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Anguish in Sterling Castle after eight-year-old girl found murdered

It was plain anguish in the St Andrew community of Sterling Castle Heights today after the body of eight-year-old Shante Skyers was found in bushes. «Unnu kill me baby!» wailed a woman who was identified as the child's grandmother. According
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Anguish in Sterling Castle after eight-year-old girl found murdered

It was plain anguish in the St Andrew community of Sterling Castle Heights today after the body of eight-year-old Shante Skyers was found in bushes. «Unnu kill me baby!» wailed a woman who was identified as the child's grandmother. According to the police, Skyers was found approximately 12:30 p.m in an area called Blue Hole.  

UPDATE: Body of missing 8-y-o St Andrew girl found, suspect identified

The search for eight-year-old Shantae Skyers of Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew who went missing last Thursday has ended. A search party led by the St Andrew North Police found the child’s body among rubble in an area known as Blue Hole in the...
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UPDATE: Body of missing 8-y-o St Andrew girl found, suspect identified

The search for eight-year-old Shantae Skyers of Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew who went missing last Thursday has ended. A search party led by the St Andrew North Police found the child’s body among rubble in an area known as Blue Hole in the...

Body of child found in rural St Andrew

The body of a child has been found in a section of Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew. According to the police, the body was spotted in an area called Blue Hole. Detectives are processing the scene. The child's identity has not been...
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Body of child found in rural St Andrew

The body of a child has been found in a section of Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew. According to the police, the body was spotted in an area called Blue Hole. Detectives are processing the scene. The child's identity has not been...

Jamaica proclaims April 16 as Education and Sharing Day

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen proclaimed today as Education and Sharing Day as a day of increased focus on education in a time of increasing concern over moral standards. This is a first for Jamaica. April 16 is used to mark the global...
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Jamaica proclaims April 16 as Education and Sharing Day

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen proclaimed today as Education and Sharing Day as a day of increased focus on education in a time of increasing concern over moral standards. This is a first for Jamaica. April 16 is used to mark the global...

HEART TRUST/NTA accepting applications for HOPE summer job programme

The Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/NTA continues to accept applications for its 2019 HOPE Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will run from June to August.          ...
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HEART TRUST/NTA accepting applications for HOPE summer job programme

The Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/NTA continues to accept applications for its 2019 HOPE Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will run from June to August.          ...

Ann-Marie Vaz sworn in as Portland Eastern MP

Ann-Marie Vaz has been sworn in as Member of Parliament for Portland Eastern. Vaz took the Oath of Allegiance in Gordon House this afternoon. «Mrs Vaz I welcome you to the Parliament,» declared House Speaker Pearnel Charles. Applause and...
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Ann-Marie Vaz sworn in as Portland Eastern MP

Ann-Marie Vaz has been sworn in as Member of Parliament for Portland Eastern. Vaz took the Oath of Allegiance in Gordon House this afternoon. «Mrs Vaz I welcome you to the Parliament,» declared House Speaker Pearnel Charles. Applause and...

JCF to get new 'transparent' promotion policy

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson is now crafting a «transparent process» to address the vexed issue of promotions in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The announcement was made by Minister of National Security Dr...
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JCF to get new 'transparent' promotion policy

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson is now crafting a «transparent process» to address the vexed issue of promotions in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The announcement was made by Minister of National Security Dr...

Heart surgery saved 3-y-o’s life, now she inspires mom - Daughter’s journey with illness moves mother to become a nurse

In 2015, little Ashalae Grant was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, the general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works. She was constantly ill, and at the time, her mother began fearing the worst. “It...
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Heart surgery saved 3-y-o’s life, now she inspires mom - Daughter’s journey with illness moves mother to become a nurse

In 2015, little Ashalae Grant was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, the general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works. She was constantly ill, and at the time, her mother began fearing the worst. “It...

Growth & Jobs | Economy boost: itelbpo helps to grow economy

Local company itelbpo has seen the number of its employees move from seven to 2,000 in less than seven years, but beyond providing a salary for these individuals, the organisation’s founder, Yoni Epstein, is happy that his company is also...
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Growth & Jobs | Economy boost: itelbpo helps to grow economy

Local company itelbpo has seen the number of its employees move from seven to 2,000 in less than seven years, but beyond providing a salary for these individuals, the organisation’s founder, Yoni Epstein, is happy that his company is also...

Growth & Jobs | Upward mobility - Young employees say there is room for growth in the BPO industry

At 23 years old, Kimwau Holloway is already a human resource (HR) supervisor at a local business process outsourcing (BPO) company. “The BPO industry has actually taught me a lot of discipline. There is a lot of room for growth; but for me, the...
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Growth & Jobs | Upward mobility - Young employees say there is room for growth in the BPO industry

At 23 years old, Kimwau Holloway is already a human resource (HR) supervisor at a local business process outsourcing (BPO) company. “The BPO industry has actually taught me a lot of discipline. There is a lot of room for growth; but for me, the...

Growth & Jobs | The growth of the local stock market - The 101 on IPOs

Given the successful listing of several companies on the Jamaica Stock Exchange in recent years and the general positive performance of the stock exchange, many Jamaican investors have taken an interest in the local stock market. However, there...
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Growth & Jobs | The growth of the local stock market - The 101 on IPOs

Given the successful listing of several companies on the Jamaica Stock Exchange in recent years and the general positive performance of the stock exchange, many Jamaican investors have taken an interest in the local stock market. However, there...

Growth & Jobs | Borrow wisely to attain wealth – Distant

Banker Steve Distant has said borrowing wisely can help anyone to generate wealth. Distant, who is JN Bank’s chief of sales, was addressing members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) at the JDF headquarters at Up Park Camp in St Andrew recently....
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Growth & Jobs | Borrow wisely to attain wealth – Distant

Banker Steve Distant has said borrowing wisely can help anyone to generate wealth. Distant, who is JN Bank’s chief of sales, was addressing members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) at the JDF headquarters at Up Park Camp in St Andrew recently....

Skilled youths look to TAP job market

The nearly 1,000 unattached young Jamaicans who graduated from the first edition of the yearlong Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) have walked through the door of opportunity after gaining a raft of new skills that could make them job-ready...
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Skilled youths look to TAP job market

The nearly 1,000 unattached young Jamaicans who graduated from the first edition of the yearlong Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) have walked through the door of opportunity after gaining a raft of new skills that could make them job-ready...

Name-and-shame smokes out delinquent Bogue renters

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation’s (StJMC) decision to publish the names of persons owing some J$70 million in back rent for occupancy of the controversial Bogue Industrial Estate lands in Montego Bay is bearing fruit as...
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Name-and-shame smokes out delinquent Bogue renters

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation’s (StJMC) decision to publish the names of persons owing some J$70 million in back rent for occupancy of the controversial Bogue Industrial Estate lands in Montego Bay is bearing fruit as...

Windrush payout a drop in the bucket – Shepherd

Reparations protagonist Professor Verene Shepherd, who chairs the National Commission on Reparation, says that the recently announced £200-million Windrush compensation plan is inadequate. According to the professor, compensation that will be paid...
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Windrush payout a drop in the bucket – Shepherd

Reparations protagonist Professor Verene Shepherd, who chairs the National Commission on Reparation, says that the recently announced £200-million Windrush compensation plan is inadequate. According to the professor, compensation that will be paid...

Weed Ed | Four Jamaican women impacting the cannabis industry

There’s a women empowerment movement sweeping the globe and its visible in every industry. Women are confidently taking on jobs usually reserved for men and are transcending societal limits, while redefining their roles and influence. The voices...
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Weed Ed | Four Jamaican women impacting the cannabis industry

There’s a women empowerment movement sweeping the globe and its visible in every industry. Women are confidently taking on jobs usually reserved for men and are transcending societal limits, while redefining their roles and influence. The voices...

#DorraineFarewell | Fast facts about the late queen of broadcasting

From a 1980 beauty queen finalist to the queen of Jamaican broadcasting, Dorraine Yvette Samuels-Binger has had a royal career in media. The doyenne of broadcasting, she died from pancreatic cancer on March 26, bringing the curtains down on 38...
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#DorraineFarewell | Fast facts about the late queen of broadcasting

From a 1980 beauty queen finalist to the queen of Jamaican broadcasting, Dorraine Yvette Samuels-Binger has had a royal career in media. The doyenne of broadcasting, she died from pancreatic cancer on March 26, bringing the curtains down on 38...

Expectant moms forced to carry childbirth supplies

Expectant mothers are expressing concern that in addition to taking basic items for their newborns, they have been pressed to provide supplementary supplies, such as enemas and incopads, that should be made available by hospitals. Enema, a fluid...
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Expectant moms forced to carry childbirth supplies

Expectant mothers are expressing concern that in addition to taking basic items for their newborns, they have been pressed to provide supplementary supplies, such as enemas and incopads, that should be made available by hospitals. Enema, a fluid...

High alert at ports over US measles outbreak

WESTERN BUREAU: There is heightened alert at the island’s airports and seaports owing to an outbreak of measles in the United States, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said. Emphasising that the ministry was taking precautionary measures...
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High alert at ports over US measles outbreak

WESTERN BUREAU: There is heightened alert at the island’s airports and seaports owing to an outbreak of measles in the United States, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said. Emphasising that the ministry was taking precautionary measures...

Nurses needled by resource shortage

Resource shortages continue to hamper healthcare services at Jamaica’s public hospitals, and calls for intervention have fallen on deaf ears, says president of the country’s chief nursing lobby. Appeals were made during last year’s round of wage...
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Nurses needled by resource shortage

Resource shortages continue to hamper healthcare services at Jamaica’s public hospitals, and calls for intervention have fallen on deaf ears, says president of the country’s chief nursing lobby. Appeals were made during last year’s round of wage...

‘If your child’s immunised, why be scared?’ - Rastafarian says seven of his eight kids spared vaccination

While the overwhelming number of Jamaicans receive their immunisation shots early, a fringe anti-vaccination movement, including some Rastafarians, insist that they will not submit to state policy. According to the Immunisation Regulations of 1986...
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‘If your child’s immunised, why be scared?’ - Rastafarian says seven of his eight kids spared vaccination

While the overwhelming number of Jamaicans receive their immunisation shots early, a fringe anti-vaccination movement, including some Rastafarians, insist that they will not submit to state policy. According to the Immunisation Regulations of 1986...

‘NIDS reminded me of slavery’ - Church groups rejoice at identity law annulment

Hailing the landmark court ruling against the constitutionality of the National Identification and Registration Act 2017 as a victory for the Jamaican people, church and civil-society groups have argued that the Holness Government made a grave...
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‘NIDS reminded me of slavery’ - Church groups rejoice at identity law annulment

Hailing the landmark court ruling against the constitutionality of the National Identification and Registration Act 2017 as a victory for the Jamaican people, church and civil-society groups have argued that the Holness Government made a grave...

NDM urges gov't to craft new ID law with wide input

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) has called on the government to go back to the drawing board and craft a new national identification system. The call comes in the wake of yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court that the National...
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NDM urges gov't to craft new ID law with wide input

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) has called on the government to go back to the drawing board and craft a new national identification system. The call comes in the wake of yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court that the National...

Pervasive idea of Masculine identity at the root of JA's crime problem, Grange

Culture and Gender Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says the pervasive “idea of masculine identity” is at the root of the high levels of violence in Jamaica, including gender-based violence. The assertion comes days after...
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Pervasive idea of Masculine identity at the root of JA's crime problem, Grange

Culture and Gender Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says the pervasive “idea of masculine identity” is at the root of the high levels of violence in Jamaica, including gender-based violence. The assertion comes days after...

Dozens of baby deaths lead to Rock 'n Play recall

American toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers after reports linked the product to dozens of baby deaths. The recall was announced by the United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC...
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Dozens of baby deaths lead to Rock 'n Play recall

American toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers after reports linked the product to dozens of baby deaths. The recall was announced by the United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC...

St James Police seek help apprehending man wanted for double murder

The St James Police has released the name of a man they say is wanted in connection with a double murder committed in the parish last month. He is Everal Stephenson, 30, also called ‘Eva’, of Rose Heights, in St James. The police say...
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St James Police seek help apprehending man wanted for double murder

The St James Police has released the name of a man they say is wanted in connection with a double murder committed in the parish last month. He is Everal Stephenson, 30, also called ‘Eva’, of Rose Heights, in St James. The police say...

Second US judge blocks Trump plan to send home Haitians

NEW YORK (AP) — A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. US District Judge William F. Kuntz in New York issued a nationwide...
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Second US judge blocks Trump plan to send home Haitians

NEW YORK (AP) — A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. US District Judge William F. Kuntz in New York issued a nationwide...

UK MPs want Assange sent to Sweden if rape charges are re-instated

LONDON (AP) — More than 70 British lawmakers have urged the government to ensure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces justice in Sweden if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him. The lawmakers signed a letter late...
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UK MPs want Assange sent to Sweden if rape charges are re-instated

LONDON (AP) — More than 70 British lawmakers have urged the government to ensure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces justice in Sweden if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him. The lawmakers signed a letter late...

NERHA disputes suggestion mentally ill woman got pregnant at St Ann's Bay Hospital

The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) is disputing suggestions that a mentally ill woman became pregnant while she was a patient at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, in St Ann. The mother of the 27-year-old woman has indicated...
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NERHA disputes suggestion mentally ill woman got pregnant at St Ann's Bay Hospital

The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) is disputing suggestions that a mentally ill woman became pregnant while she was a patient at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, in St Ann. The mother of the 27-year-old woman has indicated...

UNIA leader calls for agriculture lands to remain with farmers

President General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), Michael, Duncan wants Jamaicans to ensure that agricultural lands are properly protected and preserved for the country’s future development...
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UNIA leader calls for agriculture lands to remain with farmers

President General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), Michael, Duncan wants Jamaicans to ensure that agricultural lands are properly protected and preserved for the country’s future development...

St Ann Infirmary gets support

The fourth annual Elegant You Tea Party, presented by Thora’s Elegant Design and The Art of Catering, took place in Toronto, Canada, last year, where six women of the clergy were honoured during the Women of Purpose Awards. Part proceeds from the...
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St Ann Infirmary gets support

The fourth annual Elegant You Tea Party, presented by Thora’s Elegant Design and The Art of Catering, took place in Toronto, Canada, last year, where six women of the clergy were honoured during the Women of Purpose Awards. Part proceeds from the...

Screen them early – McIntosh

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is imploring parents to get children screened early if they show any sign of a disability or developmental challenge so that the appropriate interventions can be applied. The CPFSA’s director...
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Screen them early – McIntosh

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is imploring parents to get children screened early if they show any sign of a disability or developmental challenge so that the appropriate interventions can be applied. The CPFSA’s director...

Plastic bottle refund deposit scheme on track – Samuda

Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Senator Matthew Samuda, has said plans are on track for the launch of the deposit refund scheme for plastic bottles this year. The scheme, which will provide a cash refund to consumers who return...
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Plastic bottle refund deposit scheme on track – Samuda

Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Senator Matthew Samuda, has said plans are on track for the launch of the deposit refund scheme for plastic bottles this year. The scheme, which will provide a cash refund to consumers who return...

PNP's Robinson attributes NIDS victory to strength of Constitution

The People’s National Party (PNP) General Secretary Julian Robinson is attributing the success of his National Identification and Data System (NIDS) challenge to the strength of the Jamaican Constitution and the protection it...
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PNP's Robinson attributes NIDS victory to strength of Constitution

The People’s National Party (PNP) General Secretary Julian Robinson is attributing the success of his National Identification and Data System (NIDS) challenge to the strength of the Jamaican Constitution and the protection it...

Gov't decides next move after court declares NIDS unconstitutional

The government is still trying to come to terms with today's Constitutional Court ruling, which struck down the National Identification and Registration Act that establishes the controversial National Identification and Data System (...
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Gov't decides next move after court declares NIDS unconstitutional

The government is still trying to come to terms with today's Constitutional Court ruling, which struck down the National Identification and Registration Act that establishes the controversial National Identification and Data System (...

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