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September 22, 2018
Shorn Hector/Photographer Noa-Lee Milan Morris looks up from her program during the funeral of the late Easton Douglas. The service was held at the St Andrew Parish Church on Thursday.

Members of the Senate yesterday voted to extend the state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division for another three months.

This follows approval of the Emergency Powers (No. 2) (Continuance) (No. 3) Resolution, 2018, during yesterday's sitting of the Senate.

The security measure, which was slated to end on October 2, will remain in place until January 2, 2019.

All 19 members who were present voted in favour of the extension. Two members were absent.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the economy has made progress under the Economic Reform Programme.

Speaking at a Government of Jamaica and International Monetary Fund Mission Review press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, Holness said that the Government is pleased that its economic programme is on track.

"Reform efforts are bearing fruit, and there is projected growth by the Planning Institute of Jamaica," Holness said.

Supreme Ventures is now asking its newest millionaire, who won $77 million in Draw # 1508 on Wednesday, September 19, to come forward.

The winning numbers were 8, 11, 12, 20, 25 and 31. The ticket was bought from Korner Kafe in Linstead, St Catherine.

Supreme Ventures has also advised that the winner has 90 days to come forward to collect his or her winnings.

The winner is to present his or her ticket to SVL's corporate office, 28-48 Barbados Avenue.

Jamaican student Tagera Ottey has received a $5-million scholarship to study medicine in the People's Republic of China courtesy of China National Pharmaceutical Corporation.

Speaking at a send-off for the student at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, Minister without Portfolio Mike Henry, who had appealed to the company on behalf of the recipient, commended the company on the swiftness of the response.

For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica His Excellency Tian Qi pointed out that in recent decades, his country has provided more than 2,000 scholarships and training opportunities for Jamaicans.

GraceKennedy Limited (GK) has issued a call for more of its employees to take advantage of the benefits of flexible work arrangements.

Under the flexible work arrangement, GK employees can choose between staggered working hours and a compressed or extended work week.

This is partly in an effort to address the growing frustration of its employees and valuable man hours lost due to traffic congestion, primarily in the Kingston Metropolitan Area. It is also part of the company's continued efforts to foster an environment that facilitates mutually beneficial and enduring employment relationships in keeping with its long-standing 'We Care' corporate culture.

An Ananda Alert has been activated for 15-year-old Ashanti Cunningham, a ward of the state of The Mary's Child Girls Home in St Andrew who has been missing since Wednesday, September 19.

She is of light complexion and slim build and is about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

Reports from the Papine police are that Ashanti was last seen at home at about 9 a.m. wearing a black blouse, a black-and-white skirt, and a pair of black slippers. All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ashanti Cunningham is being asked to contact the Papine Police Station at (876) 927-2047, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

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