Water woes in Southfield | News

Residents of Southfield and surrounding communities in St Elizabeth are struggling with a lack of a consistent water supply, as they either have to rely on rainfall or buy water at high prices to fulfil their needs. Although the area recently experienced significant amounts of rain, that is not enough for residents, who may only access the precious commodity once a month if it does not rain. Daniel Levy, a resident of Munro district, said that the water woes extend from Southfield to as far as Treasure Beach. “Between here…

Family in danger after massive landslide | News

Veteran journalist Devon Evans and his family are being forced to vacate their premises located at Top Road, St Ann’s Bay after a massive land slippage left several buildings precariously perched. The slippage also blocked the St Ann’s Bay to Lime Hall main road on Sunday. Ten family members are being affected including Evan’s children and grandchildren, the youngest being six years old. No one was injured in the incident which occurred around midnight Saturday into early Sunday morning, after four days of rainfall across St Ann saturated the soil.…

Suspected drowning in Trelawny | News

Police are investigating whether heavy rains have led to the death of a woman in Trelawny. Elizabeth Thompson, also known as ‘Tully’, is believed to have drowned while she was walking along the Barnstaple main road. The Stewart Town police report that at about 2 p.m., Thompson, believed to be about 60, allegedly attempted to cross a body of water in a flooded area. Residents said that she was unable to determine the depth of the water or how close she was to a gully. They said she fell into…

August Town aiming for murder free 2018 | News

Although an air of tense calm currently hangs over sections of August Town following the murder of a well-known member of the community on December 29, 2017, Inspector Stephen Taylor, sub-officer in charge of the August Town Police Station, still harbours hopes of replicating the murder-free year they had in 2016. When he took command of the area that year, Taylor says having numerous community meetings with different groups and residents on street corners resulted in zero murders. However, in 2017, 12 murders were recorded in the St Andrew community,…

Pregnant woman weeps after court ruling | News

A 27-year-old pregnant woman wept uncontrollably in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday when the man she is accused of chopping with a machete decided not to proceed with the case. He said her nine-month-old baby is suffering because she is locked away. Ruth-Ann Wilson was charged with unlawful wounding. But as the complainant stepped in the courtroom, he told Presiding Judge Chester Crooks of his decision. “Your Honour, I don’t want to continue with the case anymore. She has a little baby at home and it…

NEWS SHORTS | News | Jamaica Star

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining is appealing to motorists to exercise caution for the rest of 2018. The unit is reporting that there have been two road fatalities since the start of the year. A private motor vehicle driver accounted for one death, while a motorcyclist accounted for the other. Hanover and St Catherine accounted for the two fatalities. In 2016, there were 379 road fatalities, while 320 were reported for 2017. The National Water Commission is advising customers in some sections of Clarendon…

The healing hands of God saw her through | Features

The Bible says, in James 5:16, that the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Well, Reverend Lesline Henry of the Johns Hall New Testament Church of God in Clarendon knew exactly what that meant when she suddenly fell ill some months ago. Henry testified that she fell ill one Wednesday night while conducting Bible study at her church. “I had just started reading the Bible when suddenly, I felt a sensation in one of my feet. Then I started stuttering and repeating the words I was saying, but…

Keep your receipts … Consumer Affairs Commission urges customers | News

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging shoppers seeking redress to contact the agency with their receipts. CEO of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, said consumers should use their knowledge wisely and be vigilant when conducting any transaction, in the event that they will need to seek compensation. She added that the agency has seen an increase in consumers seeking redress after all the festivities of the Christmas season. “The agency welcomes the redress reports because they serve as an important determinant of consumer confidence and trust in the market and…

Taxi fears – Passengers scared to board cabs following abduction | News

In the wake of an abduction last week, taxi drivers at the Naggo Head taxi stand in Portmore, St Catherine, said that passengers are reluctant to board taxis at this time. It is reported that just last week, two girls were abducted and robbed by a man who was posing as a cabbie at the Naggo Head taxi stand. THE WEEKEND STAR understands that one of the girls jumped from the moving car, while the other was taken to Dyke Road where she was robbed of her belongings. A taxi…