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  1. Thieves target St Elizabeth cows, goats, scallion
  2. FLOW warns customers of Wangiri scam
  3. Pilot charged for trying to board plane with ammunition
  4. Farmers urged to use available Gov’t land
  5. Toll hike could affect Portmore commerce
  6. Samuda endorses refining of sugar regulations

1. Thieves target St Elizabeth cows, goats, scallion

Deputy Superintendent Paul Bernard, the officer in charge of operations in the St Elizabeth Police Division, is adamant that more material and human resources are needed to bolster the fight against praedial larceny, which continues to be the most dominant crime in the Breadbasket Parish. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. FLOW warns customers of Wangiri scam

Flow Jamaica said it is aware of the latest phone scam which is targeting telecommunications customers in Jamaica.  It said that those calls are typically identified by a single ring which prompts a return call from the unsuspecting customer and results in high charges or usage of credit. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Pilot charged for trying to board plane with ammunition

An American pilot was arrested and charged this morning for attempting to take ammunition onboard a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Fifty four-year-old Michael Gorham, of Georgia, was charged with illegal possession of ammunition and unlawful attempt to take ammunition onboard an aircraft. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Farmers urged to use available Gov’t land

Minister without Portfolio in the agriculture ministry, J.C. Hutchinson, is hoping a new irrigation system in South Manchester will encourage farmers to begin cultivating five thousand acres of land available from the Government. Hutchinson says while the five thousand acres of arable land have been available to farmers, they have been reluctant to cultivate it because of limited irrigation access. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Toll hike could affect Portmore commerce

The Sunshine City Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) in Portmore, St Catherine, said the toll hike which took effect on Saturday, July 1, is too sharp and poses a challenge for economic growth in the community. It said it is of the view that the situation puts consumers under pressure because their disposable income keeps getting squeezed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Samuda endorses refining of sugar regulations

All brown sugar sold in retail outlets across Jamaica must be properly packaged in appropriately labelled heat-sealed plastic bags as of now. Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, used a press conference at his New Kingston office on Friday, June 23, to remind the country of the full import of the mandatory standards that were gazetted on December 30 last year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.