“News In 2”

No Reid For North West

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang has denied that former Education Minister Ruel Reid remains the JLP’s caretaker for the North West St Ann Constituency. Dr Chang said that the party had a resignation letter from Reid, effective September 15. He said Mr Reid was no longer the caretaker. The JLP General Secretary was called on to comment on the status of its representation in the seat, where Dr Dayton Campbell is Member of Parliament. This after Mr Reid shocked political pundits as well as many residents of North West St Ann when he told a radio show that he was still officially the JLP’s caretaker for the Constituency. It had been widely reported that Mr Reid who was sacked from the Cabinet in March had resigned as caretaker.


In the immediate months after that several names had been mentioned as favourite replacements for him, including Danville Walker. None of those mentioned was confirmed by the Party. In fact, in August, JLP Councillor for Brown’s Town Division, Kim Brown Lawrence made it known that she had applied to the party to represent the seat. But Monday, Mr Reid told Cliff Hughes on Nationwide News Radio that he was still the caretaker and that he had not resigned. Dr Chang later shot that down.

Jamaica and climate

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been updating world leaders at the United Nations, in New York, on achievements under the Climate Financing Initiative. He has also been speaking of the impact of adverse weather events on small developing states like Jamaica.  The Prime Minister spoke of the achievements in Climate Financing, Sunday, September 22, in his capacity as co-chair of the Climate Financing Initiative at the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit in New York. Several meetings regarding climate are taking place on the margins of the 74th General Assembly.


Going Home


Some 330 British tourists with tickets from Thomas Cook who were left in doubt about how they will be getting home were to start leaving Jamaica Monday evening, Sept 23. The


UK tour company collapsed, Monday morning Jamaica times, leaving some 160,000 British tourists in a range of countries around the world. It was estimated that about 330 of them were in Jamaica.

Reports are that some of those in Jamaica would start leaving Monday night on flights paid for and arranged by the UK government. That Government is spearheading what is said to be the largest peacetime repatriation of UK citizens. Thomas Cook collapsed Sunday night after it failed to secure 200 Million Pounds Sterling (or US$250 million) it said it needed to keep afloat.

Breadfruit Recipes

So you think you know about breadfruit. Well, you can check your notes against the content of the book, ‘Breadfruit Recipes: Sweet and Savoury’, that was launched at the Institute of Jamaica, in downtown Kingston, on Monday, September 23. Andrea V. Whyte is the author. State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green commended the author and called for farmers and other persons to plant more breadfruit trees. Mr. Green noted that between 2013 and 2017, there was a 90 per cent increase in the amount of breadfruit exported largely to the United States market.

3 charged for murder

Three men have been arrested and charged in relation to the murder of a man and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, in Kingston. They are 42-year-old Nicholas Meikle, otherwise called ‘Dickie’, a labourer of Franklyn Avenue, 40-year-old Dwayne Willis, otherwise called ‘Pops’, a barber of McIntyre Villa and 24-year-old Jahlani Green, a Stevedore of Clarks Street, all in Kingston 16. They have all been charged in relation to the murder of 18-year-old Tyreek Sawyers, of Southern Cross Drive, Kingston 17.

Franklin McKnight

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