Chart Watch: Sting, Shaggy a number one combination | Entertainment

  Sting and Shaggy are a number one combination for yet another week on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart as their ‘44/876’ has held on to the top spot for the listing valid up to Saturday, June 16. However, the remixes version of the album, which was number 10 last week, has dropped out of the chart after a single appearance. It is a good week for Jamaican performers in terms of volume, if not all in terms of high placements, as Ziggy Marley, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Kabaka Pyramid…

Councillor wants Lacovia Bridge fixed | News

Christopher Williams, councillor for the Santa Cruz Division, has called for the rails on the Lacovia bridge to be repaired. “I would like the National Works Agency to carry out immediate work to have the dislodged sections of the rails replaced without delay,” Williams said. The bridge’s security rains were knocked off several years ago as a result of a motor vehicle accident. “I thought that when the contract to rehabilitate the Gutter to Tombstone road segment, the replacement of the rails was part of the works to be done,”…

Focus on bikers – Westmoreland cops move to cut road crashes | News

The Westmoreland police say they will be increasing their road-safety enforcement operations to crack down on motorcyclists who are in violation of traffic laws. “It has been a challenge to manage the number of motorbikes that we have in the parish,” said Senior Superintendent Gary McKenzie, commanding officer for the Westmoreland Police Division. Ten persons have died in road crashes in Westmoreland since the start of the year, a drastic reduction from the 33 recorded over the corresponding period last year. “We had a slowing down this year on the…

‘Puss in a slippers’ – Woman tries to smuggle weed into lock-up | News

  A St James woman, who reportedly tried to sneak ganja into the Freeport police lock-up by hiding it inside a pair of slippers, will be sentenced in the St James Parish Court on July 9. Shantel Francis, of a Cambridge address, pleaded guilty to possession of two and a half ounces of ganja when she appeared in court on Wednesday, June 6. “The circumstances are that my client went to visit the Freeport station, and she was given things to take there,” said the defendant’s attorney, Dalton Reid. “You…

‘Teach them to ride’ – Residents tired of bike crashes | News

Despite being faced with myriad social issues, residents along the Savanna-La-Mar to Negril corridor in Westmoreland has named a reduction in motorcycle collisions and traffic fatalities as their greatest need at this time. Since the start of the year, 14 persons have died from eight motorcycle accidents along the stretch. A total of 28 persons were killed in such collisions last year. According to Mario Ennis, the owner of Cobra Motorcycle Sales Limited in Sheffield, motorbikes will always be a popular and preferred mode of transportation for residents in the…

Woman robs babyfather | News

A St James woman who reportedly stole J$73,000 from her babyfather’s bank account was lucky to receive a no-evidence ruling from the St James Parish Court after the complainant decided to drop the matter. Camille Watson was charged with simple larceny and breaches of the Cybercrimes Act. The court was told that between January 22 and February 15, Watson took the money from the complainant’s account without his knowledge or consent. When he finally discovered her deception, the police were called in and she was arrested and charged. But, in…

House needs a strong foundation | News

Ronald Campbell, a 70-year-old farmer, is seeking help to construct a proper foundation for his home in Alps, Trelawny. The two-bedroom house is made of marl, cement and barbed wire, and was built by his late father in 1955. Large pieces of wood serves as pillars to hold up the structure. While many have expressed concern that the building could be a disaster waiting to happen, Campbell says his home has weathered all the storms over the past 63 years. “Earthquake, storm and hurricanes come, everything pass through and don’t…

Falmouth Market by Independence | News

Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager says that the new Falmouth Market will be opened before the Independence celebrations. “The Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie, has given us $15 million to help in the completion. The municipality has found $25 million, and we will definitely be in the market shortly,” Gager told Western Star last week. According to Gager, the Port Authority of Jamaica is waiting for the current facility, popularly called Bend Dung Market, to be vacated in order to establish a state-of-the-art building, expected to cost approximately $400…

Alleged pickpocket remanded | News

A St James man, who reportedly robbed a woman of her cell phone, was remanded in police custody following his appearance in the St James Parish Court last Wednesday. Demar Tennant is charged with larceny from the person. The allegations are that on April 21, the complainant was at a taxi stand on Creek Street in Montego Bay, when she took out her cell phone to make a call. Tennant allegedly approached the woman and grabbed her phone and ran. It is further alleged that Tennant was caught by the…

West to get Mobile Reserve | News

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has revealed that the Government will be setting up a permanent branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Mobile Reserve Unit in Montego Bay, St James, in an effort to increase security presence in western Jamaica. Chang, in a press statement, said that the unit is expected to be established before the end of the current fiscal year and will be based at the Montego Hills Police Station, located on the outskirts of the western city. He said further that the unit, which will be…