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JAMAICA – Passionate plea

JAMAICA – Passionate plea

KINGSTON –– What could have been a stoic tribute from the security minister in honour of slain Police Constable Leighton Hanson at Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church in St Catherine yesterday turned out to be an impassioned plea for Jamaican citizens to do more to fight crime. “Jamaica, we need to do better!” Minister of National […]

Jamaican entertainer charged with murder

Jamaican entertainer charged with murder

Police have charged local dancehall entertainer Munga Honourable with murder. He has been booked to appear in court later this week. Law enforcement authorities say the entertainer, whose real name is Damion Rhoden, was charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a man, Cleveland Smith, in the community of Ackee Walk in the eastern […]

JAMAICA – Help for farmers

JAMAICA – Help for farmers

KINGSTON — Farmers who have suffered extensive losses from the recent heavy rains will benefit from an $18-million allocation by the Government to begin the rebuilding effort.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J C Hutchinson, said the sum is the first tranche of a response package for the sector. […]

JAMAICA – Leaders join forces

JAMAICA – Leaders join forces

KINGSTON –– Government and opposition officials yesterday put aside their political differences and joined hands with volunteers in downtown Kingston to renovate the historic Ward Theatre and Central Police Station. Both buildings were the main focus of National Labour Day activities in Kingston being observed under the theme: Restore, Preserve, Beautify. The Ward Theatre, which sits […]

JAMAICA – PM Holness to revisit budget following floods

JAMAICA – PM Holness to revisit budget following floods

KINGSTON –– Prime Minister Andrew Holness said yesterday that government will revisit the budget to identify funds for infrastructural repairs following extensive rainfall on Tuesday which caused significant damage in several communities across the island. Holness, who who toured sections of damaged areas in St Catherine and St Ann yesterday, said there will be “significant […]

JAMAICA – Battered!

KINGSTON –– The government says it is too early to give an estimate, but the cost to the country from relentless rains over the past three days could be staggering, considering that the damage from showers just a few weeks ago was preliminarily put at close to $500 million. It was only on Monday that […]

$175m for Jamaica flood repairs

$175m for Jamaica flood repairs

KINGSTON –– The Government says it has allocated $175 million in emergency funding to address critical infrastructure repairs in six of the parishes worst affected by adverse weather in recent weeks.According to Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, the allocation is primarily to facilitate the restoration of access to communities. “As is well known, the rains from […]

Jamaican top cop passes away

Jamaican top cop passes away

KINGSTON –– The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was yesterday plunged into shock and mourning when news broke that Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo died suddenly. Budhoo, who was assigned to the Strategic Operations portfolio, died at May Pen Hospital in Clarendon. Police report that Budhoo was at work yesterday then went to his home in […]

JAMAICA – Special ‘cannabis-enthused tourism’ task force to inform govt

KINGSTON – A special task force to inform the Tourism Ministry on using cannabis-enthused tourism for the promotion of the sector, is to be established. Edmund Bartlett, the tourism minister, said that although cannabis is still subject to Schedule I of the United States Controlled Substances Act, the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs […]

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