We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Kenyatta is here
President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, is in Jamaica on a state visit. He is accompanied by his wife Margaret and a delegation from the East African republic. President Kenyatta who arrived Monday afternoon, August 5, is undertaking several activities while here as the guest of the Jamaican Government for the 57th Independence anniversary celebrations.
The exploits of diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is still being celebrated following his silver medal earned on the one metre spring board at the Pan Am Games in Peru. Knight Wisdom brought Jamaica’s first medal in diving at an international event. The Aquatic Sports Association says the achievement shows what’s possible if the sport were given the resources needed, since the talent is already here.
Basil Waite, People’s National Party (PNP) Deputy General Secretary has apologized for comments he made in which he referred to some supporters of the JLP as ‘nasty naygers’. The Political Ombudsman had written to Waite telling him that he has breached the Political Code of Conduct with a reference in a speech to Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters as ‘nasty naygers’. Donna Parchment Brown wrote to Waite Monday, August 5. In a local radio programme Monday afternoon Waite said he unreservedly apologized. However, he then made comments that seemed to undermine his suggested apology.
Penis Cut Off
Police in St Thomas are investigating the circumstances that led to the penis of a six-year-old boy being cut off. Accused in the savage act is a 16-year-old from St Thomas Technical and White Horses district in the parish where the six-year-old also lives. The boy is in critical condition at hospital, since Friday when the incident took place.
A young St Catherine woman is getting used to the idea that she is a Queen. Miss St. Catherine Khamara Wright is Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019. She was crowned Thursday Night at the National Arena in one of the big competitions of the festival season. She beat 12 other young ladies for the title and prize of more than half million dollars.
Hundreds Laid Off
More than 400 workers have been laid off from the JISCO alumina plant in St Elizabeth. The details are unclear about why the workers have been told they will have no job for at least three weeks. The head of the Chinese-run company is to visit Jamaica in days to meet with top level Government officials.
Climate and Food
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging farmers to learn more about the effects of climate change on agriculture. He says the two are inextricably linked. The GG was speaking Sunday, August 4, on the first of the three days of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food show at Denbigh, Clarendon.
Some 120 residents of St. James have benefited from free cataract surgeries performed by ophthalmologists attached to Canada Vision Care (CVC) and the United States-based Hawaiian Eye Foundation. The surgeries were conducted last month at the Community Vision Centre of Excellence Clinic at Albion Road, Montego Bay.