5 Unusual Careers for Young People

Croupier

This is a person at a gambling table who helps with bets and payouts.

Ethical hacker

A person who is an expert in computing and networking who basically ‘hacks’ into systems to find weaknesses

Genealogist

A person who studies and traces the history and lineage of families.

Geriatric nurse

This is a nurse who specifically takes care of elderly patients.

Jockey

This is a person who rides horses in horse races.

 

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Deadly fake goods
  2. Lawyers on US-Ja scamming radar
  3. Ja watching US border wall tax proposal
  4. More correctional officers under probe for corruption
  5. Fire destroys sections of craft market downtown
  6. OUR tells NWC to halt late payment fee

1. Deadly fake goods

Rum is among the latest items being counterfeited by criminals in Jamaica. The bulk of the $1.9 billion worth of fake goods seized by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch last year is being linked to criminals. The seized items were put on display by the C-TOC’s top security officers during a special press conference in downtown Kingston, yesterday. They included boxes of handbags, shoes, skin-bleaching products, T-shirts, computers and other appliances, clothing, and CDs and DVDs. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Lawyers on US-Ja scamming radar

A number of Jamaican attorneys who United States (US) authorities believe are helping lottery scammers hide their ill-gotten gains could be swept up in the wave of extradition requests that American prosecutors are preparing to unleash on the Jamaican Government. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ja watching US Border Wall Tax proposal

The Government has indicated that it is keeping a close eye on a draft bill in the United States that is proposing to tax remittances sent to countries like Jamaica, the funds from which would be used to fund President Donald Trump’s US border wall with Mexico, intended to curb illegal migration. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. More correctional officers under probe for corruption

National Security Minister Robert Montague is reporting that several correctional officers are currently under investigation for corruption while others have been charged with breaching the law. He said a number of officers in the correctional service have also been transferred from particular correctional centres. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Fire destroys sections of craft market downtown

Eighteen shops at the Kingston Craft Market in downtown Kingston were destroyed by fire early yesterday at about 2:35 a.m. No one was injured during the blaze. The fire was contained by units from the Jamaica Fire Brigade, which turned out to be the saving grace for the remaining 107 shops left undamaged. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. OUR tells NWC to halt late payment fees

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has directed the National Water Commission (NWC) to immediately stop charging customers late payment fee on bills for which there are outstanding amounts. The NWC has also been directed to stop the practice of sending multiple bills within a single billing cycle and have been advised that only one bill should be sent to customers per billing cycle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. 31 wanted in St James
  2. J’cans lighting up Penn relays 2017
  3. JPS exec new MoBay Chamber of Commerce president
  4. Farm work programme preselection exercise coming
  5. 500 more wanted for lottery scamming
  6. Scammers target NIS pensioners

1. 31 wanted in St James

The St James police have not only issued a list of 31 men wanted for a range of serious crimes in and around the parish, but they are also warning citizens that it is a criminal offence to harbour any of the suspects. The named individuals are being asked to immediately turn themselves in to the Montego Bay Criminal Investigation Branch. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. J’cans lighting up Penn Relays 2017

Edwin Allen High got off to a perfect start at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this morning when Gabrielle McDonald captured the  Championship of America 400 metres hurdles in 58.65 seconds.   The fast starting McDonald led all the way to post a commanding victory ahead of Lauren Hoffman of Battlefield, Virginia, who clocked 59.69. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JPS exec new MoBay Chamber of Commerce president

T’Shura Gibbs, an executive at the Jamaica Public Service Company, was last night elected the new president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Gibbs defeated incumbent Gloria Henry 50-35 votes at the chamber’s Annual General Meeting at the Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Farm Work Programme preselection exercise coming

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has announced plans to carry out a preselection exercise for the Canadian and the United States farm work programme from June 26 to July 24, this year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. 500 more wanted for lottery scamming

Prosecutors in several cities across the United States (US) are getting ready to unleash a wave of up to 500 extradition requests for Jamaicans they believe are involved in the deadly lottery scam. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Scammers target NIS pensioners

The police are to “swiftly” probe reports that criminals are scamming elderly Jamaicans out of their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits – often, their only source of income – the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has said. Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson, yesterday, told lawmakers that she was “shocked” at the reports. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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What’s Right With Jamaica? It’s Carnival!

Byron Lee is the man who must be credited with popularising the concept of Carnival in Jamaica. From as early as 1990, Lee introduced, on an extensive scale, the fire and fierceness of Trinidad’s Carnival culture to Jamaicans. That was over two and a half decades ago. Now, Jamaicans have embraced Carnival as their own. Around Easter time every year, they don their costumes and take to the streets to palav and revel. Here are some pictorial highlights from Carnival season 2017. All photos are courtesy of The Gleaner.

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HR1813: What the Proposed US Border Wall Funding Bill Says

Below is the text of the five pages of the Bill to Amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries and for other purposes. Republican congressman from Alabama, Mike Rogers, introduced the ‘Border Wall Funding Bill’ on March 30. It is to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act by requiring a charge of two per cent on the US-dollar value of any money being sent to Jamaica and 43 other countries covering Latin America and the Caribbean. The tax would be used to fund the wall President Donald Trump promised to build at the US border with Mexico to curb illegal immigration.

 

Source: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1813/text

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Remittance blow? Proposed US tax on remittances
  2. More extraditions coming
  3. Eight extradited for lottery scamming
  4. Fisherfolk dissatisfied with compensation
  5. Grange ‘was not aware’ of details of $15m contract
  6. $492m flood damage bill

1. Remittance blow? Proposed US tax on remittances

Don’t expect “strong” opposition from the Jamaican diaspora in the United States to legislation proposed to tax remittances sent to countries like Jamaica, Irwine Clare, a key New York member, said. The tax would be used to fund the wall President Donald Trump campaigned on and insists will be built at the US border with Mexico to curb illegal immigration. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. More extraditions coming

United States (US) Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno today delivered an ominous warning to Jamaicans who are involved in the lottery scam. Moreno revealed that a special taskforce established by US authorities to crack down on the advance fee or lottery scam has “thousands of cases under investigation”. “Expect hundreds of extraditions,” declared the top American diplomat in the island. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Eight extradited for lottery scamming

Eight Jamaicans, including a police constable, who are accused of being part of a lottery scam network that fleeced scores of elderly American citizens out of US$5.6 million, or nearly J$500 million, are to be extradited to the United States today, law-enforcement officials have revealed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Fisherfolk dissatisfied with compensation

“Not close to satisfactory” are the words Novlette Mighty, president of Greenwich Town Fishing Group, used to describe the payment package being offered by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) to compensate fisherfolk for the hindrances caused by the dredging process being carried out in their area. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Grange ‘was not aware’ of details of $15m contract

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said though she did not know the details, she knew that Trevor Nairne, the partner in a company involving one of her senior advisers, was contracted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to be artistic director for the 2016 Grand Gala that cost approximately $63 million. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. $492m flood damage bill

The bill so far for the damage left by weekend floods is approximately $492 million, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has told the Parliament. Clarendon, the most affected parish, has returned a bill of $86.3 million. McKenzie updated the House of Representatives on the effects of the floods caused by 48 hours of weekend rains. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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Malaria Stats – Jamaica & The World

The following is an extract from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health public advisory on malaria in the country:

Background

Malaria in humans is caused by five species of a protozoal parasite belonging to the genus Plasmodium. These are P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae and P. knowlesi. The malaria parasite is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of female Anopheles mosquitoes called “malaria vectors.” There are more than 30 anopheline species that transmit malaria and Anopheles albimanus is considered the principal vector for transmission in Jamaica.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in the World Malaria Report of 2016, reported that there were 91 countries with ongoing malaria transmission. According to this report, there were approximately 212 million new cases of malaria worldwide in 2015 (range 148–304 million) with the WHO African Region accounting for most of global cases of malaria (90%), followed by the South-East 3 Asia Region (7%) and the Eastern Mediterranean Region (2%). The endemic countries are Africa, the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South East Asia and the Western Pacific.

Symptoms of Malaria

The symptoms of Malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Some population groups are at considerably higher risk of contracting malaria, and developing severe disease, than others. These include pregnant women, infants, children under five years of age, patients with HIV/AIDS, as well as non-immune migrants, mobile populations and travelers.

History of Malaria in Jamaica

Jamaica eliminated malaria after the successful Malaria Eradication Campaign of 1958/62 with the last endemic case being in 1961. Jamaica has been able to prevent re-introduction by public health surveillance, identifying imported cases and putting in place the necessary control measures to prevent local spread even in the presence of imported malaria. In 2006, after 44 years of “eradication”, Jamaica had an outbreak of Plasmodium falciparum. An emergency response was launched with the key strategies of early detection, prompt treatment of cases, vector control, public education and intersectoral collaboration. This led to the successful re-elimination of Malaria in 2009. In 2012, Jamaica was re-instated on the Official Register of areas where Malaria eradication has been achieved.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Traumatised nation
  2. $2b illegal jackpot
  3. Two Jamaicas? Reggae party pepper-sprayed
  4. More money for W Kgn residents
  5. First Heritage scraps dormant account fees
  6. Education to stop gangster lifestyle

1. Traumatised nation

More than 1,000 persons die violently in Jamaica each year. Their lives are snuffed out in various circumstances, including robbery, child abuse, reprisals, gang warfare, domestic violence and police killings. Death of a loved one can be frightening, but sudden, violent death can leave families reeling with incomprehensible grief, pain and confusion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. $2b illegal jackpot

Illegal cash pot operators are creaming off what the authorities believe amount to at least J$2 billion per year from the gaming industry. Although this continues to put a dent in the operations of Supreme Ventures, the licensed franchise operator, it is how the money is being spent that has stakeholders and the police concerned. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Two Jamaicas? Reggae party pepper-sprayed

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has indicated that an incident Sunday night at the popular entertainment spot, Dub Club, in Skyline Drive, St Andrew, that led to the arrest and charge of roots reggae events promoter Gabre Selassie and a selector, for breaches of the Noise Abatement Act in St Andrew on the same day revellers participated in massive carnival activities in the Corporate Area, could send the wrong signal that there are two Jamaicas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. More money for W Kgn residents

Some residents of west Kingston who received compensation arising from the deadly May 2010 security-force operation are to get more money based on the preliminary report submitted by a state-appointed compensation committee. But, according to Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, there’s no settled date yet for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to make his promised apology in Parliament. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. First Heritage scraps dormant account fees

First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union (FHC) has announced it will stop withdrawing fees from the accounts of customers with dormant accounts. Last month, the National Commercial Bank, First Global Bank, Scotiabank Jamaica and First Caribbean International Bank announced they would suspend collecting fees on dormant accounts with immediate effect. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Education to stop gangster lifestyle

Armed with knowledge that high-school students are targets for recruitment into criminal gangs, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell, has said that the problem must be confronted head-on by prioritising education. He said that developing strong leadership at all levels of society is needed to bring the nefarious practice to an abrupt end. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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#Infographic: 5 Facts About Vaccines

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#Infographic: Facts About Measles

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