Elaine Thompson and Stephanie Ann McPherson wins at IAAF meeting in Great Britain


Elaine Thompson and Stephanie Ann McPherson wins at IAAF meeting in Great Britain

by Dwight Fraser

There were two victories for Jamaican athletes today at the IAAF meeting in Great Britain.

This after double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and commonwealth gold medalist Stephanie Ann McPherson won their respective events.

Thompson after finishing second in her heat later returned to win the women’s 60 meters in a sizzling 7.13 seconds in what was a blanket finish.

Asha Phillip of Great Britain was second in 7.14 seconds, with the favourite Marie- Josee Ta lou of the Ivory Coast third in 7.15 seconds.

McPherson won the women’s 400 metres in 52.24 seconds, ahead of Eilidh Doyle of Great Britain 52.43 with Lissanne de Witte of Netherlands third after crossing the line in 52.61 seconds.

Earlier Julian forte failed to advance to the final of the men’s 60 metres after finishing last in his heat  in 6.74 seconds

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Bloody Friday

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Kamara Thompson (left) and her sister, Nadian Shirley, mourning the killing of their mother.
Junior Wint
Valerie 'Ms P' Thompson

Western Bureau:

Blood washed western Jamaica yesterday as fresh on the heels of Valentine’s Day, lovers’ quarrels ended in death for three persons in St James and St Elizabeth while a female farmer was butchered in Trelawny.

Yesterday morning, grief gripped residents of Clark’s Town, Trelawny, as the farming community woke up to news that on Thursday night, the body of a female farmer was found in bushes with the head severed.

The victim, who was last seen walking in the direction of her farm on Thursday, has been identified as 59-year-old Valerie ‘Ms P’ Thompson of Hampshire Lane in Clark’s Town.

WhenThe Gleaner visited Thompson’s home, family members were inconsolable as they questioned the motive behind the gruesome act.

“Dem neva haffi do har so,” wailed Kamara Thompson, the slain woman’s 25-year-old daughter. “Mi mother neva do anybody nothing, and look how dem kill har.”

The distraught daughter said that her mother left for her farm on Thursday morning and said she would have been away for most of the day. When late evening came and she did not return and calls to her cellular phones went unanswered, a search party went to find her.

“Wi go in a di bush two time, but we never find har,” the daughter said. “Two a wi man cousin dem decide fi go back in a di bush fi look again. Dis time, we find her shoes, and den wi find di body with most of it cover wid banana trash.”

According to Thompson, her mother’s body was found nude and had chop wounds all over.

“It look like seh she did a try fi run and dem chop off her head from behind,” the daughter said. “Three of her finger dem missing … . A nuff chop she get.”

The Clark’s Town police, who were alerted to the incident, told The Gleaner that based on their observations, the elderly woman was raped and then killed. They also believe that she put up a brave fight based on the number of chop wounds on her body.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Jermaine Delattibudiere, the officer in charge of crime for Trelawny, said that no effort would be spared in bringing the guilty party to justice.

“This is a most unfortunate incident, and we are now working with some strong leads,” said Delattibudiere. “We have already picked up a suspect, and we are carrying out further investigations.”

The beheading of Thompson is the second such incident in western Jamaica in recent days and at least the third in the island within a week. On Wednesday, the police discovered the partially decomposing body of a man, whose head was severed, in bushes in Coral Gardens, St James, and last weekend, 30-year-old Bryan Mitchell was beheaded in Central Village, St Catherine.

Wife ambushed

While sleuths in Trelawny worked on the investigation in Trelawny, news emerged of a domestic dispute, which began on Valentine’s Day, ending in tragedy yesterday morning in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that at about 6:45 a.m., 49-nine-year-old Moy-Lyn Williams Topping, a bus driver of South Field in the southwestern Jamaica parish, was in the process of leaving home to do her regular duties transporting children to school when she was ambushed by her husband, who shot her multiple times before fleeing the scene.

She was rushed to the Black River Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her husband, who recently arrived in the island from the United States, was picked up at the airport hours later while attempting to board a flight back to the United States at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.


Still, there was more blood-letting to come.

This time, it was the Friday afternoon hustle and bustle in Spring Mount, St James, that came to a dramatic halt as gunshots pierced the air when a former nightclub operator of Lilliput in St James shot his girlfriend to death before turning the weapon on himself.

The deceased man has been identified as 47-year-old Junior Fabian Wint, while the woman has been identified as 24-year-old Wendy Scarlett.

Reports are that shortly after 3:30p.m., the couple, who recently moved to Flamstead Gardens in the area, got involved in an argument, allegedly over the female attending a funeral.

The woman decided that she was going to the funeral and walked from the house, but she was chased by Wint, who is believed to have been a licensed firearm holder. He caught up with her along the roadway.

“Mi hear when the man say, ‘You nah go a no funeral. Not over mi dead body!’” one Spring Mount resident told The Gleaner.

“Mi shock when mi see di man pull out the gun and fire one shot in a the woman head, and then him put the gun to him mouth and fire another round, killing himself,” the frightened community member further stated.

Sources told The Gleaner that the businessman, who was married, broke off with his wife and got involved with Scarlett and had been acting in a jealous manner, refusing to let her out of his sight.

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JCC, PSOJ & JMEA Call for Revision of ‘Antiquated’ Labour Laws

The labour relations struggle fueled by the Petrojam saga is intensifying as at least three groups representing local businesses are calling for a revision of the country’s Labour Laws of 1976.

They’re the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA).

President of the PSOJ, Howard Mitchell described the current labour laws as antiquated, bureaucratic, time-consuming and expensive.

Mr. Mitchell says the Labour Reform Committee, which was convened in 2017, issued a report that was tabled in Parliament more than three months ago but hasn’t been debated.

The PSOJ boss says the unions are seemingly resistant to effect change to the country’s labour relations framework.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd Distant Jr. says his members are concerned about how the Industrial Disputes Tribunal handles the cases it hears.

Both Mr Distant and Mr Mitchell expect changes to be made to the country’s labour laws by the end of the upcoming 2019/2020 fiscal year.


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Chris Gayle and Oshane Thomas among five Jamaicans in West Indies ODI squad vs England

Chris Gayle and Oshane Thomas among five Jamaicans in West Indies ODI squad vs England

by Dwight Fraser

Five Jamaicans have been named in the revised West Indies squad for the first two one day internationals against England starting next Wednesday in Barbados.

The five led by global batting super star Chris Gayle includes, Sheldon Cottrell, John Campbell, Fabian Allen and Oshane Thomas.

The other Jamaican who was initially named in the squad all-rounder Rovman Powell and Guyanese all-rounder Keemo Paul have both been ruled out, while opener Evin Lewis has withdrawn from the squad due to a groin injury.

Former ‘Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite and Cottrell have earned recalls, while the Jamaican Campbell is in line to win a first ODI cap after impressing in the recent test series victory over England.

The full squad to be captain by Jason Holder reads;  Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas.

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Alcohol manufacturers want say in crafting regulations

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Red Stripe’s Dianne Ashton-Smith
Jean-Philippe Beyer, managing director, J. Wray & Nephew Limited.

As the Ministry of Health moves to create a national policy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic beverages say that the development of the policy must involve industry players.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on Thursday announced that the Government would be developing a national policy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as well as the advertising, promotion, and sponsorship of alcoholic products.

The policy is also intended to strengthen the health response to the harmful use, including the push to reduce road traffic accidents, and to monitor and evaluate the public-health surveillance measures.

Dianne Ashton-Smith, head of corporate affairs at Red Stripe, toldThe Gleaner yesterday that while the company supports the Government’s move to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, industry players should not be left out of the conversation.

“Tackling harmful use of alcohol requires a collaborative and united response from public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Partnerships can only thrive when there is a broad and regulated private sector able to play its role in improving health and tackling harmful drinking,” said Ashton-Smith, noting that Red Stripe is a strong advocate for the responsible consumption of alcohol.

“We also believe that punitive regulation can create unintended consequences, including driving consumers to unregulated channels that endanger public health, and impact employment and government revenues,” she added.

J. Wray & Nephew Limited Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer says that the company anticipates that there will be extensive consultation with all stakeholders.

“We believe and actively promote the responsible consumption of alcohol. This position is not at odds with the Government’s own desire. We look forward to an opportunity to discuss our ideas, along with our industry partners, and to shape a policy that will be beneficial to all Jamaicans and to the Jamaican businesses that have spent decades building and contributing to Brand Jamaica and our economy,” Beyer said.

Although reducing road traffic accidents as a result of the use of alcohol was cited as a reason for the policy, vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council Dr Lucien Jones says that police data show that the number of road crashes caused by alcohol consumption is insignificant.

“Based on the results of the breathalyser tests that the police have been doing, it would appear that the use of alcohol is not a major contributor to road crashes in Jamaica based on that alone,” Jones said.

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Did Former Petrojam GM Have a NDA Too?

There is now confusion as to whether former Petrojam General Manager, Floyd Grindley, had a non-disclosure agreement, NDA, as part of his separation from the entity.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness last Tuesday told the House of Representatives that Mr. Grindley did not have an NDA attached to his contract when he mutually separated from the State-owned oil refinery.

However, one of Petrojam’s legal advisors, Angela Robertson, has now contradicted that statement. She was speaking with Nationwide News yesterday.

Prime Minister Holness underwent intense grilling last week in the Lower House regarding the controversial separation agreement with former Petrojam Human Resources Manager, Yolande Ramharrack.

At that time, he told Parliament that only Mrs. Ramharrak separation package included a non-disclosure clause.

At that time, Mr. Holness explained why the HR Manager had such an agreement while the General Manager did not.

However, Petrojam’s legal advisor, Angela Robertson told Nationwide News that Petrojam did, in fact, sign a non-disclosure agreement with Mr. Grindley.

Mrs. Robertson, has decades of experience in labour law, industrial relations, and contract law.

She argues that NDAs are procedural across multiple ministries.


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Sri Lanka’s cricketers pulls off unbelievable one wicket victory over South Africa

Sri Lanka’s cricketers pulls off unbelievable one wicket victory over South Africa

by Dwight Fraser

Sri Lanka’s cricketers pulled off an unbelievable one wicket victory over south Africa in the first test in Durban today – thanks to one of the all -time great knocks in test cricket from Kusal Perera .

The Sri Lankans had looked dead and buried at on 226 for 9 and in search of unlikely victory target of 304 on today’s fourth day

But Perera had other ideas as he and last man at bat Vishwa Fernando carved out the 78 runs that was required for victory.

Perera ended unbeaten on 153 while Fernando’s contribution was six runs five of which were overthrows as the pair put on a record-breaking 10th wicket stand to see their team to the win in an atmosphere of almost unbearable tension.

Along the way, both men reached their highest test scores.

Earlier the Sri Lankans had resumed on their overnight 83 for 3 still requiring 221 runs for victory with seven wickets in hand.

Victory for the South Africans seemed to be a mere formality as their bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals until the heroics of Perera who had resumed on his overnight 12.

Oshada Fernando who was 28 overnight was removed for 37 while Dhananjaya de Silva fought his way to 48 after putting on 94 for the 6th wicket with Perera

For South Africa Keshav Maharaj picked up 3 for 71 while Duane Oliver collected 2 for 35 and dale Steyn 2 for 71.

Final scores 235 and 259, Sri Lanka 191 and 304 for 9.

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Gov’t, unions, private sector on collision course over IDT rulings

Kenyon Hemans
Danny Roberts

At least one trade unionist has pushed back strongly against the wave of growing complaints from employers that the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) is biased against them when they have disputes with employees.

In a joint press release yesterday, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association expressed concerns over the high costs associated with bringing cases before the IDT, labelling as unfair some of the rulings handed down. They are also calling on Labour Minister Shahine Robinson to move swiftly to revise the Labour Relations Code of 1976, adding that current laws inhibit the ability to efficiently operate businesses and to attract investment, which can negatively impact productivity and growth.

“In an environment where micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) make up 97 per cent of our classified taxpaying businesses, our labour laws and the code are complex and difficult to navigate,” the groups contend.

They pointed to the human resource management issues rocking the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam as an example of the hurdles private-sector companies face when they attempt to carry out disciplinary actions against employees.

But Danny Roberts, head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Institute, told The Gleaner yesterday that he was puzzled at the complaint.

“I am yet to see any evidence which shows me that many of the cases which have been ruled in favour of the employee when it comes to unjustifiable dismissal, that those rulings have not been signed by the employers’ representatives. I am not aware of it.

“But what I am aware of is that the vast majority of cases of unfair dismissal upheld by the tribunal have the full endorsement of the employers’ representative,” Roberts said.

Failed to follow due process

According to the long-time trade unionist, employers often run into problems when they do not follow the regulations when seeking to carry out disciplinary actions, and as a result, they sometimes lose, even when employees were in the wrong.

“If employers, therefore, go through due process and terminate, once due process has been completed, the tribunal cannot overturn the decision. Where the IDT has overturned every decision made by the employers, it is when the employer has failed to follow due process. It’s called vigilante justice,” Roberts said.

Roberts admitted, though, that many policies and legislation governing labour are outdated.

“The Employee Redundancy and Termination Payment Act needs to be reviewed, the Labour Relations and Industrial Act needs to be reviewed, the Labour Relations Code needs to be reviewed, the Maternity Law needs to be reviewed. All of these acts need to be reviewed to ensure that they maintain some level of currency, equity, and fairness.”

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RSPL Weekend: Portmore Utd Travel to Reno

Leaders Portmore United will start favourites when they play away to relegation-threatened Reno in the Red Stripe Premier League, at Frome Complex on Sunday.

Meanwhile ninth place Harbour View and 10th place Dunbeholden will be battling to stay above the relegation zone, at the Harbour view stadium.

The stars of the East are on 26-points from 26 starts, while Dunbeholden are on 24 points.

In the other fixtures, Arnett Gardens welcome UWI.

Humble Lion play Montego Bay United.

Mount Pleasant entertain Tivoli Gardens.


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Young  Reggae Boys among 35 teams in the largest ever Concacaf under 17  championships

Young  Reggae Boys among 35 teams in the largest ever Concacaf under 17  championships

by Dwight Fraser

Jamaica’s  young  Reggae  Boys are   among  35  teams  down  to  participate  in the  largest  ever   Concacaf  under  17  championships which  will  be  played    under  a  new  format  starting  next  month  at  the  IMG  Academy   in  Florida.

The  Reggae  Boys  will  know  their  opponents  next  Tuesday  when the  official draw to sort the participating teams into the groups for the qualifying stage and group stage of the final competition,  takes  place  at  the  Concacaf headquarters in Miami.

The World Cup qualifying competition, will  be  contested   in three rounds…… the first-round qualifiers will take place from  march 16  to  24 and April 1 to  9, while the final championship – group stage and knockout stage, will take place from May 1 to 16.

For the qualifiers starting on March 16, the lowest-ranked 19 teams, based on the Concacaf men’s under-17 ranking as of May 2017, will be divided into four groups.

After round-robin play, the top finisher in each group will advance to the knockout stage of the final competition.

The final championship will begin with a group stage, in which the top-ranked 16 participating teams, based on the Concacaf men’s under-17 ranking as of May 2017, will be divided into four groups.

After round-robin play, the top three finishers in each of the groups will join the winners of groups A, B, C and d from the qualifiers in the round of 16.

The knockout stage of the competition – round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final – will be played in its entirety in a single match elimination format, with the semi-finalists automatically qualifying for the 2019 FIFA under -17 World Cup in Peru.

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