The Jamaican doilar weakened marginally against the American currency in foreign exchange trading today. The American dollar gained $0.01 to end at J$112.79 to US$1. In other trading the Canadian dollar weakened by $0.35 to finish at an average selling rate of J$102.94 to CAN$1, and the British pound slipped $0.42 to close at an average of J$187.09 to £1.
Four visitors to Jamaica were left stranded after fire of unknown origin destroyed the four-bedroom ‘Search-Me-Heart’ guesthouse in Portland this morning. According to one guest, an explosion was heard, and smoke began filling the rooms. All of the guests staying at the location managed to save all their belongings, including their travel documents. There were no reports of casualties.
Norman Blake a farmer of a St. Catherine address, was found dead this morning in Guanaboa Vale, near Kitson Town. Police are probing the incident, however the cause of his death is unknown. If you have further details post.
A 2-year-old boy died after his throat was slashed earlier this evening in a section of Lewis in St. Ann. The boy died after he was allegedly attacked by a man of unsound mind. Details of the incident are still unknown. If you have further information to add to this story post.
An unprecedented response for this year's staging of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day activities in Jamaica on September 20, 2014, is being reported by the Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET). A record breaking total of 114 beach cleanup sites have been registered across the island, including ten underwater cleanups. JET is also reporting that the number of participants is also expected to increase from last year’s 6,000 to an anticipated 8,000 volunteers in 2014. The response comes as JET prepares to launch another marine litter focused initiative – the Clean Coasts Project, a yearlong programme which expands on the theme of ICC and is targeted at Jamaican resort areas. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
More than 600 children delegates from across the island attended the first ever National Children’s Summit held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Thursday. Addressing the opening session this morning, Minister Hanna said the hosting of the Summit was in keeping with the Ministry’s strategic push to increase the involvement of children in decision making. A copy of the full press release can be viewed below.
A motorcar overturned along a section of the Municipal Boulevard also known as "I-95" in St. Catherine yesterday. Details on what led to the crash are unclear. There were no immediate reports of casualties. If you have further details post.
Police have charged another suspect identified as Damion Cargill in connection with the beating death of Mario Deane at the Barnett Street lockup in St. James. Cargill who is said to have a speech impediment and hearing impaired was charged today. Mario Deane was arrested while on his way to work on August 3, for a Ganja spliff. The 31-year-old man succumbed to his injuries at the Cornwall Regional Hospital after suffering a beating at the Barnett Street lockup in St. James. The police claim Mr. Deane was allegedly beaten by cellmates.
The Jamaican dollar had mixed results on the final day of trading for this week, against the three main foreign currencies. The Jamaican dollar remained stable against the American currency to close at an average selling rate of J$112.82 to US$1. In further trading, the British pound slipped by $0.21 to end at J$188.10 to £1, and the Canadian dollar gained $0.51 to finish at an average of J$103.31 to CAN$1. On the markets, the American dollar sold for a high of J$117.70 and a low of J$110.
Dalia Santana, the Mayor of Michoacan, in Mexico has been arrested after being accused of ordering a hit on his friend. According to an Associated Press report, the Michoacan Mayor is also accused of acting on behalf of a drug cartel in extorting her employees and vendors in her city. Sanata is alleged to have told her male friend to meet her at a location, where a reputed member of the Knights Templar cartel, executed him.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee in a joint statement, have revealed that they are barring athletes from West African countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus from competing at the Youth Olympic Games. West African athletes will not be allowed to take part in swimming competitions, or contact sports at the games being held in China. This is in an effort to combat the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history.
The National Water Commission (NWC) wishes to apologise to customers served by the Greater Mandeville Water Supply system, for the continued disruption they are experiencing in their water supply, due to operational challenges at the facility.
Please be assured that the NWC is working assiduously to carry out the necessary repairs and restore supply to the affected areas by Tuesday, August 26, 2014. In the interim water will be trucked to the areas.
Areas affected include Downs, Prospect, Hatfield, Greenvale, Mandeville and its environs, sections of New Forest, Farm, Nain, Mountain Valley, Sea Air, Dunrobin, Balevine, Georges Valley, Richmond, Old England, Gray Ground,, New Port,, Ward Avenue, Hartease, Albion, May Day, Brumalia, Marshalls Pen, Mike Town, Lincoln and Huntley.
The NWC regrets any inconvenience caused and will provide further updates as the repair work progresses.
Joanne Liu, President of the international group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has warned that it will take around six months to bring the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control. Liu stated that this would require greater leadership from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The MSF head added that more experts were needed on the ground to combat the deadly virus.
13-year-old Julia Bryan of Leith Hall, St. Thomas has been missing since Tuesday, August 12.She is dark complexion, slim build and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. Contact the Port Morant Police at 982-8220, Police 119 or Hear the Children’s Cry 929-0431, 294-8123, 822-0483, 294-8124, 294-8125. No photograph of Julia Bryan was available.
When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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