January 12, 2018
The last Lotto jackpot winner for 2017, S. O'Meally holds a symbolic cheque at the presentation for the $49 million jackpot won on Wednesday, December 6. O'Meally waited four weeks before coming forward with the winning ticket with the numbers 07, 09, 16, 21, 23, 36 and bonus ball 05.

One day after Dalton Green, 50, of Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, was fined more than $40,000 in relation to breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, he is again in trouble with the law.

Green was arrested and charged on Wednesday in connection with the seizure of two handguns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition. The police said that the gun and ammunition were found at his house.

He is scheduled to appear before the Western Regional Gun Court on Thursday, January 18, to answer the charges.

Reggae artiste J.C. Lodge paid a courtesy call on culture minister Olivia Grange at her offices in Kingston on Tuesday.

JC Lodge, who is well known for her hit songs Telephone Love and Someone Loves You Honey, is in Jamaica to perform at Rebel Salute tonight at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St Ann.

Operators of large units, including trucks, are being urged not to use the Richmond to Highgate roadway in St. Mary, as it is unsafe to do so.

Stephen Shaw, the manager of communication and customer services at the National Works Agency, said a wet embankment and falling material are hampering efforts to clear a massive landslide in the eastbound lane at a section of the roadway in the vicinity of the old chocolate factory.

A retaining wall in the westbound lane has also collapsed, creating a breakaway directly opposite the landslide, making it dangerous for larger vehicles to use the road.

Major Clive Davis, director general of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), said that Jamaica is able to respond adequetely in the event of a tsunami or an earthquake.

Davis said the response by state agencies to the tsunami threat on Tuesday was rapid.

"We're seeing an increasing collaboration among agencies, and if they are that active when nothing has happened, it stands us in good stead were something to happen. I'm confident they will rise to the occasion," he said.

Reid wants 1,000 school buses

Minister of Education Ruel Reid said that some 1,000 school buses are needed on the island.

"We're looking at an overarching plan to provide transportation for all students. We need 1,000 buses to cover the needs of the schools.

I have that particular aspiration of a comprehensive national school bus system for a number of reasons, not only for safety, but to get our students to school on time and in a managed and regulated way," the minister said.

Reid was speaking at the signing of an $8 million Japan Grassroots Human Security Grant agreement with the Ambassador of Japan, Hiromasa Yamazaki, on January 10 at the Office of the Prime Minister.