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January 19, 2018

Jamaica

What's a State of Emergency? … things you should know

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness this afternoon declared a state of public emergency for the parish of St James. It’s in response to rampant criminality including murders and shooting in the parish. Last year, St James recorded 335 murders, the… Link: What’s a State of Emergency? … things you should know

State of Emergency declared in St James

Source: Jamaica Star A State of Emergency is now in effect for the parish of St James. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in making the announcement at a Jamaica House press conference, said the level of violence in the second city has reached intolerable limits. … Link: State of Emergency declared in St James

St James under State of Emergency

Source: Jamaica Star A State of Emergency is now in effect for the parish of St James. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in making the announcement at a Jamaica House press conference, said the level of violence in the second city has reached intolerable limits. Link: St James under State of Emergency

Prime Minister declares State of Emergency in St James

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency in St James. This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended. Members of the security forces may also search places without a warrant.  Link: Prime Minister declares State of Emergency in

Happy to finally have a home

Source: Jamaica Star Two years ago, Jazzelle Francis’ worst nightmare became a reality when her home was burnt to the ground. But now the 21-year-old woman is jumping for joy because Food For The Poor has given her somewhere to call her home. She is not the only… Link: Happy to finally have

Police seek help to identify body

Source: Jamaica Star Investigators are trying to determine the identity of a man whose body was found on the border of Manchester and St Elizabeth, along the Gutters main road, yesterday morning.Information reaching THE STAR is that passers-by saw the body at about 7 a…. Link: Police seek help to identify body

Siblings placed together after blaze at Walker's Place of Safety

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Four sets of siblings who were temporarily displaced after a fire destroyed the Walker’s Place of Safety on Monday night are living together once again in three children’s homes across the Corporate Area.The hellish blaze at the Lyndhurst Crescent,… Link: Siblings placed together after blaze at Walker’s Place of Safety

Prayer breakfast to focus on crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Reverend Astor Carlyle, head of the Webster Memorial United Church, is to deliver the main message at the annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast slated for this morning at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The breakfast has been… Link: Prayer breakfast to focus on crime

Quallo seeks 800 vehicles; ministry promises 400

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Police Commissioner George Quallo has submitted a request for more than 800 vehicles for the police force, but permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security Diane McIntosh has indicated that only half of that number could be accommodated… Link: Quallo seeks 800 vehicles; ministry promises 400

In police vehicle saga | MoBay flare-up led to signing of moratorium

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Diane McIntosh yesterday admitted that she signed an agreement for a one-month moratorium to facilitate the payment of special consumption tax (SCT) and general… Link: In police vehicle saga | MoBay flare-up led to signing of moratorium

Campari committed to Appleton, says CEO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Today’s grand opening of the new Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience in St Elizabeth, where the Campari Group invested more than US$7.2 million, is a mega testament of its commitment to the 269-year-old Jamaican brand.”It underlines the fact… Link: Campari committed to Appleton, says CEO

Cop transferred following Palisadoes mess

Source: Jamaica Star Superintendent Robert Walker has been transferred to the Area 4 Police Division. This was confirmed by the police’s Corporate Communications Unit.Walker was recently in hot water as he was the Commanding Officer of the East Kingston Division when… Link: Cop transferred following Palisadoes mess

Kids traumatised by children's home fire

Source: Jamaica Star While a counselling session was in progress at the Siloah Apostolic Church in Kingston for the 34 children who were rescued from the Walker’s Place of Safety early Tuesday morning, Ayesha Nicholas, 36, sat among them trying to hold back the tears…. Link: Kids traumatised by children’s home fire

Lions Club hosts health fair

Source: Jamaica Star St Catherine resident, and senior citizen Delores Hill seemed very pleased while she was being examined at the Victory Open Bible Church in St Catherine by Dr Camille Rainford from the University Hospital of the West Indies.”I am very pleased to be… Link: Lions Club hosts health fair

News on the go

Source: Jamaica Star Criminals broke into a police station on Monday night, removing two doors from the facility and running away with them.The incident took place at the newly constructed police post in Green Acres in St Catherine. It was not yet occupied by cops.”This… Link: News on the go

Two shootings in two hours near MoBay airport

Source: Jamaica Star WESTERN BUREAU:The St James police were kept busy yesterday evening as two shootings occurred less than two hours apart, both within the vicinity of the roundabout near the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, leaving one man dead and two… Link: Two shootings in two hours near MoBay airport

Annakay was minutes away from 17th birthday

Source: Jamaica Gleaner She was so close.As Annakay Moreland waited anxiously for the clock to strike midnight to signal her 17th birthday, so, too, did her peers and caregivers who had big plans.”We the staff and the children were planning to sing happy birthday, probably… Link: Annakay was minutes away from 17th birthday

Fiery nightmare – Tragedy strikes at Walker's Place of Safety

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A caregiver at Walker’s Place of Safety for seven years, Jacqueline Gutzmore, was a dejected woman yesterday morning as she stared into space for long periods nearby the premises of the fire-gutted facility at the intersection of Lyndhurst Road and… Link: Fiery nightmare – Tragedy strikes at Walker’s Place of

Elaine Dennis – farming since age 7

Source: Jamaica Star Elaine Dennis is a local celebrity among the farmers and other residents of the Niagara community in St James, following last year’s staging of the Montpelier Agricultural Show where she was heralded as the 2017 Female Champion Farmer for the parish… Link: Elaine Dennis – farming since age 7

Coffee farming nuh easy – Blue Mountain grower speaks

Source: Jamaica Star Recently, THE STAR visited coffee farms in the Hagley Gap region, an area where the residents rely heavily on the income from the fruits of their soil.One farmer, Tashane, spoke to THE STAR about how he got started in coffee farming.”Is a family… Link: Coffee farming nuh easy – Blue

Niagara's natural wonder

Source: Jamaica Star For those who are into exploring the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s landscape, there is a cave network in the rural district of Niagara, St James, that offers a view of natural wonder, hidden in the depths of darkness.The Niagara caves, which are… Link: Niagara’s natural wonder

Student beats teacher for damaging cell phone

Source: Jamaica Star A student of a prominent Corporate Area-based high school was expelled after he physically assaulted a vice principal of the institution on Friday.According to an eyewitness, the vice principal saw the fifth form student with a cell phone in his… Link: Student beats teacher for damaging cell phone

Water not flowing in Niagara

Source: Jamaica Star The presence of a river running through the area, the existence of a water-treatment plant some distance from the main road, and the recent rains across the island are apparently not enough to address Niagara’s water woes, which are belied by the… Link: Water not flowing in Niagara

Council of Churches calls for united effort to fight crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The murderous start to the new year has sparked concern and condemnation among members of the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC), which has extended an appeal to the religious community to initiate anti-crime initiatives throughout their respective… Link: Council of Churches calls for united effort to fight crime

EOJ re-enumeration project in limbo

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The planned re-enumeration exercise by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), which was slated to begin during this financial year, has been shelved and the $700 million allocated in the Budget to start the process was removed in the First… Link: EOJ re-enumeration project in limbo

Parties registered – PNP and JLP get provisional certificate

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The registration of Jamaica’s two major political parties has been hailed by selected commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), Justice Karl Harrison, as a significant milestone for the country’s democracy and political history.The… Link: Parties registered – PNP and JLP get provisional certificate

Tears, blood, broken bones as 29 injured in St Thomas crash

Source: Jamaica Gleaner ST THOMAS:Broken bones and streams of blood will be, for some time, etched in the minds of 29 people who were yesterday rushed to the Accident and Emergency (A… Link: Tears, blood, broken bones as 29 injured in St Thomas crash

Bus conductor uses entertainment to win passengers

Source: Jamaica Star It’s hard to ignore the man hanging out of the door of a bus on the roads of Jamaica. The man, and very rarely woman, is someone people know as the conductor or ‘ductor’. Their energy is always ‘up’, there is a little… Link: Bus conductor uses entertainment to win

Chef killed by fake cops

Source: Jamaica Star At 4 a.m. in Bounty Hall, Trelawny, 24-year-old Jonathan Crossdale heard knocking on his bedroom door, followed by the words “Police, Police”. He got up, and opened the door while his common law wife, Aretha Shreves, went to turn on the light.But in… Link: Chef killed by fake cops

Male denies using board to beat woman

Source: Jamaica Star A man charged with using a board to beat a woman had his bail extended on Friday when the matter was called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.Charged with assault is Lesley Diggs-White.He pleaded not guilty.According to the court, on… Link: Male denies using board to beat

Editors' Forum | Towards a mature entrepreneurial system

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For angel investors First Angels Jamaica (First AngelsJa), deal flow is important, and they are on an aggressive drive to get it. Deal flow is a process in the investment cycle that commences when an entrepreneur comes forward with an idea or a… Link: Editors’ Forum | Towards a mature

A final goodbye to Boyne

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There was a large turnout yesterday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston for the service of thanksgiving for the life of veteran journalist Ian Boyne. Here are some moments captured by photographer Gladstone Taylor. Link: A final goodbye to Boyne

Show guts in crime fight – Mahfood

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The usual complaint that crime-fighting efforts in Jamaica are hampered by a lack of resources is being challenged by businessman John Mahfood, who is of the opinion that the problem really rests in the Government’s lack of guts, and its failure to… Link: Show guts in crime fight – Mahfood

Wheatley wants tsunami readiness report

Source: Jamaica Gleaner On the heels of deficiencies and concerns highlighted with the national alert system by the tsunami scare that gripped the nation last week, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley has requested a readiness status report… Link: Wheatley wants tsunami readiness report

Marooned residents could reconnect today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner DARLEY, Portland:Marooned for seven days because of the mysterious appearance of a large body of water, residents of Darley and Maidstone in west Portland could have road access later today.On Saturday, private contractors, with the aid of heavy-… Link: Marooned residents could reconnect today

Goodbye, Ian

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The message that hit home for the hundreds who gathered to celebrate the life of Ian Anthony Boyne at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston yesterday came from the veteran journalist himself – and in no uncertain terms.”We must cherish one… Link: Goodbye, Ian

Fly Jamaica nightmare – Parent-Teacher Association president among several Jamaicans stranded in Guyana as airline faces major challenges

Source: Jamaica Gleaner When president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica Everton Hannam chose Fly Jamaica Airline to take him to Guyana for his annual end-of-year vacation, he could not guess the ordeal he would face.For more than one week, Hannam was… Link: Fly Jamaica nightmare – Parent-Teacher Association president among several

Data disquiet! – Proposed powerful Information Commissioner sparks concerns

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The proposals surrounding the creation of an office of an Information Commissioner have raised the first red flag in the Data Protection Act now being considered by a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament.The legislation provides for a… Link: Data disquiet! – Proposed powerful Information Commissioner sparks concerns

Rude Trump! – Region reacts to US president's reported 's…hole country' comment on Haiti

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has ditched diplomacy and reacted with anger over recent comments allegedly made by United States President Donald Trump in which Haiti, El Salvador and African countries were described as ‘s…holes’.According to… Link: Rude Trump! – Region reacts to US president’s reported ‘s…hole country’ comment on Haiti

Thousands marooned after road collapses in east Portland

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Thousands of residents are now marooned following the collapse of the roadway at West Hill in Portland. Vehicles have also been blocked inside the community. Link: Thousands marooned after road collapses in east Portland

Mother and son found dead in Portmore home

Source: Jamaica Star The St Catherine South police are investigating the mysterious death of a mother and her son whose bodies were found at their home in Portmore Pines Housing Scheme on Wednesday.Sandria Murray, 52, and her 33-year-old son Shaon Barnes were found… Link: Mother and son found dead in Portmore home

Man stabbed for owing – bar bill

Source: Jamaica Star A bartender who was dragged before the court for wounding her customer because he refused to pay money he owed had her bail extended yesterday in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.Charged with wounding is Tameka Martin.She pleaded not guilty… Link: Man stabbed for owing – bar bill

TREVOR WILLIAMS – Dedicated lawman and father laid to rest

Source: Jamaica Star There was not enough space in the Naggo Head Church of God of Prophecy last Saturday, as many turned out to show their appreciation and pay their last respects to Detective Sergeant Trevor Williams.Williams was gunned down on December 1 last year.He… Link: TREVOR WILLIAMS – Dedicated lawman and father

Chinese national beats child assault case

Source: Jamaica Star A Chinese national who is at the centre of a viral video which appears to show her slapping a 13-year-old girl has been freed by the court.The woman, Yuemei Pan, who operates a grocery store on Main Street in Clarks Town, Trelawny, was charged with… Link: Chinese national beats child

Jennifer McDonald is new PSOJ CEO

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has announced the appointment of Jennifer McDonald as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective February 5. “I am honoured to have been selected as the Private Sector… Link: Jennifer McDonald is new PSOJ CEO

Counter 'Anancyism' with appropriate systems – Contractor General

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Contractor General Dirk Harrison says that too many officials in the public and private sectors are involved in “hanky-panky Anancyism” made possible because of the lack of appropriate systems designed to keep corruption at bay.He was speaking at a… Link: Counter ‘Anancyism’ with appropriate systems – Contractor General

INDECOM boss defends body – Dismisses claims it has reduced police effectiveness

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams has given his strongest defence yet of the police oversight body, dismissing claims in the public domain suggesting that it has reduced police effectiveness… Link: INDECOM boss defends body – Dismisses claims it has reduced police effectiveness

Making money by collecting bottles

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Finding a second source of income wasn’t just a ‘nice-to-do’ for bus driver Courtney Ewen. With a family to support, seizing a viable entrepreneurial opportunity was a ‘must-do’. Through conversations with his clients, Ewen found a solution that,… Link: Making money by collecting bottles

PNP prepares for another by-election

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party (PNP) says it has identified a proposed candidate to run on the party’s ticket in St Andrew North West if a by-election is called for that constituency.This comes in the wake of the pending resignation of Jamaica Labour… Link: PNP prepares for another by-election

Jamaica not downgraded by US travel advisory – Foreign Affairs minister

Source: Jamaica Star Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said the US Embassy in Kingston has assured her that “Jamaica’s status has not changed” despite the US State Department issuing a level two travel advisory… Link: Jamaica not downgraded by US travel advisory – Foreign Affairs minister

Policeman hit from bicycle

Source: Jamaica Star  A police officer was rushed to hospital after being hit from his patrol bicycle in the vicinity of the Half-Way Tree Transport centre, yesterday. Following the incident, crime scene tape was placed at the scene. When THE WEEKEND STAR… Link: Policeman hit from bicycle

Man uses obeah to chase duppies from house

Source: Jamaica Star Some may believe there is no such thing as obeah, but there’s no debate for a man who only gave his name as Shawn. He said his house was plagued with evil spirits but he was able to get a good night’s rest because of potions he bought at a…

Simone is 'bananas' about serving customers

Source: Jamaica Star A few weeks ago, while selling ripe bananas to a customer driving a high-end utility vehicle, Simone Hibbert was offered a job at a corporate entity. She refused the offer.”I am a Christian, so I couldn’t take up the offer based on the type of… Link: Simone is ‘bananas’ about

US has a responsibility to its citizens, says MoBay Mayor

Source: Jamaica Star In response to the US State Department issuing an advisory for citizens not to travel to some areas in Montego Bay due to crime, the city’s mayor Homer Davis said the US government has a responsibility to inform their citizens.Along with the tourist… Link: US has a responsibility to its

Baby killer sentenced to 10-years

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A St Catherine man charged with the 2014 murder of a three-year-old girl who was left in his care, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.Adrian Powell, 24-year-old labourer of Duncan’s Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine, pleaded guilty to the lesser… Link: Baby killer sentenced to 10-years

US travel advisory about Jamaica worries hotel association boss

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it is concerned about the travel advisory issued by the United States warning citizens about crime here, but it is more worried about the safety of the workers in the industry. Link: US travel advisory about Jamaica worries hotel association boss

Port Royal residents 'unwavering' after tsunami threat

Source: Jamaica Star Unbothered and relaxed is the mood of the residents of the coastal town of Port Royal in light of yesterday’s early morning, short-lived tsunami threat.When THE STAR visited the area yesterday afternoon, persons were seen going about their business… Link: Port Royal residents ‘unwavering’ after tsunami threat

One-foot dancers demand payment from hotel

Source: Jamaica Star A one-legged dancing duo Stepfather and Son say that months after performing at a north coast hotel, they are yet to be paid.They said that despite reaching out to the resort on a number of occasions, one member of the group, Fredrick Wallace, said… Link: One-foot dancers demand payment from

Woman loses court award

Source: Jamaica Star A rural St Andrew woman got the shock of her life after the Supreme Court told her husband that he should not give her $400,000, which she was expecting as compensation for a damaged house.Natalie Ennis said that her husband, Lambert, agreed at the… Link: Woman loses court award

Accused deacon 'Uncle Jimmy' dies before trial

Source: Jamaica Star Donovan Jones, the deacon who was charged with human trafficking after it was alleged he enabled three teenage boys to sexually assault a teenage girl, has died.The man, known by the nickname ‘Uncle Jimmy’, was on trial for an incident, which… Link: Accused deacon ‘Uncle Jimmy’ dies before trial

We're not silent on crime – pastors speak out

Source: Jamaica Star Clergymen say they will not entertain suggestions that the church is not doing its duty in helping to curb the crime monster. More than 40 persons have been murdered in just 11 days. Jamaica recorded 1,616 murders in 2017.Several users on social… Link: We’re not silent on crime – pastors

'Urgent need for early warning systems in the Caribbean'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The urgent need for early warning systems is the most poignant lesson for Ronald Jackson, head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Manage-ment Agency, following warnings of possible tsunami surges throughout the region.Jamaica had been monitoring… Link: ‘Urgent need for early warning systems in the Caribbean’

Spirit of independence thrives in Seaman's Valley

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Tuesday marked the first real break in the torrential showers which had pounded Portland, among other parishes, since Saturday, triggering landslides, flooding, and washing out roads, and while most residents took the… Link: Spirit of independence thrives in Seaman’s Valley

Nasty alliance between two cops, gangs outlined in court

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A nasty alliance between the Uchence gang and two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was outlined in the Supreme Court yesterday as prosecutors described how the cops cemented their place in a criminal outfit that plagued at least seven… Link: Nasty alliance between two cops, gangs outlined in

Mentor boys as part of crime fight – Reece

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A respected clergyman has called for the nation to focus on the socialisation of boys as part of the strategy to tame the chronic crime problem.Donald J. Reece, archbishop emeritus, says, “Nurturing and mentoring are sorely needed, if not in the… Link: Mentor boys as part of crime fight –

Afros in school up for debate – Reid

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Who would bar Davina Bennett from attending school for wearing her afro?That was the question raised by Education Minister Ruel Reid, who spoke to The Gleaner about some of the challenges in constructing the proposed grooming and nutrition policy… Link: Afros in school up for debate – Reid

Single father runs backyard ornamental fish farm

Source: Jamaica Star Ornamental aquaculture seemed like a good idea to Jermaine Barrington Young, a resident of Waterhouse, when he first started.Even though the business is a slow-growing and time-consuming process, the single father remains passionate about the small-… Link: Single father runs backyard ornamental fish farm

Cops to put brakes on 'bike robbers'

Source: Jamaica Star The Jamaica Constabulary Force is seeking to stop the growing use of motorcycles being used to commit robberies.”There are a number of strategies that have been employed by different commanding officers especially in the downtown and Half-Way Tree… Link: Cops to put brakes on ‘bike robbers’

Hoodlums – vandalise ATM

Source: Jamaica Star Many persons will be inconvenienced following the destruction of a Jamaica National Bank automated teller machine (ATM), by a group of hoodlums early yesterday morning.The hoodlums wrenched the ATM from its booth and threw it on to a nearby pavement… Link: Hoodlums – vandalise ATM

PM's fringe benefits appeal eases tension between Government and teachers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness has directly informed the leadership of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) that favourable consideration is now being given to the fringe benefits package currently before the Cabinet.However, JTA President Georgia… Link: PM’s fringe benefits appeal eases tension between Government and teachers

Commish points finger – Blames improper management for Palisadoes gridlock

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Police Commissioner George Quallo has pointed the finger at Superintendent Robert Walker, commanding officer for the Kingston East Police Division, claiming that his “lack of diligence and proper management” was one of the reasons for the traffic… Link: Commish points finger – Blames improper management for Palisadoes gridlock

Electronic medical records coming for health facilities

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Health will be embarking on a project this year to store patients’ health records electronically.”We will be moving assiduously in this direction,” said Sancia Bennett Templer, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health. She noted… Link: Electronic medical records coming for health facilities

Public Defender promises to fight for Coral Gardens

Source: Jamaica Star Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry said her office will this month begin the work needed to bring full justice to the Coral Gardens Rastafari Benevolent Society for the events of the 1963 massacre.While addressing the opening ceremony for the… Link: Public Defender promises to fight for Coral Gardens

Shaw hails peaceful Accompong Maroons

Source: Jamaica Star A senior government member has hailed the Accompong Town Maroons for being a beacon of hope and a shining example of peace.Audley Shaw, the country’s finance minister, noted that Accompong Town, which is located in St Elizabeth, has registered only… Link: Shaw hails peaceful Accompong Maroons

J'can arrested for New Year's Eve murder

Source: Jamaica Star The Broward County police department has arrested a Jamaican after he allegedly shot and killed his former classmate at a house party in Lauderhill, Florida, on New Year’s Eve.Information reaching THE STAR is that 24-year-old Shevon ‘Natty’ Salmon… Link: J’can arrested for New Year’s Eve murder

Papaya proving positive for Dumfries

Source: Jamaica Star For almost the entire lifetime of the oldest residents in Dumfries, sugar cane production was the community’s lifeblood.However, with the neighbouring Hampden Sugar Factory transitioning into rum production, the residents had no choice but to seek… Link: Papaya proving positive for Dumfries

Improvements coming to Tharpe Street

Source: Jamaica Star Tharpe Street in Falmouth, which has a history of drains being filled with stagnant, green water, thus providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes, is set to receive a $160 million injection to rectify the situation.This according to Mayor Colin… Link: Improvements coming to Tharpe Street

Wanted man arrested

Source: Jamaica Star One man is now in custody following the seizure of a firearm and two rounds of ammunition in Greater Portmore, St Catherine yesterday.He is also wanted in relation to a murder, which occurred on July 18, 2017.Reports from the Portmore Police are… Link: Wanted man arrested

Undermanned Dumfries CDC playing a crucial role

Source: Jamaica Star Despite being a small organisation in membership, the Dumfries Community Development Committee (CDC) is quite big on ideas and is having a positive impact in its overarching mission to bring about improve-ments in the social welfare of the community… Link: Undermanned Dumfries CDC playing a crucial role

Health workers join fight against human trafficking

Source: Jamaica Gleaner At least 800 health workers in the public and private sectors will, this year, undergo training to identify victims of human trafficking, even as the Government steps up the fight against this scourge.Sancia Bennett Templer, permanent secretary in… Link: Health workers join fight against human trafficking

'I wasn't fired' – Police commissioner denies being ejected

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The tenure of Commissioner of Police George Quallo could be hanging in the balance despite him refuting reports circulating in the media that he is being pressured to resign.News began making the rounds that Quallo is to hand in his resignation… Link: ‘I wasn’t fired’ – Police commissioner denies being

Henry applauds JUTC employees for bravery in foiled robbery

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Minister of Transport and Mining Lester ‘Mike’ Henry is applauding the actions of two Jamaican Urban Transport Company (JUTC) employees and passengers who stopped an attempted robbery on a bus in Portmore, St Catherine, on Sunday evening.Shortly… Link: Henry applauds JUTC employees for bravery in foiled robbery

Ja bordering on chaos – Jackson

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Thirty-eight people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year, according to the official police count. It has prompted a renewed call for action from stakeholders, including the parliamentary Opposition, People’s National Party (PNP… Link: Ja bordering on chaos – Jackson

Family in danger after massive landslide

Source: Jamaica Star Veteran journalist Devon Evans and his family are being forced to vacate their premises located at Top Road, St Ann’s Bay after a massive land slippage left several buildings precariously perched. The slippage also blocked the St Ann’s… Link: Family in danger after massive landslide

Landslides affecting schools in Portland, St Mary

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Education Ministry is reporting some schools in Portland and St Mary were unable to re-open as scheduled Monday because of landslides and fallen Jamaica Public Service Company poles rendering access roads impassable. In addition, road blocks… Link: Landslides affecting schools in Portland, St Mary

38 murders in first six days of 2018

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The murder tally continues to spiral as police figures show at least 38 homicides have been committed since the start of the year. Police statistics show that for the first six days of the year, there were 38 murders, 16 shootings and 17 robberies… Link: 38 murders in first six

August Town aiming for murder-free 2018

Source: Jamaica Star Although an air of tense calm currently hangs over sections of August Town following the murder of a well-known member of the community on December 29, 2017, Inspector Stephen Taylor, sub-officer in charge of the August Town Police Station, still… Link: August Town aiming for murder-free 2018

Suspected drowning in Trelawny

Source: Jamaica Star Police are investigating whether heavy rains have led to the death of a woman in Trelawny.Elizabeth Thompson, also known as ‘Tully’, is believed to have drowned while she was walking along the Barnstaple main road.The Stewart Town police report that… Link: Suspected drowning in Trelawny

Crash – victims – identified – Two men held in – rifle find – Firearms seized, – two arrested – Mandatory JUTC smarter card for – premium passengers

Source: Jamaica Star Three of the four deceased in the motor vehicle collision on the McCooks Pen main road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Friday have been identified.They are 27-year-old Tameka Tomlinson of St John’s Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine; 37-year-old… Link: Crash – victims – identified – Two men held

Pregnant woman weeps after court ruling

Source: Jamaica Star A 27-year-old pregnant woman wept uncontrollably in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday when the man she is accused of chopping with a machete decided not to proceed with the case.He said her nine-month-old baby is suffering because… Link: Pregnant woman weeps after court ruling

Welcome to The Gleaner – For Today

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A new-look Gleaner hits news stands this morning, January 8, marking the first wide-scale design change to this 183-year-old publication since 2001, when a series of incremental changes were made.After much consultation, we’ve redesigned our… Link: Welcome to The Gleaner – For Today

Very high percentage of Jamaicans have no access to tertiary education

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Local Anglican Bishop, the Reverend Howard Gregory has expressed disappoint-ment that even after 70 years, the majority of citizens in the English-speaking Caribbean still don’t have access to tertiary education at the University of the West Indies… Link: Very high percentage of Jamaicans have no access to tertiary education

12 children among 16 homeless as house collapses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner BreastWorks, Portland:A family of 16 persons, including 12 children, are now homeless, following the collapse of a section of a house in Breastworks, Portland, yesterday morning during heavy rainfall.Sixty-two-year-old Yvonne Brown was awakened by… Link: 12 children among 16 homeless as house collapses

Accompong celebrates 280 years since Maroon Peace Treaty

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, is seeking to put at ease the minds of Maroon descendants of Accompong,St Elizabeth, by announcing that the Cockpit Country will be labelled a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Grange… Link: Accompong celebrates 280 years since Maroon Peace Treaty

Port Royal development not abandoned – Vaz

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Government minister in charge of investments, Daryl Vaz, is adamant that the Andrew Holness administration is committed to the redevelopment of Port Royal.Vaz told The Sunday Gleaner that claims that the planned redevelopment is being stalled by… Link: Port Royal development not abandoned – Vaz

Plaza ban! – Students barred from shopping mall

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A ban imposed last year on students of Pembroke Hall Primary and Pembroke High School from entering the nearby Boulevard Supercentre while in uniform, unless accompanied by an adult, will remain in place this year despite calls for it to be lifted…. Link: Plaza ban! – Students barred from shopping

NEWS SHORTS – Road Safety Unit appeals for caution – NWC customers to be affected – Clarendon MP alarmed at killings – Boyne's funeral for January 14 – Jo Jo's owners to seek legal advice – Science minister issues warning

Source: Jamaica Star The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining is appealing to motorists to exercise caution for the rest of 2018.The unit is reporting that there have been two road fatalities since the start of the year.A private motor vehicle driver… Link: NEWS SHORTS – Road Safety Unit

Funeral for Boyne on January 14

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The funeral for well-known journalist and deputy chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Ian Boyne will be held on Sunday, January 14, at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, beginning at 10 a.m.Members of the… Link: Funeral for Boyne on January 14

Public sector could be 'sick' if they are unhappy with Monday's talks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Confederations of Trade Unions (JCTU) has urged the Andrew Holness-led Cabinet to consider all public-sector workers, not just the police, at Monday’s meeting. This, as government employees are growing increasingly restive with wage… Link: Public sector could be ‘sick’ if they are unhappy with Monday’s talks

Hopelessness fuelling crime – St James custos

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU:Ewen Corrodus, the custos rotulorum of St James, believes that the current wave of crime affecting Jamaica is being fuelled by a sense of hopelessness stemming from the belief that nobody is listening to the cries of the nation’s… Link: Hopelessness fuelling crime – St James custos

Sector groups and Government mull crime problem

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The leading sector groups in the country have engaged the Andrew Holness-led administration with a view to lending support in the fight against the burgeoning crime problem in Jamaica.At least two heads of private sector bodies in Jamaica told The… Link: Sector groups and Government mull crime problem

Traffic lights confusing motorists in Ochi

Source: Jamaica Star Four guns recoveredFour firearms and several rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in separate incidents, following operational activities across the island.In the first incident on Tuesday, lawmen in the Green Island area of Hanover seized… Link: Traffic lights confusing motorists in Ochi

Nearly 200 rafts washed away

Source: Jamaica Star Nearly 200 rafts were washed away in Martha Brae after heavy rains drenched sections of St Ann and Trelawny yesterday.Samuel Zinckey, who has been rafting for 36 years, told THE WEEKEND STAR that only 17 of 200 rafts were spared. He said that it… Link: Nearly 200 rafts washed away

Keep your receipts … Consumer Affairs Commission urges customers

Source: Jamaica Star The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging shoppers seeking redress to contact the agency with their receipts.CEO of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, said consumers should use their knowledge wisely and be vigilant when conducting any transaction,… Link: Keep your receipts … Consumer Affairs Commission urges customers

11-y-o dreams of becoming a gymnast

Source: Jamaica Star Realising that her daughter has special abilities, Hermine Smith has made it her life’s aim to give her what she wants.Dejanique Bryan, who is 11 years old, said that she has been interested in being a gymnast from ever since she was able to… Link: 11-y-o dreams of becoming a

Parents praise Shaggy for charity concert

Source: Jamaica Star We are just a day away from this year’s staging of the Shaggy and Friends Concert and some persons are excited to see the performances from the powerful line-up of entertainers. However, others are focused on the concert because it will be in aid of… Link: Parents praise Shaggy for

Finally! – Judith Pusey heads to Supreme Court

Source: Jamaica Gleaner After nearly two decades in the lower tier of the country’s judicial system, Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey is heading to the Supreme Court.Pusey is one of four parish court judges who will be sworn in as Supreme Court judges today, the Court… Link: Finally! – Judith Pusey heads to

Trelawny, St Ann lashed by flood rains

Source: Jamaica Gleaner FALMOUTH, Trelawny:A number of areas in north Trelawny were flooded yesterday as a result of rains associated with a cold front affecting the island.The main road in the vicinity of the Long Pond sugar factory and the main road at Southfield near… Link: Trelawny, St Ann lashed by flood rains

Western parishes urged to make 2018 cleaner

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Garnet Edmondson, regional operations manager at Western Parks and Markets (WPM), is appealing to residents of the four parishes served by the agency to start the year right by doing their best to ensure a cleaner, healthier, and more economically… Link: Western parishes urged to make 2018 cleaner

Holness to set date for Vale Royal Talks

Source: Jamaica Gleaner General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang says the Andrew Holness-led Cabinet will on Monday discuss and set a timeline for the resumption of Vale Royal Talks between the two major political parties.Chang told The Gleaner… Link: Holness to set date for Vale Royal Talks

Hanover stakeholders stand firm against crime

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:Several residents of Hanover gathered in the town square of Green Island on Tuesday for what is being described as a concerted move against crime in the parish.This is against the background of the record number of murders that the… Link: Hanover stakeholders stand firm against crime

Frosty pod rot 'not a death sentence'

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Farmers must be made aware of the critical role they have to play if Jamaica is to successfully combat the frosty pod rot disease, which now threatens the local cocoa industry. That’s the word from Dr Elizabeth Johnson, country representative for… Link: Frosty pod rot ‘not a death sentence’

No reprisals – PM urges church to preach against vengeance

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday urged the Church to use the pulpit to confront the issue of vengeance, which is responsible for many of the murders taking place across the island.Last year, at least 1,570 murders were recorded in Jamaica,… Link: No reprisals – PM urges church to preach against

Fight against cocoa disease intensifies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Financing is now in place to allow the Plant Quarantine Unit in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Fisheries to effectively ramp up public awareness and begin an aggressive vector-control programme in an effort to stave off a wipe-… Link: Fight against cocoa disease intensifies

PNP appoints Colin Campbell to its secretariat

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The People’s National Party (PNP) is moving to strengthen its secretariat and has installed veteran politician Colin Campbell as its director of communications.Campbell told The Gleaner yesterday that the party is also strengthening its research,… Link: PNP appoints Colin Campbell to its secretariat

Confusion over Palisadoes entertainment zone status

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Chief executive officer of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight, has disclosed that the area on the Palisadoes Road in Kingston, where the Sandz party was held Monday, was not approved as an entertainment zone.Knight… Link: Confusion over Palisadoes entertainment zone status

Henry targets early passage of Road Traffic Act this year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry has signalled that the long-awaited passage of the new Road Traffic Act will take place early this year.Henry told The Gleaner that when the House of Representatives reconvenes this month, he would be pushing… Link: Henry targets early passage of Road Traffic Act this

Cabinet to meet over wage stalemate with Police Federation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday responded to the Jamaica Police Federation’s request for his intervention in the wage negotiations stalemate between the federation and the Government, saying that the matter would be discussed at a Cabinet… Link: Cabinet to meet over wage stalemate with Police Federation

Taxpayers carrying Trelawny stadium's multimillion-dollar load

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium at Florence Hall continues to be a drag on the Government’s coffers, accounting for more than $50 million annually towards its operating expenses, while offering few opportunities to fund itself out of its current… Link: Taxpayers carrying Trelawny stadium’s multimillion-dollar load

Long time journalist Janice Budd dies

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Long time journalist Janice Budd has died. Budd, died this afternoon. She was diagnosed with cancer several months ago. She worked for several years at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, CVM TV, RJR and the Jamaica Observer as a… Link: Long time journalist Janice Budd dies

Waterfront excitement as Jamaicans rang in 2018

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Waterfront in Downtown Kingston, was a burst of light and festivities on Sunday night, (New Year’s Eve) into New Year’s Day, as Jamaicans rang in a new year with excitement, celebrations and fireworks display.  … Link: Waterfront excitement as Jamaicans rang in 2018

… Organisers look back, while planning next staging

Source: Jamaica Gleaner After all the festivities of last Friday, it was back to cleaning up and reviewing the day’s activities with the aim of improving on next year’s event, for the Canada Grace Mission.”After cleaning up, we siddung and talk about what happen – our… Link: … Organisers look back, while planning

Non-emergency visits continue to burden public hospitals

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Health centres have seen an average of 41 per cent increased usage over the past year, however, Dr Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, director, emergency disaster management and special services in the health ministry, said that a massive public awareness… Link: Non-emergency visits continue to burden public hospitals

Hierarchy not victimising 'sick' cops, says Blake

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) hierarchy yesterday said that its aim was not to victimise any of its members when it requested that divisional commanders submit the names of all cops who reported sick between December 22 and 28.A letter from… Link: Hierarchy not victimising ‘sick’ cops, says Blake

PHOTOS: Spectacular fireworks from around the world

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Major cities around the world welcomed 2018 with dazzling fireworks and other pyrotechnics early Monday morning to the customary cheer and excitement of spectators. Photographers of The Associated Press captured the spectacle. BELARUS:… Link: PHOTOS: Spectacular fireworks from around the world

Bloody St James Jamaica's newsmaker of 2017

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With a record-breaking 320-plus murders last year, St James beat sprinting sensation Usain Bolt to become Jamaica’s top newsmaker of 2017. That is according to media practitioners, who have described last year as a dynamic one for news in… Link: Bloody St James Jamaica’s newsmaker of 2017

ZOSO not stopping violent disputes

Source: Jamaica Star Despite the presence of the joint security forces in the Denham Town Zone of Special Operations, some persons in the West Kingston community are still resorting to violence to settle their differences.According to sources, instead of using guns,… Link: ZOSO not stopping violent disputes

Couple denies engaging in – illegal Cash Pot

Source: Jamaica Star A couple is proclaiming their innocence after a friend was caught with illegal gambling documents at their home.Peter Ferguson, and his common-law wife Colleen Black were charged for aiding and abetting and illegal bookmaking after Ferguson’s friend… Link: Couple denies engaging in – illegal Cash Pot

Police kill two in St James

Source: Jamaica Star The Independent Commission of Investigations is investigating an incident that left two men dead after a confrontation with the police yesterday in Albion, St James.The dead men have been identified as 32-year-old Shawn Dent and 19-year-old Ackeem… Link: Police kill two in St James

Woman slapped until she pees herself <I>- court hears

Source: Jamaica Star A Kingston man, Kevin Jones, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to boxing his younger female cousin.It is alleged that the beating was so hard, she peed on herself. Jones was charged for assault.It is reported that… Link: Woman slapped until she pees herself <I>-

Foreign affairs minister saddened by Bronx fire deaths

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has expressed sadness at the tragic loss of life following a fire which occurred Thursday evening at an apartment building in the Bronx, New York. Twelve people were… Link: Foreign affairs minister saddened by Bronx fire deaths

Profound lessons for Jamaica from New York fire

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Acting Assistant Commissioner Floyd McLean, chief fire prevention officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, believes that there are profound lessons to be learnt from a massive fire at an apartment building in the Bronx in New York City Thursday, which… Link: Profound lessons for Jamaica from New York fire

MoBay health inspector still wary about food safety after flood

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:While the majority of Montego Bay’s 36 registered food establishments have been reopened since the November rains, which caused flooding in the western city, the St James Health Department says that it remains dedicated to ensuring… Link: MoBay health inspector still wary about food safety after flood

DOUBLE TRAGEDY

Source: Jamaica Star Clarendon sisters die after they were found foaming under treeAmanda Johnson and her mother, Hyacinth Johnson, both broke down in tears as they relived the final moments with their children and grandchildren.Both are seeking answers but finding no… Link: DOUBLE TRAGEDY

BYE, BYE 2017…HELLO 2018

Source: Jamaica Star Last year, this time, many persons were busy making resolutions for the New Year, 2017. With the sun about to set on the year, one of the bloodiest in the country’s history, THE WEEKEND STAR ventured into downtown Kingston to ask people how they… Link: BYE, BYE 2017…HELLO 2018

Cops struggle to feed families

Source: Jamaica Star After forking out $35,000 out of his $84,000 salary each month to pay rent, John Anderson*, a policeman who works in the St Andrew Central Police Division, said he struggles to buy food for his family, which includes a two-year-old boy and 10-year-… Link: Cops struggle to feed families

Controversial book angers Children's Advocate

Source: Jamaica Star Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison and parents are showing their disappointment in a cartoon character book called Do You Want To Play With My Balls?Harrison said that the book’s content is not for children despite the cartoonlike… Link: Controversial book angers Children’s Advocate

Wanted man charged with murder

Source: Jamaica Star Detectives assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch in Westmoreland carried out intensive investigations, which have led to the arrest and charge of one of the parish’s most wanted men.He is Davion Brown, otherwise called ‘Balti… Link: Wanted man charged with murder

Probing Justice | Breaking the backlog – Chief justice defends sentence-reduction days

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Chief Justice Zaila McCalla remains convinced that despite criticism from some Jamaicans, the recently introduced sentence-reduction days is a good initiative that will reduce the backlog of cases before the courts.McCalla told The Gleaner that the… Link: Probing Justice | Breaking the backlog – Chief justice defends sentence-reduction days

Urgent fix needed for Sav lock-up, says Westmoreland custos

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Reverend Canon Hartley Perrin, the custos rotulorum of Westmoreland, is calling for the Government to move with greater urgency to complete the renovation of the Savanna-la-Mar police lock-up, as two of the three facilities being used to house… Link: Urgent fix needed for Sav lock-up, says Westmoreland custos

More bloody days in St James – Three men killed in 24 hours

Source: Jamaica Gleaner St James recorded three more deaths between Wednesday evening and midday yesterday, pushing the parish’s murder toll to 328, with just two days remaining until the end of 2017.Dead are Kerry Fairclough, otherwise called ‘Biggs’, and Aaron Taylor,… Link: More bloody days in St James – Three men killed in

Projections point to increase in road fatalities next year

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While it is projected that road fatalities for 2017 will decrease by 10 per cent when compared with 2016, Kenute Hare, director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, is describing as “worrying” other projections that indicate that… Link: Projections point to increase in road fatalities next

NWC warns of service disruption in St Andrew

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising that customers served by the Constant Spring Treatment plant in St Andrew will possibly experience reduced water pressures today. It says the disruption between 9 o’clock this morning… Link: NWC warns of service disruption in St Andrew

JP honours banana vendors

Source: Jamaica Star Jamaica Producers (JP) St Mary’s recently held its first of what is to become an annual awards function to honour the achievements of its ripe banana vendors.Held at the company’s head office on Retirement Road in Cross Roads, the function saw three… Link: JP honours banana vendors

300,000 people expected for Waterfront fireworks

Source: Jamaica Star More than 300,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Kingston on Sunday for the much-anticipated Fireworks on the Waterfront.The event is hosted by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which said it would be leaving no stone unturned in… Link: 300,000 people expected for Waterfront fireworks

Infant dies from gunshot to the head

Source: Jamaica Star The parents of Nathan Newman, the four-year-old boy who reportedly killed himself on Boxing Day with his father’s gun, are currently going through a series of counselling sessions to deal with the severe trauma of the tragic incident.THE STAR… Link: Infant dies from gunshot to the head

Woman loses only child in Christmas Eve blaze

Source: Jamaica Star Christmas will never be the same for Alexis Johnson, 30, who lost her only child in a dreadful fire in Middleton, St Thomas, on Christmas Eve, she told THE STAR. Johnson’s son, Michael Thompson, five, and 52-year-old Richard Williams perished in the… Link: Woman loses only child in Christmas Eve

Spider named after Bob Marley

Source: Jamaica Star A new species of spider has been discovered in Australia and it has been named after the late reggae legend Bob Marley.According to an article obtained from http://www.ibtimes.com, the spider has been named Desis bobmarleyi because of its ‘hairy’… Link: Spider named after Bob Marley

Citizen safety top priority in Trelawny despite sick-out

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Trelawny Police Division High Command says it is holding steadfast despite some amount of strain brought on by fewer police personnel showing up for duties as scores of rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force continue an… Link: Citizen safety top priority in Trelawny despite sick-out

Clergymen need support in face of temptations – Hall

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Reflecting on recent sex scandals that have plunged senior members of the church community into disrepute, Barrington Hall, senior pastor at the Ekklesia Bible Fellowship Church in St Andrew, says that it is imperative that support systems be put in… Link: Clergymen need support in face of temptations – Hall

Church's 'cough medicine' won't cure social ills, says pastor

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Reverend Barrington Hall is calling for more practical action from the church community to address issues such as crime and violence, describing past efforts as “Band-Aids” for deeply festering social wounds.Hall, who is thesenior pastor at the… Link: Church’s ‘cough medicine’ won’t cure social ills, says pastor

Money is not all, senior cop tells colleagues

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A senior police commander has cautioned rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), who are pressing the Government for better pay, that it “cannot be all about money”.Senior Superintendent of Police Carl Ferguson, commanding… Link: Money is not all, senior cop tells colleagues

Concern over cops' 'sick-out' in St James

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Already forced to carry out the day-to-day operations without the requisite manpower, the islandwide ‘sick-out’ by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has left stakeholders in western Jamaica concerned that things could take a turn for… Link: Concern over cops’ ‘sick-out’ in St James

Road deaths trending down

Source: Jamaica Star Road fatalities this year are, so far, way below last year’s tally. Kenute Hare, director of the Road Safety Unit in the transport ministry, said that as of yesterday, 315 persons have died in road crashes compared to 379 last year.”We are on track… Link: Road deaths trending down

Mechanic set on fire over bike

Source: Jamaica Star A mechanic was set on fire, allegedly by one of his customers whose motorcycle he crashed after driving it without permission.According to the Spaldings police, two friends, the victim and the accused man, got into argument on December 3 in the… Link: Mechanic set on fire over bike

Clarendon councillor dies

Source: Jamaica Star Melvin Jones, councillor for the May Pen North Division of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, has died. Jones passed away on Sunday after ailing for some time.Local Government minister Desmond McKenzie said that Jones’ strong work ethic, passion… Link: Clarendon councillor dies

Gunman – disarmed, shot by victim

Source: Jamaica Star A man who allegedly attempted to rob another man at gunpoint was left bloodied after his victim turned the tables on him.Police reports are that at about 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 24, a man was walking along Essex drive in Spanish Town, St… Link: Gunman – disarmed, shot by

Get the gift of a tightened vagina … Doc offers holiday special

Source: Jamaica Star One doctor is encouraging, women to get their vaginas tightened during the festive season.”It is woman empowerment. This will improve women’s sexual health. This is for the women for them to feel better during sexual intercourse,” gynaecologist… Link: Get the gift of a tightened vagina … Doc offers holiday special

Santa brings Hah-R-Mony from above

Source: Jamaica Gleaner WESTERN BUREAU: Last year Santa Claus arrived by boat. This year, he created even more intrigue with blaring sirens from a fire truck owned by the St James Fire Department. Accompanied by two of his elves, Santa brought some 2,000 gifts… Link: Santa brings Hah-R-Mony from above

Foreigners drawn to 'quaint' Ackee Village

Source: Jamaica Gleaner At the time of its official opening, Ackee Village, located off Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine, was tipped to be a major pull for tourists seeking a different Jamaican experience.Five months on, it’s beginning to show signs that it could indeed… Link: Foreigners drawn to ‘quaint’ Ackee Village

Christmas Day murder in Clarendon

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The day designated for peace and goodwill towards all men proved to be not a strong enough reason to halt the bloodletting in Clarendon as 36-year-old Miruts Milton, aka ‘Ghetto’, a car wash operator of Harris Street, May Pen, was shot and killed by… Link: Christmas Day murder in Clarendon

Extradition wave – More US requests for lottery scammers flood in

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaican authorities are now in possession of “a number” of extradition requests, made by their counterparts in the United States (US), for persons accused of being involved in the deadly lottery scam.Justice Minister Delroy Chuck acknowledged,… Link: Extradition wave – More US requests for lottery scammers flood in

E-triage system cuts patient waiting

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Interventions from the Ministry of Health to introduce the E-triage system, has seen a drastic increase in the number of patients being triaged under 30 minutes at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, with stakeholders expecting a similar trend at… Link: E-triage system cuts patient waiting

Magic fingers – Potter brings airport runway to gritty Waterhouse

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Egerton Brown can create anything his mind can conceive, using clay and match sticks and right now he is obsessed with creating airplanes. Replicas of planes from airlines that flew into Jamaica years ago, such as Antillean Airlines, Pan… Link: Magic fingers – Potter brings airport runway to gritty Waterhouse

Jamaica and Dominican Republic sign tourism MOU

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will focus on joint marketing and airlifting arrangements between both countries which allow for the ease of travelling between destinations… Link: Jamaica and Dominican Republic sign tourism MOU

GraceKennedy continues to bring cheer as it celebrates 95th anniversary

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Like the traditional Santa Claus and his elves, Don Wehby, group chief executive officer of GraceKennedy Ltd, led his team and walked through the communities of downtown Kingston and rode on  coaster buses to the more distant locations,… Link: GraceKennedy continues to bring cheer as it celebrates 95th anniversary

Golden Spring feted for Christmas

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Organisers are expecting that the Christmas treat which was hosted by the Ashleigh Foundation, will not only be an avenue for fun and excitement but instead, will empower youths to unleash their God-given potential. Jennifer Housen, president… Link: Golden Spring feted for Christmas

Police 'sick' again!

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Several police divisions across the island were reporting an unusually high number of rank-and-file members calling in sick yesterday, prompting fears that the cops have stepped up their protest over the Government’s failure to make them an improved… Link: Police ‘sick’ again!

Critics: Reform, not whitewash, the JCF

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Indications that the new legislation to govern the soon-to-be-rebranded Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will draw heavily on the law now in place is unlikely to go down well with critics, who have been calling for a complete overhaul of the entity… Link: Critics: Reform, not whitewash, the JCF

Customers dwindle for hairstylists

Source: Jamaica Star From hairstyles which preen like peacock to fancy eyelash extensions, the intersection of Matthews Lane and Beckford Street in downtown Kingston is normally buzzing with excitement this time of the year as women flock the corner to embellish their… Link: Customers dwindle for hairstylists

Airport worker arrested for drugs

Source: Jamaica Star A male airport employee was arrested for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) at the Sangster International Airport (SIA) on Thursday.Reports from the Narcotics police are that about 5:15 p.m., the man attempted to enter a secured location at… Link: Airport worker arrested for drugs

Higglers in downtown Kingston experiencing bumper Christmas shopping

Source: Jamaica Gleaner President of the Jamaica Vendors, Higglers and Markets Association Dunstan Whittingham is pointing to a bumper Christmas for those he represents, saying that approximately 70 per cent of the money in circulation this year will be spent in downtown… Link: Higglers in downtown Kingston experiencing bumper Christmas shopping

MoBay abuzz with Christmas shoppers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With just two days until Christmas, downtown Montego Bay is abuzz with shoppers trying to cash in on last-minute deals for the festive season.The Second City has become a beehive of activities, with vendors found across every street corner and… Link: MoBay abuzz with Christmas shoppers

Merry Christmas for downtown vendors; shoppers cram area

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It is safe to say that this will be a merry Christmas for vendors operating in the busy downtown Kingston shopping district, evident in the number of shoppers there for the usual holiday bazaar.Some vendors with whom The Gleaner team spoke said that… Link: Merry Christmas for downtown vendors; shoppers

Enid Bennett passes

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A stream of tributes have poured in for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) political stalwart Enid Bennett, who died yesterday, following a brief illness.The unassuming, but respected, former veteran member of Parliament first represented the people of… Link: Enid Bennett passes

Frustration and fatigue overwhelm shoppers

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Annoyance, frustration, and fatigue overwhelmed scores of persons yesterday as they tried to get their final Christmas shopping done in the Corporate Area.Lewin Simpson, who spoke to The Gleaner while doing his shopping at Tropical Plaza in St… Link: Frustration and fatigue overwhelm shoppers

Bank manager beats fraud case after prosecutor fouls up

Source: Jamaica Star Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn yesterday surrendered an eight-year-old fraud case because of prosecutorial misconduct.The case, which involved 44-year-old Lowell Spence, a manager at the National Commercial Bank, who was… Link: Bank manager beats fraud case after prosecutor fouls up

British national to face court on cocaine charges

Source: Jamaica Star Tracyston Mallory, a resident of a London, England, is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on drug charges today.Mallory, 31, is accused of seeking to smuggle $2 million worth of cocaine out of the country.Reports are that about 2 p.m… Link: British national to face court on

Be careful on the road

Source: Jamaica Star The Road Safety Unit is appealing to motorists to reduce their speed on the nation’s roads as the Yuletide season approaches. This appeal comes in light of the 312 persons killed since January, and 20 persons dying in 21 days so far this month.”We… Link: Be careful on the road

15-year-old shot in face for refusing relationship

Source: Jamaica Star Just days before Christmas, one family is mourning the death of a teenage girl who would be turning 16 years old next week Wednesday, after she was killed minutes before 3 p.m. at home in Seaview Gardens in St Andrew.”Denise dead! Denise dead! Mi… Link: 15-year-old shot in face for

Time to improve our craft

Source: Jamaica Star Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) Dr Andrew Spencer is encouraging members of the local craft sector to keep refining their skills and innovations in order to remain competitive and meet the needs of consumers…. Link: Time to improve our craft

Naughty or nice – Cheaters to flock adult sex party

Source: Jamaica Star For many persons, sex parties conjure up images of men and women with completely oiled bodies performing moves of Kama Sutra in clouds of fog on a secluded lounge stage. Come tomorrow, the hedonism of living an open lifestyle is expected to be on… Link: Naughty or nice – Cheaters

Cops seize 1,400 fake brand shoes at Chinese store

Source: Jamaica Star One week after THE WEEKEND STAR reported on the presence of fake Clarks shoes on the market, the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) is boasting about the seizure of counterfeit sneakers, slippers, and caps from a… Link: Cops seize 1,400 fake brand shoes at Chinese store

Here comes the holiday crowd

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Christmas is here, and Jamaicans are this weekend expected to be out in their numbers, clogging the plazas as they get in some last-minute shopping for the season. In downtown Kingston yesterday, the crowds were already beginning to swell. Link: Here comes the holiday crowd

Seaboard, JP assist City of Refuge Children's Home

Source: Jamaica Gleaner For the past eight years, the Marketing Seminar group in the School of Business Administration ( SOBA) at the University of Technology (UTech) has forged a bond with the City of Refuge Children’s Home.Both caregivers and children look forward to the… Link: Seaboard, JP assist City of Refuge Children’s Home

15-year-old girl shot dead in Seaview Gardens

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A 26-year-old man is now on the run after allegedly killing a 15-year-old girl at her home in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew, earlier in the afternoon.It is reported that shortly before 3 p.m. the man, who is said to be a family friend, visited Denise… Link: 15-year-old girl shot dead

Shaggy brings Christmas to hundreds

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It was as if good old St Nicholas had stopped the Grinch from stealing Christmas when philanthropist and deejay, Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell, toured the Bustamante Hospital for Children yesterday, handing out gifts, and in-turn, bringing smiles.An… Link: Shaggy brings Christmas to hundreds

How the C’bean voted in UN resolution against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica was among six Caribbean countries that decided to withhold their votes on the United Nations resolution to declare as “null and void”, President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Six other… Link: How the C’bean voted in UN resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Mayor fetes kids with food and toys

Source: Jamaica Star It was a colourful and carnival-like atmosphere at the Portland Municipal Corporation self-styled amphitheatre and park, as hundreds of children, accompanied by their parents, turned out for a special Christmas treat put on by the Mayor of Port… Link: Mayor fetes kids with food and toys

Home for Christmas! – Jamaican moms return for the holidays

Source: Jamaica Star Screams of excitement and tears of joy permeated the atmosphere at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday as several Jamaican mothers, who are living and working abroad, arrived home to spend the Christmas holiday with… Link: Home for Christmas! – Jamaican moms return for the holidays

16-year-old boy charged with triple murder

Source: Jamaica Star Officers assigned to the Clarendon Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have charged a 16-year-old juvenile for the triple murder in Osbourne Store, Clarendon, that occurred on November 12.Reports are that the teenager was among a group of armed men… Link: 16-year-old boy charged with triple murder

Alleged gang members remanded

Source: Jamaica Star All except one of the 26 members of the Uchence Wilson-led gang were remanded into custody until January 10, 2018, when they appeared in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.Tashina Beckford, a member of the gang, was granted bail, as she had recently… Link: Alleged gang members remanded

Solid waste blocking downtown sewers – NWC blames improper disposal for effluent being released into Barnes Gully

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The improper disposal of plastic bottles, among other solid waste, is affecting the already overburdened downtown Kingston sewer mains, the National Water Commission’s (NWC) Corporate Public Relations Manager, Charles Buchanan, has said.Buchanan was… Link: Solid waste blocking downtown sewers – NWC blames improper disposal for effluent being released into Barnes

Killed for protecting her teen daughter

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murder after detailing for police investigators how he chopped a St Mary woman to death after she reported to the police that he was having a sexual relationship with her teenage daughter.Kenroy Hayles pleaded… Link: Killed for protecting her teen daughter

Emotional time at Food For the Poor treat

Source: Jamaica Gleaner It was deeper than having fun and eating lots of food. A treat hosted by Food For the Poor (FFP) yesterday left many wards of the State emotional as they were reunited with friends and even siblings.Khalidah Bryce, secretary at Windsor Lodge… Link: Emotional time at Food For the Poor

Brazen daylight shooting leaves two dead in Linstead

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The busy Royal Avenue in Linstead, St Catherine, was a picture of chaos yesterday morning, with vendors and shoppers scampering for cover as gunmen peppered three men with bullets.The brazen incident happened about 11:30, in broad daylight, and when… Link: Brazen daylight shooting leaves two dead in Linstead

Corporate leaders bringing Christmas joy to children

Source: Jamaica Gleaner ‘Tis the season for giving and giving back, and though they remain coy about dollar figures and names, a few corporate leaders have affirmed their willingness to dip into their pockets and those of their companies to bring Christmas joy to less-… Link: Corporate leaders bringing Christmas joy to children

Promoters must get permits – fire brigade

Source: Jamaica Star The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is calling on promoters and event planners to obtain a fire-safety permit to confirm the safety of venues being used to host events this holiday season.”Persons who are hosting events, which could be a lot at Christmas… Link: Promoters must get permits – fire brigade

Partygoer held with gun

Source: Jamaica Star A partygoer is now in custody after the Clarendon police raided an event during an operation in the wee hours of Monday morning and found a gun.The Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force said that a about 4:30 a.m., police… Link: Partygoer held with gun

Man arrested for role in funeral shooting

Source: Jamaica Star A West Kingston man was yesterday arrested and charged with murder and other serious crimes for his alleged role in the deadly attack on mourners attending a funeral at a church in east Kingston recently.He is Tajay James, popularly known as ‘Titty… Link: Man arrested for role in funeral shooting

Two men killed in St James

Source: Jamaica Star As the end of the year draws closer, the body count in St James continues to increase as two more murders were recorded in the parish last Monday.The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force reported that a 23-year-old… Link: Two men killed in St James

'Cloned' car sold to cop

Source: Jamaica Star The Old Harbour police in St Catherine have arrested and charged a man, who allegedly sold a ‘cloned’ motor car to a policeman.Charged with uttering forged documents and obtaining money by means of false pretence is Dwayne Finikin, a 32-year-old… Link: ‘Cloned’ car sold to cop

Cop-car concerns to 'come to an end' – Montague declares mobility issues soon to go, but commish warns 70 vehicles a drop in the bucket

Source: Jamaica Gleaner National Security Minister Robert Montague has declared that the mobility concerns of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will soon be a thing of the past, even as Police Commissioner George Quallo cautioned that the latest handover of vehicles was… Link: Cop-car concerns to ‘come to an end’ – Montague declares

Thousands pay tribute to Lowell Hawthorne

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A multitude of Jamaicans spanning all walks of life turned out in the thousands yesterday to bid farewell to the late founder and CEO of Golden Krust, Lowell Hawthorne.A packed Christian Cultural Center on Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn, New York,… Link: Thousands pay tribute to Lowell Hawthorne

Health Check | Some improvement in critical areas in western hospitals

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Some improvement in critical areas in western hospitalsThere has been a general improvement in the supply of medical supplies, equipment and disposables in the high-risk clinical service-delivery areas at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) and the… Link: Health Check | Some improvement in critical areas in western hospitals

Montague begs cops not to strike

Source: Jamaica Gleaner National Security Minister Robert Montague is appealing to rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to abandon any plans to embark on a strike. Montague says he’s aware of messages that cops plan to take industrial… Link: Montague begs cops not to strike

16-year-old boy arrested for triple murder

Source: Jamaica Gleaner A teenage boy has been arrested and charged in connection with a triple murder in Osborne Store, Clarendon last month. The 16-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder, robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm, according to the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Link: 16-year-old

Community Focus: Blenheim community centre in ruins

Source: Jamaica Star Despite millions of dollars being allocated for its repairs over the years, the community centre in Blenheim, Hanover, has been in a state of neglect over the past 17 years, robbing residents of recreation and potential self-improvement. As recent… Link: Community Focus: Blenheim community centre in ruins

104 year old remembers ‘Busta’

Source: Jamaica Star At 104 years of age, Nora Miller-Welsh of Blenheim, Hanover, is old enough to remember the days when national hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante was a robust trade union leader and politician. Miller-Welsh, who was born on March 28, 1914, still has… Link: 104 year old remembers ‘Busta’

MoBay Christmas tree to give Times Square effect

Source: Jamaica Star If councillor Dwight Crawford, who heads the St James Municipal Corporation’s (StJMC) civic planning committee, is to be taken seriously, the Christmas tree the corporation has mounted will perhaps be the spectacle of the entire Christmas…. Link: MoBay Christmas tree to give Times Square effect

I hate begging, but I have to

Source: Jamaica Star … young man yearns for a jobIt’s 4 p.m. and Kevin Smith, 26, is in downtown Kingston asking persons for any spare change so he can add to the $550 that he has to purchase a box of chocolates to sell.”Honestly, mi nuh want do this. Yu feel me like…

Crawford wants more opportunities for disabled

Source: Jamaica Star Senator Damion Crawford, the opposition spokesman on youth, has endorsed an initiative by the Montego Bay-based CafE Mocha to forge a partnership with Deaf Can Coffee, an organisation which trains persons with disabilities for various forms of… Link: Crawford wants more opportunities for disabled

Woman found dead with shirt tied around neck

Source: Jamaica Star Detectives attached to the Negril police are still trying to determine whether 41-year-old Simone Edwards of Whitehall in Negril, Westmoreland, killed herself on Sunday.It is reported that at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, Edwards was found by residents on… Link: Woman found dead with shirt tied around neck

Veteran journalist Ian Boyne passes on

Source: Jamaica Star Well-known Journalist Ian Boyne passed away yesterday morning at the University of West Indies Hospital.His death came just two weeks after he was hospitalised with what was termed a medical emergency.His family asked for privacy. However, after… Link: Veteran journalist Ian Boyne passes on

No 'bly' for vendors this Christmas

Source: Jamaica Star Municipal corporations in western Jamaica are adamant that there will be no relaxation of their no vending policies this Christmas.In St James, vendors are accustomed to taking over St James Street and Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.But the city’s… Link: No ‘bly’ for vendors this Christmas

Focus on presence, not presents, say parenting experts

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is pushing for parents to focus on being present in their children’s lives for the Christmas season, instead of buying expensive presents.Kaysia Kerr, head of the NPSC, told The Gleaner yesterday that… Link: Focus on presence, not presents, say parenting experts

Last chapter – Accomplished Boyne was ready 'to go home', says confidant

Source: Jamaica Gleaner His wit, patriotism and insatiable appetite for knowledge secured his legacy as one of Jamaica’s foremost journalists while making him a household name.Ian Anthony Boyne, 60, host of Jamaica’s longest-running television interview programme, ‘Profile… Link: Last chapter – Accomplished Boyne was ready ‘to go home’, says confidant

Haunted by his past – Ninja Man gets life sentence

Source: Jamaica Gleaner There were the stories yesterday of how veteran entertainer Ninja Man became a positive role model and an activist for peace since his two convictions, decades ago, for gun and drug possession, but in the end, his past came back to haunt him.The… Link: Haunted by his past – Ninja

Double tragedy – Family loses two men with same name

Source: Jamaica Star A Falmouth family will have to bury two males, both of whom have the same names, after they perished a few weeks apart.Eric Wilson, 15, died on Friday following a motor vehicle accident. His grandfather, Eric Wilson Sr, 72, died on November 8. Both… Link: Double tragedy – Family loses

After 26 years on the run …

Source: Jamaica Star Man seeks clean criminal recordA judge threatened to have a man who was charged with fraudulent conversion in 1991 spend Christmas in jail.Elsewooth Cummings, who the judge said has been hiding in plain sight for 26 years, turned up in court last… Link: After 26 years on the run …

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