Confirmed: Man killed, Police injured in Norwood shooting





An unidentified man was shot dead and a police officer injured during a shooting incident in Norwood, St. James. Information surrounding the incident is unknown. The condition of the officer is also unclear.



  
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Market-determined exchange rate to continue, says finance minister

Minister of finance and planning, Dr Peter Phillips, says Jamaica will continue to use a market determined exchange rate. “The Bank of Jamaica remains prepared to intervene in this market in order to reduce and eliminate those who would want to speculate on the exchange rate or disrupt the stability of the market,” he said, adding that the country’s nominal exchange rate does not determine whether the currency is weak or strong. The finance minister’s statement is in response to suggestions that the country adopt a fixed rate of exchange to curb the depreciation in the dollar. The minister made the remarks as he opened the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 17. He said the country must learn from the past, as rationing foreign currency and banning imports is ineffective.
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Jamaica hosts global environment facility workshop

The Caribbean Sea, home to a vibrant ecosystem benefitting fisherfolk, the tourism industry and the region’s people alike is currently threatened. Over harvesting of fisheries, climate change and pollution from sewage, agricultural runoff and industrial effluent has led to 75% of coral reefs in the region being labeled as “at risk”. To address this issue, project managers from International Waters projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, implementing agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders will get together from April 23-25 in Kingston, Jamaica, to share their experiences in managing these issues. This workshop is the final of the third phase of the Global Environment Facility’s International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (GEF IW: LEARN). These workshops have aimed to increase communication between project managers of marine, surface, freshwater and groundwater resources and promote a more integrated and holistic approach to water resources management.
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Agriculture minister to announce new anti-praedial larceny measures

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Roger Clarke, has warned praedial thieves that new and stronger anti-praedial larceny measures will be revealed when he makes his presentation in the Budget Debate, on April 23. Addressing the opening ceremony at the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, in St. James, on April 21, the Minister said the weight of the police and technology will be combined to impact the operations of praedial larcenists who are retarding growth in the agricultural sector. The Minister pointed out that the Commissioner of Police has promised that a unit will be put in place specifically to deal with praedial thieves, and “we will be using technology at its highest to make sure that we catch those people who have decided to reap where they have not sown.” Underscoring the value of agriculture as a critical component in Jamaica’s economy, Mr. Clarke said the sector must be operated as a business.
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Bank tax deemed least challenging for the vulnerable – Finance Minister

Bank tax deemed least challenging for the vulnerable – Finance Minister
Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, says the levy to be charged on financial institution transactions, effective June 1, represents the option that is deemed to be the least challenging for the society’s most vulnerable. Addressing journalists at a post-Budget media briefing at Jamaica House on April 22, Dr. Phillips said several other options that were proposed by Ministry technocrats were not deemed suitable, under Jamaica’s prevailing economic state. These, he informed, included: increasing the rate of personal income tax and General Consumption Tax (GCT); re-introducing GCT on electricity; imposing a special consumption tax on sweetened drinks; and expanding the list of items subject to GCT; and increasing the tax take from petroleum.
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Spanish Town Hospital to save $1.6 million in energy cost

The Spanish Town Hospital, in St. Catherine, is projected to save more than $1.6 million per annum in energy cost, with the installation of a state-of-the-art air conditioning (AC) system. The system is being acquired at a cost of $8.4 million by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), under the Government’s Energy Efficiency Programme. Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) has been awarded the contract to supply and install the unit on the maternity wing of the 62-year-old health facility by June. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Phillip Paulwell, along with PCJ’s Acting Group Manager, Winston Watson, and Managing Director of the ATL Group, Danville Walker, signed a contract for the implementation of the project on Tuesday, April 22, at the Ministry’s head office, in New Kingston.
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Opposition leader's office phone disconnected for non-payment

Opposition leader's office phone disconnected for non-payment
The Government is being accused of disrespecting the office of the Opposition Leader by allowing the telephone services to remain disconnected for the past two weeks. The matter was raised in the House of Representatives yesterday by Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine, Everald Warmington. Warmington told the House that the telephone at the office of the Leader of Opposition, Andrew Holness was disconnected because of the non-payment of bills. He said the office was never treated in that manner when the Jamaica Labour Party was in Government. House Leader, Phillip Paulwell, has given his commitment to resolve the issue.
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Stunning CARIFTA games performance, says Neita Headley

Minister without Portfolio (Sport) Hon. Natalie Neita Headley has congratulated the Jamaica team for its “stunning performance” at the just concluded 43rd CARIFTA Games, held in Martinique. In a congratulatory message to the team, Minister Neita Headley said: “The latest record-breaking medal performance by our junior athletes at the CARIFTA Games shows the depth of their talent and commitment to cementing Jamaica’s top ranking status in the sport.” At the Games, held in Martinique, April 17-20, Jamaica amassed a record tally of 88 medals including 42 gold and 34 silver medals, as it captured the CARIFTA Games winner’s title for the thirtieth consecutive occasion.
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Lisa Hanna must apologize - G2K

Lisa Hanna must apologize - G2K
Generation 2000 (G2K), the Young Professional Affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party is calling on Lisa Hanna to apologize for misleading the public about the
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Vybz Kartel and co-convicts file appeal

Entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three other co-convicts yesterday filed appeals against their convictions and sentences. Kartel, fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are all serving life sentences for the murder of Clive 'lizard' Williams. Defence lawyers have indicated they have serious concerns about what they say are discrepancies, inconsistencies, missing data, and mismanagement in the collection of evidence during the trial.
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Young people urged to take up reparation struggle

Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, Professor Hilary Beckles, has charged young people across the Caribbean to take up the reparation struggle and carry on the conversation until the region has received justice. “This subject is going to go forward and we are going to have justice only when young people step up and play their role,” Professor Beckles said. He was addressing students, on Tuesday, April 15, at the first in a series of lectures to commemorate Founder’s Week at Kingston College (KC), on North Street. The lecture was entitled, ‘Reparation Justice for the enslavement of black people and the genocide of natives of the Caribbean’.
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Education ministry recruiting math specialists

The Ministry of Education is recruiting Math specialists for the upcoming 2014/15 academic year, to be placed in several schools across the island. “We have had to find over $150 million extra this year to get the programme underway, which will eventually cost more than $1.2 billion over three years,” Minister of Education, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has said. The programme will see the specialists working as coaches and resource teachers in primary and secondary schools. Addressing the launch of the Butterkist National Primary Schools Mathematics Competition, at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, on April 15, the Minister said specialists are crucial, as “students are not mastering numeracy, which is evident in the performance of the Grade Four Numeracy Test and later in the CSEC Math results.” He pointed out that recruitment of the specialists forms part of the ongoing strategy the Ministry is undertaking, geared at improving the performance in mathematics at all levels of the education system.
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5-y-o shot and injured in West Kingston

A five-year-old child was yesterday shot and injured by gunmen in West Kingston. The child was one of three people injured when armed men opened fire along Drummond Street. Police said that at about 9:00 am a father and his five-year-old daughter were walking along the road when the gunmen carried out the attack. However, police theorise that the child and her father were ‘at the wrong place at the wrong time’ as the attack was aimed at another man who was walking along the road. “The father, while walking along the road, heard explosions and, in an attempt to protect his daughter, picked up the child and ran,” said one police source. The man, the source said, later realised that the child was shot in her back. He was shot in the leg. The man was treated at hospital and the child admitted. The third man, who was said to be the intended target of the criminals, was also admitted to hospital. He was said to be in a critical condition.
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Heart Institute of the Caribbean to assists J'can athletes

Jamaican athletes are benefiting from a $10 million commitment over four years from the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), in the area of cardiovascular (heart) testing, before they go to track meets. Speaking at a press briefing, held on April 15, at the Balmoral Avenue offices of HIC, in St. Andrew, where the initiative was officially launched, Chief Executive Officer at HIC, Professor Ernest Madu, reported that 66 of the 84 athletes that will be leaving the island on April 17 for the Carifta games in Martinique, have already been screened under the programme. Welcoming what he called a partnership between HIC and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), President, Dr. Warren Blake, described it as one that is most significant. He said that from now onward, all athletes will be tested.
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Health workers key to renewal project – Minister Buchanan

The contribution of workers in the health sector will be key to the primary health care renewal project being embarked on by the Government. This was stated by the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for primary health care infrastructure, Luther Buchanan, at a press briefing, held on April 15 in Lucea, Hanover. Following a tour of the Salt Spring, Green Pond and Glendevon health centres in St. James, and the Noel Holmes Hospital, in Hanover, the State Minister said that, “from what I have seen, the largest asset of the Ministry of Health is our human resource, and although some of the circumstances under which our people work are less than ideal, they continue to provide good service to our Jamaican citizens.” The State Minister, who has visited about 30 health facilities in eight parishes over the last 10 weeks to get first hand knowledge of their needs, said the Government is on a drive to improve the health sector, particularly at the primary level.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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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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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

Trademarking a Pose, Can you? - Image and Branding The famous Mobot Pose - In honour of Mo Farah One of the biggest issues in the world
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
A Cabinet Minister racked up an over JA$3 million cellular phone bill with taxpayers having to pony up the cash soon. The massive bill was
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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

So, I’m browsing the internet minding my own business when I stumbled upon new research which shows that women lose 90% of their eggs at
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