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Lightning Strikes Jamaican Prep-School Football Players Sending them to Hospital

Kingston, Jamaica Mon Sept 18, 2019

According to RJR News, On Monday September 16, the ISSA Schoolboy Football Manning Cup match involving Wolmer's Boys' School and Jamaica College came to an abrupt end following a lightning strike Monday afternoon.

According to reports, five players fell after a bolt of lightning during the second half of the match. At least three players - one from Wolmer's, the other from Jamaica College - were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

The three students reportedly complained about pain to the eyes. The video of the incident shows a flash, followed by several players falling onto the field.

One student was carried off the field on a stretcher as he did not respond to treatment on the field, according to Loop Jamaica.

Jamaican news outlet RJR reports that one student has since been released from the hospital.

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War on dancehall? Jamaican Dancehall Industry Crying Foul

Kingston, Jamaica. September 12, 2019

The argument that there is a “war on dancehall” has been going on for decades.

There is no doubt there is a divide among the Political Establishment and the Dancehall Industry. At The Heart of this divide, The Noise Abatement Act of 1997. The law was enacted to protect citizens who argued that the dancehall music was disturbing their sleep. The law is to control noise by amplified sound beyond 100 meters from the source. It sets time limits for all events, which involves loud speakers playing music or loud speech. These events must be “shut off” by midnight on weekdays and 2:00 am on weekends.

There have been varying degrees of enforcement by the police over the years. The Jamaica Observer reported on a specific incident, where a promoter invited a reporter backstage, to witness first-hand, several police officers, demanding bribes, not to lock off the dance.

Lately, there is a new enforcement in the law. There are unconfirmed reports, that the police are confiscating DJs laptops and other expensive equipment, and destroying properties, in the process.

Many celebrities, politicians and ordinary citizens speaking publicly about this hot button issue. Prime Minister Holness spoke on the issue saying in part,” It could never be the intention of the government, to in any way stifle the culture, which is necessary for development of our people”. He continued, “We hear the cries of the entertainment community.  We hear the cries of the dancehall community. We hears the cries of the artists, the entertainers and the sound system operators. But as the society evolves, as the society grows we must find a consensus on order”.

According to reports, a meeting was held at popular dancehall location in Kingston, between the police and dancehall community on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to discuss a path forward. The discussion was moderated by author, Michael Dawson. Also in attendance was Ricky Trooper, Dancehall Queen Carlene, Professor Donna Hope, TV Personality Winford Williams, along with Promoters, Dancers, Club/ Bar Owners and other interested individuals.

Members of the dancehall community reportedly expressed frustration that politicians over the years have failed to address the issue. There have been lots of empty promises and no real meaningful Change. The consensus coming out of the meeting was that (1) there is an Overwhelming need to unite, all the separate entities that depend on The Dancehall Industry. (2) There's a need to create an organization that can form a lobbying group, in which to advocate for the protection everyone involves, from the big promoters to peanut vendors.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says, however, that he spoke to Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange about allocating special entertainment zones where dancehall can go on from dust until dawn. These zones will have security, parking and all amenities needed to accommodate the dancehall culture.

Leisa Amore

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Good News! 37 Jamaicans Celebrating their New Homes!

St. Catherine, Jamaica: On July 26, 2019, 37 Jamaicans became homeowners due to the National Housing Trust Jamaica (NHT). The 37 beneficiaries were given keys to their homes in the Spanish Ridge housing scheme in St. Catherine.

This housing scheme is located in the community of Kitson Town and is about 15 minutes away from the parish’s capital, Spanish Town. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said of this milestone “NHT is following the mandate that they have been giving which is build house, build house, build house and don’t stop build house because that is the only way, friends, that we are going to address the issue of irregular settlement of land in Jamaica. We have to get ahead of the demand for housing solutions. And, we have to make sure that the housing solution is affordable and that we build solutions that meet the market segment demand and that is what is the NHT is doing.”

37 Jamaicans Celebrating their New Homes!

The Spanish Town Ridge housing scheme consists so far of four premium serviced lots at the cost of $3.7 million each; and three regular serviced lots for  $2.8 million each, 12 one-bedroom units for $10 million each and 18 two-bedroom units at a cost of $12 million each. Since 2017, the NHT began 11,198 housing solutions, which surpasses what was done for the 4 years prior.  2,689 more units will be added by month’s end.

Martin Miller, Managing Director of the NHT, said to the new homeowners:

“Owning real estate is just one step. You need to protect your real estate. You must ensure that the entire community is protected; work together, grow each other's family, see yourself as your brother's keeper.”Holness advised the new homeowners to make this housing scheme a “model community”. He mentioned that the Spanish Ridge already has its own homeowners committee and added that this shows how ready the owners are to improve their community, safeguard their assets while maintaining their peace of mind.

The executive body of the Spanish Ridge housing scheme stated that they are extremely delighted for the opportunity to be given their own keys and that owning a new home is “a sign of prosperity”.

“It is our duty as a Government to ensure the process of owning a home is easy and affordable. We are demonstrating the fulfillment of this commitment by breaking ground and building a record number of units in the last 3 years,” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness stated on his Facebook Page.

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Dancehall Artist Cecile Now Children’s Author of a book that features a Jamaican mermaid

Kingston, Jamaica:

As the world becomes more diverse so are children's books. Authors are crossing borders and letting children know that they can truly be anything they want to be. Your race, background or any other societal labels doesn't have to stop you from reaching the stars, climbing the highest mountain or conquering the deepest sea.  Cecile Claudine Charlton, popularly known as Dancehall artist Cecile, is one such creative inspiring children to be any and every type of greatness with her upcoming debut children’s book, “Oceana Adventures of a Jamaican Mermaid”.

Dancehall Artist Cecile Now Children's Author of a book that features a Jamaican mermaid

This book features Oceana, a black Jamaican mermaid who is from one of the oldest parishes of Jamaica, St. Thomas. Oceana loves Reggae music and adventures. When asked what inspired her, Cecile replied “I was inspired by the idea that my daughter should have a character that she could see herself in. My friend Kasi and I had been discussing the fact that all the characters the kids look up to or like didn’t look like them. I, not only wanted her to see herself in such a character but could also be able to relate to this character in terms of geography and music.”

It’s no doubt that representation matters and Jamaicans are just not represented well enough in popular books and media. It is no surprise that Jamaican children look up to and adore famous Disney characters such as Elsa from “Frozen” and Ryder from “Paw Patrol”. The books that sell out often in local books stores are often international bestsellers. Though there are more books written by local authors now than prior years, there’s still much more rooms for fictional stories with Jamaicans being the main characters.

Jamaica Live asked Cecile what impact will “Oceana Adventures of a Jamaican Mermaid” have on Jamaica and the world?

“If the kids are like my child, they will love it along with everything else they know. This is not about excluding them from anything. It’s more about including something that’s “of them”. As for everyone else, I have no idea what the impact will be but I’ve never dreamt small. Reading taught me from I was a child that you can achieve anything so I am thinking all types of greatness here,” she said.

Cecile Poses with her daughter Nana.

It took Cecile a week to complete this book. However, the ideas swirled around in her head for weeks before she committed it to paper. “Oceana Adventures of a Jamaican Mermaid” will be released very soon and will be available on several platforms. There will be also be branded Oceana items such as swim caps and swimsuits designed by Cecile’s daughter, Nana. There’s already a t-shirt branded "Rock By Nana” available on Amazon. Follow @badgyalcecile for updates.

Rock By Nana Shirt

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Over 1700 Dead from Ebola Virus. Jamaica Activates Its Ebola Virus Disease Response Plan

A worker of the Democratic Republic of Congo Health Ministry checks people’s temperature in Goma

Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa: In 1976, the Ebola virus was discovered near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The name "Ebola virus" is derived from the Ebola River—a river that was at first thought to be in close proximity to the area in Democratic Republic of Congo, previously called Zaire, where Ebola virus outbreak occurred.

Since that discovery, there have been several outbreaks with the latest currently happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On July 17, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). This is a treaty intended to “prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease”.

There are currently over 2500 people infected, with 1700 of that number dying from the disease thus far. It has been reported that there are about 12 new cases daily. Currently, there is no cure for Ebola.

 HOW IS EBOLA TRANSMITTED? 

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola is an airborne disease. It is actually contracted through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, feces, and vomit. The virus has also been found in urine, semen and breast milk. Ebola virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days in a male who’s recovering. Saliva and tears may also present some risk. Humans are not the only ones spread Ebola. It can be transmitted from an infected animal such as fruit bat or monkey.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA?

The symptoms take 2-21 days to appear after being infected. In the early stages, Ebola mimics Flu symptoms. As it worsens, It causes bleeding from the nose, ears, eyes and inside the body. Some may experience bloody diarrhea and or rashes. Ebola is considered to be severe especially due to, dehydration, blood loss or multiple organ failure it brings. The last major outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,000 people.

HOW IS EBOLA PREVENTED?

 Currently, there is no cure for Ebola. Researchers are working on this. The best way to prevent Ebola is to stay away from infected areas and infected humans as well as animals that could possibly carry the virus.

HOW IS DRC HANDLING THIS CURRENT OUTBREAK?

It was reported that Oly Ilunga, health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo resigned on July 22, 2019, in protest of the president’s handling of the Ebola crisis. He said in his letter to DRC President Félix Tshisekedi that “as a result of your decision to oversee the response to the Ebola epidemic, and because I anticipate that this decision will inevitably lead to a predictable outcry, I submit to you my resignation as Health Minister.”

He also claimed that information was hidden about plans to release an experimental vaccine in DRC. Said vaccine has been given to 161,000 people and is said to be 97% effective. The vaccine, however, is given to those who have had direct contact with someone infected with Ebola. As mentioned in the earlier part of the article, over 2500 people infected, with 1700 of that number dying from the disease thus far. It has been reported that there are about 12 new cases daily.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE CARIBBEAN?

Goma, a city that provides a doorway to the rest of the world, has its first confirmed case. This city holds about 2 million people. Therefore, the outbreak finding its way to other countries including the Caribbean is possible. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging regional countries to broaden their surveillance at ports of entry. Jamaica’s national Ebola Virus Disease Response Plan has been started up by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton stated:

“Given the relatively robust surveillance and infection prevention and control practices in Jamaica, the public can be reassured that the current emergency response arrangements are in place to enable an appropriate response in the event of the introduction of the Ebola virus disease into the country.

The Ministry will also be ensuring capacities for the readiness which includes addressing stock levels of critical equipment and supplies, protocols for specimen and patient transportation and reporting requirements.”

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Traffic deaths out of control in Jamaica prompted Damian Marley to write song “Reach Home Safe”

Kingston Jamaica: According to the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, the latest report indicates that 236 people have died in 216 crashes. This shows a shocking increase of 24 percent when compared to last year's statistics of the same period. There were 38 road deaths in February; 36 in January; 35 in March and 32 in June. 76 motorcyclists have died since January 1, 2019. Based on the latest figures released by the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, it can be concluded that Jamaica is averaging 39 road deaths monthly.

police officer examing a vechile following a crash

Since this past weekend, five more Jamaicans did not reach home safely. Report shows two persons died on Saturday July 13/2019 in Priory, St. Ann due to a minibus crashing into Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus. Two persons died the night prior along the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston when a motor crashed with a Knutsford Express bus. That same night a car hit a pedestrian along Mountain View Avenue. These additional fatalities now bring the figure to 241 road deaths.

Mini bus crashes into JUTC bus

The report stated that human activity rather than mechanical defects contributes to the high number of road fatalities each year. The report also indicates that the main factors are that drivers are speeding, many driving under the influence of alcohol, others overtaking irresponsibly and being distracted by the use of cell phones while in motion. Drivers and passengers are also refusing to use their seat-belts and motorists are failing to use proper helmets and gears. However, it is not just drivers that are dying due to road accidents. Road Safety Unit stated that pedestrians account for a third of road traffic fatalities.

The high number of road deaths has prompted Damian “Junior Gong” Marley to dedicate a single titled “Reach Home Safe” that speaks to one of the possible causes. According to Highway 2000 East-West and the Road Safety Unit , drunk driving or driving under the influence of alcohol is one driver error identified as a possible cause of road accidents.

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley:

Mek up mi mind say tonight mi decide fi party
And dat mean say none of my friend dem can't party harder than me
Cause who the hell unnu expect fi drive
Like dem want gamble with we life
And me want each and every one of my parry fi

Reach home safe!
Dat a the most import thing
Cause mi love my family
Reach home safe!
No bother with the driving when you a drink
And go tear down golden springs

A couple of months ago, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness appealed to motorists to exercise greater care when it came using the roads. He stated at the launch of Workers' Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in May that it is “driver error, driver judgment and driver indiscipline” that contribute mainly to motor crashes. The Road Safety unity has released several safety guidelines so that fatalities can be avoided once these necessary steps are taken. Some of these are:

Tips for Motorists to Stay Safe

  • Do not exceed the prescribed speed limit.
  • Do not drive after drinking or using mind-altering substances such as drugs or alcohol.
  • Commercial entities can install alcolocks in motor vehicles to ensure the safety of their driver and merchandise
  • Wear seatbelts, front seat and back seat passengers should practice this behaviour.
  • Adhere to seatbelt warning signals.
  • Try to minimize distractions. Avoid using DVD players and cell phones while driving.
  • Do not drive if feeling tired or haven't slept in the last 18 hours.
  • Pedestrians are unable to judge speed and distance. Motorists should ensure they look out for them especially the children.
Minibus that crashed into JUTC bus

Tips for Pedestrians to Stay Safe:

  • Cross at spots where there are stop signs, traffic lights, crosswalks and where all vehicular traffic is visible.
  • Stay on the sidewalk (if available) when walking. If there are no adequate sidewalks, walk on the right side against traffic so you can see motorists oncoming.
  • Don't use cellphones or other distracting gadgets such as MP3's when walking.
  • Staying alert for vehicles turning, vehicle running the red light. Do not start to cross until all traffic has stopped.
  • When crossing at locations without signals, cross the street one lane at a time. Cross into the next lane only when it is safe to do so.
  • Look right, left and then right again for traffic before crossing a crosswalk. Never assume that a vehicle is going to stop for you.
  • Wear light or bright coloured clothing at night, avoid dark coloured clothing, especially at dusk and at nights.
  • Use pedestrian overhead bridges where provided.
  • When travelling in large groups walk in a single file (one behind the other) along the roadway if no sidewalk is available.

Pedestrian of different ages are at risk in different situations and for different reasons as follows:

Age of Pedestrian Risk Factors
 1 to 2 years Reversing or backing-up
3 to 9 years Dart out - don't know the rules
10 to 14 years Dart out - know the rules but don't always follow them
Adults Alcohol/Drugs/Inattention/Distraction

Road Safety Tips for Children and Parents

  • Look right, left, right again before crossing the road. Wait for vehicles on both sides of the road to stop before you cross.
  • Cross at pedestrian crossings and traffic signals where they are available.
  • Wait until the motor vehicles stop before entering the roadway.
  • Do not play near or the roadway.
  • Walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk.
  • Walk in a single file when walking with a group of friends where there is a narrow or no sidewalk.
  • Always wear a helmet, elbow, and knees pads when riding a bicycle.
  • If a child is a pillion passenger ensure that the child is wearing a well-fitted motorcycle helmet.
  • All persons including children are prohibited from riding/ hoping on the rear of large vehicles such as buses or vans.

 

We, at Jamaica Live, would like all Jamaicans to “reach home safe” so please adhere to the road codes, rules, and safety guidelines.

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Republican Jamaican Immigrant Launched Campaign Attack to Unseat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Scherie Murray is a 38 years old businesswoman from Jamaica, Queens, New York. She migrated to the United States at 9 years old with her parents from the Island of Jamaica.

Murray who is a former state committeewoman of the New York State Republican Party, launched her campaign on July 17, 2019. She is the latest Republican to announce their intentions to run against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her congressional seat in 2020.

She talks about her “strong record of success” as a state committeewoman. She went on to say, “I’ve worked across the aisle, I’ve engaged constituents, elected officials". This she believes, is the differentiating factor between her and the four other Republicans who have filed to run for the seat.

Murray told Fox News Panel and Sean Hannity that she decided to run because she wants to "unite the fight".

She argued that the narrative on the national level needs to be "dialed back", and "that's why I am in the race".

Murray Talks to Fox News Hannity

"I would like to represent the Constituents in Queens and the Bronx. We see AOC, from the time she is been elected she put out policy like the job-killing Green New Deal. She then went on to kill the Amazon deal in New York which would have put some twenty five thousand jobs in Queens". Murray emphasized that these are some of the reasons why she decided to run.

Murray told Fox News, Ocasio-Cortez has neglected many issues in New York "fighting for the limelight". She added: "Instead of focusing on us, she's focusing on being famous.

She claims she is here to build bridges and not burn them down. 

Her Policy: She wants to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, infrasture and education.

“I love this country, I know firsthand what it is to work hard ... and it is something that I don’t take for granted. I think it is a great opportunity for any immigrant to come to this country and be here in the greatest nation in the world", she said.

"Bridges, they fill our skyline. Rising above our city, their arches are more than stone and steel," Murray says in the video. "They connect us, they help us move forward, and cross from place to place. That's why we build bridges, to be connected to one another."

"I am Scherie Murray, I was 9 years old when I came to America with my family. We migrated from Jamaica....."

"I have been building bridges and crossing them my whole life", she said

"Queens and the Bronx needs someone who will create jobs instead of turning them away. Someone to unite the fight in Washington and help you build a bridge to a better future for yourself, instead of pushing for a pay raise for herself."

Scherie Murray

Before the attack on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Murray congratulated her.

A tweet from June 2018 has now surfaced showing that Murray actually supported Ocasio-Cortez when she congratulated her on her win against the 10-term Joe Crowley.

Murray tweeted a CNN article and wrote, “Congratulations Alexandria. #Queens is headed in a new direction and It’s time for new leadership. #Yes,” Murray said.

But Murray has since changed her tone. According to a series of tweets, Murray believed Ocasio-Cortez’s only goal is to seek celebrity. She also called her politics “toxic.”

“There’s a crisis in Queens and it’s called AOC. She isn’t worried about us – she’s worried about being famous. That’s why I’m running for Congress. Join our movement to #unitethefight,” Murray wrote.

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54-year-old woman Charged After Trying To Collect Her Dead Mother’s Pension

Kingston, Jamaica: A 54-year-old woman is now in custody for allegedly attempting to collect her deceased mother's pension. According reports, on Monday, January 21, Janet Jarrett, 54-year-old, visited the Accountant General's Department to bring up to date the banking information of her mother, Hermine Byrant. This was done to facilitate the collection of her mother’s pension. Suspicions arose when Jarrett show an identification card of her mother who’s no longer alive.

The police were contacted on the matter and an investigation was done. All suspicions were confirmed when it was proved that Jarett’s mother passed three years ago. Jarrett was then arrested and charged. The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch reported that Janet Jarret was charged with forgery. The charges leveled against Jarret states she forged documents and obtaining money by means of false pretense. On July 30th, Jarrett is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Jarret was charged under the • Fraud Squad (Electronic Fraud) Act of the The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch Unit.

One commenter asked, “How is this terrorism?"
"Why do you need cops trained in counter-terrorism to arrest an old lady for this?"

According to the Jamaica Observer, January 24th, 2015 article:
The Jamaica Constabulary Force has established what it calls a Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC).
The new Branch, according to yesterday’s publication of the JCF’s Force Orders, is a merger of the Flying Squad and the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID).
The eight-unit branch was formed “to strengthen the country’s security framework to effectively combat terrorism and organised crime in all forms” and is to be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) the Force Orders added.
The units coming under C-TOC are:
• Counter Terrorism and Special Investigation,
• National Strategic Anti-gang (NSAU)/ Transnational Crime,
• Communication Forensic and Cybercrime (CFCU),
• Operations and Special Enquiries (Stolen Motor Vehicle, Major Robberies)
• Constabulary Financial Unit,
• Fraud Squad (Electronic Fraud)
• Intelligence and Covert Evidence Gathering
• Anti-Trafficking in Person, Intellectual Property (Vice Squad
ACP Devon Watkis will be the head of C-TOC.

For those who aren’t aware of what rates are for pensions, please see below:

The following National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits have been increased with effect from April 1, 2018.

Category of Benefit Previous Weekly Rate New Weekly Rate
Old Age, Invalidity &
Widow’s/Widower’s Pension
• Full Rate $2,800 $3,400
• 3/4 Rate $2,100 $2,550
• 1/2 Rate $1,400 $1,700
Maternity Allowance
(Domestic Workers)
$6,200 $7,000

Also, you can visit the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for more information: https://www.mlss.gov.jm/departments/national-insurance-scheme/#1558990442809-a9f52408-cc71

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness, launches Jamaica Labour Party Education Fund.

Jamaica Labour Party celebrated their 76th anniversary

On July 8, 2019, the Jamaica Labour Party celebrated their 76th anniversary. The party was formed by the RT. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante in 1943. According to an article shared by Jamaica’s Prime Minister and JLP’s Party Leader, Andrew Holness, the JLP was successfully launched 76 years ago at Ward Theatre in Kingston, Jamaica. This launch was attended by the masses and representatives of many public bodies. Mr Holness stated:

The JLP remains resolute and committed to the vision of a just and equitable society, protecting and expanding the rights of all Jamaicans, and increasing the well being and shared prosperity for the people of this great country.

On our 76th anniversary, we thank God for his grace and ask for his guidance and blessings as we unite to move Jamaica from poverty to shared prosperity.”

RT. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante

The plan to launched the education fund was announced at the Jamaica Labour Party’s 75th-anniversary conference in 2018.

To coincide with the Party's 76th anniversary, the Prime Minister officially launched the education fund.

The fund is name the Jamaica Labour Party Education Fund. It is consist of five national scholarships in the name of past Prime Ministers who have formed governments from the Jamaica Labour Party.

The Education Scholarships: 

The Alexander Bustamante scholarship for Mathematics and/or Computer Science

The Donald Sangster scholarship for Agriculture

The Hugh Shearer scholarship for Engineering

The Edward Seaga scholarship for Economics

The Bruce Golding scholarship for Science.

According to the Prime Minister, the scholarships will be awarded to persons with a strong record of academic achievements, who demonstrate a concern for others, commitment to community and country, strong leadership potential and exemplary character. Scholarships each value between 700,000 JMD to 1.75 million JMD per year for a maximum of three years. These scholarships are opened to the University of Technology, the University of the West Indies and Northern Caribbean University. Application period opens now and is offered nationally.

He also stated that the subject areas were carefully selected to support strategically the national cause as more professionals are needed in the listed areas.Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications online to scholarships@jamaicalabourparty.com or submit hard copies to Jamaica Labour Party Scholarship Committee at 20 Belmont Road, Kingston 5.

Applicants should include in their applications a cover letter briefly introducing yourself, setting out your proposed course of study, inspiration as well as your proposed university. Applications should also include a resume/CV with contact details, academic transcripts from high school/university as well as a personal essay or statement of purpose, in no more than 800 words. Three References are also required, one of which should be from someone who taught you, a copy of birth certificate and two passport size photographs.

Applications will then be examined by the committee and from these, short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview by late August 2019. Dates will be published as soon as applications are reviewed. Scholarship awardees will be announced in late August/early September.

Mr Holness also mentioned that 126 bursaries and one-off grants will be opened to JLP workers’ children and wards. 10 additional bursaries are opened to members of G2K and young Jamaicans. Bursaries are valued at 200, 000 JMD. Greater considerations will be given to first-time university attendees.

Get your applications together now and don't miss this great opportunity now opened to Jamaican

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Jamaican Teen Attacked & Lived To Reveal Her Attacker Before She Died

Murdered Jamaican Teen Tara Kay Moncrieffe in Woodstock, St. Ann

On July 2, 2019, a farmer on his way to his field, found an injured teen, named Tara Kay Moncrieffe in Woodstock, St. Ann. It is reported that this teen was stabbed several times and that her throat was partly slashed. She was then rushed to the hospital. While ongoing treatment, Tara revealed the names of her attackers. It was reported that three men attacked her and left her to die. Somehow, she managed to survive long enough for the farmer to find her.

Two days after being rushed to the hospitals and revealing the names of her attackers, Tara succumbed to her injuries. She was only 18 years old. The St. Ann Police now have three men in custody connected to the stabbing of Tara in the rural community of Woodstock. It is alleged that one of the three suspects had a romantic connection with the now deceased. Commenters on social media stated that this is a “wicked and vile” act and several expressed that it was good that she was able to name her attackers before passing. Many wondered why criminal activities like an attack on Tara continuously happen in Jamaica.

It was just yesterday that the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness announced a State of Emergency (SOE) for the South St. Andrew division, stating that the recorded number of murders that happened this year thus far for South St. Andrew surpassed last year’s recorded number of murders for the corresponding period. This is just one of the several State of Emergencies that have been implemented in a few areas since the beginning of the year. It is undeniable that crime is one of Jamaica’s biggest issues.

The government constantly appeals to the public to assist wherever they can. Persons can call the JDF tip line at 876-837-8888; or the police tip line at 311.

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