JAMAICA'S 10-digit dialling takes effect today, May 31, 2018. The new area code is 658. The 876 is still in effect.

JAMAICANS will, effective today, be required to dial all 10 digits when placing local calls.
The introduction of 10-digit dialling forms part of plans to move the country from the current standardised seven-digit dialling as the 876 area code becomes exhausted and a new area code — 658 — added.
According to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), in order to ensure that telephone numbers will always be available, the new area code is being introduced.
Customers are therefore being reminded to update their contact lists with 876 preceding all local numbers in preparation for the new regime, which has been necessitated by the acquisition of the new three-digit area code for the island.
In the meantime, telecoms providers FLOW and Digicel, in collaboration the OUR will enable a permissive dialling period between today and October 30 to allow customers to become familiar with 10-digit dialling.
During this period customers who dial seven digits will receive a recording reminding them that 10-digit dialling is in effect before the call is connected. However, on November 1, if customers fail to utilise the new dialling regime they will be asked to hang up and dial again using 10 digits.
Jamaica is the first North American Numbering Plan Administration country in the region to implement an additional area code.The new 658 area code will not take effect until the 876 code is exhausted.
Jamaica's 876 area code was assigned in 1996 and it was the view then that it would provide sufficient numbering capacity for the next 20 years of demand growth.
But 13 years later the country had to consider the introduction of a new area code to augment the existing 876 numbering space.more

JAMAICA ON TRACK: Ristananna Tracey, 'Rista' aims to get it right on Grand Prix stage

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com  Saturday, May 26, 2018

With the third staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix some 15 days away, 400-metre hurdler Ristananna Tracey is steadily rounding into form as she aims for a surprise performance.
Ristananna Tracey
Tracey, last year's World Championship bronze medallist, has been one of Jamaica's most promising young athletes over the years, but injuries have sometimes prevented her from performing at her best on the world stage.
As such, she has found it difficult to maintain consistency, which proved her undoing earlier this year, as she failed to emulate her London performance at the recent Commonwealth Games in The Gold Coast, Australia.
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APPEAL: Full Court to decide on fresh evidence in Vybz Kartel appeal

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com  Friday, May 25, 2018

The Full Court of the Supreme Court is to hear an application for a photocopy of a statement to be admitted in the appeal for incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused.
Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel being escorted by police to
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Defence attorney Bert Samuels, who is representing Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, said that submissions were made yesterday in the Court of Appeal for the copy of the eyewitness statement to be accepted as part of the fresh evidence, but that the judge ruled the issue was a matter for a three-judge court to decide.
“We got a photocopy; it has a lot in it... and in that statement certain things are said, which if this court accepts it, it will have an impeachment on the credit of the sole eyewitness,” Samuels said, following the in-camera case management hearing, which involved other noted attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson and Oswest Senior Smith.
Samuels also claimed that an injustice was done to his client because his previous lawyer was unable to argue certain grounds and confront the witness because the prosecution said it lost the original statement.
“Mr (Michael) Lorne, Campbell's lawyer, tried to use the photocopy, was waiting on the prosecution to find the original. They have not yet found it; they said it was lost by the previous council who unfortunately died and they can't find the original statement,” he said. more

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