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The government has announced a three day national clean-up effort for later this month in response to the dengue outbreak.
Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:12

Five Clarendon men arrested on gun charges

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Five Clarendon men were arrested and charged following the seizure of a firearm and ammunition in Mandeville, Manchester on Thursday, January 16.

Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:20

JDF soldier involved in Portmore Murder-Suicide

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A member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was involved in a murder-suicide which took place in Portmore early this morning.

While unable to reveal his identity, a JDF spokesperson said the individual has been a member of the JDF for 12-13 years.

“Typically when something like this happens, the JDF works closely with the police not only in assisting with the investigation, but also in the management of grief and counselling of the family members that were left behind,” the spokesperson said.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Accused gang leader Tesha Miller has been sentenced to 38 years and nine months in prison for ordering the 2008 murder of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) chairman, Douglas Chambers.

The decade 2010 to 2019 recorded the first ever decrease in total major crimes by decade.

Friday, 13 December 2019 00:36

Japan Provides Maritime Vessels to Jamaica

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Jamaica is to receive a major boost to maritime security operation.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is assuring the nation that the Government remains resolute in dealing with the crime problem including murders.

The four men convicted in the 2011 shooting and beheading of a woman and her daughter in Lauriston, St. Catherine, were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday afternoon.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is important for Governments to partner with the private sector to alleviate poverty in their countries.

Gunmen killed four persons and wounded another five in Dover, St. Catherine Tuesday night.

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has announced that the government is in advanced negotiations for a US$100 million loan from China to fix badly destroyed roads in hilly coffee communities in the island. Speaking last Saturday at the annual Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) Banquet in Kingston, Shaw also urged exporters to focus on improving coffee yields to meet growing global demand and increase foreign exchange earnings. “It doesn’t make any sense that while the market for coffee is increasing globally we are declining in Jamaica,” said Shaw, stating that there is a huge demand for coffee in countries including China which have a growing middle class which were acquiring a taste for fine coffees such as Blue Mountain coffee. The minister warned exporters against focusing on importing too much coffee to blend with local coffee, warning that this served to “adulterate” local coffee production. Instead, Shaw said, they should focus on boosting production of locally grown coffee, noting that it required the “collective will of the growers” and that he would stand with them in assisting the market recovery. JCEA president Norman Grant who also addressed the gathering said in his speech that the JCEA is moving to boost more consumption of coffee by tourists in Jamaica and has made marketing overtures to new destinations in Europe and North America. It is also investing in reviving the Japanese market which still takes the bulk of Jamaica’s coffee exports, Grant said. JCEA activities over the next 12 months will include Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day on January 9, 2020, which will be the event’s second anniversary. Around the period, the JCEA is also re planning a coffee week starting on Sunday, January 3 to Friday, January 10. In 2020 the JCEA will also host the All Japan Roasters Association from February 17 to 20, with a tour of Jamaica Coffee Country. Forty-five delegates will be in attendance. The event is slated to be repeated in 2021.