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  • Lisa Hanna's rice was not plastic

    Lisa Hanna was not a victim of fake rice. The agriculture ministry said that after testing multiple samples of rice submitted by the South East St Ann Member of Parliament, the Bureau of Standards found no evidence of plastic or unusual behaviour in the samples.

    Hanna sent social media into a frenzy on Wednesday after she posted a video online claiming that the rice she bought from a local supplier appeared to be fake.

    She later sent cooked and uncooked samples of the alleged plastic rice for testing.


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  • Teenager chased and shot dead in May Pen

    A teenager from the Bucks Common area of May Pen, Clarendon, was shot dead in his community on Thursday during a dispute with another man.

    The deceased is 17-year-old Bendi-Leu McKay, otherwise called ‘Prince’.

    Police reports were that about 4:00 p.m., McKay had an argument with a man, who reportedly left the scene, and returned with a firearm.

    The man reportedly chased and shot the teenager several times, killing him on the spot.

    No information is so far available from the police on the alleged attacker, but investigations are ongoing into the matter.



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  • Jamaica rejects prison deal with UK

    The Jamaican government has rejected the £25 million prison deal with the United Kingdom.

    Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade minister Kamina Johnson-Smith made the announcement in the Senate on Friday morning.

    The controversial deal would have seen the UK help build a 1,500-bed prison in Kingston that would enable Britain to return Jamaica-born convicts to their homeland. 

     The terms of the offer "were not beneficial to Jamaica as a whole", Johnson-Smith said, but did not give details on the unfavourable terms.

    The project was widely condemned by Jamaicans, many of whom describe the deal as an insult

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  • Moravian pastor battered with tambourine ... activist regrets not using a block

    Head of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, Dr Paul Gardner, was reportedly clouted in his head with a tambourine by an enraged protester at last Sunday's service at the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

    The protester, who has been identified as activist Stella Gibson, was among a group of 14 women who were once victims of sexual abuse.

    They staged what they described as a peaceful protest at the church in light of the sex scandal now rocking the church, in which Pastor Rupert Clarke, 64, was charged with having sex with a minor.

    Gibson has been very vocal about the tambourine ordeal on social media, and has since started a hashtag, #TambourineArmy.


    Further clarification


    In one post to her Facebook wall, Gibson wrote "I am happy I gave Paul Gardner one [expletive] lick inna him head with a tambourine." She then added, "I should have used a block instead of a tambourine."

    When contacted for further clarification on the incident, Gibson explained that she will not be speaking on the tambourine beat down in mainstream media, as she wants her engagement in the media to be survivor-focused.

    She said she does not want the tambourine incident to overshadow the real issue at hand.

    "I don't see any value in talking about it to the media because I know that something like that will become the highlight or the spotlight, and I'm trying as much as possible to avoid that," she said.

    "What we are trying to do is to engage persons who do healing work, and counselling and support kind of work, to provide safe spaces, physical and virtual, for survivors of sexual violence. We are also trying to let people understand the concept of sexual grooming," she added.

    Gibson also took the opportunity to encourage abused persons to speak up and name their aggressors.

    Meanwhile, Gardner, and his deputy, Jermaine Gibson, have resigned from their posts. Their resignations comes after the continued developments in the sex scandal.

    It has been reported that a minister provided a string of emails proving that the church leadership was aware of the embattled pastor's sexual misconduct before he was caught, although they previously denied having prior knowledge.

    Clarke, who is also being investigated for other sexual misdeeds, is out on $800,000 bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on February 13.

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  • BREAKING: Fire at Bustamante Hospital for Children

    A fire at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew late Thursday evening reportedly forced the evacuation of the institution.

    The fire is said to have started at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital.

     So far there has been no report of injuries.

    The Bustamante Children’s Hospital is the island’s sole facility of its kind, which caters exclusively to children’s healthcare.

    Coincidentally, only days ago, there was a signing-off on an arrangement to build a similar facility in western Jamaica.

    More details will follow on the fire and its impact on the hospital as they become available.


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