criminal

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Constitutional Court has ruled that a convicted criminal had his constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time violated. Mervin Cameron was arrested and charged with murder then languished in jail for four and a half years awaiting… Link: High Court orders State to compensate convicted criminal

High Court orders State to compensate convict

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Constitutional Court has ruled that a convicted criminal had his constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time violated. Mervin Cameron was arrested and charged with murder then languished in jail for four and a half years awaiting… Link: High Court orders State to compensate convict

Braham: Poor people have no problem with state of emergency

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Government Senator Ransford Braham has taken issue with Senator Damion Crawford’s characterisation of the impact the state of public emergency is having on black Jamaican males, arguing that the Government should not put a limit on this measure, but… Link: Braham: Poor people have no problem with state of emergency

Court orders convict's trial to be fast-tracked

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Constitutional Court has acknowledged that its order for the preliminary enquiry into the murder charge against Mervin Cameron, to be completed by May 30, may result in the case ‘leapfrogging’ other matters. However, the judges explained in… Link: Court orders convict’s trial to be fast-tracked

WHO introduces new guideline to reduce HIV among young women

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Four times more women than men in the 15 to 19 age group in Jamaica have been reported with AIDS, according to a 2015 epidemiology report.Against this backdrop, the new Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women… Link: WHO introduces new guideline to reduce HIV among

Green Island High School trio offered bail

Source: Jamaica Gleaner   Western Bureau:   The three Green Island High School students, who were arrested and charged following an incident in which they allegedly attacked and beat a bus conductor, will spend the Easter holiday with their families after… Link: Green Island High School trio offered bail

Jamaica's blue economy gets US$4.8M boost

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Government and World Bank on Wednesday signed a US$4.875 million grant to help vulnerable fishing and fish farming communities in Jamaica to adopt climate-resilient practices. An estimated 50,000 people are engaged in fishing… Link: Jamaica’s blue economy gets US.8M boost

Police: Be fully Informed before issuing voice notes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A voice note circulating, informing persons that criminals have been posing as police personnel and robbing citizens in the Ziadie Gardens community in Kingston, might have in fact been referencing a legitimate operation.  The voice note,… Link: Police: Be fully Informed before issuing voice notes

NRSC cautions road users for Easter weekend

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Pointing to current figures which shows that 72 persons have died on the nation’s roads so far, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is appealing to road users to be extremely careful on the roads over the long holiday weekend which begins… Link: NRSC cautions road users for Easter weekend

Authorities to target mothers who solicit young daughters for monetary gain

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For the upcoming fiscal year, mothers who sexually solicit young daughters to men for monetary gain will become targets for the Ministry of Justice and other local entities engaged in the fight against human trafficking. Carol Palmer,… Link: Authorities to target mothers who solicit young daughters for monetary gain

Taxi driver killed in early morning crash

Source: Jamaica Star An early morning crash has claimed one life and injured five others in Bluefields, Westmoreland.The collision took place along the Farm main road in the parish yesterday.Dead is 61-year-old Earl Stewart from Holland district in St Elizabeth. It is… Link: Taxi driver killed in early morning crash

Call us before you go to the media – health minister

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Clearly peeved by the circumstances that led to the death of a child at the Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth last week, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton pleaded with Jamaicans who encounter challenges at public health facilities to first… Link: Call us before you go to the media –

IMF squeeze funding for environmental project

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) was following the orders of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and did not have a say in the decision to cut off funding to the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Campaign implemented by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET),… Link: IMF squeeze funding for environmental project

Money launderers getting off the hook

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Describing the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) in Jamaica as a powerful tool to tackle money laundering, United States (US) Department of State officials have raised concerns that the legislation is not achieving its desired or intended results,… Link: Money launderers getting off the hook

Five #FastFacts: Mayne, Terrelonge, Clarke in Holness executive

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday announced three additions to his executive pushing it to 26. Zavia Mayne is the new state minister of Labour and Social Security; Alando Terrelonge, state minister for Entertainment, Culture, Gender and… Link: Five #FastFacts: Mayne, Terrelonge, Clarke in Holness executive

PALS commends student for refusing to fight

Source: Jamaica Star One female from a Corporate Area high school is getting the praises from people on social media for the courage and the bravery she showed when she refused to get into a fight with another female from a different school.The video shows the student… Link: PALS commends student for refusing

More help for Walker's Place of Safety

Source: Jamaica Star Petrojam Limited recently contributed to the rebuilding efforts of the Walker’s Place of Safety, through its $430,000 to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), as well as food, clothing and other personal care items.Members of the… Link: More help for Walker’s Place of Safety

Six shot, two fatally in separate incidents

Source: Jamaica Star Scene of crime investigators in Kingston had to be working around the clock between Monday night and yesterday morning after six people were shot, two fatally in separate incidents.In the first incident Monday night, several persons have been taken… Link: Six shot, two fatally in separate incidents

Woman with blood disease trying to build a home

Source: Jamaica Star Aysheeka Cunningham is seeking funding to construct a home for her and her nine-year-old son.Cunningham, who suffers from a blood condition called thrombocytopenia, said she is unemployed because of her illness, and she is finding it challenging to… Link: Woman with blood disease trying to build a home

Minister pleads with health professionals to balance compassion with care

Source: Jamaica Gleaner In addition to receiving clinical treatment and prescriptions, Jamaicans are expected to see an improvement in the administering of emotional care within the country’s public health facilities following the launch of the Ministry of Health’s… Link: Minister pleads with health professionals to balance compassion with care

After fourth trial, man found guilty of killing woman

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A St Andrew man has been convicted a second time for shooting a woman to death, metres from the August Town Police Station 13 years ago.The 5-2 guilty verdict was handed down in the Home Circuit Court last Thursday and marked the end of the fourth… Link: After fourth trial,

Failure not an option, says new security minister

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Failure is not an option in the fight against crime, according to Dr Horace Chang, the new minister of national security, who takes over the portfolio at a time when the Government is moving to disrupt the sustained wave of murder affecting the… Link: Failure not an option, says new

Jamaica Eye legality questioned

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The legality of Jamaica Eye – the latest crime-fighting effort of the Ministry of National Security, which works in tandem with private companies using CCTV images – was yesterday questioned during the sitting of the joint select committee hearing… Link: Jamaica Eye legality questioned

Gov’t denies claims of higher pay rates for ministers than other public sector workers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Information Ministry has issued a statement rejecting claims that government ministers, the Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Members of Parliament awarded themselves hefty salary increases retroactive to April 2017. According to the… Link: Gov’t denies claims of higher pay rates for ministers than other public sector workers

Desrene will 'Go Fah' it anywhere, anytime

Source: Jamaica Star Desrene Bruce, 61, is Mountainside’s most celebrated resident.More popularly called ‘Go Fah’ by most of the almost 6,000 residents of this lush St Elizabeth community, she is the trusted messenger for the entire neighbourhood.”Everybody trust Go Fah… Link: Desrene will ‘Go Fah’ it anywhere, anytime

Disappointed

Source: Jamaica Star Principal saddened that new school building remains closedMembers of the St Simon community in Hanover are seeking answers as to why a multimillion-dollar school building is yet to be opened more than two years after it was constructed.The state-of-… Link: Disappointed

Student stabbed after trying to stop fight

Source: Jamaica Star A grade 10 student who attends the Penwood High School in Kingston was stabbed yesterday after allegedly trying to stop a fight between two other students.Kemar Small, 16, was stabbed in the chest and in his abdomen. He is now admitted at the… Link: Student stabbed after trying to stop

Two men shot in downtown Kingston

Source: Jamaica Star The many spent shells that lined Little North Street, Kingston, last night served as evidence of a shooting that took place in the area.According to the police who were still on the scene, two men were shot and injured.Despite reports that one of… Link: Two men shot in downtown Kingston

Fun and games at WESTERN STAR's official launch

Source: Jamaica Star Western Jamaica’s fast-growing WESTERN STAR had its official launch at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay last week, with scores of persons turning out to participate in fun and games.Those who gathered weren’t too shy, enjoying competitions that… Link: Fun and games at WESTERN STAR’s official launch

PSOJ: Nigel no miracle worker

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Howard Mitchell, president of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), has said that while the insertion of Dr Nigel Clarke in the Cabinet was a strategic move, the Andrew Holness administration could not rely on him alone to drive the… Link: PSOJ: Nigel no miracle worker

Penwood student peacemaker stabbed

Source: Jamaica Gleaner An incident at Penwood High School in Kingston yesterday has left one student battling for his life, while the perpetrator is on the run and is being sought by the police.Inspector Sean March confirmed the incident.March told The Gleaner that a 16-… Link: Penwood student peacemaker stabbed

Antiguan football officials held on drug charges in Ja

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Three members of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) delegation to Sunday’s international friendly football match against Jamaica have been detained at the Norman Manley International Airport on drug charges.The members, believed to… Link: Antiguan football officials held on drug charges in Ja

'A public-relations stunt' – political commentator

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Political commentator Martin Henry says Prime Minister Andrew Holness has staged a major public-relations exercise facilitated by the media hype surrounding the Cabinet reshuffle.”The public expectation to which the prime minister has played that he… Link: ‘A public-relations stunt’ – political commentator

Clarke in cabinet – PM announces portfolio changes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has made good on his promise to restructure his Cabinet, fitting in his key adviser Dr Nigel Clarke who now heads the Ministry of Finance while shifting Audley Shaw, who previously held the post, to the Ministry of… Link: Clarke in cabinet – PM announces portfolio

St Catherine South reaps success in crime fight

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While its neighbouring police division, St Catherine North, enters week two of a state of emergency imposed to contain runaway crime, St Catherine South has been reaping the benefits of a sustained fight against gangs.Headquartered at the informally… Link: St Catherine South reaps success in crime fight

Shineka Gray murder accused to stand trial

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison, the two men charged with murder in relation to last year’s killing of Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, were ordered to stand trial in the St James Circuit Court on November 19 when they… Link: Shineka Gray murder accused to stand trial

Reverification to take place before next national poll

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Before electors cast their ballots in the next national polls, a reverified voters’ list will be in place, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said.The parliamentary Opposition has accused the Government of reneging on its commitment to allocate funds… Link: Reverification to take place before next national poll

PM defends Gov't spending in constituencies ahead of by-elections

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness is rejecting claims that the Government is using the public pursue to finance or sponsor by-elections.Speaking with The Gleaner at Jamaica House last week, Holness dismissed suggestions that his administration was… Link: PM defends Gov’t spending in constituencies ahead of by-elections

Expunge our records – Reformed youth offenders begging for an early second chance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Several youths in May Pen, Clarendon, whose future has been blighted by their criminal antecedents, are begging the authorities to look into laws governing the expungement of criminal records, as they are being denied crucial opportunities.Otis… Link: Expunge our records – Reformed youth offenders begging for an early second chance

Golding calls for calm amid murder in Arnett Gardens

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Mark Golding, member of parliament (MP) for South St Andrew, yesterday decried a history of killings in his constituency after police sleuths were left baffled by the pre-dawn murder of a man on Pole Vault Pathway in Arnett Gardens.Official police… Link: Golding calls for calm amid murder in Arnett Gardens

Team Jamaica Bickle distributes over 45 cardiac units to schools

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Over 45 high schools across Jamaica have now been outfitted with an automated external defibrillator (AED) unit, courtesy of Team Jamaica Bickle, the organisation which provides support services for Caribbean athletes who compete at the annual Penn… Link: Team Jamaica Bickle distributes over 45 cardiac units to schools

Tax office blamed for fake drivers license

Source: Jamaica Star A twenty-seven-year-old man appeared to have blamed the tax offices for his misfortunes after he was dragged before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to answer for the possession of a fake drivers licence.Despite pleading guilty to the charges… Link: Tax office blamed for fake drivers license

Yallahs – by-election set for April 27

Source: Jamaica Star Voters in the Yallahs Division in the St Thomas Western constituency will go to the polls in a by-election on April 27.Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie made the announcement a short while ago at his offices in St Andrew.Nomination Day will… Link: Yallahs – by-election set for April 27

Begging to get back her kids

Source: Jamaica Star Kehrata Simpson, the St. Elizabeth mother who was relieved of her children almost two years ago, has increased her drive to prove to doubters that she is capable of caring for her three children, two of whom are twin boys.”I got the house and move… Link: Begging to get back

Bus drivers arrested in St Catherine State of Emergency

Source: Jamaica Star Three bus drivers for whom warrants have been issued were arrested by the police on Thursday night and taken before the court.The arrests took place as security forces continued their zero-tolerance stance in the St Catherine North Police Division… Link: Bus drivers arrested in St Catherine State of Emergency

Morris wants disability law to come into force

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Opposition Senator Floyd Morris has urged Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson to set the effective date for the Disabilities Act, which was passed in 2014, to come into force. He made the call during his contribution to the… Link: Morris wants disability law to come into force

Yallahs division by-election set for April 27

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Voters in the Yallahs division of St Thomas Western will go to the polls in a by-election on April 27. Nomination day will be on April 10, Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie announced at a press conference in Kingston yesterday.The… Link: Yallahs division by-election set for April 27

Ambassador McCook leaves public service for WTO senior adviser role

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Career diplomat Ambassador Wayne McCook is to leave the government service to take up a post in an international organisation.McCook’s tenure as Jamaica’s permanent representative to the United Nations and its specialised agencies in Geneva,… Link: Ambassador McCook leaves public service for WTO senior adviser role

Big GSAT blow-out planned for students

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Grade six students at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston will be in for a treat after completing the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) examinations, as teachers plan a range of activities to provide an avenue for fun and relaxation.Winsome… Link: Big GSAT blow-out planned for students

Team Jamaica Bickle: Serving Jamaican athletes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The opportunity to interact with future Olympians is one of the main factors that have caused Team Jamaica Bickle to continue to attract a steady cadre of volunteers at a time when several social organisations are struggling to get primarily younger… Link: Team Jamaica Bickle: Serving Jamaican athletes

Fake pregnancy test used to fool foreigner

Source: Jamaica Star Several persons have been selling fake pregnancy tests online, fuelling speculation that men are being fooled by women into either paying for abortions or supporting non-existent children.Mary Jane*, 22, told the WEEKEND STAR that she tricked a man… Link: Fake pregnancy test used to fool foreigner

Juror dies awaiting payment

Source: Jamaica Star One year after he served as a juror in Hanover, Garth Huie is livid that he is yet to be paid.Huie told The STAR that he served as a juror in late 2016 and was told that he would have been paid by January 2017.Jurors are paid a daily stipend…

Plagued by mongooses

Source: Jamaica Star Chicken farmer Kimona Brown is praying for a significant decrease in the mongoose population.Brown, 25, rears chickens in her backyard at her Iron Mountain home in St Ann. She told THE WEEKEND STAR that mongooses killed approximately 150 of her… Link: Plagued by mongooses

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