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Weekly Round-Up: Huge US$ shipments… 6-y-o's genitals cut… J'cans mine Gold at PanAm Games

Saturday, August 10, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Bank of Jamaica Foreign Exchange Code Working Group, on Monday expressed concerns over the large volumes of hard currency being shipped from Jamaica — upwards of $50 million monthly — which cannot adequately be justified.

This, the Group indicated, legitimises the de-risking concerns being exhibited towards Jamaica by foreign banks.

On the crime scene, a 16-year-old boy is now in state care after he was accused of stabbing a six-year-old boy and cutting off a piece of his penis last week in White Horses, St Thomas.

In sport, Fedrick Dacres celebrated Jamaica's Independence Day by smashing the Pan American Games men's discus record on his way to successfully defending his title in Peru on Tuesday with a throw measuring 67.68 metres. Jamaica's Jamie Smikle won silver in the event, with a mark of 65.02m.

A day later Olympic 100- and 200-metre champion Elaine Thompson won the women's 100-metre gold in 11.18 seconds and in a first for Jamaica, Natoya Goule took the women's 800 title in two minutes, 1.26 seconds.

And on Thursday, Shericka Jackson won her first major 400m event when she added the Pan American Games gold medal to her growing list of accolades with a majestic run, as Jamaica added another six medals to their tally.

The tally on Thursday stood at 12 medals.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

Concern over high amounts of US$ shipped monthly from Jamaica

Jamaica, Kenya strengthen ties

Shaw's drought plan

Agriculture minister announces increased cocoa prices

Poll shows Bunting the best suited to lead the PNP

Bunting polling data 'garbled, at variance with other polls' says Phillips team

JPS seeks rate increase

Phillips considers court action on Integrity Commission over PM's integrity report

Shaggy to star as Sebastian in ABC's 'Little Mermaid Live!'

Two killed, several injured in Dyke Road crash

Teenager accused of cruel attack on six-year-old boy

Police probing video of alleged cross-dresser, dreadlocks

India complete Windies T20 series clean sweep

Golden gift

Thompson takes Pan Am Games 100m gold

Goule strikes 800m gold at Pan-Am Games

Shericka Jackson wins Pan-Am Games 400m

Clovis Toon

Uruguay, Venezuela issue travel warning against US