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  • Don't impose sugary drinks restrictions in schools

    June 18, 2018 4:56 PM 3

    The Jamaican Government is being urged to educate the population on the harmful effects of sugar instead of imposing restrictions on sugary drinks in schools. David Wilson, President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, is arguing that taste, cost and availability of options are major factors which determine the drinks children

  • LOCAL FORECAST Monday, June 18, 2018

    June 18, 2018 4:25 PM 2

    There is a weakening High Pressure Ridge across Jamaica.The High Pressure Ridge is expected to weaken further due an approaching Tropical Wave; to move across the island late Monday into Tuesday. Expect hazy conditions to persist. This morning will be mainly sunny, hazy and windy. In the afternoon, expect partly cloudy skies especially across western

  • Sagicor Bank launches mobile point of sale machine, SWYPE

    June 18, 2018 6:14 AM 2

    SAGICOR Bank today fully rolls out its mobile point of sale machine, SWYPE. The device is a compact, portable card reader that works with Android phones and tablets to accept debit and credit card payments. Sagicor Bank's SWYPE will see both customers and business owners significantly benefitting from the ease and convenience of completing a sales transaction

  • Suspect dead, 20 hurt in shooting at US arts festival

    June 18, 2018 5:49 AM 2

    NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — At least 20 people were hurt early Sunday in a shooting at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, the state capital of New Jersey, that also left one suspect dead, a local prosecutor said. “Multiple individuals opened fire” inside the festival venue shortly before 3:00 am, Mercer County Chief Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told reporters

  • Nearly 5,000 families displaced in Yemen's Hodeida: UN

    June 18, 2018 5:49 AM 2

    SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Nearly 5,000 families have been displaced in Yemen's flashpoint Hodeida province this month, the UN said Sunday, as violence escalates in the rebel-held Red Sea region. After nearly a month of sporadic clashes, the Yemeni Government — backed by Saudi Arabia and its allies — on Wednesday launched a major assault to retake the densely

  • JISCO Alpart Jamaica assists 130 farmers

    June 18, 2018 5:21 AM 6

    NAIN, St Elizabeth — JISCO Alpart Jamaica and its community partners, Manchester Plateau Community Council and Alpart Community Council, have assisted 130 farmers with an agricultural stimulus programme valued at $650,000. The assistance has been channelled through the community councils' business arm, Essex Valley Community & Associates. A news release

  • Vassell shines to win Sandals coveted award

    June 18, 2018 4:43 AM 7

    Beaches Ocho Rios Diamond Team Member of the Year Jardine Vassell outclassed 25 of her colleagues locally and across the Caribbean to win the coveted 10th Anniversary Sandals Ultimate Award for 2017. Vassell walked away with $2.6 million in cash - the highest sum to have ever been awarded at any staff award in the tourism sector. She also received a crystal

  • Jamaica could target more hemp for business

    June 18, 2018 4:43 AM 4

    A major car company has expressed an interest in growing hemp in Jamaica for use as an alternative in the upholstery and decoration of their vehicles. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw, who recently returned from a trip to Canada, a country whose hemp and cannabis industry is rapidly approaching CDN$20 billion, made the announcement

  • Old woman blames devil for honey theft at supermarket

    June 17, 2018 7:32 AM

    A 59-year-old woman who was caught stealing a bottle of honey at a supermarket in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, has blamed the devil for her action. “A di devil mek me dweet, Your Honour,” Audrey Smith said after pleading guilty to simple larceny in court on June 5. But Parish Judge Maxine Ellis who was not pleased with her response told her that the devil

  • Knife-toting wife trails husband to lover's house

    June 17, 2018 7:32 AM

    A jealous woman who surprised her husband outside his lover's house where they were held with knives, confessed in court that she had trailed her husband to his girlfriend's house. The two — Timar Green and Kayden Pryce-Green — were arrested in Meadowbrook, St Andrew, on May 1 by a policeman who had seen them arguing and intervened. The couple, pleaded