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  • Champs tickets cost up to $5,000 with 5% increase in prices

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — There will be a five per cent increase in ticket prices to enter the 2017 ISSA Boys and Girls Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium starting Tuesday, March 28 and ending Saturday, April 1.

    Tickets will go on sale on the opening day at 7:00 am and patrons are asked to fork out as much as $5,000 for a grandstand tickets for Saturday, the final day of the five-day event.

    The opening day on Tuesday will be free, while children are asked to pay $100 on Wednesday and Thursday with adults paying $500. On Friday, students in uniform will pay $350 and adults will pay $500 for the bleachers section and $3,500 for grandstand.

    At the launch of the event at the Spanish Court Hotel this morning, title sponsors Grace Kennedy revealed a $63 million cash deal and a whopping $110 million sponsorship package.

    Both winning schools will receive $1 million each with the runners up pocketing $700,000 each and the third placed schools collecting  $500,000.

    Another $7 million will be shared as subsidy for the 228 schools, expected to participate this year, for expenses among other things.

    Calabar High and Edwin Allen High are the defending champions.

    Howard Walker

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  • Jamaican women want 'matey' hunters - Females willing to spend big bucks to get rid of side chicks

    Some Jamaican women have admitted that they would fork out big bucks to professional ‘mistress hunters’ to covertly get rid of their lovers’ side chicks and save their marriages.
    Stacy Powell told THE STAR that side chicks have wrecked her relationship multiple times in the past, so she would pay for the service to save her marriage.
    “Mi did a come from far with the first man, and mi let go after me find out about the side woman. Mi nah let go dah one here, so me would find the money for the service because me build a life with this one,” she explained.
    THE STAR has learnt that ‘mistress hunters’ have become big business in China, where desperate wives hire trained professionals that are sent undercover to meet and persuade the ‘side chicks’ to end the affair.
    One of the companies, Shanghai Weiqing Network, charges clients nearly CNY$100,000 (J$1.8 milion)per case. The business is two pronged, where, on one side, therapists evaluate the crises within the marriage and work out a way to maintain it, while, on the other side, ‘mistress hunters’ use psychological methods to persuade third parties to end affairs.


    Though professional ‘mistress hunters’ are not yet on the island, Trevor Valentine, who operates Valiant Private Investigators in Jamaica, told THE STAR that he would offer similar services at clients’ request, once it is within the confines of the law.
    He added that most persons who employ his services are suspicious wives or girlfriends.
    “If I get 50 calls for the day, I can bet you that 45 of them is about cheating spouses or infidelity,” he said.
    There is seemingly an exploitable market here in Jamaica, as several women who spoke with THE STAR said they would do what it takes to rid their relationships of mistresses.
    “Most side chicks get all the love, all the excitement, all the attention, and the wife nuh get as much. So, if me can get rid of she, mi would pay any money once me have it,” Marrian Sadler, who is in a six-year relationship, admitted.
    Tavia Kerr, who has been with her man for 10 years, said she would also use the service as she has fought side chicks for him already.
    On the other hand, Kadie Brown said she believes only those from a certain class would employ the service.
    “The wealthier side would. Poor people nah go care about that. Dem man have all three babymothers. Them just wah get tomorrow’s dinner and lunch money,” she said.


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  • Two friends die after being mowed down by truck in Westmoreland

    Two close friends from Westmoreland died together after they were mowed down by a truck last night.

    The deceased, both of Three Miles River, Westmoreland, have been identified as 45-year- old fisherman Dane Williams and 30-year-old mechanic Omar Dowie.

    Reports are that about 9:30pm the two men were travelling on a bicycle along the Georges Plain main road in Westmoreland when they were ran over by a truck.

    The two friends died instantly.

    The Frome police are investigating.

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  • BREAKING: Two-storey building collapses in downtown Kingston fire


    There is a major fire at the corner of King and Beeston streets in downtown Kingston.

    The fire started about 8:00 am and is being fought by four Jamaica Fire Brigade units.

    The fire affected two premises, which served for both business and residential purposes. On one of the premises, a two-storey building collapsed while firemen were in the process of putting out the blaze.

    One resident, Latoya Walters, told Loop News that she lost everything in the fire.


    More to come


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  • Advocacy group co-founder arrested and charged for speaking out against rape of young girls

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Latoya Nugent, co-founder of the advocacy group Tambourine Army, has been arrested and charged under the Cybercrime Act.

    Nugent, who is of a St Andrew address, was charged with three counts of using computer for malicious communication under section 9 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015.

    She is scheduled to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court today.

    Nugent allegedly published information on social media maligning several individuals as sexual predators. Formal complaints were made to the police by some of the individuals, following which she was called into the Cybercrimes Unit of C-TOC with her attorney, but she refused.  

    A warrant was subsequently prepared and she was arrested yesterday.


    Nugent was among women who gathered at the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester in January to protest child sexual abuse after Moravian Minister Rupert Clarke was charged with having sex with a minor.

    Media reports are that she used a tambourine to assault, then president of the Moravian Church Paul Gardner, who was subsequently charged with carnal abuse.

    The Tambourine Army describes itself as a radical social justice movement committed to uprooting the scourge of sexual violence and safeguarding the rights of women and girls.

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