Thieves take off with critical equipment at Monymusk
A senior executive at the Chinese-owned Pan Caribbean Sugar Company has warned that sugar production could suffer as a result of the theft of bearings from the Monymusk Estate in Clarendon.
"The bearings that were stolen from Monymusk in June have not been recovered as yet, and at this point, I can't say how the missing equipment will affect the 2014 crop, but it will have some impact because they are critical to factory operation," Deputy CEO Delroy Armstrong told The Gleaner.
Pan Caribbean Sugar Company said 26 bearings were stolen from Monymusk in June.
In May, Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, speaking in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, said the factories owned by Pan Caribbean produced 65,000 tonnes of sugar last year, but this year, production fell to 54,000.
He said the agronomic practices on the Complant-operated farms are less than desired.
Younis presented with OJ for exceptional service
Businessman Sameer Younis yesterday received the nation's fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ), during a special investiture ceremony at King's House.
Younis was recognised for his exceptional service to community development and the retail industry.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller commended Younis for his contribution to the growth and development of the country, particularly in the redevelopment of downtown Kingston.
"I am inspired by his selfless contribution to those who are less fortunate. He touched my heart when he launched the inner-city programme … and started a training programme to lift the lives of a number of our young people in our inner cities. For that, we are indeed grateful," the prime minister said.
Younis is among the 138 persons to be recognised this year for their service to Jamaica's growth and development, and one of seven who will be invested as a member of the Order of Jamaica.
Simpson Miller could rule the world - report
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has been hailed on atlantablackstar.com as one of 11 black women who could run the world.
The website praised the prime minister for her willingness to replace the position of the British monarchy with an elected head of state for Jamaica.
They also noted that Simpson Miller was ranked by Time Magazine among its '100 Most Influential Persons in the World' in 2012, and she is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders.
Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Winnie Mandela also made the list of black women who could run the world.
Serious crimes trend downward in St James
The St James Police Division has seen a 14 per cent decline in murders since the start of the year, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has said.
The minister also said other serious crimes are trending downward in the parish.
According to Bunting, year-to-date figures show that shootings are down 15 per cent; break-ins, 41 per cent; rapes, 25 per cent; and larceny has declined by 26 per cent, compared with the corresponding period last year.
"Overall, serious and violent crimes are down 16 per cent in St James," Bunting said.