Weekly Round-up: Grange, Hanna clash... Corned beef ban lifted... 11-y-o hacks 14-y-o to death

Friday, April 07, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Opposition Spokesperson on Culture Lisa Hanna clashed this week over comments made by Hanna during Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives.

Hanna, in her contribution to the sectoral debate in Parliament, raised concerns expenditure for the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations, and the work of the main organiser, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). “Where has the rest of the $440 million gone? For those of you who might have missed it, there is an obscure note to the estimates of expenditure reserving $200 million of the $380 million remaining specifically for Jamaica 55,” Hanna said on Tuesday while, at the same time, questioning the reason for the establishment of a ‘Jamaica 55’ secretariat.

Grange, however, fired back sharply, calling Hanna’s statements, which hinted at corruption, “a big fat lie”. 

Meanwhile, the two-week ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil was lifted on Tuesday. The ban came after reports that several major Brazilian meat processors had been “selling rotten beef and poultry”.

In other news, an 11-year-old boy is in police custody, accused of hacking a 14-year-old boy to death in Lowe River, Trelawny on Monday.  State minister of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green noted Wednesday that the youngster cannot be charged for a criminal offence but will be brought before the Court and sent to a place of safety.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps the week for you.

See link for stories below: 

Babsy’ lashes Lisa

Corned beef ban lifted 

11-y-o boy in custody for murder 

Green saddened by tragic killing of 14-y-o boy in Trelawny

Time to re-think age of criminal responsibility — Malahoo Forte

Gov’t to set up $10-m trust for survivors of 1963 Coral Gardens incident 

GraceKennedy to explore local corned beef production 

Suspect in St Andrew Prep shooting incident turns himself in

Stolen bus plunges over precipice killing alleged thieves 

Klansman leader Tesha Miller deported from Bahamas 

Banned drug found in Jamaican sprinters’ 2008 samples — report 

Samuels wins defamation suit against former Aussie pacer Geoff Lawson 

Int’l media hails St Jago athlete as the next Usain Bolt 

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