Double tragedy – Clarendon sisters die after they were found foaming under tree | News

  Amanda Johnson and her mother, Hyacinth Johnson, both broke down in tears as they relived the final moments with their children and grandchildren. Both are seeking answers but finding no solace as there isn’t yet any as to why death would suddenly snatch Tamara Sewell (nine) and her sister, Olivia Daley (three). The girls were discovered foaming at the mouth under a tree in their yard at Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, and were pronounced dead at the May Pen Hospital. “A doan sleep last night. Every shet a shet mi…

Controversial book angers Children’s Advocate | News

  Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison and parents are showing their disappointment in a cartoon character book called Do You Want To Play With My Balls? Harrison said that the book’s content is not for children despite the cartoonlike characters. Critics have said that it is like a children’s book but with numerous sexual double meanings. The writers, the Cifaldi Brothers, describe the book as a children’s book for adults and said sales and readership have increased since it was released on social media. Harrison says that a ‘children’s book…

Respect your vaginas … dancer, doctor warn performers | News

Struck by the pain that ripples throughout her vaginal area whenever she performs one of the latest dance moves, promotional dancer Rebel is advising females against dropping their private areas ‘pon di concrete’. “I used to dance to the song and follow the instructions in detail, but I shy away from doing it, and eventually stopped as in some cases, the dance can be painful. I wouldn’t advise it at all as there are other means of dancing and gyrating that can be just as entertaining,” Rebel said. Pon Di…

Wanted man charged with murder | News

Detectives assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch in Westmoreland carried out intensive investigations, which have led to the arrest and charge of one of the parish’s most wanted men. He is Davion Brown, otherwise called ‘Balti’, of a Savanna-la-Mar address. Brown was arrested by the police on Friday, December 15, following an operation in Grange Hill in the parish. One Taurus 9mm pistol with five 9mm rounds of ammunition was also found in his possession.   FORMALLY CHARGED   In August of this year, Brown was named as wanted…

Bye, Bye 2017… Hello 2018 | News

Last year, this time, many persons were busy making resolutions for the New Year, 2017. With the sun about to set on the year, one of the bloodiest in the country’s history, THE WEEKEND STAR ventured into downtown Kingston to ask people how they feel about the old year and the extent to which they are looking forward to 2018. BYE, BYE 2017 Oneil Taylor: 2017 proper, it turn up. Tanya: 2017 good because me have life, but apart from that everything bad. Me glad it done. If it was…

Cops struggle to feed families | News

After forking out $35,000 out of his $84,000 salary each month to pay rent, John Anderson*, a policeman who works in the St Andrew Central Police Division, said he struggles to buy food for his family, which includes a two-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl. “When mi take care of the rent, because mi always do that first because you affi live somewhere, sometimes we literally nuh have nuh food in the house,” the Jamaica Constabulary Force member said. “It’s not like we can go in some garrison communities to live…

Raped by my father … woman claims she endured three years of abuse | News

Following a social media post by a woman who claims that her father raped her for three years while she was a child, psychologist Dr Patrece Charles says that there should be a national campaign to tackle the monster that is incest, which is quietly rampant in the country. Charles, who is the lead counsellor at the Phoenix Counselling Centre in Kingston, said that she regularly comes across patients who are victims of incest. “It’s so rampant in Jamaica that it has become the norm. There are many parishes; when…

300,000 people expected for Waterfront fireworks | News

More than 300,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Kingston on Sunday for the much-anticipated Fireworks on the Waterfront. The event is hosted by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which said it would be leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit of delivering wholesome family entertainment at this year’s staging. Dr Damian Graham, general manager of the UDC, said that Fireworks on the Waterfront inspires cohesion and unification. “It brings different people from all walks of life together in one location in celebration of the things that we value…

JP honours banana vendors | News

Jamaica Producers (JP) St Mary’s recently held its first of what is to become an annual awards function to honour the achievements of its ripe banana vendors. Held at the company’s head office on Retirement Road in Cross Roads, the function saw three vendors receiving top honours. Jeffrey Hall, group CEO of the Jamaica Producer’s Group, explained the objective of rewarding the vendors. “We said to our team this year that we need to show more love to our vendors. They, too, are part of our team, and we’re with…