6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Charges laid in divorce racket
  2. Employers urged to support workers with mental health issues
  3. Dons want stake in downtown redevelopment
  4. Role of JPs to be strengthened
  5. Stamp out tyre burning to lift air quality
  6. Unwarranted suspensions irk student council president

1. Charges laid in divorce racket

The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime  Investigation Branch (CTOC) has charged four people in relation to the divorce racket uncovered at the Supreme Court. They were charged yesterday with forgery; uttering forged documents and conspiracy. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Employers urged to support workers with mental health issues

As World Mental Health Day 2017 is being commemorated globally, employers are being urged to provide support for workers who may be afflicted with mental-health issues. The Ministry says one in every five persons in the workplace has mental-health issues. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Dons want stake in downtown redevelopment

More than 30 dons have informed stakeholders in the redevelopment of downtown Kingston that they want a piece of the action to restore the capital city and have expressed willingness to participate and make it happen, piquing the interest of administrators. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Role of JPs to be strengthened

As part of the ongoing justice-reform initiatives as well as the changing demands of the communities within which justices of the peace (JPs) serve, Cabinet has given approval for the enactment of legislation to strengthen their role. This was noted by Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck when he delivered the keynote address at the commissioning of 38 new JPs at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on Friday.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Stamp out tyre burning to lift air quality

The burning of tyres and other hazardous materials in communities around the Riverton City dump for financial gain must be stamped out or regulated if the deteriorating air quality is to improve, says National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Executive Director Audley Gordon. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Unwarranted suspensions irk student council president

President of the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC), Antonette Dennis, is calling on school administrators to review their disciplinary practices following the five-day suspension of a group of students from the St Catherine High School for their participation in a raunchy social-media challenge. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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What’s Right With Jamaica: The Blue Mountain’s Rainforest – A Pictorial

How thankful are Jamaicans for Jamaica? It’s a wonderful country teeming with enthusiasm, brilliance, talent and heritage as lush as our verdant landscapes. There is much in this little island to be grateful for, and here at diGJamaica, we don’t need a holiday or observance to celebrate Jamaica … we believe in celebrating the uniqueness of this country all year round. Follow our What’s Right With Jamaica series to see our weekly highlight of something refreshingly special in the island. You can also suggest topics for the series by sending emails to digjamaica@gmail.com.

This week, our focus is again turned to the highest point in the nation’s landscape: The glorious, majestic, incomparable Blue Mountains, looking specifically at the dense rainforests shrouding the mountainsides. We have snapshots of some of what can be seen along the Blue Mountain hike trail for you.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Battle on for SE St Mary
  2. Gov’t giving up on clean air for Mandela Highway?
  3. ECJ extends life of voter’s ID for 2 yrs
  4. No SDF support for JDF women’s league
  5. Wilson gets rights to Irish digital marketing course
  6. Allan Cole Jr laid to rest

1. Battle on for SE St Mary

Supporters of the two major political parties are continuing to defy requests of Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown not to place flags or other party paraphernalia in sections of constituencies during the holding of elections. Nowhere is the defiance more obvious than in the battleground seat of St Mary South East, one of three constituencies where nomination day activities are being held today. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t giving up on clean air for Mandela Highway?

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has accused the authorities of giving up on clean air for the communities around Spanish Town Road in the vicinity of the Riverton City Landfill and for persons travelling along the Mandela Highway. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. ECJ extends life of voter’s ID for 2 yrs

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has extended the life of voter identification cards by two years. All current voter IDs expire at the end of 2017. In a notice, the ECJ says the cards will continue to be valid until December 31, 2019. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. No SDF support for JFF women’s league

Despite suggestions by Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts that the Women’s Premier League might receive support from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), there is continued uncertainty about this year’s staging. This is because the SDF’s General Manager, Denzil Wilks, denies any discussions about supporting a full league, preferring instead to assist in development projects. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Wilson gets rights to Irish digital marketing course

Tyrone Wilson’s eMedia Interactive Group Limited has struck a new partnership with an Irish outfit to deliver a digital marketing course in the Caribbean through iCreate Institute. The agreement with Digital Marketing Institute offers qualifications as a certified digital marketer. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Allan Cole Jr laid to rest

Allan Cole Jr, son of legendary Jamaican footballer Allan ‘Skill’ Cole, was remembered as a loving and caring individual who inspired and influenced the lives of all he came across in a positive way. The former Excelsior High School Manning Cup team captain was laid to rest at the Sunset Burial Park in Shooters Hill, eastern St Andrew, following a heart-warming funeral at the school’s auditorium yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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What’s Right With Jamaica: Smile About J-A-M-A-I-C-A

How thankful are Jamaicans for Jamaica? It’s a wonderful country teeming with enthusiasm, brilliance, talent and heritage as lush as our verdant landscapes. There is much in this little island to be grateful for, and here at diGJamaica, we don’t need a holiday or observance to celebrate Jamaica … we believe in celebrating the uniqueness of this country all year round. Follow our What’s Right With Jamaica series to see our weekly highlight of something refreshingly special in the island. You can also suggest topics for the series by sending emails to digjamaica@gmail.com.

Jamaica is not the irie-est little island in the world for no reason. Today, we want to salute the country by using the letters in its name to spell out some aspect of this awesome island that is guaranteed to make our people smile. Enjoy, and let your cup run over.

J – Jokes

I remember when light (electricity) was out, and we used to sit on the verandah at my home in country and compete to see who could tell the funniest jokes. When the lights went out, it was a laugh fest, as Big Boy and Bwoysie stories, riddles, and all kinds of adages about Anancy and Tukuma would materialise. Then it would get personal, and we would remember funny moments we experienced. We got to hear funny stories about my parents, aunts, uncles and their parents growing up.

Then there’s his other aspect to Jamaican life – our ability to laugh at others and ourselves, even in the most trying times. Memes aren’t really new, if you think about it. Jamaicans have been making verbal memes for centuries – running jokes and laughing in the face of hardship and adversity. What a people fi kin teet!

A – Authenticity

It doesn’t get realer than a Jamaican. From our inbred capacity for blunt truth-telling, to our cultural oddities and quirks, we are pretty much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get  bunch of people. The good thing is that love fiercely. We love our families, our country, our way of life, and our quirks, and we defend and represent them wherever we go. Every Jamaican is an evangelist – we all spread the gospel of Jamaica wherever we go. We are all walking proud walking billboards representing the realest culture on the planet.

M – Music

Someone suggested “men” for M, but music won out in the end. Because the reach and scope of Jamaican music is so vast and it has been such a potent catalyst for change internationally, there is just no denying that it is one of the main things that this country is known for, and one of the main reasons why so many people smile when they think of Jamaica (think ‘One Love’ and Bob Marley).

A – Artisticity

Jamaicans are artistic, creative souls. Yes, some of us are analytic, scientific and mathematic (can math be used like that?) … but, truth be told, there seems to be an affinity with the arts that seems almost innate to most Jamaicans. We automatically rock to a riddim; we can draw, colour, paint, act, sing, write, and definitely dance … Most of us without trying very hard. This country abounds with so much artitic talent that evidence of it can be seen on almost every street corner across the nation, whtehr it be craft vendors peddling their wares, or graffiti skillfully sprayed and painted onto unsuspecting walls. A look at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Festival programme in schools annually will reveal the treasure chest of new talent being unearthed and refined every year – topping up Jamaica’s talent basket till it full to hte overflow.

I – Irie-ness

The Bob Marley song says, “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.” When they’re not being bringle, cross and angry and miserable (which we want to say is not so very frequent …), Jamaicans are some of the chillest people on the planet. They know how to rest, relax and have a ton of fun in the sun! Who can run a lyme like a Jamaican? Who can party like a Jamaican? (Who can … erm, shall we say… idle … like a Jamaican?). We know the secret to genuinely unwinding, and we have mastered the art. It’s all part of the irie-ness stamped in our DNA. We know a smile a day keeps miserable-ness away.

C – Cuisine

Food is a big deal to Jamaicans, and we can always smile about the exotic, unique flavours with which we consistently season our lives – and the world. Jerk, curry, roast, fry, escoveitched … Jamaican dishes are scintillating, sensational, mouth-watering mouthfuls of heaven, packed with flavour and cooked with care.

A – Acceptance

To be honest, we thought about this long and hard, and the word we really wanted to use was “aspitality”. Jamaicans are very accepting people. We are warm, overflowing with a genuine sense of hospitality and care. We look out for friends and neighbours, and we take care of our people. We believe in community. This acceptance is a huge part of why so many tourists flock to our shores to experience a little slice of Jamaican live (and love) annually. It’s a home away from home because Jamaicans make it so.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Thieves rob 15 persons of cash and valuables
  2. Knife attack at high school leads to killing
  3. Tropical Storm Nate threatens US
  4. Today is #PINKDAY
  5. Students suspended for sex video
  6. NHT to fund $22m homes

1. Thieves rob 15 persons of cash and valuables

The police are reporting that 15 persons, 13 of whom are Chinese nationals, were robbed of cash and valuables worth nearly $3 million on Tuesday. A release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force this afternoon said the robbery took place about 9 o’clock  in the night on Paddington Terrace in Kingston 6. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Knife attack at high school leads to killing

A 15-year-old male student at the Edith Dalton James High School in the Corporate Area is dead following a knife attack today by another male student. It reported that both students had a dispute which became physical. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Tropical Storm Nate threatens US

Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua on Thursday and was being blamed for seven deaths in Central America as it spun north toward a potential landfall on the US Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Today is #PinkDay

Today is PINK DAY, a day set aside by the Jamaica Cancer Society to unite all Jamaicans in the fight against breast cancer and to give HOPE and INSPIRATION to the families battling this disease. In its more than 62 years of leadership in cancer prevention and control in Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society has been at the forefront. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Students suspended for sex video

A group of students at the St Catherine High School have been suspended following their participation in a raunchy social media challenge, which encourages participants to verbalise the extent that they would go for sexual pleasure.The challenge has provided an outlet for many to rap about their sexual desires and has seen several international celebrities joining the movement, which has gone viral. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. NHT will fully finance $22m homes

The National Housing Trust, NHT, which broke ground two weeks ago for the development of Ruthven Towers in Kingston, confirmed that it is willing to fully finance the apartment units, which are projected to range in price up to $22 million each. 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. Schools report HPV vaccine success
  2. Parliamentary committee argues over five-in-four target
  3. B-Fix-it slows J’can dollar slide
  4. Caribbean remittances recover after two years
  5. MP leaves meeting after comments rejected
  6. 150 new district constables to be recruited

1. Schools report HPV vaccine success

Two of the schools whose students received the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine on Monday are reporting that despite the backlash and islandwide controversy, it was a smooth process. Leighton Smith, principal of the Papine High School in St Andrew, said that the collaboration with the ministry went fairly well, which resulted in an organised execution of the exercise. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Parliamentary committee argues over five-in-four target

State Minister for finance and the public service, Fayval Williams, yesterday defended the Government’s so-called five-in-four gross domestic product (GDP growth targets during a parliamentary committee meeting as she sought to dismiss concerns over whether there was a disagreement within government in relation to medium-term projections. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. B-Fix-It slows slide of J’can dollar

Declaring that the Jamaican dollar has depreciated by only 1.0 per cent for the 12-month period up to October 2 this year, Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor Brian Wynter said that the central bank is reaping positive results from its “B-fix it intervention and trading tool”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Caribbean remittances recover after two years

The World Bank says remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to increase by 6.9 per cent to US$79 billion this year. In the latest edition of the Bank’s Migration and Development Brief, the Washington-based institution noted that “economic growth and improvement in the labour market in the United States is having a positive impact on the outlook for remittance flows”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. MP leaves meting after comments rejected

A seemingly irritated Leslie Campbell, member of parliament for St Catherine North East, yesterday walked out of a meeting in Gordon House after his submission that the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) was “erroneously” examining the Fiscal Policy Paper was dismissed by committee chairman Wykeham McNeill. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 150 new district constables to be recruited

National Security Robert Montague has indicated that 150 new district constables are to be recruited as the ministry moves to boost community policing. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Montague disclosed that the recruitment is to fill vacancies created as a result of 150 district constables participating in training to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force. 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. No major side effects from HPV vaccine
  2. Historic natural gas forum begins
  3. FLOW takes OUR to court
  4. HPV vaccine programme costing $100m
  5. Lisa lights a fire for Shane
  6. MPs lose millions of CDF to agencies

1. No major side effects from HPV vaccine

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the ministry is firm in its stance not to postpone the administering of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools, despite a proposal from Education Minister Ruel Reid that the programme be delayed amid concerns raised by parents and principals. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Historic natural gas forum begins

The push to significantly diversify the country’s energy mix will be underscored today when the first ever natural gas conference gets under way this morning at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The latest in technology and best practices will be highlighted by a panel of experts in the energy sector, academia, finance and the environment, as well as on tax policy. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. FLOW takes OUR to court

Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited, which trades as Flow, has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking to bar the Office of Utilities Regulation, the OUR, from implementing cuts to termination rates for fixed line calls. The OUR had developed a ‘glide path’ to implement the rate cuts over six months, from October 1 of this year to April 1, 2018. But Flow, which is the top provider of fixed-line services in Jamaica and stands to lose the most, had been arguing for a longer glide path extending over two years or more. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. HPV vaccine programme costing $100m

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton revealed in Parliament today that the Government is spending approximately $100 million for the first year of the programme to administer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools. Tufton said the estimated annual cost after introduction is $73.3 million. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Lisa Hanna

5. Lisa lights a fire for Shane

Lisa Hanna, the People’s National Party Member of Parliament for South East St Ann blazed a fire at a mass rally in Annotto Bay St Mary last night as the party officially introduced its candidate for the vacant South East St Mary seat, Dr Shane Alexis. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. MPs losing millions of CDF to agencies

Members of Parliament (MP) who lost millions of dollars to some implementing agencies for years, yesterday vented their frustration during a meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament at not being reimbursed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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Five Facts About the HPV Vaccine

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health has announced its intention to introduce the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine this year to schoolgirls in the fight against cervical cancer. This announcement has been the source of much debate about and questions about what exactly the HPV vaccine is. Here are five facts surrounding the debate:

  1. Cancer of the cervix is the second most common cancer in Jamaican women, after breast cancer.
  2. A study in the United States revealed that within four years of the vaccine’s introduction, HPV decreased by over 50 per cent among females aged 14 to 19.
  3. Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said that an improved public health system should decrease delay in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of persons living with cancer, hence the preventative vaccine measure.
  4. All cancers have a high chance of cure through early detection and proper treatment.

 

Here are some facts about the HPV vaccine:

1. It prevent infections with HPV types 16 and 18, two high-risk HPVs that cause about 70% of cervical cancers and an even higher percentage of some of the other HPV-associated cancers

2. Common Side Effects of HPV Vaccine are: Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given, fever, headache or feeling tired, nausea, muscle or joint pain.

3. Currently, it appears that the vaccines protect against HPV for at least 6 years. Studies suggest that the vaccines are effective at providing long-lasting protection.

5. Additional studies need to be done to see how long vaccinated people remain immune and whether booster shots are needed.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Mother in machete-beating video a victim too -Crawford
  2. More could have been done re HPV exercise -Tufton
  3. Protocol breach? Flagless poles at Govt ministries
  4. McLeod nominated for IAAF Male of the Year
  5. Cop walks free after 15-year legal ordeal
  6. Customs brokers unhappy with Freeport penalty system

1. Mother in machete-beating video a victim too – Crawford

The 44-year-old mother now behind bars for the brutal beating of her preteen daughter with a machete in Bath, St Thomas, last year is also a victim, and the State should seek to resocialise, rather than criminalise her, says Damion Crawford, the newly minted opposition spokesman on youth and culture. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. More could have been done re HPV exercise -Tufton

Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, admitted that more could have been done to better inform parents and other stakeholders about the plans to administer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools, an initiative that begun yesterday. The health ministry announced last Friday that more than 20,000 grade seven girls islandwide will be introduced to the vaccine, which is expected to assist in preventing cervical cancer. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Protocol breach? Flagless poles at Gov’t ministries

It appears that a number of government ministries and departments have refused to observe protocol by failing to fly the national flag. The Gleaner has been visiting a number of ministries and public bodies since last week and and observed several poles without the national flag. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Omar McLeod

4. McLeod nominated for IAAF Male of the Year

Reigning 110m hurdles World Champion Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican who has been nominated for the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year award. The 23-year-old University of Arkansas student won the men’s 110m hurdles Diamond League race in Shanghai, China in 13.09 seconds then again in Eugene, Oregon, clocking 13.01 seconds in May this year. He finished seventh in the men’s 100m hurdles final at the Paris Diamond League meeting in July in a time of 13.41, after earlier clocking 13.13 in Heat Two. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Cop walks free after 15-yr legal ordeal

A police constable walked out of the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a free man this morning, 15 years after he was convicted for the fatal shooting of a wanted man during an operation. Constable Glenroy McDermott was facing a retrial for the murder of Michael Dorsett, popularly known as ‘Buba’, in November 2000 after the Court of Appeal ruled in 2008 that his conviction be quashed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Customs brokers unhappy with Freeport penalty system

A move by the management of the Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) to impose penalties on its customers who miss appointments is being opposed by customs brokers. Starting today, Kingston Freeport says it has reintroduced penalties for customers who miss their appointments as part of changes being implemented to improve operations at the port. 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. Voters go to poll in 3 constituencies Oct 30
  2. CDA assessing viral video of girl beaten with machete
  3. Flash Flood Watch extended for low-lying areas
  4. Samuda to address coffee farmers’  issues
  5. Opposition calls for HPV vaccine public ed campaign
  6. Ministry not ready for mandatory HPV vaccine

1. Voters go to polls in 3 constituencies Oct 30

It will be one of the most crucial by-elections in Jamaica’s recent political history when voters in St Mary South East go to the polls on Monday, October 30. At the same time, voters in St Andrew South and St Andrew South West will also go to the polls on that date. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. CDA assessing viral video of girl beaten with machete

Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas. Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 this morning, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Flash flood Watch for low-lying areas extended

Persons living in low-lying and flood-prone areas are being encouraged to remain on alert. The Meteorological Service has further extended the Flash Flood Watch for these communities. The alert remains in place until 5 this afternoon. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Samuda to address coffee farmers’ issues

Agriculture and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda is to outline a plan of action to address issues affecting coffee farmers. Samuda has called a press conference for 10 tomorrow morning. The most vexing issue is the price being paid to coffee farmers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Opposition calls for HPV vaccine public ed campaign

The Opposition Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Dayton Campbell is calling for the urgent implementation of a public education programme ahead of the administering of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Ministry not ready for mandatory HPV vaccine

As the Ministry of Health administers the human papilloma-virus (HPV) vaccines in schools today, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said it is of equal importance to make sure that parents fully understand and appreciate the benefits of having their children vaccinated. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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