We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
J’ca-China Sports Cooperation
Representatives of the governments of Jamaica and China have been holding preliminary discussions to extend the largest bilateral sports cooperation between both countries. The three-year programme, dubbed the Jamaica-China Technical Cooperation Programme, is in its second year. Under the programme, 138 Jamaican athletes, managers and coaches in seven sporting disciplines travel to China for 60 days for specialised training during the summer.
New Kingston Robbers
Police say they have arrested six men believed to have been involved in a spate of robberies in the New Kingston and Half Way Tree areas of St Andrew.
Two of the six have been charged and the others are to face identification parades. Following news reports, police earlier this month stepped up operations in the New Kingston area to try to nab men who travel on motorcycles and grab phones and handbags of people in the area. The six were held following three incidents. Police are asking people robbed in New Kingston, and Half Way Tree to get in touch with them.
Police have in custody a man believed to be involved in the murder of his wife in Cumberland St Catherine, Saturday.
Dead is 65-year-old pensioner Pamela Manning, of Cumberland. Reports are that Mrs Manning was stabbed in the neck during a dispute at her home in Cumberland Saturday night, August 17.
Man Held For Sex Crimes
A Westmoreland man suspected of being involved in several instances of sexual crimes in the parish is to appear in court Tuesday, August 20 on rape and abduction charges. He is Romando Kerr, 29-year-old, an upholsterer of Wharf Road, Smithfield, Westmoreland.
According to the police, Kerr was arrested following investigations by detectives at the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigations Branch.
Recovering JTA Money
Scores of delegates attending the 55th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association have been told of the efforts of the Association to recover nearly $100 Million defrauded six years ago by a former accountant. The Association said it had worked hard to recover assets purchased with the money defrauded by the former accountant. It is working to sell at least two properties and turn another into an income-generating business. Teachers will gather Monday evening, August 19 to witness the handing over of instruments of authority from President Garth Anderson to President Elect Owen Speid.