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Teen kills father after intervening in fight between parents

A 17-year old St. Elizabeth school boy is in police custody, after he allegedly used a board to hit his father, killing him at their home in the parish.

Dead is 63-year-old Clinton Butler, of Retirement in Maggotty, St. Elizabeth.

It is reported that about 1 o' clock this morning (August 29) the teen was at home when he reportedly heard an argument between his parents.

He allegedly intervened and used a board to hit his father in the head.

The father reportedly died on the spot.

The teen was taken into custody and is being questioned by the police.

Trade Unions/ Government reach mutual understanding

Trade unions representing public sector workers say they have made some progress in talks with government today (August 29) on how to resolve the issue of increased JUTC bus fares.

Vice President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Union, Helene Davis White told Irie FM News, that government has agreed to look into the proposal to expand the JUTC fleet for public sector workers.

Mrs Davis White adds that the parties have also agreed that a study be undertaken on how the JUTC system can be extended to areas outside of the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR).

TIP workers take industrial action

Workers at teacher’s Income Protector, TIP Friendly Society, are to intensify industrial action come next week, over what they say is the gross disrespect being shown to them by the company.

The 67 workers who are represented by the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) are upset over the company's four % offer in the current wage negotiations.

This lead to workers, including customer service agents and accountants, calling in sick last Friday, and engaging in work to rule this week.

St. Ann tour operators upset

Ground transportation operators aligned to JUTA, Maxie and JCAL Tours have vowed to fight to the very end, to protect the ground transportation industry in Ocho Rios.

The operators turned out in large numbers at the Ocho Rios High School for a joint mass meeting, last evening (August 28).

The three associations called its members to the joint mass meeting to discuss new measures which they say, the Port Authority of Jamaica is seeking to implement.

Water Ministry implementing drought mitigation measures

The prolonged dry spell has resulted in close to a billion dollar in losses for the agriculture sector, and left some schools scrambling to stock up on the commodity ahead of the new school year.

The government is implementing measures to counter the effects of the prolonged dry spell on the education, agriculture and health sectors.

Jamaica mourns the death of veteran politician, Roger Clarke

The nation is trying to come to terms with the sudden death of Agriculture Minister, Roger Clarke  this morning in the United States.The minister, who was also Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland, passed-away at a Florida Hospital, this morning.

He was reportedly on his way back to Jamaica when he fell-ill at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and was later pronounced dead at a Miami Hospital in the presence of his wife. There were reports that the cheerful politician died after suffering a heart attack.

Colourful Tributes to late PNP Stalwart and Agri Minister, Roger Clarke

Glowing tributes have been pouring in for the late agriculture minister, Roger Clarke who passed away this morning in the United States. He was 74-years-old.

The nation’s leaders, political and farming  organisations have all hailed Mr Clarke's contribution to Jamaica’s development, especially in the field of agriculture.

Deputy general secretary of the People's National Party Raymond Pryce says a void has been left in the party with the passing of Mr Clarke.

New Mayor of Lucea

Newly installed chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, and Mayor of Lucea, Wynter McIntosh, says he will work to restore the image of the parish.

McIntosh, who is Councillor for the Chester Castle Division was installed as chairman and mayor during a special meeting of the council today (August 28).

He replaces Councillor for the Green Island Division Shernette Haughton, who resigned from the position.

Mr McIntosh says Hanover was once known for its lush agricultural produce and he wants to use agriculture and tourism to spur economic development.

Roger Clarke Is Dead

Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke is dead.

He reportedly collapsed at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida.

Mr. Clarke was in the company of his wife.

He was pronounced dead shortly after.

Mr. Clarke recently did back surgery in the Unites States.

JCTU to take action against government

Unions representing public sector workers are seeking to have government brought to book over what they cite as a breach of agreement, following the hike in fares for the state run bus company.

The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions says it is seeking to invoke a remedy in the clauses provided under the 2012-1015 heads of agreement, relating to breach of price restraint measures.


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