Pauline Ellis jumps hurdles to earn degree | News

When 47-year-old Pauline Ellis started teaching at the Learning Cottage 12 years ago, she didn’t even have a single CXC subject. However, she said that her employer decided to give her a chance when she hired her. “When I went for the interview, I didn’t have any CXC. My employer said to me that ‘I am not supposed to employ you without subjects, but I am going to take the chance. Seeing that you have the potential, I am going to take the chance with you’,” she told THE STAR.…

Public Defender promises to fight for Coral Gardens | News

  Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry said her office will this month begin the work needed to bring full justice to the Coral Gardens Rastafari Benevolent Society for the events of the 1963 massacre. While addressing the opening ceremony for the Office of the Public Defender’s western regional office in Montego Bay on Friday, Harrison Henry said that her office has already made a number of successful recommendations to the government to acknowledge the unjust treatment that members of the Rastafarian community suffered at that time. “This administration has accepted…

Papaya proving positive for Dumfries | News

For almost the entire lifetime of the oldest residents in Dumfries, sugar cane production was the community’s lifeblood. However, with the neighbouring Hampden Sugar Factory transitioning into rum production, the residents had no choice but to seek alternative means to earn a living. Several plots of farmlands, which were once utilised by the estate for cane cultivation, are now growing papaya in a joint-venture arrangement between the Government and private owners. For the people of Dumfries, the papaya initiative could not have come at a better time, given the lack…

Heritage Centre opened in Southfield | News

The Southfield community in St Elizabeth is home to the Southfield Heritage Centre, a small museum that provides visitors with an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and view how people lived several generations ago. The facility, which was officially opened last December, is the brainchild of proprietor Veronica Allen, who has lived in Jamaica for the past six years since her return from the United Kingdom. “This centre is something I feel strongly about, because I feel that the younger generation is losing out a lot on…

Shaw hails peaceful Accompong maroons | News

A senior government member has hailed the Accompong Town Maroons for being a beacon of hope and a shining example of peace. Audley Shaw, the country’s finance minister, noted that Accompong Town, which is located in St Elizabeth, has registered only two murders in 280 years. Shaw, addressing the 280th anniversary celebrations to mark the signing of the peace treaty between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, said that the Maroon experience is a prime example that there is hope for redemption and rebuilding of the nation.…

Woman tricks foreigner with fake belly | News

There was high drama at a central Jamaica hospital last Saturday, when a man visiting from overseas, went to the health institution to see his newborn baby and his babymother. However, the man received the shock of his life when it was revealed that the woman was never pregnant. It is understood that the woman, who is said to be about 50, had informed her 30-year-old lover that she was pregnant. The man continued sending her goodies, taking care of her and the alleged unborn child. But the woman was…

Improvements coming to Tharpe Street | News

Tharpe Street in Falmouth, which has a history of drains being filled with stagnant, green water, thus providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes, is set to receive a $160 million injection to rectify the situation. This according to Mayor Colin Gager. This funds are in conjunction with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ). Gager expressed thanks to the PAJ whom he said has contributed significantly to improvements in the town. “Tharpe Street has been an historic street from the days when Trelawny had over 80 sugar factories. It is a…

MoBay mayor wants police-citizen collaboration for 2018 | News

Following St James’ record-breaking murder tally of 335 killings last year, Montego Bay’s mayor Homer Davis has urged the St James police to work together with residents to curb crime and violence in 2018. Davis, who is also chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, made the call while addressing the official opening of the Office of the Public Defender’s western regional office in Montego Bay, which was at the St James Parish Church on Friday. “Montego Bay is a city that has been in the spotlight and has gone…

J’can arrested for New Year’s Eve murder | News

  The Broward County police department has arrested a Jamaican after he allegedly shot and killed his former classmate at a house party in Lauderhill, Florida, on New Year’s Eve. Information reaching THE STAR is that 24-year-old Shevon ‘Natty’ Salmon now awaits trial following the murder of 26-year-old Paul Anthony ‘Mafia’ Nelson. When contacted by our news team, the sheriff department was unable to comment, and THE STAR was directed to their official website which confirmed the arrest. Salmon is charged with premeditated murder.   WAS DISARMED   According to…