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January 10, 2018
File Visitors enjoy rafting on the Rio Grande in Portland.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange joins the Charles Town Maroon Council on stage as they perform at the celebration of the 280th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty with the British and the birthday of Captain Kojo. The minister said that the celebration which is held annually and also recognizes the birthday of the historic Maroon Leader Captain Kojo, “must not be just for revelry or feel good, but must also bring financial revenues to our people.”
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The Mega Ball feature is now permanent for the Cash Pot and Money Time games.

The feature was added to all six daily draws of the Cash Pot game in March last year and later added to the Money Time roulette game. It allows gamers to triple their winnings by placing an additional wager on the Mega Ball draw.

Portland's premier tourist attraction, Rio Grande Rafting, has plunged into turmoil following three days of torrential rainfall, which destroyed 124 out of 130 rafting vessels. The rafts were washed away Saturday night after the nearby Rio Grande overflowed its banks, while dumping sand and debris on the rafting ramp at Berrydale.

"This is arguably the worst loss suffered by us," commented Lawrence Chisolm, president of the Raft Captains Association at Rio Grande Rafting.

The National Water Commission (NWC) is urging its customers to develop and maintain the good habit of storing some water for use in the event of a disruption in the piped water supply or some other emergency.

The NWC said that water systems are extremely vulnerable to a number of risks, and may be interrupted for any number of reasons ranging from flood rains, storms, and hurricanes to broken mains, improvement work, or even industrial unrest.

A man who the police said was wanted for murder was arrested in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, on Monday. In addition to placing the man in custody, the police seized a firearm and two rounds of ammunition.

The police said that at about 3:50 p.m., an intelligence-led operation was conducted at a premises in the area, where a plastic bag containing one .38 revolver and the ammunition was found in one of the rooms. The man was arrested in connection to the find.

State Minister for National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr., said that more Jamaicans should play a role in reducing crime. "If we continue to think of it as the minister of national security's responsibility, we're going to continue to have a runaway train," he said.

Oracabessa Primary School in St Mary is set to acquire a school bus. The vehicle is to be purchased by the Government of Japan at a cost of $8 million.

A contract for the purchase of the bus will be signed today by Hiromasa Yamazaki, ambassador of Japan to Jamaica. Ruel Reid, the minister of education, as well as Robert Montague, minister of national security and member of parliament for St Mary Western, will attend the signing ceremony.

Small donations have been pouring in to assist with the burial of the four Jamaicans who perished in the deadly New York fire on December 28.

Some US$26,615 (approximately J$3.3 million) has so far been raised via GoFundMe, a crowdfunding platform. A US$50,000 (approximately J$6.2 million) goal has been set.

Karen Stewart-Francis died along with her two daughters, two-year-old Kylie and seven-year-old Keleisha, and niece, 19-year-old Shawntay Young, in the Bronx fire. Funeral services were held on Monday in Manhattan, New York. Their bodies will be sent to St Catherine for burial on January 21.