Thursday, April 15, 2021

NO LIVE PERFORMANCES FOR 2021 JAMAICA FESTIVAL SONG COMPETITION

  The Jamaica Festival Song Competition will once again have a digital staging this year. Organizers say due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions caused by the current global health crisis, this year's competition, just like last year, will have no live shows. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission JCDC,  says it is currently accepting entries for participation in the annual contest. Last...

83,828 JAMAICANS VACCINATED DURING WEEKEND BLITZ

  Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is reporting that 83,828 Jamaicans received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to protect themselves against the coronavirus, during last weekend’s vaccination blitz. He noted that the number exceeded the 75,000 target by 12 per cent. Dr. Tufton was addressing the Ministry’s virtual COVID Conversations press conference yesterday (Wed). He commended the various entities that provided...

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM GOV’T

  Prime Minister Andrew Holness has revealed that the entertainment industry is set to receive some financial support from the government as the lockdown of the sector continues. This, as the country fights to contain the spread of covid19. While speaking in Parliament Tuesday, the Prime Minister acknowledged that the sector has been suffering while many have lost significant resources. While noting that...

JASON HOLDER NAMED ONE OF WISDEN’S CRICKETERS-OF-THE-YEAR

  Jason Holder has been named among Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year. The former West Indies Captain, who was among the West Indies best-performing players during the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka, was named alongside Zak Crawley, Mohammed Rizwan, Dominic Sibley and Darren Stevens. Holder’s West Indies teammate and white-ball captain Kieron Pollard was named The Leading T20 Cricketer in...

UHWI DIRECTED TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES FOLLOWING DEATH OF JALISA MCGOWAN

The University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, has been directed to provide a more detailed review of the case involving Jalisa McGowan and to implement corrective actions. This directive has come following reports submitted to the Ministry from the Andrews Memorial Hospital and UHWI. The review of these reports has shown that there is a need for interventions to...

R. KELLY TO FACE BROOKLYN COURT ON AUGUST 9

R. Kelly's federal trial for racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor and enticement is set to begin August 9 in a Brooklyn courtroom. Kelly appeared telephonically along with his legal team for a status hearing today where U.S. Judge Ann M. Donnelly set his trial date. Both Kelly attorneys and the prosecution told Donnelly that they...

DOVEY MAGNUM DENIES SUICIDE ATTEMPT

Atlanta-based recording artiste Dovey Magnum has dispelled rumours on social media that she was the female entertainer rushed to the hospital today. Reports surfaced online that a female dancehall artiste in the Atlanta area was rushed to the hospital for what appeared to be a suicide attempt. A number of persons on social media questioned if the person was Dovey Magnum,...

CARDI B BLASTS REPUBLICANS OVER SILENCE ON POLICE BRUTALITY

Hip Hop superstar Cardi B has chastised republican politicians on social media over their silence on police brutality. The rapper called out several verified Republican Twitter users that she believes have remained silent on the issue of excessive police violence. The tweet was accompanied by a 1-minute selfie video where Cardi continued to question online conservatives who are not willing to...

USAIN BOLT PARTNERS WITH PELOTON

Exercise equipment and media company Peloton Interactive has partnered with retired Sprint King Usain Bolt and 8 other athletes for its newly released Champions Collection. The eight-time Olympic champion and 11-time world champion will partner alongside fellow sprinters Allyson Felix and Andre De Grasse, tennis star Angelique Kerber and others. The fitness company says athletes will likely not become formal instructors...

FIRE DESTROYS SECTION OF MAY PEN HOSPITAL

An electrical fire destroyed a section of the of the administrative building at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon. Priliminary reports indicate that the fire broke on a recently installed solar panel on the roof. There were no reports of injury as hospital personnel were quickly evacuated and the fire department called. The blaze has since been extinguished.
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