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Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Former MP Glenville Shaw dies

Former St Ann South West Member of Parliament (MP) Glenville ‘Power Saw’ Shaw died in the United Kingdom yesterday after a period of illness

In a media release, the People’s National Party hailed Shaw as a “strong representative of the people in the Garden Parish, serving the constituents and the Party at different levels”.

The party said he had a vision for the development of the rural economy, especially in agriculture and tourism.

Leader of the Opposition and PNP President Dr Peter Phillips also saluted Shaw.

“Glenville had a great love for the people and demonstrated a willingness to go beyond the call of duty as their representative. He was a Comrade who believed in the upliftment of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. He was loyal to his family, his Party, his community and his country,” Phillips said.

Shaw won the St Ann South West constituency, defeating long-standing Jamaica Labour Party MP Dr Neville Gallimore in 1997.



Look out for counterfeit products, CAC warns parents

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is urging parents to be wary of counterfeit products during their back-to-school shopping.

Director of Communications Latoya Halstead said parents should be wary when purchasing severely marked-down items.

“You might be thinking that you are getting a deal when, in fact, it could be a knock-off. So you are paying money out of pocket for something that you are thinking is going to last, but in two to three months, it will no longer be useful because it’s not authentic,” she explained.

Halstead recommended that parents conduct research before purchasing items such as shoes and bags for their children and to spend time checking items when in the store.

“It is very important that parents walk with their book lists, check the edition of the book, the author and the publisher. Outside of keeping your receipt, do not wrap the books or write the name of the child in the book until you have verified if they will be used with the teacher,” she also advised.



Jamaica reports increased notification of dengue fever

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):

Last month, Jamaica recorded more than 140 notifications of dengue fever and Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie said the figure was significantly higher than the same period last year.

Speaking on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica yesterday morning, McKenzie said the spike could be due to the prevailing drought conditions.

“For July, we had about 140-something notifications that were fitting … the definitions and so would be classified as suspected dengue. Last year, we were in the region of 20, 30 and we know people have to store water, but you have to cover the containers so as to prevent the mosquitoes from getting in there and laying their eggs,” Bisasor McKenzie said.

“Every case of dengue has the potential to become serious and to result in death,” she warned.

Last week, the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization warned of what it describes as “the complex situation” of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It said that the region is currently experiencing “a new epidemic cycle of the disease” after two years of low incidence.