Only the best for Boyne | News

When the dust settled, Delroy Gordon, Andrew ‘Shirty’ Martin and Melvin Dyer were kept busy covering the final resting place for media icon Ian Boyne on Sunday. THE STAR saw the trio busily preparing for the burial at the Dovecot Memorial Gardens and Crematory in St Catherine. “It is one of the biggest celebrities that I have ever dealt with over here; it feels good to know that I am able to be a part of the provisions for one of Jamaica’s great journalists,” Gordon said. Gordon told THE STAR…

Southfield greenhouse abandoned | News

The Southfield community in St Elizabeth is home to a greenhouse that was intended to help farmers in growing their crops, but which has fallen into disrepair. The greenhouse, which was originally erected by the Digicel Foundation in 2013, is located at the end of a battered dirt road some five minutes away from the main road. The sight of the structure is not worth the journey, however, as portions of the material which make up the roof and walls have been stripped off and there are no fruits or…

From Troy to Veronica Campbell Primary – Acting principal hopes school will get better facilities | News

Troy Primary has been around since 1884. It was once an all-age school, with the students staying there until age 15. With the creation of Troy High School, it is now a primary school with a population of 260 students. Troy Primary is the school where two-time Olympic 200-metres gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown spent her early days. Minister of Sports Olivia Grange has announced that the school will be renamed the Veronica Campbell Primary School. Clayton Collins, the recently retired principal of the school, is happy about the change of…

Fire guts man’s house twice in three years | News

  Based on the sadness that was etched on the face of Walter Roberts, it was clear that he was very devastated by the loss he suffered after fire gutted his house and workshop. As Roberts looked on helplessly while fire personnel carried out cooling down operation at the Spanish Town, St Catherine, location, he said that he would not lose faith. “Is mi son light WD40 say him a kill wasp. I warn him, but mi only hear him start bawl dat di place a bun down and mi…

‘I am sorry’ – Miss Chin apologises to schoolgirl | News

Yuemei Pan, the Chinese woman who was seen in a video slapping a teenage girl and accusing her of stealing from her grocery store, has apologised to the youngster. The 53-year-old’s apology came after she was visited by dancehall artiste Mr Vegas and some members of the Clarks Town community in Trelawny yesterday. “I’m so sorry,” Pan told the teenager. She was also captured on camera embracing the teenager. “I told Miss Chin that it was only fair that she apologise to the child on camera as she was recorded…

Bus conductor uses entertainment to win passengers | News

It’s hard to ignore the man hanging out of the door of a bus on the roads of Jamaica. The man, and very rarely woman, is someone people know as the conductor or ‘ductor’. Their energy is always ‘up’, there is a little comedy involved and oftentimes passers-by may catch two or more of these in-the-street entertainers in a little fuss with each other. “We might fight one another fi di money and work, but a just part a di game of being a ‘ductor,” said Odela ‘Plug Head’ Whyte…

Legal Eagle: Crime wave still riding high | Features

It was 9:45 p.m. It is Saturday night in Montego Bay. There is a gentle breeze. The temperature feels like 30 degrees Celsius. Hundreds of people are just walking about on the streets of Montego Bay, and they are just going about their own business. But somewhere in Montego Bay, 9:45 p.m. means something more to the family and friends of Mark Williams, the 16-year-old schoolboy from Cornwall College who was brutally murdered last Tuesday, January 9, at about 9:45 p.m. while coming from Bible studies. Somehow, this murder seems…

A wicked act! – Farmers in shock after armed thugs demolish coffee farm | News

A teary-eyed coffee farmer stood in disbelief last Thursday as he looked at his farm that was destroyed when thugs invaded their precious land in the hills of Hagley Gap, which borders St Andrew and St Thomas. “I feel like I don’t deh pon di earth. I feel like everything gone, like di world done for me,” said coffee farmer Robert James, as he showed THE STAR what remains of his family’s business. Reports are that scores of thugs came out in full force last Wednesday for a day of…

Man denies using board to beat woman | News

January 15, 2018 A man charged with using a board to beat a woman had his bail extended on Friday when the matter was called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. Charged with assault is Lesley Diggs-White. He pleaded not guilty. According to the court, on Sunday, December 17, Diggs-White allegedly used a board to hit the complainant in her head and on her shoulder. The complainant was absent, and the medical report is outstanding. Parish Judge Vaughn Smith ordered that the accused’s fingerprints be taken. Diggs-White…

One expensive scandal bag – Vendor profits from rain and mud | News

Jamaicans are known to ‘tun dem hand and mek fashion’, and that’s exactly what Lionel Phillips did on night two of Rebel Salute inside Grizzly’s Plantation when the heavens opened up and gifted him the opportunity to make an extra dollar. On a night when patrons had no other choice but to turn to alternatives, Phillips decided to sell scandal bags to offer them coverage on their feet. Scandal bags, which would normally cost $10 per bag, were being sold for $100 per pair. The unusually high cost did not…