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Digital Mobile Classroom Coming to over 9,000 Students

Jamaica News, February 3, 2018

Kingston, Jamaica (JIS) A total of 9,100 students in 10 primary schools across the island are to benefit from the Digital Mobile Classroom project.

The initiative, which will also impact 30 teachers and administrators, enhancing their skills and competencies, aims to improve the quality of education through the provision of information and communications technologies (ICT) and promoting the digital learning of children in vulnerable communities.

It is being implemented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through a partnership with the Organization of American States/Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (OAS/CITEL).

Speaking at the opening of a training seminar at the Courtyard Marriott in New Kingston on January 29, Minister of State in the Education Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green said the initiative will assist in bridging the digital divide and transforming the education sector.

“We are trying to put the technology in the hands of the students and the teachers. This is what we need to close that digital divide to ensure that, at the fingertips, especially in rural communities, that we will have the technology to bring the curriculum alive and that our children will now become engaged in a different sort of way that will really give us a better outcome,” he said.

Digital Mobile Classroom: he described the programme, which utilises an offline platform, as a “game changer” as it will enable students and teachers without Internet connectivity to gain access.

Mr Green said the Government is committed to retooling the education system to ensure that the needs of the students are catered to at all levels.

“That is why in 2016, we rolled out our new standards curriculum, which, in essence, puts the child at the centre of our learning model and recognises that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to education. Different children will learn differently, and you have to cater to those different needs if you want to have an effective educational system,” he said.

He pointed out that almost all jobs are linked to technology and, therefore, “we have to ensure that our children are au fait with the technology”.

“The most basic job is being replaced by a technology solution, so who is important is the man that can programme that machine. That’s the job of right now,” he said.

Digital Mobile Classroom: the three-day Digital Classroom Project training seminar is being hosted by the Ministry in collaboration with OAS/CITEL).

The sessions are being conducted by a team of experts from ProFuturo Foundation.

Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (centre), is in discussion with Representative from the ProFuturo Foundation, Isabel Martinez (right), during the opening ceremony for the Digital Classroom Project training seminar at the Courtyard Marriott in New Kingston on January 29. Others (from left) are Deputy Chief Education Officer, Lena Bucke-Scott; ProFuturo Representative, Maria Isabel Lobo De Leon; and Organization of American States/Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (OAS/CITEL)Representative, Yadir Salazar

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Decomposed Body Found in Maxfield Westmoreland

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Jamaican News, February 3, 2018

Westmoreland, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Maxfield Westmoreland: the police in the parish of Westmoreland are now seeking the assistance of the public identify a man whose partially decomposing body was discovered in a section of the Maxfield community, in the parish on Thursday evening.

Investigators pointed out that the deceased is of dark complexion and was clad in a Green shirt, Black undershirt, multicoloured boxer shorts and a pair of Black Puma Sneakers.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 1, a farmer in the Maxfield community, in the parish of Westmoreland was on his way to his farm when he stumbled upon the partially decomposing body and raised an alarm.

The police were then summoned and upon their arrival, they carried out a series of investigations and processing of the area.

It was discovered that the body was in a vast state of decomposing and sections of his face and upper body had been eaten away by animals.

The body was later transported to the Savanna la Mar hospital in Westmoreland, where he was pronounced dead and then removed to the morgue.

Since the start of the year, a total of 13 persons have been reported killed in the parish of Westmoreland.

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Three Police amoung Six Injured in Two Vehicle Black River Accident

Jamaican News, February 3, 2018

St Elizabeth, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Two Vehicle Black River Accident: three St Elizabeth Police officers and three other persons were involved in a two-vehicle collision on Luana Road in Black River, St. Elizabeth.

All Six persons were injured and hospitalised.

Reports are that about 1:30 Friday afternoon, February 2, the police were driving in an unmarked police vehicle along Luana Lane when a Nissan Tida travelling in the opposite direction veered into the lane of the police motor vehicle causing a head-on collision.

All the persons in both vehicles were taken to hospital and admitted.

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Video: Gang Leader Shot Leaving a St Andrew Health Club

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Jamaica News, February 3, 2018

St Andrew, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Gang Leader Shot: two Gunmen attacked the vehicle of a man leaving the Spartan Health Club in St Andrew yesterday morning, sending the business community frantic. Police have identified the man shot at as the alleged leader of a St Andrew based gang, who doubles as a business operator.

According to reports, the alleged gang leader was driving away from the gym at about 8: am on Friday, February, 3 when two men on foot clad in construction vests and hard hats approached his motor vehicle.

The men brandished handguns and fired a rain of gunshots on to the motor vehicle.

Security guards in the vicinity of the health club witness the incident and immediately took actions to apprehend and disarm both gunmen, securing them until police arrived and placed them in custody.

Police say the man in the car was shot in his side during the slew of gunfire, he was taken to hospital, but his injury is not considered serious.

According to the police a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition were seized from the gunmen.

The man shot at is allegedly known to the police as gang leader for the reputed Rose Town, St Andrew based ‘Discipline Gang.’

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Gang Leader of the Nation Crocs Gang, King Evil Buried

Jamaica News, January 26, 2018

St Elizabeth, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) King Evil Buried: Police and Military officers blanketed the funeral service of reputed St James gang leader Omar “King Evil ” Lewis in Spice Grove, St Elizabeth, yesterday January 25.

St James police report that Lewis was responsible for several of the most violent crimes and murders in western Jamaica.

King Evil Buried: although a funeral procession was prohibited by authorities, the funeral service went on without event, unlike the funeral of another alleged gang leader in Salt Spring, St James on Saturday, January 20, where a shooting broke out, injuring five persons and killing one.

‘King Evil,’ the late alleged boss of the Nation Crocs Gang, which operates out of Canterbury, St James was shot and killed in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, October 2017 by an alleged rival gang.

According to police, Lewis who was released from jail only a few weeks after being deported from the US was sitting in his car in front of a nail technician shop in Catherine Hall, waiting to get his nail done, when a group of armed men shot-up the motor vehicle.

He was killed on the spot.

Two weeks after his death gunmen exploded the said nail shop with bullets, killing the nail technician, and a customer and critically injuring another customer. Kasheem Lewis, the 20-year-old son of Lewis was recently charged with the murders and shooting, which was said to be a reprisal killing for his father’s murder.

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Did Omarosa Tape Trump’s Conversations with Her at the White House?

Jamaican News, January 21, 2018 

Washington, USA (The Independent) Omarosa Tape Trump’s Conversations: former presidential assistant Omarosa Manigault-Newman may have taped confidential White House conversations, a new report has claimed. Ms. Manigault-Newman, who recently announced her resignation, is reportedly concerned that she may become a fixture of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

The former Apprentice star has started shopping around for lawyers, sources told the New York Daily News.

Some claimed Ms. Manigault-Newman may even have taped White House meetings on her iPhone.

“Everyone knows Omarosa loves to record people and meetings using the voice notes app on her iPhone,” one person said. “Don’t be surprised if she has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.”

Omarosa Tape Trump’s Conversations: The White House imposed a ban on personal cell phones in the West Wing earlier this month, citing security concerns. It was unclear why the administration chose that moment to impose the ban, but the Daily News reported Ms. Manigault-Newmans’s penchant for recording conversations played a role.

Ms. Manigault-Newman did not respond to a request for comment.

Ms. Manigault-Newman worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and transition team before joining the White House as an adviser and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She announced her resignation last month, telling ABC News that there “were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with”.

Several outlets reported at the time that Ms. Manigualt-Newman has been forced out after clashing with Chief of Staff John Kelly. An official White House statement said the 43-year-old resigned “to pursue other opportunities”.

Mr. Trump himself has insinuated that he recorded meetings in the Oval Office, tweeting that former FBI Director James Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations”. The President eventually denied ever recording conversations with Mr. Comey.

Just last week, after attendees at a White House meeting on immigration claimed Mr. Trump used vulgar language to refer to Haiti and some African nations, Mr. Trump again raised the idea of taping his conversations.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he tweeted. “…I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”

Mr. Mueller is reportedly preparing to interview the President as part o his ongoing investigation.

Emily Shugerman, The Independent (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters 2016)

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Alledged Old Harbour Quadruple Shooting, 2 Persons Dead

Jamaica News, January 21, 2018 

St Catherine, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News)Old Harbour Quadruple Shooting: Mckoy’s News has received a report that there was a shooting last night into this morning in the town of Old Habour, St Catherine, involving four people and two of persons are left dead.

Details are not available to us as yet, however, our reporter on the ground has received information that two persons are dead following the shooting of four persons in the town of Old Harbour, in the parish is St Catherine.

The alleged shooting death and injury crime is currently under police investigation.

Mckoy’s News will bring you the full report as soon as it becomes available.

Photo is 12-Year- Old Photo of the Old Harbour Clock ( by jamaicajoe)

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This Mother Charges 5-Year-Old Daughter Rent

Jamaican News, January 21, 2018 (Mckoy’s News)

Facebook, USA (Yahoo)Mother Charges 5-Year-Old Daughter Rent: a mom has admitted to charging her daughter rent, despite the fact that her daughter is just 5 years old. Taking to Facebook to share her unusual parenting technique, Essence Evans revealed that she gives her little one $7 pocket-money every week but makes her give back $5 to illustrate the money she’d have to pay toward bills when she’s older.

Note that the Facebook post in which Evans explained all this is no longer available.

After paying $1 each for rent, water, electricity, cable, and food, her daughter is left with $2 to spend on whatever she wants.

Though her money method may sound a bit harsh, she went on to reveal that she is actually putting the money she collects from her daughter into a savings account for her.

“Now, what she doesn’t know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account, which I will give back to her when she turns 18,” she explained. “So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off.”

Mother Charges 5-Year-Old Daughter Rent
(Photo: Essence Evans/ Facebook)

Evans continues: “This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world. But when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount.”

But parents were divided about the mom’s unique way of teaching children the value of money. Some thought the parenting method was a great way to help children understand the concept of money.

“You are an awesome mother/teacher!! We need more parents to teach their kids this!!!” one user commented.

“I wish this was a thing when I was a kid,” another agreed. “I’d probably be in a better situation buy now.”

Others, however, thought that at 5, her daughter was too young to be learning such lessons.

“Why nor let the poor kid enjoy her childhood?” one user wrote.

“No … noooo. She’s 5. FIVE. All she understands is you taking away her money. Doing way too much,” another user agreed.

Mother Charges 5-Year-Old Daughter Rent: whatever your thoughts are on the mom’s financial tactic, she’s likely enforcing her money rule for all the right reasons and hoping her daughter grows up knowing the value of money and how to live within your means. And let’s face it, that’s a lesson most grown-ups could use too.

Main Photo: Essence and her daughter. (Photos: Facebook/Essence Evans) Marie Claire Dorking, Yahoo Lifestyle

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Police Say They are Flushing out Twelve St James Gangs

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Jamaica News, January 20, 2018

St James, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Twelve St James Gangs: Inspector Dian Bartley, Jamaica Constabulary Force liaison officer to the Commissioner of police say residents in the parish of St James must now show great concern as to the amount of gang operating out of the parish.

According to Inspector Bartley based on investigations, it was discovered that a total of twelve (12) active gangs are operating out of the parish of St James and, this is great cause for concern not only by the police but also for the entire parish.

The joint military team will now be going into a number of these well known troubled areas and working relentlessly to flush out criminals gangs and their members.

Photo: Unrelated Mckoy’s News Photo

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Police Release Names and Pictures of St James Five Most Wanted Men


Jamaica News, January 20, 2018

St James, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News)St James Five Most Wanted Men: the Jamaica Constabulary forced has released a St James Most Wanted list. Police report that the men on the list are wanted for a number of murders. Authorities are urging them to immediately voluntary surrender. This is a part of a special operation during the state of Emergency declared for the parish of St James.


Shaneil Lutan, 27-year-old of Farm Heights, St James, an escaped convict. Lutan was convicted of two counts of murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He escaped police custody.

Delano Wilmott otherwise called ‘Lane’ or ‘Prekeh Bwoy’ of Mother Lane, Retrieve, St James, who is wanted for the murder of Mark Williams in 2016.

Arnold Gayle otherwise called ‘Guy’, who is wanted for the murder of Christopher Currie in 2016.

Nico Samuels otherwise called ‘Bowza’, who is wanted for a triple murder in St James in 2017

Christopher Boyd otherwise called ‘Plank’, who is wanted in connection with a double murder in St James in 2017.

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