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Soldier on rape charge released on bond

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court-case.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier accused of raping a 17 year old girl was released on bond on Wednesday when he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Oral Bourne was offered bail in the sum of J$100-thousand with surety during a bail hearing.

Bourne, who is scheduled to return on January 13, was charged last week following a probe by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) into allegations that he molested the teen.

He has denied the allegations.

Reports are that several members of the JDF are being investigated by CISOCA, which is probing complaints filed over the past three weeks. One of the soldiers was charged last week after he was placed on an identification parade.

He is scheduled to appear in court this week.

Over the past several months CISOCA has laid charges against members of the security forces for alleged breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.

Two weeks ago, a St Elizabeth-based attorney and a policeman were charged with various sexual offences as part of the crack down.

court.jpgAttorney and lecturer at the Norman Manley Law School, Laverne George, who is accused of defrauding two of her clients of nearly J$20 million had her bail extended when she appeared in court on Tuesday.

George, who was charged last week by the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), pleaded not guilty.

Investigators say in 2010, the attorney sold a property for one of her clients for J$10 million but only handed over one million dollars from the sale.

It's alleged that she sold another property in 2013 for J$8 million but fraudulently converted the money to her personal use.

George is scheduled to return to court month.

ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe three foreigners arrested in Sunday's arms and ammunition bust in Manchester, have been charged.

They were charged on Wednesday with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as drug trafficking.

They are Costa Ricans, Carlos Rodriquez Sanabrias and Angel Calixto Merin as well as Nicaraguan, Dane Hains Cuthbert.

The men were arrested after the Manchester police seized four illegal guns and 150 rounds of ammunition along the Alligator Pond beach on Sunday.

Three kilogrammes of cocaine and the vessel used to transport the men were also seized.

Investigators say the men are linked to the guns for drugs trade.

former-boxing-champion-o-neil-supernova-bell-has-died-aged-41.jpgFormer Jamaican boxing champion O'Neil 'Supernova' Bell has died in a robbery in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Bell, 40, of Atlanta, was one of two people shot in the 1800 block of Harbin Road in the southwest part of the city at around 12.30am, police said.

Officers found him lying in the street with a gunshot wound and he had also been stabbed, WSB-TV reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also found a bag containing wads of cash in the middle of the street.

The other victim - a man who was dressed as a woman, according to the station - was shot once in the hip and is recovering in hospital. He told officers his purse and cell phone had been taken.

The pair were not known to each other, but were both getting off the same bus and walking together when they were robbed, police said.

Authorities said the victims had been gunned down by two suspects driving a red PT Cruiser. Police are still searching for the shooter.

Bell, who born in Jamaica, moved to Delaware at the age of five with his parents. He moved to Atlanta in 1995, where he worked as a UPS driver before becoming a professional boxer, reported.

He first fought under the name 'Give 'Em Hell' Bell before changing his moniker to 'Supernova'.

He was the former undisputed cruiserweight champion - and held WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight titles before retiring in 2011.

In a career spanning 13 years, he recorded 27 wins (including 25 knockouts), four losses and one draw, according to

Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta police.

Jamaica wins five of 6 CASJA awards

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shelly-ann.jpgWorld sprint champion's Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce copped the major titles as Jamaica won five of the six categories in the second annual Caribbean Sports journalists' Association (CASJA) awards.

Bolt who successfully defended his world championships sprint titles in Beijing was unanimously chosen as the sportsman of the year, beating Paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago fellow Jamaican O'dayne Richards of Jamaica.

Fraser- Pryce who retained her 100 meters title and anchored Jamaica to the 4×100 meters title at the world championships copped the sportswoman of the year ahead Yarisley Silva of Cuba and fellow Jamaican Alia Atkinson

Jamaica's world 100 meters hurdles champion Danielle Williams and Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas were voted the top rising stars in the Caribbean.

Jamaican relay teams dominated the team of the year categories with the quartet of Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt taking the male team of year for the 4x100m gold at the IAAF World Championships.

Trinidad & Tobago's 4x400m relay team which won the gold medal at the Pan American games and the silver at the World Championships settled for the runners-up spot followed by Jamaica's 'Reggae boyz' who finished as the beaten finalist at the Concacaf Gold Cup tournamentt.

The 4x100m championship record team of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Fraser- Pryce copped the female team of the year.

usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-1.jpgUsain Bolt, the fastest man alive has teamed up with South Africa's national telecommunications operator Telkom to promote fibre technology, which delivers high speed internet service.

Telkom has not revealed the amount that the Jamaican superstar will be paid for the deal but revealed that Bolt was perfect for their fibre optic roll-out as they are aiming to convince people of the technology's speed.

"We believe that Bolt‚ as the fastest person in the world‚ will assist us in creating awareness of the speed‚ consistency and reliability that fibre technology offers‚" Telkom's Chief Marketing Officer‚ Enzo Scarcella‚ said in a statement announcing the partnership.

Telkom says it hopes to reach one million homes with fibre by 2018 to expand what it says is already the largest fibre network in the country.

Fibre technology can transfer more data over longer distances than copper wire and permits Internet connections equalling 100 Mbps in downstream speeds.

Portland teacher and daughter stabbed by attacker who then takes them to hospital

Shock has gripped the Fair Prospect community in Portland, after a high school Vice Principal and her daughter were stabbed multiple times in the wee hours of this morning (November 24) and then taken to the hospital, allegedly by their attacker.

The mother, Andrea Moore who is Vice Principal at the Fair Prospect High School received 17 stabs, while her 18 year old daughter was allegedly stabbed some 9 times.

Both are in serious, but stable condition at hospital. It is understood that Mrs. Moore's husband was not at home, at the time of the incident.

The brazen attack occurred about 12:15 this morning, when Mrs. Moore reportedly heard screams coming from her daughter's room. She went to investigate and both females were attacked allegedly by a man armed with a knife. Police say the intruder gained entry to the Vice Principal's house through a window.

Reports are that the man repeatedly enquired about guns about which the high school Vice Principal and her daughter had no information. The educator and her daughter were stabbed repeatedly, all over their bodies.

And, in a strange twist of fate, the alleged attacker reportedly took the two wounded females to hospital in the Vice Principal's car.

The women were left outside the hospital, and vehicle taken by the alleged attacker.

In the meantime, gloom hung over the Fair Prospect High School today, as staff and students reacted to the gruesome news. Principal at Fair Prospect High, Godfrey Flemmings, who visited with Mrs. Moore in hospital says she is in good spirits. He says counselling was offered to staff and students, some of whom cried openly.

Crime Officer for Portland, DSP Richard Hilton says a motor car believed to be the stolen vehicle was recovered in Yallahs, St. Thomas on Tuesday.

UTech student dies in car crash in Hellshire

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utech-student-kaestner-jackson.jpgThe University of Technology (UTECH) family is mourning the loss of another student. This time it is due to the death of an engineering student, Kaestner Jackson.

Jackson, 23, died after a Daihatsu Terios sports utility vehicle crashed into another car head on. The accident happened on Sunday night on the Hellshire Main Road in St Catherine.

Jackson's photo was posted on social media with several friends and colleagues expressing their condolences.

Last Saturday, slain student, Shanique Walters was laid to rest in an emotional ceremony in Old Harbour, St Catherine. She was shot in the face earlier this month after she made her way home with a friend.

No one has been arrested for Walters' murder which sent shock waves through the college community and prompted police to beef up security on the school campus in communities surrounding UTECH.


hands-behind-bars.jpgDays after it was reported that another attorney has been charged with fraud, the police have revealed that a doctor has also been implicated in the case.

A statement from the police says the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) branch charged 67 year old attorney Peter Millingen, of Braywrick Road Kingston 6, and 58 year old Dr. Dane Levy, of White Wing Avenue, Portmore, St. Catherine with breaches of the Larceny Act. They reportedly forged a Will.

According to the police, in 2013 a relative of a deceased man requested a copy of the Will from Mr. Millingen, who was his lawyer, but the request was denied. The relative retained another attorney who obtained a copy of the document. After examining the Will; the relative discovered discrepancies with the document, including the deceased's signature. A report was made to C-TOC.

The document was sent to the JCF's Questioned Document Examination Department, along with several specimen handwritings. The investigation revealed that Mr. Millingen, who prepared the document, had filed an Affidavit of Feeble Handwriting in the Supreme Court, which stated that he was present at the date when the deceased and the two purported witnesses signed the document. However, forensic evidence allegedly revealed that it was Dr. Levy who forged the signatures of the witnesses.

Mr. Milligen was arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged document, and demanding property by means of forged document, while Dr. Levy is to face charges of conspiracy to defraud, and forgery.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Manchester woman fined for ganja

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ganja-image-1.jpgFifty-three-year-old farmer Patsy Ferguson, of a Manchester address, pleaded guilty to possession of, and dealing in one pound and two ounces of ganja and was fined $13,500 when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday.

Co-accused Abigail Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court was told that on October 30, at 1:00 p.m., the police, acting on information, carried out a raid at a house in Salt Spring. During the raid, the ganja was found in two separate parcels, one hidden in a couch in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Nine hundred and fifty dollars was also found with one of the parcels.

The two women, who were at the premises, were taken into custody and subsequently charged.

Wong-Small subsequently ordered Ferguson to pay a fine of $4,500, or spend 30 days in jail on the possession charge, and $9,000, or 30 days, on the dealing charge.

Meanwhile, the court was told that clarity was needed concerning a police statement in the matter against Abigail Ferguson. She had her bail extended until January 7, 2016.

Both women were ordered to submit their fingerprints to the police.

pray-for-jcapri.jpgjcapri-give-blood-alert.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri was involved in what appears to be a serious car accident earlier this morning.

Her Personal Assistant, Danielle Francis has since advised that she is in surgery. Various posts on social media suggests that the accident happened on Barbican Road, and that her car flipped-over on impact. She was taken to the hospital immediately. She is currently in serious condition and is in need of blood.

meadbrook-high-school.jpgThe drama unfolded last Friday evening along a lonely stretch of road on Meadowbrook Avenue in the residential middle class community.

A taxi-man who was going about his usual business, was about to make a left turn onto Meadowbrook Ave when he spotted what appeared to be the student and a man playing. However, he watched the action for about 15 seconds and then realised that the young girl was thrown to the ground and "all her underclothes were exposed".

"When I saw that, I realised that it was a robbery. So I turned right instead and drove fast down the road, blowing my horn as loud as it could go," the cabbie told YardFlex.

He said that when the thug heard the noise and saw the car, he made a great pull and took the horrified female student's phone and jumped onto a waiting bike.

The quick-thinking taximan memorised the licence plate of the bike and hurriedly called the police to make a report, while assisting the terrified school-girl.

Elections will NOT be called this year

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has signalled that the general election will not be called this year, confirming that she will only set the date after the November 30 Voter's List is published.

With the Christmas period already ruled out for holding the election, this essentially confirms that the election will be held in 2016, instead of late 2015, as had been suggested earlier.

Mrs. Simpson, addressing a rally of the governing People's National Party (of which she is president), in Black River, St. Elizabeth, said she took account of the fact that thousands of people were enumerated ahead of the September 30 deadline, and she had listened to calls for those persons to be allowed to vote in the next election.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said she wanted Jamaicans to have a peaceful Christmas, and expressed confidence that her Party will win the next election.

In response, the Jamaica Labour Party said it had no problem with the election being called after the publication of the November 30 Voter's List.

harold-brady-photo-1.jpgEight months after he was charged with fraud, attorney Harold Brady was freed on Friday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Mr. Brady's legal team reported to the court that he had paid over more than $30 million owed to businessman Jeffery Panton and Panton's wife, Sue-Ann.

He handed over four cheques to the Pantons and their attorney Peter Champaignie, in court on Friday. One of the cheques was for US$250,000, while the others were in Jamaican currency.

After the cheques were presented, the prosecutor withdrew the charges against him, with the Pantons having accepted the settlement.

Mr Brady was charged in March, after he was accused of defrauding the Pantons of J$37 million in a real estate deal. Investigators reported that Mr Brady sold a house for the couple in Stony Hill, St Andrew, for J$51 million. He reportedly paid them US$165,000, initially, but failed to pay the balance.

Another lawyer on fraud charge

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Attorney-at-law, Laverne George, of Diamond Road, Stony Hill, St. Andrew has been charged with fraud.

Detectives attached to the counter terrorism and organized crime investigation branch, c-toc arrested and charged Ms. George with fraudulent conversion this week.

Reports are that in 2013, Ms. George was contracted to conduct transactions involving the sale of land on behalf of the complainant.

It is alleged that Ms. George failed to pay over the total sum of money from the sale, to the complainant.

A report was made to the police, an investigation launched and Ms. George was arrested and charged.

She is expected to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court next Tuesday, November 24.

In October, attorneys Miguel Lorne and Harold Brady were also charged with fraud.

money-hidden-in-shampoo-bottle.jpgA Venezuelan man has been arrested after he was allegedly found with more than US$80,000 in his luggage while trying to board a flight at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport.

According to a police report, about 10:30 Wednesday morning the 42-year-old man was about to check in for a flight to Curacao when he was stopped.

His suitcase was searched and US$83,900 reportedly found concealed in several items including shampoo bottles.

US rapper Lupe Fiasco chillin' in Jamaica

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lupe-fiasco-nov-18.jpgUS rapper Lupe Fiasco is in Jamaica, chilling and making links but avoiding to smoke ganja.

He told his 1.3 million Twitter followers on Wednesday that he's experiencing food on the rock.

"Eat Jerk Chicken & Kola Champagne actually in #Jamaica," he tweeted 19 hours ago.

Later the rapper, most known for his Touch The Sky collab with rapper Kanye West, denied smoking ganja in response to a fan.

"No man...Babylon presence was too strong ya ear mi star...mi no smoke no ganja anyway," he indicated.

Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco the rapper rose to fame in 2006 with his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He released his latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, this year.

French Caribbean islands have been included in the state of emergency declared in France by President Francois Hollande following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The islands which are overseas territories of France are Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin and St Barths.

Hollande declared the state of emergency last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed more than 129 people and injured in excess of 350 others.

According to the Ministry of Overseas Territories, the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.

Stop carrying children in car trunks! taximen warned

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The Transport Authority has issued a stern warning to route taxi operators transporting children in the trunk of motorcars, to immediately discontinue the practice or face prosecution.

The Authority has received reports that operators have been placing children in the cargo compartment of sedans, in a bid to increase their earnings on each trip.

Its Operations Division has been instructed to intensify activities to stamp out the practice, which compromises the safety and comfort of passengers. Donald Foster, Managing Director of the Authority, on Friday said the reports originate primarily from western parishes.

"We are currently carrying out further investigations to look into the problem because we shall be taking appropriate action to stop the illegal activity," Foster said.

He added that operators found violating the rights of passengers to a safe and comfortable ride by overloading the vehicles will be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Regulations. He said the Transport Authority will be engaging the police to implement strategies to prosecute offenders for cruelty to children under the Child Care and Protection Act.

"We will be meeting with them soon , we have made arrangements about the problem and they will be planning our operations along with the polce to address this concern," he sad.

No bail for man who posted rape video on Facebook

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odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgTwenty-six year old Odain Grayson, the man who was arrested in connection with a video posted on Facebook, was refused bail on Friday when he appeared in the Spanish Town Criminal Court.

Prosecutors and the police opposed bail during a hearing.

Grayson, who is charged with rape and abduction, was remanded until December 9 when there will be another bail hearing.

He was charged last Friday by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, and is facing other charges under the Cybercrimes Act.

Grayson sparked an uproar on social media last week Tuesday when he posted a video on his Facebook page, apparently having sexual intercourse with a female who was pleading with him to stop.

He surrendered to the police last Thursday.

Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival cancelled for 2016

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jamaica-jazz-and-blues.jpgThe highly-anticipated Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival, which each year boasts the biggest name in music internationally, has been cancelled for 2016.

According to the event's website, the festival is postponed until 2017 when the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Event organizers used Facebook to apologize to fans explaining why the festival wasn't being held in 2016.

"We really tried to make 2016 a reality, however, things just did not work out," read a post from Jamaica Jazz and Blues on Facebook.

"Therefore, instead of trying to push and stage a festival that would not be of our usual standard, we decided to postpone it," they added.

However, the event organizers promised patrons that they would not disappoint when they returned in 2017.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival usually attracts an audience of 15,000t o 20,000 and was originally established to boost visitor arrivals to the island during the tourism slow season.

The festival was formerly known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

No breakthrough in murder of 6-year-old

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The police have not yet established a motive for the deadly attack on a six-year-old boy whose body was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe, Runaway Bay, St Ann on Monday.

The body of Daniel Anderson, which had chop wounds, was found a day after he was reported missing.

"We have contacted al the persons connected with this child..... statements are being collected. We are giving it full attention and we are continuing with the probe into this homicide," said head of the St. Ann Police, Superintendent Wayne Cameron.

Daniel, who was a student of the Runaway Bay All-Age School, was reportedly sent on an errand by his father on Sunday afternoon.

His body was discovered on Monday afternoon by a passerby.

Fifty seven children have been murdere v d so far this year up from 41 during the same period in 2014.

The St. Anns Bay Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 57-year-old Joseph Lynch, 43-year-old Lascelle Lynch, 50-year-old Ruth Lawrence and 7-year-old Rimeka Haynes all of Authurs Mount, Lime Hall, St. Ann who were reported missing on Monday, November 16.

Joseph is of dark complexion, slim build and about 175 centimetres (5 feet 9 inches) tall, Lascelle is of dark complexion, slim build and about 175 centimeters (5 feet 9 inches) Ruth is of dark complexion, slim build and about 91 centimetres (3 feet) tall. No description of Rimeka was given.

Reports are that about 3:30 a.m., residents reportedly saw their house on fire and alerted both the fire brigade and the police. Since then, the family has not been seen or hear from.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Joseph Lynch, Lascelle Lynch, Ruth Lawrence and Rimeka Haynes is being asked to contact the St Anns Bay Police at 972-2211, the Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police.

Portland cop shoots relative dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations is probing the death of a man in Portland on Sunday in an alleged confrontation with police.

Dead is 45 year old Rohan Hamilton, also called Cliffy, of Long Bay.

The police in confirming the incident gave no detail saying only that Hamilton was killed in a confrontation with police in Long Bay.

CCU says no firearm or ammunition was seized.

INDECOM has reported that the officer involved is related to the man who was killed.

PNP candidate on larceny charge withdraw from race

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) is scrambling to find a replacement candidate in St Andrew North Eastern following Monday's resignation of Gregory Sutherland who had been selected to represent the Party in the constituency.

Sutherland is facing charges of simple larceny, submitting forged documents and impersonation.

The criminal charges against Sutherland were confirmed by the party. He has since resigned.

It is expected that the election date will soon be announced by Prime Minister Protia Simpson Miller.

St Andrew North Eastern is represented in parliament by the JLP's Delroy Chuck.

ganja-ras-Iyah.jpgPresident of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government to "align" with other countries to secure a slice of the international marijuana market.

"I think the Government of Jamaica has a duty and responsibility to align themselves with other countries, because I know there are other countries, here in the Caribbean, in Latin America...that are against this big stick that America has over our heads that says 'you can do what I say but not what I do'," he argued.

According to Ras Iyah: "Unity is strength, and as such whether from a regional bloc or from a point of view, that we...make sure that we become strengthen in such a way that we have a say on the international political field," Ras Iyah stated. "Otherwise we will always have to succumb to the big stick that America has over our heads."

He accused the US of using state laws as a smokescreen to stifle the emerging ganja industry in Third World countries while promoting theirs.

"I know that the United States of America is using state laws as a guise to develop their cannabis industry and at the same time to fight against Third World countries development. I don't think the State would have been doing what they want if the Federal Government was not in league with it...without some form of backing," the veteran ganja advocate charged.

He was speaking on day one of the two-day Beckley Foundation Conference on Jamaica's Cannabis Reforms at the Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, last Friday.

Missing 6-y-o boy found dead in St Ann

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police-station.jpgThe police have reported that the body of a six-year-old St Ann boy who was reported missing on Sunday was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe district in the parish yesterday.

He is Daniel Anderson of Bellaire in Runaway Bay.

Reports from the Runaway Bay police are that about 4:15 pm, residents discovered the mutilated body and summoned them.

On their arrival, the police say the body was seen with a wound to the head.

The scene was processed and it was removed to the morgue pending a post-mortem examination.

Jamaican woman jailed in US for distributing drugs

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A 35 year old Jamaican woman is to spend ten years behind bars in the US for distributing methamphetamine disguised as the drug ecstasy in Pittsburgh.

On Monday, U.S District Judge David Cercone imposed the term, the mandatory minimum, on Racquel Sanchez, who has been living in Tucson.

Sanchez, who also has a home in Tampa, Florida was convicted at trial in June for her role in supplying methamphetamine through an intermediary in Cleveland.

The FBI was able to piece together the case against her through taps on the phones used by two co-conspirators.

Although she was never intercepted on the calls, trial testimony and transcripts showed that the others often made reference to her, sometimes imitating her Jamaican accent, indicating she was the supplier.

rohan-marley-and-shane-wittle-ceo.jpgShane Whittle, the former chief executive of a coffee company built on the name of late reggae star Bob Marley has been charged in the US with running a stock scheme that netted US$78 million in illegal trading profits.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges on Tuesday, against Shane Whittle, the former CEO of Jammin' Java Corporation, a company he co-founded in Los Angeles with Rohan Marley, the late singer's son.

Marley, who is still involved with the company, was not accused of wrongdoing.

The SEC said Whittle, helped by eight outside accomplices, illegally profited by secretly taking control of millions of shares of Jammin' Java, inflating their value and later dumping them on unsuspecting investors.

The scheme allegedly involved setting up a front company to make it appear that Jammin' Java had a financial backer and making various promotional announcements that helped boost the share price.

The alleged accomplices , none of who are affiliated with the company -- are accused of various promotional activities, including publishing false stock reports and facilitating illegal stock transactions through offshore holding companies.

The company was founded in 2008.The alleged illegal activity occurred in 2010 and 2011.

According to public filings, in May 2011, shares of Jammin' Java, which also does business under the name Marley Coffee, surged to $6.35 cents, a price that valued the company at more than $400 million d though its revenue the previous year was a little over $1,000.

Soon after reaching that peak, the defendants sold the shares, which later nose-dived to less than one dollar.

The dramatic rise and fall of the share price prompted the SEC's investigation.

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz need your support

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reggae-girls-u-17.jpgThe Reggae Girlz are Jamaica's National Women's Soccer Program. All three national women's teams- the U-17, U-20, and Senior squads- recently topped their groups at the Caribbean Football Union level as they compete for spots in the upcoming international competitions:

  • FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2016 (Jordan)
  • FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2016 (Papua New Guinea)
  • 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio)

In spring of 2014, Cedella Marley became Global Ambassador for the Jamaica Women's Football Program. Recognizing that football can be a conduit to social change in Jamaica and other emerging countries by providing education and opportunity to its young women, Marley spearheaded an international fundraising campaign that got the team to the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifers in the United States. After coming within a hairs-breath of making the FIFA women's world cup last fall, the senior Reggae Girlz now train under the direction of a top-notch technical staff in Orlando headed by Hue Menzies. The comeback story continues as they compete for a spot in next year's summer Olympics....but money is still the biggest opponent on the road to Rio.


Even after last year's great return to competition (after a six-year hiatus caused by lack of funding) it has been a struggle to get sponsors for the national team. Most corporations in Jamaica are throwing their financial weight behind track and field because it's a proven winner for the country. The others just continue to believe that female football is not a big enough marquee for them. Also, there is now the added expenses of the younger female teams that are currently in their world cup qualifiers.

Upcoming Tournament Dates:

  • U-17 Women's CFU Finals (ConCaCaf/FIFA WWC Pre-Qualifier): Nov. 13-18 in Puerto Rico
  • Senior Women's CFU Finals (Olympic Pre-qualifier): Nov. 16- 21 in Trinidad
  • U-20 Women's ConCaCaf/ FIFA WWC Qualifier: Dec. 3-13 in Honduras

Because of financial constraints the players have not been able to train consistently in preparation for these important tournaments. One week of camp in Orlando costs approximately $50,000.00 for housing, transportation (including airfare), meals, and medical care. An itemized budget for camp that narrows it down to an exact figure, but is approximated here because the travel expenses fluctuate based on how far in advance flights can be booked.

This is your chance to support the Reggae Girlz training camps with either cash donations or by sponsoring a specific budget item (as in pay the hotel, restaurant, or travel agency/airline). The Mister Mister Foundation in Miami (a 501c3 non profit that helps at risk young men and women through sports and art, run by R&B icon Betty Wright) sponsors the camps by acting as a fiscal agent for all U.S. based donors. Any checks should be made payable to that foundation.

Caribbean leaders condemn Paris attack

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trinidad-pm-keith-rowley-microphones.jpgLeaders across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have condemned Friday's terrorist attack in Paris that led to the deaths of over one hundred people.

France has since declared a state of emergency with President Francois Holland describing the attack as an "act of war" organised by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley described the attacks as "unspeakable" adding that "the rest of the world is also gripped by shock, sadness and outrage.

The Perry Christie Government in The Bahamas says it stands with the international community in expressing its deep regrets over the loss of life from the horrific shootings in Paris.

"We condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest terms. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims," said Christie adding that Nassau stands "ready to work with our CARICOM allies and the international community to combat this problem".

In Paris, all public demonstrations have been banned until Thursday.Sports events have also been cancelled.The city's hospital officials say they have treated 300 people after the attacks, 80 of who remain in critical condition.

In London,one of two terminals at London's Gatwick Airport has been evacuated as a precaution following the discovery of a suspicious article. Sussex Police said one person was arrested on Saturday and an army bomb disposal team was on the scene. A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the terminal about 9:30am after passengers saw a man discarding a suspicious item.

The police are investigating the circumstances of the incident adding that it's too early to say what the item may be, however, given the events in Paris last night, there is heightened awareness.

utech-student-shanique-walters.jpgThe police continues to maintain a heightened presence in the Mona and Papine communities of St Andrew, with special focus on the tertiary institutions in the area.

It follows the brutal murder of 22-year-old University of Technology (UTech) student, Shanique Walters, who was shot dead in the nearby community of Hope Pastures after she refused to hand over her handbag to armed robbers.

The lawmen have also visited UTech as part of the continued dialogue and support to them and to ensure that the area remains safe.

Superintendent Velma Thomas Gayle and her team met with the Acting President of UTech, Professor Colin Gyles and members of his team and provided an update on the investigation.

"Crime is not just for the Police, it is everybody's business. Security begins with each of us and I encourage especially the students to be alert and aware of their surroundings," said Superintendent Thomas Gayle.

UTech students have complained that they have been targets of robbers and many have been held up at gunpoint and relieved of cellular phones and other belongings by hoodlums.

In addition, the University authorities have decided to implement a shuttle service to take students, who live in communities close to the university, home at nights.

21-year-old kidnapped; family sent death threats

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kidnapped-junior-patterson-spanish-town.jpgA 21-year-old St Catherine entrepreneur, Junior Patterson was reportedly abducted by a group of men laying-in wait in a car in his community of Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town last Wednesday, November 4.

According to reports, members of the community witnessed Patterson's abduction around 10am. Patterson, friends in the community and a man with whom Patterson was doing business all got into a vehicle.

"The car drove off and later came back; all the men came out but Junior was not with them," an eyewitness is reported as saying added.

When Patterson failed to show up in the morning [Thursday], his sister reported him missing. The men immediately contacted her with death threats and she got cold feet and refused to return to the Spanish Town Police station with Junior's passport.

Patterson's brother also received death threats after he started to ask around in Spanish Town seeking information on his brother, which he has reported to the police.

Patterson operated a bustling meat and grocery store in Spanish Town, which was allegedly being set upon by extortionists.

The Spanish Town Police are aware of the situation and their investigations are still ongoing.

go-fund-me-campaign-childbirth-death.jpgA GoFundMe campaign has been set up to pay for the flight home and burial of a Montego Bay woman who died after childbirth and falling into a coma, while at a hospital in the United States.

University of the West Indies graduate, Marshae "Kimmy" Paul, died on Thursday, more than a month after falling into a coma following childbirth at a Massachusetts hospital. She leaves behind her almost two month old son, Kameron.

According to the GoFundMe campaign, Marshae suffered a series of cardiac arrests beginning on September 20 and she was admitted in an ICU at Massachus General Hospital.

"Having been admitted to this hospital since September, the doctors tried repeatedly to administer medical treatment but to no avail. Her condition disintegrated and her vital organs started failing," read the message.

"Kimmy succumbed to her ailments on November 12, 2015 at 5.30 pm leaving behind her almost two month old son Kameron.""Her family needs your help to take her home and lay her to rest. We need help for air fare and to cover her burial expenses in her homeland," read the campaign message.

"Please help us to set a foundation also for Little Kameron who will never meet his loving Mom taken home at such an early stage of his life. Your support no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.Thanks for your Support. God Bless."

The campaign has so far raised US$2,250 of a targeted US$30,000.

Paul had celebrated the joyous occasion of her child's birth on Facebook, posting a picture on September 18 of her son under the caption, "When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world #myhappiness #mybiggestblessing #myprincekameron."

Friends and family celebrated with her through congratulatory messages on the social media platform. However, joy soon turned to pain when it was announced, by a brother in law a little over a week later, that Marshae had slipped into "a coma and may not survive".

BEWARE! Zika virus found in the Caribbean

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zika-virus.jpgChief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, says persons need to be more vigilant, and take their responsibility in cleaning up their environment and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

This comes in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency on Thursday (November 12) that the Zika Virus has been detected in a Caribbean country, which has not been named. Dr. Bullock Ducasse says the Ministry of Health is continuing its preparedness for any possible introduction of the Zika Virus in Jamaica. She says focus is being placed on destroying breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which carries the virus.

She is urging Jamaicans to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing deet. Dr Bullock-Ducasse says the health teams will continue to work in parishes to assist in reducing breeding sites. She is calling on members of the public to destroy mosquito breeding sites by looking for anything around the home, school, churches and business places that may collect water and either cover it, keep it dry or dispose of it.

Repair leaking pipes and outdoor faucets, cut the grass short and trim shrubbery, clear roof gutters and eaves to prevent water from settling and fill in and drain any low places in the yard such as areas where there are usually puddles when it rains.

The ministry says regional health authorities increased the frequency of fogging in several areas and will continue to pay close attention to high risk communities, pointing out that however that fogging is a temporary solution and cannot by itself solve the problem of mosquito breeding.

The virus has previously been reported in Brazil, Colombia and suspected in the Dominican Republic. The Pan American Health Organization has indicated that it has been confirmed in Suriname.

The Zika virus is a viral disease, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue and Chik V. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, and rash.

PNP mass rally for Portmore Sunday

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pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party has called a mass rally for this Sunday in Portmore, St. Catherine.

According to General Secretary Paul Burke, the Prime Minister had not made up her mind about announcing the date for a general election.

"We will have a rally in the Corporate Area when we think it is right," Burke said.

As speculation mounts as the date of a general election, the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), on Wednesday announced that it has canceled its annual conference to focus on preparing for an upcoming general election.

JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, however stressed that there should be no fall out as a result of the cancellation of the conference that was scheduled for November 22.

Meanwhile the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is on high alert. According to Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, training is in progress and the recruitment of temporary personnel is underway.

"If the election is announced, we will just move to the next phase. In terms of preparedness we are at the level where we would need to be, so nothing will change unless the election is announced.

Ahead of a general election the two political parties on Wednesday agreed to the stating of three political debates.

Forum bridge to be closed for 3 months

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Work is to continue this week on the Forum Bridge in Portmore, St. Catherine, that will be closed on Friday for three months.

A detour road has been constructed adjacent to the bridge construction site to allow for the movement of traffic and pedestrians during the closure.

The detour road will be opened on Friday however operators of heavy duty vehicles will not be allowed to use it.

Traffic will be allowed on the bridge during peak hours.

One way flow will be facilitated for motorists travelling northbound in the direction of the Toll Plaza during 5am-9am and 4pm - 8pm

The project commenced in September and is scheduled to be completed in six months.

odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgThe Police have confirmed that 25-year-old Odane Anthony Greyson, the person who shared on Facebook a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her, is in custody.

The caption that accompanied the video was "DWL...fool". The video was subsequently deleted, but not before thousands of Facebook users had seen and heard the contents, and became enraged by the horrific details.

The man in the alleged rape video circulating on social media has been identified.

Greyson will be interviewed in the presence of his attorney on Friday.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse is investigating the matter.

In a post on his Facebook profile the man attempted to justify his interaction with the young woman and his decision to post it.

He claims it was not rape but several people who viewed the video say it was and have been threatening him.

Cabbie, passenger shot dead; another hospitalised

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crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that a taxi operator and a female passenger were shot dead when a group of men travelling in a motor car opened gunfire at the cab this morning.

Another female who was travelling in the taxi is now in hospital with gunshot wounds.

The deceased have been identified as 43-year-old taxi operator Garfield Allen of Hartford, in the parish and Onecka Samuels.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled that two policemen and the husband of Manchester businesswoman Norma Henry Coleman be charged with her October 23 murder.

Constables Leroy Curtis and Denrick Thomas have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder; while her husband, Vincent Coleman, has been charged with murder. Mrs. Henry Coleman was shot dead while driving on Begonia Drive in Mandeville.

Investigators claimed persons were paid one million dollars to have her killed.

Taximan, school-girl reported missing

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taximan-teen-missing.jpgA taxi operator and a schoolgirl, both of Whitehall, St Thomas addresses, have been reported missing since Monday.

They are 15-year-old Sherisa Bailey of Ridge district and 26-year-old Wilton Phillips of Clunie Road.

Police say the fair-complexioned teen was last seen when she left home for school about 6:30 am. She was dressed in her school uniform - a blue skirt, a white blouse, a pair of white socks, and a pair of black shoes.

She is of medium build and is about four-foot-nine-inch tall.

When she did not return home at the usual time, calls were made to her cellular phone but went unanswered. A report was subsequently made to the police.

Meanwhile, Phillips, who is of dark complexion, slim build and is about five-foot-seven-inch tall, last spoke to relatives via cellular phone about 3:00 pm the day he went missing.

The police say subsequent calls to his phone went unanswered. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Phillips plies the Morant Bay to Whitehall route.

The police did not indicate whether or not the two cases are connected.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sherisa Bailey or Wilton Phillips is being asked to contact the Seaforth police at 982-4280/2255, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

A lawyer charged with sexual offences in relation to a six-year-old boy was yesterday offered $150,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The 34-year-old St Elizabeth attorney was offered bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, following a bail application by Queen's Counsel K Churchill Neita.

The accused, who is charged with grievous sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual touching, is scheduled to return to court on January 26, 2016, for a preliminary hearing.

buju-banton-photo-9.jpgAccording to a news report from BET, Grammy-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton could be among 6,000 prisoners to be released during November as part of a reform from the US Sentencing Commission.

In its report, BET directly named the entertainer as one of the many prisoners who could be released.

Banton's release date is set for February 2019, but if his name makes the list of 6,000 he could be released sometime in November after only serving half of his sentence.

According to the report, inmates became eligible for release on Sunday, November 1. Around 16,000 inmates are expected to be freed within the first year, and 45,000 over the next several years.

The reggae singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted in 2011 on three counts of drug trafficking charges. He was given the minimum 10 years sentencing, and is currently serving that time in a Georgia, Atlanta prison.

Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 postponed?

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jamaica-jazz-and-blues.jpgThe organizers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have allegedly pulled the plug on the January 2016 staging of the annual event. A check of the festival's website revealed that 2016 information was "coming soon". Normally, by now, the festival would already have been releasing names of their top acts, in anticipation of a mid to end of January staging.

Significantly, no dates have yet been announced for 2016.

The details surrounding the reason for the reported postponement are unclear. However, checks made by one entity reveal that the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival organizer Walter Elmore is currently not accepting calls.

When his assistant was contacted, she reportedly told the callers that she was not his assistant and recommend we send an email to Meanwhile, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival's official website has listed its 2016 dates for the festival as unconfirmed.

The three day event suffered greatly at the beginning of this year as a result of its top headliner Mariah Carey. Carey, who delivered a dismal performance in January 2015, is arguably the festival's biggest disappointment.

Cops kill man who pulled gun from his crotch

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crime-scene-gun.jpgReporte aew that a man was shot dead at the Spanish Town Police Station after pulling a gun on a police officer.

The incident is said to have occurred around 4:45 pm on Tuesday, in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) area of the police station.

Information is that the man was taken to the station on a road traffic offence when he allegedly pulled a gun from his crotch, pointed it at a police officer and was shot.

jps-truck-lands-in-house.jpgIt was a very near tragedy on Monday afternoon as a Jamaica Public Service truck got out of control and slammed into a townhouse at Cornwall Court in Montego Bay, St. James.

Reports are that a utility truck contracted by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) slammed into the side of an apartment off Ramtallie Boulevard in the second city.A JPS crew was reportedly conducting a routine maintenance along the roadway around 3pm, when the truck unexpectedly started rolling down the hill with the driver still inside.The truck slammed into a section of a house, creating a huge hole.

Fortunatey, house owner - known in the community as 'Anthony' - escaped fatal injuries.

According to reports,"Anthony was upstairs sleeping when he got a call from his common-law wife to pick up their daughter from school. He was about to leave when he decided to step out onto the veranda - suddenly he saw the truck heading downhill in the direction of his house," the woman added.

"He said he was so shocked that he couldn't move... he just stood there, watching the truck coming straight toward him," a member of the community reported.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly suffered minor injury and was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital by his colleagues.

Bloody murder as JP's throat slashed at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Catherine Justice of the Peace (JP) was killed at his home in Knollis in Bog Walk ,St Catherine, Sunday night police have reported.

He has been identified as Ernest Dunbar, a 58-year-old contractor.

Police report that sometime before 10 p.m., Dunbar and a female were at his home when hoodlums broke a window and entered the house.

They reportedly tied up the woman. Dunbar's throat was then slashed by the criminals who also stole his licensed firearm.

The Bog area has been under attack from criminals in the last month, the police said.

JLP chairman Robert Montague denies rape allegations

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robert-montague.jpgChairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Senator Robert Montague, today released a statement to the press, denying claims appearing on a certain web log of sexual misconduct.

According to Montague, on Friday, August 28th he received a private message on his Facebook account that contained the allegations.

Montague said that the e-mails attempted to extort money from him.

According to the Senator, he immediately contacted the police and was advised that no reply was to be given.

The police units of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime and the Major Organized Crime Agency, (MOCA), have been made aware of the matter.

cisoca-launches-investigation.jpgThe Centre for Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has launched an investigation into the viral video recording of a male and a seemingly hesitant female having sex.

Though the faces were not clearly shown, the female could be heard crying and begging the man she referred to as, "Odane", to stop.

This video has caught the attention of a number of persons who have since been posting that the man, Odane Greyson, should face the full extent of the law.

"Somebody needs to put this b.... where he belongs in prison with animals," one social media user posted.

But a post from Greyson's Facebook page which has since been deactivated, is denying the rape allegations.

odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgThe video, which 25-year-old Odane Anthony Greyson shared with a viral Facebook group, Speak Your Mind Jamaica, depicted a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her.

The caption that accompanied the video was "DWL...fool". The video was subsequently deleted, but not before thousands of Facebook users had seen and heard the contents, and became enraged by the horrific details.

The conversation seemed to revolve around some dispute in which Greyson felt the girl had disrespected him and was 'teaching her a lesson'.

The two-minute long video was mostly obscured as he attempted to record having sex with the girl, but her constant struggle to free herself rendered those who watched to listen to the girl's pleas for him to stop.

Greyson's profile page has since been flooded with expressions of anger, pain, disbelief, death threats and promises to exact justice.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is aware of the viral video and arranged an interview with the distraught victim for 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Several Jamaicans have shared Greyson's personal details and contact information with Crime Stop's Facebook page.

PNP prepares to unveil election date

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pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) will this week decide on the venue for its next rally amid speculation that Jamaicans could hear as early as next Sunday the date for the general election.

On Saturday, a PNP source said a rally is being planned for Sunday in Half-Way -Tree at which the date is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister.

The expectation is that the election will be early next month.

"No decision has been taken as yet about any rally at any place whatsoever. Bur we will meet this week and by Tuesday (or) Wednesday we will determine where the next rally ought to be," said PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke.

Preparing for a general election

Both political parties on Sunday evening staged rallies in St. Ann and St. Catherine .

PNP Campaign Manager Dr Peter Phillips said the PNP has been using the rallies to deliver its message to the electorate.

"All across the country, I think we are carrying the message not only to the membership of the PNP but the other members of the public and explaining that progress has been made in the country over the years....we have seen a pickup in jobs in particular, a pickup in investments and a lowering of interest rates - that's the message that we have been carrying," he said.

For its part, the Jamaica Labour Party says its election preparations are in high gear. General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says the party is ready for the election, despite concerns about the Voters' List.

"The preparation is going well ....we do feel that they should have written the new list.." Chang said.

fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgThere has been a huge outcry online as news of the Marley's offer to have one of the Marley siblings provide DNA sample to compare with that of Fabian Marley, the 47-year-old singer who is claiming to be the first-born son of reggae icon Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley.

News sources disclosed on Sunday that the Marley family is to make children of the late reggae icon available to compare DNA samples with that of singer Fabian Marley. On November 4, Marley family attorney Kevin Powell, a partner in the law firm Hylton Powell, responded to a letter from Keachea Dixon, the attorney for Fabian Marley.

"...we will make available one or more of Bob Marley's children to complete the comparative DNA tests...," the letter said.

"Your client's request for his DNA to be matched with that of the deceased Robert Nesta Marley is unreasonable and not at all rational," the letter continued. "It is completely out of the question and our clients will not even consider it."


In response, Fabian Marley, who is managed by Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, says he will be taking legal action to obtain Bob Marley's DNA sample to conduct the relevant comparative test.

"I'm taking this to the court. I know I am a Marley. I never went to any of them for anything ... I'm not going to match up DNA with any of the siblings. When I was ready to do this three years ago they turned me down. Mi nuh inna this," he said.

Not surprisingly, the online backlash has been swift an very much in favour of Fabian MArley.

According to one reader, "I got the funny feeling that his claim to be Bob Marley's first born son dethrones Ziggy Marley's status to that honour. There lies the problem, he is not just one of Bob's children but a pivotal one in the chain food order."


Others stated the following in their comments to the story posted online: Why are they not using the DNA from the source. Maybe the children whose DNA they are using are Not that of Bob Marley hence the reason for this decision to disqualify Fabian from being his child. Fabian has no connection to those who are supposed to be Bob Marley's children. I hope he does not agree to that

Rasta stands for truth and love!!!! Truth swims like oil on water.

Truth should not be feared. PEACE.

What are they afraid of? DNA don't lie, it makes no sense you want to match his DNA with siblings he wants to prove Bob is his dad not that his siblings are his brothers. Why are you blocking him if he is not then every one will at least know the truth. I wish you luck, Fabian. This is not the family's greatest moment. Why would they want to withhold Bob Marley's DNA? Chances are he is Fabian's father.

What are they afraid of, it's not like he is hounding them for anything. Who are the children whose DNA sample would be used, the ones that Bob said aren't his? The man is a clone of Bob.

Agreed. Make Bob Marley's DNA available to test against Fabian's DNA...this should settle this matter once and for all! Why should it take 3 years for this DNA test to come about, especially when Fabian should be made to pay for the test, to verify his claim? RIDICULOUS!!!

If the man and his mother said Bob Marley is the father, all the Marley family needs to do is to do a DNA test and put him out of his misery. He has a right to know or prove that this particular person is his father.

Whether you like it or not, they have no rights to stop him from knowning what he wants to know. In any other civilised country he would get that done.

Anyway, we all know the Marley family is a greedy bunch and this kind of behaviour was expected of them.

Cops probe double murder in Porus

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The police in Manchester are investigating the circumstances that lead to the death of two unidentified men.

The two men were reportedly found in pools of blood in Porus, Manchester on Friday morning.

According to initial reports from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) a pedestrian travelling on the Melrose Main Road in the parish around 9:15am discovered a body along the roadway, when the police were summoned.

Upon their arrival, the man, believed to be in his late 20s, was seen lying face-down with his throat slashed.

The man found was said to be of a dark complexion, slim build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and dressed in a red, white and blue stripped Polo shirt, khaki pants, black socks and red sneakers.

Upon further inspection of the area, another man was discovered in a nearby storm drain.

The second unidentified body was riddled with gunshot wounds and was clad in a beige Polo shirt, stripped brown pants and black shoes.

According to the police, the second victim is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

The bodies were removed to the morgue for post mortem examinations and the scene processed.

No motive established for deaths of homeless men in downtown Kingston 8:04 pm, Fri November 6, 2015

Detectives have not established a motive for the deaths of two homeless men whose bodies were found on Orange Street in downtown Kingston early Friday with their heads bashed in.

The police who were alerted shortly after 6am, report that two stones were found nearby.

In the past, homeless men have been targeted for attacks in downtown Kingston.

prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgJamaicans could know as early as next Sunday the date on which a general election could be held

A People's National Party (PNP) source said a rally is being planned for Sunday in Half-Way -Tree at which the date is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister. It is believed that a general election could be held early in December.

The source said the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has advised governments to stay clear of elections on a Wednesday or Thursday. The EOJ has reportedly indicated that it prefers to work on preparing for an election over the weekend and would rather an election on a Monday or Tuesday.

It is expected that at the rally, the Prime Minister will announce nomination day with the election day to be 16 days after.The election must be held between 16 and 23 days after nomination day while nomination day must be held five days after the announcement.That means nomination day could be as early as November 20.

Meanwhile, PNP General Secretary Paul Burke says all is set for the last of three mass rallies being held by the party to assess its readiness for the general election. The last rally is scheduled for Browns Town, St Ann on Sunday. This follows rallies in Westmoreland and St Mary over the past three weeks. The St Ann rally will bring together PNP supporters from Trelawny and St Ann.

Burke says the leadership of the party will meet on Wednesday to assess the state of the Party's preparedness.

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be holding a rally on Sunday evening, in Munamar Square in Spanish Town, St Catherine. The rally will be addressed by Party Leader Andrew Holness and Campaign Chairman, Mike Henry.

cop-attack-hope-road.jpgA member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was beaten to a pulp and is now listed as in a serious condition following a proper beating on Saturday night along West Kings House Road by an enraged motorist, who fled on foot, armed with the policeman's gun.

Sergeant Bruce Williams of Protective Services was reportedly travelling along Hope Road close to midnight when he witnessed a motor vehicle accident in which one car - a white Nissan Sunny - refused to stop.

Williams is said to have followed the Nissan Sunny and managed to intercept the vehicle at West King's House Road. An altercation reportedly developed between Williams and the rogue driver, during which the Sergeant was punched and kicked several times, and one if his ears bitten off.

Shots were reportedly fired and the man managed to escape on foot with Sgt Williams' service Glock pistol.

The abandoned white Nissan Sunny AD wagon is registered #6674 GP. It is believed that the vehicle is owned by an ex-member of the Jamaica Defence Force.

Williams, who also suffered fractured ribs, is said to be in serious condition.

Jah Cure and wife Kamila split?

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jah-cure-wedding.jpgRumours are widespread that reggae singer Jah Cure and his media personality wife, Kamila McDonald, are now separated.

The two met along Constant Spring Road, St Andrew in 2009 and got married two years later in a fairy-tale wedding at the upscale Tryall Club in Hanover. Less than nine months later, they welcomed a baby girl Kailani Belle Alcock and rode off into the sunset to enjoy a blissful married life.

However it now seems that all the icing has melted off the fabulous wedding cake, and with that, the love has seemingly changed to something else.

According to one gossip outlet, "a close family friend recently confirmed the split, stating that Kamila has moved out of the home she shared with Jah Cure".

"She moved out of the marital home and back into her family home over a month now. So by the looks of it, it seems to be over," the anonymous source said.

The source also mentioned that neither party has been wearing their wedding rings for months.

Speculations were also ripe earlier this week when Kamila posted a picture showing off her nails on her Instagram page. Many persons had questions about the state of the marriage because her wedding ring was not seen on her finger.


A same-sex Pennsylvania couple who are technically father and son are now trying to annul the arrangement in order to legally marry.

Nino Esposito adopted his partner Roland "Drew" Bosee in 2012 after 40 years of being a couple, because they thought they would never be able to marry.

Some same-sex couples used adoption laws as a way to gain legal recognition as a family along with related benefits such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights.

However with the Supreme Court decision in May which allowed for same-sex marriages, the couple is now trying to undo the adoption in order to legally marry.

Speaking to CNN, Esposito said he never thought that he and his partner would be able to see the day that they could be properly married.

"We never thought we'd see the day" said Esposito, 78.

The adoption "gave us the most legitimate thing available to us" at the time, said Bosee, 68.

However Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole, of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, ruled against the couple.

He said the primary purpose of the adoption was to reduce the Pennsylvania inheritance tax payable upon the death of one of the men from 15% to 4%, "as the two men would now be in a parent-child relationship instead of a third party relationship."

O'Toole said he was "sensitive to the situation" but noted that despite the fact Esposito and Bosee desire to marry, "they cannot do so because they are legally father and son."

"This Court welcomes direction from our appellate courts in handling parallel cases," O'Toole wrote.

"We don't believe the Pennsylvania judge who refused to annul this adoption was unsympathetic," said Witold Walczak, the Legal Director of the ACLU Pennsylvania, "he simply felt that the legal path to doing so should be forged by an appellate court."

JLP caretaker outraged at murder of UTech stuent

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utech-student-shanique-walters.jpgJLP caretaker for St Andrew Eastern Fayval Williams says she is shocked and outraged at what she describes as "a gruesome attack on the future of Jamaica" following the shooting death of a female university student on Tuesday night in Hope Pastures.

Health Science student Shanique Walters was shot dead in the St Andrew community after she refused to hand over her handbag which gunmen, who were travelling in a car, demanded from her and another female student as the two walked home from school.

Williams says the attacks on students in and around the university community have become too frequent and has called for stakeholders to review how the entire geographic zone is treated.

"It is really heartbreaking that a student could meet her death in such a dreadful way. The heartless criminals are preying on our students and this latest incident goes to show that the moral fabric of the society has been so significantly deteriorated that not even students are safe anymore," she stated.

Williams says she condemns in the strongest of ways the murder of the female student and has urged the police to spare no resources in finding the criminals responsible for snuffing out the life of the student. She says the criminals must not be pitied and they must bear the full brunt of the law.

The JLP caretaker recalled that, since this year, a male student was stabbed and seriously injured on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

"Since year, a student was stabbed and seriously injured at UWI and luckily he was able to survive with the help of the Guild and all the students of the UWI who were able to donate blood. This promising young lady wasn't so lucky. I also recall that students at UWI's back gate were robbed of their gadgets and cash. There is an organised and sustained attack on our university students and it must stop. We have to work together to ensure that it ceases. If we truly believe in the growth and development of our constituency and our country then we must all commit to that," Williams said.

Williams says it is regrettable that so close to end of term examinations, coldblooded killers would be so thoughtless to rob and kill the University of Technology student.

"This is a situation that we must give priority. We must ensure that we have a peaceful university environment because our students cannot learn and be the best that they can be if they have to live in fear. In and around our universities must be the safest at all times and certainly this latest incident has exposed that we are not doing enough to protect our students. Time and time again they have complained about the harassments and threats they face on a daily basis and it had to come to this," Williams lamented.

Williams says the Member of Parliament has not adequately addressed the residents' calls over the years to have a comprehensive approach to the increased occurrences of robberies and other serious crimes that have been taking place in Mona and Hope Pastures area of the constituency.

Spineless, dog-hearted criminals continue to target students in their never-ending quest for cell-phones, lap-tops and money to fund their lazy, worthless lifestyle.

It was brought to the attention of that many students who go to school in the downtown area are preyed upon by these vile criminals.

Students of Kingston College and ST Georges College on North Street are subjected to this kind of thuggery every sigle day of the week. The students are held up at knife point and are relieved of their bus fares and bag juice money, their phones, school-bags, shoes and laptops.

Over at Kingston College, the members of the track team who train late are fodder for these villains. On Wednesday evening, yet another track team member was stabbed as he made hisway home using a road off North Street to walk to his bus stop downtown.

According to reports, a thug on a bicycle roe up behind him and demanded his cell phone. The student did not immediately give in to the demand and was stabbed twice by the ruthless criminal.

Residents on Elleston Road, where KC has it Melbourne Campus, tell tales of having to stand on the sidewalks in the evenings when school is dismissed in order to ensure that the criminal, anti-social elements in their midst do not "rob the students blind".

It must be pointed out too, that many of these thugs walking around with ratchet knives are students themselves and they have learnt quickly how to identify the vulnerable in their midst and bully them.

The schools are only too aware of these issues and encourage students to walk in groups and go home if they do not have extra-curricular activities. But more needs to be done. Schools need to ensure that those students who have to stay back for lef=gitimate reasons can at least reach their bus stop safely. Perhaps the school bus could be used to take students downtown, for example, or even Cross Roads.

There are just too many thugs, too many ratchet knives and far too many vile, vicious, dog-hearted low-lifes wandering around seeking their next prey.

missing-man-fitzroy-thompson.jpgThe police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 51-year-old Fitzroy Thompson, a correctional officer of Boone Hall Estate in Stony Hill, St Andrew who has been missing since Monday, October 26.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) tall.

According to reports, Thompson was last seen on Forsythe Drive, Kingston 6 about 2pm, wearing a white Polo shirt, black-and-white plaid shorts and a pair of slippers. Efforts to contact him have failed.

Member of the public have been urged to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of Fitzroy Thompson.

Persons may contact the Matilda's Corner Police at 978-6003, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

sheldon-mcdonald.jpgJamaican-born Sheldon McDonald, the head of the University of Guyana's Law Department has succumbed to injuries he received in a car crash in the East Coast Demerara on Friday.

McDonald, 64, died on Wednesday.

The Jamaican who was a former employee of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat received serious injuries to his chest and one of his lungs and was being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Students, family and friends have been plunged into shock and grief at the passing of McDonald, regarded as very outspoken.

"It is a terrible, terrible thing, all now I'm still asking if it's true, and I still can't believe," Sibert McDonald, the oldest brother told The Gleaner from his home in Portmore, St. Catherine.

"The whole family in shock and bawling. Practically all his family is here in Jamaica, and he would come home often. We need him to come home now."

A long standing member of the People's National Party (PNP), in August McDonald was honoured by the Party's Youth Organisation 70s fraternity for his outstanding contribution.

McDonald was a member of the Inter-Governmental Task Force charged with revising the constituent instrument of the Community, the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

His brother said the family is making arrangements to have him buried in Jamaica.

McDonald leaves behind two sons, three brothers, several relatives and friends.


The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) notes with sadness the passing of Mr. Sheldon McDonald, Head of the Department of Law, University of Guyana.

Mr. McDonald was a firm believer in Caribbean integration and played a pivotal role in the genesis of the Court as a member of the CARICOM Preparatory Committee, which, contributed to the development of the CCJ and Caribbean jurisprudence.

The Court wishes to profess its deep conviction that Mr. McDonald's integral and sterling contribution to its creation is now, and will permanently be, incontrovertible evidence of his unwavering faith in and unstinting contribution to Caribbean integration, jurisprudence and development.

Weeks before his passing, Mr. McDonald had contributed a chapter to a publication being developed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Court.

The Caribbean Court of Justice mourns the loss of a true Caribbean man and I express my personal condolences to his family, colleagues and legions of friends throughout the region.

The path he blazed with such dedication and assiduity will be forever testimony to his commitment to regional social transformation.

hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men are now in custody following a double murder in Westmoreland on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police reports the men were gunned down at a shop in Little London, Westmoreland. They have been identified as Leonard Nanco, 70, a pensioner, and Fabian Allen, 33, unemployed, both of Little London.

Reports are that the men were sitting at the front of a grocery shop when a car drove up from which two men alighted and opened fire at them about 2:07 p.m. They was later pronounced dead at hospital.

The police were alerted and a car fitting the description of the one used in the shooting was intercepted with two men aboard in Hanover.Those men are now in custody.

The Little London police say they have not yet established a motive for the killings.

utech-building.jpgStudents of the University of Technology (UTech) will be wearing black today as they mourn the untimely death of Health Science student Shanique Walters.

Walters was shot by a gunman on Hope Boulevard in Hope Pastures, St Andrew minutes after 6:00 PM on Wednesday after gunmen travelling in a silver motorcar accosted her and another female student of the tertiary institution as they walked home from school.

They demanded that the women hand over their belongings and, while Walters' friend complied, she did not and tried to run.

One of the gunmen got out of the car and gave chase. He fired a single shot which caught her in the head, killing the promising youngster on the spot.

Her colleague was not harmed as the gunmen left the scene.

The unharmed student has been severely traumatised and is now in protective custody.

Hope Pastures has been plagued by robbers and vandals for several months despite the efforts of the police to keep a lid on the escalating situation.

gun-crime.jpgA 22-year-old female medical student of the University of Technology was this evening shot dead in Hope Pastures, St Andrew during a reported robbery while on her way home from school.

She has been identified as 22-year-old Shanique Walters of Darlington Drive in Old Harbour, St Catherine. She was a student of the College of Health Sciences.

Commanding Officer for the St Andrew Central Division, Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul-Thomas, says the deceased and another female student were walking on Hope Boulevard shortly before 7 pm when a silver motorcar with two men aboard drove up and demanded that the women hand over their bags.

It's reported that the friend handed over her bag but the deceased refused and instead ran off.

That's when one of the men reportedly got out of the car and shot her in the head as she ran, killing her on the spot.

SSP Sproul-Thomas says the unharmed female is now in police custody and was unable to ascertain information on the model or make of the car.

She is appealing for residents of Hope Pastures to be careful when traveling in the community.

Elephant Man's bail on rape charge extended

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgDancehall artiste Elephant Man had his bail extended when his rape trial failed to get under way in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

The trial could not begin because there was another court case taking place. As a result, the case has been rescheduled to February 8, 2016.

Elephant Man, whose real name is Oneil Bryan, was charged with rape in 2012 after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his Hillcrest Avenue home in St Andrew.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA Mandeville man, who is accused of plotting the assassination of his wife, will seek bail on his behalf today.

Attorney Oswest Senior-Smith is expected to argue in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that his client, Vincent Coleman, has been behind bars since last Thursday and has not been charged by the police.

Coleman was arrested by police after their investigations led them to accuse him of offering a million dollars for the killing of his wife, Norma Henry Coleman.

Three members of the constabulary and a civilian has also been arrested in connection with the businesswoman's murder.

She was shot to death after hoodlums ambushed her as she drove in Mandeville, Manchester last month.

gun-crime.jpgA courageous woman, with the aid of a licensed firearm holder, overpowered a gunman, relieved him of an illegal gun and handed him over to the police in Montego Bay, St James on Monday.

The Montego Bay Police report that the incident took place in Bay West, in the resort town.

Reports are that, at about 10:15 pm, the woman was walking along the roadway when she was pounced upon by the gunman, who robbed her of a cellular phone, valued at $9,800.

But the woman was determined to defend her possessions and struggled with the hoodlum. During the tussle, she managed to stab the armed thief and retrieve her cell phone.

A licensed firearm holder subsequently intervened and disarmed the gunman.

The man was handed over to the police and a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol with 11 rounds of 9mm cartridges were handed over to the cops who also took the woman's cell phone as evidence.

The identity of the gunman has not been released.

bob-marley-photo-2.jpgA US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from some of the biggest clothing entities in the country that claimed they have legal rights to sell shirts bearing the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.

"The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the merchandisers had used his likeness to sell clothing at Walmart, Target and other stores without permission from Marley's children," the Associated Press reports.

Marley's children control the rights to the musician's image through a company called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music.

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music sued rivals A.V.E.L.A. and others in 2008, arguing that their sales of Marley merchandise violated federal trademark law.

A federal court ordered the companies to pay more than $1m in profits and damages, citing evidence that consumers were confused as to who endorsed the merchandise.

Jamaican female umpire to create history

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jamaica-female-umpire-jacqueline-williams-right.jpgJacqueline Williams

Jamaican Jacqueline Williams will later this year make history when she becomes the first female umpire to officiate in the WICB Regional FOUR-day competition.

The 39 year old from Westmoreland, will stand in the middle with Peter Nero, for the fifth round match in the WICB PCL competition between Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park from December 11 to 14.

Williams recently made her international debut when she stood in the first ODI and first T20 game in the ongoing Pakistan Women's tour of the West Indies.

metal-detectors.jpgThe Ministry of Education is considering extending the metal detectors programme to include schools at the primary and secondary level.

Currently metal detectors are distributed only in high schools.

However, in light of the incident at Papine High on Thursday in which an illegal gun and ammunition were allegedly taken from a 13 year old boy, Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says more schools could also receive metal detectors

The presence of a metallic object in the Papine High student's knapsack was reportedly detected by security personnel at the school while conducting routine security checks.

The teenager, who is said to be the son of a convicted gang leader, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was remanded when he appeared in court on Friday.The boy's mother was also taken into custody and is facing charges under the Child Care and Protection Act.

Meanwhile, Thwaites says the incident at Papine High highlights the importance of the metal detectors and disclosed that a student at Brimmervale High School in St Mary was also recently found with ammunition.

university-hospital-entrance.jpgReports are that the The University Hospital of the West Indies now has an acting Chief Executive Officer in the wake of last week's announcement that Dr. Cecil White had resigned.

Senior Director/Finance at the hospital, Kevin Allen, assumed the post effective yesterday.He was appointed despite Dr. White's resignation taking effect on January 31, 2016. The hospital also has an acting Senior Director of Clinical Services after Professor Trevor McCartney's resignation took effect on Saturday. He is Dr. Karl Bruce.

News came last week that Dr. White and Professor McCartney had tendered their resignation. Chairman of the Hospital, Sterling Soares, met with the two men based on a request by the Board following an emergency meeting.

Mr. Soares said both men expressed concern about developments at the University Hospital following the deaths of some newborns due to infections at the neonatal intensive care unit.

biddersingh-court.jpgA teenage girl who came to Canada dreaming of a better life was starved and abused by her own family before her charred body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago, a Toronto jury was told Wednesday as the trial of her father got underway.

Everton Biddersingh, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter Melonie. He has pleaded not guilty.

Crown prosecutor Anna Tenhouse detailed Melonie's troubled life after she came to Canada from Jamaica in 1991 to live with her father and stepmother.

"Instead of going to school, she was treated like a slave. She was beaten. She was starved. She was drowned or nearly drowned, inhaling water shortly before her death. She was stuffed into a suitcase and driven to an isolated area where she was set on fire," Tenhouse said in her opening statement.

"Three years after she had come to Canada, Melonie was killed."

The case has taken two decades to get to trial because police weren't able to identify Melonie's remains for years until they received a tip that eventually led to the arrest of Everton Biddersingh and Melonie's stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh, in March 2012.

Elaine Biddersingh's trial on first-degree murder is set to begin in April 2016. A confession she made to a pastor years after Melonie's death led to the break in the case.

Court heard that when Melonie first came to Canada at the age of 13 with two brothers, her father and stepmother promised her a life "full of hope."

"Melonie was pretty and a happy girl. However that did not last long. After living in the Biddersingh home, Melonie's appearance changed," Tenhouse said. "Everton's attitude towards Melonie changed."

Melonie was made responsible for one of Everton Biddersingh's other children, who was a baby, was responsible for keeping the family's small apartment clean and was often not allowed to leave the home, court heard.

She was subjected to all kinds of abuse that included being kept in a closet, being placed in a barrel, having her head placed in a toilet which was flushed as punishment, being chained to the furniture at times, being kicked and punched and being deprived of food, Tenhouse said.

The girl was also called "the devil" and told she brought evil to the family, Tenhouse said.

"Melonie became thinner and weaker as a result of the abuse and food deprivation," Tenhouse said, adding that the teen, who was not given medical attention, told her older brother Cleon she wished she was dead.

Melonie died on Sept. 1, 1994, but Tenhouse told the jury they would be hearing two different versions of just how the teen died.

In Elaine Biddersingh's version of events, Everton Biddersingh said his daughter was dead and showed his wife the teen's lifeless body in a hall closet, Tenhouse said.

"Elaine assumed Melonie died of malnourishment because Everton was restricting her food and she looked thin," Tenhouse said. "Elaine suggested that they get a suitcase and put Melonie's body in the suitcase."

Elaine Biddersingh said her husband and Cleon set the suitcase on fire after she drove with them to an isolated area, court heard.

Cleon, however, has said he was woken by his father and told Melonie ran away from home, Tenhouse said.

"Cleon did not understand because Melonie was weak and sick," Tenhouse said. "Melonie had tried to run away on one prior occasion. She only made it to the stairwell next to their apartment."

Jurors heard that expert evidence expected in the case will indicate Melonie had 21 "healing fractures" involving her ribs, spine, pelvis, right knee and left ankle which were caused three weeks to six months before her death.

A post mortem also found that Melonie was starved and had inhaled water shortly before her death, Tenhouse said.

"She weighed only 50 pounds post-fire, even though she was 17 years old - the weight of an average eight-year-old," Tenhouse said.

"Given Melonie's fractures and her poor health, she was weak and in a great amount of pain at the time of her death."

"After hearing all the evidence, we will be asking you to find Mr. Biddersingh guilty of first-degree murder."

The Crown said Melonie's biological mother, Opal Austin, searched for her daughter for 17 years because Everton Biddersingh told her she had run away. She was flown in from Jamaica, where she lives, to testify on Thursday.

suitcase-death-melonnie.jpgThe mother of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found inside a burning suitcase more than two decades ago never stopped looking for her daughter after being told the teen had run away from her father's home, a Toronto court heard Friday.

Opal Austin struggled to contain her emotions at times as she testified at the trial of Everton Biddersingh, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter Melonie.

Crown prosecutors have said Melonie, who lived with her father for three years before she died, was starved and abused by him.

The case has taken 21 years to get to trial because police weren't able to identify Melonie's frail, charred remains for years until they received a tip that eventually led to Biddersingh's arrest in 2012.

Austin told jurors that Melonie was born in Jamaica, and was the oldest of two children she had with Biddersingh when they were living together. When Melonie was about two years old, Biddersingh left for Canada, court heard.

Melonie's early years were spent with her mother, who had a total of seven children, court heard.

"She was a quiet person, she didn't give no problems," Austin said of her daughter. "She loved drawing...She loved to read."

Despite living in a one-room house with dirt floors and a leaky roof, Austin said her children never went hungry and noted that Melonie was a healthy child.

"I do odd jobs, like domestic work, wash people's clothes...them never left hungry," Austin said. "I provide."

In 1991, when Melonie was 13, an opportunity arose to have her, her younger brother and an older half-brother sent to Canada to live with Biddersingh and his new wife, court heard.

Austin believed the move would give her children a chance at a better life and she took comfort in the fact that their new stepmother had children of her own, court heard.

"I was confident. I put my trust (in her), as a mother with children," Austin said, choking back tears. "They would be going to school. They would be big man and big woman, working."

Not long after her children left, Austin said she would make collect calls from a roadside payphone to check on them but she was often told they were at school or at the gym.

A Crown prosecutor has told the jury that Melonie was never sent to school in Toronto and was instead "treated like a slave."

After a time, Biddersingh said he couldn't afford to pay for Austin's calls and urged her to write letters instead, court heard.

In one letter from Biddersingh sent in November 1993, which Austin read in court, he indicated the teen wasn't listening to him. Biddersingh also wrote that when he asked Melonie to write to her mother, "she say she just want to live her life."

"He tell Melonie to write me and Melonie say she don't have any time, she can't deal with ... the ghetto, where she came from," Austin said.

Melonie died on Sept. 1, 1994, but Austin said Biddersingh only told her about three years later -- when she ran into him and his wife in Jamaica -- that her daughter had run away from home.

"I ask him, 'where is Melonie?' Him said Melonie run down to America," Austin said, adding that Biddersingh said her daughter had made friends in the U.S.

"He say she steal away his wife's clothes and jewelry," Austin said, noting, however, that Biddersingh's wife was "a stout person" and Melonie had always been slender.

Biddersingh also told Austin he did not go looking for his daughter, court heard.

Austin told jurors she began trying to track Melonie down. She told friends about her situation, asked the Red Cross for help, and even filled out missing person's forms and contacted people she knew in the U.S.

Her efforts led to numerous false leads over the years until she was contacted by Jamaican police in 2012.

Police obtained a DNA sample from Austin which allowed them to identify Melonie's body, court heard.

Biddersingh and Melonie's stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh were arrested in March 2012 and charge with first-degree murder.

Elaine Biddersingh's trial is set to begin in April 2016.

hands-behind-bars.jpgHaitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against a American man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti's capital decades ago.

Police with an arrest warrant searched unsuccessfully last Friday for Michael Geilenfeld at a modest private residence in a mountainside community above Port-au-Prince and the nearby Wings of Hope home for about 30 physically and mentally disabled children and young adults.

The American is already the subject of another criminal case in Haiti that accused him of sexually abusing boys in his care.

He spent 237 days in detention before being released in April by a Haitian judge who dismissed the charges in a brief trial that was not attended by the accusers, now adults.

But the country's justice minister granted a re-examination of the case and it is now in court again on appeal.

Geilenfeld has argued that the false accusations of sexual abuse linger against him in impoverished Haiti because he was a gay man in what he described as a homophobic country.

Opposition wants details of passport contract

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The opposition wants the government to provide details about the contracting process for the procurement of 750 thousand blank passports and the specifications of the documents.

The call from spokesman on national security derrick smith follows an announcement last week that cabinet has approved a contract for 3 point 7 million u-s dollars for the acquisition of the passports from the Canadian bank note company limited.

The government says the order is expected to satisfy the local and overseas demand for Jamaican passports for the next 3 and a half to 4 years.

Mr. Smith says the government must assure taxpayers that the investment it is seeking to make is one that is worthwhile.

According to him, there is need for a clear indication as to whether this awarded contract was subjected to the open tender process, and whether the passports being procured meet the criteria for modern passports in terms of compatibility with the technology and direction other countries are moving in.

He states that this would have implications for the smooth and seamless flow of holders of these passports through immigration and customs around the world.

The opposition spokesman says the government needs to be forthcoming with answers regarding details of the procurement, as the matter has far-reaching implications for Jamaican passport holders and is of interest to the general public.

Mr. Smith states that failure to do so, will see the opposition asking pertinent questions in parliament and inviting the Contractor General to take active interest in the matter.

gun-school-bag-oct-31.jpgThe 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged after a 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found in his knapsack is the son of an area don who is in prison.The boy was remanded in custody when he appeared in Gun Court on Friday.

His mother was also taken into custody and is facing charges under the Child Care and Protection Act.

According to reports, the fully loaded gun was detected through the use of a metal detector used by security guards on Wednesday at the Papine High School where the boy attends school.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is commending the administration of Papine High for finding the weapon using the metal detector provided by the Ministry.

Thwaites noted that this incident, along with the recent finding of ammunitions on a school boy at Brimmervale High in St Mary, underscores the importance of school administrators utilising the metal detectors provided.

At the start of the new school year the Ministry of Education distributed more than 130 metal detectors to high schools.

Fake cop with police ID among three arrested and charged.

Police impersonator was among three men arrested by the Half Way Tree Police on Friday.

An illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition were seized during the incident on Melrose Avenue in Kingston. Charged are: 49-year-old Donovan Howard, otherwise called 'Nick' and 34-year-old Horace Brown both of Golden Spring Road, St. Andrew and 29-year-old David Sang, otherwise called 'Management', of Stock Farm Road in the parish.

Reports are that, at about 8:00 pm, while on patrol duty in the area, Police came upon three men abroad a grey Honda motorcar parked along the roadway. Upon seeing the lawmen, the men began to act in a suspicious manner. As a result, they were accosted; Howard then identified himself as an undercover Police officer and produced an identification card (ID).

Detailed checks revealed that the ID was forged. As a result, Howard and the other two men were searched. One 9mm Smith and Wesson firearm along with sixteen 9mm rounds of ammunition was found in Howard's possession.

The men were subsequently arrested and charged. Howard has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition; impersonating a Police officer; possession of forged document; uttering forged documents; being a member of a criminal gang; and participating in a criminal gang while Brown and Sang were charged with being a member of a criminal gang and participating in a criminal gang. They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Gun Court on Wednesday, November 4.

This seizure brings to 94 the number of firearms removed from the nation's streets under the 'Get The Guns' Initiative just six weeks after its launch.

16-year-old girl shot dead while playing with gun

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gun-school-bag-oct-31.jpgA 16-year old girl is now dead after she was reportedly shot in the abdomen in Rose Town, Kingston, on Saturday.

She has been identified as Shadae Allen.

Reports are that Shadae and another teen were playing with a gun about 11:00 am when she was shot.

The police have reported that a firearm - a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with the serial number erased - was seized during an operation on Bethune Avenue in Rose Town, Kingston, about 8:30 pm.

Police suspect that the weapon may be the one that was used in Shadae's killing. The police say they are following several leads.

Allen was reportedly shot in the abdomen while playing with a firearm with another teen about 11:00 am on Saturday.

Detectives from the Denham Town police are investigating the incident.

world-cannabis-cup.jpgJustice Minister Mark Golding has urged persons attending the Rastafari RootzFest, which will see local growers of ganja competing for the coveted World Cannabis Cup, to be responsible during the four day event which will be held in Negril next month.

In endorsing the event, which will be held November 12 - 15, Golding said the Fest was a great concept and hoped that it will grow into an annual event.

He was speaking at the launch of the event at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew.

"As Minister of Justice, I must encourage all to be responsible in their approach to herb. I know that the Rastafari approach to herb is a responsoible approach. We don't encourage smoking amongst kids, we don't encourage any form of abuse of this plant, but at the same time we acknowledge that this is a powerful plant than can be used as a force for good," Golding said.

The Fest will host High Times magazine's annual World Cannabis Cup and will also feature nightly reggae concerts with, according to organisers, "homegrown Jamaican Rastafari artistes".

The Cannabis Cup is the world's leading marijuana trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases.

kingston-college-student-matthew-nesbeth.jpgA student of Kingston College, who helped an elderly woman with her bag, has been getting praised all across social media platforms for his act of kindness.

Matthew Nesbeth's good deed was highlighted by former beauty queen Kaci Fennell, who shared the note-worthy event on her Facebook page.

Fennell, who shared the photo of Nesbeth and the elderly woman, thanked the Kingston College student for "reminding us all that the Jamaican future is not all lost."

The beauty queen then asked her large social media following, "What was your last good deed?"

Very well done, Matthew.

gun-shooting.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites today commended the administration of Papine High School in St Andrew after a gun was allegedly found in a 13-year-old male student's bag on Thursday.

Thwaites said the presence of the gun in the student's school bag was detected using a metal detector provided by the ministry during routine security checks on Thursday.

The police were summoned and upon investigation they identified the gun as a nine mm firearm with 12 live rounds.

Thwaites in a press release today, noted that this incident, along with the recent finding of ammunitions on a school boy at Brimmervale High in St Mary, underscores the importance of school administrators utilising the metal detectors provided.

At the start of the new school year the Ministry of Education distributed more than 130 metal detectors to high schools.

The ministry's Safety and Security Unit also distributed revised policy guidelines and several safety and security manuals to schools.

busy-signal.jpgPopular dancehall artiste, Busy Signal, has been cleared of defrauding a Zimbabwean promoter. He was cleared by the high court yesterday (28/10/15) after allegedly failing to fulfill a contractual agreement to perform in Zimbabwe in August last year.

He was accused of defrauding the promoter, Long Cash Entertainment Limited of approximately thirty thousand dollars.

According to African news outlet, All Africa, Justice Loyce Moyo dismissed the application that was made by one of the directors of the entertainment group, Patrick Hundu.

Busy Signal's lawyer, Ms. Venge, says the judge noted that, in the contract of engagement, both parties agreed that any dispute would be held before arbitration in Kingston.

It was also noted that Long Cash Entertainment, breached the contract when they failed to pay a non-refundable deposit of twenty seven thousand five hundred dollars.

Last Friday after Busy Signal's arrival in Zimbabwe, Mr Hundu reported the entertainer to the police.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband of murdered Mandeville businesswoman Norma Coleman, has turned himself in to the police.

Colemean on Wednesday reported to the Criminal Investigation Branch HQ along with his lawyer. He will be questioned in the presence of his lawyer after being listed as a person of interest in the killing of his wife last Friday.

On Friday, at about 1:30 pm, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive, Mandeville was shot and killed on Confidence Avenue in the town. Preliminary investigation indicates that Coleman's death was a contract killing involving person/s closely associated with her.

Two cops were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Manchester police say that a third cop was held today in relation to the alleged contract killing of 61-year-old Norma Henry-Coleman last Friday.

Reports are that residents heard an explosion about 1:30 pm in the vicinity Confidence Avenue in Mandeville and summoned the police.

When the lawmen got to the area the lifeless body of Henry-Coleman was reportedly found and later removed to the morgue.

The constable, who was reportedly held in Kingston, now makes four suspects in custody. Another constable, a district constable, a female civilian and the deceased woman's husband Vincent Coleman are the other suspects.

Police say Vincent Coleman turned himself in at the Criminal Investigation Bureau headquarters today accompanied by his attorney.

A Marshall Small of a Mandeville address, who is believed to be "critical" to the case, is still being sought.

JPS embarks on islandwide Debt Amnesty Programme

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has announced that it will embark on an islandwide Debt Amnesty Programme, which will offer delinquent customers an opportunity to negotiate up to 70 per cent off debts owed.

The JPS said it will seek to assist residential and small commercial customers who are indebted to the Company, to regain active status and power supply in time for Christmas and become debt free to the company by the New Year.

"Customers may opt for telephone negotiations which run from November 4 to December 19 or face-to-face negotiations during the '12 Days of Amnesty Road Show' at JPS Parish Offices on Wednesdays and Saturdays between November 11 and December 19, 2015. During the Road Show, independent lenders will be on site to facilitate persons who would like to explore debt financing options," the company said in a release to the media.

Customers in the residential and small commercial categories, who owe in excess of $50,000 as at August 31 and have had their service disconnected, will qualify to apply for amnesty. Also, residential and small commercial customers with active accounts who owe more than $100,000 as at August 31, 2015may apply for the amnesty.


Calm restored to Negril

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Calm has been restored in the resort town of Negril, Westmoreland, which was the scene of a massive protest following the death of a biker who was involved in a traffic collision with a Police service vehicle on the Nampriel main road in the parish on Wednesday.

The dead man has been identified as 26-year-old Noval McInnis of Red Ground in Negril, Westmoreland.

The police are reporting that members of the Divisional Command have met with family members of McInnis, and have assured them that the incident will be thoroughly investigated, without prejudice or impartiality.

The police also report that the scene of the crash was thoroughly examined by the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit (AIRU) and the findings will be submitted to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a determination to be made.

Reports are that, at about 1:40 AM on Wednesday, McInnis was driving a Suzuki Accent scooter motorcycle, which collided with a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck being driven by the police.

The service vehicle, which was responding to an assignment of an intruder on premises, subsequently crashed into an embankment on the right side of the road and damaged both tyres on that side. McInnis was taken to hospital, where he later died.

The Police officers were not injured. Investigators are now probing reports of the involvement of a second motorcyclist in the incident, and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at 957-4268.

jordan-foote-trinity-edited-oct-28.jpgHoly Trinity High School's football team took to the field in the Manning Cup on Monday without one of their star players - Jordan Foote.

Foote, an influential central midfielder on the Central Kingston school's team that made the Flow Super Cup final last season, was diagnosed with bone cancer after visiting a doctor to seek treatment for a foot injury he sustained during pre-season.

The illness has reportedly taken a toll on Foote's body and the 17-year-old was hospitalized on Sunday, according to Yardie Sports, which first reported the story.

The school has rallied around the student.

Holy Trinity coach Devon Anderson reportedly described Foote as a "brave boy" and said that the team was "playing for him". On Monday, the team took to the field wearing pink ribbons before fighting valiantly to earn a draw against defending champions Jamaica College.

Foote, who has not been able to attend school, urgently requires surgery that will cost up to $800,000. Persons wishing to donate to the cause can contact Holy Trinity High School at 876-922-3395,876-922-5727,876-922-7104 or 876-967-7010.

police-station.jpgThe Police High Command has admitted that there is a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell said the High Command is now probing a number of contract killings. He has given the assurance that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

Meanwhile, the Police High Command has confirmed a story first reported by RJR News that two cops have been taken into custody as investigators probe the suspected contract killing of a Manchester businesswoman.

Norma Henry Coleman,61, was killed in Mandeville on Friday when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle she was driving.

According to Powell, the police are searching for the suspects.

police-station.jpgTwo policemen were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of Manchester businesswoman Norma Coleman who was killed in the parish on Friday.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) who are reporting significant progress in their probe of the incident, are now spearheading the investigation.

On Friday, at about 1:30 pm, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive, Mandeville was shot and killed on Confidence Avenue in the town. Preliminary investigation indicates that Coleman's death was a contract killing involving person/s closely associated with her.

"There is a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives," Head of the CIB, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell said.

Powell is assuring the public that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

The police are also appealing to Coleman's husband, Vincent Coleman, and Marshall Small, both of Mandeville addresses, to report to the Mandeville Police Station by midday tomorrow as the Police believe these men can assist the investigations.

asafa-and-lewis-hamilton.jpgSub-10 second king Asafa Powell was a member of the presentation party after Lewis Hamilton claimed his third Formula One title with victory at a dramatic US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Mercedes driver Hamilton ultimately pipped team-mate Nico Rosberg to glory at the Circuit of the Americas, following an incident-packed race featuring several safety-car periods, enthralling strategic battles and a host of overtaking manoeuvres.

The 30-year-old became the first British driver to win back-to-back titles and also the first to win 10 or more races in successive seasons.He made contact with Rosberg as he initially passed the pole-sitting German at the first corner, but the latter worked his way back to the front and looked set to keep both himself and Sebastian Vettel in mathematical contention for the title by winning the race.

However, a Rosberg mistake on lap 49 of 56 allowed Hamilton to snatch a 10th victory of the season and join the likes of Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna in becoming a three-time world champion.

A dramatic finish saw Vettel, the closest challenger heading into this weekend, threaten to claim second from Rosberg and keep Hamilton waiting for at least another week. Rosberg ensured a Mercedes one-two was secured, though, and Hamilton now holds an unassailable advantage with three rounds of the season remaining.Vettel, who started down the grid following an engine-related penalty, had to settle for third, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Powell the former world 100m record holder, who shared Hamilton's company on the weekend ahead of his championship run, presented the Constructors' title trophy to the Mercedes team.

Two causalties of dead baby scandal at UHWI

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dr-cecil-white.jpgTwo senior members of the Board of Management at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) have resigned on the heels of the revelation that some premature newborns died from bacterial infections.

The Hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Cecil White and Senior Director of Medical Services, Professor Trevor McCartney submitted letters of resignation yesterday.

Chairman of the University Hospital, Sterling Soares, says Professor McCartney submitted his resignation on Monday morning prior to a meeting with him on developments at the hospital as well as other weaknesses identified.

Dr. White submitted his resignation in the afternoon following a similar meeting.

His resignation is effective January 31, 2016 while Professor McCartney's is effective October 31.

Mr. Soares says he met with the two men based on the request of the Board following its emergency meeting last Saturday.

He outlined that Dr. White's contract expired on July 31 and was being renewed monthly until it could be discussed by the Board.

Mr. Soares says no reasons were given by the two senior managers for their decision to resign.

However, Mr. Soares says both men expressed concern about the developments.

Meanwhile, Mr. Soares has given more information on what was discussed with Dr. White and Professor McCartney during yesterday's meeting with the Board of the University Hospital.

One of the issues was the breakdown in the reporting process following the deaths of the babies.

Newborns also died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital from bacterial infections.

The Ministry of Health is leading a team conducting probes at all hospitals to determine the extent and cause of the infections.

The assessments are to be finalised this week.

minister-of-health-ferguson-fenton.jpgAnother new born baby has died as a result of bacterial infection at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, thus bringing the total deaths to 19.

This was revealed by Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson this afternoon (October 27) in a statement to Parliament.

Reports emerged last week that premature newborns were infected by klebsiella and serratia bacteria, with some cases dating as far back as June.

Today, Dr. Ferguson insisted, that infection outbreaks occurred from time to time at hospitals, and that the affected babies were susceptible to the infection because their immune systems were compromised.

The health minister also reiterated that there was a breakdown in the reporting protocol at the hospitals, in informing the ministry about the situation in a timely manner.

Dr. Ferguson says among the actions taken is the establishment of a special unit in the ministry to monitor new born babies at hospitals.

A Trinidadian man accused of abusing an infant girl because she did not want to be force fed was granted bail following his court appearance in the country.

The event, which was captured on tape and posted on social media, also inadvertently implicated his 21-year-old Jamaican wife, who is now detained in the country.

In the video, the toddler, clad in only a diaper, is seen being slapped repeatedly by Gobin who held a bottle of milk that the child was reluctant to drink.

Charged with abusing a child is Dexter Gobin and his wife Yanique Taylor-Gobin. He was granted conditional bail in the sum of TT$150,000 (approximately J$2.8 million). Taylor-Gobin, however, was detained.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Gobin's wife, who is originally from Brown's Town, St Ann, was denied bail because she reportedly overstayed her time in the country. A detention order was taken out against her as a result.

Both Gobin and Taylor-Gobin are accused of allegedly beating the child at their home in Maracas, Trinidad, earlier this month.

As part of his bail conditions, Gobin was ordered to report to the St Joseph Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and should not go within 100 metres from the child.

Both Gobin and his wife are scheduled to reappear in court on November 16.

55 Jamaican brown dogs get visas!

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jamaican-brown-dog.jpgIt's definitely a dogs world.

Fifty-five Jamaican dogs, from two locally based animal rights organizations, have been re-homed to families abroad since the start of 2015.

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has successfully helped the dogs to migrate, with the bulk of dogs finding new homes abroad facilitated through the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"The vast majority of the dogs who find homes abroad are street dogs that didn't have homes and in many cases were disabled or mistreated, having broken limbs and missing bits," said Tammy Browne of the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"Several times during the year foreigners visit Jamaica with their sole objective being to rescue a dog," added Browne.

According to Browne her organization, which caters almost exclusively to dogs in need of care or disabled animals, recently partnered with the Brown Dog Coalition which makes finding a home for the animals abroad much easier.

Browne notes that every fortnight approximately ten dogs migrate and are placed in a safe and clean environment.

The process of helping a dog to be re-homed is a serious matter, as Browne made it clear that individuals interested in adopting a 'Jamaican brown dog' have to go through a rigorous background check, with most individuals required to send quarterly reports on the dog's readjustment and progress.

Though the JSPCA makes its priority finding stray cats and dogs homes locally, they have also helped a few animals to migrate, including one cat.

According to the organization's senior veterinary surgeon, Paul Turner, the vast majority of animals migrate to The Cayman Islands, Canada, The United Kingdom and the USA.

Turner told Loop News that the adoption and migration process is a simple one and most people "fall in love with the animals".

Once an animal is selected, the JSPCA generates a health report, the report is verified and an export permit is granted.

Though following up with some animals after migration has proved difficult, according to the JSPCA's senior veterinary surgeon, Dr. Paul Turner, he has heard wonderful follow-up stories.

Turner shared the story of a Jamaican street dog that was adopted by a woman in the UK.

The dog was picked up from the airport's quarantine in an S-class convertible, Mercedes-Benz and taken to its new air-conditioned room, complete with a doggy bed in London.

"From the streets to luxury," said Turner.

St Hilda's reinstates Jade Bascoe as head girl

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The board of St Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls has reinstated Jade Bascoe as head girl.

This follows a meeting of the school board on Thursday to review the recent decision to rescind her appointment

The Board said the review was in response to requests from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Public Defender, and in a desire "to continue to uphold the tradition which has characterized the institution and the Office of Head Girl."

The meeting of the Board was attended by the principal, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and its regional director.

The board and ministry officials held discussions with Jade and her mother, Rhonda Clarke, both of whom indicated that they would welcome Jade's reinstatement to the position of Head Girl.

The board said its investigation revealed a series of miscommunication and misunderstandings occurred amongst all parties concerned, and that there was no attempt to discriminate, harm or embarrass the student, or to bring the name of the school into disrepute.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, in her report on the matter, had concluded that the school discriminated against the student because of her religion.

road-closed.jpgThere were hours of painful traffic delay on Sunday, as motorists travelling from Portmore, Spanish Town and parishes including St Ann and St. James were stuck in traffic on Mandela Highway.

One section of the Highway was scheduled to be closed on Sunday to facilitate a road fixing exercise by the National Works Agency (NWA).

The NWA said the section of the road is located between the Hydel Group of Schools and the Six Miles overhead bridge.

The road was scheduled to be closed, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, to allow NWA staff to complete a road patching exercise.

crime-scene-moony-oct-25.jpgPopular promoter Wayne Morris, also known as Moony British, succumbed to injuries sustained in a gun attack at a bar Satuday night on Molynes Road, St Andrew.

Morris was a leading member of the British Link Up crew.

e Half-Way-Tree police are reporting that The promoter was shot multiple times while sitting outside the Khalil's Sports Bar and Grill at close to midnight.

"I was asleep and heard about 10 loud explosions," one person at the crime scene said.

A patron took Morris to hospital where he reportedly succumbed to his injuries.


4 policemen to be charged with murder

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police-cars.jpgIt has been disclosed that the Coroner's Court has ruled that four members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, including a Senior Superintendent, be charged with murder.

The ruling was handed down last week.

According to a source, the Senior Policeman who is assigned to Area Five and the three rank and file members are to be served with arrest warrants shortly.

It's understood that the case involves a shooting more than ten years ago in which two brothers were killed during an alleged gun battle in St. Andrew.

don-wehby-photo-1.jpgNY: Caribbean International Network (CIN) TV is proud to announce the 11th annual CIN Lecture Series with presenter Don Wehby which be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture.

Don Wehby CEO of GraceKennedy is looking forward to speaking at the annual Lecture Series. Don's presentation "Jamiaca to the world...... the GraceKennedy story" will be an interesting and informative speech which traces Graces' history from a small entrepreneurial company to its present growth as one of the Caribbean's largest conglomerates. His talk will also focus on Graces' challenges in entering the Hispanic market, one of the fastest growing food segments in the U.S.A.

Over the years the, CIN Caribbean Lecture Series has presented individuals of unique achievement and superior commitment to the political, economic and social advancement of the Caribbean region. Past presenters include two former Prime Ministers, P.J. Patterson and Edward Seaga, UCLA Professor Robert Hill, the late UWI distinguished Professor, Rex Nettleford, Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Restaurants and R.G. Thwaites author, attorney and broadcaster.

The CIN Lecture Series also includes last year's presenter Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Peter Phillips who spoke to a standing room only audience.

Each year the Lecture Series attracts large audiences with each presentation rebroadcast on CINTV, reaching the over two million Caribbean-Americans in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This year CIN will again stream the lecture live for worldwide audiences.

It will be a wonderful evening as the lecture will be preceded by a one hour cocktail reception in the foyer of the Schomburg.

nick-foto-works.jpgA reward of five hundred thousand Jamaican dollars is being offered by Crime Stop for any information that leads to the safe return of 37-year-old popular photographer Niketa 'Nick' Thomas and his cousin Dwight Brown, 42.

Both men were last seen on October 5 in Cassia Park, St Andrew.

Crime Stop is appealing to anyone with information to assist the family of these two missing persons to find their loved ones. Persons are urged to call Crime Stop at 311 or toll free at 1-888-991-4000 FREE. Full confidentiality will be maintained.

It has been weeks since both men have been missing, and the police have yet to find any strong leads.

Brother of the missing photographer, Everton Thomas, has since made heartfelt posts to his personal Facebook page. In one such post, Thomas wrote "It's been very hard on the family amid all the distractions and all the investigations taking place", adding that "His son, his mom, everybody are all hurting". Thomas concluded the post by requesting "a timely positive end [to] this situation".

Court Tuesday for men charged In Hanover murders

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe two men charged in relation to the deaths of six persons in Hanover recently are to appear in court next Tuesday.

Forty-eight-year-old Errol Clarke, otherwise called 'Scarcher', of Green Island and 24-year-old Mikhail Campbell, otherwise called 'Troy', of Mountain Side, March Town were charged yesterday.

The police say both men have been charged jointly with six counts of murder, six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, four counts of attempted murder, arson and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

They say the men were charged following a question-and-answer session in the presence of their attorney.

Meanwhile, the police are asking a man known only by the alias 'Wingie', to report to the Lucea Police immediately.

The police say the man, who is said to frequent Green Island and Negril, may be able to assist them with their investigations.

viral-video-accused-couple.jpgA Trinidadian man and his Jamaican-born common-law wife have been held by the police in Trinidad after a video of them abusing a 2-year-old child went viral.

A tweet from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says the couple was held at 1.25pm on Thursday.

"Two suspects, a male and a female Jamaican national, were held at 1:25pm today relative to the viral video depicting abuse of a 2 year-old child," the tweet said.

A release from the TTPS says a 32 year-old Trinidadian male and his 21 year-old common-law Jamaican born wife have been held by police in connection with the abuse of a minor depicted in a video that went viral on social media and subsequently aired on television on Wednesday 22nd October, 2015.

The suspects were held today, Thursday 22, October, 2015, at around 1:25pm, by officers of the Southern Divison CID, Operational Unit under Inspector Don Gajadhar, in a room on the second floor of an apartment building, located at No. 26 Manjack Street, Vistabella.

The couple of Hutton Street, St Joseph, face charges related to cruelty as provided for under the new Childrens' Act.

The police acting on information had the two-storey apartment building under surveillance. The officers raided the apartment after a male matching the description of one of the suspect's was seen exiting an outer door of the apartment.

Both suspects were held and are now detained at the San Fernando Police Station for subsequent transfer to the Child Protection Unit of the Northern Division.

lisa-hanna-photo-2.jpgThe Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has intensified the investigation into the award of government contracts for work carried out in the St Ann South Eastern constituency of Member of Parliament, Lisa Hanna.

The OCG on Thursday questioned the Assistant Superintendent of Works in St. Ann, Alwyne Brown inn the presence of his attorney, Oswest Senior Smith.He will be questioned further on November 11 The OCG is trying to determine whether there was any impropriety in the award of the contracts.Hanna is expected to be questioned about expenditure relating to the constituency development fund.

Councillor for the Bensonton Division Lydia Richards had raised questions about spending on projects under the fund.

Following which, a team from the OCG visited the constituency office in June and seized documents.

Meanwhile, Hanna was scheduled to be questioned by the OCG on Thursday, however, the question and answer session was adjourned until next week.

Lawyers for the St Ann MP requested the postponement.

A leaked report on the infections that killed eighteen babies at the University Hospital of the West Indies has revealed that the hospital management let two months elapse before telling the Ministry of Health about the infections.

The report also states that the ministry took three weeks to reply to the hospital about the problem -- during which time babies died.

The report that was prepared on Thursday and presented to the chairman of the hospital board, states that the first time that the hospital administration knew about an outbreak of Serratia in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit was on June 25.

That's when the chair of the infectious disease committee, Dr Allison Nicholson, made a report of the outbreak which it said was isolated from four babies over an eleven day period starting on June 4.

But the report of a Serratia outbreak came ten days after the first baby diagnosed with the infection died. That baby was also diagnosed with Klebsiella.

But a report about a Klebsiella outbreak wasn't made then.

This was followed by the death of the second baby on August 14 - that baby was diagnosed with Serratia, Klebsiella and Enterobacter Aerogenes (which are pathogens responsible for various infections).

A week later, a report of a Klebsiella outbreak was first made.

At that time, the hospital said control measures were reviewed and augmented.

On August 27, the fourth baby died - the diagnosis included Klebsiella.

On September 5 - the fifth baby died - the diagnosis was Serratia and Slebsiella.

On September 7, the hospital informed the chief medical officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse about the outbreaks .

Thirteen days later, before a response came from Bullock Ducasse, a sixth baby died . On September 21, the chief medical officer replied and appointed two officers to follow up to ensure appropriate infection control procedures are in place.

The next correspondence mentioned in the report was received on October 5, (dated September 28) when the hospital got a letter from the Kingston and St Andrew health department saying it was coming to assess Neo-Natal Care unit.

Following that three more babies died on October 5, 13 and 15. They were all diagnosed with Klebsiella.

Chicken Pox hits UWI Hospital staff and patients

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There are more health issues at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Over the past week there have been nine cases of chicken pox among staff and patients at the hospital.

Six doctors, a nurse and two patients have contracted the virus.

The Ministry of Health has offered to assist in procuring vaccines to stem the spread of the virus.

hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgHard on the heels of the scandal about 18 babies dying due to deadly infections at the nursery at the University Hospital of the West Indies, reports have surfaced that an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease at the nearby day care centre.

Repoorts are that a day care centre at the hospital had to be closed for sanitation due to an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.

In what is now looking like a triple tragedy of diseases, there is a reported outbreak of Chicken Pox at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

It has been disclosed that six doctors, two nurses and a patient at the premium health care facility are now suffering from the effects of the disease.

News of Chicken Pox affecting persons at the hospital could not come at a worst time after the hospital maternity staff has come under fire for not reporting the deaths of new born infants to the health ministry in a reasonable time.

UHWI regrets loss of lives in its nursery

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The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in a media release Wednesday said its board, management and staff "deeply regret the loss of lives in our nurseries".

The health institution said the chairman of its board Sterling Soares, on October 16, at approximately 5:00 pm, advised the minister of health of the development after being informed by the press about a mystery bug in the UHWI nursery.

The minister then summoned members of the board to an emergency meeting at 7:00 pm, the release continued.

"Further to this meeting, at 9:00am on Saturday, October 17 the minister convened a meeting with representatives of the board, Ministry of Health, SERHA, the management and the technical staff at UHWI. The infection control team explained to the meeting the cause of the infection and the management protocol instituted," the UHWI said. "Our international partners were notified as prescribed by established guidelines. In addition, the minister committed all resources necessary to assist with the management of the cluster of cases. He mandated a press briefing be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 10:00 am, immediately following the holiday to allay public fears, and to clarify that there was no mystery bug in our nurseries as was earlier reported by the press."

The release said that at a meeting of the UHWI Board of Management on Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 pm, the board recognised a breach in the MOH/UHWI reporting protocol.

"Professor John Lindo, Acting Head of the Department of Microbiology, UHWI reported that the situation was not brought to the attention of the MOH and by extension the minister in a timely manner," the release continued. "A timely report would have triggered a series of actions by the MOH and our international partners, including CARPHA and PAHO. However, the infection control team at UHWI who identified the agents were confident that the cluster of cases could have been controlled as on many previous occasions."

Dr Winston Dela Haye, Consultant psychiatrist stated that the board recognised the traumatic experience that the parents and families have undergone as a result of the loss of their loved ones, the release continued. The hospital said it continues to provide counselling and other psychological support to the affected families.

According to Dr Carl Bruce, consultant neurosurgeon, the UHWI and its hardworking and caring staff and professionals will continue to provide all services to the public in a safe and comfortable environment.

The chairman of the board of management has, according to the release, mandated that a detailed report on the breech of protocols be delivered to him by midday on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

dr-alfred-dawes.jpgAfter 14 months in the post, Dr. Alfred Dawes, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) has resigned.

In a letter to the Association's members on Tuesday, Dr. Dawes said his resignation was with immediate effect.

Dr. Dawes, who had been employed as Senior Registrar at Spanish Town Hospital, said he opted not to renew his contract with the South East Regional Health Authority.

He said he was therefore not constitutionally allowed to continue in the capacity as JMDA President.

2 policemen shot in Westmoreland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo policemen have been shot and injured in Westmoreland while responding to a report that a break in was in progress at a business place in Grange Hill in the parish at about 2:00 am on Tuesday.

The two constables were greeted with a round of heavy gunfire as they approached the establishment.

One cop was shot in the face, both feet and hands while the other was hit in both feet and right hand. They were both taken to the Savanna-la-mar Hospital where they were admitted.

The incident occurred a day after a policewoman was shot by a gunman during a spot check in Falmouth Trelawny. The policewoman is still hospitalised. The gunman also killed Eric Lee Anderson, a taxi driver who was involved in an argument with the gunman who refused to pay his fare.

Anderson had stopped the car at the feet of two police officers but was shot in the head by the gunman who opened fire at the cops hitting the policewoman.

A motorist was also injured in the incident.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are on the hunt for a gunman who fatally shot a taxi operator and seriously injured a policewoman in Duncans,Trelawny Saturday evening.

The name of the deceased has not yet been released. The policewoman is said to be in serious but stable condition after being shot in the upper body.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, said shortly after seven o'clock, the police were conducting a spot check along the Carey Main Road in Duncans, when they signalled a taxi to stop. Shots were fired when it was discovered that the taxi, which plied the Montego Bay to Ocho Rios route, had been hijacked.

The other passengers escaped injuries.

ronald-thwaites.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites says he will be leaving the matter of the reinstatement of Jade Bascoe as head girl at St. Hilda's Diocesan High in the hands of the school's board, for the moment.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry recommended that Bascoe be reinstated, revealing that her investigation found that the school's action to strip the student of her post on the basis of religious beliefs breached her constitutional rights.

Thwaites said, after reading the Public's Defender's report, he made the decision to allow the school's board to respond.

"I am relying on the school board, which has the autonomy in matters of this nature, to take it into full consideration when they meet this week," he said.

The school board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, at which time the Public Defender wants a decision made on the matter.The Education Minister also commented on the Public Defender's statement that the student was discriminated against.

"We haven't done the kind of investigation that the Public Defender has; the important thing is for the school board to take into full consideration what the public defender has said. The ministry is not anxious to overreach school boards and we have every confidence that they will apply best judgement in this matter. After that, if it is necessary, we will have something to say, "Thwaites said.

Meanwhile, Rhonda Clarke, mother of Jade Bascoe, has said that if St. Hilda's offers her daughter the position of head girl again, it will be left to her daughter to decide.

"If she wants it back, its her decision and not mine; anything she decides I will gladly accept it," Clarke said.

She said she hopes St. Hilda's and other religious schools will take note of the recommendation in dealing with students on the basis of religion in the future.

"This has set the trend that all these church based schools can look into things. They need to exercise caution when they are dealing with children. Jade is not a Jehovah's Witness, but she was ruined because she was believed to be a Jehovah's Witness," she said.

St Hilda's is an Anglican institution.

3 guns, ammo seized in Hanover

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police seized three guns over the past 24 hours in Hanover, the western parish now the site of a strong police presence.

No one has been arrested.

The Corporate Communications Unit of the police force says two guns were seized at a premises in Cascade, where a team of officers was carrying out special operations.

During the search of the premises, the police reportedly found a Parabellum pistol and one Browning nine millimeter pistol along with 58 rounds of ammunition.

Another team of officers seized a homemade firearm in Cold Spring, Sandy Bay, also in Hanover.The police say the team was conducting special operations in the area when they came across a group of men that reportedly aroused their suspicion.

It is reported that when the police team approached, the men ran leaving behind a knapsack bag which contained the homemade handgun.

A strong police team has been in Hanover since the murder two weeks ago of six members of one family and the injuring of four others.

10 murdered last weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgA total of 10 persons were brutally murdered between Friday and Saturday last week.

On Friday 51-old Nicholas Reid of Duffus district, Manchester, was stabbed to death along the Port Kaiser main road. The Mandeville Police report that about 9:30am, Reid was involved in an altercation with another man, when he was stabbed several times in the upper body and killed.

Also on Friday gunmen pounced on 25-year old Delvin Martin, a carpenter at Nugent Street in Spanish Town, St Catherineand peppered him with bullets. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Also killed on Friday are: Audley Gilling, 51, a farmer of Rent Land district, Mount Carey who was chopped to death in his community. Gilling's body was found at his mother's house with multiple chop wounds. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead;

21-year-old Romaria Richardson, who was cut down by lawmen's bullets in Mount Salem, St James during what police report to be an armed confrontation.

Police say an illegal pistol was recovered and the matter is being probed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM);

33-year-old Marlon Clarke, otherwise called 'Shoe Shoe', of Espeut Avenue, Waltham Park Road, Kingston. Clarke was attacked by two men travelling in a motorcar while he was at an establishment in the area and shot several times. He died on the spot.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning 38-year-old Oral Campbell, taxi operator of Beeston Spring, Westmoreland was stabbed to death.

Reports from the Bluefields Police are that about 1:25am, Oral and another man had a dispute, during which he was stabbed in his chest with a knife

Then about five hours later about 6am Leon Grant of Seaview Heights, Flankers in St James, was chopped and shot to death.

Reports from the Spring Mount Police are that residents summoned them after hearing explosions and seeing smoke coming from a section of the community. The police responded to the alert and upon their arrival, Grant's partially burnt body was seen. The body was decapitated. The burnt out shell of his Toyota Corolla motorcar was also seen some distance away.

Jason Stewart, taxi operator of Long Hill, Goshen in St Elizabeth was shot dead as he operated his taxi between Goshen and Pepper in the Parish. He was shot as he stopped to let off a passenger.

Tanisha McCool, a gas station supervisor from Seaforth, St Thomas is the last person listed as being killed on police blotters over the period.

McCool was sitting at her place of work at Morant Bay on Saturday night when a gunmen walked up to her and shot her dead. Reports are that the gunman calmly walked away after slaughtering the woman in the presence of her co-workers and other members of the public.

public-defender-arlene-henry.jpgThe Office of the Public Defender has recommended that the Board of St Hilda's High School restore the Head Girl to the position claiming her removal was due to discrimination.

Arlene Harrison Henry wants the school board to make a decision at a meeting scheduled for Thursday. The board chairman has reportedly promised that the student and her mother will be represented at the meeting.The recommendations follow an investigation into the Head Girl being relieved of the position due to religious beliefs.

The public defender recommended that there be a guarantee by the board, the principal and school that there be no further acts of discrimination or retribution against the student on her reappointment.

She also recommended that acts of discrimination by virtue of religious denomination be investigated by the School Board.The public defender launched the investigation against the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.This includes the right to freedom from discrimination on the ground of race, social class, colour, religion or political opinions.

The Office of the Public Defender is mandated to investigate situations where a citizen has suffered, is suffering or is likely to suffer an infringement of his constitutional rights due to action by an authority.

Meanwhile, the public defender made several findings following interviews with the mother of the St. Hilda's High student, the teenager as well as the principal and chairman of the school board on Wednesday.

Harrison Henry, in a release on Saturday, stated that the Principal attended the meeting with an attorney who advised her not to give evidence under oath.

The public defender found that the exclusion or disqualification of students from leadership positions based on their denomination is a discriminatory practice and has no place in schools and democracy.

The school said the student was stripped of the position because of potential conflicts with her denomination as a Jehovah's Witness. The public defender also found that the actions of the principal infringed the child's rights.

Taxi driver killed in St. Elizabeth

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Thirty-one year-old Jason Stewart, a taxi driver, was shot and killed by a gunman in Goshen, St. Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

Stewart, who plied the Santa Cruz to Pepper route, was reportedly en route from Santa Cruz when, about 2.15 p.m., while letting off a passenger, he was shot several times.

The police are investigating.

The Ministry of Health is debunking rumours that a mystery bug has been infecting newborns at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson along with a team from the Ministry, met with officials of the hospital and the South East Regional Health Authority on the matter . In a release late Saturday, the Ministry said Ferguson was informed that the agent causing the infection has been identified and is being treated.

It said health officials will be working throughout the weekend to ensure all necessary steps are in place to control the spread of the infection and contain the problem in the shortest possible time.

While the cause of the infection was not publicised, the Minister has been in contact with the Pan American Health Organization and the Caribbean Public Health Agency which are on standby to provide additional assistance that may be required.

Ferguson will host a media briefing on Tuesday to provide an update on the issues faced by Neonatal Intensive Care Units which treat very ill babies.

woman-murdered-at-work.jpgThirty-two-year-old Tanisha McCool, who is described as a loving mother, and the only chold for her own mother, was gunned down as she sat on a stool on the grounds of the Petvom Gas Station in Morant Bay, St Thomas on Saturday night.

Reports are that a gunman approached the assistant manager and shot her several times killing her on the spot.

A report from the Morant Bay police indicated that McCool was sitting on a stool at the gas station at around 9;20 pm when she was approached by the lone gunman.

Loud explosions were heard and McCool was found lying on the floor with gunshot wounds on her upper body. The unknown assailant escaped on foot in the area.

She was rushed to hospital where she died while undergoing treatment. No motive has been established for the killing.

However, while the police's investigations into the shooting death of McCool begin, family and close friends were devastated when news spread of her untimely demise on Sunday.

A close friend has described Tanisha as a star. "She was loving, kind, loved her kids more than anything, she values friendship and she was never afraid to speak her mind, she was a fashionista. She was really cool, down to earth and never hype at all always remained grounded, she was a hard worker and she loved life...sad as hell cause she is her mother's only child...her death is untimely and sad."

Another suspect in Hanover killings arrested

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the recent gun slaying of a family of six in Green Island, Hanover.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), said that the suspect was picked up on Friday morning during a police operation in Hanover.

He said the cops are still searching for two other suspects in the case.

Six shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThursday night gunmen shot and injured six men on the Tucker main road in Gramp Hill in St James.

Reports from the Montego Bay Police are that about 8:45 persons were at a bar when a Toyota Corolla motorcar with three men aboard drove up. The occupants exited the vehicle and opened gunfire on the group.

They subsequently fled the scene.

The police say the injured men were taken to hospital where two were admitted in serious condition while the others were treated and released.

Thursday night's shooting in St James came one week after the shooting deaths of six persons in Logwood, Hanover. Four other persons were shot and injured in the attack. All 10 victims are members of one family. It is reported that they were at home when gunmen shot up their house and set it on fire.

Body found in gully is NOT Nick's

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nick-foto-works.jpgThe family of Nicketa 'Nick' Thomas, the owner-operator of, have said that the decomposing body found earlier this week is not the photographer.

"It is not Nick, we are glad that it wasn't him and we continue to make an appeal to the public for information on his whereabouts," Everton Thomas, brother of the photographer,is quoted as saying.

Speculation was rife yesterday on social media that the body of Nicketa Thomas had been found. The rumours were sparked by news that police had discovered a decomposing body of a male under the bridge between Riverton and Seaview Gardens in Kingston. The body is about 177 centimetres (5 feet 10 inches) long and was clad in a green T-shirt, grey under shirt, grey underpants and a pair of white Adidas sneaker. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Nick has been missing for eleven days. Nick reportedly disappeared at about 5 p.m. last Monday. Relatives last saw Thomas on Sunday, but his neighbours said they saw him on Monday about 5 p.m. A family member said that missing person report was filed with the Half-Way Tree police on Wednesday. His car was discovered in Cassia Park with the car in second gear and all the windows down. He is presumed to have been abducted by persons unknown.

Family members and friends assembled at a football field on Cassiadene Road in Kingston on Monday to pray and search for the missing men.

jamaican-locked-up-illegally-bahamas.jpgNASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Supreme Court of The Bahamas has ordered the immediate release of a Jamaican national who had been jailed there for the past nine years illegally under immigration laws that his lawyers said do not exist.

President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHA), Fred Smith, Q.C. had urged the Court to free Mathew Sewell and recognise that there is "no Guantánamo Bay" in The Bahamas, where individuals can be held in secret and outside the scope of the law.

A beaming Sewell (center) and his attorney Fred Smith (left).

Sewell was 18 years old when he first legally came to The Bahamas to visit his father, who lives here.

At the time he was preparing to join the Jamaica Defence Force.

Now, 28, he said he plans to renew that dream upon his return home.

Smith called on the Bahamas authorities to respect the fundamental rights of every individual, regardless of their nationality.

Smith said the Immigration Department cannot continue to act as "judge, jury and executioner" when it comes to people whom they have detained since the Court is the only entity that can decide if a person is guilty of any offence under the Immigration Act.

The human rights group said that Sewell was repeatedly detained in connection with a series of alleged and trumped up charges over the better part of the last decade. It said this included a trumped up murder and a house break-in which happened while he was already in prison.

The human rights group said that all the allegations against Sewell proved to be false and he was released from prison an innocent man about a year ago. However, shortly thereafter, he was detained by immigration.

Appearing before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs, Smith successfully argued that the committal order under which his client was being held at the Carmichael Road Detention Center was defective, having been granted under a section of the Immigration Act that does not even exist.

He said the order also listed the period of detention as "unknown."

Smith pointed out that indefinite detention is illegal in The Bahamas "as we are not a dictatorship", and those awaiting deportation from The Bahamas can only he held for a reasonable period of time.

"Mr. Sewell has been detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre since 3 November 2014. He has therefore been in administrative detention for almost a year. This is not a reasonable period of time. Indeed, on the Immigration Department's own case, they appear to blame the delay in large part on Mr. Sewell's father's failure to buy a ticket to effect his son's deportation.

"This argument is absurd. It is for the Immigration Department to ensure that detention is only required for a reasonable period of time. They cannot attempt to shift the financial burden for deportation on to the family members of those detained and then blame delays on those family members' inability to pay."

Smith also criticised the existing methods of enforcing immigration laws generally, noting that a number of the department's tactics continue to be inhumane and unlawful.

He said based on previous decisions of the courts in The Bahamas dating back to 1980s, every person detained by an immigration official or other peace officer must be brought before a court within 48 hours.

He referred to the Bahamas Court of Appeal case concerning Japanese detainee Atain Takitota, who was wrongfully held at HMP and the Detention Center for more than eight years, before being released and awarded substantial damages by the court.

Smith also argued that nowhere in the Immigration Act, or Bahamian law, does the offence of having "no status" exist. He noted that there are only three immigration offences: entering without permission, overstaying or working without a permit.

Therefore, the practise of conducting raids and roadblocks in which proof of status is demanded are illegal, Smith said, referring to his own case; Smith vs Commissioner of Police in the 1980s when the Supreme Court declared arbitrary roadblocks by the Police unconstitutional.

In response to a suggestion by the Attorney General's office that if released, Sewell would likely be detained again under a legitimate detention order, Smith warned that his client plans to sue the government for considerable damages and any further attempts to interfere with his liberty would be treated as aggravating circumstances and increasing punitive damages in that suit.

Senior Justice Isaacs accepted Smith's arguments and granted Sewell his freedom, instructed the authorities to return his passport which they had held for the last nine years, and ordered that they find some form status for him during the next 60 days so he has time to get his travel documents in order and return to Jamaica unmolested.


Businessman, socialite and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary, and his co-accused, Shaneke Williams, are to return to court on December 11 to answer to sex charges.

The mention date was set when the two appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Friday.

They will remain on bail until their reappearance.

The prosecution is to make disclosures to the defence before the next court date.

Creary, who is 48 years old, is charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

The police reported that in 2013 Creary and Williams took the 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St. Mary where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

They further said following the incident, the teen told her mother what happened and a report was made to the police.

Creary is on a second rape charge.

It's alleged that in June this year, he raped a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew.

The woman reported the matter to police investigators in July.

Creary and Williams have denied the allegations.

nick-foto-works.jpgThere has been heavy speculation that a body that was fished from the Sandy Gully in Seaview Gardens in St Andrew yesterday may be that of missing photographer and operator of Nickfotoworks, Niketa 'Nick' Thomas.

Though no confirmation has been provided by family or the police, a photograph of the body has been making the rounds on social media and there are fears it is the missing photographer.

The police have confirmed that a body was found.

Persons are claiming that the deceased male in the picture was clad in a jersey similar to the one Thomas was wearig when he went missing. Residents said they stumbled on the body and summoned the police.

According to eyewitnesses the body was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. The body, which was reportedly in a state of decomposition, was removed to the morgue.

It's understood that a post mortem is to be conducted later today.

The missing photographer's brother, Everton Thomas says the family has been in contact with the police. He says the family is preparing to view the body to ascertain if it belongs to their brother.

Niketa Thomas and his cousin, Dwight Brown, have been missing since Monday October 5.

No bail for 15-y-o student on murder charge

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe 15-year-olde student who is accused of the stabbing death of a fellow pupil on the grounds of the Browns Town High School last week, was remanded when he appeared in court on Tuesday.

He is accused of stabbing to death 17-year-old Jamala Barnaby after both were involved in a fight and was charged with murder after being questioned by police investigators

The student will be held at a juvenile facility until he returns to court on October 26 when bail will be considered by the presiding magistrate.

nick-foto-works.jpgFollowing the disappearance of popular photographer Niketa "Nick" Thomas and his cousin, Dwight Brown, their family members are disputing a voice note that has emerged claiming that the men were killed by a family member.

The 37-second audio is authored by an unidentified male.

"A him family kill him ... . Me hear say a some money thing dem kill him ova ... And me hear say drugs mussi involved," an excerpt said.

Everton Thomas, the brother of Niketa Thomas, said he is aware of the voice note and is deeply disturbed by it.

"I have no knowledge of the information in that voice note being true. But if someone has that much information, then they should bring that info to the powers that be [police]. Social media is not the place for it," he said.

On Monday, the family of the missing men staged a sensitisation exercise on Cassiadence Road, St Andrew, to encourage persons with information to come forward.

Thomas said the event was well supported by friends and family, despite the rain. However, he said no one has contacted him with information on his missing family members.

In the meantime, Thomas is urging persons to respect the fact that the family is still grieving for their relatives who have been missing since October 5.

flow-garfield-sinclair.jpgFlow Jamaica says it will not be following Digicel in its recent move to block ads of internet companies such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo.

Digicel last month started to block the ads of the companies as part of a plan to force the entities to pay to access their customers.

It is the first telecoms company in the world to employ the tactic.

Managing Director of Flow Jamaica, Garfield Sinclair, says his company will not be going this route at this time. The technology used to block the ads is new.

Meanwhile, Sinclair called the move by Digicel, symbolic, adding that it will not bear fruit if Digicel is the only one blocking the ads of the internet giants.

Digicel, in blocking the ads of those internet companies and others, suggested that if they want to unblock their ads, they should contribute to the costs of the mobile telecoms infrastructure required to deliver them.

According to the company, ads use up to a tenth of a customer's data plan allowance.Eliminating them would save customers money.

man-booker-prize-winner-marlon-and-camella.jpgMarlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction today with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said A Brief History of Seven Killings was "the most exciting book on the list" and a novel full of the "sheer pleasure" of language.

"One of the pleasures of reading it is you turn the page and you are not sure who the next narrator will be," said Wood, a professor emeritus of English at Princeton University. He said the book had been the unanimous choice of the five judges.

James, 44, was awarded the L50,000 (US$77,000) prize during a black-tie dinner at London's medieval Guildhall.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is the third novel from the writer, who now lives in Minneapolis.

The book charts political violence in Jamaica and the spread of crack cocaine in the US, and hinges on a 1976 attempt on the life of reggae superstar Marley - identified in the book only as The Singer. The story is told in a cacophony of voices - from gangsters to ghosts, drug dealers to CIA agents - and in dialects ranging from American English to Jamaican patois.

Critics have compared it to the stream-of-consciousness novels of William Faulkner and the hyper-violent movies of Quentin Tarantino, while James himself has cited Charles Dickens as an influence on his multi-character depiction of society.

Wood acknowledged that the book's plentiful sex, violence and swearing might put off buyers who "like to give the Booker winners to their mother to read."

But he said the novel's verve and humor would win over readers.

Wood said although much of the subject matter is grim, "a lot of it is very, very funny."

The Police High Command is expressing shock at the murder of District Constable Ashley Howard.

Reports are that Howard was shot by gunmen on Slipe Road, Cross Roads in Kingston about 8:30 a.m. He later died at hospital.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has strongly condemned the actions of those responsible and warned that the Police will do everything in their powers to bring his killer/s to justice.

Williams extended condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the District Constable.

"Criminals seem to feel empowered as they snuffed out the lives of innocent Jamaican citizens and launch repeated violent attacks on the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force," said Williams.

A policeman is now nursing injuries he received following an attack by six prisoners today in the lock up at the Supreme Court building in Kingston.

It is reported that the prisoners were taken to court and were being processed when one of them was seen with a marijuana cigarette, commonly called a ganja spliff, in his mouth.

The policeman, who was alone inside the cell with the prisoners, instructed the prisoner to hand over the spliff.

Another prisoner reportedly grabbed the spliff and all six prisoners attacked the policeman.

The policeman used his baton to fend off the attack.

One of the prisoners reportedly suffered injuries to his face after being hit by the baton.

The situation was eventually brought under control and the injured policeman and prisoner were taken away for medical attention.

Ananda Alert for missing St Andrew teen

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missing-teen-talia-tapper-photo.jpgAnanda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Talia Tapper who has been missing since Friday, October 9.

Talia, who hails from a Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10 address, is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 135 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

According to the Half Way Tree Police, Talia was last seen at the home around 10pm. Family members are unclear what her mode of dress was at the time of her disappearance, however she has not been seen or heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Talia Tapper to contact the Half Way Tree Police at 926-8184, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

mosquitoes.jpgDespite a serious attack from some really big, black mosquitoes, residents in mmosquito-infested Portmore and other places will have to wait until the rain is over for any relief.

The Health Ministry says that despite the increase in the mosquito population it cannot do any fogging until the current rains stop.The Meteorological Service has forecast another three days of rain being induced by a trough affecting parts of the Caribbean.

In a release late Monday, the Health Ministry urged people to destroy mosquito breeding sites and protect themselves from bites as the rainfall now being experienced is expected to result in increased mosquito breeding.

"Mosquitoes can lay their eggs during the dry season and these will hatch as soon as enough water is available," said Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, chief medical officer, adding that the current rainfall has facilitated that environment.

She says keeping the surroundings free of potential mosquito breeding sites would reduce the likelihood of an environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue and chikungunya viruses.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health says through its Parish Health Departments, it continues to routinely fog selected areas to eliminate adult mosquitoes.

It's encouraging people to contact the health department in their parish to report any area that they believe needs fogging.

7 illegal guns seized over the weekend

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Seven illegal guns and 33 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized across Jamaica on Friday and Saturday.

Three of the weapons were seized in the St.Catherine South Police Division. Two men were arrested in connection with these seizures.

In another incident, along Molynes Road on Friday, one Heckler and Koch 9 milimetre pistol, with a magazine containing eleven rounds, was seized during a robbery attempt at a plaza.

It's reported that three gunmen attempted to rob a licensed firearm holder when one of them was fatally shot and the weapon seized.

On Saturday morning, the Constant Spring Police seized a Beretta pistol during a spot check on Whitehall Avenue. Two men were taken into custody during that operation.

Two other illegal guns, two magazines and more than ten rounds of ammunition were seized in Frome, Westmoreland on Saturday. Three persons were taken into custody in connection with that seizure.

Unidentified body found in St James

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unidentified-body.jpgThe police in St James seek the public's assistance in identifying the body of a male found in Long Bay district in the parish on Sunday, October 11.

The male, believed to be in its twenties, is of brown complexion, slim build, about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) long and a tattoo of three stars on the right hand.

The body was discovered clad in a khaki shirt, black jeans pants and a pair of red and blue sneakers.

According to reports from the Barrett Town Police, around 6am residents discovered the body and summoned the lawmen.

Upon their arrival, the man was seen lying on the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds.

The scene was processed and the body was removed to the morgue.

The police urge anyone who may be able to identify the body is being asked to contact the Barrett Town Police at 953-7899, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

runway-reopened.jpgThe runway at the Sangster International Airport has now been reopened following a fire on board Delta Airlines flight 304 Monday afternoon .

The runway was reopened approximately 6:15 pm - three hours after it was closed.

The runway was closed, after the flight crew of the Boeing 737 aircraft reported a fire warning indication from its cargo bay, as the aircraft taxiing for take-off.

It is reported that the 160 passengers and six crew members were safely evacuated.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority says investigators from its Flight Safety Division are probing the incident.

nick-foto-cassia-park-gathering.jpgThe family of popular photographer Niketa Thomas, the operator of, are not happy with the police's investigations into his disappearance. They therefore organised a search party on Monday and spread out acros the Cassia Park area with flyers and T-shirts bearing Nick's image.

Nick and his cousin went missing last week.

A missing persons report was filed at the Half-Way Tree Police Station on October 5, however, the family say they have largely been left in the dark as the police have not kept them abreast of their probe.

Monday's team of family, friends and well-wishers gathered at Cassiadene Road in Kingston at 10:30 a.m. at the football field in the community.

"Maybe I am impatient or I expect the police to come with information faster, but I am not comfortable," said Everton Thomas, brother of the missing photographer. "We are planning to go into the area where my brother was last seen with some flyers with a group of people and to see if we can get something from the community. Just to sensitise the people."


The sensitisation exercise is an effort in which he hopes will encourage persons with information to come forward as the search for the photographer continues.

"We need people to see that he has family and he has friends and if anybody knows anything, we want them to feel free to call the police. If they don't want to call the police, they can contact us," he said. "There are several people who have been affected by the disappearance of these two persons."

The family remains overwrought as they wait. Niketa's brother told THE STAR that this past week has been a nightmare.

"Everyday that goes by, it has been trials and tribulations. My mom is totally devastated right now," he said. "My mom has broken down so many times and every time I see her in that state I wonder what next to do. Sometimes she begs for a corpse because she can't deal with the unknown feeling."

A policeman involved in the investigations said the police have been working to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their probe, he said.


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police-commissioner-dr-carl-williams.jpgPolice Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the police have established the motive behind Thursday night's attack on a family that left six people dead and four in hospital.

Williams and National Security Minister Peter Bunting on Friday visited Campbellton Road in March Town Hanover where the killings took place.

Following a tour of the house, the Commissioner said the police have been making progress.

"We know who they are; e have intelligence, we have strong leads. We are going to bring them to justice," he asserted.

The killings arose from a dispute "from several weeks ago," he said, but declined to provide details immediately, only adding that "we have a very good sense of what led up to this killing last night."

He said additional police and military resources will be sent to the community.

"We are going to get a team of operational people here in Hanover and they will not leave the parish until they (the killers) are found," he said.

The family was attacked after 11pm when the house was shot up and fire bombed. Four others who were injured in the attack, remain in hospital in serious condition .

National Security Minister Peter Bunting disclosed over the last month the parish has been placed under close surveilance by police in the Area One Division.

He disclosed that Hanover has had more murders than Kingston and St Andrew combined since the start of the year.

"I would appeal to the ladies, stay away from these gangsters, they come to visit and they will put the rest of your family at risk. As we have seen, when you get into this reprisal and counter reprisal violence, they don't care who is the target," Bunting said.

He added that Ian Heyles, Member of Parliament for the constituency, is off the island on government business and will visit the community when he returns.

Murder rate up in western parishes

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Figures show a sharp rise in murders in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover since January.

So far this year, there have been 169 murders in St James, compared to 110 over the equivalent period last year.

Fifty four persons have been murdered in Hanover, compared to 29 last year, a 90 per cent increase, while Westmoreland has seen a 100 percent jump in murders.

The parish has so far recorded 78 murders compared to 34 last year.

The High Command has attributed the rise to disputes over lottery scamming.

Since the start of the year, 957 people have been murdered, a 25 per cent increase over the similar period last year. Fifty children are among the victims.

hanover-murder-victims.jpgA major manhunt has been launched for the men behind Friday's gunslaying of a family of six in Hanover.

National Security Minister Peter Bunting who visited the scene Friday afternoon said senior personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Defence Force have been assigned to find the men.

Four other persons injured in the attack have been hospitalised.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams said the police have strong leads on the killers. Early Friday, gunmen shot ten members of the family and set fire to their house on Campbellton Road in March Town Hanover.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is appealing to members of the public to assist the police with information so those responsible for the attack to be brought swiftly to justice.

In a statement late Friday, Simpson Miller condemned the attack saying that such acts defy comprehension especially when carried out against a family and children.

She adds that this robs them of the opportunity to contribute to the development of their community and country.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Jamaican men charged with stealing over J$37-thousand from several accounts from various banks across Antigua and Barbuda, have been remanded in that country.

The men, David Thomas, Damian Tomlinson and Nicholas Grant, all of Jolly Harbour in the twin island state, have been slapped with 75 charges related to a massive ATM fraud, which spanned nearly a week.

It is alleged the men installed electronic recording devices on several ATM's, in order to capture critical information from users.

It is further alleged that the information was used to hack into customers' accounts to steal the money between September 28 and October 3.

Police searched the apartment shared by the men and seized cash, bank cards and electronic devices.

ganja-image-1.jpgCITIVA, a medical research company specializing in safe and effective cannabinoid products, has partnered with the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) to establish a world class institution for the research and development of ganja.

Both institutions are seeking to gain insights into the application of marijuana in the field of medicine.The goal of the partnership is to identify which combinations of cannabinoids are effective at treating specific diseases and symptoms.

"Hopefully, with the help of UWI, CITIVA can begin to understand how and why cannabis has been effective at treating the various disease states we've seen success with," said Josh Stanley, founder and CEO of CITIVA.

The partnership was made possible by recent changes in Jamaican law, with overwhelming support from the Jamaican public, which makes cannabis a legally recognized therapeutic agent as well as a legal focus of study.

The partnership with UWI will "impact the research and academic communities at UWI," according to David Palmieri of CITIVA.

Stanley introduced CITIVA's expert team at an information session held over the summer; the team includes Jack D'Angelo MD, Chief Medical Officer, David Rothman, head of the continuing medical education program, and Shaun Crew, chief agronomist. The team will also be hosting a medical education seminar at UWI entitled 'Cannabinoids and the Management of Multiple Disease States'. This two part seminar takes place on October 15th and is one of many that the company will host for local stakeholders and medical practitioners.

crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican man believed to be a major supplier of guns and ammunition to the local criminal underworld was reportedly killed during a confrontation with police in Haiti yesterday, local law enforcement officials have revealed.

Top local investigators say he is known as 'Mention' and was part of a gang that operated in the Old Harbour Bay area before he fled to Haiti to run a lucrative guns-for-drugs syndicate. Reports are that several Jamaican men were taken into custody during the incident.

They are also believed to be from the Old Harbour Bay area and major players in the guns-for-drug trade.

"We believe they are from the Old Harbour Bay area but have been resident in Haiti for some time. And we know them to be major suppliers of guns and ammunition to the criminal underworld in Jamaica," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The incident comes days after Haitian Police, with assistance from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), seized 13 illegal firearms, assorted ammunition and 2,500 pounds of ganja.

It also comes days before Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds is scheduled to lead a JCF delegation to Haiti for consultation with the Haitian Police on measures to tackle the guns-for-drug trade.

Four Costa Ricans held in anti-narcotics operation

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ganja-seized.jpgFour Costa Ricans have been taken into custody in connection with a large seizure of ganja in an anti-narcotics operation in St Elizabeth early Friday.

The Costa Ricans where scheduled to be questioned on Friday

The operation involved members of the JDF Coastguard, MOCA and Narcotics Police.

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A boat with the foreign nationals was intercepted at sea by members of the JDF Coast guard and during a search of the vessel a large quantity of compressed ganja was found.

The vessel has since been towed to the wharf in Black River where the ganja was unloaded.

Police theorize that the marijuana was destined for a location in Central America and is part of the drugs for guns trade.

hanover-murder-victims.jpgPolice Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the police have established the motive behind last night's attack on a family that left six people dead and four in hospital.

Williams along with National Security Minister Peter Bunting on Friday visited Campbellton Road in March Town Hanover where the killings took place.

Following a tour of the house where the attack took place, the Commissioner said the police have been making progress.

"We know who they are, we have intelligence, we have strong leads... .we are going to bring them to justice.... (it's) a dispute from several weeks ago I am not going to speak on the details now, but we have a very good sense of what led up to this killing last night."

He said additional police and military resources will be sent to the community.

"We are going to get a team of say operational people here in Hanover and they will not leave the parish until they are found," he said.

The family was attacked after 11pm when the house was shot up and fire bombed. Four others who were injured in the attack, remain in hospital in serious condition .

Meanwhile, National Security Minister Peter Bunting says over the last month the parish has been placed under the radar in the Area One Division.

He says Hanover has more murders than Kingston and St Andrew combined.

"I would appeal to the ladies, stay away from these gangsters, they come to visit and they will put the rest of your family at risk. As we have seen, when you get into this reprisal and counter reprisal violence, they don't care who is the target......" Bunting said.

He added that Member of Parliament, Ian Hayles is off the island on government business and will visit the community when he returns.

arrested.jpgPopular attorney at law Earl Melhado has landed in problems with the law again.

Melhado,65 was arrested on Friday in the precincts of the Supreme Court by MOCA Detectives.

He was charged with Fraudulent Conversion.

MOCA's Director of Investigation Senior Superintendent Cleon March says Melhado's arrest was the culmination of months of investigations.

"He has been under investigation for several months concerning the sale of a property in 2012 and since then the complainant is having serious challenges in recouping the funds from the sale," he said.

Melhado is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court next week.

Meanwhile, Lawyers who were at the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston raised concerns about the way in which Melhado was taken into custody by the MOCA investigators.

The attorney was reportedly nabbed as he was leaving a courtroom after representing a client.

However March defended MOCA's action.

"At the culmination of the investigation a few weeks ago, the attorney was approached and we gave him an opportunity to come in an talk with is ...he gave us a date, he has given us probably four or five undertakings that he would come in an discuss the matter with us. All attempts for the matter to be sorted out failed," March said.

hanover-murder-victims.jpgOne of the suspects in the multiple murder of members of one family at Green Island in Hanover on Thursday night, has turned himself in.

Hanover police had sent out word that they suspected the man of being involved in the incident.

At about 11 PM on Thursday, gunmen travelling in a white motorcar entered the Mark Town community in Green Island, kicked in the door to a five-bedroom board dwelling and fired a volley of shots. The hoodlums torched the house before leaving.

The house was burnt to cinder and, after cooling down operations, the six family members were all found charred and with gunshot wounds. Four other family members escaped.

They were severely burnt and have been admitted to the Noel Holmes Hospital.

The police are searching for at least three more men who are suspects in the gruesome act.

Police are looking into two motives, lotto scamming and a family dispute.

Hanover community in shock over murders

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hanover-commissioner-peter-bunting.jpgResidents of Logwood in Hanover are still in disbelief after news came that six residents of the community were brutally murdered Thursday night in an attack which has been described as a massacre.

According to reports, at about 11 Thursday night four men in a Toyota Corolla motorcar, popularly referred to as a Kingfish, entered the community and kicked open the door of a five apartment dwelling.

The men reportedly opened fire and set the house ablaze.

When the smoke cleared the six, who are all from the same family, were dead.

The dead have been identified as 63-year-old Linnette Bloomfield, her 40 year old son Mark Bloomfield, her 36-year-old daughter Kerry- Ann Bloomfield and her nephew 30-year-old Byron Mangaroo.

Kerry-Ann Bloomfield's two children 15-year-old Davian Mahabee and 18-year-old Alia Mahabee were also killed in the attack.

Four other members of the family managed to escape and have been taken to hospital.

Relatives of the deceased insist the family was not involved in any wrong doing.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police Wichroy Badoo vowed to find those responsible for the crime.

Victims in Hanover arson and gun attack identified

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hanover-murder-victims.jpgThe identities of the six persons slaughtered in the gruesome gun and arson attack in Mark Town, Green Island, Hanover have been released.

They are 63-year-old Linette Bloomfield; Kerry-Ann Bloomfield, 36; Mark Bloomfield, 40; Alliah Mahabee, 17; Avion Mahabee, 15; and Brian Mangaroo, 19.

The burnt remains of the six were found among the completely destroyed five bedroom board house, which was the scene of the attack which occurred about 11pm Thursday.

Police report that residents heard loud explosions and realised that the building was on fire.

Four others who occupied the building managed to escape with severe burns and have been admitted to the Noel Holmes Hospital.

hanover-murder-victims.jpgSix members of one family are now dead following a gruesome attack at the five-roon house in Mark Town, Green Island, Hanover on Thursday night.

The police report that at about 11 PM, gunmen shot up the house before setting the premises ablaze. Four of the occupants managed to escape the blaze, but six others were not so lucky.

The dead are reported to be three males and three females ages ranging from teenagers to 73-years.

Police report that, when they were summoned to the scene, the heat from the inferno was so intense that they had to stand 50 feet away while firefighters battled the blaze.

Green Island a once peaceful district, has become a hell-hole with rival gangs taking the law into their own hands and in the community and have law-abiding citizens trembling in fear. A number of lives have been taken and others shot and injured as the hoodlums rule with an iron fist.

Police said investigations are at an early stage.

Grade 10 boy stabs school-mate to death

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shocked.jpgThe Brown's Town High School student who Thursday morning allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death has been taken into custody.

Reports are that the Grade 10 student was involved in a dispute with Grade 11 student Jamala Barnaby when a knife was brought into play. Barnaby was reportedly stabbed.

The incident has left students and teachers at the institution shocked.

The police are investigating.

nick-foto-works.jpgThe Half-Way-Tree police is reporting that photographer, Nicketa 'Nick' Thomas is not dead and is still listed as a missing person. Yardflex sources have also revealed that Nick's cousin, who flew into the island recently, is also missing.

Social media was sent into a frenzy on Thursday, after numerous reports indicated that Nick had been found dead in Spanish Town.

However the police, through its release have stated that there is no confirmation that either of the two bodies found in the town belong to Thomas.

Thomas, who hails from an Aintree Road, (off Molynes Road) Kingston 10 address, has been missing since Monday, October 5. He is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 175 centimetres (5 feet 9 inches) tall.

The popular photographer and operator of party website, was last seen on Monday, in the Three Miles area in Kingston 11 and has not been heard from since.

At the time he went missing, he was dressed in a Brazil football jersey and blue jeans pants. Efforts by his relatives to contact him have proven futile.

"His cell phone has been off. He was last seen on Whatsapp Monday afternoon. He made no mention that he had been threatened. He went on the road with his cousin to conduct some business after 5pm on Monday and then there was nothing after that," one family member told Loop News.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Nicketa Thomas to contact the Half Way Tree Police at 926-8184, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

ganja-smoking.jpgJustice Minister, Senator Mark Golding says the reform of Jamaica's ganja laws has already seen arrests reduced by about 1,000 per month.

He says the authorities expect that 15,000 fewer ganja-related cases will be before the courts each year.

Senator Golding says this will significantly lessen the number of young men who are introduced into Jamaica's criminal justice system.

The amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, came into force earlier this year, with the primary goal of reducing the arrest and incarceration of young people for minor ganja offences.

Possession of less than two ounces of ganja and smoking of the weed in public are now non-arrestable infractions for which a ticket may be issued.

The penalty is $500 and payable at any tax collectorate.

megamart-waterloo.jpgNot much is being said about the sudden closure of MegaMart's Waterloo Road supermarket and department store.

MegaMart posted on its Facebook page around 3 o'clock this afternoon that entity was being closed for "emergency maintenance".

It did not offer any further details.

MegaMart's CEO, Gassan Azan, however, insisted that the supermarket was being closed for maintenance reasons. In the meantime, the South East Regional Health Authority says MegaMart voluntarily decided to close.

MegaMart says it will reopen at 10 a.m tomorrow .

On Tuesday afternoon, more than a dozen workers were seen making their way home, however, they were tight-lipped about the reason for leaving work.

Customers who turned up also said they found the notice of closure very strange.

pj-patterson-prime-minister.jpgPatterson ... "the most noble intentions were jarred by those portions of your address which asserted that slavery was a long time ago, in the historical past and "as friends we can move on together to build for the future."

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has penned an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron telling him that Jamaica deserves an apology from Britain for slavery.

"You have refused to apologise," Patterson said. "Yet your government has apologised to everyone else for horrid crimes. Are we not worthy of an apology or less deserving?" he questioned.

According to Patterson, Cameron's "most noble intentions" were jarred by portions of his address to the Parliament in which asserted that slavery was a long time ago, in the historical past and "as friends we can move on together to build for the future."



Dear Prime Minister Cameron,

We who belong to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and cherish the value of the Westminster tradition should seek continually to foster rather than diminish it.

Given the honour which you were afforded to address the Joint Sitting of Jamaica's Parliament on Tuesday, September 30, 2015, the traditional Parliamentary right of debate and reply could not be exercised by any of our Members who were in attendance. As I watched your presentation, knowing them on both sides of the aisle as I do, their good behaviour which you commended ought not to be interpreted as acquiescence in everything you said.

The gifts you presented in Gordon House were both welcome and timely. Only the shrewdest observers of Parliamentary custom would have noticed that the package you offered there discreetly omitted any mention of a Ł25 million contribution for the building of a prison.

That was understandable, as what exists constitutes no more than a Non-binding Memorandum of Understanding. You rightfully appreciated that its inclusion would have been premature as the framework Agreement has to be followed by further intensive negotiations and then the requisite legislation.

You wisely chose instead to add there the announcement of Ł30 million to make our hospitals more resilient to natural disasters. Given our vulnerability and the danger of climate change, this donation was highly appreciated.

Despite your recognition of not being "the only show in town", the words of strengthening the bonds of friendship and the down-payment you brought would have been well received throughout the entire Caribbean.

Prime Minister, the most noble intentions were jarred by those portions of your address which asserted that slavery was a long time ago, in the historical past and "as friends we can move on together to build for the future."

Your host, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, in her gracious welcome referred to the difficult issue of reparation which should be discussed in "a spirit of mutual respect, openness and understanding as we seek to actively engage the U.K. on the matter."

You chose instead to throw down the gauntlet.

Mere acknowledgement of its horror will not suffice.

It was and still is a most heinous crime against humanity - a stain which cannot be removed merely by the passage of time.

Those who perished in the Middle Passage and the fatal victims on the sugar plantations were the victims of genocide. This is a crime in accordance with International Law.

The attempt to trivialise and diminish the significance of 300 years of British enslavement of Africans and the trade in their bodies reflect the continued ethnic targeting of our ancestors and their progeny for discriminatory treatment in both the annals of history and in the present.

The 180 years of slavery in Jamaica remain fresh in living memory. There are people alive in Jamaica today whose great grandparents were a part of the slavery system and the memory of slavery still lingers in these households and communities.

Those 180 years were followed by another 100 years of imposed racial apartheid in which these families were racially oppressed by British armies and colonial machinery. The scars of this oppression are still alive in the minds and hearts of million Jamaicans.

To speak of slavery as something from the Middle Ages is insufficient. For our communities its legacies are still present in their memory and emotions. To reject this living experience is to repudiate the very meaning and existence of these people's lives.
How can we simply forget it and move on to the future? If there is no explicit admission of guilt now, when will be the proper time?

You argue that Britain abolished the slave system and the credit for this resonates in the British Parliament today and shows British compassion and diplomacy.

Where is the prior confession that Britain fashioned, legalised, perpetuated and prospered from the slave trade?

Indeed, the facts speak to a different explanation. In Jamaica the enslaved led by Sam Sharpe tried to abolish slavery themselves three years before your Parliament acted. The British army destroyed these freedom fighters and executed their leaders.

This attempt to destroy the seed of freedom and justice in Jamaica continued for another hundred years. In 1865 the peasants sought to occupy Crown lands in order to survive widespread hunger. The British government sent in the army and massacred those people, executing Paul Bogle, George William Gordon and other Leaders.

Furthermore, the British Act of Emancipation reflected that the enslaved people of Jamaica were not human but property. The 800,000 Africans in the Caribbean and elsewhere were valued at Ł47 million. The government agreed to compensate the slave owners Ł20 million, and passed an Emancipation Act in which the enslaved had to work free for another four to six years in order to work off the Ł27 million promised slave owners. It was they who paid for their eventual freedom.

The enslaved paid more than 50 per cent of the cost of their market value in compensation to slave owners. This is what your Emancipation Act did. The enslaved got nothing by way of compensation. The Act of Emancipation was self serving and was designed to support British national commercial interests alone.

You have refused to apologise. Yet your government has apologised to everyone else for horrid crimes. Are we not worthy of an apology or less deserving?

Mere acknowledgement of the crime is insufficient. The international community and international law call for formal apologies when crimes against humanity are committed. The UN has deemed slave trading and slavery as crimes against humanity. The refusal to apologise is a refusal to take responsibility for the crime. In a law abiding world this is not acceptable.

Contrary to your view, the Caribbean people will never emerge completely from the "long, dark shadow" of slavery until there is a full confession of guilt by those who committed this evil atrocity.

"The resilience and spirit of its people" is no ground to impair the solemnity of a privileged Parliamentary occasion and allow the memory of our ancestors to be offended once again.

The Caribbean people have long been looking to the future. This is what we do in our development visions, but these legacies are like millstones around our necks. We look to reparatory justice as the beginning of shaping a new future. We invite Britain to engage in removing this blot on human civilisation so that together we can create a new and secure future.


Yours sincerely,

P.J. Patterson

Former Prime Minister,
Jamaica (1992-2006)

Bogle's babymother shot in Atlanta

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bogle-baby-mother-tanya.jpgTanya Levy, the baby mother of popular deceased dancer Bogle, was reportedly shot in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday night.

Although details surrounding the incident are sketchy, various online sources say the woman was shot at a party in Atlanta and was hospitalized following the incident.

Since then, several persons took to social media to wish the woman a speedy recovery, while offering some insight into the incident. One user confirmed that Levy was indeed shot at a party and was at the hospital preparing to undergo surgery.

Other users expressed anger at persons on the scene who failed to help Levy, while she laid on the ground unconscious.

"Manners and respect to everyone who stayed and helped Tanya after the incident occurred," one person said. "Di rest of unuh Georgia people weh just stand up and a watch her and nuh do nutten need fi go s... unu madda."

Some persons also offered prayer as Levy goes through the recovery process.

"Whatever it is that lead to this sad situation, right now, we put it in God's hands. Just asking all my FB (Facebook) prayer warrior to put Tanya at the altar right now in prayers. We know there is nothing too hard for God to do and prayers work so pray her healing right now and safe recovery my friends in Jesus name," expressed one user.

Although most persons asked for a speedy recovery, some accused Levy of being a trouble maker.

Persons also speculated about the identity of the possible shooter, but this was not confirmed up to news time.

In 2005 Levy's babyfather, Bogle was shot dead at a gas station along Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.

Heineken Buys Red Stripe From Diageo

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red-stripe-beer.jpgHeineken NV has bought Jamaica's Red Stripe beer from Diageo Plc reportedly for US$421 million.

It will bring Heineken's stake in Desnoes & Geddes Limited, the operating company for Red Stripe, to just over 73 per cent. Diageo held a 57.9 per cent stake.

Under Jamaica's stock market rules, it means that Heineken will have to make a buy-out offer for all other D&G shares.

The deal with Heineken prices D&G/Red Stripe at just under US$727 million or more than J$86 billion - which is four times its current value on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Heineken is also buying other Diageo assets under deals worth US$781 million, including Red Stripe.


Prayers going up for Nick's safe return

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mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgDancehall artiste, Mr Vegas has joined scores of others in sending up prayers for the safe return of popular and well-love photographer, Nick Thomas of Nick

According to Mr Vegas: "The youth yah a good yute! Please if Unu see him or know where he is, let us know! He has been missing since Monday! Him is all of us photographer! @Nicksphotaworks Lord if he is in danger, protect him please."

Other comments coming from fans also called on the Lord:

Lord what is this now...Father be with him where ever he is...keep him safe.

nick-foto-works.jpgI Pray you make it home safe Nick, You're such a nice person. I Pray the Lord will cover you under his blood.

We can only pray for his safe return. Lord have mercy.


My prayers goes out for my friend nick come home safe.

Mi feel so sad inside smh I pray he is safe.

nick-foto-works.jpgPopular photographer and operator of Nicketa Thomas has reportedly been missing since Monday.

Reports are that relatives last saw Thomas on Sunday. However, neighbours last saw him on Monday at about 5 p.m

A family member disclosed that a missing persons report was filed with the Half Way Tree police on Wednesday.

Social media has been in a frenzy since news broke that the photographer is missing.

prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be unable to keep speaking engagements this week as a result of laryngitis.

A statement from her office on Tuesday said her hectic schedule, including weeks of public speaking activities ,has led to an irritation of her vocal cords.

The Prime Minister has been advised by her doctor to rest her voice.

While she remains on the job, she will not be in attendance at several events at which she was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Arrangements have been made, where possible, for other Ministers to represent her.

Jamaicans can stay longer in the Cayman Islands

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Jamaicans can now remain in the Cayman Islands for longer periods, following changes to that territory's visa regime.

The Cabinet of the Cayman Islands has announced that Jamaican repeat visitors will be given special treatment under the country's Immigration Law, with the option to obtain a 10-year visitor visa. Currently, all other nationalities which require a visa prior to visiting Cayman can obtain only single-entry permission, or permission to enter multiple times within a one-year, three-year or five-year fixed period.

The Chief Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Eric Bush, said the initiative is aimed at facilitating legitimate visitor travel for qualified Jamaicans.

The change in visitor visa rules does not affect the 30-day limit in place for most visitors who do not own property in Cayman. It will also not affect requirements for non-Caymanians, Jamaican or otherwise, to obtain work permits before they can be gainfully employed in the islands.

This year marks the first time since 2009 that the number of Jamaican work permit holders in the Cayman Islands has exceeded 9,000.

A driver was burnt to death and three others injured during a two vehicle collision in Font Hill, St Elizabeth on Monday night.

Police report that the vehicles, a Toyota Success and a Toyota Caldina, collided. Two of the passengers in the Toyota Success were pulled to safety but the driver was not so lucky. The vehicle exploded and he was burnt to death.

The driver of the Toyota Caldina and the two passengers in the car were taken to hospital and admitted.

Search on for missing 7-year-old

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missing-child-ajani-brown-photo.jpgThe Runaway Bay Police continue to have a high-level Ananda Alert activated for 7-year-old Ajani Brown, who disappeared on Friday, August 21.

Ajani, who is affectionately called 'AJ', hails from of Ricketts Drive in the parish, and is of brown complexion, slim build and about 104 centimetres (3 feet 5 inches) tall.

Reports from the Runaway Bay Police are that Ajani was last seen at home.

His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown, however the boy has not been seen or heard from since.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ajani Brown to contact the Runaway Bay Police at 973-7057, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

The Clarendon Police are still searching for clues to the suspect in the murder of a Vere Technical High School student and her sister on the weekend.

The bodies of 18 year old, Feleisha Bryan, who was an upper 6th form student and her 23 year old sister, Janelle Howell were found with stab wounds in the community of Landlease.

Head of the Clarendon Police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, told RJR News that statements have been collected and persons interviewed as the cops intensify their manhunt for the killer.

The cops believe Janelle may have been the target and her sibling was killed trying to help her.

Sisters shot dead in Manchester

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo sisters, 31 year-old Tashi Foster and 28-year-old Dionne Foster were on Tuesday shot dead in Comfort District, Manchester.

Police reports are that after 1:00 pm, residents heard explosions and alerted them.

The bodies of the two women were reportedly seen in a house when they arrived on the scene.

Police say that four children and another adult were at the house a the time, but they were not harmed.

The women were reportedly killed after a discussion with a man who came to the premises.

No motive has yet been established for the incident.

mother-in-coma.jpgMarshae Paul, a past student of the University of the West Indies, has been in a coma for more than a week after giving birth to a baby boy at a hospital in Massachusetts, USA.

She celebrated the joyous occasion on Facebook, posting a picture on September 18 of her son under the caption, "When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world #myhappiness #mybiggestblessing #myprincekameron."

Friends and family celebrated with her through congratulatory messages on the social media platform. However, joy soon turned to pain when it was announced, by a brother in law a little over a week later, that Marshae had slipped into "a coma and may not survive".

She has remained in a coma since. Scores of well wishers, including many of her former classmates from UWI, have taken to social media to offer their support to Marshae.

"Still prayingShae! Everyday! Jus gwan rest. I know God is working! Ull be up in no time:) still waiting on u," said one social media user.

Added another: "We are still praying for your healing Prettiigurl Shae, continue to fight as we go to Calvary on your behalf."

One person, in expressing confidence of a recovery, declared that "God is in control," adding that "He will fight our battles, that's his promise!...Hold on babygirl....all is not lost."

Usain Bolt to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

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usain-bolt-iaaf.jpgWorld fastest man, Usain St. Leo Bolt announced via Twitter that he will be appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow.

He took to Twitter on Tuesday saying: "Big deal business... check me out tomorrow on @theellenshow."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an hour-long, five-days-a-week, talk-variety show. It is currently ranked number 16 in the United States television programming with over three million viewers per episode.

The show has been in existence since 2003 and has featured numerous celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Matt Damon, Kanye West, and Beyonce.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command has ordered a probe into the theft of six licensed firearms from a house in Mandeville, Manchester on the weekend.

Five Glock pistols, a shotgun along with several rounds of ammunition were stolen from the property in Ingleside.

A police investigator told RJR News that the thieves gained access to the house between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The businessman, who owns the property, is overseas.

It's understood that the men disabled the security system, including surveillance cameras and the alarm, and were not detected by pit bulls in the yard.

The police believe an organised group of criminals is behind the theft.

The men, who are from St Elizabeth and Spanish Town, St Catherine, have been involved in a series of break-ins in Manchester.

Student hospitalised after fire at his home

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A forth form male student from the Morant Bay High school in St Thomas is now in hospital following a fire which destroyed his home in York this morning.

According to police reports, about 4:30 a.m. residents saw fire coming from the building and alerted the fire department.

One unit from the Morant Bay fire department responded.

Residents of the York community said that the fire was allegedly started by a man who resides at the house following an argument with his wife.

The man who is being sought by the police has since fled the area.

Police say damage to the seven apartment house is valued at $8 million.

online-petition.jpgJamaicans in New York have started an online petition to raise objection to Britain's offer to give a L25-million grant to Jamaica to build a new prison.

The money will cover 40 per cent of the cost of the prison with Jamaican taxpayers being asked to fund the remainder. The prison is to house 300 Jamaicans convicted in the United Kingdom to complete their sentences here.

The offer was announced by Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron while on an official visit to the island last week.

The online petition is urging Jamaicans in New York to reject the prison offer and to make their objection known to Jamaica's Consulate General in New York as well as Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States.The petition argues that there are other important things in Jamaica that needs more attention than a prison. It cites the need for more hospital equipment, educational supplies and resources and jobs.

At home, the British prison offer has received strong objection from Jamaicans despite the government's insistence that the proposed facility is good for Jamaica.

hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgThe Ministry of Health says cases of hand, foot and mouth disease are expected to increase over the next few weeks.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse, says investigation revealed there were cases of the disease in some St. Catherine schools in early September but these were not reported.

"We are trying to determine the exact proportion but it is just to alert you that the figures will chanege, but they are not all current."

Bullock DuCasse who made the disclosure at a media briefing involving the Ministries of Health and Education also advised the public of the specific course of action they should take if they suspect a case of hand foot and mouth disease.

Bullock Ducasse, says there is a central channel of information which flows to the Health Department of each parish. However, the first step is for parents to be vigilant.

"If the child is ill enough and the fever had not abated, then they can go to their doctor. Then the report will go to the health department in the parish. Apart from that any member of the public can call the Ministry of Health, to say that they are concerned......." she said.

ODPEM issues warning

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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging persons living in flood prone areas to prepare to evacuate if water rises to dangerous levels.

ODPEM issued the advisory in the wake of heavy rains which affected the island Saturday and into this morning.

ODPEM is urging the public to avoid flooded waterways and said no one should attempt to cross rivers, gullies and fords at this time.

People should also secure vital records in water-proof plastic containers and acquaint themselves with evacuation routes between their house and the nearest shelter as well as monitor the radio and television for weather updates.

Meanwhile, communication manager at the National Works Agency (NWA) Stephen Shaw, says teams are on standby to respond to calls to clear roadblocks due to land slippage and falling rocks.

"Overnight, we understand that the road from Papine to Hardware Gap is impassible.....we will continue to advice persons to exercise caution when traversing certain area....there is the possibility of further slippages taking place in areas that are vulnerable," Shaw said.

fatal-crash.jpgA woman is dead following a motor vehicle crash on the Washington Boulevard early Sunday.

The circumstances which led to the crash are unclear, however it is reported that the woman was a passenger in a BMW motorcar being driven by a man in the southbound lane of Dunrobin Avenue.

On reaching the vicinity of the Jamaica Baptist Union, the motorcar mounted the sidewalk, hit a wall and then flipped.

The woman who was not wearing a seat belt was thrown from the vehicle.She died at the scene.

The male driver was taken to hospital.

damian-crawford.jpgMember of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Damion Crawford, has lost his bid to represent the People's National Party (PNP) in the next general election.

Crawford was beaten by the former constituency chairman, businessman, Peter Blake who received 218 votes to Crawford's 166 votes in a selection exercise at the PNP's headquarters in St Andrew.There was only one spoilt ballot.

Crawford's leadership style has led to a testy relationship with some of his constituents since his election in 2011 when the PNP had selected him to be its standard bearer over Blake.

Some of Crawford's programmes have also not been well received by constituents. His strong focus on education of children, for instance, was not met generally accepted.

HIGH TIMES heads to Jamaica

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Rastafari Rootzfest will host the HIGH TIMES 2015 Jamaican World Cannabis Cup in Negril from Nov. 12 through 15. Rastafari Rootzfest is a comprehensive, educational and experiential event that highlights Rastafari ideology, livity and culture, tells the story of the Rastafari struggle for the legalization of ganja and celebrates the decriminalization of ganja in Jamaica. Rastafari Rootzfest is the first ganja-exempt event since the Jamaican government legally recognized Rastafari Sacramental and Religious rights in the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act earlier this year.

"It's time to get up and stand up, stand up for what is right! Let's get up and stand up, time we all unite!" said Rastafarian elder and event organizer Ras Iyah V of Rastafari In Inity Limited. "It is good that this government can recognize that I & I do have the right and are able to enjoy that right of herb as I & I Sacrament. Hail RasTafari!"

Earlier this year, the Jamaican Government amended its Dangerous Drugs Act to finally recognize Rastafarian religious and sacramental rights to use ganja and also decriminalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults including tourists.

The event will be held in Long Bay Beach Park along the popular Seven Mile Beach in Negril. Persons under 18-years-old will not be permitted to enter the event. This is a strictly adult event. Tickets and travel packages are on sale at

The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup

The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup is the world's leading marijuana trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases. Hosted in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, the Cannabis Cup stands as the foremost gathering place for the cannabis community to network and celebrate. Going strong for nearly three decades, HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cups are the most established and trusted in the marijuana industry, continually fighting for the political legitimacy of the plant.

For more information on HIGH TIMES 2015 Jamaican World Cannabis Cup, visit:

missing-teen-brithania-gordon-photo.jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Brithania Gordon, Rodwood Way, Waterford in St Catherine who has been missing since Wednesday, September 16.

Gordon, who also goes by the name 'Jodi', is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall.

Reports from the Waterford Police have indicated that around 11am, Brithania was last seen at home - however, her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unclear.

Efforts to contact her since her disappearance have proven futile.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Brithania Gordon is being asked to contact the Waterford Police at 988-1763, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

david-cameron-portia-andrew-holness.jpgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Britain will spend 25 million British pounds to build a prison in Jamaica.

According to the BBC, the new prison will house hundreds of Jamaicans serving time in Britain.

"It is absolutely right that foreign criminals who break our laws are properly punished but this shouldn't be at the expense of the hardworking British taxpayer," Cameron is quoted as saying.

"That's why this agreement is so important. It will mean Jamaican criminals are sent back home to serve their sentences, saving the British taxpayer millions of pounds but still ensuring justice is done."

More than 600 Jamaicans are said to be behind bars in Britain - the third most from any country. The BBC says the Jamaicans cannot be repatriated because of fears that poor jail conditions here would allow a successful challenge under human rights law.

It's reported that the deal could save British taxpayers 10 million British pounds a year when prisoner transfers begin in 2020.

Here's what people have to say:


These leaders insult peoples intelligence. We know its all about taking back the rotten apples in the form of those 700 prisoners. They will keep the good migrants to build their nation but they don't want to deal with the bad ones so now they will unleash them on poor struggling Jamaica that is already burdened with poverty and crime. Wow. Such hypocrites.


Mr. Cameron came to Jamaica to arrange the building of a prison in Jamaica so that he can deport Jamaicans who have became harden prisoners in Britain and serving time in British prisons. This move will save the British tax payers 10 million pounds per year.

This does not sound like he is here to help Jamaica or the Caribbean region. He really came here to save the British tax payers 10 million pounds per year because of Jamaicans whose the British system has in prisons in that country.

I hope he will address the issue of reparation fulsomely. He and his generation have benefitted from the blood and tears of our fore parents. They worked approximately 200 years to build Britian without any pay.


Jamaica wants infrastructure and development, I hope this bilateral relationship from the British to the jamaican people can build schools hospital, playground, parks , proper communities for the people but most of all Free EDUCATION to level for the lest and vulnerable people in the jamaican society today, I don't just want to hear that we are going to have growth in five years, don't sounds good at all lets go back to the beginning of the socalled independence 53 years ago, this money should have given to us to build a nation that can complete with the rest of the world. mr Cameron sometimes we have to rewrite the history books and set things right in an orderly manner

arrested -photo-1.jpgAnother medical doctor has been thrown behind bars for performing an abortion on a 15-year-old girl.

He was arrested by officers from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child abuse on Monday.

The St Ann-based doctor is set to appear in court later this week. The child is said be in serious condition in hospital.

Two weeks ago, Kingston-based doctor Lloyd Brooks was arrested after a complaint was made to police that he had performed an abortion on a 15-year-old girl.

Brooks was arrested and charged. His case is now before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Sub-10 King Asafa Powell signs deal with Puma

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asafa-powell-photo-2.jpgFormer world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell has signed an endorsement deal with top global sports brand Puma.

The reigning sub-10 king joins the global sports brand's growing portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This portfolio of Puma also includes the Triple world record holder Usain Bolt.

Powell who has dipped below 10 seconds over 100 metres some 100 times will feature in both global marketing activations, promoting running and training product lines in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics.

This partnership will also see Puma working with Powell to design a 'sub-10 king' line of sportswear and spikes.

Puma also outfits the Jamaica track and field and Olympic teams.

Alia Atkinson strikes gold in Beijing

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson struck gold in the 100 metre breaststroke final at the FINA World Cup series meet in Beijing, China on Tuesday.

Atkinson clocked a minute, 07.39 seconds to turn back the challenge of local hopeful Jinglin Shi who came across the line in 1 minute, 08.25 seconds and American Micah Lawrence 1:08.81.

It was a rematch of sorts between Atkinson and Shi who had finished 5th when Atkinson took bronze in the event at the World Championship in August.

In the fight for reparations, entertainer Bongo Herman will be among of group of people seeking justice for the crimes against humanity committed by the British state.

The group's meeting at Liberty Hall Tuesday evening was triggered by the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bongo Herman says that the fight for reparations is something he is passionate about and has lobbied for, for many years.

On Tuesday evening, the National Commission on Reparations, Liberty Hall and the Legacy of Marcus Garvey staged an evening of Reparation Education titled 'Dear Prime Minister Cameron, Princess Anne and the Jamaican People - Reparation Time Is Now'.

The event was held at Liberty Hall, 76 Kings Street Downtown Kingston.

The British Prime Minister will address a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament at Gordon House on Duke Street in Kingston today.

david-cameron-british-pm.jpgDavid Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the prime minister does not believe reparations or apologies for slavery are the right approach, but the issue is set to overshadow his trade trip to the island, where he will address the Jamaican parliament.

Ahead of his trip, Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission, has led calls for Cameron to start talks on making amends for slavery and referenced the prime minister's ancestral links to the trade in the 1700s through his cousin six times removed, General Sir James Duff.

In an open letter in the Jamaica Observer, the academic wrote: "You are a grandson of the Jamaican soil who has been privileged and enriched by your forebears' sins of the enslavement of our ancestors ... You are, Sir, a prized product of this land and the bonanza benefits reaped by your family and inherited by you continue to bind us together like birds of a feather.

"We ask not for handouts or any such acts of indecent submission. We merely ask that you acknowledge responsibility for your share of this situation and move to contribute in a joint programme of rehabilitation and renewal. The continuing suffering of our people, Sir, is as much your nation's duty to alleviate as it is ours to resolve in steadfast acts of self-responsibility."

Professor Verene Shepherd, chair of the National Commission on Reparation, told the Jamaica Gleaner that nothing short of an unambiguous apology from Cameron would do, while a Jamaican MP, Mike Henry, called on fellow parliamentarians to turn their back on Cameron if reparations are not on the agenda, noting that the Jamaican parliament has approved a motion for the country to seek reparation from Britain.

"If it is not on the agenda, I will not attend any functions involving the visiting prime minister, and I will cry shame on those who do, considering that there was not a dissenting voice in the debate in parliament," he told the newspaper.

Jamaica's prime minister Portia Simpson Miller called for non-confrontational discussions at the UN in 2013, but Britain has never accepted the case for any compensation payments.

A Number 10 official said: "This is a longstanding concern of theirs and there is a longstanding UK position, true of successive governments in the UK, that we don't think reparations are the right approach.

"The PM's point will be he wants to focus on the future. We are talking about issues that are centuries old and taken under a different government when he was not even born. He wants to look at the future and how can the UK play a part now in stronger growing economies in the Caribbean."

The official said Cameron's purpose in visiting Jamaica and Grenada was to reinvigorate their relationship with the UK.

"He looks at that kind of relationship and who the Caribbean see as their major partners and sees them looking to China and Venezuela and thinks Britain should be in there. Britain has long historical ties with these countries," she said.

hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgThe outbreak of the Hand, Foot and Mouth rash in schools may be more widespread than originally reported.

The South East Regional Authority (SERHA) on Monday disclosed that it is closely monitoring cases that have been found in at least three schools in Kingston and St. Andrew and six schools in St. Catherine.

SERHA says the Health Departments in the respective parishes have been working closely with the schools to minimise the spread. It says guidelines for the management of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease have been issued and Public Health Inspectors have been deployed to assess the situation.

According to SERHA, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a viral illness common in infants and children. The symptoms of the disease are fever and blister-like eruptions on the tongue, inside the cheek and on the skin .

Poor appetite and a sore throat are other symptoms.

SERHA says it can be spread through direct contact with mucus in the throat and nose, saliva, fluid from blisters and the stool of infected persons.The health authorities say there is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

The Ministry of Education in a bulletin issued on Monday did not name the affected institutions. According to the Education officials, students suspected of having the disease should be immediately separated from the general school population and sent home. It says fthe requent disinfection of schools is crucial in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Education Ministry says the Parish Health Department should be notified if there is any increase in the number of cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease at the institution.

david-cameron-pig.jpgThe Office of the Prime Minister has confirmed that Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron will arrive on the island tomorrow while the Japanese prime minister and Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth are scheduled to arrive later in the week and next week.

Last week the government said it was expecting two special guests to the island between September 29 and October 1. It did not name the guests. However, in a release Monday morning, the OPM said Cameron will arrive on Tuesday afternoon and depart the island Wednesday.

Jamaica's parliament has confirmed that Cameron will address a joint sitting of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament Wednesday morning. He is expected to make his presentation to the 84 members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in an uncharacteristically early sitting, beginning at 8:25 a.m.

The British Prime Minister will also participate in a floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II and bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

OPM has also confirmed that the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in Jamaica on Wednesday.He is scheduled to depart on Thursday. He will join Cameron in the floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II and will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and participate in a Dinner Reception with representatives of the Jamaican Government, business community and civil society.

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is urging the public to only purchase eggs from reputable sources.

In a release today, SERHA said the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department has noted with concern reports that eggs that were improperly disposed over the weekend at the Riverton landfill are being scavenged by members of the public.

It said the consumption of unsafe eggs can result in food borne illnesses, including salmonellosis.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts for between four and seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but diarrhoea and dehydration may be so severe that it is necessary to seek treatment at hospital, SERHA said.

The 1998 Public Health (Food Handling) Regulation states that "high risk foods", such as eggs, requires the application and maintenance of specified temperatures at various stages of its preparation in order to ensure product safety.

In addition, perishable foods, including eggs, must be stored and refrigerated at a temperature not higher than 4.4 degrees celsius.

SERHA said the Health Department is working in collaboration with the police to locate and destroy the eggs.

Possible Zik-V case being probed by health ministry

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zika-virus.jpgAn investigation is being carried out into what the Health Ministry has described as a potential mosquito-borne viral illness.

In a statement on Monday Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse said a sample was taken from an individual and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for confirmation.

Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales, says the sample was received on Monday will be processed by Tuesday and the results available by Friday. The sample will be tested for viruses, including dengue, chikungunya and zika.

The Health Ministry says it's taking the precaution to rule out these diseases, in particular the zika virus which has been identified in Brazil.

The Ministry has heightened its response given that there has been an increase in mosquito borne illnesses.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson has discussed the matter with CARPHA and PAHO both of which have pledged support of if the sample is positive.

The patient has been interviewed by the Health Team and contact investigation is in progress.

The Health Ministry says the vector control team has increased fogging activities in and around the areas that may be affected. Household visits will also be done by the Health Department and public education activities will be increased.

Barrington Levy hospitalised with dengue

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barrington-levy.jpgReggae superstar Barrington Levy has missed two shows after being hospitalised over the weekend with a serious case of dengue fever.

He had been slated to perform at a show on Friday in Santa Barbara, California, and then he was also booked to perform at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

"He has another show in Trinidad and Tobago on October 3rd, so he might miss that as well because this is a serious disease. There is no cure for dengue fever," General Daddy Biggs of Platinum Camp, the official booking agent of Barrington Levy, said.

Dengue fever is a debilitating viral disease of the tropics, transmitted by mosquitoes, causing sudden fever and acute pains in the joints.

"He had hit me up earlier in the week saying he was ill and running a fever. He began throwing up, going to the bathroom often, and he was procrastinating about seeing a doctor, until I convinced him to go. He did some tests, and his white blood cells were low, his doctor said they should be 150 but was actually 86," he said.

Eventually, Levy collapsed and had to be hospitalised in a private institution.

"The doctors said his white blood cells had fallen to 36 when he collapsed. They wanted to do a blood transfusion but I told them no, that was too dangerous, so right now, he is resting, and they are monitoring him closely. The doctors say this is the third case diagnosed in that part of Clarendon," General Daddy Biggs said.

Jah Cure arrested in Trinidad

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jah-cure-photo-1.jpgJamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure was arrested by marshals of the Port -of-Spain High Court shortly after completing his performance at a show at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas on Sunday night.

He is facing the Trinidad legal system as a result of performance fees paid over for a concert which did not materialise.

Jah Cure, just like Busy Signal and Anthony B, was brought to the Hall of Justice around 1 am.

After lengthy discussions between his lawyer Mario Merritt and attorneys for the local promoter who he owes over TT $83,000 in performance fees for a concert that did not materialise, Alcock was allowed to go free.

Alcock reportedly was able to pay US$6,000 in cash to the court and agreed to pay the remainder by this evening.

Alcock is expected to return to court tomorrow morning to report to Justice James Aboud.

Jah Cure is known for the huge reggae anthems, True Reflections, Longing For, Call on Me, and Unconditional Love featuring Phyllisia.

no-change-to-buggery-law.jpgLocal Christian group, Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (CAUSE), is urging Jamaicans to vote for political representatives who are in favour of retaining the country's anti-buggery legislation.

The group made the call to a large crowd which turned up at its rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew yesterday. Chairman of Jamaica CAUSE, Dr Stevenson Samuels, is encouraging Jamaicans to get enumerated and vote for the sustainability of the society.

He says the Group os not being political but is defending Jamaica, not a party. Dr. Samuels says citizens have a right to vote and should do so along the line of morality and argues that if you take that away then you don't have a nation.

school-closed.jpgIt has been revealed that an outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease is the cause of the temporary closure of Bridgeport Infant School in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful and the illness usually does not last more than a week.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says that the Health Ministry is taking steps to contain the outbreak which he described as mild. It's not known how many students were affected.

A decision has not been made when the school will reopen. Mr. Thwaites said, before such a decision is made, the levels of the impact should be known, and it will be guided by the recommendation of the Health Ministry.

The Ministry of Education ordered the closure of the school on the advice of the Health Ministry. It said the school is being sanitised.

A team from the Portmore Municipal Council is scheduled to visit the school today. Leon Thomas, acting Mayor of Portmore, has announced that an the municipality will conduct an investigation of the factors behind the outbreak.

Cops probe death of Titchfield student

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titchfield-high-school.jpgThe Portland Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of an 18 year old student of the Titchfield High School on Sunday morning.

Roxanne Davies died after she was reportedly run over by a vehicle, driven by one of her relatives.The incident occurred at a wake in Manchioneal.

Another person was injured and has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Highway and Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said the incident occurred during a dispute among relatives at the wake.

The police have launched a manhunt for the driver who fled the scene. He is Anthony James, a resident of Montego Bay, St James. James is being urged to surrender to the police.

Allen said investigators are trying to determine whether it was a deliberate act.

jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgYet another arrest has been made in the ticket racket at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

A 52-year-old driver, employed to the state-run bus company, was held yesterday in connection with the racket which was uncovered by revenue protection officials. The driver is being questioned by Fraud Squad investigators, after he was nabbed with more than six hundred JUTC tickets.

Radcliffe Lewis, Manager of Franchise Protection and Inspection at the JUTC, provided details on the sting operation carried out by his team. He said the driver was part of a syndicate of operators who are syphoning off tickets, and intelligence was gathered about activities along Marcus Garvey Drive. He said the driver failed to stop and was chased. He was finally stopped downtown and more than 600 fraudulent taken from him.

A Jamaican woman living in the United States, with alleged deep connections to local politicians, pleaded guilty today to pocketing millions of dollars in false income-tax refunds from the US government.

An online report in the Miami Herald newspaper says 60-year-old Pamella Watson, who has been detained since her arrest in May, was convicted of a single wire-fraud offense in a plea agreement filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

The report says she faces up to 20 years in prison when she returns to court on December four for sentencing by US District Judge James Cohn.

Meanwhile, a slew of other charges, from filing fictitious tax returns to laundering ill-gotten refunds, will be dropped as part of the deal with the US attorney's office.

The Miami Herald reports that court records say the Jamaican woman exploited hundreds of unwitting clients, many of whom are members of Jamaica's Diaspora in South Florida. It's reported she changed her clients' actual tax returns and filed inflated refund claims without their knowledge.

Watson deceived the US tax authorities by keeping US$3.4 million in "excessive" tax refunds for herself and giving the clients their actual refunds between 2011 and 2014.

It's reported that she avoided detection by splitting the refund deposits into bank accounts that she controlled through her tax preparation business.Watson, who is a naturalised US citizen, worked as a certified public accountant at her tax preparation office in Miami and lived in Davie.

The Miami Herald said she has hosted fundraisers for leaders of both political parties. Watson was involved in numerous South Florida organisations and served on several boards, including the Jamaican Women of South Florida.

As part of her plea agreement, Watson has agreed to repay the US' Internal Revenue Service.

Following her arrest in May, the board of directors of the Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. voted to suspend Watson who was elected earlier as treasurer of the group.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions robbed

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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is calling for security arrangements to be put in place at all courts across the island to protect prosecutors and support staff.

Her appeal comes against the background of an attack on a prosecutor at the Spanish Town courthouse in St Catherine on Wednesday.

It is reported that the female Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions arrived at court about 8:30 in the morning and was taking files from her car when she was pounced upon by a man.

The man reportedly accosted her and demanded money.

The prosecutor reportedly gave him money and the man then ran away.

The DPP says the ordeal left the prosecutor shaken.

She says the prosecutor has been given the necessary support by her office.

However, Llewellyn says the incident raises concerns about the security of prosecutors who have to travel across the country to handle cases in various courts.

She says she will be seeking to raise the matter with the Court Management Services in the Ministry of Justice and the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Two pastors charged with lottery scamming

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court.jpgTwo pastors were among seven people charged in Westmoreland this week over their involvement in the lottery scam.

The men of the cloth were taken into custody during an operation on the weekend. They were arrested after police raided a building on Cooke Street, Little London and found several documents used in the lottery scam.

Two vehicles and a certificate of deposit, valued at 8-point-5-million-dollars, were also seized during the raid.

One of them has been charged with breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act. He's been identified as Roy Foster, of Little London, in the parish. Foster was charged after it was discovered that a vehicle belonging to him was bought with proceeds of the lottery scam.

He's been released on station bail and is will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court next week.

The other pastor is still in custody.

foundation-usain-bolt.jpgOlympic legend Usain Bolt has announced that his foundation is to become part of 'Athletics for a Better World', powered by the IAAF. The Usain Bolt Foundation will join forces with Athletics for a Better World to inspire positive social change through education, cultural development and sport.

Athletics for a Better World is the IAAF's social responsibility programme, which provides organisations and people with a platform to use the universality of Athletics to make a positive difference around the world. As part of Athletics for a Better World, the Usain Bolt Foundation will be able to utilise the IAAF's global reach, marketing channels and sporting credibility to spread their message and reach more young people than ever before. Bolt will also add his name to the 12 athlete patrons currently involved in the campaign who include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marie-José Pérec, Paula Radcliffe and Wilson Kipketer.


Bolt said, "I am very proud that the Usain Bolt Foundation is officially partnered with the IAAF's 'Athletics for a Better World'. Since the foundation was formed I, along with all the staff and volunteers, have worked very hard to inspire kids to become anything that their heart desires. So to be given this accolade by the

IAAF is a reward for all the hard work we have put in, and also a great opportunity for us to develop the foundation further and inspire more young people around the world."

Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF noted, "I'm thrilled that the Usain Bolt Foundation is partnering with 'Athletics for a Better World'. Together, the IAAF and Usain Bolt will not only help reach and change the lives of thousands of children through athletics but also inspire lasting social change. I know the positive impact Athletics can have and what a strong role model Usain Bolt is to millions of people around the world. The combination of the two is a very powerful force and we look forward to working together and making a real difference."

Cops kill two in Vineyard Town

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has been called in to investigate the shooting death of two men during a police operation in Vineyard Town, Kingston Thursday morning.

The police say two firearms were also seized during the pre-dawn ?operation.

According to police reports, a team of officers went to the area about 1:30am and while there, they were attacked by gunmen.

"While in the area, men in the area opened fire at the police, the fire was returned and two men were later found suffering from gunshot wounds," said a senior officer.

The men were later pronounced dead at hospital.

A large contingent of police officers is still maintaining a presence in the area.

hands-behind-bars.jpgBertram Jenkins, who was recently deported from Canada, in connection with last year's shooting death of car dealer Robert Mendez at his business place in St. Andrew, has been charged with murder.

Jenkins and another man were allegedly caught on camera shooting Mendez.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, who is in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch, reported that Jenkins has appeared in court.

Mendez was the operator of Payless Car Mart off Maxfield Avenue.

Video footage of the killing was shown on TVJ in May last year.

Forty-three year-old John Jarrett, Jenkins' co-accused, has already been charged with murder.

Rev Al Miller's trial to resume November 4

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rev-al-miller-and-dudus.jpgThe trial of Reverend Al Miller for harbouring a fugitive and attempting to pervert the course of justice after Christopher "Dudus" Coke was found in his vehicle in 2010 resumed Monday morning, however, his attorneys requested more time to present his defence.

The attorneys declared that they are now in receipt of the transcript of the testimony given to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry by former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington.The attorneys say they want more time to review the material.

Miller has maintained that he held meetings with Ellington and other members of the Police High Command about bringing in Coke during the islandwide manhunt for him.

Miller's attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown had questioned Ellington at length about the meetings at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The attorney is expected to submit the transcript into evidence at the trial which will resume on November 4.

The police are reporting the seizure of approximately two pounds of cocaine in Drewsland, Kingston 11 on Monday.

Reports are that about 7:50 pm, the officers were on a special operation in the area when a Honda CRV motorcar was searched and a plastic bag containing one parcel of cocaine valuing approximately J$498,000 was reportedly found. A man was arrested and charged in connection with the seizure.

He is 73-year-old Lionel Turner of Twickenham Drive, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Turner was charged with illegal possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conveyance.

He was taken to the Corporate Area Criminal Court today where he pleaded guilty on all counts. He was subsequently fined $95,000 or six months imprisonment for possession; $95,000 or six months imprisonment for dealing and $100,000 or six months imprisonment for conveyance.

pnp-angry-domain-name.jpgThe PNP charged on Tuesday that the aquisition of the domain name was a cowardly act of desperation to drive traffic to the JLP website

Attempts to visit redirect the user to the JLP's website.

The PNP said it views the JLP's actions as immoral and unethical.

The JLP said this was in response to what it said was the PNP's use of the party's tag line Poverty to Prosperity.

In its own statement on Tuesday, the JLP said the PNP had been using the tag line as part of a domain name purchased on August 24.

The Party has characterised the actions of the PNP as a cowardly act of.

The JLP said the tag line was first used by Prime Minister Bruce Golding in 2011 and thereafter by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in his budget presentation, and by other Party members as well.

Advice to Lovelorn's Janet Sinclair dies suddenly

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janet-sinclair.jpgJanet Sinclair, newspaper columnist and promoter of competitions for Jamaican females, ranging from infants to grandmothers, died suddenly today.

According to dub poet Keith Shepherd, who was driving Sinclair to Old Harbour in St Catherine, she died shortly after noon.

"I just heard her saying, 'me dead, dead, me dead'. Those were her last words," Shepherd said.

He said he turned around her Honda Integra and drove back to the Spanish Town hospital. But, when they reached there, she was pronounced dead.

Sinclair, a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), started out in journalism as author of the weekly column in the Star, "Advice to Lovelorn", probably the first of its kind in Jamaica, offering advice to persons suffering lifestyle problems, including broken relationships and family feuds.

The column became so popular she left the police force and focused on writing it which, he admitted, paid her well.

However, in 1980 she launched the Miss Jamaica Grandmother for elderly women who had not lost their zest for life. The success of that contest, which has since folded, led her to create more lucrative ones such as Mini Miss Jamaica and Miss Jamaica Teenager, which later became the Miss Teen Jamaica contest.

Sinclair, who is often referred to as "Auntie Janett" by her contestants, is survived by three daughters -Roxanne, Peta Gaye and Courtney.

Courtney Foster, her youngest daughter, recently graduated as an attorney-at-law from the UWI, after becoming a household name in Jamaica for her fundraising activities as a child which won her numerous awards for her charity work.

Nuffy and Ce'cile in social media squabble

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nuffy.jpgJust a few days after clearing up issues surrounding a post she made on social media, Bad Gyal CeCile is putting MC Nuffy on blast for statements he made regarding the situation between herself and Christopher Martin, statements she said were unwarranted.

Last week, Ce'cile sought to get the attention of her baby-father Christopher Martin by reaching out to him on Instagram but her post was viewed by many including Nuffy as a desperate attention to get back into Martin's life.

Nuffy aired his opinions over the weekend via a social media stating that CeCile's post was an attempt at gaining the Big Deal singer's attention.


"CeCile a look you a look back di man but di man nuh want yuh," the post read. His opinions clearly did not go down well with CeCile who minced no words in her reply to Nuffy's comment.

"Clearly you are a gyal," she replied. "Nuffy nobody nuh invite you over here so. I invite and laugh at people's comments but you too faas and behave like a gyal too much. Mi nah laugh wid you."

In an interview, Ce'cile stated: "I was surprised. Being an entertainer Nuffy and I are in the same circle. We see each other and exchange words, say hi and bye so this wasn't expected," she said. "Nuffy jus nuff," she continued. "Everything him comment pan like a likle b**ch. Leave that to the girls man. You're a man and you need to behave as such."

Heavy D no longer managing Tommy Lee

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heavy-d.jpgHeavy D is no longer managing dancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta.

According to Heavy D, the split is a mutual agreement. Heavy D further explained that certain aspects became difficult due to legal troubles.

Months ago, Heavy D and Internet sensation deejay, Gully Bop, severed in a squabble that played out in the public with the two hurling all sorts of accusiations against each other.

Heavy D is currently managing Khago and is the exclusive Booking Agent for Future Fambo and Etana.


Novelist Anthony Winkler of 'The Lunatic' fame passes

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anthony-winkler-novelist.jpgOn Friday, September 18, 2015, the region lost a literary legend in Jamaica-born novelist Anthony Winkler.

Winkler, renowned for his work The Lunatic, died at his Atlanta home in the United States. He is survived by his wife, Cathy. Winkler was born in Kingston in 1942, before migrating to the United States when he was 21 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Lunatic became Winkler's most popular work, and was such a success that it spawned a film adaptation in 1991, starring Paul Campbell. Although The Lunatic became Winkler's most well-known work, another of his novels, The Annihilation of Fish, published in 2004, was also adapted for the screen. It was also critically acclaimed. The distinguished author was also the co-author of a number of English grammar textbooks, and published numerous works of non-fiction and fiction that were sold worldwide.

Winkler's last published book was The Family Mansion, in 2013, and in 2014, he was awarded a Musgrave Gold Medal for his contribution to literature.

Lobby group, Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, is calling for Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies, to take strong action against the Transport Authority after a boy was injured in an alleged vehicle chase on Friday.

The group's president, Egeton Newman, says he condemns the action of inspectors who chased and rammed into a motor vehicle in downtown Kingston.

The 10-year-old boy had to be taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The Transport Authority has said that it is investigating the matter.

Newman says Friday's incident is another example of the abusive and unprofessional conduct of Transport Authority inspectors. He says the government should intervene as there could be serious consequences if nothing is done to put a stop to this kind of behaviour.

For years, public passenger operators have been complaining about Transport Authority inspectors chasing and crashing into their vehicles.

The Authority has stated that this kind of conduct is in breach of its policies.

us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgThere was a security scare, this morning at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

Joshua Polacheck, IRC Associate/Education USA Advisor, at the embassy confirmed that an occupant from a motor vehicle placed a plastic bag at the entrance in Liguanea.

The incident took place at approximately 11 o'clock.

Polacheck said the necessary precautionary measures were instituted but nothing damaging was found in the bag.

He said the embassy later reopened for normal business.

Gun, ammo seized on Pt Henderson Road

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gun-shooting.jpgPolice attached to the St Catherine South Division seized a firearm and three rounds of ammunition along Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday.

Reports are that about 10:30am, lawmen acting on information, conducted a snap raid at a premise when a Taurus revolver with the ammunition was found.

While no arrests were made in connection to the seizure, the find comes on the heels of the recent launch of the 'Get the Guns Initiative' by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

A double murder in the district of Georgia in Hanover on Saturday has brought to seven the number of murders committed in the parish in five days.

Police report that two men were at a shop when a group of men entered and peppered them with bullets.

They both died on the spot.

Two men were also killed in separate incidents on Friday. Hours before dawn 28-year-old Orane Scott a bus driver, was sleeping at home in Rock Spring when a group of men knocked on his door and shouted police. He opened the door and the men shot him dead before fleeing.

Two hours later a farmer was shot and killed as he walked to his farm.

On Thursday three men were killed at a shop in St Simon. The three were all related.

Police say the recent spate of killings are related and has its genesis in the lotto scam.

Brazilian tourist dies after being hit by minivan

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brazilian-tourist.jpgA Brazilian tourist who was hit by a Toyota minibus while walking along Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston, has died.

The dead man has been identified as Hugo Leandro Drancha Salvatori.

Accoring to reports, the minibus was travelling down Knutsford Boulevard, at around 9:45 pm, when it collided with a Toyota motorcar at the entrance of the New Kingston Golf Club. It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle which swerved across the road and hit Salvatori in the vicinity of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Salvatori arrived on the island last week and was staying at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

gun-crime.jpgThe police are leaving no stones unturned as they search for the killers of two men, in separate incidents, in Clarendon over the weekend.

In the first incident, which happened shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, a lone gunman reportedly walked up and shot a man in the head, killing him on the spot. The police have identified him as Howard Rowe, a 29-year-old taxi operator from Denbigh Kraal in the parish. Preliminary investigations revealed that he was also shot and injured in an attack three months ago.

Rowe's mother, 50-year-old Hilda Shand and his brother 23-year-old Christopher Rowe, were killed in a similar gun attack on May 5 last year when members of the Bucknor gang descended on their dwelling demanding guns.

The police later reported that Christopher Rowe, who is said to be associated with the gang, was the intended target of that attack. The police are said to be following strong leads.

In the second incident, one man died and another hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Lionel Town.

The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Okeime Martin, otherwise known as 'Sub Zero' or 'Helen Boy', of Young Street in Lionel Town. The other man, whose injuries are not considered life threatening, is reportedly undergoing treatment in hospital.

Time to heal, PJ Patterson tells PNP Conference

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pj-patterson-pnp-conference.jpgP.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and former President of the People's National Party, on Sunday issued a plea for unity in the governing Party, as it seeks to consolidate its position and win the next election, expected to be called shortly.

"This is a time to heal," he declared, while appealing to the Party delegates to "ensure that the good health of our Party is restored."

Mr. Patterson was speaking against the background of an outbreak of disunity in several constituencies, where incumbents are being challenged for the right to represent the Party in the upcoming election.

"This is not a time to break down; it is a time to rise up and build!" he said, in his address at the Annual Conference of the PNP at Kingston's National Arena.

"Let us remember the good seeds that our Party sowed, so that we can reap when the time of harvest comes," he added.

Mr. Patterson, who led the PNP, while being Prime Minister, from 1992 to 2006, told thousands of delegates and supporters that it was important for the Party to remain in government, in order to maintain Jamaica's good name in the international community.

"We cannot afford to run the risk of having the reputation that we have developed, for living according to our word, to be undermined by any Administration in the years to come," he declared.

Prime Minister comes out strongly against rapists

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-against-rapists.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday declared her revulsion against rapists, as she declared a new determination on the part of her Administration to bring them to justice.

Delivering the main address at the Annual Conference of her People's National Party, on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister highlighted rape and other forms of sexual abuse of children, as being among her primary concerns.

"Stop it! Stop it!" she declared, as she warned that the authorities will be coming after the perpetrators and will be seeking to have the harshest possible penalties imposed for such crimes.


Shooting in Southside leaves 'Kettle' dead

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kettle-fleet-sept-18.jpgOne man was shot and killed by the Kingston Central police and a firearm recovered during an early Friday morning operation along Fleet Street in southside, Central Kingston.

The dead man has been identified as Andre Foreman o/c" Kettle" 24 yrs old of fleet Street Kingston.

Reports are that the police went in search of Foreman, who they say was wanted for several crimes committed in the area,

A team from the INDECOM are currently processing the scene.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe latest murder on police blotters is that of 29-year-old Garfield Williams, also called 'Hustler', of Point District in Hanover.

Police report that Williams was asleep, with relatives at his home in Point, when gunmen gained entry to the premises.

The hoodlums opened fire hitting 'Hustler' several times before making their escape.

He was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

No other person in the house was harmed.

Cops kill 'Jesus' during shoot-out in Clarendon

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man listed as a person of interest by the Clarendon Police was last night killed in a reported shoot out with an off-duty cop.

The police say 26-year-old Lushane Jones otherwise called 'Jesus' or 'Boysie' was shot dead when he and another man challenged the policeman during an attempted robbery.

It is reported that about 8:30 last night Jones and his accomplice held up a group of residents in the Glenmuir Housing Scheme.

According to the police, the off-duty Clarendon cop identified himself as a policeman and the gunmen fired at him. The cop returned the fire fatally wounding 'Jesus'.

A Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol with a magazine containing three rounds of ammunition was reportedly taken from him. The police say the other gunman escaped on foot in the area.

'Jesus' was wanted for questioning in relation to two gun-related incidents.

What is human trafficking?

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human-trafficking-photo-1.jpgAs the rape charges against socialite and businessman, Don Creary, mushrooms and evolves into a possible human trafficking charge, YardFlex shares with our reader a little bit about human trafficking:

Human trafficking is defined as "the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation."

Human trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds, and people are trafficked for a variety of purposes. Men are often trafficked into hard labor jobs, while children are trafficked into labor positions in textile, agriculture and fishing industries. Women and girls are typically trafficked into the commercial sex industry, i.e. prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation.

What is sex slavery/trafficking?

Sex trafficking or slavery is the exploitation of women and children, within national or across international borders, for the purposes of forced sex work. Commercial sexual exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking of women and girls, and is characterized by the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money. Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders-though additional numbers of women and girls are trafficked within countries.

Some sex trafficking is highly visible, such as street prostitution. But many trafficking victims remain unseen, operating out of unmarked brothels in unsuspecting-and sometimes suburban-neighborhoods. Sex traffickers may also operate out of a variety of public and private locations, such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs.

Adult women make up the largest group of sex trafficking victims, followed by girl children, although a small percentage of men and boys are trafficked into the sex industry as well.

How are women trafficked?

Women and girls are ensnared in sex trafficking in a variety of ways. Some are lured with offers of legitimate and legal work as shop assistants or waitresses. Others are promised marriage, educational opportunities and a better life. Still others are sold into trafficking by boyfriends, friends, neighbors or even parents.

Trafficking victims often pass among multiple traffickers, moving further and further from their home countries. Women often travel through multiple countries before ending at their final destination. For example, a woman from the Ukraine may be sold to a human trafficker in Turkey, who then passes her on to a trafficker in Thailand. Along the way she becomes confused and disoriented.

Typically, once in the custody of traffickers, a victim's passport and official papers are confiscated and held. Victims are told they are in the destination country illegally, which increases victims' dependence on their traffickers. Victims are often kept in captivity and also trapped into debt bondage, whereby they are obliged to pay back large recruitment and transportation fees before being released from their traffickers. Many victims report being charged additional fines or fees while under bondage, requiring them to work longer to pay off their debts.

What is the impact of sex trafficking?

Trafficking has a harrowing effect on the mental, emotional and physical well being of the women and girls ensnared in its web. Beyond the physical abuse, trafficked women suffer extreme emotional stress, including shame, grief, fear, distrust and suicidal thoughts. Victims often experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and with that, acute anxiety, depression and insomnia. Many victims turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain.

50 pounds of ganja wash ashore in Florida

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ganja-seized.jpgAbout 50 pounds of marijuana have washed ashore near the Martin and Palm Beach County boundary line.

US Border Patrol authorities tell the South Florida Sun Sentinel that at least eight bales of the drug were found Thursday. Two bales were spotted in Jupiter Island, while the rest of the bales washed ashore in Jupiter.

Frank Miller, assistant chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol, says the drugs likely were part of a narcotics-smuggling event, and authorities are searching for the smugglers.

Miller says he believes the drugs could be coming from a few areas in the Caribbean.

Investigators are not sure if the drugs were thrown overboard from a boat, dropped from a plane or discarded another way.

Get the Guns campaign officially launched

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police-commissioner.jpgMore than two months after Police Commissioner Carl Williams announced the "Get the Guns" campaign, the initiative, aimed at reducing the number of illegal guns, was officially launched on Thursday morning.

Dr Carl Williams said, apart from increased cordons and searches as well as police patrols, there will be a targeted approach to stemming the guns-for-drugs trade.

"We will introduce coastal watches for towns and communities along the seacoast.... arrangements are being made to dispatch police officers to Haiti."

Meanwhile, police personnel have been reassigned to various divisions as the High Command moves to stem the upsurge in crime. The Commissioner made the announcement at the launch of the "Get the Guns" campaign.

Superintendent Steve Brown, commanding Officer for the St. Ann Police, will join Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey as operations officer for Clarendon.

Special attention will be placed on Area One, which comprises St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, where the lottery scam remains a challenge for the police.

Reports are that a well known medical doctor is now in police custody, where he will be questioned in connection with reports that he conducted an abortion on a 13-year-old girl.

It's understood that the Corporate Area-based doctor was held by the police on Tuesday afternoon, after a complaint was filed by relatives of the teenager.

shanique-williams-ribbiz-diplo.jpgA house belonging to a relative of Shaneke Williams who is charged with former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor Don Creary in a case of sexual assault of a minor, was fire-bombed early Wednesday, in Richmond, St. Mary.

A car belonging to the relative was also destroyed.

The Richmond police have confirmed the incident which occurred about 1:30am.

The woman said the family had just gone to bed when she heard an explosion outside, she said a second molotov cocktail damaged sections of the house and its contents.

No one was hurt.

Williams' relative believes the attack is linked to the court case. Williams, 23, does not live at the house, but was reportedly staying there during the time of the fire-bombing.

Williams, whose profile shows her as the social media manager at Ribbiz, is also likely to face human trafficking charges, along with Creary, has since been placed in protective custody.

Grace Kennedy CEO Don Wehby for CIN Lecture in New York

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don-wehby.jpgDon Wehby the Chief Executive Officer at Grace Kennedy Ltd. and a former senator and cabinet minister, will deliver the Eleventh Caribbean International Network Lecture on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Harlem's Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture.

Wehby, as this year's presenter, follows in the footsteps of several outstanding Jamaicans who have spoken at the CIN Lecture Series, including last year's presenter Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Peter Phillips who spoke to a standing room only audience.

His presentation, "Jamaica to the World...The Grace Kennedy Story" will trace the history of Grace and outline their strategy to become a global company with revenues of more than 50 per cent originating from overseas markets. Grace Kennedy's 2014 acquisition of La Fe Foods is a testimony to this global strategy, as La Fe - a significant New York manufacturer and distributor of Hispanic foods - has opened the door for the Jamaican firm to enter the US$6-billion Hispanic food market.

This year CIN will again stream the lecture live for worldwide audiences. The event commenceS with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm with light refreshments and finger foods and the lecture will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

Flippa Mafia's trial could start next week

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flippa-mafia.jpgIt is reported that the narcotics trial for deejay Flippa Mafa, also known as Flippa Mogglea, could start as early as next week. the trial for Andrew Davis, more popularly known as Flippa Mafia, may begin as early as next week.

Flippa, who up to Thursday had not taken a plea deal, is scheduled to appear in the Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey. Prominent Attorney and Professor David Rowe reportedly told a popular muisc programme that Flippa and his attorney did not apply for a continuance.A continuance is a formal request to the judge to delay the case for more time to prepare the defendant's case.

Flippa's brothers, however, accepted plea deals from the US government to narcotics Charges. The two pleaded guilty to first-degree possession, with intent to distribute cocaine and leading a narcotics trafficking network.

The state is recommending that Kemar and Roger Davis be sentenced to 20 years and 10 years respectively.

Flippa Mafia's pending charges include a first-degree charge of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.


attorney-of-jamaican-parentage-carey-gabay.jpgAn attorney in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration who was critically wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month died yesterday evening.

43 year old Carey Gabay, who is of Jamaican parentage, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on September 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years.

Mr. Gabay was a bystander caught in a shootout in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that the police believe to have been between gangs. Mr. Gabay was taken to Kings County Hospital Center, where he was in critical condition in a coma. He was declared brain-dead on Tuesday night, and then taken off a respirator. Governor Cuomo expressed sadness at his passing.

Last week, police released a sketch of a suspect who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting. The suspect was described as a 19 to 20-year-old black man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a Jamaican flag around his neck. A Harvard-educated lawyer who was raised in public housing in the Bronx by Jamaican immigrant parents, Mr. Gabay became an assistant counsel for Governor Cuomo in 2011 after working in finance.

crime-scene-demo.jpgAs the violence continues unabated, rampaginig gunmen struck in the quiet community of St Simon in Hanover and slaughtered three men on Wednesday night.

The three men, who are reportedly cousins, have been identified as 39 year-old Nicholas Spence, 27 year-old Nerrick Dias and Dalton Haughton, 41.

The three were inside a shop in the community when three armed hoodlums walked in and opened fire, hitting them.

All three died on the spot.

Police recovered more than 40 spent shells at the murder scene.

Manchester pastor shoots and kills armed robber

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pastor-kills.jpgA pastor from Manchester is being hailed as a hero after he shot and killed a robber who attacked and shot him during a robbery attempt at his home on Tuesday evening.

The pastor had arrived at his home when three armed men approached and attempted to rob him. One of the men opened fire and shot the pastor.

The man of the cloth drew a weapon and it was not the word of God but his licensed firearm. The pastor fired back and one of the gunmen was hit. The other two fled the scene.

A search was conducted and the gunman was found dead. He has been identified as Alvin Green, also called 'Butter.

Police said 'Butter' was arrested and charged for the murder of former People's National Party Member of Parliament for Western St Mary, Neil McGill, but was later acquitted.

McGill was killed at Hillside in the parish in August, 2010. He was about to visit a friend and was shot as he drove up on a dirt track. His licensed firearm was found between his legs and money was found in his wallet.

Don Creary on $4-million bail on two rape charges

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don-creary-handcuffed.jpgBusinessman and former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor Don Creary has been granted $2 million bail on each of his two rape charges.

Bail was granted when Creary reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

In applying for bail, attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson argued that the businessman is not a flight risk and does not have a criminal record.

Creary was ordered to return to court on October 16.

He is being accused of the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2013 in St Mary and the rape of a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew in June this year.


Twenty-two-year-old Shaneke Williams, is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching in connection with the first case.

She was previously granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million.However, reports are that Williams is in protective custody.

Her' family home in Richmond, St. Mary was fire bombed earlier this week.

don-creary-and-shaneke-williams-photo-1.jpgPolice investigators are preparing to charge former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor, Don Creary, with human trafficking and another criminal charge.

Creary's co-accused Shaneke Williams, is also expected to face human trafficking charges.

Defence lawyers, Tom Tavares-Finson and Nadine Atkinson Flowers, disclosed the new developments following Creary's appearance before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

In court Thursdday Creary was offered bail on two counts of rape.


Williams who was earlier this week offered bail is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching in connection with the first count of rape.

Both Williams and Creary are expected to return to court on October 16 and it is expected that the new charges will be laid against the two by that time.

Creary is likely to be charged with procuring violation of a person by administering drugs.

In the first rape case, prosecutors allege that in 2013, Creary and Williams took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

On Tuesday, Creary was charged with a second case of rape following complaints by a 19-year-old woman who has admitted that she and the former politician had a relationship.

fitz-bailey.jpgEffective September 16, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey will be in charge of the police division in the hot-spot parish of Clarendon.

Bailey, the former Commander of the St Andrew Central Division, The Fraud Squad and Area 4 Headquarters has been mandated by Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to organise operational activities geared at curtailing the recent upsurge of violence in the parish and to institute programmes aimed at boosting the morale of the men and women of the Division.

He will be supported by an additional Senior Officer who will be shortly transferred to the parish.

The no nonsense Bailey is a firm believer in community policing and was instrumental in bringing down crime figures in the volatile August Town and Nanyville communities during his tenure at the St Andrew Central division, using this approach.

He was also credited with removing the menace of the homeless men from the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston, making life in the business district and its environs more bearable.

Bailey replaces Superintendent Maurice Robinson.

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites is not pleased by the decision made by Meadowbrook High School principal, Michael Peart, to send home lower sixth form students due to non-payment of school fees. He has described the move as callous.

On Monday, the students were gathered and asked to provide proof that they had paid their tuition. When they could not provide proof, some 20 students were escorted off the school compound and told that if their school fees were not paid by the end of the week, they would not be allowed to attend school.

It costs $42,000 per term to attend lower sixth form at the Meadowbrook High School.

Thwaites, who had earlier said no child should be barred from school due to non-payment of fees, called on the authorities to rethink their position and allow the students and their parents some latitude to come up with the money.

One parent has complained that, even though she had paid a portion of the fee, her child was still chased out of the institution. The move, she said, embarrassed her daughter.

"She was so embarrassed. Why did they have to do it like that? My daughter is devastated," the woman said.

Alton 'Putty Wet' Maxwell, a two-time escapee and murder convict on the run, one of Jamaica's most wanted men, was killed Sunday morning in a shooting incident involving the St Catherine South police in Caymanas Gardens.

Reports are that a team from the St Catherine South Division went to premises in Caymanas Gardens in search of Maxwell, who was convicted last year for the murder of a pregnant woman in Watson Grove.

Police sources said the wanted man, when confronted by the police, pointed a gun in the direction of the lawmen. The police team took action, firing at Watson, who was shot during the confrontation. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

An Intratec Tec-9 submachine gun was recovered during the incident.

Superintendent Terrence Sancko, operations officer, St Catherine South, described Watson, who had escaped the Portmore lock-up in March while awaiting sentencing for murder, as "a major violence producer".

"He is a man who was in the court on charges of murder and shooting. He was convicted and awaiting sentencing when he escaped. He was held in Westmoreland with a firearm, a charge to which he pleaded guilty before escaping custody again.

"We had him down as a major violence producer based on the number of crimes attributed to him, him being a known gunman, having pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm. These are things that were all proven," Sancko pointed out.

"It's always regretful in the event of death, but sometimes we are not too sad when these things happen. We knew he had a propensity to shoot at will. Any confrontation with him would have ended in a gunfight," he added.

Maxwell was among seven men who had escaped from the Portmore police lock-up in March. After being recaptured in Westmoreland, he was among eight men who broke out of the Savanna-la-Mar lock-up in June.

Raymond Pryce is out!

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portia-hugs-pryce.jpgMember of Parliament for St. Elizabeth North East, Raymond Pryce, will not seek re-election in the next general election.

Pryce, who was being challenged by Santa Cruz businessman, Evon Redman, for the right to context the next election on the ticket of the governing People's National Party (PNP), announced his withdrawal from the selection process on Monday night.

In a statement released, following a meeting at the PNP's headquarters in Kingston, Pryce confirmed that "in light of recent developments within the political organization of the Constituency of North Eastern St Elizabeth and the serious implications that have arisen, I have decided to withdraw my name from the selection process."

Accordingly, he said, "I will... not be available to stand as a candidate for the People's National Party when the next General Elections are called."

The selection of the candidate for the constituency had been scheduled for last Saturday, but Daphne Holmes, a former mayor, who supports Mr. Pryce, secured a court injunction, barring the Party from proceeding with the exercise.

There is no official word yet from the PNP regarding whether there will still be a formal selection process, and who the candidates might be, if one is to be held. Nor is there any word as to the status of Mr. Redman, whose supporters blocked several roads in the constituency on the weekend, in protest against the court injunction.

Pryce, in his statement, stressed that he remained "a loyal member of the People's National Party and subscribe to its principles and ideals," adding that he will continue to represent the interests of the people of the constituency until a new MP is elected.

The Cross Roads Police in St. Andrew are seeking the public's assistance in locating the parents or relatives of a newborn baby boy who was left at Bustamante Hospital for Children on September 6.

A statement from the police says, about 5:30 p.m., staff members found the child in a section of the hospital.

The baby was medically examined and appears to be in good health.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of his parents or relatives to contact the Cross Roads Police at 926-6657, Police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

Flippa Mafia's brothers accept plea deal

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flippa-mafia.jpgTwo more persons who were arrested with Jamaican deejay Andrew Davis, whose performing name is "Flippa Mafia" have accepted plea deals from the US Government, and pleaded guilty to narcotics charges. Flippa Mafia however is reported to have other charges pending, and is scheduled to go on trial soon.

The two, Kemar and Roger Davis, are both brothers of the deejay. They pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree possession, with intent to distribute cocaine, and leading a narcotics trafficking network. Based on their plea deal, the state will recommend that Kemar Davis be given a 20 year sentence in state prison, while for Roger Davis, the state is recommending he be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for November 6.

For Flippa Mafia, he faces pending charges, including a first-degree charge of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of life in state prison. He and another co-accused, Marsha Bernard, are scheduled for trial later this month.

Flippa Mafia was among eight persons arrested in 2014 under a massive anti-narcotics drive called "Operation Next Day Air" by the US authorities. Prosecutors say the syndicate shipped large quantities of cocaine through parcel delivery services to New Jersey for bulk distribution to other narcotics suppliers and dealers. Flippa Mafia is accused of leading these activities from various locations in Jamaica, California and New Jersey, along with his brother Kemar.

Don Creary slapped with second rape charge

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don-creary-second-rape-charge.jpgSocialite and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary, has been charged with a second case of rape.

Creary, who is also a businessman was charged following a question-and-answer session Tuesday in the presence of his lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson. Allegations are that in June this year, Creary raped the 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew.

The woman reported the matter to investigators in July.

The married 48-year-old former politician has denied the allegation.

It is reported that both Creary and the woman admitted to police investigators that they were in a relationship.

Last week, Creary was charged with another case of rape.

Bodies of newborn twins found on the beach

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies newborn twins were discovered on the shore of a beach in Prospect, St. Thomas yesterday.

Reports from the Constabulary Communications Unit CCU, are that the Yallahs Police were summoned to the beach between 1 and 5 p.m, where they saw the bodies of the infants.

They appeared to have been born recently, as the umbilical cord was still attached.

A post mortem examination is to be done on the bodies of the twins.

The police are also asking anyone with information to contact the Yallahs Police at 982-5075, Police 119, emergency number or the nearest police station. Investigations continue.

Cops name 14 wanted men in western Jamaica

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The Area One Police say they are still searching for 14 men listed as wanted in western Jamaica and are renewing the call for them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station immediately.

The men, who are wanted in connection with murders and shootings, are:

1. Philbert Anderson

2. Nigel White

3. Carlington Godfrey, otherwise called 'Tommy'

4. David Stewart, otherwise called 'Coolie'

5. Desmond Bennie, otherwise called 'Dennie'

6. Eric Clarke, otherwise called 'Legacy'

7. George Miller otherwise called 'Lobster'

8. Joshua Anderson, otherwise called 'German'

9. Renaldo Richards, otherwise called 'Ren' or 'Mad Rass'

10. Romaine Esson, otherwise called 'Shenko'

11. Steve Vassell, otherwise called 'Buss Mi Strength'

12. Xavian Brisco, otherwise called 'Brisco'

13. Yasser James, otherwise called 'Fry Eye'

14. Kevon Smith, otherwise called 'Tito'

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is being asked to call the Criminal Investigation Branch at 922-5076, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, the public is being advised that anyone found harbouring these individuals will be prosecuted, as it is a criminal offence.

don-creary-handcuffed.jpgDon Creary was further remanded when he reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe Reece denied him bail as the court was told that the police are investigating another matter involving the businessman.

The businessman and former JLP councillor was ordered to return to court on Wednesday to answer to rape charges.

Meanwhile, Creary is being transferred from the Constant Spring lock-up to the South Camp Juvenile Remand & Correctional Centre.

His lawyer, Tom Tavares Finson explained that the police decided to move him because the popular businessman is getting too many visitors at Constant Spring.


Meanwhile, Creary's co-accused, Shaneke Williams, was granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million.

She was ordered to report weekly to the Constant Spring Police Station and to surrender her travel documents.

A stop order was also placed against her.

Forty-eight-year-old Creary has been charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching. Allegations are that the pair took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, gave her alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted her.

The teen reportedly told her mother about the act and a report was made to the police.

gun-shooting.jpgIt was a bloody weekend in May Pen, Clarendon, after three shooting incidents left three men dead and one nursing gunshot wounds.

Among the dead is a man residents say is a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, 37-year-old Christopher Ricketts also known as Rico.

He was killed in the company of his two children.

Police reports are that around 10:15 Saturday night, Ricketts was in the town centre with his children when explosions were heard.Residents summoned the police and on their arrival he was found with gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing surgery.

A few hours later, gunmen struck again.

Police reports are that around 1:15am on Sunday, residents on Bryant Crescent, located just metres away from the town center, heard explosions and soon after saw a man stumbling along the road way. The Police were summoned and the man, Romario Fearon, was found with several gunshot wounds.

Police say he died before he reached hospital.

Residents say they believe Fearon's killing was a reprisal for Ricketts' death.

The bloodletting did not end there. In another incident, one man was shot dead and another injured on Church Street in May Pen.

The dead man has been identified as 22-year old Travis Clarke of Nelson Street in the parish.

Reports from the May Pen Police are that about 7:30pm on Sunday, Clarke and a friend were sitting at a shop when armed men approached and opened fire. Clarke was pronounced dead at hospital. The injured man has been admitted in serious condition.

don-creary-again.jpgThe head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Enid Ross-Stewart, has explained the reason for the 18-month period between the initial report against former politician Don Creary and the preferring of charges against him.

Ross-Stewart was summoned to court today by Resident Magistrate Simone Wolf-Reece.

The CISOCA boss explained that since the matter originated in St Mary, police investigators had to do investigations in that parish as well as St Andrew.

Ross-Stewart also said there was nothing untoward in the course of the investigation.


On Friday, Wolfe Reece demanded that Ross-Stewart appear in court to explain the delay in bringing the matter before the court after hearing that in 2013 Creary and co-accused Shaneke Williams took a 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

The court was told that the complainant first gave a statement to the police in March 2014 and a second on September 3 this year.

16 Jamaicans arrested for prostitution in The Bahamas

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jamaican-women-in-bahamas.jpgSome 16 Jamaican women were arrested during a Police Anti-Crime Operation, The Bahamas Weekly is reporting.

According to the report, seven of the sixteen women were arrested at a nightclub on Madeira Street and the other nine were arrested at a nightclub on Robinson Road.

Police reportedly suspected the women to be at the nightclubs to facilitate prostitution activities which is a breach of the Immigration Act.

Police also confiscated a large amount of cash from women believed to be from the proceeds of crime.

The Bahamas police also arrested the club owner of both clubs where the women were reportedly working, for breach of the Business License Act and solicitation for prostitution.

Ambassador Ralph Thomas assumes duties in Washington

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ambassador-ralph-thomas.jpgJamaica's new Ambassador to the United States Ralph Thomas has assumed duties in Washington, DC.

Thomas arrived in the US capital on September 4 and has already delivered accreditation letters to the US Department of State.

He will officially present his credentials to US President, Barack Obama, on September 17.

Thomas was appointed on August 21 as Jamaica's 12th Ambassador to the US.

He succeeded Professor Stephen Vasciannie, whose tour of duty concluded in July.

police-photo-1.jpgThe Head of the Police Chaplaincy Unit is reporting that the force has seen a record number of cops committing suicide this year, compared to previous years.

ACP Gary Welsh, who was addressing a suicide prevention forum in Kingston on Thursday, disclosed that so far this year four members of the JCF have taken their own lives. This is a significant jump, considering that between 2005 and 2014, the force recorded 10 police suicide incidents.

CP Welsh says policing is a tough job and many persons have gone into panic mode. He encouraged cops to find ways to work with those members they come in contact with who are facing various social challenges.

ACP Welsh says the Chaplaincy Unit has about 450 counsellors and chaplins who work with troubled cops across the island. He noted that the police suicide figure could have been worse, had it not been for the intervention of the volunteer counsellors and chaplins.He is encouraging officers to seek help from the Chaplincy Unit.

According to him, last year, over 6,000 officers sought the aid of the Chaplincy Unit, with issues ranging from work related, to family and other personal problems.

ACP Welsh adds that last year, over 7,000 cops benefitted from services offered at the clinic, to treat depression and other emotional issues.

Date rape drugs: THE FACTS

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What are date rape drugs?

date-rape-drugs-photo-1.jpgThese are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to. It can include touching that is not okay; putting something into the vagina; sexual intercourse; rape; and attempted rape. These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can't tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused - or even pass out - so that you are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. Date rape drugs are used on both females and males.

The three most common date rape drugs are:

date-rape-drugs-photo-2.jpgRohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as: CircleS, Forget Pill, Lunch Money, Mexican Valium, Mind Erasers, Poor Man's Quaalude, Easy Lay, Energy Drink and Salt Water.

These drugs also are known as "club drugs" because they tend to be used at dance clubs, concerts, and "raves."

The term "date rape" is widely used. But most experts prefer the term "drug-facilitated sexual assault." These drugs also are used to help people commit other crimes, like robbery and physical assault. They are used on both men and women. The term "date rape" also can be misleading because the person who commits the crime might not be dating the victim. Rather, it could be an acquaintance or stranger.

What do the drugs look like?

date-rape-drugs-photo-3.jpgRohypnol comes as a pill that dissolves in liquids. Some are small, round, and white. Newer pills are oval and green-gray in color. When slipped into a drink, a dye in these new pills makes clear liquids turn bright blue and dark drinks turn cloudy. But this color change might be hard to see in a dark drink, like cola or dark beer, or in a dark room. Also, the pills with no dye are still available. The pills may be ground up into a powder.

GHB has a few forms: a liquid with no odor or color, white powder, and pill. It might give your drink a slightly salty taste. Mixing it with a sweet drink, such as fruit juice, can mask the salty taste.

Ketamine comes as a liquid and a white powder.

What effects do these drugs have on the body?

date-rape-drugs-photo-4.jpgThese drugs are very powerful. They can affect you very quickly and without your knowing. The length of time that the effects last varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Alcohol makes the drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems - even death.

The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 30 minutes of being drugged and can last for several hours. If you are drugged, you might look and act like someone who is drunk. You might have trouble standing. Your speech might be slurred. Or you might pass out. Rohypnol can cause these problems:

Muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control
Difficulty with motor movements
Drunk feeling
Problems talking
Can't remember what happened while drugged
Loss of consciousness (black out)
Problems seeing
Lower blood pressure
Stomach problems

GHB takes effect in about 15 minutes and can last 3 or 4 hours. It is very potent: A very small amount can have a big effect. So it's easy to overdose on GHB. Most GHB is made by people in home or street "labs." So, you don't know what's in it or how it will affect you. GHB can cause these problems:
Problems seeing
Loss of consciousness (black out)
Can't remember what happened while drugged
Problems breathing
Slow heart rate
Dream-like feeling

Ketamine is very fast-acting. You might be aware of what is happening to you, but unable to move. It also causes memory problems. Later, you might not be able to remember what happened while you were drugged. Ketamine can cause these problems:
Distorted perceptions of sight and sound
Lost sense of time and identity
Out of body experiences
Dream-like feeling
Feeling out of control
Impaired motor function
Problems breathing
Memory problems
Loss of coordination
Aggressive or violent behavior
High blood pressure
Slurred speech

Are these drugs legal?

Some of these drugs are legal when lawfully used for medical purposes. But that doesn't mean they are safe. These drugs are powerful and can hurt you. They should only be used under a doctor's care and order.

Is alcohol a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

date-rape-drugs-photo-5.jpgAny drug that can affect judgment and behavior can put a person at risk for unwanted or risky sexual activity. Alcohol is one such drug. In fact, alcohol is the drug most commonly used to help commit sexual assault. When a person drinks too much alcohol:

It's harder to think clearly.
It's harder to set limits and make good choices.
It's harder to tell when a situation could be dangerous.
It's harder to say "no" to sexual advances.
It's harder to fight back if a sexual assault occurs.
It's possible to blackout and to have memory loss.
The club drug "ecstasy" (MDMA) has been used to commit sexual assault. It can be slipped into someone's drink without the person's knowledge. Also, a person who willingly takes ecstasy is at greater risk of sexual assault. Ecstasy can make a person feel "lovey-dovey" towards others. It also can lower a person's ability to give reasoned consent. Once under the drug's influence, a person is less able to sense danger or to resist a sexual assault.

Even if a victim of sexual assault drank alcohol or willingly took drugs, the victim is not at fault for being assaulted. You cannot "ask for it" or cause it to happen.

Are there ways to tell if I might have been drugged and raped?
It is often hard to tell. Most victims don't remember being drugged or assaulted. The victim might not be aware of the attack until 8 or 12 hours after it occurred. These drugs also leave the body very quickly. Once a victim gets help, there might be no proof that drugs were involved in the attack. But there are some signs that you might have been drugged:

You feel drunk and haven't drunk any alcohol - or, you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual.
You wake up feeling very hung over and disoriented or having no memory of a period of time.
You remember having a drink, but cannot recall anything after that.
You find that your clothes are torn or not on right.
You feel like you had sex, but you cannot remember it.

date-rape-drugs-photo-1.jpgUnfortunately, more and more young girls are falling prey to influential 'society' men who favourite indulgence is spiking young girls' drinks with date rape drugs and then carting them off for threesome and four somes and even fivesomes.

This is no joke.

This is how it operates. The wives and girlfriends of these low life men who are featured on the social pages of many tabloids befriend the girls, gain thier trust and then bed their prey. Of course, these unsuspecting girls are only too thrilled to be a part of 'high society' and and are totally blinded by the so-called 'privilege' of hanging out and rubbing shoulders with A-listers at hot-spot night clubs and restaurants.

They can even claim that Mr So And So's wife/girlfriend is their BFF.

But at what cost? R-A-P-E. Pain and simple. That is what happens increadingly to these nubile, impressionable young girls. If they are up to it, and are too charmed by the lifestyle, they will quietly acept it as continue with the illicit liaisons with these older men and their female partner(s).

Or, if they have any sense of self, they will run straight back from whence they came and try to put the experience behind them. Very few have the courage to report it to the police.

Young girls, BEWARE!

Cayman Islands authorities are yet to release the identities of two decomposing bodies, found last month in a small fishing boat registered in Jamaica.

They have also not been able to determine the cause of death.

According to the online edition of the Cayman Compass newspaper, post mortems have been completed on the two bodies which were discovered by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Marine Unit.

The boat was found floating 13 miles southwest of Little Cayman. One of the men was estimated to be 35-to-40 years old. The other was thought to be over 50. The bodies were decomposed to the extent that a coroner, who was brought to Cayman to perform the post mortems, could not immediately determine the cause of death.

Police did not state whether they believed the circumstances of the deaths were suspicious.

Investigators say formal identification of the men is pending from another jurisdiction.

american-contractor-killed-halfwat-tree-road-accident.jpgMichael Mullane, a 63-year-old contractor from the US was mowed down at a bus stop on Half Way Tree Road on Saturday morning.

Mullane was standing at a bus stop in the vicinity of Cecelio Avenue when the driver of a Toyota Coaster public passenger vehicle swerved left to avoid ramming into the back of a Honda CRV and ploughed into Mullane, seriously injuring him. Mullane was rushed to hospital where he died hours later.

The bus damaged the Honda CRV and a Toyota Prado in the incident. The driver has been taken into custody and is being questioned by the police.

Ananda Alert for missing girls

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missing-teens-ananda-alert.jpgAn Ananda Alerts has been activated for two girls who went missing earlier this week.

Missing are Georgia Whyte, 14, George Mason Drive, Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew - as well as Morriah McKenzie,13, of Meadows Vale Granville , St James.

According to the police, Georgia Whyte, who has been missing since Thursday, September 10, was last seen at home about 5:15 pm, wearing a pink shorts, pink blouse and a pair of black slippers; she has not been heard from since.

Whyte is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 122 centimetres (4 feet) tall.

Meanwhile, Morriah McKenzie, who has been missing since Wednesday, September 9, was last seen at home about 9am, wearing a white merino and a pair of black tights; she has not been heard from since.

Young McKenzie is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 155 centimetres (5 feet 1 inch) tall.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Georgia Whyte and/or to contact the Lawrence Tavern Police at 942-6322, the Granville Police at 952-3337, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

No bail for Don Creary and alleged accomplice

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don-creary-and-shaneke-williams-photo-1.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party councillor Don Creary and his alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Shaneke Williams, have been remanded on rape charges at least until Monday.

At that time, Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe Reece will make a decision on the bail application which was made this afternoon by Creary's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson.

The prosecution opposed bail.

Creary, 48, is charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

The police reported that in 2013 Creary and Williams took the 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St. Mary where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

They further said following the incident, the teen told her mother what happened and a report was made to the police.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the two.

This morning, the court was told that the complainant first gave a statement to the police in March 2014.

It was further reported that the teen gave a second statement to the police on September 3 this year.

The Magistrate expressed concern about the long delay before the matter was brought before the court.

The Head of Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse has been summoned to appear before the court to explain the delay.

Foota Hype suffers minor stroke

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foota-hype-stroke.jpgPopular dancehall selector, Foota Hype, is thanking God that he is alive following a minor stroke on Wednesday night.

Foota Hype, who split from his longtime baby-mother, Downsound Records artiste, Ishawna, last year, was released from the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Friday morning.

The father of two posted a picture of himself sitting in a wheelchair with intravenous medications on Instagram with the following caption: "People don't really realize that we are not here alone. There are angels here, there are demons here, there are people on the bright side and people on the dark side. I was in the middle of highlighting that and it was shortly after that, that I started feeling my lips get twisted to the other side."

"Stroke beat mi bad but God have MI lock so unu gwaan pray fimi - dem can't shut mi up," he added.

Foota Hype, in an interview, thanked God that he was still alive.

"I am very grateful and thankful to God that I am not worse. I am still able to talk, still able to walk. I was in the hospital and saw a lot of persons who cannot talk, who cannot walk and they have the same illness as me."

He also said that he is thankful for all the support he has received since his predicament.

"Thanks to everybody who wish me a speedy recovery and send out prayers because life is unpredictable. You could be here this minute and the next minute you gone." he added.

418 years in prison for Trinidadian family!

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trinidadian-family-sentenced.jpgA Trinidadian couple and their daughter, accused of conning 19 Caribbean immigrants in the United States of more than US$1.8 million, have been sentenced to a total of 418 years in prison.

In the sentence handed down on Wednesday, Shane Ramsundar, 52, his 48-year-old wife Gomatee Ramsundar and daughter Shantal, 23, were described by the judge as "the most despicable gang of criminals to ever sit in front of me."

Shane Ramsundar received the maximum 235-year sentence. His wife was sentenced to 153 years and daughter 30 years.

The three were found guilty last November of grand larceny.

Prosecutors said Shane Ramsundar told immigrants that he could get their names on terror watch lists, or prevent their deportation by getting them green cards.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine Kane said: "They stole from their own people afraid of reporting to the police, terrified of being deported back to a place where they had no one to go home to".

One of the victims was an immigrant suffering with multiple sclerosis who gave the family of con artists US$43,000 after being told that at he was about to be deported.

Ramsundar also fooled immigrants into believing that he could get them cheap housing.

Prosecutors said that the family used some of the money to buy cars, expensive hand bags, and go on shopping sprees.

Huge increases on Mount Rosser toll kicks in Friday

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mount-rosser-toll.jpgMotorists will pay more to use the Mount Rosser toll road starting today.

The toll rate for Class one vehicle is now $360, up from $160.

Drivers of Class two vehicles will see their toll rate moving from $295 to $715.

The Class three toll rate has been increased by $75 to one thousand and $75.

Meanwhile, the toll for motorbikes goes up by $10 to $180.

In applying for the toll increase, the Jamaica North South Highway Company Limited had said the adjustment was needed because of a significant increase in maintenance costs.

The Mount Rosser toll road, which connects St Catherine and St Ann, opened last year August.

American law enforcement authorities say a woman swallowed 68 cocaine pellets before flying from Jamaica to Fort Lauderdale, in an unsuccessful smuggling scheme.

Court documents show 30-year-old Venesya Oldacre was arrested August 31 when she arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was interviewed by U.S Customs and Border Patrol agents.

The Sun Sentinel newspaper reports that Miss Oldacre told agents she planned to go to a hotel in Fort Lauderdale and pass the pellets. She was to receive US$3,000.

Miss Oldacre was taken to a hospital where she excreted pellets containing 1.5 lbs of cocaine.

She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, with intent to distribute, and remains in jail.

Don Creary and co-accused for court today

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don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Castleton Division Don Creary and his alleged accomplice, Shaneke Williams, are to appear in court today in relation to rape allegations.

Their attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, says he will be making a bail application when his clients appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Creary is charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

They were both arrested and charged on Tuesday.

Tavares Finson says his clients deny any wrongdoing.

The police say in 2013 Creary and Williams took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

They further say following the incident the teen told her mother what happened and a report was made to the Police.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the two.

The second suspect who was allegedly caught on camera killing car dealer Robert Mendez at his business place in St. Andrew in April last year is in police custody.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, says Bertram Jenkins was deported from Canada early yesterday morning.

Mr. Jenkins, who was held in Canada nearly a month after Mr Mendez was killed, appeared in a Canadian Court for immigration violations. Mr Mendez, who operated Payless Car Mart off Maxfield Avenue was shot dead in his office. Video footage of the killing was shown on TVJ in May last year.

Another suspect, 43 year old John Jarrett, was charged in the case.

14 incredible facts about 9/11

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9-11-facts.jpgAs the 14th anniversary of 9/11 is here, it's important to remind people that we still don't know what happened that day.

What is known about 9/11 is that there are many incredible facts that continue to be ignored by the government and the mainstream media. Here are fourteen.

An outline of what was to become the 9/11 Commission Report was produced before the investigation began. The outline was kept secret from the Commission's staff and appears to have determined the outcome of the investigation.

The 9/11 Commission claimed sixty-three (63) times in its Report that itcould find "no evidence" related to important aspects of the crimes.

One person, Shayna Steiger, issued 12 visas to the alleged hijackers in Saudi Arabia. Steiger issued some of the visas without interviewing the applicants and fought with another employee at the embassy who tried to prevent her lax approach.

Before 9/11, the nation's leading counter-terrorism expert repeatedly notified his friends in the United Arab Emirates of top-secret U.S. plans to capture Osama bin Laden. These treasonous leaks prevented Bin Laden's capture on at least two separate occasions.

Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger was caught stealing documents from the National Archives that had been requested by the 9/11 Commission. The Commission had previously been denied access to the documents but the White House reluctantly agreed to turn them over just as Berger was trying to steal them..

The official story of the failed air defenses on 9/11 was changed several times and, in the end, paradoxically exonerated the military by saying that the military had lied many times about its response. The man who was behind several of the changing accounts was a specialist in political warfare (i.e. propaganda).

Military exercises being conducted on the day of 9/11 mimicked the attacks as they were occurring and obstructed the response to the attacks. NORAD commander Ralph Eberhart sponsored those exercises, failed to do his job that day, and later lied to Congress about it (if the 9/11 Commission account is true).

A third skyscraper collapsed late in the afternoon on 9/11. This was WTC 7, a 47-story building that the government's final report says fell into its own footprint due to office fires. The building's tenants included U.S. intelligence agencies and a company led in part by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.Meetings were scheduled there to discuss terrorism and explosives on the morning of 9/11.

News agencies, including BBC and CNN, announced the destruction of WTC 7 long before it happened. One BBC reporter announced the collapse while viewers could see the still-standing building right behind her in the video. Years later, after claiming that it had lost the tapes and then found them again, BBC's answer to this astonishing report was that everything was just "confusing and chaotic" that day. Of course, one problem with this is that the news agencies predicted the exact building, of the many damaged in the area, that would collapse. Another big problem is that no one could have possibly predicted the collapse of WTC 7 given the unprecedented and unbelievable official account for how that happened.

Construction of the new, 52-story WTC 7 was completed two years before the government knew what happened to the first WTC 7. In fact, when the new building was completed in 2006, the spokesman for the government investigation said, "We've had trouble getting a handle on building No. 7." The construction of the new building, without regard for how the first one was destroyed, indicates that building construction professionals in New York City did not believe it could ever happen again.

Ultimately, building construction codes were not changed as a result of the root causes cited by the National Institute for Standards and Technology for destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings. This fact shows that the international building construction community does not believe that the WTC buildings were destroyed as stated in the official account.

AMEC, the company that just finished rebuilding the exact spot where Flight 77 was said to hit, was put in charge of cleanup at the WTC and the Pentagon. The man who ran the company, Peter Janson, was a long-time business associate of Donald Rumsfeld.

The response of the U.S. Secret Service to the 9/11 attacks suggests foreknowledge of the events in that the agency failed to protect the presidentfrom the obvious danger posed by terrorists.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission notified the FBI of suspected 9/11 insider trading transactions. That evidence was ignored and the suspects were not even questioned by the FBI or the 9/11 Commission.

Clarendon couple shot dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgClarendon couple was shot dead at their home in Gully Back, Canaan Heights, last evening.

Dead are 61-year-old Errol Beckford and his common law wife 54-year-old Jane Jones.

Reports from the May Pen Police are that about 8:30 p.m., Beckford and Jones were at home when residents heard explosions.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, the two were seen with gunshot wounds.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.

vendor-audrey-gordon.jpgA vendor who sells in downtown, Kingston has filed a lawsuit against a Chinese man who assaulted her during a dispute in the busy metropolis.

The woman, Audrey Gordon, was attacked and beaten by the Chinese businessman at his Orange Street wholesale and was forced to flee to the City Centre Police Station to make a report.

The matter ended up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and the man, Guo Xing Xiao, was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm. He was fined $150,000.

But Gordon is not satisfied and is taking the civil route to make sure Xiao learns his lesson.

The dispute, she said, developed after she had purchased slippers from his wholesale and found that they were of inferior quality and demanded a refund. He came and started boxing and kicking her. Gordon escaped and fled to the City Centre police station and filed a report.

Gordon's attorney, Miguel Lorne said his client was severely abused by Xiao as two of her ribs were fractured and her left knee was damaged. He also had high praise for the police who he said resisted serious efforts by Chinese businessmen to get the case dropped.

ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgThe man charged for the shooting death of his cousin, Canadian teenager Ricardo Williams, says the incident was a mistake.

The accused, Omar James, popularly known as 'Judge', admitted to police that an illegal gun that he had in his possession was hid under his pillow and went off accidentally, killing his cousin at White Lane in Olympic Gardens. Williams, 14, was on vacation from Toronto, Canada for the summer holidays.

James appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to answer to the murder charge.

He was remanded in custody until October 14.

don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgSocialite and businessman, Don Creary and his co-accused Shaneke Williams were present at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face sex charges, but the matter was not called up because the case was not properly listed.

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolf-Reece, who spoke to some of the lawyers and clerk in private, said the matter would be mentioned on Friday at 10 am.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) arrested and charged Creary for rape, and Williams for aiding and abetting and sexual touching, on Tuesday.

Allegations are that the pair took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, gave her alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted her.

The teen reportedly told her mother about the act and a report was made to the police.

Shanique Myrie to run in Olympic Gardens

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shanique-myrie-photo-1.jpgShanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who won her free movement case against Barbados has now been approved by the People's National Party (PNP) to represent the Olympic Gardens Division in St Andrew in the next local government elections.

PNP General Secretary Paul Burke says Myrie was approved by the PNP's National Executive Committee following a recommendation by the leadership of the political division.

"The Regional Executive Committee came with the name and there was no objection," said Burke.

However, he notes that all positions will be under review until the day of nomination for the elections.

In June, when she submitted her application, Myrie stated that she has always wanted to enter representational politics to make a change in the lives of residents "neglected" by their political representatives.

"It's a Labourite seat and in my community, the people hardly get anything and many kids, older people need help. I want to make a change", said Myrie.

The Jamaica Labour Party's Christopher Townsend currently represents the Olympic Garden's Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.

Asafa Powell creates history at IAAF meet in Croatia

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asafa-powell-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has become the first athlete in history to run sub-10 seconds in a 100-metre race over 100 times.

Powell, a former 100 metres world record holder, achieved the historic feat by posting 9.96 seconds to win the event at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday.

He ran sub 10 seconds for the 101st time, to finish ahead of American Mike Rodgers, who was timed at 10.10 seconds, and Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, who was third in 10.18 seconds. Veteran Caribbean sprinter Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis was fourth in 10.31.

Powell was the most outstanding Caribbean athlete on display as the region bagged a number of bronze medals from field and track events.

In the women's 100 metres, Jamaica's Simone Facey clocked 11.25 seconds to finish third behind American Candyce McGrone (11.10). CUte d'Ivoire's Marie-Josse Ta Lou was second in 11:17. Sherone Simpson, also from Jamaica, placed fifth in 11.37 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago's Semoy Hackett was seventh.

Jamaica also picked up another two bronze medals, as Novlene Williams-Mills placed third in the women's 400 metres, posting a time of 51.81, while Andrew Riley was also third in the 110 metres hurdles, in 13.52, behind Sergey Shubenkov of Russia, who won in 13.11 and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France (13.50).

Reggae Boyz move up to CONCACAF semi final round

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reggae-boyz.jpgJamaica's Reggae Boyz are through to the CONCACAF semi final round of the World Cup qualifiers but had to do it the hard way after squeezing out a two nil win over Nicaragua in Managua on Tuesday night.

Jamaica who needed to have won by two clear goals, saw Darren Mattocks opening the scoring in the thirteenth minute.

The Jamaicans had to wait a further seventy five minutes before getting an insurance goal as substitute Simon Dawkins struck with a spectacular volley from just outside the 18 yard box in the eighty ninth minute.

Dawkins came on in minute number eighty to replace Chris Humphrey.

Jamaica ended Tuesday night's game with ten players after substitute Lance Laing was sent off in the ninetieth minute.

Jamaica advanced 4 - 3 on aggregate and will now join seeded teams Costa Rica and Panama along with Haiti in Group "B" of the semi final round starting November 13.

Missing 2-year-old found dead in back of car

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A two-year-old bay who went missing in White Horses, St Thomas on Tuesday has been found dead in the back of a car.

The baby, identified as Paul Saxton, went missing after his mother lost sight of him. A search was conducted and hours later the boy was found dead in the back of a parked vehicle.

The St Thomas police have launched a probe into the incident.

don-creary-and-wife-ayesha.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party councillor, socialite and father of four, Don Creary, is being investigated for sexual activity with minors.

The 48 year old businessman was charged on Wednesday afternoon by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child abuse CISOCA) after being questioned in the presence of his attorney, Tom Tavares Finson.

Creary is accused of raping a 15 year girl in Havendale, St Andrew in 2013. His friend, Shaneke Williams, has also been charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching. It's alleged that the teen, who is from St Mary, was taken to an apartment in St Andrew where she was sexually assaulted by the two.

The complainant told investigators that she was drugged.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) reported that the teenager was given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted. She reported the matter to her mother who filed a complaint with the St Mary police.

Creary, who has denied the allegations, was taken into custody on Wednesday, following a two-year investigation.He subsequently issued a statement, maintaining that he is innocent of the charges. He said he was working to have the matter cleared up "in the shortest possible time."

Creary added that he will be taking leave of absence from his business activities.

Meanwhile, twenty-two year-old Shaneke Williams has been charged with aiding and abetting in connection with the rape charge against

Their attorney, Tom Tavares Finson, says he will be making a bail application when his clients Don Creary and Shaneke Williams appear in court.The two are expected to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court by Friday.

CISOCA reported that since the start of 2015 they have received a total of 278 cases of adults having sexual intercourse with children under the age of 16 in the Corporate Area.


murdered-police-constable-lynden-barrett.jpgThe members of the police force have stepped up their search for the escaped suspect linked to the murder of Constable Lynden Barrett.

Police say the suspect, identified as Nicholas Drummond, otherwise called 'Titty Dollar', who was on the run for more than a month, was finally apprehended on Saturday but managed to escape a day later when he was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital for medical treatment.

Drummond, it was reported, ran into a nearby community after leaving the hospital and was chased by policemen. However, a policeman was shot and injured by gunmen who police said assisted in the escape of the accused. The injured policeman was admitted to hospital.

Investigators have already charged two suspects who they believe were involved in the murder of Constable Barrett on July 21. They are Horatio Livine, otherwise called 'Ratio' and Gratiano Green, otherwise called 'Beh Beh'. They were arrested in August during operations in Manchester and Red Hills, St Andrew.

Barrett, who was assigned to the Kingston Western Police Division, was shot dead near Wellington Street in Denham Town.

Cops search for missing Nigerian woman

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Twenty-three-year-old Oghosase Iyare of a Nigerian address, and Norbrook Drive, Kingston 8, has been missing since Thursday, June 4.

She is of dark complexion, stout build and is about 163 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall.

Reports from the Constant Spring police are that about 3:40 p.m., Oghosase was last seen at home dressed in a cream blouse, grey jeans pants, and a pair of dark brown shoes.

She has not been seen or heard from since. Efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Oghosase Iyare is being asked to contact the Constant Spring police at 924-1421-2, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

Usain Bolt ends 2015 season

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015-photo-1.jpgSix time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has cut his season short for a second straight year.

He has decided to skip Friday's Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium.

The 29 year old wrote on his facebook page that "after the excitement of the past few weeks...

I have decided not to race again in 2015."

In his post, he also said: "I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where I will attempt to defend my titles."

Bolt dominated the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, capturing the men's sprint double and anchoring Jamaica to victory in the 4 x 100 metres to increase his World Championships tally of gold medals to eleven.

asafa-and-sheone.jpgSprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have reached an out-of-court settlement with Dynamic Life Nutrition LLC, the company that sold the supplement Epiphany D1 which contained the banned substance oxilofrine.

The settlement amount has not been disclosed.

Powell and Simpson had sued the company earlier this year after discovering that the supplement included ingredients that were not listed on the label.

The sprinters took Epiphany D1 as part of their training programme but later found out that the supplement contained oxilofrine, a stimulant which the company did not declare. As a result, the two Jamaicans were suspended from the sport for six months after the stimulant was found in their system.

"There is no way to really explain the kind of damage a ban has on an athlete's reputation. For us it was especially painful, because we really let down our countrymen. There's no doubt that we're going to continue fight to repair it and regain the trust of my fans and fans of the sport," Powell said.

Powell had Epiphany D1 tested by three independent labs, including the World Anti-Doping Administration (WADA) and the US Federal Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Both companies found that oxilofrine was present in the supplement. It has since been placed on the USADA's high risk supplement list, warning athletes to avoid the product. Epiphany D1 was also independently tested by Italian law enforcement, who also found the supplement to contain oxilofrine. Dynamic Life Nutrition has stopped selling the product.

"Both Asafa and I are happy that we were able to settle this out of court. The legal process is tedious, but we don't think about it when we are on the track. We have a very capable team, and both of us are now extra careful about our diets and supplement regimen," Simpson said.

Sherone Simpson is a three-time Olympian, winning the 4X100M relay gold and silver medals, as well as the 100M silver medal. She is also a World Champion silver medallist in the 4X100M relay and a Commonwealth 200M gold medallist.

Asafa Powell has run the most sub-10 100M times in the recorded history of track and field. The Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic medallist has dipped below the 10-second mark 92 times and is also the first Jamaican to win the IAAF Sportsman of the Year.

kelita-francis-wandering.jpgThe police are seeking the public's assistance in locating the relatives of an elderly woman who was found wandering on the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 in St Catherine at about 2:00 am on Monday.

She gave her name as Kelita Francis of Lincoln Crescent, Kingston and is believed to be in her late 70s. She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 147 centimetres (4 feet 10 inches) tall and was clad in a red hat and a green-and-white dress.

Anyone who is able to assist the Police in reuniting Kelita Francis with her family is being asked to contact the Ferry Police at 705-8349, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

One of several persons who robbed two wholesale establishments on Heywood Street downtown Kingston was shot and killed by security personnel early Sunday, shortly after 4 o'clock.

Reports are that the man and his cronies stole money and goods from the establishments and were escaping.

The man was running on the roofs of buildings on neighbouring Princess Street when he became entangled in barb wires, he was then spotted by security personnel..

It's not clear if the man challenged the security guards, but he was shot and died at the scene.

His accomplices escaped.

shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-photo-1.jpgWorld Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today broke a 25-year-old meet record set by former compatriot Merlene Ottey, after she clocked 10.98 seconds (-0.8m/s) to win the women's 100m at the XXIX Meeting Citta di Padova in Italy.

Jamaica's Natasha Morrison finished fourth in a time of 11.50 seconds while second and third went to Brazil's Rosangela Santos (11.42) and American Shalonda Solomon (11.50).

Fraser-Pryce, who ended her season after winning two gold medals, retaining the women's 100m and was part of the winning Jamaican women's 4x100m team at the World Championships in Beijing, China, erased the 10.99 seconds which was set by Ottey on September 16, 1990.

The video of the race was posted to Fraser-Pryce's Facebook page a short while ago and was captioned: "Citta Di Padova is a small meet that started in 1987. It was not a full stadium and it does not get worldwide coverage but Italy is SFP's second home so when they invited, SFP was not going to disappoint."

police-car-gully.jpgA police service vehicle crashed into a Toyota Mark X before ending up in a gully along Collie Smith Drive in Kingston on Monday afternoon.

According to alleged eyewitnesses, the police pick up van was speeding along Collie Smith Drive towards Spanish Town Road when it crashed into the parked Mark X and careened off the road and into the gully. The two lawmen who were traveling in the police service vehicle reportedly sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital along with a man who was seated in the Mark X when the accident occurred. The condition of the man who was in the Mark X is unknown.

The accident occurred just hours after a police shooting claimed the life of an alleged inncocent man in the community, and some residents rejoiced at what they described as a stange twist of fate.

"Yeah man, is so it must go, it should have been worse," one resident told Loop News at the accident scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Gayle was allegedly shot by the cops while he was picking ackees at around 6:15 am. After the shooting, residents took to the steets in protest, demanding justice for Gayle, who they claim was killed in a case of mistaken identity by cops who were searching for a wanted man.

The Independent Commission of Investigations has since launched a probe into the shooting.

West Indian Day Parade again marred by violence

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west-indian-day-parade.jpgThe West Indian Day Parade, a rollicking, colorful celebration of Caribbean culture, music, style and food, rolled through New York City's streets Monday but, once again, was marred by predawn violence.

The violence left one man dead and an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in critical condition.

Cuomo identified his wounded staffer as Carey Gabay, a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corporation. Gabay was walking with his brother near the Brooklyn parade route at 3:40 a.m. when he was caught in the crossfire between two gangs, according to police officials.

A bullet struck Gabay, 43, in the head. Cuomo said Gabay, a Harvard-educated lawyer who had worked as an assistant counsel to the governor, and his wife are expecting their first child.

"I'm the governor of the state of New York, and there's not a thing I can do," Cuomo told reporters after he visited his staffer's family at Kings County Hospital. "There's not a thing I can say, and there's nothing I can do. And sometimes it just hurts."

No arrests have made been, police said. The shooting was one of several outbursts of violence in the neighborhoods surrounding the parade, which included the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man at 2 a.m. near Grand Army Plaza.

Bloodshed before or after the West Indian Day celebration has become a sadly familiar part of the parade routine. Last year, a recent parolee opened fire into a crowd of revelers, killing one man and wounding several others. And in 2013, a 1-year-old boy sitting in his stroller was killed by a bullet meant for his father.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton dismissed talk of scuttling the pre-parade festivities - which center on a surreal midnight march known as J'Ouvert - and said the New York Police Department was working with local leaders to make the event safer. There was a heavy police presence along the route, and several NYPD helicopters hovered overhead.

The parade went on as scheduled and drew hundreds of thousands of people to the stretch along Eastern Parkway. Throbbing basslines pulsated along the route, propelling outlandishly clad revelers to dance and those along the sidelines to bob their heads as they ate indigenous foods.

"This is our heritage. It means so much to me to see all these colors and music," said Alicia Jackson of Brooklyn. "It's one of my favorite days of the year."

Politicians dotted the route, with de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is of Caribbean descent, drawing cheers as they waved flags and periodically dashed to the sidelines to shake hands and pose for selfies.

But the parade was also the latest venue for New York's most high-profile political feud. The march and an official preparade breakfast were the first public events since July in which Cuomo and de Blasio, who are locked in a simmering dispute, were both supposed to attend.

But their paths never crossed. Cuomo left the breakfast about 10 minutes before de Blasio arrived, and the two men, both Democrats, marched separately.

At the breakfast, Cuomo was asked if he planned to speak to the mayor. The governor responded by asking, "Is he here?" and when told no, Cuomo glared and bluntly said, "There's your answer."

venezuelan-president-arrives-in-jamaica.jpgVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has arrived in the island ahead of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement.

Maduro landed Saturday at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

He was welcomed by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and other members of her delegation.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and President Maduro, will co-chair the two-day meeting, which got underway Saturday in the second city, where the agreement was signed in 2005.

Several Heads of Government and State, Energy Ministers and other Ministers of Government will participate in the Summit meeting, which will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC).

They include: President of the Republic of Haiti , His Excellency Machel Martelly; President of Nicaragua, His Excellency Daniel Ortega; Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris; Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; Prime Minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Antigua Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Margarito Gasper Vega.

Other high level representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Latin American Energy Organization, will also be in attendance.

The Summit includes a Commemorative Ceremony and a Plenary Session, which will examine the activities and achievements of PetroCaribe over the past decade, while agreeing on decisions going forward.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller and President Maduro will lead a delegation of Heads of Government and other delegates to the official opening of the Simón Bolivar Cultural Centre in downtown Kingston tomorrow.

crime-scene-7.jpgThree Jamaicans have been taken into custody in connection with the stabbing of a 21-year-old student from Uzbekistan at a Walmart parking lot in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

The student is in stable condition at the University of Wisconsin's trauma unit.

According to the Lake Delton Police Department, the Jamaicans, also international students, had an altercation with the Uzbekistani student. The Jamaicans - Felix Headly,18, Orlando Williams,22 and Shaquille McDonald were arrested and booked in Sauk County Jail after fleeing the scene.

The altercation followed a collision Tuesday evening involving a cyclist later identified as Williams.

According a police report, two Uzbekistanis were walking when one of them was struck by the cyclist and there was a dispute.

The two men encountered Williams and two other Jamaicans who turned up at the parking lot.

There was a fight during which the student from Uzbekistan was stabbed.

The three Jamaicans fled but were later held by the police.

A female police officer is being praised by her colleagues after she handed over a wallet, containing a large sum of money and identification cards, to her superiors after it was found on Harbour Street on Wednesday.

According to a police news release, the identification cards in the wallet bear the name Anthony Royston Bruce of a Regent Street, Kingston 14 address. Several checks were made at the address which has proven futile.

Anthony Royston Bruce or anyone knowing his whereabouts is being asked to contact the Corporate Communications Unit at 978-2214, 978-2729, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

The action by the cop is welcomed news against the background of a series of incidents that have placed Jamaican police in a negative light.

On Monday, a rogue cop was beaten after being held in a house robbery. Earlier last month, a cop camouflaged as a Rastafarian was shot by a security guard after he attempted to pull off a heist at a bank in Black River, St Elizabeth.

A man was shot dead near the Ocho Rios bus stop in Linstead, St Catherine this morning while his female partner was injured in the incident.

The dead man has been identified as 33-year-old Terique Hall.

Reports are that Hall and the woman were walking along the roadway when they were pounced upon by gunmen.

Police say the woman is currently being treated at hospital. Her condition is not known.

JUTC extends $100 summer special again

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jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgFor the second time in a week the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has announced an extension of its special summer fare for adult passengers.

JUTC Managing Director Colin Campbell says the $100 fare will be further extended to October 31.

On November 1, the State run bus company will return to the $120 dollar .

Campbell says the decision to extend the special summer fare beyond the September 26 date was due to feedback from commuters.

The JUTC has seen an increase in the number of adult passengers since the introduction of the special summer fare on July 5.

A man accused of a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend has been arrested in Jamaica after more than 20 years on the run.Massachusetts State Police say Arnold Gabbidon was arrested in Jamaica on August 3 and returned to Boston Wednesday.

He is accused of stabbing and slashing his ex-girlfriend as she slept in 1994.She survived the attack.

Mr. Gabbidon will be arraigned on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, threats to commit a crime, armed burglary, stalking as well as malicious destruction of property. After fleeing the US, Mr. Gabbidon was living with a relative in Clarendon, until he was arrested in August.

Four men including two Colombians were convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 15 months in prison when they appeared before the St Mary Criminal Court on Thursday.

Juan Jiminez and Milieth Arreyalos along with Jamaicans, Dwight Whyte and Norman Brown, were convicted more than three years after they were arrested for major drug trafficking in Jamaican waters.

The authorities seized more than 200 pounds of cocaine worth more than J$130 million in their possession. The Colombians and Jamaicans were arrested on December 18, 2011, by members of the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard.

Prosecutors say Coast Guard personnel were conducting an operation off the coast of Port Maria, St. Mary when they intercepted two vessels.The four men, who were on board a disabled vessel, were seen throwing a barrel into the sea.The barrel was retrieved and 90 packages with 204 pounds of cocaine seized.

In addition to jail time, the men were each fined J$500-thousand .They will serve an additional year behind bars if the fines are not paid.

A Jamaican woman has been arrested in Florida for trying to import cocaine.

She was held at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday after more than two and a half pounds of cocaine was allegedly found in her brassiere.

The US Customs and Border Protection agency says its officers noticed what it called abnormalities and found the substance in the woman's bra which later tested positive as cocaine.

The drug has been turned over to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.

Double gold for Shelly-Ann in Switzerland

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shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-photo-1.jpgShelly Ann Fraser-Pryce continued her great for as she performed on the track in Switzerland on Thursday showing the world that the double gold at the just concluded IAAF World Championship in China was no joke.

It was double victory for Fraser- Pryce as she won the women's 100 meters and the 4×100 meters at the Zurich diamond league meeting in Switzerland. The former Wolmerian bshe won the women's 100 meters in 10.93 seconds, thereby walking away with the Diamond trophy this season for the second time in her career, along with a cash prize of US$40,000.

Second in the event was blessing Ogkabare of Nigeria 10.98 seconds, Torie Bowie of the united states was third in 11.06 seconds, while Veronica Campbell-Brown finished sixth 11.22 seconds, and another Jamaican Natasha Morrison who stopped the clock at 11.30 seconds was good enough for seventh.

Less than two hours later Fraser -Pryce joined Sherone Simpson, Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson in setting a Diamond League and a meet record 41. 60 seconds to win the women's 4×100 meters relay, ahead of who .........the USA 41.83 seconds and Trinidad 42.94 seconds.

Meanwhile Kaliese Spencer struggled and finished fourth in the women's 400 meters hurdles in a time of 55.29 seconds, while the other Jamaican Janeive Russell was seventh in 55.98 seconds, the race was won by Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic 54.47 seconds.

may-pen-driveby-shooting.jpgTwo businessmen from Clarendon, Ray Rodgers, owner of Regency Plaza in Mineral Heights and technician Trevor Roache, are now in the May Pen Hospital undergoing treatment after being shot on Wednesday morning.

According to police reports, the two were leaving a quarry in the Hunts Pen area of Clarendon at around 8:45 am when men traveling in a white motor vehicle opened fire on them.

Both men were rushed to the May Pen Hospital. Several spent shells were seen at the location.

It's believed that one of the attackers was shot by one of the businessmen whom returned fire.


police-mentally-ill-man-hunts-bay.jpgOn Thursday an alleged mentally-ill man, who sneaked into the barracks at Hunts' Bay was found dressed in police gear.

The unidentified man also reportedly slept, woke up and 'reported for duty' almost fully dressed as an officer the following morning.

An officer stationed at Hunts' Bay, said that the man had gone mostly unnoticed, up until he asked for $20.

Personnel at the station suspected something was amiss after the fake cop was seen wearing a police vest, back-to-front, on his bare skin.

Things almost got out of hand when the man then proceeded to the guardroom to sign out a firearm for use. Fortunately, he was unsuccessful and resorted to begging for money - which led to his discovery.

Other officers explained that the man has slept on the police barracks multiple time before without being noticed - expressing their concern for the safety and security of lawmen working there.

The man seemed to have disappeared as strangely as he was found, as searches for him have turned up nothing.

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary has launched an internal investigation into the incident.

Zeeks' son Zeekie shot by police

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zeeks-son-shooting-downtown-photo-1.jpgTension grips downtown Kingston after news surfaced that the son of jailed gangster and area leader, Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was shot by the police.

The man, Renardo Phipps, also known as 'Zeekie' was reportedly rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital moments ago after the shooting.

A massive police presence is being maintained in the area. The circumstances behind the younger Phipps' shooting are unclear, however residents have claimed that he was shot on his way to collect his daughter's birthday cake.

"Dem shot him in him back, and they ran into dem car and drive off fast," one resident said.

Renardo Phipps, whose condition is unknown at this time, was transported via public passenger vehicle to the KPH - where it is understood he is under heavy police guard at the Accident and Emergency department.

When contacted, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said their investigations into the matter are incomplete and have no further comment until such time.

Phipps was shot around 4:30pm.


The basketball court where Ricardo Williams used to play won't be the same.

"Here without him, it just feels like something's missing," Keyshon Martin said of Ricardo, the 14-year-old Toronto boy who was killed in Jamaica early Sunday morning.

Keyshon, also 14, met Ricardo on the court at Alexander Stirling Public School, near where he lived in West Hill, a neighbourhood of Scarborough in Toronto's east end. On Monday afternoon Keyshon and four other boys shot hoops in Ricardo's honour. They described him as competitive but goofy player. "Like a Jennifer Lawrence, but guy version," said another boy, 11-year-old Kersi Buaksa.

He made everybody laugh, but stood up for friends when they needed him. Justin Humphrey, 14, experienced both those qualities on the court, where he played with Ricardo and another friend, 14-year-old Shaunae Brown.

"There was one time, me, him and Shaunae were playing basketball and these other two 20-year-olds came and ... they started being rude, so Ricardo stood up for all of us and told the guy to move on," Justin told The Globe and Mail over Facebook messages.

"He was always there for me. Even though we weren't that close ... he would stick up for me and defend me," Shaunae said on the phone.

Shaunae learned about Ricardo's death while her mother was watching the news Sunday night.

The boy was at a wake in Kingston, Jamaica, when shots rang out at 1:51 a.m. Sunday. He was found by police "suffering from gunshot wounds," Inspector Ishmale Williams (no relation) of the Jamaican Constabulary Force said over the phone Monday. "He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Insp. Williams couldn't say how many people were at the scene when officers arrived or if Ricardo's parents were also in Jamaica at the time. He said police have identified a person of interest, Omar James, who is also known as "Judge" and is from the area where the incident happened. He was asked to present himself to police Monday to provide information, the officer explained. He couldn't say what relation Mr. James had to Ricardo, but the two are connected on Facebook.

Friends paid their online tributes to Ricardo in statuses, doting RIPs and fond memories. Nikolas Asuad called losing his best friend "the hardest thing ever" in a status posted to his timeline. He recalled listening to music, playing basketball together and hanging out at each other's houses - even getting arrested together for stealing pizza once.

But he "wasn't a bad kid," Kae Smith, 16, a friend from school told The Globe on Facebook. "Yeah, he got into trouble but it wasn't anything serious."

Ricardo moved to Canada with his father, Dane, in Grade 7 and attended Military Trail Public School. He was an only child and would visit Jamaica often to see his mother, family friends said in Scarborough on Monday.

"I'm still in shock. I don't understand why. What would convince anybody to want to kill this little 14-year-old kid? What could he have said? What could he have done?" Shannon Dorsey, a friend of Ricardo's father, said on her stoop.

"Everybody that he came across, they loved him after the first moment of meeting him."

Ms. Dorsey said she hadn't heard back from the father, who was in Jamaica as well. She read a status he posted 23 days ago about his son: "Just me and my son. I love him. He has my back for life and God is guiding me." She is organizing a vigil in his honour Saturday evening.

Ricardo switched schools over the winter from West Hill Collegiate Institute to Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, where Kae says he immediately made many friends. Junaid Chandler, 15, is one of them. He met Ricardo - "one of the funniest bruthas I've ever met" - in drama class and would see him every day at school.

"This guy was loud and fun, and seriously enthusiastic. And, at times, he would play extremely loud music out of the computer," Junaid said. Despite being a "handful" to teachers, even they laughed at some of Ricardo's jokes, he added.

Sean Green, 15, met him in Grade 7 and kept playing basketball with him after moving to Oshawa, when he'd come visit his grandmother in Scarborough. Monday evening, he played on another court nearby in West Hill.

"When I'd come back here, I'd always see him at the courts over there. Now he's not here no more. ... I can't believe he's gone."

A spokeswoman with the Department of Foreign Affairs said Canadian consular officials in Kingston are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information. "[They] are providing consular assistance to the family as required," Diana Khaddaj said.

A Portland family is now living in fear after three armed thugs reportedly entered their residence at Fruitful Vale in the parish Friday night and robbed them of a firearm and other personal items.

The robbery reportedly took place about 9 p.m. after a businessman left his family at home.

According to the police, the thugs invaded the house, which was occupied by the businessman's mother and daughter and allegedly tied them up. The police say that the thugs demanded from the two females the whereabouts of a safe. Their demands were met, and the men removed a safe containing a licensed firearm belonging to the businessman.

The men also stole several rounds of ammunition, which was found under a bed. They then proceeded to ransack the house - stealing also five cases of white overproof rum, computer tablets, and several pairs of shoes.

There was no report of cash stolen from the premises. The Portland police are investigating the matter.

ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgOmar James otherwise called 'Judge' is to be charged with the murder of his cousin, 14-year-old, Ricardo Williams, who was in Olympic Gardens, Jamaica on vacation from Canada.

According to reports, a senior investigator said James has confessed that a homemade gun he was hiding in the house was used to shoot Ricardo who was his cousin.

Investigators are searching for the weapon.

James turned himself into the Hunts Bay Police on Monday after being listed as a Person of Interest.

Ricardo who was visiting from Scarborough, Ontario, died after being shot in the head.

The 29-year-old policeman who was hospitalised after he was badly beaten by residents at Morgans district near Spaldings in Clarendon was discharged from the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings yesterday.

The constable from St Catherine North Division was discharged into police custody, after spending a night in hospital under police guard. He was taken to the Alligator Pond police lockup in Manchester.

Information is that the rogue cop and his cronies attempted to force open a window at a house owned by a small farmer who was awakened by strange sounds. It is reported that when the farmer went to investigate, the men were seen, and he made an alarm.

They ran and were chased by residents. The constable was held, but his cronies escaped. He was beaten and chopped all over his body. He was rescued by the police.

A white 1995 Nissan Sunny motor car, which is believed to be the vehicle used by the men, was seized by the police. A registration plate which was assigned to the car was found in the trunk. The registration plate which was seen on the car is said to be one registered to a 1997 Mitsubishi Libero owned by a man from Spanish Town, St Catherine.

One Glock magazine with five rounds of 9mm cartridges, one cellular phone and a carry all vest were also found.

Detectives from the Manchester CIB are to question the rogue cop for a file to be prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

2 gunned down in Mandeville bus park

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Pandemonium erupted Tuesday evening in Mandeville, Manchester after gunmen opened fire on three persons at a transport centre, killing two and leaving the other battling for life. The incident took place about 7:15.

Two men reportedly fired on persons said to be members of a rival gang. Commuters had to scamper for cover as the gunmen sprayed bullets. The police recovered 18 spent shells.

Head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Melvin Brown, said it was difficult for members of his team to nab the gunmen due to the large crowd.

Popular medical doctor from Sav dies in car crash

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dr-clarke-s-car.jpgPopular Westmoreland medical doctor, Barrigton Clarke, 57, died early Tuesday morning in a motor vehicle accident on the Montpelier main road in St James.

Police reported that about 4:00 am Clarke was driving his blue Toyota Axio motor car towards Savanna-la-mar when he lost control of the vehicle, which veered across the road, rode an embankment and overturned into a citrus field.

The doctor, who was trapped in the mangled vehicle, had to be cut from the wreckage by the Fire Brigade. He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead by his colleagues.

Scores of mourners who gathered at the doctor's office yesterday expressed disbelief at his death.

"I can't believe say Dr Clarke dead. Good people always dead," a man was overheard saying. "A so life go," added a teary-eyed woman.

Clarke's death comes on the heels of the death in August of Montego Bay attorney-at-law, George Thomas, 68, a former president of the Cornwall Bar Association. Thomas died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash along Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor on Thursday, August 20.

The deadly crash, which involved Thomas's Mercedes Benz and a Nissan Tiida motor car, reportedly occurred at the traffic lights at the Providence Heights/ Whitehouse intersection.

dexta-daps-photo-2.jpgWell-known booking agent, Karl Larmond, along with Howard Kennedy, a member of dancehall artiste Macka Diamond's entourage, were fined when they appeared in a St Kitts court on Monday to answer a charge of stealing a laptop computer.

Allegations are that Larmond stole a laptop computer and placed it in the room of Howard Kennedy. Surveillance footage captured the act and both men were arrested by police authorities.

"The case is before the court and I don't want to comment before it is resolved, but I can confirm that the incident happened and that lawyers are dealing with it," Macka Diamond said in a statement issued through her publicity team.

Both men were fined US$2,200 each, or 18 months imprisonment if the money is not paid by midday on Tuesday.

Larmond reportedly booked the show for Macka Diamond, Vanessa Bling, Pamputtae and Spice. According to a source close to the artistes, the deejays are all feeling embarrassed over the incident, especially against the background that the promoter of the show had given them "red carpet" treatment that included the chartering of a private jet for the entertainers.

macka-diamond-photos-2.jpg "We are all embarassed, not just Macka Diamond, because it is a fellow Jamaican and the booking agent for all the artistes," said the source.

This is the second such incident involving members of an artiste's entourage in St Kitts. Only weeks before, Bounty Killer's brother was arrested by authorities after stealing a phone in the airport. He was heavily fined and then released.

Gun violence in Spanish Town leaves 5 dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgFive persons are now dead after gun violence flared up in sections of St Catherine on Sunday.

The violence is said to be linked to a feud between members of the notorious Clansman gang which is based in the parish.

Police report that, at about 8:30 am, the Lakes Pen Community was rocked by gunfire which resulted in the murder of two men and a woman.

In the same incident, a four-year-old boy was also found with a bullet wound to his foot.

About 30 minutes later, a man was shot dead at a Plaza in the old capital of Spanish Town.

Then about an hour later, a man was fatally shot on Old Market Street.

A police constable is among a group of men who were this morning mobbed by residents of a Clarendon community after the men attempted to rob a woman.

It is alleged that the policeman was one of three men who were attempting to break into a house in Morgan's District near Spaldings, Clarendon about 3 o'clock.

Two of the men escaped, but the constable was held and beaten by residents before being handed over to the police.

The cop who received several blows has since been admitted in hospital in serious condition.

The police are yet to release a statement on the matter.

September 30 deadline for voters' list registration

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vote.jpgThe Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reminding Jamaicans that they have one month to register for their names to appear on the Voters' List to be published in November.

September 30 is the deadline for registration.

Deputy director of elections, Earl Simpson, issued the advisory as he reiterated that the entity would be ready if a general election is called in December this year. He noted that the voter's list to be published on November 30, would be the same one used if an election is called in December.

The voters' list is printed every six months, May 31 and November 30 of each year.

Earlier this month, chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), Dorothy Pine-McLarty, said the EOJ has started its electoral preparations.

However, she said the body would need three months and more than $1 billion more.

Members of the governing People's National Party, including president Portia Simpson Miller and campaign manager, Peter Phillips have given clear indications that an early election could be called this year.

Coaster bus crashes into Moby Dick Restaurant

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bus-crrashes-into-moby-dick-restauarant.jpgA privately-operated coaster bus crashed into the Moby Dick Restaurant in downtown Kingston Monday morning.

The police say the bus was travelling in the right lane along Port Royal Street when the driver of a Honda CR-V travelling in the middle lane attempted to turn right on to Orange Street.

The bus driver then crashed into the right side of the CR-V before he lost control of the coaster which then ploughed into the restaurant.

The police say two passengers who were travelling in the Coaster bus were still getting medical treatment up to late Monday afternoon.

The Hunts Bay police have listed one man as a person of interest, in relation to the shooting death of a Canadian national, this morning (August 30).

The man being sought is Omar James, otherwise called 'Judge' of White Lane in Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11.

Detectives believe that he can assist them in their investigations, into the shooting death of 14-year-old Ricardo Williams of Ontario, Canada.

James is being asked to report to the Hunts Bay police station by midday August 31.

Information received is that about 1:51 a.m., residents at a wake reportedly heard explosions and discovered that the Canadian teenager was shot.

Williams was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police inspector stabbed in the neck

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A police Inspector is now battling for life in hospital with a stab wound to the neck.

His identity is being withheld, but law enforcement sources say he is attached to the Kingston West Division.

According to one source, the knife was lodged in the policeman's neck and he was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies for a cat scan

Law enforcement sources say the Inspector went to resolve a family dispute when he was stabbed by a 17-year-old male.

It's not known if the teen has been taken into custody.

In recent weeks the Kingston West Division has lost two members, Constables Crystal Thomas and Lynden Barrett, who were shot and killed by gunmen in separate incidents.

george-thomas-car-crash-montego-bay.jpgAn 18-year-old man who was one of the persons involved in the car accident which claimed the life of prominent attorney George Thompson, has succumbed to his injuries.

The 18-year-old male had been in a coma since the accident two weeks ago.

Police report that Thompson and his son were travelling towards Montego Bay, St James when the car Thompson's son was driving collided with a Nissan motor vehicle.

The elder Thompson died on the spot while his son was injured and admitted to hospital. The 18-year-old man was a passenger in the Nissan motorcar.

He died on Wednesday.

Two off-duty policemen from the Kingston Eastern Division seized a Taurus 9mm pistol along with a magazine loaded with seventeen rounds of ammunition on Sunday.

Two men were arrested in connection with the seizure at the intersection of Dunoon Road and Windward Road, Kingston 2.

Reports from the Elletson Road Police are that about 3:10am, the lawmen who were travelling in a private motor vehicle, on route from work, observed two men who were coming from a dance in the area.

The men aroused the suspicion of the police, when one of them pulled a firearm from his waistband and discharged a round. It is alleged that the man then handed the weapon to another man, who put it in his waistband.

The lawmen exited the vehicle in a tactful manner and both men were accosted, searched and the firearm and ammunition seized.

The identities of both men have been withheld pending further investigations.

Police list reveals 'Most Wanted' in Area One

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The Area One Police have listed the fifteen most wanted men in western Jamaica, advising them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station immediately.

The men, who are wanted in connection with murders and shootings, are namely:

1. Philbert Anderson

2. Nigel White

3. Carlington Godfrey , otherwise called 'Tommy'

4. David Stewart, otherwise called 'Coolie'

5. Desmond Bennie, otherwise called 'Dennie'

6. Eric Clarke, otherwise called 'Legacy'

7. George Miller otherwise called 'Lobster'

8. Joshua Anderson, otherwise called 'German'

9. Renaldo Richards, otherwise called 'Ren' or 'Mad Rass'

10. Romaine Esson, otherwise called 'Shenko'

11. Steve Vassell, otherwise called 'Buss Mi Strength'

12. Xavian Brisco, otherwise called 'Brisco'

13. Yasser James, otherwise called 'Fry Eye'

14. Rowandre Reid, otherwise called 'Blacks' and 'Rowan'

15. Kevon Smith, otherwise called 'Tito'

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is being asked to call the Criminal Investigation Branch at 922-5076, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, the public is being advised that anyone found harbouring these individuals will be prosecuted, as it is a criminal offence.

women-4x400-winners-jamaica-worlds.jpgJamaica's women delivered another historic performance to cop the country's seventh gold when they beat the rest of the world in the 2015 IAAF World Championships 4X400m final.

In the men's equivalent, Javon Francis ran a brilliant race to bring back the Jamaican into contention, even leading at one time, but could not hold and was eventually overtaken by the Americans who ended first.

Trinidad and Tobago was second and Great Britain third with similar time as Jamaica in the men's 4X400.

The women, however, took the early lead through Shericka Jackson on the second leg and maintained it until the third leg when America's Allyson Felix chopped down Jamaica's 20 metre lead to hand over the baton first to Francena McCrory on anchor.

When Jamaica's Novelene Williams Mills took the baton she saved the energy for the late surge to take Jamaica home in a world leading time of 3.19.13.

The Americans were placed second and Great Britain, third.

The Jamaican quartet comprised Christine Day, Shericka Jackson,Stephenie McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills.

This is only the second time that Jamaica has won the event, the first being in Edmonton in 2001.

The golden run by the 4X400m women has pushed Jamaica's medal tally to 12 - seven gold, two silver and three bronze.

ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgRicardo Williams, a teenager visiting Jamaica for the summer holidays was shot dead by unknown assailants along White Lane in the community of Olympic Gardens, St Andrew early Sunday morning.

Williams, 14, also known as 'Shangu' is reportedly from Scarborough, Ontatrio, Cananda.

According to a report from the Hunts' Bay Police, residents discovered Williams' body with gunshot wounds about 1:51 am and rushed him to hospital.

He was pronounced dead.

The police were unable to provide any further details, but indicated that their probe into the teen's death has been launched.

hansle-parchment-silver.jpgHansle Parchment delivered Jamaica's eighth medal at the IAAF World Championship when he won silver in the 110m hurdles.

Recovering fast from his usual sluggish start, Parchment finished like a train on the tracks to run a season best 13.03 behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov who won the event in a national record of 12.98 seconds.

The Racer's track club athlete has now added a World Championship medal to his Olympic bronze medal .

"I'm happy for this medal but not so much about the performance. I think I can still do a lot better at the start," he is quoted as saying.

In a final that was a sprint from start to finish, National Champion McLeod hit some of the barriers in his lane and finished sixth in a time of 13.18.

Parchment is the first Jamaican to win a silver medal in the 110m hurdles.

silver-for-thompson.jpgJamaica's Elaine Thompson was passed on the final as she finished second to Dafne Schippers of Netherlands in the final of the women's 200 metres at the World Championships in Beijing, China on Friday.

Thompson, coming off the turn behind, battled gallantly to lead with about 70 metres to go, but Schippers' strength had her doing likewise to out dip the Jamaican to take it in a Championship record of 21.63.

Thomspon did 21.66 with veteran compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown taking the bronze in 21.97.

danielle-williams-gold-hurdles.jpgDanielle Williams produced a surprise gold medal in the IAAF World Championships 100m to deliver Jamaica's ninth medal.

The 22-year-old Williams, ran a personal best 12.57 to beat a fast field. Her older sister, Shermaine, finished seventh with a time of 12.95.

German Cindy Roleder was second in a time of 12.58 seconds.

Williams lowered her personal best for the second time in two hours after posting a time of 12.58 in the semi-final.

In her second World Championship, Williams now joins Brigitte Foster Hylton as the only other Jamaican to win the event.

Six women and a man were nabbed by the police and a large quantity of ganja was seized during an operation in St. Elizabeth on Thursday morning.

About 9 o'clock, the police went to a property in Knoxwood, where the suspects were reportedly seen harvesting ganja. Other persons reportedly fled on the arrival of the police.

The police seized about 2,500 lbs of ganja during the operation.

jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to extend by a month the special summer fare for adult passengers.

Passengers will continue paying $100 until September 26. The following day, the JUTC will return to the 120 dollar fare.

JUTC Managing Director, Colin Campbell, says since the introduction of the special fare on July 5 the State-run bus company has recorded an increase in adult passengers.

The $100 'Bills Summer Special' promoted by the bus company should have ended this weekend.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe Manchester police confirmed that a customer was shot and injured during a robbery at a supermarket in the town of Mandeville today.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm a gunman entered the supermarket at Levy Plaza on Caledonia Road and proceeded to rob the store.

A customer who reportedly walked in during the robbery was ordered to lie down.

He was then shot in his right arm and right side.

Police say that the gunman left the store with phone cards and a sum of money and escaped on a waiting motorbike.

The customer is reportedly in hospital but his condition is not considered as life-threatening.

Baby shot and injured during gang warfare

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crime-scene-7.jpgA 16-month-old child has been hospitalised after being shot and injured during a gun battle between gunmen at Columbus Street in Trench town on Wednesday morning.

Head of the Kingston West Police Division, Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford said rival gangs have been shooting at each other for weeks and despite the best efforts of the police they seem thirsty for blood.

He said the police have identified two suspects in Wednesday morning's incident.

"We have received the names of two men and we are going after them to arrest them and proffer charges against them. We have gone in there and spoken to them. One set says men from outside the community have come in and are robbing people on Spanish Town Road. We rae carrying out proactive policing in the community," Ford said.

crime-scene-7.jpgA teenager is among two men whose bodies were dumped in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Police report that residents summoned them after they saw men dumping a blue tarpaulin in Duhaney Park.

When the cops arrived on the scene, the bodies of the two males were found wrapped in the tarpaulin. Both bodies had multiple gunshot wounds.

One of the bodies was that of a teenager - of dark complexion and about five feet long. The other body was clad in a black merino and jeans pants.

Cop found dead at barracks in Vineyard Town

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police-station.jpgA policeman was reportedly found dead at the Vineyard Town Police Station Barracks in Kingston this morning.

He has been identified as Constable Garnett Taylor who was stationed at the Hunts Bay Police Station.

Taylor, who usually stayed on the barracks, was found by colleagues who noticed he was not moving. Efforts were made to wake him but they were futile. Taylor's colleagues rushed him to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 am.

The cause of death is still unknown. Police are investigating.

uwi-students-killed in-car-crash.jpguwi-students-killed-car-crash-vehicle.jpgTwo students of the University of the West Indies, Mona died in a motor vehicle collision on the Drax Hall main road in St Ann last night.

They have been identified as Oshane Reid, vice president of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students and Shanice Simmonds, both 22 years old.

Reports are that Simmonds was driving a Suzuki Swift motorcar along the roadway when the vehicle collided with an oncoming Toyota Coaster bus. Simmonds was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and suffered head injuries.

They were taken to hospital where both were pronounced dead.

Bronze for Shericka Jackson

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shericka-jackson-bronze.jpgShericka Jackson has claimed Jamaica's fourth medal at the ongoing 15th IAAF World Championships.

The 21-year-old claimed bronze in a new personal best of 49.99 seconds.

The event was won by America's Allyson Felix in world leading 49.26 for a record ninth World Championship gold.Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas took the silverin a personal best 49.67.

Jamaica had a record four women in the final with Christine Day placing fourth in a new PB of 50.14.

Stephenie McPherson was fifth in 50.42 with 2007 bronze medallist, Novlene Williams-Mills running a season best 50.47 for sixth place.


Usain St Leo Bolt is the sprint double champion at a senior global championship for the fifth time.

Bolt added the World Championships 200m gold to his 100m title at the 2015 games in superb form to silence Justin Gatlin.

Bolt landed home in a season best 19.55 seconds.Gatlin, as he did in the 100m final, had to settle for silver.South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana took the bronze.

The 29-year-old Bolt was winning his fourth straight 200m World Championship title. Having won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, he is now within one medal of Merlene Ottey as the Jamaican athlete with the most medals of all time in the 200m at the World Championships.

Thugs posing as goat sellers slaughter butchers

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Thugs posing as goat sellers accompanied two butchers into bushes in the vicinity of Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday, where they robbed and killed them, the police have confirmed.

The men have been identified as 39-year-old Martin Coleman and 26-year old Kadian Richards both of King Weston district in Lawrence Tavern.

Residents reported hearing explosions about 10:05 am and summoned the police.

On the arrival of the lawmen, Coleman and Richards were seen with multiple gunshot wounds, CCU said.They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The butchers were in the area to purchase goats at the time of the incident.

A 13-year-old male relative of the victims who accompanied them was unharmed.

The police are investigating.

775 persons killed since the start of 2015

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According to the latest statistics from the police, 775 persons were reported killed up to Monday.

This represents a 20-per cent increase when compared with the 643 murders reported over the corresponding period last year.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force recorded 1,005 murders last year and did not record the 700th murder until mid-September. Last year's figures represented a 16 per cent decline when compared with the 1,197 recorded in 2013.

The figures are also showing that 12 of the 19 police divisions across the island have reported increases in murders.

Notably, murders in St. James have jumped by 60 per cent while Clarendon has seen a 42 per cent increase in murders.Both parishes have seen a wave of killings in recent weeks.

According to the data, 139 persons were reported killed in St James, compared with 87 over the corresponding period last year.

Eighty-one persons were reported killed in Clarendon, compared to 57 for the similar period last year.

Building inspector caught in sting operation

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A twenty-eight-year-old building inspector employed to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) was arrested on Monday in a sting operation by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, (MOCA).

It's alleged that in May this year, the inspector visited a location in Kingston where a building was being constructed.

He reportedly informed the proprietor that the building permit had expired and then solicited J$500-thousand in order to expedite the renewal of the permit.

A report was made to MOCA which led to his arrest.

Meanwhile, the KSAC says there is no wide scale corruption in the processing of building permits.

"We continue to provide a professional service to the public and we do not charge anything over and above that which is regulated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation . This is absolutely a one off incident and we will be working with the police to investigate ...." said Town Clerk, Robert Hill.

usain-bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015.jpgEight Jamaicans - four men and four women - qualified for the 200 and 400 metres events at the World Campionships now being held in Beijing, China.

World record holder Usain Bolt remained on course to retain the sprint double title, after winning his heat in the men's 200 meters stopping the clock at 20.28 seconds, just ahead of Roberto Skyers of Cuba.

In other semi-finals, Olympic 200 metres bronze medalist Warren Weir finished second in heat 6 in a season best 20.24 seconds, Julian Forte also advanced after finishing second in heat five in 20.16 seconds, behind Britain's Zharnel Hughes 20.13 seconds, while Nickel Ashmeade was third in heat 4, in a time of 20.40 seconds, behind winner Justin Gatlin 20.19 seconds.

Meanwhile four Jamaican ladies made progress to the final of the women's 400 meters on Thursday morning, after qualifying in their respective semi-finals this morning. National champion Christine Day made progress from semi-final one, after clocking 50.82 seconds behind winner Shaunae miller of the Bahamas 50.12. Stephanie Ann McPherson qualified for the final as well as he finished second in semi-final two in a season best 50.32 seconds.

While Shericka Jackson and Novelene Williams-Mills finished second and third respectively in semi-final three behind Alyson Felix of the United States. Jackson posted a personal best 50.03 seconds for the runner up spot, while mills made progress after crossing the line in a season best 50.47 seconds.

Jamaica lies in third place in the medal standings, with 2 gold and bronze, below leaders Kenya with 9 medals and Great Britain in second place with 3. The United States lies in sixth place with six medals 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.

Police bank robber linked to 4 other robberies

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bank-robber-cop-oshane.jpgThe Police High Command is reporting that the policeman who attempted to rob a bank in St Elizabeth last week has been linked to four more robberies in Central Jamaica.

The cop, Constable Oshane Anderson, is still in hospital after he was shot when he tried to rob a customer that was entering a bank in Santa Cruz. He was challenged by a security guard.

Anderson was wearing sister locks (fake locks) during the robbery attempt - checks afterwards unveiled that he was