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Published: Tuesday | December 24, 2013 Comments 0

Tessanne meets with Portia

Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday.

Chin's meeting with the prime minister comes days after her winning American singing competition 'The Voice'.

During the meeting, Simpson Miller told Chin that Jamaica was extremely proud of her accomplishment and was looking forward to seeing her reach greater heights on the international scene.

"The entire Jamaica is proud of you and we wish you every success in your endeavours," the prime minister said.

Chin made history as the first Jamaican to win 'The Voice'.

Knox student's body found in Clarendon

The Clarendon police have found the body of the second female who went missing in the parish last Thursday night.

The body of 18-year-old Nordia Fearon, a student of Knox College, was found yesterday morning in an area called Cockpit in Salt River, Clarendon, with what appeared to be marks made by crocodile's teeth.

Fearon and her 19-year-old cousin, Francina Johnson, went missing shortly after Johnson arrived in the island from New York last Thursday.

Johnson's body was found on Friday with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The police are currently investigating the matter.

Security company group to seek more time before new minimum wage

The Jamaica Society for Industrial Security (JSIS) was to write to the Government yesterday to seek more time before the implementation of new minimum rates for industrial security guards.

The organisation says the period between the announcement of the increase and the January 6, 2014, implementation date is too short.

Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Derrick Kellier announced changes to the national minimum wage.

However, Commander George Overton, president of the JSIS, said security companies need more time to make the necessary arrangements for the new minimum wage.

According to Overton, with the increase in the rate paid to industrial guards, security companies would have to renegotiate their contracts with clients to account for the adjustment.

The JSIS represents 25 security companies.

According to Overton, this accounts for 80 per cent of the market.

JLP mourns Princess Vernon

Dr Horace Chang, general secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, has expressed shock and regret at news of the death of Princess Vernon, a former deputy mayor of Montego Bay, St James.

In a release, Chang noted that the party's leadership and members, particularly in St James, expressed deep sorrow on hearing of her death and also were disturbed about the tragic way in which she died in Delkab County in Georgia, United States, recently.

Vernon was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

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