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100 PEP students gets awards from Golding!

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Mark Golding, the Leader of the Opposition, on Thursday, has awarded 100 students for their outstanding performance in the Primary Exit Profile examinations (PEP), all from the region of his St Andrew Southern constituency.

This is a continued programme that the former Member of Parliament Dr Omar Davies begun back in 2000.

Golding says the award is a grant towards first year secondary school tuition fees and general school fees.

He says there are three different levels of award, depending on the students grades. Golding stated that help and good support for the project was from a network of private sector and corporate donors.

He also expressed that with back to school preparation being more expensive, being able to assist parents with the grants made him happy.

Financial Penalty for Chemical Spill that Killed Hundreds of Fishes!

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Following the protest by residence against a chemical spill that killed hundreds of fish in the Rio Cobre river. Matthew Samuda the Environment Minister threatens to hit bauxite mining company Windalco with financial penalties.

The Government has gathered a multi agency working group to review the state of the pollution into the Rio Cobre and to study development along the river.

Samuda says that Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave instructions for the working group to meet.

Considering the damage the oil spill made, Samuda says one most likely solution is to draw-down on the environmental performance bond from Windalco that the Government currently holds through the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA).

“I want to assure the Jamaican public that the Government holds this environmental bond, which at the current exchange rate is $115 million, so we will be able to draw down a significant sum to ensure that the cost is felt by the company,” statement from Samuda as he toured sections of the Bog Walk Gorge that have been affected by Saturday’s chemical spill from the Windaco bauxite plant.

Samuda says that in the next legislative cycle, the government will table amendments to the NRCA and Wildlife Protection acts to highly increase the fines for egregious environmental breaches.

For Windalco to continue operating, the bauxite producer would have to restore the environmental performance bond.

The company Windalco says they will issue a statement very soon.

Richard Nelson, senior manager of the environmental management subdivision of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), said that PH tests conducted by his team have revealed levels as high as 11.3 since the spill.

Nelson says the standard PH level of the Rio Cobre ranges between 7.3 and 8, Acquatic life can only survive there at a PH level of 9.

Legendary Actor Bruce Willis Retired Following Heartbreaking Diagnosis

The actor Bruce Willis & family has announced his retirement. In the announcement, they shared that he was recently diagnosed with aphasia.

Bruce Willis and his family released a statement saying, “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

Bruce is a husband and father of five.

Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to speak, write, and understand language, both verbal and written. The condition is said to can be brought on by a head injury or after a stroke but it can also accompany a variety of degenerative diseases.

Bruce Willis with family and friends.

The Dona-Lee case intensifies! Boyfriend Noel Maitland in Custody…

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The Donna-Lee Donaldson case intensifies. The police boyfriend who is known to be one of the last persons to be around Dona-Lee before her disappearance, Noel Maitland, is in custody.

His attorney Christopher Townsend confirms this as he tells the Gleaner, “They asked him for the arrangements to be made and he came to my office. He was debriefed. The officers came; they sat and we spoke about the timetables, Q&As, etc, and they took him into custody.”

He handed over himself to the officers from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Today.

New Album! Rygin King Paralyzed, Says “I will walk again”.

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Rygin King is still on the journey back to recovery after being paralysed two years from a severe firearm attack.

The well known Montego Bay dancehall entertainer was shot and seriously injured in Struie district, Westmoreland, another male was also shot and injured and a woman that was present in the vehicle with him was killed.

The deceased was identified as Sashalee Blackwood, a 28-year old, customer service representative of Irwin Meadows, St James.

Rygin King had to undergo immediate surgery at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital.

He is currently paralyzed but believes that he will walk again.

He states that the pandemic (covid-19) affected his social life, but he still earned money and pay his bills through massive streaming numbers.

The entertainer announces that he has a new album that will be released very soon and the name of the album “Therapy”.

Video of album announcement below:

Police Shoot 15-Foot Snake After Finding it Wrapped Around Owner’s Neck

Police in Pennsylvania shot a giant snake that had wrapped itself around a man’s neck, strangling him.

On Wednesday, police in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, arrived at a residence located in Macungie, where they found a 28-year-old man who resides in the Fogelsville neighborhood, unconscious and in cardiac arrest from being strangled by a 15-foot long snake.

Statements says that the police immediately began shooting the snake and shotted it in the head. It’s said that it was a pet snake that grew too large.

The man was taken to a hospital close-by after authorities pulled him from the snake’s grapple.

This is the report filed by Upper Macungie police, NBC Philadelphia: “When patrol officers arrived on scene, they observed a 28-year-old male who was unresponsive and lying on the floor of the home with the mid portion of a large snake wrapped around the male’s neck, due to the massive size of the reptile (estimated to be 15+ feet), one of the officers was able to shoot the snake in the head without risking further injury to the male. Once the snake was injured from the gunshot, the officers were able to pull the male to safety.”

The current condition of the man is not known.

Brand new home for Jamaicans living in bad conditions! Thanks to the HOPE program.

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Mr Albert Logan recieved the keys to his brand new home through the new social housing initiative under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment programme (HOPE).

Mr. Logan recieved a house consisting of one-bedroom, kitchen, and a living room area. He resides the constituency of Clarendon North Central represented by MP Robert Morgan.

The JLP states that they are going through each constituency and identifying Jamaican citizens who are living in the worst of the worst conditions and intervening and building sustainable housing solutions for them.

So afterall there is HOPE for help. What are your thoughts?

What happened to Dona-Lee?! We need Answers!

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Dona-Lee Donaldson, a 24-year-old, Social Media Influencer, has been missing since last week Wednesday.

It is said that Dona-Lee might be the victim of a Deadly lovers triangle. This involving her boyfriend, a police officer from the Constant Spring police station and his baby mother who is another police officer from the half way tree police station.

The police states that a Senior Officer from the St Andrew Central Division has been assigned to lead the investigation, due to reports that members of the constabulary force are known to be the last persons to have been around Miss Donaldson prior to her disappearance.

They also state that senior investigators from the St Andrew Central Police division, the Criminal Investigation Branch HQ, members of the Communication Forensic and Cybercrime Division and Scenes of Crime investigators are all working on the investigation.

They say that investigators have been in contact with Dona-Lee’s family members, assuring them of the seriousness with which they are treating this case.

And they are asking that anyone with information that may be useful to the investigation should contact the Half Way Tree CIB at 876-926-8184, Crime Stop 311 or police emergency at 119.

We look forward to further information as we are told that updates will be given as the investigation continues.

Dona-Lee’s loved ones have begun protesting in areas of St Andrew calling for her safe return or answers as to what happened to her.

Multi-million dollar fraud. High-ranking NCB employee Arrested!

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An high-status employee of the National Commercial Bank was arrested in St.Andrew, on Wednesday, by the police Fraud Squad over alleged multimillion-dollar successful fraud schemes, which was discovered earlier this week.

NCB’s manager of special investigations in its Fraud Prevention Unit, Dane Nicholson, made no comment on what transpired.

Anthony McLaughlin the Assistant Commissioner of Police who is the head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division, has confirmed the information. 

Further information were not given by McLaughlin as he states he was just been aware of the situation.

HER BODY FOUND IN TREE TRUNK! DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ENDED BADLY?!

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Paula Saunders, is the name of the 45 year old woman whose body was found in Greenvale, Manchester. Saunders who was a resident of Top Greenvale was reported missing on Monday.

Reports from the police says her body found on Bethel Street covered by logs. The partially decomposed body was found by residence at around 8:50 am, Tuesday morning, and was later on identified.

The police states that Saunders hands and feet was tied up and stated that it seems the killer was planning or planned to burn her body. The crime scene was processed, following the removal of the body to the morgue.

Residence says that a man said to be her lover was arrested by the police in connection to the murder of Miss Paula Saunders.

Residence also states that Miss Saunders and her lover had a domestic violent relationship and they were a recent incident shortly before Miss Saunders went missing. Further information and the identity of the man is yet to be given by police.