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Jamaican doctors say country is ready to deal with any case of measles

The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) says Jamaica is well positioned to deal with any introduction of measles into the island.

The Health Ministry has put the nation on alert, after it was revealed that several people in the US and Mexico had contracted the disease.

Jamaica has been free of endemic transmission since 1991 because of the success of its programme on immunization. The immunization rate is over 90 %.

Justice Minister opens debate on amendments to Drug laws

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, opened the debate on amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, in the Upper House, this morning (January 30).

The proposed amendments to the bill have been lauded as a step in the right direction, and the making of history in Jamaica, as it will open up many opportunities for trade and investment, globally.

2 siblings drown in water tank in Brown’s Town

A St. Ann family is mourning the tragic loss of two children, who reportedly drowned in a water tank, at their home, today.

Dead are 11-year-old Dana Lawrence, and her 6-year-old brother, Jason Parke, of Minard Hill, near Brown's Town in the parish.

Reports are that the children's mother left home about 11:00 a.m. to go grocery shopping.

Other family members were at the home, including the children's grand and great-grand mothers.

Man arrested for stash of cash

One man has been arrested following the seizure of a large sum of cash in St Catherine on Wednesday January 28.

The identiy of the man is being withheld pending further investigations.

Reports are that at about 11pm lawmen from the Trans-National Crime and Narcotics Division were on an operation along the Linstead bypass when they signalled the driver of a motor vehicle to stop.

The driver of the vehicle complied and a search was conducted.

The search yielded US$66,100 which was found concealed in the trunk.

David Ming being sought

The Portland police are seeking the public’s assistance in recapturing an inmate who escaped custody on Tuesday, January 27.

He is 21-year-old David Ming, landscaper of Windsor Forrest in Portland, who is charged with simple larceny.

Reports from the Port Antonio police are that about 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Ming, who was admitted at hospital under police guard, asked to use the restroom.

Anti-Lottery Scamming campaign launched in schools

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has launched an initiative aimed at stopping the spread of lottery scamming activities.

A number of schools in Western Jamaica are being targeted.  Western Jamaica is the hub of lottery scamming activities.

The initiative is being done in collaboration with the Community Safety and Security Branch of the police force.

Ananda Alert issued for Danique Burrell

An Ananda Alert has been activated for 15-year-old Danique Burrell of Helm Road, Marverly, Kingston 20, who has been reported missing since Thursday, January 29.

She is of dark complexion, slim build and about 165 centimetres tall.

Spotlight on Ocho Rios and Ian Flemming Airport at PAAC meeting

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has been asked to consider investing in upgrading the Ocho Rios market in St. Ann and the Ian Flemming International Airport in St. Mary.

The appeal was made during a meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, (PAAC) of parliament Wednesday (January 28).                

Fire results in multi million dollar loss at Frome Estate

The Frome Sugar Estate in Westmoreland is reportedly reeling from multi-million dollar loss in earnings due to an illicit fire on the estate yesterday (January 29).

Chief Executive Officer of Frome Sugar Factory, Delroy Armstrong says about 500 acres consisting of about 15000 tonnes of sugar cane was destroyed.

Jamaica on measles watch

The Health Ministry says it is closely monitoring the measles outbreak in the United States and Mexico.

At the same time acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse indicates, that Jamaica has been free of the endemic transmission since 1991 because of the success of its expanded programme on immunization.

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