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July 09, 2018
CB Foods' Chad Wynter, marketing assistant, and Alicia Bogues, regional development manager dance up a storm at the PAN 2018 launch at the National Stadium last Thursday.

Fire hampers Ebony Park's production

Fire destroyed about 12 acres of farmland on Saturday afternoon at the Ebony Park HEART Academy in Toll Gate, Clarendon.

Training base enterprise manager at the institution Thelma Khani said that the cane farm had recently been fertilised and had new growth that had reached about two feet tall when the fire hit.

Khani said that while it was not the first time that fire had affected them, this time was really hard as there is nothing to be harvested, and they have lost out on making any money from that crop.

"We would have lost a lot of money because we have already fertilised, and fertilisation is one of the overhead costs, something that most of us are running from," she said.

The fire also affected residents from the nearby Decoy district.

Holness urges locals to be more active 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is encouraging Jamaicans to commit to 30 minutes of physical activity every day in order to improve their health and reduce the risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Holness said that NCDs pose a significant threat to the health of the people across the Caribbean and called on the gathering to commit to physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits.

"You don't have to do a 10k, you don't even have to do a 5k. Just 30 minutes of light exercise, walking, stretching for those of you who like yoga. For those of you who can do push-ups, for those of you who can do stretching or just dancing ... [these] can stave off many of these non-communicable diseases," he pointed out.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said that his colleagues in the Caribbean are concerned about obesity levels, which are "the highest among the regions of the world", noting that 60 per cent of Caribbean people die from NCDs.

Police seize firearm

The Constant Spring police seized a Browning 9mm pistol with a magazine containing 14 cartridges in Castle Heights, Kingston 7, St Andrew, on Friday.

One man was arrested in connection with the seizure.

Reports from the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch are that at about 10:30 p.m., a police team was making enquiries in the Castle Heights area when they approached a group of men.

One of the men ran but was apprehended. He was searched, and the firearm with a loaded magazine was taken from his waistband.

He was taken to the Constant Spring Police Station, where he was placed into custody. However, his identity is being withheld pending further investigation.

Jamaica, Chile to share expertise in sports

Jamaica and Chile will benefit from shared expertise in sports under a Declaration of Intent that will be executed over the next year.

The agreement, which was signed on Saturday, will see local coaches travelling to Chile to conduct sports clinics in track and field, while Chilean coaches will come to Jamaica to conduct training in gymnastics, field hockey, and tennis.

The signing followed bilateral talks between the Jamaican Government and President of the Republic of Chile Seb·stian PiÒera at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa in St James.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Pearnel Charles Jr and Chile's undersecretary of foreign affairs, Alfonso Silva Navarro, affixed their signatures to the document.

Teen arrested for carrying gun

The St James police arrested and charged 19-year-old Netovaughn Roshaun Downer, otherwise called 'Neto', of Canaan district, Adelphi, in the parish on Thursday.

Reports are that at about 8:30 p.m., a police team was in Canaan when the accused was accosted after his actions aroused their suspicion.

He reportedly tried to discard the weapon and ran. The team observed him removing the weapon from his waistband and throwing it to the ground.

Downer was subsequently apprehended, and the weapon, a 9mm Taurus Pistol with a magazine containing four rounds, was retrieved.

He was taken to the police station, where he was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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