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Supreme Ventures CEO Brian George has died

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brian-george.jpgPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George died this morning (Sunday).

George, a Trinidadian, is survived by wife Keneea and his sons, Christopher and Matthew.

Supreme Ventures Limited in a statement issued Sunday says it is mourning the untimely passing of its President and CEO, Brian George.

"The entire SVL family is deeply shocked and saddened by Brian's death. He had been battling illness for some time but continued on a daily basis to discharge all of his duties to SVL. We are just trying to come to terms with this significant loss. We will miss him beyond words," said SVL's Chairman, Paul Hoo.

George became President and CEO of Supreme Ventures in 2003. At the time of his passing, he was also Chairman of the Jamaica Gaming Association and Deputy Chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF) board.

Cop shot during spot check in St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA Police Corporal remains hospitalised after he was shot and injured while on duty early this morning in St Ann.

He is Corporal Stevenson Walker of the St Ann's Bay Police Division.

It is reported that Walker was conducting a spot check along the Priory main Road in St Ann when he signalled a silver Toyota Corolla to stop.

The police say the driver disobeyed.

One occupant of the vehicle allegedly opened fire hitting Walker in the leg.

He was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

JTA saddened by deaths of two teachers

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The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it's saddened by the sudden deaths of two teachers in separate incidences on Tuesday. The deceased teachers are 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High.

A team led by JTA President, Howard Isaacs, visited both institutions yesterday where he expressed condolences to the staff and the families of the deceased teachers.

Isaacs noted that teachers face high stress levels in carrying out their professional duties.

He also pledged the JTA's support for teachers saying the association recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health Fund to further enhance their welfare.

march-pen-fat-man.jpgThe main suspect in the March Pen attack in St Catherine has been charged with five counts of murder.

Marvin Campbell Snr was charged this afternoon after being questioned by police investigators. He's scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, October 25. Campbell, otherwise called 'Fat Man', has been in custody since last Wednesday when he surrendered to the police.

Three children are among the five victims of the attack. They are two-year-old, Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old, Revaughn Evans and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jnr. The other casualties were 22-two-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two other persons were also injured in the October 9 attack.

The police had reported that gunmen went to the community, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting occupants. The houses were later set on fire.

x6-trial-powell.jpgProsecutors on Friday morning applied to the court to treat their star witness at the trial of Patrick Powell, as a hostile witness. Powell is accused of the murder of 17 year old Khajeel Mais.

Jeremy Taylor, the lead prosecutor, applied for the order on the grounds that the witness has shown himself to be "adverse" and "inconsistent". The key witness, Wayne Anthony Wright, on Friday morning insisted that he did not see the person who fired on his taxi which led to the death of Khajeel, who was a passenger. This is a major blow to the prosecution which had stated at the opening of the trial that its case rests on the testimony of Mr. Wright.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, requested an early adjournment for his team to examine the case to decide the way forward following Friday's major setback.

Prosecutors say they were challenging his testimony after he changed the statement he gave to the police in July 2011.In the statement read out by the prosecutors, Mr. Wright had reported that he knew the shooter. However, the witness insisted that he did not make such a statement.

The prosecutors also accused him of lying when he testified on Thursday that he did not know Khajeel and was seeing him for the first time when he chartered his taxi on the night of July 1, 2011.Mr. Wright insisted that he gave a statement to the police on July 5 but denied giving a second statement on July 8.

Prosecutors pointed Mr. Wright to the second statement in which he said he knew the shooter and saw him on the night of the incident. But he again insisted he made no such statement. He maintained that he took evasive action on the night of the shooting and did not see who fired on the vehicle.

The star witness told the court that the police tried to coerce him into saying Mr. Powell was the shooter. Mr. Wright said the police also tried to force him to say that he saw Mr. Powell with a gun on the night of the incident. However, he testified on Friday that he refused to do so.

Following heated exchanges, defence attorneys told the court they had no questions for the witness.

Seven shot - one fatally in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgDespite efforts by the security forces to stem gun violence in the western Jamaica parish of St. James, seven persons were shot, one fatally, on Thursday. Three of the shootings took place at bars.

In the first incident, gunmen opened fire on patrons at a bar in Paradise, Norwood at about 6:30 p.m. The bartender, 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, was shot and killed. Three men injured in that incident.

About two hours later, two women were shot and injured in Anchovy. It is reported that gunmen walked into a bar and fired at patrons. The female bartender was shot and seriously injured. Minutes later, gunmen opened fire at another bar nearby, injuring the bartender. Investigators believe both Anchovy incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, a man was shot and injured in Mount Salem at about 8:00 p.m., as he was walking along Katan Lane. He was found by residents suffering from a bullet wound to the thigh.

Prosecutors submit evidence in X6 murder trial

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court.jpgProsecutors on Wednesday submitted evidence to show that 17 year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, died in 2011 after being shot twice when businessman Patrick Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi in which he was a passenger. This was revealed in testimony from one of the crime scene investigators called at the trial of Mr. Powell before the Home Circuit Court.

Mr. Powell is facing charges of murder and shooting with intent.

Over the next few days, prosecutors are expected to show that the teenager died after being shot in the head and back when Mr. Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi. In laying the foundation for that evidence to be delivered by the pathologist, the prosecutors called one of several investigators in the case.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson told the court that on July 14, 2011, he witnessed the post mortem performed on the body of the teenager. The sergeant told the trial that two expended bullets and bullet fragments were taken from Khajeel's body. Photographs were shown to the seven member jury.

Prosecutors are leading evidence that road rage led to the fatal shooting of the teenager. They argued that Mr. Powell, in a fit of rage, opened fire on the taxi along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew, after it bumped into his BMW X6 motor vehicle. The bullet struck Khajeel who was on his way to a school event.Another detective sergeant who gave testimony on Wednesday disclosed that he inspected the taxi and found bullet holes in the rear registration plate; the back seat and on the driver side of the vehicle.

Sergeant David Campbell said he also observed bloodstains in the passenger side of the vehicle and on the back seat. He said he collected samples of blue paint from the left side and bumper of the taxi, a Toyota Succeed. Prosecutors said the blue paint matches that of the BMW X6 driven by Mr. Powell. The court heard testimony on Tuesday from a body repairman who said the X6 vehicle was taken to his garage for repairs.

court.jpgA seven member jury of five men and two women has been empanelled in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Mais' mother, Allana Mais was first to take the witness stand and broke down in tears at the start of her testimony.

Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for murder and shooting with intent in relation to the 2011 death of 17-year-old Khajeel.

Khajeel was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. He is accused of murdering Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the car, hitting the boy.

Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.

court.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Allana Maise, mother of Khajeel Maise broke down on the witness stand as she recalled how she found out about her son's death.

The mother of slain Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais today fought back tears as she recalled watching her son die at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

"I saw Khajeel laying on a bed in one of the cubicles. I saw nurses and doctors around him. I watched him take his last breath," Allana Mais testified.

She was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston where businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for killing Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.

"I saw him (Khajeel) breathing for a while then there was a gasp then there was nothing," Allana Mais added as she was overcome with emotion.

Allana Mais testified that moments earlier she left her son at a taxi stand on Mannings Hill Road. According to her evidence, he was going to meet up with some friends before going to a fete at Meadowbrook High School.

She said she got a call from a family acquaintance who informed her that "dem shoot up" the taxi in which Kahjeel was travelling.

During cross-examination by Powell's attorney Deborah Martin, the married mother of three admitted that Kahjeel had "behaviourial issues" while at KC and outside of the institution.

"He had a matter at the Juvenile Court?" asked Martin.

"Yes", Mrs Mais replied.

"Where he was before the court?" Martin continued.

"Yes, he was," the mother replied.

Mrs Mais also conceded that administrators at Kingston College called her a few times about her son's conduct.

Before that, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in his opening address to the seven-member jury, outlined allegations against Powell before suggesting that 17-year-old Mais was killed in "an exaggerated form of road rage."

He charged that the taxi in which Mais was travelling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the luxury vehicle came out and fired several shots into the taxi.

"They were new, they were the rave then ... the IT in luxury vehicle," Taylor said in reference to the BMW X6.

"Someone was angry because of what happened on the road, what happened to their vehicle. The allegation is that Mr Powell was this person who was angry and angry to the extreme," he added.

court.jpgThe murder trial of businessman Patrick Powell has been opened to the public after prosecutors today reversed their decision to have the case tried in camera.

High Court judge Lloyd Hibbert made the announcement in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago where the trial is about to begin.

After the announcement, several persons outside the courtroom were allowed to enter.

Firearm cases are generally tried on a Gun Court indictment which, under law, stipulates that they should be closed to the public.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais in July 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Mais was travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

It's reported that after the crash the driver of the luxury vehicle got out of his car and fired a bullet into the taxi before fleeing the scene.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

A seven-member jury has been selected comprising five men and two women.

hillary-clinton.jpgThe third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.

The polling tells the story. As Nate Silver notes, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Clinton led by 1.5 points. Before the second, she was up by 5.6 points. Before the third, she was winning by 7.1 points. And now, writing after the third debate -- a debate in which Trump said he would keep the nation "in suspense" about whether there would be a peaceful transition of power, bragged about not apologizing to his wife, and called Clinton "such a nasty woman" -- it's clear that Trump did himself no favors. Early polls also suggest Clinton won.

X6 Murder Trial: Judge clarifies social media ban

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court.jpgThe Judge in the so-called X6 murder trial has sought to clarify his ruling on social media postings on the case.

Last week, the judge ordered social media posts by the family of a murder victim to be removed.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association said it noted reports about the family of Khajeel Mais harshly criticising the justice system on social media and of a Supreme Court Judge ordering the removal of the posts.

It said it raised the issue of curtailment of freedom of speech.

However, 9n Tuesday, the judge clarified that his order was not meant to stop all social media posts about the case, but those which could prejudice the trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said sought to make it clear that freedom of speech did not mean people can say anything they felt. He said statements that defame the court are not permitted and people can be cited for contempt of court. The trial took a break this morning to deal with procedural issues, but was expected to resume at noon.

Businessman, Patrick Powell, is on trial for the murder of schoolboy Kahjeel Mais. The prosecution is alleging that the 17-year-old school boy was killed in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011 by an enraged Powell after the taxi hit his BMW X6.

After the accident, Powell is alleged to have got out his X6 and opened fire on the taxi hitting the schoolboy.

One of St Elizabeth's 'most wanted' killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police have confirmed that one of St Elizabeth's most wanted was shot and killed in Mocho district, St James, today.He is 30-year-old Dwight Williams, otherwise called 'Dewie', of Retirement district, St Elizabeth.

The police say residents of Mocho district reported hearing groans coming from a house and went to make checks. Williams was subsequently found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Police were summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Williams was wanted for the September 15 shooting death of 26-year-old Renaldo Wallace otherwise called 'Bumps', of Retirement district as well as several other shootings.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe police officer responsible for sharing gruesome footage of last Sunday's March Pen massacre, where five people were burned to death in the St Catherine community, now faces possible dismissal for his actions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, who heads the Inspectorate of Constabulary ,told THE WEEKEND STAR that sharing confidential information is in breach of the force's policies and anyone who engages in this kind of activity will face sanctions.

"They will be changed departmentally, and they will be tried in front of an enquiry. After that, the sanctions can range from being reprimanded to dismissal for that same act," Palmer said. He added that the officer responsible for sharing the video on Facebook was still under departmental investigation, after which sanctions would follow.

The video, which has since gone viral, shows the burnt remains of the victims as well as the rubble that was left as a result of the fire.

patrick-bailey-photo-1.jpgInvestigators probing last month's killing of a man at the Barbican, St. Andrew home of attorney Patrick Bailey are said to be following strong leads.

A police source confirmed that investigators questioned Mr. Bailey earlier this week in the presence of four attorneys. Statements were also collected. No one has yet been charged in connection with the killing, as investigators are yet to identify a suspect, or a motive.

On September 30, the body of 51-year-old contractor Junior Jermaine, who was reportedly employed to Mr. Bailey, was discovered with stab wounds at the attorney's home. Investigators seized a spent shell, suggesting that Mr. Jermaine was also shot.

Mr. Bailey reportedly called police to his home after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room. Investigators claim there were no signs of forced entry to the house.

tastee-cheese.jpgus-teen-steals-cheese.jpgAn American youngster is now facing possible prison time after being accused of stealing more than $20.5 million worth of Jamaican Tastee cheese from a warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Eighteen-year-old Darluis Ortiz was arrested this week and slapped with charges of theft, burglary, conspiracy, and possessing burglary tools, according to NBC New York.

When the accused cheese thief appeared in court on Thursday, prosecutors alleged that he stole pallets of Tastee cheese products valued at US$160,000 (or just over J $20.5 million) on September 23. It then took investigators two weeks to track him down.

Ortiz, who was being held in the Bergen County jail, was offered bail at US$150,000 (J$19.2 million).

Bolt donates to Haiti relief

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt while refuting reports that he had donated $10 million to Haiti in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew, has, however, revealed that he is assisting the neighbouring country.

"On seeing the devastating images caused by Hurricane Matthew, especially of the children, I was moved to assist and will encourage others to do so," the many-time Olympic medallist Bolt told the media.

Meanwhile, the decorated athlete is set to take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8k run/walk and 4k fun run in his home town,Falmouth on Sunday.

usain-bolt-in-rio.jpg"The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica people, it will be the last time I run in Jamaica," sprint legend Usain Bolt said.on Television Jamaica's 'Smile Jamaica' morning magazine programme.

Bolt, who is set to return to training the first Monday in November, also closed the door on the suggestion he made a few weeks ago that he competes after 2017.

"Yes I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London, that will be my last one," Bolt told presenters Neville Bell and Sakina Deer.

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist however said he and his team are yet to decide on which event he will be running then.

Bolt along with the other members of Jamaica's team to this year's Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be honoured this weekend by the government of Jamaica.

x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-2.jpgThe Jamaican Bar Association is renewing what it calls longstanding concerns about the deficiencies in the justice system and the responsible exercise of freedom of expression.

The concerns coincide with this week's ruling by high court judge Lloyd Hibbert for a social media blackout in the so called X6 murder case.

The judge made the ruling after Deborah Martin, the lawyer for Patrick Powell, accused killer of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, complained that a series of social media comments was making out her client to be guilty.


The association says there is every reason for accused persons, particularly those not on bail, as well as the victims' families, to be aggrieved by the delays that ravage the delivery of justice.

"The constitutional right to freedom of expression, and the right to criticise our public institutions, belong to us all as citizens in this democratic society," said association president Sherry Ann McGregor.

The association further says the fundamental right to freedom of speech can only be curtailed to the extent that it prejudices the rights and freedoms of others.

"Although we believe that the public and victims' families have the right to speak out about the most unfortunate delays they experience, we also urge them to be respectful in their protests and interviews and to refrain from making accusations of corruption by public officials in the absence of reliable evidence," McGregor further said.


Please, Posthumously Pardon Marcus Garvey

marcus-garvey-photo-3.jpgEarly this week, The Gleaner, Jamaica's oldest and most respected daily newspaper, reported on that country's continuing efforts to pave the way for the United States - and specifically, President Barack Obama - to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction.

Born on August 17, 1887, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Garvey was a civil rights activist, the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and a strong proponent of black nationalism and Pan-African philosophy. Garvey is not only Jamaica's "first national hero," he is revered by millions throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, Africa, the United States, and indeed, all over the world. "Garveyism," while (still) controversial in some quarters, has long been internationally recognized for its strong and enduring influence on the Nation of Islam, Rastafarianism, and the Black Pride movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said Garvey was "the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny."

Writing for Fusion, Casey Tolan notes that "[a]s Garvey's popularity grew, he attracted the attention of a young J. Edgar Hoover." Hoover "put Garvey under surveillance, and in 1919, he wrote a memo about his investigation of the activist. Garvey had 'been particularly active among the radical elements in New York City in agitating the negro movement,' Hoover wrote. Hoover lamented, "[u]nfortunately, however, [Garvey] has not yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation."

Just four years later though, in 1923, Hoover's secretive and vindictive persecution of Garvey did lead to Garvey's federal prosecution, conviction, jailing (for two years and nine months), and eventually deportation, on mail fraud charges. The charges were brought in connection with the sale of stock of Garvey's Black Star Line, an ambitious all-black shipping company that Garvey founded. Garvey was "accused of trying to defraud his customers by advertising a ship that was not yet in his possession." Tolan observes: "Modern day research suggests [however] that the trial was politically motivated to blunt the rise of a powerful black organizer."

Objectively, what the Office of the Pardon Attorney, and ultimately, President Obama, should consider, is: if Garvey had had access and been able to present Hoover's 1919 memo as evidence of his selective prosecution, there is no question he would have had meritorious grounds for the dismissal of his mail fraud case. (As Justice Thurgood Marshall noted in his dissenting opinion in Wayte v. United States, 470 U.S. 598, 624 (1985) ("[M]ost of the relevant proof in selective prosecution cases will be in the Government's hands.")

At page 15 of his 1997 book, The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis, Orlando Patterson, a professor and historical and cultural sociologist at Harvard University, writes: "The prejudices of centuries die hard, and even when they wane, the institutional frameworks that sustained them are bound to linger." It doesn't have to be that way for Marcus Garvey.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney and President Obama should heed Marcus Garvey's sage counsel in a speech in Nova Scotia in 1937 - words Bob Marley helped immortalize decades later in his 1980 masterpiece, Redemption Song - and "emancipate [them]selves from mental slavery," so Marcus Garvey's legacy can finally be free.

Answering questions on April 9, 2015, following a speech at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, President Obama said: "I think that all people want basic dignity and want basic freedom, and want to be able to worship as they please without being discriminated against, or they should be able to speak their mind about an important issue pertaining to their community without being arrested." That's true today, but it was also true of Marcus Garvey in 1923.

Having been sentenced to prison and addressing a crowd at Liberty Hall in New York City, Garvey said: "We are not fighting America; we are fighting hypocrisy and lies, and that we are going to fight to the bitter end. Now understand we well, Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the emancipation of a race; Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the redemption of a country."

About the Author: Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. public defender who worked as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015. He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California.

As a high court judge seeks to ban all social media reference to a five year old murder trial, the comments on social media are telling the judge that his order is five years too late.

Justice Hibbert made the order after murder accused Patrick Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais and argued that it could "prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial."

See some comments below that were made on social media following the ban: "Well, they got the chance of trying the case before the advent of social media, suh let the court try stop it now! Sorry your honour...freedom of speech!. Yuh fighting a losing battle here!"

"Where is the free speech and the Justice Hibbert should be rightfully disturbed The case is over 5 years. No one should have to wait that long for justice."

"The family has all rights to be upset about the constant postponement of the trial. Why would the judge agree to another delay? It's not like the alleged murderer doesn't have legal representation. The lawyer who is joining the defense team was a part of the team before and nothing has changed over the years of constant adjournments. Furthermore, why couldn't the current lawyer brief him on any new developments. This is a travesty of justice."

"More and more it seems, trials are scheduled around the schedule of attorneys. So if they feel the need to go vacationing in Paris, or, to take a quick jaunt to New York, then, the wheels of justice, grind to a halt. Only-in-Jamaica? I wonder."

Huge pay day for Jamaica's Olympians

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Cash awards of between US$2,500 and US$10,000 are among tributes planned for Jamaica's athletes who participated in the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August.

Gold medallists will be given US$10,000 (approximately J$1.3 million) for each medal, while competitors who failed to make the finals in their events will get US$2,500 (approximately J$325,000) for each event.

A relay gold medal will attract US$6,000 to be shared by all six members of the relay team. Managers and officials will get US$1,000 each.

In addition, four statues are to be built commemorating Jamaica's top four sprinters in recent years - the world's fastest athlete Usain Bolt, double 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and their predecessors Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell Brown.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange, who made the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday, said that the statues will be built on a phased basis, with those of Bolt and Pryce scheduled to be completed for next year's 55th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence, and the others by the following anniversary.

Grange said that the statues will be placed at the National Stadium in Kingston, as part of wider development of the stadium complex, including the National Sports Museum.

x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-1.jpgA judge yesterday warned family members of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, to desist from posting material on social media pertaining to the trial of businessman Patrick Powell in the case dubbed the X6 murder trial.

The high court judge Lloyd Hibbert also ordered the removal of all materials posted on various social media platforms about the X6 murder trial and warned that no further material should be posted.


Justice Hibbert made the order after Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family and argued that it could prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial.

Mais' sister, Kimberly, last week voiced her dissatisfaction on Facebook and Instagram about the frequent delays and the length of time that it was taking for the case to start.


Bermuda on watch as Hurricane Nicole approaches

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hurricane-nicole.jpgBermuda is expected to experience heavy rainfall and strong winds when Hurricane Nicole hits the archipelago on Thursday.

Nicole is currently a category two hurricane.

Bermuda's Minister of National Security, Jeffrey Baron has urged residents to take seriously storm preparations as forecasters say there is a possibility that Nicole could hit the country as a category three hurricane.

The National Hurricane Centre in the US says Bermudians should rush to protect life and property ahead of Nicole's impact.

Tropical storm conditions with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour are expected in Bermuda as the latest satellite images show a large eye as Nicole spins south of the country.

marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-2.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, who was wanted for incest and listed as a person of interest in relation to the March Pen massacre, which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, has been arrested.

Campbell was handed over to members of the High Command at the Office of the Commissioner of Police by Bishop Rohan Edwards on Wednesday morning..

Campbell was processed by senior investigators from the Major Investigations Division (MID).

marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-1.jpgMarvin Campbell, who is wanted in relation to the March Pen massacre which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, is being accused of killing his son and four relatives.

Marvin Campbell Jr, 14, was among the five persons who were shot and burnt to death. The other victims are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two others, who were injured during the onslaught, are still hospitalised.

Campbell was placed on the police's wanted list following an allegation of sexual assault committed against a close female relative who is a minor.

According to a report from a popular tabloid, the female 'relative' is supposedly Campbell's daughter. After the allegations of sexual assault, Campbell left the area and has managed to elude the police each time an attempt was made to apprehend him.

It is said that he recently returned to the community as a strong enforcer of the Tesha Miller faction of the Clansman Gang.

Reports are that Campbell also issued several death threats to the victim and the victim's family to dissuade them from pursuing the matter against him.

The victims of Sunday's gruesome act are all relatives of the sexual assault victim.

steven-causewell-victim-nadia-mitchell.jpgBusinessman Steven Causewell has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend Nordia Mitchell and is to serve 20 years before parole.

The sentencing was handed down in the Home Circuit Court by Justice Carol Beswick.

Beswick also said Causewell should undergo psychological evaluation and treatment at the institution he's to serve time.

Causewell was convicted on September 8 for the 2008 murder of Mitchell at her Oakland Apartments home, on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.

The domestic violence case drew a national spotlight. Court proceedings at a hearing on Friday were disrupted by an emotional outburst from the murder victim's daughter, Imani Prenderghast, who accused Causewell of beating her mother.

The 40-year-old convict has two children - an 18-year-old and a seven-year old. He worked at his family's business, Windshield Centre Limited, up until the time of his arrest for the murder of Mitchell.

At least 20 newborn babies dead at Jubilee; not 7

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is claiming that as many as 20 newborns may have died at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and not seven as reported.

The babies died from sepsis, which the Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye has said was due to an organism in the vaginal tracts of their mothers.

In a release this afternoon, Opposition spokesman on health, Horace Dalley, expressed condolences to the parents of the children and said the Opposition was concerned about the situation, which he said appeared to be worsening.

He has called for Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to disclose reports of newborn deaths from bacterial infections at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and The University Hospital of the West Indies.

Dalley said there have been too many incidents that the minister appeared not be aware.

Tufton says that an investigation into the deaths of the children was launched.

madman-chops-off-bruce-walters-head.jpgA man who said to be of unsound mind killing a well-known elderly taxi operator in Hague, Trelawny, yesterday evening, by completely chopping off his head and then running away with the man's head in his hands.

The police report that the taximan, Tepton Walters, 70, was mending a fence at home when he was attacked and chopped all over his body by Rayon Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, the police say, used a machete to completely sever the head of Walters. The police said Tomlinson fled the scene with the severed head.

Up to press time yesterday, the police maintained that Tomlinson was still at large.

"While he (Tomlinson) was committing the act, the neighbours threw stones at him and he ran away in the bushes with the head," said Ralph Medley, an inspector stationed at the Clarks Town Police Station in the parish.

Medley, who was on the scene of the tragedy, said he could not say what had triggered the grisly attack.

The residents set Tomlinson's residence on fire.

prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has condemned the savagery of Sunday's killing spree on March Pen Road and subsequent burning of the house with the occupants inside and labelled it an attack on the nation's children.

"Once again, our children are under attack as crime continues to spiral out of control. Our children are no longer safe in their homes and communities. We owe it to our children to provide them with safe and nurturing communities in which they can thrive and achieve their full potential. We must protect our children," Simpson Miller said in a statement issued yesterday.

She also appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently pay attention to what she termed "out-of-control crime".

spanish-town-killing.jpgPolice yesterday imposed a curfew on sections of the St Catherine North Division late yesterday as they sought to bring a halt to an eruption of violence that resulted in the charred remains of five persons, including three children, being pulled from premises in Africa Settlement on March Pen Road in the parish.

The curfew, which began at 6 p.m. yesterday, will remain in effect until tomorrow.

During yesterday's deadly incident, a 14-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man were also shot and injured.


According to police reports, a patrol team of lawmen was called to respond to heavy gunfire in the area around 1:30 a.m.When the police arrived at the location, a group of heavily armed men, who had been alerted to their presence, engaged them in a shoot-out.

Two persons were later found with gunshot wounds and five other persons burnt to death at the 7 March Pen Road premises. Dead are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley, and 24-year-old Salesha Evans.

The two persons shot and injured were admitted to hospital.

spanish-town-killing-mother-mourns.jpgThe police are seeking Marvin Campbell Sr, otherwise called 'Fat Man', as a person of interest at this time. He is also wanted in connection with a previous triple murder and incest.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the latest incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.Five, including three children were killed.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

Persons knowing the whereabouts of Marvin Campbell Sr are being asked to call the police at 119, 811, 984-2874 or the nearest police station. They can also call Crime Stop at 311. Information may also be sent using the Stay Alert App.

spanish-town-killing.jpgSeven people were shot, five fatally, Sunday morning on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Three of those who died are children - two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr. The other two are said to be 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and Salesha Evans, 24.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

The injured, which include a 14-year-old girl, are reportedly in serious but stable condition at hospital.

Hospital finally locates source of foul odor

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cornwall-regional-hospital.jpgThe administration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James says a sulphur based compound which spilled near the Radiology Department is the source of the odour which has been affecting a section of the facility.

The odour, which emanated from the ventilation system, was detected last week. It affected the hospital's first, second and third floors. A source at the hospital says the chemical is not toxic but can cause eye and skin irritation.

Anthony Smikkle, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, says a team from Kingston is trying to eliminate the odour.

hurricane-matthew-11am-thursday.pngThe extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew has again strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it heads for Florida.

Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles or 220 kilometres per hour.

Some additional strengthening is possible, and Matthew should remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast.

At 11:00 a.m., the centre of the storm was located about about 25 miles or 40 kilometres west northwest of Nassau or about 180 miles or 290 kilometres south east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The eye is moving toward the northwest, near 14 miles or 22 kilometres per hour.

This general motion is expected to continue on Thursday, with a turn toward the north northwest Thursday night or early Friday.

On the forecast track, Matthew should cross the northwestern Bahamas later on Thursday and move close to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday night.

Hurricane Matthew kills over 100 persons in Haiti

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hurricane-matthew-cat-5.jpgHurricane Matthew has left 108 people dead in Haiti, the interior minister has told AFP news agency.

One local official, speaking to AFP, said 50 people had died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

New images from remote and cut off areas in the south-west of the country show scenes of devastation.

The hurricane has again been upgraded to a Category Four storm, the second highest hurricane classification, as it heads for the US state of Florida.

Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade - is currently pounding the Bahamas, after slicing through Haiti and Cuba.

Haiti has seen some of the worst of the devastation, with reports of at least one town in the south virtually wiped out.

An earlier death toll given by Haiti's civil protection service stood at 23, but as emergency services gained access to some of the more remote areas on Thursday, the number rose rapidly to more than 100.

hurricane-nicole.jpgTropical Storm Nicole was upgraded to hurricane status on Thursday as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean to the south of Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Nicole was packing 130 kilometre per hour (80 mph) winds, and was set to strengthen slightly in the coming 24 hours, triggering swell and rough conditions in Bermuda, although no hurricane warning has been issued at this stage.

It is currently located several hundred miles east of Matthew, the powerful category four hurricane ripping through the Caribbean and bound for the US coast.

Nicole is not a threat to Jamaica.

17 year-old killed in Trelawny drive-by

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Wakefield police in Trelawny have commenced a probe into Wednesday night's drive-by shooting in a section of the parish which left a teenager dead.

The dead teen has been identified as 17-year-old Rajae Dean of a Bounty Hall, Trelawny address. Reports are that about 9:25, the police were summoned into the Pinnock Street area of Bounty Hall where residents reported that they noticed a Toyota Axio motor car speeding away after gunshots were heard.

The police, who were quick in the scene, discovered Dean's blood-soaked body lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the deadly attack. Dean's killing brings to 20 the number of murders recorded in the Trelawny Police Division since the start of the year.

Dancehall deejay Food Kartel is dead

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food-kartel.jpgDancehall artiste Courtney 'Food Kartel' Broughton is dead. He died on Wednesday night, only a few days after it as suspected that he had suffered a stroke.

"I will always remember Food Kartel as a man who loved music, he was a great live performer, and an encouraging individual. He was a real vibes man, happy no matter what was going through in his life. He would always find a way to hustle a money so that he and his fellow artistes could do road and promote our songs. It is tragic that he died so young," fellow artiste Macka Diamond said.

Food Kartel is survived by nine children.

The comedian-artiste is known for creating spoofs of popular dancehall songs to create lyrics based on food and articulating culinary delights. Stage show patrons will remember classics like Kitchen Hero, Cook It Inna, Dumpling Tight, Brown Stew Fish and Hot Rice.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Nigerian Army says it plans to hand over six foreigners, including a Jamaican, who were arrested in the course of its anti-terrorism crackdown.

They will be turned over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for deportation.The foreigners include four Cameroonians.

Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu said the foreigners were among suspects arrested in raids in Boko Haram terrorist camps, but were cleared of affiliation with the group. He said the suspects entered Nigeria illegally.

7 persons shot on the weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are investigating a series of shootings and murders in the division on the weekend.

Seven persons were shot, two fatally in St. Catherine, while there were incidents in several other parishes.

The two deceased in St. Catherine were shot by gunmen in Quarry Hill shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. One of them has been identified as Raymond Reid, while the other victim is still unidentified.

Earlier in the evening, two men were shot along Railway Premises in Spanish Town. They have been admitted to hospital.

On Friday, three persons were shot and injured when gunmen opened fire on persons at the Spanish Town bus park. Several stalls were also set on fire by the gunmen.

And a woman was fatally shot on Sunday in Cedar Valley, St. Andrew.

There were also murders recorded in St. James and Hanover.

Elephant Man's baby mother murdered in Standpipe

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elephant-man-and-ratty.jpgThe community of Standpipe in St Andrew is still reeling following Monday morning's brutal murder of Shamara Grant also known as Ratty. Ratty is one of several baby mothers of popular dancehall deejay, Elephant Man.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Ratty was found at her home in Standpipe with multiple gunshot wounds. Sources disclosed that the main suspect has turned himself in to the police.

Reports are that up to late Sunday night, Ratty was outside with friends talking about the impending Hurricane Matthew, however, by the wee hours of Monday morning a gunman had entered the home she shared with her son and shot her at least seven times.

Neighbours rushed her to the University Hospital where Ratty reportedly put up a brave battle, but she later died in hospital with her brother holding her hand.

"She was really a nice person; she loved her son dearly and strange enough she was not on social media, but she loved to take pictures," is how neighbours in Standpipe remember Ratty.

Up to the time of writing, Elephant Man was yet to comment publicly on Ratty's murder or offer his condolences.


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In this day and age of self-focus and vain ambitions, it is refreshing to see someone, yet alone a teenager, who even with the opportunity in front of her to become self-absorbed, opted to do just the opposite; focus on someone else's wellbeing besides her own.


Her name is Kathleen Smith, the recently crowned Miss Teen Jamaica, who since being conferred with such a prestigious title, has been nothing less than regal in the way she has taken on the duties of her reign.

Last Monday she was invited to assist Funding the Cause, a non-profit organization aimed at enhancing the lives of children between the ages of six and eighteen years old, as they provided books to over two hundred and twenty grade six students preparing for the GSAT at Rousseau Primary School.

In addition to handing over books and posing for photographs, Kathleen was able to chat with the students about achieving their goals; and of course, with her being an upper sixth form student at Ardenne High School, it was only natural that she dropped a few study tips of her own on them as well.

duty-calls-photo-2.jpgMs. Melgay Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Antoinette Daniels Martinez and Belinda Blake, Directors - Funding the Cause

Celebrity moment aside and it was time for the real stars in that environ to shine. Ms. Melgay Davis, grade six coordinator of Rousseau Primary wasted little time in imparting praise upon Funding the Cause for the effort, and made it clear that she was beyond elated by the kind gesture, and noted that it would certainly boost the students' moral to know that others do care enough about them to provide them with tools to help them succeed.

Corporate friend of Funding the Cause; Facey Commodity Company Limited came on board and provided cases of canned products towards the breakfast and lunch programme at the school from which well over one thousand two hundred (1,200) students benefit on a daily basis.


In the words of Miss Teen Jamaica 2016, "I feel extremely blessed to be able to speak into the lives of these children and the fact that they made me feel like a true celebrity doesn't hurt" as students thronged her for her autograph and hung onto every word she said.


Ms. M. Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Belinda Blake, Carlington Martinez, Directors - Funding the Cause and Carone Fisher-Messado, FTC volunteer.

When asked about the organization's selection process of what project to undertake or children to assist, Mrs. Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Public Relations Director of Funding the Cause, explains that the directors of the organization examine the severity of the case coupled with the team's ability to effectively accomplish the job through its combined resources along with assistance from the organization's corporate friends.


For additional information on the charitable work of Funding the Cause or how to be considered for assistance from the organization, visit



Tuesday's sitting of Parliament has been postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

In a statement this afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister said a resumption date will be announced.

Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Derrick Smith said members of parliament should remain in their constituencies to manage the emergency coordination on the ground.

He said the should also be on standby to be called for Parliament as needed.

The Ministry of Education has ordered that schools remain closed on Tuesday.

This is based on advice from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in light of the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew which is expected within the next 12 to 24 hours.

The Meteorological Service has indicated that Hurricane Matthew has maintained its trajectory and Category 4 status.

The Ministry of Education is encouraging school administrators to stay tuned to the media in order to receive regular updates as the situation unfolds over the next two days.

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says authorities will today make a second attempt at relocating Port Royal residents.

He told reporters at a press conference at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management a short while ago that buses were sent to the community yesterday, but residents refused to leave the area.

The drivers were instructed to wait two hours, Mckenzie said, adding that after extending their stay by 30 minutes, only four people - two children and two adults - left for the designated shelter.

"We are not prepared to put the lives of our first responders at risk because people are stubborn. We will make one more attempt," he said.

The minister stated that all communities which are in flood-prone areas have responded positively to relocating, except for residents in Port Royal.

He reported that a total of 1,845 people are currently in shelters across the island.

crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division are probing an incident in which the body of a man was found at the home of a prominent attorney in Barbican, St. Andrew Friday morning.

patrick-bailey.jpgThe body of 51-year-old contractor, Junior Jermaine, who was employed to attorney Patrick Bailey, was found Friday morning at the attorney's home with stab wounds.

A spent shell was also found in the house, suggesting that the victim was also shot. The police reported that shortly after 4:00 a.m, Mr. Bailey summoned them after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room.

A Superintendent Merval Smith, who was on the scene, said there is no evidence of forced entry to the house.

In the meantime, attorney Christopher Townsend, who is representing Mr. Bailey, says his client is cooperating with the police in their investigation.

"The family and friends of Mr. Bailey have boost up security on the premises just in case he was the target. Mr. Bailey has been ailing for some time and he is absolutely distraught at the incident, and of course we'll continue to give our full support to the investigation," Mr. Townsend said.

caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has announced the cancellation of several flights because of the impending passage of Hurricane Matthew.

The affected flights were scheduled for Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 for the following destinations: Kingston, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; New York's John F Kennedy Airport; Pearson International in Toronto; Trinidad's Piarco International and Antigua.

According to the airline, only two of its flights will be in operation: BW 414 from Trinidad to Kingston, departing Piarco at 7:50 a.m. and BW 415, from Kingston to Trinidad, departing Norman Manley airport at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Caribbean Airlines says affected passengers should make alternative travel arrangements or remain where they are until the system passes over the island.

The Airline said it has activated its call-out plan to contact customers travelling on the affected flights. However, customers are advised to keep checking flight information on the website or to contact the Caribbean Airlines call centers:

USA & Canada: 1.800.920.4225
Jamaica (International): 1.800.523.5585
Jamaica (Local calls): 1.888.359.2475

bahamas-air-plane.jpgThe Bahamian government has arranged for its students living in Jamaica to return home ahead of hurricane Matthew. The Bahamian Education Ministry said Bahamasair was sent to Kingston this afternoon. It was scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength but remains a dangerous category four system as it moves closer to Jamaica.Maximum winds are now near 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph) up from 230kp/h with higher gusts.

The Meteorological Service says although there could be further fluctuations over the weekend, Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday when it should hit Jamaica.

The eye of the system is now about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThree high-powered rifles were among four illegal guns recovered yesterday during a joint police/military operation in Glendevon, one of the troubled inner-city communities in crime-ravaged St James.

According to a police source, the operation turned up two AK-47 rifles, one UZI sub-machine gun, and a semi-automatic pistol.

From early yesterday morning, a contingent of police and soldiers swooped down on Glendevon and neighbouring Norwood.

The operation happened a day after the police, during a press conference in Montego Bay, announced that they would intensify the 'Get the Guns' campaign, which they say has yielded success since it began last year.

Acting Commissioner of Police (ACP) Warren Clarke, commander for the Area 1 Police, which includes the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, disclosed on Wednesday that, since this year, of the 316 murders committed in Area 1, 237 involved the use of firearms.

In the meantime, he noted that of the 200 murders committed in St James, 184 (92 per cent) "were occasioned with the use of guns".

Tips to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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hurricane-season.jpgIn view of the imminent threat posed to the island by Hurricane Matthew, the National Water Commission (NWC) has provided the following important hurricane preparation tips relating to water supply provision.

Before the onset of storm conditions:

1) Knowing that water supply systems are at severe risk of damage from hurricanes, customers are urged to collect and store water in the event the piped supply is disrupted by the storm. Residents should store as much water as they can - more than a gallon per person per day and enough to last at least seven days.

2) Tanks should be checked to ensure that their connected valves are working and will not drain water back into the network if piped supply is disrupted.

After the storm:

3) Check to determine if the piped supply is disrupted. Especially for people with tanks directly connected to their homes, a disruption in the public supply may not be obvious immediately.

4) Conserve the water you have stored. Ensure that water stored in tanks remain locked in and conserved, including by limiting cooking foods that require water to prepare, use paper plates to avoid washing dishes and control other activities that use much water. Use untreated or rain water for washing, flushing toilets and similar activities.

5) If your piped supply is disrupted, rain water may be used to replenish potable water you have already used. Rain water may be purified by boiling for five minutes or by adding 2-4 drops of bleach per litre of water. Water treated with bleach should be allowed to settle for 30 minutes before drinking.

6) Report any broken water or sewer mains or other defective water infrastructure you observe to the nearest NWC office or 1 888 CALL NWC (1 888 225 5692).

hurricane-matthew.jpgJamaica is under a hurricane watch as Matthew strengthens into a powerful category four hurricane with Jamaica directly in its paths.

Head of the National Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson said the decision was taken to forego issuing a tropical storm watch and go directly to the hurricane watch. He told journalists that a hurricane warning is likely for Sunday.

Matthew is expected to pass near Jamaica on Monday but the effects will be felt from Sunday.

Meanwhile, local government minister, Desmond McKenzie said the Prime Minister has instructed that the authorities "go full speed ahead" with preparedness and response efforts.He said relief agencies have been ordered to find all 2,000 street people across the country and place them in shelters.

McKenzie said all shelters will open Saturday the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is already distributing essential supplies.The Jamaica Urban Transit Company, he said, is on standby to support evacuation.

The Local Government minister also warned the threat posed by Matthew "is not a joke" as he disclosed that "a wide cross section of Jamaica do not believe Matthew is coming".

Policeman in uniform attempts suicide

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman attached to the Area 3 police attempted to kill himself Tuesday morning when he climbed on top of a commercial building along Park Crescent in Mandeville.

According to eye witnesses, the cop was dressed in uniform and his face masked, with a rope ready to hang himself.

It is believed that he was there for more than two hours, knotting the rope, placing it around his neck and removing it several times as if uncertain about what he actually wanted to do.

With the help of a Jamaica Public Service utility truck and the fire brigade, the police, after many attempts, were successful in getting the cop down from the building.

It is understood that the policeman is now being counselled by personnel from Northern Caribbean University.

Black Panther leader supports Donald Trump

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black-panther-leader.jpgThe 2016 Presidential election is already one for the history books. But did you think you would ever hear the New Blank Panthers having a positive response to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump?

And this just isn't any member of the New Black Panthers... This is their top leader, Quanell X, who agrees with Trump that the Democratic party has kept black voters on a plantation and been "pimped like prostitutes" For five decades.

It's clear that Democrats, who run every major urban city, have taken the black vote for granted. Decades after LBJ's great society, inner-city blacks are in worse shape than ever.

As Quanell X explains:

"Let me say this to the brothers and sisters who listened and watched that speech. We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said, because it is a fact that for 54 years, we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America.

And they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them. We as black people have to reexamine the relationship - where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they're the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return."

"Barack Obama, our president, served two terms. The first black president ever. But did our condition get better? Did financially, politically, academically, with education in our community, did things get better?

Are our young people working more than what is was before he came into office? The condition got worse. So now we as black people have to do and remember what the honorable Elijah Mohammed said. No politician can save the black community; we've gotta do it ourselves."

This is the last thing Hillary Clinton wants to hear. It's clear that real progressive activists have heard Hillary Clinton's empty promise of "free stuff" from other Democratic politicians.

But the Democratic party is the political party of empty promises and racism. Clearly, some black leaders are tired of being taken for granted... Hillary Clinton is expecting overwhelming support from black voters, without having to work for it.

2 AK 37 rifles, 1 Uzi recovered in St James

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ak-47-stock.jpgThree high powered weapons and a handgun have been recovered during a massive joint police/military operation now underway in the inner city communities of Glendevon and Norwood in St James.

The illegal weapons include: two AK47 rifles, one UZI sub-machine gun and a semi-auto pistol.

It is not clear if anyone was arrested in connection with the seizures.

The police and military have stepped up operations in St James since the recent flare up of violence which has resulted in the loss of nearly 20 lives in two weeks.

Jamaicans urged to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to take all necessary precautions in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, which could impact the island as early as Sunday.

Addressing an emergency meeting with heads of agencies at the Office of the Prime Minister, today, Holness said the Government is now on high alert as it prepares for the system, which could pass over the island at a Category 2 status.

Following presentations from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), National Works Agency (NWA), the National Water Commission (NWC), the security forces, and other relevant agencies, Holness said he is satisfied that all disaster management measures have been activated.

Acknowledging the potential impact of the hurricane on the country's economic prospects, the Prime Minister said it is critical that this is mitigated through preparedness.

Hurricane Matthew gains strength

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hurricane-season.jpgDirector of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, said the hurricane system is continuing to gain strength as it moves westward over the south-eastern section of the Caribbean basin.

He informed that the system is forecast to continue moving westward into Saturday, when it is to make a dramatic turn towards the north-west. It is expected to pass Jamaica's eastern coastline from Sunday evening into Monday morning. Thompson, says the country is likely to experience 24-36 hours of rainfall if the threatening category one Hurricane Matthew strikes.

Thompson, who was speaking a short while ago at the Office of the Prime Minister on the projected path of the storm, said that Matthew is expected to make landfall between Sunday and Monday. He added that rainfall is expected to continue into Tuesday.

The meteorologist said at that time, the hurricane is expected to upgrade to category two.

Thompson said the Met Service is confident in the computer generated path hence it expects Matthew to continue heading westward then south before making a dramatic turn to the north then moving in a north westward direction over Jamaica.

al-miller.jpgReverend Al Miller has backtracked on his earlier position that he would not appeal his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

In a statement this afternoon, his lead attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown said Miller has reviewed his immediate and initial reaction to his conviction and has now given instructions for the filing of an appeal.

"This is based on legal advice, the urgings of many and his own prayerful reflections on all that transpired leading up to, at and since his trial," Samuels Brown said.

She said Miller has instructed that based on the factors it is important for the Court of Appeal to consider and rule on the important legal issues arising from his case.According to Samuels Brown these including Jamaica's relationship with other countries, particularly in the context of extradition matters and as well the relationship between the citizen and the police.

She said Miller has reaffirmed his respect for the decision of the trial judge and the judicial process of which appeals are of seminal importance and a legitimate right afforded to all citizens.

"He is now content to await the deliberation and ruling of the Court of Appeal," Samuels Brown said.

jason-hall.jpgJason Hall former Deputy Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board. has been appointed by the Board of Supreme Ventures Limited to the position of Vice President, Marketing, effective Monday.

Mr. Hall will be responsible for leading the team of brand managers in the development and execution of the marketing strategies needed for the successful growth and profitability of the non-lottery brands under the company's portfolio.

Cops probe death of popular businessman Paul Seaton

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Barnett Street police in St. James are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the son of businessman Y.P. Seaton.

The body of businessman Paul Seaton, 55, of Malibu Close, Kingston 8, was found on a beach in Montego Bay about 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

It is reported that Mr. Seaton was at a tournament on Saturday when he jumped from a boat and attempted to swim ashore.

Investigators are awaiting the results of a post mortem.

clinton-vs-trump.jpgHillary Clinton called Donald Trump a racist and a sexist - to his face - in brutal exchanges during the year's first presidential debate Monday night.

Her charges of racism stemmed from an age-old complaint that he had supported 'birther' conspiracies questioning Barack Obama's U.S. birth and therefore his eligibility to be president.

And she leveled charge after charge at the Republican in an attempt to frame him as an unrepentant chauvinist, aided by a question from moderator Lester Holt about a one-time comment that Clinton lacked 'the look' to be president.

'This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,' Clinton said - a similar challenge to one Trump faced more than a year ago from Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly at the first GOP primary debate.

Monday he answered it a second time with a jab at an old entertainment nemesis.

'Somebody who's been very vicious to me, Rosie O'Donnell - I said very tough things to her,' Trump protested, 'and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'

31 y-o St Catherine woman starves to death

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A probe is in progress into a case where it is suspected that a 31 year old woman in Portmore, St. Catherine starved to death.

The body of the woman, was found on Tuesday in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2 in Portmore. It is reported that she was mentally ill.

The Greater Portmore police went to investigate what they thought was a murder after receiving reports of a body in a bag in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2.

However, as soon as the police commenced their investigation, they realised it was an unusual case. The investigation revealed a deeper horror which speaks to the treatment of the mentally ill. A bag was found which contained the remains of the 31-year-old woman who appeared to have been malnourished. The woman lived with her 34-year-old sister who was her only care-giver. Her sister, who works in Kingston, told the police that she left home at 5:30 Tuesday morning and returned a little more than 16 hours later.

She said she found her sister on the floor, apparently where she normally lay, but this time she was dead. The woman said she panicked and placed the body in a bag, then dumped it in a nearby empty lot.

According to the police, the body was more like a skeleton with skin, no muscle, no fat. They believe she simply wasted away. The woman told police her sister was mentally challenged and unable to do anything for herself and she found it difficult to cope. Because she had to work, her sister was left at home all day, every day. Inside the house, investigators found feces all over and no running water in the house. The toilet was filthy. The dead woman's sister told police she tried but was unable to get help for her sister.

She was questioned by the Greater Portmore police on Wednesday morning.

credit-cards.jpgSeven foreigners, six of them Canadians, were charged on Wednesday afternoon in connection with a credit card scam.

A suspect from the Caribbean was also charged.

They were arrested on Tuesday by C-TOC detectives at the Marriott Hotel in St. Andrew.

The police were called when the hotel discovered that a fraudulent credit card was used to book the accommodation for the seven persons.

They are expected to appear in court later this week.

Seven million dollar ganja bust in Drax Hall, St Ann

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ganja-seized.jpgSeven million dollars worth of ganja was seized by the police off the coast of Drax Hall in St. Ann yesterday.

About 10 o'clock in the morning, the Narcotics and Marine Police searched a boat. Thirty-eight knitted bags containing 1,700 pounds of ganja were found.

The boat, two 250-horse power engines, petrol, food and equipment used at sea were seized. No one was arrested.

Guilty Chinese fraudsters to be sentenced today

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals, who recently pleaded guilty to financial crimes and breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act (Anti-Gang Legislation) charges, are to know their fate today.

Zhong Jianping, 38, Guo Shanghai and Zhong Fulin, both 37, pleaded guilty to possession of data devices, which comprised magnetic cards, computers, and two NSR605 card devices for the purpose of committing an offence.

The three were taken into custody on July 13 and charged following investigations, which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers and other paraphernalia used in identity theft.

More than 400 credit cards, suspected to be fraudulently manufactured, were also seized along with cash amounting to approximately $6 million.

Bus driver's shooting leaves students in fear

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of a bus driver, and the serious gun - shot wounds inflicted upon two students.

The shooting incident took place on Monday, during the early morning commute to school, in the vicinity of St. Clavers Avenue and Creek Street in Montego Bay.

There was chaos and panic during peak hour traffic along Creek Street in downtown Montego Bay as shots rained on a bus carrying mainly school children.

At the end of the shooting, the driver was dead and two female students of the Maldon High School injured.

They have since been hospitalised.

holy-trinity-devotion-photo-1.jpgIn this electronic age where student has a smart phone and every event, no matter how solemn or how gruesome is marked by a 'selfie', none of this was evident at he memorial service for fallen soldier, Dominic James the captain of the St Georges College football team. Tear...rivers and oceans of tears...were the order of the service which saw students from nearly a dozen Corporate Area (and Portmore) schools gathered in unity to pay respect to Dominic, who collapsed and died on Tuesday evening, while representing his school during a Manning Cup game against Excelsior High school at the Stadium East field.It was only few minutes into the game when the incident occurred and 18 year-old Dominic was rushed by his father to the University hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.


The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity as tearful students from all over attended for the Thanksgiving Devotion for the life of St George's College player and captain Dominic James who was also a student at Jamaica College prior to transferring to Georges. students from St George's, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High School and Convent of Mercy Alpha along with Wolmer's Boys, Excelsior , Jamaica College , Calabar High and as far as Bridgeport High School in Portmore. The students turned out in their numbers and had the cathedral bursting at the seams.


Father Richard Tulloch, chairman of the school board got the proceedings going, which was followed by the entrance hymn, "Great is thy Faithfulness". Opening prayer and song were conducted by St George's students.

"Let not our grieving see the work of God," said Father Tulloch. "It's all about God and we don't know why. God is at work. Cry, mourn, don't tell me don't cry," said Tulloch."We have more questions than answers but allow the grace of God to anoint you," he added.


"Dominic James is a good fellow and I am not saying that because he is gone. Everything is a smile. He hardly spoke much, he smiles," said Tulloch.

Dave Myrie, principal of Kingston College could not hold back the tears as he led over 50 students in support of their rivals but good neighbours. "It's just a hard could have been ours " said Myrie, noting that that KC's founder Bishop Gibson was a St Georges College student.


Opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites, a St George's past student highlighted the unity that James' death had brought.

"I pray that when this St George's team take to the field on Friday they will play with vigour," said Thwaites to loud applause.


rita-marley-photo-1.jpgThere has been an outpouring of get well wishes as Rita Marley, widow of reggae icon Bob Marley, has been admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke in the United States last night.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Mrs Marley was in Miami to attend an event when she fell ill.

Reports are that Bob Marley's widow had suffered a stroke before, but this one is considered very serious.


The Marley family has been quite secretive about the matriarch's health issues and have so far not made any official announcement about Rita's condition.

Seventy-year-old Marley, born Alpharita Anderson in Santiago de Cuba in July 1946, is the mother of three of Bob's 13 children - David (Ziggy), Cedella and Stephen. She married Bob in 1966.

Thieves strike at jewellery store on King Street

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jewellery-store.jpgThieves struck the Carousel Jewelry Store on King Street early this morning, running off with many items of jewelry and liquor.

The value of the items has not yet been determined.

It is believed that the thieves entered the store by breaking through a glass window at the front where crime scene tape (yellow tape) was drawn.

crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican was among three men shot dead by the police in Suriname during a failed robbery attempt on the weekend. He has not been identified.

The other deceased are from Suriname and Guyana.

Another Jamaican involved in the robbery was also shot and injured. He has been arrested.

The police say the four are members of a gang of robbers. It is reported that the men were in the process of robbing a shop when the owner shouted for help. A neighbour responded and the men ran from the building with some of the goods.

They were cornered by the police near their home and there was an alleged shootout in which the four robbers were shot. Three of them died on the scene.

The police seized guns and the goods stolen from the shop. Money and other goods in the house occupied by men were also seized.

A man and two women who were at the house were also arrested.

Paul Burke to step down as PNP General Secretary?

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paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) may soon experience shifts in its management personnel structure as RJR News has received word from party insiders that General Secretary Paul Burke has no intention of staying on in the position.

The insiders say at least one senior member of the PNP executive was persuading Mr. Burke to continue in the post for another year.

However Mr. Burke has quietly declared to PNP officials that he has no intention of back-pedalling on his recent declaration to step aside.

In the meantime, with the possibility of Paul Burke vacating the position of general secretary soon, the aspirants for the position are lining up.

Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson, who has indicated that he wants the job, is not likely to be a shoo-in as PNP insiders say well known activist and businesswoman Maureen Webber is also expected to vie for the post.

dudus-rev-al.jpgRev Al Miller, who was recently fined one million dollars for harbouring a fugitive, says the former Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington gave him two options to relay to fugitive Dudus: surrender directly to the Commissioner or to American law enforcement authorities.

Miller, who has been convicted for his role in transporting Dudus -- whose arrest ended an islandwide manhunt after he was found in the company of Miller --- has now broken his silence to say that Ellington betrayed him.

When asked why the former commissioner would do such a thing, Miller answered: "That a di shocker, but we can't talk it now or the whole dollyhouse mash up."

Miller's comments came during an exclusive interview with The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre, just days after his corruption case ended with a $1 million fine.

Miller had maintained that he was taking Coke to surrender to US authorities and that members of the Police High Command were, at all times, aware of his actions.

In July, the founding pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle church located in St Andrew was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice, six years after drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured in a vehicle he was driving along Mandela Highway in St Catherine.

homeland-security-department-headquarters-washington.jpgThe U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security.

Some of them also had high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" - those that present a national security concern for the United States - or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials - old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.

DHS officials identified an additional 953 people who had been naturalized despite outstanding deportation orders, though auditors couldn't determine if those immigrants had digital fingerprints on file or not.

Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.

Over 25 injured in NY blast

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new-york-chelsea-explosion.jpgJust days after New York's memorial of the 9/11 bombing where 3,000 persons lost their lives a scary blast rocked the State in late last night.

According to Fire Department officials about 25 people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion that occurred on Manhattan's West 23rd Street, possibly in a dumpster.

The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Witnesses said they felt the ground shake and there were also photos posted online showing broken glass in nearby buildings. Others say they were ushered out of a nearby restaurant for their own safety after the blast occurred.

Men held in murder of JDF soldier in barber shop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men who were involved in the slaying of a soldier in Jamaica were arrested over the weekend. The soldier who was in a barber shop was killed was tackling the gunmen who came in there in a robbery attempt.

The soldier - Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett was killed on September two in an incident where one of the perpetrators died.

According to the police they have now arrested two of three suspects accused of killing Bennett.

It is reported that 25-year-old Sheldon Brown and 36-year-old Dwayne Bedasse have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated robbery. The Kingston residents were identified in a lineup on Friday. Police say a third suspect will face an identification lineup at a later date.

court-case.jpgThe trial of the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged with the shooting death of accountant Keith Clarke has been pushed back to February 6, 2017.

The trial has been delayed due to a change in defense attorney.

Lance corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley, and private Arnold Henry are accused of murdering Clarke at his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew, home in May 2010 during the search for then fugitive, Tivoli Gardens strong man Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

According to the JDF, Clarke's house was raided based on information that Coke may have been hiding there.

Clarke was shot more than 20 times.

One of nine escaped prisoners re-captured

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escapee-prisosner-oshane-morgan.jpgOne of the nine prisoners who escaped from the Denham Town Police lock-up in western Kingston is now back in custody following his recapture this morning in Manchester.

He is 19-year-old Oshane Morgan otherwise called Grey Beard, of Oxford Street, Denham Town, Kingston 14.

Morgan who was facing charges of robbery and illegal possession of firearm will be additionally charged with escaping custody.

Reports are that about 7:45 am, lawmen were on an operation in Mandeville, Manchester when Morgan was nabbed at the Nashville Bus Park in the parish.

The other eight escapees, who remain at large are:

  1. Theodore Lawrence, 23, otherwise called 'Theo', of Baugh Path, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for murder.
  2. Kevin Thomas, 26, otherwise called 'Tatan' of McKenzie drive, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for wounding with intent and shooting with intent.
  3. Richard Richardson, 22, otherwise called 'Ritchie' of Golden Heights, Denham Town, Kingston 14, who was charged for shooting with intent.
  4. Alex Bailey, 23 of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11, who was charged for Murder and Illegal possession of firearm.
  5. Ian McBean, 30, otherwise called 'Pipe' of Cling Cling Avenue, Kingston 11, who was charged for murder.
  6. Stephen Burke, 23, otherwise called 'Lucious' of Hanover Street in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, who was charged for affray, malicious destruction of property and assaulting police.
  7. Donovan Allen, 33, otherwise called 'Bitter' from Spanish Town, St Catherine, who was charged for robbery with aggravation.
  8. George Ballentine, 19, of Bedwood Gardens, Kingston 7, who was charged for murder and illegal possession of firearm.

Reports are that about 7:30 am, during a routine cell check of the lock-up, the men were discovered to be missing.

Upon further investigation officers observed that the prisoners plotted their escape by cutting a ventilation grill.

The Inspectorate of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has commenced a probe into the incident.

The police have also advised members of the public that these men are dangerous criminals and it is a prosecutable offence to harbour a fugitive.

rev-al-miller-and-dudus-photo-1.jpgControversial Pastor, Reverend Al Miller has reportedly paid his one million dollar fine handed down by the court as punishment in a case involving former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Dudus..

Yesterday, the court sentenced Miller to pay a fine of one million dollars or serve 12 months in prison.

Mr Miller has said he will not appeal the sentence.

Miller, who drove to the court in a top-of-the-line vehicle, a hummer, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in July, after then fugitive Christopher Dudus Coke was found in his company.

He has maintained that he was taking coke to the US Embassy, to hand him over to the authorities.

The conviction of Miller has reportedly caused other members of the religious community to review their role in assisting the police with intervention, especially when the matter involves alleged criminals.

cxc-logo.jpgRonald Thwaites, the opposition spokesman on education, is warning Education Minister Ruel Reid to be careful about the threat that he has issued to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) that Jamaica is prepared to "review" its relationship with the examination body if the Penwood saga does not end favourably.

Jamaica has been lobbying the CXC to award grades to about 40 students of the St Andrew school who were ungraded in six subjects after the school failed to submit samples of their school-based assessments (SBAs) by a July 31 deadline.

Reid yesterday acknowledged a statement by the CXC that the school did not qualify for a hardship consideration. The statement, however, added that consideration was being given under "special circumstances" and that "candidates will be given the grade they justly deserve".

However, it was his threat to review Jamaica's relationship with the examination body if the resolution is not favourable that has left Thwaites and the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) concerned.

"We (the Government) have to make it very clear to them (CXC) that Jamaica is not going to stand for any foolishness, and if they continue with that, we may need to review our own position within CXC," Reid told journalists.

But Thwaites is urging Reid "not to pick a quarrel" with the CXC when it is clearly apparent that there was error on the part of the school, and, maybe, other factors in Jamaica.

"There are, indeed, many things in Jamaica's relationship to review, [for example], the costs, which seem to me to be no longer appropriate. [But] why would we want to, in any way, reduce or question our relationship with a pedigreed examination body that has served us so well for so many years?" Thwaites argued.

President of the JTA Howard Isaacs said a review of the relationship with the CXC is not a necessary course of action at this time.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe sentencing hearing for three Chinese nationals, who pleaded guilty last week to major scamming activities, was delayed on Wednesday when they appeared in court.

The hearing is now set for Monday before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The three were arrested last month by the St. Andrew Central Police. The cops raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew and reportedly seized several skimming devices, hundreds of blank credit cards, along with J$6 million and foreign currency.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. It is alleged that documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized. The cops say the men are members of an international fraud network. They have been linked to fraud in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Cuba and several Caribbean countries.

The men have pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property; possession of data device; forgery and unauthorized access to computer data.

Three other Chinese nationals, believed to be members of the fraud network, were recently arrested in Dominica.

PNP having money problems

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is struggling to host its 78th annual conference, scheduled for this weekend, amid damaging allegations of misuse of campaign donations by some of its candidates in the recently concluded general election which has reportedly crippled the party's treasury.

The party did not quote a figure for this year's conference, noting that "it is still a work in progress" only two days before the start. Last year, a $25-million budget was announced by Pickersgill at a similar press conference. The chairman indicated then that the party was not strapped for cash.

This year, the party has reduced the days of the conference from three to two.

Artist Cecil Cooper has died

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cooper-cecil.jpgRenowned artist, musician and art educator Cecil Harvey Cooper died this morning. He was 70.

His passing comes just over a week after he was conferred with Jamaica's fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), at a special investiture ceremony at King's House.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presented Cooper with the award, said it represented "service rendered that enhanced the quality of life and demonstrated significant contributions to Jamaica".

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Cooper's "intellectual leadership and artistic integrity have given instrumental foundation" to his many students.

Lookout for fake $1000 notes

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The Clarendon police are warning business persons and other members of the public to be on the look out for counterfeit $1,000 notes. It is believed that the notes have been in circulation since last week.

Constable Nanthony Hamilton says three of the notes have since been handed over to him.

The police, in urging the public to be vigilant when conducting monetary transactions, say it is important for persons to pay attention to the notes because criminals are constantly finding ingenious ways to make money.

Hamilton is also encouraging persons, especially small business operators, to invest in money machines which he says will help them to detect counterfeit cash.

jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has suspended full service on the route to Gordon Town in St Andrew because of a breakaway in the roadway caused by heavy rains, at Savage Pen.

"The break in the roadway has made it impassable for the JUTC units and so the Route 61 buses cannot go all the way to Gordon and have to be turned at Savage Pen" the sate-owned bus company informed in a press release.

In apologising to affected commuters for the disruption in the Gordon Town service, the JUTC advised that there will not be a resumption of the full route until the roadway is repaired.

AJ Nicholson's son has died

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aj-nicholson-and-son-omar.jpgOmar Nicholson, the son of former Foreign Affairs Minister, A J Nicholson, has died. Reports are that he passed away on Wednesday.

According to a source close to the family, the former minister - who recently returned to the island after a trip overseas - is said to be deeply saddened.

"He's not taking it well, he's devastated," said the family friend.

Omar was a software developer and he graduated from Wolmer's Boys' School in 1989.

6 year-old girl shot in Spanish Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAsix-year-old girl was shot in March Pen Road, Spanish Town.

Initial reports are that about 3 p.m. on Wednesday a police party accosted a group heavily armed gunmen in an area called 'Africa'. A shoot-out ensued, and during the exchange of gunfire, the little girl was shot.

She was rushed to hospital by the police.

The area has since been blanketed with a heavy police presence.

The shooting of the child followed that of a male who was shot and injured about 1:30 p.m. in the Spanish Town Bus Park. It is said that two males dressed in school uniforms approached and shot the man. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

As a result of the incident, many commuters were left stranded.

Brothers shot dead at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo brothers were Thursday morning shot dead at their home in the Havana Heights community of May Pen, Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that 19-year-old Javelle Lawrence and his brother, 18-year-old Romario Lawrence, were shot dead about 2:40 am as they slept.

Their attackers, who were reportedly impersonating police officers, kicked open the door to their home and opened gunfire hitting them.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.

Commish vows to find killer of 9 month old baby

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karl-williams-police-commish.jpgCommissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has vowed to find the killers of a nine-month-old baby, her 25-year-old mother and a 62-year-old man in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Williams, who visited the scene, is speculating that the early morning incident stemmed from a domestic dispute. Reports are that Rushell Williams and her child Aleir Smith were visiting Albert Pryce at his home in Fort George when the attacker(s) struck.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 6:00 am and summoned the police.

"This is really a sad day because heartless criminals have turned their weapons on not just men but women and children. They have gone too far and I will do all I can to ensure that the killer or killers will not escape," Williams said.

Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia

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hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton's doctor has revealed the 68-year-old has pneumonia - hours after video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center.

Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team after she performed a check-up on the presidential candidate at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, after the 'medical episode'.

She said: 'Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

'While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.'

Clinton is now holed up in her upstate New York home after a bystander recorded her losing her balance, slumping at the knees and being held up by her aides while waiting to get in a minivan.

No motive as man shot dead in Trelawny drive-by

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man-shot-dead-warren-hodges.jpgA man was killed and two other persons shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Trelawny on Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as Warren Hodges of Bliss Pastures, Wakefield, Trelawny.

Reports are that, at about 8:30 pm, Hodges was standing at his gate when occupants of a motor car that drove up, opened fire hitting him multiple times. Two other persons were also hit. The three were taken to hospital where Hodges was pronounced dead.

The conditions of the two wounded are not considered serious.

It was the second drive-by shooting in the community in recent times. Last month, occupants of a motor car opened fire on a group of men gathered a short distance from the police station.

JUTC employee murdered on her way to work

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crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) employee was murdered on her way to work early Monday morning.

She has been identified as 36-year-old Natale Smith of West Avenue in Central Village, St Catherine.

Reports are that Smith had just left her home about 4:10 AM and was heading for work when gunmen attacked and shot her in her head.

Smith's murder has caused grief and mourning among her colleagues at the public transportation company, where she worked.

According to the police, the motive of the crime is unknown as the assailants left behind the victim's cell phone and purse.

Ban on Samsung Note 7 on Caribbean Airlines

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caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines (CAL) has banned the in-flight use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones on all fights. This follows reports from Samsung that the smartphone's battery poses a threat of fire once it becomes overheated. In a recent release, CAL said the decision was based on a directive from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA).

The airline advised that the device can be taken on board in a person's carry-on luggage or on their person, but must not be used once on board. The airline also advised that the passenger will not be allowed to store the device in their checked luggage.

Caribbean Airlines pointed to safety as its number one priority regarding its passengers and crew.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged owners of the smartphone to discontinue using the device and to turn it off. The body said that it is working with Samsung to determine whether a recall of the device and exchange are enough of a solution to the matter.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe driver responsible for last Friday's crash in Clarendon in which 23 students were injured has been charged.

Clovis Duncan, who fled the scene of the accident, turned himself in to the May Pen police on Sunday. He has since been charged for failing to report an accident, dangerous driving, operating without insurance and operating without PPV license. He is scheduled to make an appearance in court on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The Toyota Hiace mini bus transporting Garvey Maceo students was being driven by Duncan when it collided with a taxi and flipped several times along the Vernamfield main road in Clarendon sometime after 9 o'clock Friday morning.

A 15-year-old student, who sustained serious injuries, had to be transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he remains in intensive care.

tom-tavares-finson.jpgJamaican attorney Tom Tavares-Finson today complained to a judge that he was videotaped by American law enforcement personnel outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.

Tavares-Finson, said the filming happened on July 28 following a hearing into the extradition case of five Jamaicans wanted by America on lottery scamming charges.

At the resumption of the matter in court today sought to know why.

"Can I know why I was being videotaped and can I have a copy of the tape?" the attorney asked.

"They don't need to videotape me... dem can just Google my name and they will see my pictures," said Tavares-Finson, who is also the President of the Jamaican Senate.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith said while he could not determine whether the complaint was true, he found it "curious" for the Americans to be videotaping Tavares-Finson. The American authorities present at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the start of the extradition case were drawn from the FBI, the US Postal Investigation Service, the US Marshall Service and the US Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

The eight Jamaicans - Constable Jason Jahalal, Dahlia Hunter, Xanu Ann Morgan, Kimberly Hudson, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, Kazrae Gray and Oneil Brown - are wanted on an indictment handed down in the US state of North Dakota.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have each been indicted on one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

Carey Wedler
March 24, 2015

martin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpg(TFC) Washington, D.C. -- Though the FBI is often credited with solving crimes, the bureau's assistance comes at a cost. The futility of trusting the FBI to defend the greater good is demonstrated by 10 of the most crooked and corrupt things it has done since its inception as the "Bureau of Investigation" in 1908. Some misdeeds are well-known while others are obscure, but all provide cause to distrust the federal agency.

10) Last year, a letter surfaced from the FBI to Martin Luther King Jr., disparaging him, urging him to commit suicide, and attempting to exploit his sexual behavior. In 1999, years before that letter surfaced, a federal jury decided that government agencies were involved in King's assassination. Though the FBI was not directly implicated, its obsession with King is cause enough for skepticism.

9) During and following the same years that MLK was active, the FBI actively sought to infiltrate "radical," "subversive" groups. They launched the notorious COINTELPRO program, sending undercover agents to pose as members of movements. They seeped into anti-war groups, the Black Panthers, and communist, socialist, and Puerto Rican groups (among others). They attempted not only to gather information, but to sow discord among the ranks of activists in order to sabotage their efforts. The FBI allegedly discontinued COINTELPRO in 1971, but many believe it still employs the same tactics today.

8) For example, the FBI has been caught multiple times planning terrorist plots for targets to foil. This was the case here, here, here and here. When the FBI has trouble getting an informant to cooperate, it simply frames them.

7) In going out of its way to "find" terrorists, the FBI uses grotesque tactics. One former informant recently revealed that he was urged to sleep with women at a mosque he was infiltrating (the mosque eventually called the FBI on the informant when he advocated violence). This parallels the strategy of London police officers, who infiltrated environmental groups in the 1980s and '90s, as well as the tactics used on protesters in the United States.

6) The FBI is creepy beyond its use of informants. While the NSA is largely blamed for spying en masse on the data of American citizens, it was the FBI that actually built the Data Intercept Technology Unit. This is the framework that underlies the NSA's capabilities. FBI leaders have actively attempted to thwart encryption features on smart phones that were implemented due to concern over government spying.

5) Though such surveillance is disturbing, the FBI has been snooping since its inception. During the Prohibition era, agents tapped phones and spied on Americans in the name of catching alcohol bootleggers. It was only through Supreme Court cases and Congress that the FBI was barred from doing so--only to later develop the Data Intercept Technology Unit.

4) Such spying proves a troubling catch phrase of American popular culture: "Celebrities are just like us!": the FBI has conducted surveillance on a wide variety of stars. They watched Marilyn Monroe for her ties to the Kennedys, John Lennon for his anti-war activism, and Charlie Chaplin, who was an outspoken anarchist. Even the world's most famous figures cannot escape FBI scrutiny if they are promoting a change to the status quo. If they cannot escape the government's snooping, there is little chance for the rest of us.

3) The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is now viewed as one of the most reprehensible actions not only of FDR, but the federal government in general. However, when condemning the horrific discrimination and destruction of due process, few ask who carried out FDR's Executive Order 9066. It was the FBI, who made lists of people to "intern" and rounded them up. The bureau is rarely criticized for these racist, unconstitutional, and inhumane actions.

2) The FBI is also known for making the lives of whistleblowers a living hell. Though the Obama administration has cracked down on those who are courageous enough to expose government wrongdoing, the FBI has consistently ranked the most intolerant of such dissent. It sent a threatening letter to one of its would-be whistleblowers and makes little effort to protect them. For an agency tasked with rooting out crime and corruption, its unwillingness to look in the mirror is disgraceful.

1) The FBI has a bad habit of employing selective justice. During the 1970s and 80s when it was prosecuting gangsters, it made a point to prosecute some and not others. Why? Because those it protected were paying them off and providing information on other gangs. Further, in the 1960s, the FBI allowed four innocent men to be convicted of murder, simply to protect a former gangster turned informant. They encouraged a witness to lie and withheld evidence from the court to earn the convictions, again exemplifying an egregious disregard for the justice they are tasked with delivering (the government later paid over $100 million in settlements for the false convictions).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoys the reputation of a legion of good Samaritans. Countless films and television shows glorify the agency and highlight its crusade to protect justice in America. In spite of this, the FBI's corruption runs rampant and unchecked-not all of the FBI's offenses can be listed in 10 points (special mention goes to targeting prostitution houses and editing Wikipedia articles).

In light of this consistent history of criminality and misconduct, it is time for Americans to consider that having criminals fight crime is a futile effort which belies a foundation of corruption across the entire system.

This article originally appeared on and was used with permission.

The FBI coming to Jamaica?!!

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The United States agency known as the FBI -Federal Bureau of Investigations - will be setting up office in Jamaica.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Louis Moreno on Wednesday evening at the launch of Dialogues in Democracy, a publication produced by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) argued that the move represents the commitment of the US to helping the Jamaican authorities tackle the persistent problem of crime.

"During my tenure here I was able to convince Washington to give us a fulltime alcohol, tobacco and firearms office and very shortly we are actually going to have a fulltime FBI office," he told the small audience that had gathered for the launch of the CaPRI report.

He explained that the office will decrease the embassy's reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.

"We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions," he said.

The FBI, like the US Secret Service, is a law enforcement agency. They exist to investigate crimes, and the FBI budget is about $8.3 billion

Ska and Rocksteady legend Prince Buster is dead

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prince-buster.jpgLegendary Jamaican ska singer, songwriter, record producer and sound system operator Prince Buster is dead.

The singer died of health complications at approximately 7:20 a.m. today in Miami, Florida. He was 78 years old.

Born Cecil Campbell on May 24, 1938, Prince Buster died leaving his widow, Mola Ali, sister and children.

Regarded as Jamaica's first international musical legend, Busta hailed from Kingston, having been born on Orange Street - now known as the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae.

The records that Prince Buster released in the 1960s - such as I Feel the Spirit and Fly Flying Ska - set a blueprint for ska and rocksteady anthems to come and had a profound influence on the UK music scene of the 1970s / 80s - primarily Coventry's 2-Tone ska label, home of The Specials and The Selecter. Madness originally covered Buster's 1963's B-side Madness on the 2-Tone label and recorded a tribute to Campbell called The Prince in 1979.

The 1960s were prolific for Campbell not only for the songs released but also for his production work on Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brother in 1960. The year 1964 saw a heavyweight meeting between Campbell and boxer Muhammad Ali, who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk in Miami, and in 1967 The Prince had a huge top 40 hit in the UK with the single Al Capone. Campbell returned to the UK charts in 1998 with his song Whine and Grine, which was used in a Levi's advert.

Think outside the oven, urges Honeybun CEO

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honey-bun.jpgHoney Bun CEO Michelle Chong challenged the baking industry to increase its export output at its annual general meeting at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios on Sunday, August 21.

In addressing fellow bakers, Mrs. Chong, who is also the president of the Jamaica Exporters' Association, told the packed room that operating only as competitors will limit the growth of all involved.

"Think of market share as 52 cards in a deck, and it is divided among all the bakers on the island. If we compete only in the Jamaican market, we are only passing around [the same] cards," Mrs. Chong opined. "We must look to multiply the cards, and that can only be done by export."

"We must play our part to aid the national export projection of US$2.9 billion by the year 2019," Mrs. Chong urged.

crime-scene-7.jpgAutopsies on the remains of three men which were found in a burn out vehicle in Barnett Bush, St James on Sunday revealed that two had bullet wounds.

The autopsy, conducted yesterday on the third man, was inconclusive. Two of the men were identified as 32-year-old Rory John and 31 year old ex-solider Shane Hibbert, both from Three Miles Rivers, Westmoreland.

The police are appealing to residents on the western end of the island who have a missing male relative in his thirties to contact them. The bodies were found about 10:45 Sunday morning.

Illegal to lock students out of school

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education-minister-ruel-reid.jpgEducation Minister, Senator Ruel Reid is reminding schools that no student should be locked out because their attire is not in adherence to regulations.

Our newsroom has received calls since the new academic term on Monday about students being turned away because of the length of uniforms as well as improper shoes, belts and haircuts. A parent in St. James explained yesterday that her daughter was locked out because of the length of her uniform despite it being the required six inches below the knee.

Senator Reid says there is no policy which allows a school to bar students from entering its campus. He explains that the children should be allowed to enter the campus, contact made with the parents and only after they are handed over they can be removed from the school. He appealed to Principals to adhere to the law and education regulations.

At the same time, he pointed out that there are clear rules as to what is expected from schools regarding uniforms.

$60-million cocaine bust in shipment from Guyana

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgCocaine, with an estimated street value of over $60 million, was seized by detectives from the Narcotics Division along Savannah Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday, September 6.

Reports from the Narcotics Division are that at around 6 pm, during the search of a 20-foot container that was shipped from Guyana to Jamaica, a bag was searched and the illicit substance discovered.

The bag reportedly contained 48 parcels of cocaine, weighing a combined 52.65 kilograms. The estimated street value is US$474, 000 or $60,198,000.

No one was arrested in connection with the find.

Karl Blythe apologises

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Presidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.

Man killed Monday morning in Downtown Kingston

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bloodletting continued in downtown Kingston on Monday morning with the fatal shooting of a man on Blount Street in Denham Town.

He has been identified by his alias Killa. Residents say he operated a cook shop in the community.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., he was riding his bicycle when he was attacked and shot several times. He died at hospital.

The shooting followed another incident in the community on Sunday morning, when a five year old girl was among four persons shot on Tulip Lane.

Gunmen also struck early Saturday morning in Denham Town, leaving a woman dead and four injured following shootings.

5-year-old shot downtown

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injured-child.jpgOn the eve of the new school year, a five-year-old child has been hospitalised after being shot in Denham Town, west Kingston this afternoon.

Investigators are still at the scene of the shooting, which took place at about 1:00 o'clock.

The child and three men were shot at the intersection of Tulip Lane and Milk Lane in the community. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

"When they were rushing with her in the hospital she turned to one of the medical persons and said, 'doctor I don't want to die; doctor am I going to live?'" said the aunt of the little girl.

The little girl was reportedly shot in the hands and upper body when gunmen - travelling on motorcycles - opened fire in the community. She was among four people shot and injured. Twenty four hours later, the girl is said to be battling bravely in hospital, in serious but stable condition.

"Reports we are getting is that doctors are working round the clock on her and we are praying," the aunt told Loop News.

Residents of the volatile community have praised the fighting spirit of the child.

"Imagine she was doing her hair to go back to school when gunman just walked up and opened fire. Even when she got shot the child got up and walked into her home and then collapsed," one man said.

St Thomas principal dies just before school re-opens

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The St. Thomas Technical High School opened its doors for the new school year on Monday, but did so without its principal, Audrey Bryan-Webber, who died on Saturday.

"We are sadden by her passing and we have organised for a team from the counselling unit of the ministry to visit the school," Bertram Anderson, the school board's chairman said.

Yvonne Madhoo-Donegan, the school's vice principal, said that Bryan-Webber was gearing up for the start of school today.

Zika-related death confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Health Ministry has now confirmed reports of a death related to the Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS), at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The ministry says the 78-year-old man died on Tuesday.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says although the patient did not show signs relating to the Zika virus, the ministry is yet to receive test results to confirm if it was a case of virus-related GBS.

Meanwhile, De La Haye is urging the hospital to be prompt in reporting cases like this.

NWC workers robbed of ID's and uniforms

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The National Water Commission (NWC) is urging customers to be on the lookout for thieves who may be posing as employees.

This after two NWC meter readers were recently robbed of their employee ID cards, uniforms and meter reading equipment while conducting duties in the Brooks Level Road area in Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

The agency says the employees were also robbed of their cellular phones before they were physically abused.

The matter was reported to the Stony Hill Police Station.

The public is being asked to report to the police any suspicious actions of persons trying to sell water meters.

Soldier shot dead in barber shop; gunman also killed

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soldier-bennett-jdf.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force soldier was Friday night shot dead by gunmen in Cross Roads, St Andrew as he tried to foil a robbery.

He has been identified as 31-year-old Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett of Summerset Avenue in Manchester.

One of the gunmen was also killed but is yet to be identified.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reports that about 10 o'clock Lance Corporal Bennett was in a barbershop when three men entered and open fire hitting him. CCU says he returned fire hitting one of the attackers.

The soldier and the injured gunman were taken to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe wife of slain entertainer Jamari Reid has been arrested and charged in connection with his death.

Head of the Trelawny Police Superintendent Clive Blair says 46-year-old Monique Reid was charged on Thursday with soliciting murder.

Blair said the investigation suggests that the entertainer's death was a contract killing.

Reid is expected to make her first court appearance next week.

Jamari Reid, an emerging artiste, was shot dead last month by two men who entered his Falmouth Gardens home.

prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPresidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.

israel-boaz-watchtel.jpgBoaz Watchtel, co-strategist in the medical cannabis programme in Israel's Ministry of Health, has called on the Government of Jamaica to legalise ganja and start a programme for the cultivation of medical cannabis..

Addressing the CanEx Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Watchtel stated that legalisation offers many benefits to society in the form of tax and the elimination of the black market

The Israeli noted that several countries don't want to grow medical cannabis therefore the potential for exporting the weed is enormous for Jamaica.

Penwood students' SBA's accepted by CXC

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cxc-logo.jpgIt has been announced that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has accepted the School Based Assessments (SBA's) which were not submitted on time by Penwood High School.

This decision follows talks involving the Ministry of Education, Penwood High, the Overseas Examination Commission (OEC) and CXC.

Forty students at Penwood High did not get grades in six subjects in this year's sitting of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams as school administrators failed to submit their SBA's on time. The school unsuccessfully attempted electronic submission.

Another man killed downtown

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crime-scene-7.jpgGunmen struck on John's Lane, near East Queen Street in downtown Kingston a short while ago, leaving one man dead.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available but persons on the scene were angry, saying the victim was on the ground writhing in pain for almost half hour before the police arrived to take him to the hospital.

There has been heightened concern about the increasing violence in downtown Kingston.

Just over a week ago a two-year-old boy was shot dead and his father and another man injured in what the police say is a gang warfare over turf.

That incident came after several other shooting incidents, some fatal.

gleaner-building.jpgReports are that senior officers and managers of The Gleaner have been offered attractive redundancy packages. They have been given two days to respond to the offer.

The redundancy exercise could be a direct result of a merger between the media entities Radio Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner Company Limited.

The merger, which was approved by shareholders of both companies last December, is supported by various local regulatory authorities, and sanctioned by the Supreme Court in February. The merger has created the largest media entity in Jamaica and among the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean.

obama-young-leader-javette.jpgEight Jamaicans have been listed among the first 250 young leaders from the Americas as part of an entrepreneurship programme announced by US president Barack Obama during his visit to Jamaica in April last year.

The programme, called the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, is aimed at expanding opportunities for the emerging entrepreneurs and civil society innovators in Latin America and the Caribbean.


The US Embassy says the participants will travel to the United States for a five-week program that will strengthen their leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills and provide networking opportunities with U.S. entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors; Diaspora communities; and among each other to increase connectivity throughout the hemisphere.

The Jamaican participants:

  • Patria-Kaye Aarons is the CEO of the Jamaican candy company, Sweetie. Sweetie products capture bold, authentic island flavours like mango and guava. Sweetie is distributed to 150 Jamaican retail locations and exports to the US, UK, and Caribbean. She has previously worked on marketing campaigns for Digicel and GraceKennedy. She also worked with Western Union and Sharp. Patria-Kaye holds a BA in Media and Communications from the University of the West Indies and an MSc in Management from the University of Edinburgh.
  • Craslyn Benjamin began small backyard farming with her grandfather and is now farming and producing on a wide scale production level. She seeks to model and invest in the development of the agricultural sector in Jamaica, particularly through her company, Benlar Foods Limited. Benlar's core function is focused on producing and selling high quality fresh fruits and vegetable products for the domestic and international markets. Craslyn has garnered over twelve years of experience in the shipping and allied industry and has over four years of experience in export marketing and international trade. Prior to Benlar Foods Limited, she worked at Grace Foods International as a Customer Relations Officer. Craslyn holds a diploma in International Shipping and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Caribbean Maritime Institute. She is an official Branson Centre Entrepreneur.
  • Tishauna Mullings is the owner of NexxStepp Personal Development Services and Inspirational Products, a company aimed at maximising their customer's potential by offering inspirational products and services. NexxStepp will offer the following services: tutoring for major school exams, reading classes, life purpose coaching, career consultancy, and personal and professional development seminars. She has been recognised for several awards, including the Governor General of Jamaica Vision of Love Video Competition and Achievement Award in 2015 and 2016. She was also nominated for the Prime Minister's Youth Award in Youth Work in 2012. Tishauna works as a freelance motivational speaker and is now preparing to publish her book, "Ready, Set, Go - The Youngsters Manual For the Road to Success."
  • Javette Nixon is the Founder, President, and CEO of Point Global Marketing Limited - a marketing and brand development firm that focuses on the marketing and brand design of growth companies. He is also the director of Vein Centres of Jamaica. Prior to forming POINT, he founded his first business at the age of 23, an e-commerce business exporting Jamaican products. He has also worked at Edgechem Jamaica Limited, and Capital & Credit Merchant Bank. In addition, he has done extensive community work through organisations such as St. Thomas Association of Youth Organisation (STAYO) and the Social & Economic Alliance for Development (SEAD), a policy-oriented Organisation that supports national developmental programs, and policy making. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science & Economics from the University of the West Indies and is a graduate of the Technology Innovation Centre Incubator program at the University of Technology as well as the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship.
  • Kadeem Pet-Grave is co-founder and CEO of Educatours JA Ltd, a Jamaican based educational tour company powered by gamification and technology. Educatours plans and executes 'gamified' field trips (tours) and team building exercises for schools and other groups. The tours incorporate the use of mobile apps and game elements in an effort to ensure fun, engaged, and experiential learning. The company began operations in January 2015 and to date, over 1000 students have experienced Educatours' tours and exercises. Educatours not only sells experiential learning but also acts as a social enterprise working to empower and inspire young people via tours. Educatours is a member of Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI Jamaica), a program spearheaded by the Jamaica National Foundation. Kadeem graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2014 with a degree in Entrepreneurship. He is also a part-time high school entrepreneurship teacher.
  • Renee Stewart is committed to helping young women who are housed in state owned juvenile facilities through her initiative, A Home for Girls Foundation. Once they reach the age of 18, young women are eligible to leave the juvenile facilities, and the initiative seeks to empower these young ladies through grooming, mentorship, continuing education, career guidance, and job search assistance. Renee is a licensed hairstylist with a steady clientele. She is also a fashion designer and CEO of her own company - Haute Apparel Ltd.
  • Latoya West-Blackwood founded iPublish Consultancy and its imprint, iMagiNation Books, as part of her longstanding love affair with books and reading. iPublish is Jamaica's first registered full-service publishing consultancy, and it offers a range of support services from its base in Kingston, Jamaica to clients worldwide. From editorial and design, to digital distribution and marketing, iPublish provides customised solutions to self-publishers, corporate clients, and educational institutions. iMagiNation was created as an outlet for works across various genres showcasing the best of Jamaica to the world via new stories, voices, and media. Latoya is a Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship (Caribbean) Official Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica. She is passionate about volunteering and supports several community-based and non-profit initiatives promoting literacy and reading.

'Missing' young doctor and her boyfriend found

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missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Wayne Chen says health authorities in Manchester have started discussions with the young doctor who recently returned home, three weeks after she and her 42-year-old boyfriend were reported missing.

But Chen says the authorities are being cautious as the young doctor Chanique Cousins is not in the "best of health". At the same time, Chen says Cousins could face disciplinary action since she didn't inform anyone when she failed to show up for work. But he says the correct actions will only be taken once the young doctor recovers and a formal investigation has been done.

Cousins, 28, was reported missing by her colleagues at the Mandeville Regional Hospital on August 1 after she didn't show up for work. Her boyfriend, Winston Davidson, a Corporate Area teacher, was also reported missing.

However, last week, the couple was found at Cousin's home in Manchester during a routine police check. The police say Cousins told them that she was never missing.

14 out of 20 persons of interest report to police

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Most of the more than one dozen individuals who were listed last week as Persons of Interest by the Area 4 Police have turned themselves in.

The list of names was published following an upsurge in gun violence in sections of downtown Kingston.

Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of the Kingston West Police,says the number of persons of interest had increased from 15 to 20.

The deadline for the remaining persons to turn themselves in expired at midday on Monday. At a news conference on Friday, the police cited extortion and a conflict involving rival gangs in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens as among the factors for the upsurge in crime.

The Cayman Police are asking the public to help them track down a Jamaican man who is believed to be in the Cayman Islands illegally.

He is also suspected of being involved in serious crimes.

The Jamaican has been identified as Christopher Green.

He also goes by the name Kevin Green or by the aliases Indian or Gagga.

Vendors affected by violence in downtown Kingston

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Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke says the recent upsurge in violence in sections of downtown Kingston has significantly affected vendors who ply their wares in the area.

It is reported that there was a slow start to the back-to-school shopping season and this has been compounded by growing tensions involving rival gangs battling for turf. However, Mrs Brown Burke says the police have given the assurance that the situation is under control.

"The vendors are back out, persons are feeling much safer than before and so buyers are starting to come back (as) this will be the last couple of weeks before school reopens and I suspect that a lot of persons might need to come and do some last minute shopping to make sure the kids are ready for school in September," she declared.

JPS summoned to meeting over islandwide power cut

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has been called to a meeting with its regulator on Tuesday, to discuss the issues which led to Saturday's islandwide blackout.

Elizabeth Bennett Marsh, Public Education Specialist at the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR),says the JPS has already been asked to supply the agency with a preliminary report on the blackout by Monday afternoon.

The JPS has said the power outage on Saturday was caused by a procedural errors. Its system is designed to operate at different levels, ranging from isolating areas with a fault to the electricity network being shut down, in the event of a major system fault. Preliminary indications are that the first stage of the protection system did not operate. As a result, several units at its power plants went off line. The network, in turn, shut down to protect itself from possible damage.

The JPS says it is evaluating why the protection mechanism did not operate as expected. It says this inquiry will be a key focus of its investigation over the next few days, and will be included in simulation exercises.

Bolt signs lifetime deal with Digicel

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgDigicel on Thursday announced a lifetime partnership with Usain Bolt while declaring the sprint legend its Chief Speed Officer (CSO).

With his unprecedented "three-peat" at the Olympic Games in Rio, Bolt cemented his place in history as the world's greatest sprinter.

"The unique 'job for life' comes in tandem with the agreement of a lifetime partnership between Digicel and Usain Bolt - an honour only a very small number of the absolute greatest athletes in the world have ever achieved - and a first for Digicel," the telecommunications company said in a release today.

Digicel explained that in his role as CSO, Bolt will get up close and personal with Digicel customers in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view and will continue to inspire, motivate and captivate customers and fans across the globe for many years to come.

the-rock-dwayne-johnson.jpgWrestler-turned-actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million.

The 44 year old knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy "Central Intelligence."

Johnson also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise.

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in Captain America: Civil War. He ranked eighth with $33 million.

Jackie Chan, who has not had a big U.S. box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million.

Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film, The Martian.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood.

Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.

denyque-dontre.jpgThe crowning of Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 will take place this Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Among the 23 beauties will be competing under the theme, Impacting Lives Through Beauty, is singer Denyque, who is expected to be a favourite to win.

Digicel Rising star winner, Cameal Davis, will provide entertainment at the event.

The coronation show will be broadcast live on

police-commish-dr-carl-williams.jpgA police team has been instructed to continue the investigation into the involvement of a Jamaican politician in an alleged murder plot.

This was disclosed on Thursday by Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams on Hotline.

Dr. Williams said a file is now with the police and they are working with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

"The advice is that we should not proceed with criminal charges at the moment. I think there is some more work that needs to be done and the DPP has so advised," he said.

Dr. Williams said his team would be scrutinising and assessing the file to see whether there are shortcomings and "will deploy our resources and detectives to go and fill those gaps if we do find that there are gaps."

The allegations regarding the politician were published in the Miami Herald two weeks ago.

Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, claimed there was enough evidence to link the politician to a conspiracy to commit two murders.

No buyers for Outameni

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The National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.

In 2013, the NHT acquired Outameni for $180 million in a deal that was heavily criticised by people who argued that the business was outside of the mandate of the trust.

A decade after Matthews Lane strongman Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was convicted of double murder and sentenced to life in prison, his Spanglers gang is now engaged in a bitter war with rival men in Luke Lane who are seeking to take control of the entire area.

The feud, which is centred in the Western Kingston Police Division and the edge of the business district, has led to heightened tension in the downtown Kingston area.

"Our intelligence is that the top Luke Lane gang wants to spread their wings and control what's left of the influence of Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, which is in Matthews Lane the Spanglers gang," Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of Western Kingston, is quoted as telling local paper.

Reports are that men loyal to Zeeks and his successor have vowed to protect his image and keep Matthews Lane under the control of the Spanglers gang.

Happy Birthday Usain St Leo Bolt

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgOlympic champion Usain Bolt turned 30 on 21 August, 2016. The Jamaican sprinter has dominated the 100m, 200m and 4 x100m relay events since 2008 with nine Olympic gold medals.

In July, he promised his fans that 'history will be made' at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil. And, guess what? The man has created history. He secured his place in the records book after helping his country win the 4x 100m race in 37.27 seconds. And, this unprecedented 'treble' has made his birthday that extra special. The Jamaican superstar continues to entertain the world with his celebratory dance moves, his icon 'bolting' gesture and most importantly his epic on liners about life. To celebrate his big day and many milestones, we rewind some of the best musings from the world's fastest man.

On marriage

"I've thought about it, but I know I'm not going to get married before 35, for sure," he said."Like, Rooney got married so young - all the footballers that are English, as soon as they get really famous they have to get married. And I think it's unfair to them."

On his work ethic

"Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free goals don't come without a price. Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?"

On his home

"I can't really live outside Jamaica. I can be away, but only for a while."

On doping

"I have no issue with being drug-tested because it's better. I remember in Beijing [for the 2015 World Championships], every other day they were drug-testing us, and because they were taking blood also people were saying, "Oh you can't come so often." But I was like, "Listen, they're doing their job."

On his legacy

"For me, greatness means being remembered."

Stop violating Usain Biolt's copyright!

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgThe management team of nine-time Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, has sent a warning to those violating the athlete's intellectual property rights. In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, Bolt's UB Management team, says persons have been using his trademarks and image to advertise their products and services, as well as in other forms of trade without the authorisation of Bolt or his representatives.

They say the activities have been resulting in loss and damage to Bolt's reputation and business.

The statement, signed by the head of UB Management Limited, Norman Peart, notes that Bolt is the owner of the "To the World" pose and several trademarks that incorporate his name, nickname, signature, image and likeness. It says Bolt's image and trademarks should not be used to falsely represent any business or enterprise and the goods and services offered by those businesses or enterprises.

UB Management has indicated that it will take legal action against persons or businesses using Bolt's image and trademarks without permission, warning that persons must immediately cease unauthorised use of the athlete's intellectual property.

2 arrested after policeman mowed down

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Trelawny police have arrested two persons believed to be the occupants of the Toyota Axio motor car which on Friday mowed down Police Inspector Mark Gibbs as he and two of his colleagues conducted spot checks in front of the Clark's Town Police Station in Trelawny.

According to Commanding Officer for Trelawny Superintendent Clive Blair, the men were taken into custody during a pre-dawn operation in the parish yesterday.

He said the police have also recovered the motor vehicle that was involved in the hit-and-run.

Inspector Gibbs, who resided in Cornwall Courts, St James, was reportedly mowed down about 4:30 pm after signalling the driver of the motor car to stop.

The senior cop, who had been enlisted in the police force for more than 30 years, was hit as he attempted to jump out of the path of the oncoming vehicle, as the driver, who had slowed down and pretended that he was about to stop, suddenly sped up and swung the vehicle onto him.

Gibbs sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Falmouth General Hospital, some 10 miles away, where he was pronounced dead.

3 men charged after ganja found in car trunk

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ganja-image-4.jpgThree men were taken into custody following the seizure of approximately 60 pounds of ganja on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, yesterday.

Reports from the police are that about 12:15 pm, members of the Narcotics Division intercepted a Honda Civic motor car with the three men aboard.

The motor vehicle was searched and two knitted bags were found in the trunk, which reportedly contained the illicit drug. The men were subsequently arrested, however, the police have withheld their identities.

The police say the ganja has an estimated street value of J$300,000.

Strong police presence downtown

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crime-scene-tape.jpgThe police are maintaining a strong presence in sections of downtown Kingston despite the removal of blockades along Darling Street and Spanish Town Road.

Roadblocks were mounted yesterday afternoon as tension rose following the killing of a man on Chestnut Lane. The situation had forced the police to issue an advisory warning motorists to avoid the area.

The police say investigations are continuing and persons are being asked to report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.

ganja-spliff.jpgJamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry are expected to be among speakers, including international and local cannabis experts, at the Cannabis Business Conference and Symposium to be hosted by CANEX, Jamaica at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday, September 2.

The conference, will also include Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) board member Delano Seivwright among the over 20 presenters.

Meanwhile, some of the international speakers will be Dr Yasmine Hurd, a Jamaican-born medic who works at Mount Sinai; former NFL player Lance Johnston; and Boaz Whachtel, a pioneer in the Israel cannabis industry.

The events director for CANEX outlined that the goal of next month's conference is to pull together local industry players and their international counterparts to create a platform for both "informational exchange and networking and business opportunities".

Ocho Rios cops arrest food vendors who sell ganja

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ganja-spliff.jpgThe Ocho Rios police have been conducting snap raids across the resort town to address traffic congestion, illegal vending, and the peddling of drugs.

Since the start of the operations a few weeks ago, some twelve persons have been arrested for various breaches.

Head of the Ocho Rios police, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie says the police have found that some food vendors have been peddling marijuana in the town.

The operations continued today (August 9) in the vicinity of Milford and DaCosta Drive in Ocho Rios.

The head of the Ocho Rios police says the police are aware that some criminal elements are migrating to St. Ann, however the police will remain vigilant.

He adds that the Ocho Rios police will be making observations of all persons who come through the town via the CCTV network, which has been reaping success.

Zika-affected persons must wait to donate blood

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgPeople who have had the Zika virus (ZIKA) are being cautioned to wait four to six weeks before donating blood.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the instruction is in keeping with international standards.

However, Dr De La Haye says a screening process will still be done to determine whether people are fit enough to give blood.

He says this process will help to ensure that persons who may have had the virus, but were not diagnosed, do not give blood during the danger period.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Portmore Police seized one .380 Lorcin Pistol and seven .380 rounds of ammunition on Palmerston Road, Portsmouth in St Catherine on Tuesday, August 9.

Reports are that between 3 pm and 5:30 pm, operations were being conducted in the area when a premise was searched.

The firearm and ammunition were reportedly discovered underneath a mattress in the house.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the find, however, his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.

tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgCommunication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Stephanie Lindsay says alleged Clansman leader Tesha Miller is still being considered a person of interest despite his refusal to surrender himself to the police.

Lindsay was responding to questions about whether Miller is now being considered a wanted man in light of the alleged manhunt that was launched by the police.

Miller was asked to turn himself in by midday yesterday to the Major Investigation Division in Spanish Town.

They want him to answer questions in connection to several murders in the area and in Portmore, St Catherine.

Lindsay says the police will be taking additional steps to ensure that Miller is taken in.

LASCO posts positive profits

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Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Affiliated Companies continued to post positive net profits during the three months ended June 30, 2016, posting a combined net profit of $457.2 million during the period.

LASCO Distributors (LDL) and LASCO Financial Services (LFSL) saw an increase of 33 per cent and seven per cent respectively, while LASCO Manufacturing (LML) saw a marginal reduction of nine per cent during the review period.

Top performer, LASCO Distributors posted $175.4 million in profit during the three months ended June 30, 2016, crediting the performance with continued growth in key product areas of its business.

LDL noted that growth in product categories such as beverages as well as principal brand sales from its pharmaceutical and consumer division contributed to the growth in sales and profit during the review quarter. Revenues for the quarter were $3.9 billion, which was $589.2 million or 18 per cent more than the prior year. Meanwhile, cost of sales increased by 16 per cent under the period under review, moving from $2.7 billion during the three months ended June 30, 2015 to $3.1 billion in the review period this year.

The company incurred an income tax expense of $20.9 million for the quarter, compared to nil in the prior year, due to the partial expiration of its Junior Market tax incentive.

"Management remains committed to containing operating costs, in spite of the challenging economic environment," LDL said in its accompanying statement signed by managing director, Peter Chin.

LDL's total investment in property, plant and equipment at the end of the quarter stood at $1.1 billion, an increase of $346.83 million or 49 per cent from the prior year. Much of this growth was due to expenditure relating to the expansion of the company's 100,000-square-feet expansion of storage space warehouse and logistics infrastructure, which is expected to be completed by December this year.

Meanwhile, LASCO Manufacturing, the production arm, headed by Robert Parkins posted $224 million in the first quarter of 2016, down from $246.6 million the previous year.

Corporation tax is new compared to last year, as the company is now allowed 50 per cent of the original tax waiver on the expiration of five of the original period of 10 years, the company explained in its accompanying statement.

Supply chain issues from its overseas partners, negatively impacted on production and the company's ability to fill demand. Nonetheless, total revenue for the three months was $1.7 billion, an increase of $289 million or 20 per cent over the prior year of $1.4 billion.

With the increase in production capacity and anticipation for the seasonal growth inn volumes there were increased in operating expenses, primarily for equipment maintenance, salaries and new product development. Specifically, operating expenses increased by 45 per cent, moving from $185 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $269.8 million in the period under review.

Finance costs declined by three per cent, down from $42.3 million last year to $41 million during the three months ended June 2016.

The financial arm, LFSL posted $57.7 million in net profit during the first quarter of 2016, up from $54 million in the comparative period last year. It paid out $11.9 million in taxes.

Revenue for its first quarter stood at $260.6 million in, which represents growth of $69M or 36 per cent relative to the corresponding period in 2015.

Income from core business lines increased $62.1 million or 35.4 per cent, whilst other income increased by $6.8 million or 42 per cent more than the previous year.

Growth continues to be driven by our marketing efforts in the Diaspora, resulting in increased remittance transfers and the continuous expansion of the local remittance agent network, Managing Director Jacinth Hall-Tracey noted in the accompanying statement of the financial results.

The cambio business also experienced growth in transactions as well as margins and the loans division continues to benefit from the expansion of the business loans unit.

Total expenses for the first quarter increased by 38 per cent to $190.7M; This is primarily due to a 51 per cent increase in administrative expenses and 27.5 per cent increase in selling and promotion expenses, when compared with the 2015 corresponding period.

The net increase in expense is reflecting the expansion of LFSL's business lines, all of which were implemented in the last two quarters of the previous financial year. Staff costs, software support and marketing programmes contributed to the higher cost of operations.

tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgThe police have dismissed speculation that leader of the Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, who has been named a Person of Interest, has left the island.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, told reporters that the police have not received information that Mr. Miller has fled Jamaica.

Mr. Miller, who was on Monday listed as a Person of Interest, failed to meet yesterday's deadline to report to the Major Investigation Division. ACP Powell issued this warning to the Klansman Gang leader. They are demanding that he comes in and not have them come look for him.

The police say there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Mr. Miller's deportation from the United States in March.

Manhunt launched for Tesha Miller

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tesha-miller.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for head of the Clansman gang, Tesha Miller.

Miller who was listed as a persons of interest on Monday, was given until noon on Tuesday to report to the Major Investigation Division (MID).

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said although Mr. Miller has, so far, failed to show up, the police are still demanding that he report to them.

"We are still interested in speaking to him and I would like to advise that it's not too late; he should report to the police as we have a number of questions that we'd like to ask him," said ACP Powell.

Miller's attorney, Bert Samuels reported on Monday that his client might be apprehensive to surrender to the police. He said he had tried to contact Miller without success. The police have said there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Miller's deportation from the United States.

d-angels-father-died-from-a-hit-and-run.jpgClive Downer, father of dancehall artiste D'Angel died at hospital today from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle yesterday.

The accident reportedly happened on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine around 9:00 p.m.

Downer, who was 70 years old, succumbed at the Spanish town Hospital.

A distraught D'Angel whose real name is Michelle Downer told The Gleaner that her father was loving and supportive.

"This is really hard for me because I wasn't expecting this, he was never sick and to hear that he's gone now, just like that, it's really hard."

crime-scene-7.jpgA man was killed after he and his companion were abducted from their home in Free Town, Clarendon on Saturday.

The man, 29-year-old tailor Shemar Plummer, was found with a gunshot to the head and his throat slashed.

According to reports, about 11:30 a.m. yesterday three men, one armed with a handgun, and the other two with machetes, robbed the couple of their cell phones and ordered them to walk about a mile from their home into bushes. The woman was ordered to turn back. She alerted residents who called the police.

When they visited the scene shortly after 1:00 p.m., the man's body was found with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the forehead and his throat slashed .

missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe police have launched a search for a Manchester-based doctor and a teacher who have been missing for more than a week. Dr. Chanique Cousins, 28, who practised at the Mandeville Hospital, was last seen on Friday in the company of her boyfriend, a teacher, who is also reported missing.

Wayne Chen, Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has said there is now major concern for her safety.

"We are very very concerned about Dr. Cousins. We know the situation in Jamaica now, where we have to be gravely concerned when one goes missing; she has been missing now for almost a week and no one seems to have a clue of where she might be...," he expressed.

He said SRHA is providing counselling to staff members.Mr. Chen disclosed that the police are questioning several persons in their quest find Dr. Cousins. In the meantime, Mr. Chen said Manchester residents are concerned about rising crime in the parish.

Detectives attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are in contact with relatives of Dr. Cousins and are urging anyone with information on the missing couple to contact the nearest police station.

Sale of ganja still illegal in Jamaica

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ganja-image-1.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is warning that the distribution, sale and purchase of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products are still illegal in Jamaica.

The warning by the CLA comes amid what is describes as a "proliferation of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products, of both local and overseas origin, being made available and/or sold throughout Jamaica".

"The CLA wishes to make clear that to date, no licences, permits, approvals, or the like have been granted by the CLA to any individual, company or co-operative," the agency said in a release issued this afternoon.

According to the agency of government that is responsible for regulating the development of Jamaica's ganja industry, it began accepting applications for licences in June - a process that takes about five months.

Consequently, the CLA said "any cannabis product produced and/or sold in Jamaica is done so illegally".

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon police are investigating the shooting death of a popular biker and stunt show promoter in Corn Piece district,in Saturday.

Dead is 23 year old James Stephenson of Rocky Settlement, Lonel Town, in the parish. Reports are that Stephenson, who was in Corn Piece visiting with a friend, ahead of staging a bike show in the community, was at a food shop near the roadside having meal when a car drove up. Armed men alighted from the vehicle and reportedly sprayed the shop with bullets.

When the shooting subsided it was discovered that Stephenson and a teenaged boy had been shot. The police were summoned and the two wounded persons were taken to hospital. Stephenson was pronounced dead, while the 15 year old boy was admitted in stable condition.

'Beater man' cop kidnaps, tortures ex lover

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crime-scene-7.jpgA beater man Manchester cop is now in custody on allegations that he kidnapped and beat his ex-lover because she dumped him.The constable, whose name is being withheld, is alleged to have held the woman between July 25 and August 5

The incident occurred after the woman finally ended the rocky relationship that some say required the intervention of the cop's superior at work. The St Ann woman was held at the constable's house in Waltham District in Mandeville, Manchester.

The woman was allegedly lured to the home where her hands and feet were tied up and her mouth gagged and she was held without food or drink over the course of her confinement. In additions, the cop is alleged to have beaten the woman all over her body with a broomstick.

At one point, it is alleged, the cop wrapped the woman's face with a piece of cloth before pouring water on it. This is a method of torture called waterboarding that gives the victim a feeling of being drowned. The woman escaped the home after freeing herself.

us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgHypocrisy and perceived bullying of Jamaica, some believe, were on display in the past week, to the point that is sparked a demonstration Saturday in front the US embassy in Kingston.The offence, according to demonstrators, came in the form of the US embassy building on Hope Road being bathed in the gay flag rainbow colour Thursday night.

The demonstrators were of the view that America was showing a disrespect for Jamaica's culture and will by doing so, in light of the outcry caused by the gay flag being flown at the embassy premises following the recent mass shooting at a gay club in Florida.

The shooting was carried out by a man reported in US media as being a closet gay.

Demonstrators saw Thursday's incident as a slap in the face. The placard bearing protestors denounced the homosexual lifestyle, highlighted its health risks -- citing worldwide studies -- and spoke of its threat to family life. Some have said that the United States needs to learn how to be respectful of the will and culture of other countries and be tolerant of views that are not in line with its agenda.

Meanwhile, some saw it as a further insult that the US would send Independent message to Jamaica on Saturday while talking action that showed it didn't respect the nation's sovereignty.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your nation's independence," US State Secretary John Kerry said.

To no one's surprise, Kerry used the opportunity to push America's message of "tolerance".

Man shot and killed on the way home from party

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThirty-three-year-old Jason McLeod was shot and killed by gunmen in Palmer's Cross, Clarendon early this morning.

McLeod and his girl, who escaped unharmed, were on their way home from a party.

The couple was attacked close to their home at about 3:15 a.m. McLeod, also known as "John" to residents, was shot several times.

hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives investigating three Chinese nationals, suspected of being involved in an international fraud ring, believe the men have travelled to several countries, including the US and Russia to carry out their scam.

The police say they seized Jamaican and US currencies along with Russian Ruble from the suspects.

According to a senior investigator, the police suspect that the men have also travelled to other parts of the region.

The three suspects appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday where the case against them was mentioned. Prosecutors reported that the case file is still incomplete and they are awaiting a report from the Cyber Crime Unit.

The men were remanded until August 29. They were arrested two weeks ago after the police raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew. The police reportedly seized several skimming devices and blank credit cards along with J$6 million and other foreign currencies.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. Documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized.

C-TOC investigators are in contact with their counterparts in Dominica to determine whether the men are part of an international fraud network operating in the region after three other Chinese nationals were arrested in that country for a similar offence.

fire.jpgThirty-two Jamaican workers have suffered losses after a fire destroyed their sleeping quarters at a farm in Brant County, Canada.

It occurred last Thursday.

The farm workers, who lived in a bunkhouse, lost everything, including money as well as their immigration papers and passports.

The liaison service which works directly for the Jamaican consulate has been notified.

Since the fire, the Salvation Army has stepped in to replace many of the lost goods.

William Ratelband, Community and Family Services Coordinator for the Branford-Paris Salvation Army, says arrangements were made for the Jamaicans to go to a thrift store to get clothes.

They were also able to access other supplies.

First days after the local authorities advised fishing folk and other marine interests to evacuate cays and return to the mainland, a fisherman met his demise while at home.

32-year-old Dalton Grant otherwise known as 'Richie' of Lionel town in Clarendon was shot dead on Tuesday evening.

According to a police report, at approximately 9:20pm the police were summoned, after residents heard explosions and Grant was found lying in a pool of blood.

Residents report that Grant had heeded calls from the local authorities to leave Rocky Point where he was fishing which he duly did.

His decision to heed the call proved fatal as he was gunned down at home.

The police are still investigating.

Men trapped in cave died from toxic fumes

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Toxic fumes from a water pump has been identified as the possible cause of death of three men in a cave in Salt Pond, St. Catherine on Monday.

They have been identified as Richard King, 48, Alfred Succan, 31, and Mcgray Surgeon, 36.

A fourth man has been hospitalised, after he was found by residents on Monday.

The police say the men, who appeared to be illegitimate ganja farmers, entered the cave and attempted to get water for irrigation, but encountered difficulties.

They surmise the men died after inhaling fumes from an irrigation pump in the cave.

Jamaica still under Tropical Storm Warning

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weather-update.jpgTropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Earl moves over the western Caribbean. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected today.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located near Latitude 16.4 degrees North, Longitude 81.5 degrees West, or about 325 kilometres (200 miles) south of Grand Cayman or 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Belize City.

Earl is moving towards the west near 26 km/h (16 mph) and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On this track, the core of Earl will pass just north of the Honduras Bay Islands on Wednesday afternoon and then very near to the Belize coast early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 km/h (50 mph), with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Doppler radar reports confirm that, isolated moderate to heavy showers were detected over offshore waters to the north and south of Jamaica, while, light to moderate showers continue to affect sections of most parishes. Gusty winds of 61-76 km/h (38-47 mph) have also been detected, over some coastal areas of eastern and central parishes.

Over Jamaica, residents should still expect outbreaks of showers which could be heavy at times, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds this evening and into the night. Flash flooding is, therefore, still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Showers and thunderstorms are however expected to decrease on Wednesday as Earl and its associated weather moves farther away from Jamaica and closer to Belize.

All small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.

crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons died from Monday night's shooting incident on Maxfield Avenue in St. Andrew.

They are 80-year old Leopold McIntosh and 20-year-old Paul Allen. A third man remains hospitalised. The men were at a bar about 8:00 p.m. when they were attacked.

On Tuesday morning, residents briefly mounted roadblocks on Nelson Road to protest the shooting.The residents have reported at least two shootings since electricity was disconnected to four transformers in the community last month. Since the disconnection, the area has been without street lights.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said the lights are programmed to shutdown if they are tampered with.

However, the residents have been calling for the restoration of the street lights to reduce criminal activity.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies of three men who were trapped in a cave in the Salt Pond area of St. Catherine have been found.

They are: 48-year-old fisherman, Richard King, 31-year-old farmer, Alfred Succan and 36-year-old farmer, McGray Sergeon all of a Dunbeholden address in St. Catherine.

The bodies were retrieved about 4 p.m. on Tuesday during an operation by the St. Catherine South Police, who were assisted by the Waterford Fire Department and residents of the Salt Pond community.

it is reported that about 10:00 a.m., yesterday, four men were extracting water from the cave to a nearby farm when they got into difficulties.

One managed to escape and was taken to hospital where he is being treated.

The Police were then alerted and a rescue operation launched.

Do you know this child?

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do-you-know-this-child.jpgThe Bridgeport Police in St Catherine are seeking the assistance of the public in reuniting a young boy with his family.

The boy, who appears to have a speech defect, has been unable to communicate his name or any other information to the police.

He is about five-years-old and is of dark complexion, slim build, and is dressed in a white merino and white shorts with the word 'Arsenal' written on it in red letters.

He was taken to the Bridgeport Police Station by Jamaican Urban Transport Company (JUTC) driver about 5:20 pm on Saturday, July 30.

The driver reportedly became concerned when he was found aboard the vehicle alone and unable to account for himself. The bus plies the number 20 route in Portmore--Greater Portmore to downtown Kingston.

The parents/guardians of the boy, additionally anyone who knows the child have been urged asked to contact the Bridgeport Police immediately, either by telephone at 988-2697 or by visiting the police station.

tropical-storm-2016-08.jpgHeavy rains and strong winds bore down Monday on the Dominican Republic from a strengthening tropical wave that has caused at least six deaths in the country.

The system, which was moving south of the country in the Caribbean Sea, knocked down power lines Sunday near the northeastern town of Nagua and started a fire that killed six passengers on a bus filled with people returning from a beach excursion.

Conditions from the system may have also caused a tour boat to overturn near the Samana Peninsula on Sunday. Authorities recovered the bodies of three people and said four others were still missing. Military spokesman Arsenio Maldonado said a small craft advisory was in effect at the time but a cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

The Dominican Emergency Operations Center said that 19 of the 32 provinces were on alert for potential flooding as the system continued to pass south of the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system appeared to be on a track toward Central America. If the system strengthens, it could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Earl.

Dom Rep, Haiti and Cayman also on storm watch

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A tropical wave in the Caribbean, which has a 90 percent chance of becoming a depression or storm, is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Jamaica this afternoon or tonight, and the Cayman Islands overnight.

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The tropical wave could become the Atlantic's fifth named storm of 2016.

As of Monday morning, Invest 97L was located about 350 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west at 20-25 mph.

According to the Meteorological Center, it already had tropical storm force winds of 40-45 mph.

A second wave is being monitored, nearly 700 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

All mass Independence events postponed

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The government has ordered a postponement of all mass events scheduled to get off the ground over the next 36 to 48 hours in light of a tropical storm threatening the country.

The announcement was made during a press conference at Jamaica House Monday afternoon.

Jamaica on tropical storm watch

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tropical-storm-2016-08.jpgTopical storm watch remains in effect for Jamaica as tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 48 hours, according to the latest bulletin from the Met Office.

"The strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean has moved within 443 kilometres (275 miles) east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica," according to the bulletin.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with the tropical wave remain organised and environmental conditions are expected to influence the formation of a tropical storm later today or tonight, the bulletin said.

"As a result, it is likely that the tropical storm watch could be upgraded to a tropical storm warning in the next bulletin at [5 o'clock]," the Met Office said.

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now be in port and are urged to complete their necessary safety precautions without delay, the Met Office said.


Evon Thompson, Head of the Met Office in Jamaica

Victims in Trelawny crash identified

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The police have identified the three people who died in a motor vehicle accident along the Duncan's Bypass, Trelawny, this morning.

They are Leslie Murray of a New York address, Delroy Clarke and Leon Salmon both of Thatchfield, Bamboo in St Ann.

Reports from the Duncans Police are that about 7:44 am, Murray was driving a Toyota Corolla Axio along the roadway when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a Nissan Caravan that was traveling in the opposite direction. The occupants of both vehicles were taken to hospital where the three were pronounced dead and seven others admitted.

Public prayers in HWT for Jamaica

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jamaica-pray-photo-1.jpgChristians from all walks of life thronged Half-Way-Tree Square on Sunday afternoon as they responded to a call to fast and pray for Jamaica.

Hundreds of people came out to support the Jamaica Prayer initiative by the Joint Group of Churches in Half Way Tree Square, St Andrew. From as early as 3 o'clock, scores of persons started making their way to the site, even as the police cordoned off certain streets, thus allowing the faithful space to have their prayer meeting.


The occasion saw ministers of the gospel taking their turn in offering prayers, to Jamaica, for the economy, education, and against crime and violence.

Participants were also treated to live gospel music.


A Thompson Airways flight 136 with service to Montego Bay,Jamaica was forced to make a U-turn over the Atlantic Ocean when the pilot discovered that the 'autopilot didn't seem to work'.

The Boeing 787 took off at Manchester at 11.58am on Saturday and made a U-turn about half an hour later over the Irish coast.

According to the airline, the u-turn was a 'precautionary measure' due to a 'technical issue.'

However, an aviation tracking Twitter account said otherwise, noting that pilot was having "concerns as the autopilot didn't seem to work."

The Thompson flight eventually landed in Montego Bay on Saturday at 11:08pm.

The airline issued an apology to passengers and thanked everyone for their patience and understanding.

One thousand rounds of ammunition seized

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bullets.jpgMembers of the Contraband Enforcement Team have seized 1,000 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

A statement from the police, on Wednesday, said the seizure was made on July 14.

It is reported that about 3:50 p.m. on July 14, Customs personnel where conducting checks and found the ammunition in a plastic bag.

No one was taken into custody.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says she finds the video footage of the arrest of an unarmed woman, troubling.

Mrs. Harrison Henry says what is equally troubling, is that the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom), seems to have arrived at conclusions though the investigations are incomplete.

A statement from the Public Defender's office quotes a newspaper report where the Deputy Commissioner of Indecom, Hamish Campbell is reported to have said that the lawmen were doing their best to restrain her.

The Public Defender says it seems he made findings of facts, has drawn conclusions and has arrived at decisions even though the investigations are ongoing. Mrs. Harrison Henry adds that Mr. Campbell's utterances may have influenced the outcome of the investigations.

The Public Defender reiterated that she disapproves of the excessive use of force by the police to restrain the woman and that the police could have dealt with the situation differently.

A Jamaican man who spent nine years in and out of prison in the Bahamas has been awarded a settlement of US$125,000.

Matthew Sewell appeared in a Bahamas court on Tuesday. The hearing was held to update the judge concerning discussions between counsel for Mr. Sewell and the Crown on an appropriate amount in damages and taxation for the time he was detained at the Department of Correctional Services and the Detention Centre without trial.

Last October, the judge, Stephen Isaacs, ordered Mr. Sewell's immediate release from the detention facility. The 28 year old Jamaican was in and out the prison system; however he was never tried on any of the charges he faced.

In 2006, while in the Bahamas, visiting his father, Mr. Sewell was arrested for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl. He was released on bail in 2008, but was arrested in April 2009, and charged with the alleged rape of a girlfriend. He received bail for that charge in August 2013, only to be arrested two months later for allegations of housebreaking and murder.

However, those charges were thrown out in 2014 when it was found that Mr. Sewell was in custody when the alleged crimes occurred. He was later detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

In addition to ordering his immediate release last October, the judge also ordered that his travel documents be returned to him and that he be allowed 60 days to resolve his legal status in The Bahamas upon making an application to the Immigration Department.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals were arrested in a suspected international fraud scheme that fleeced Jamaicans out of millions.

According to investigators, the men defrauded millions from unsuspecting victims in Jamaica and across the Caribbean through identity theft.

The three suspects have been identified as 38-year-old Zhong Jianping; Guo Shanghai, 37 years old and 37-year-old Zhong Fulin, all of addresses in China.

Investigators say the men were arrested on Wednesday, July 13 after being discovered with electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers items commonly used in identity theft.

They were also found with close to $6 million dollars in cash and over 400 credit cards, which are suspected to have been fraudulently made.

usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgSix-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt occupies the number two spot on the list of the top 10 greatest athletes in the world in 2016.

The list, compiled by, is based solely on performances and achievements of the past 12 months.

Bolt, who last week ran 19.89 seconds over 200m at the London Anniversary Games, has over the past year won gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

He is ranked behind Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic who earlier this year won the French Open to become just the third player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

World no.1 Serena Williams holds the third spot on the list. Earlier this month she won her 7th Wimbledon singles crown to equal Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

The top 5 is completed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are joint 4th and three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

asafa-powell-rio-id.jpgSprinting star Asafa Powell had a false start as he arrived at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tuesday morning.

Powell, was barred from entering the country by immigration officials because he did not have his Olympic credentials, which also serves as the necessary visa documentation for athletes, media and officials traveling for the Olympic Games.

The former world record holder over 100m told the Brazilian immigration personnel that Jamaica's team manager for athletics, Ludlow Watts, who was waiting outside the airport, had his accreditation.

After a meeting between the Federal Police and the on site accreditation office, a duplicate pass was created for the sprinter.

Powell confirmed the hold up, but shared that he was doing fine and had since joined his teammates in camp.

The highest sum granted to schools by the government for auxiliary fees is $111.6 million which goes to to Maggotty High in St Elizabeth. This includes $76 million for infrastructure improvements and $4.3 million for CAP.

According to the Ministry Paper a total of $5,337,419,400.44 will be disbursed to the schools. The ministry paper noted that the figure was outside the regular subvention for the payment of full time teaching and non-teaching staff.

Charlie Smith High, a non-traditional high school, will receive $81 million, including $50 million for the physical expansion, as well as $10 million; $70 million goes to Norman Manley High; $63 million for Pembroke Hall High; Jamaica College, which was headed by current minister of education, Ruel Reid, up to recently gets $47.3 million,and Kingston College gets $44.2 million.

hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening.

Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Vermont's delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders said, as the crowd erupted into cheers and waved multicolored "Hillary" signs. A rendition of the song "Happy" began playing as delegates swayed.

The roll call went smoothly and with few signs of protest, as the party appeared to unify after a fractious start to the convention Monday.Delegates and speakers backing Clinton stressed the historic nature of her nomination. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, announced Clinton's name for nomination "on behalf of all the women who have broken down barriers for others."

Fake Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo is dead

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miss-cleo.jpgThe iconic television psychic, Miss Cleo, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She was 53.

Miss Cleo, who was born Youree Harris, died in a hospice center in Palm Beach County, Florida, after being released from the hospital last week. She suffered from colon cancer that eventually spread to her liver and lungs.

The TV personality, famous for her thick Jamaican accent, urged viewers to call her hotline and get an insight into the future with the catchphrase, "Call Me Now!"

Despite the accent, she was actually born in Los Angeles and her Psychic Readers Network infomercial personality was all for show.

Her memorable Miss Cleo persona ran in television ads from 1997 to 2003.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican student who was caught fondling a woman in a downtown Brooklyn subway station on Monday morning told cops he committed the act because he had never seen white women before and that "they are so beautiful".

Damario Johnson, 19, who is in New York on a student visa, allegedly did the same to four other women last week.

Two officers spotted the teenager, pacing around the Hoyt Street 2 and 3 station before running up to a woman and sticking his hands up her skirt.

Captain Zahid Williams, Commanding Officer of Transit District 30, says Johnson was arrested without incident. He was charged with sex abuse.

Captain Williams says Johnson began his lewd spree in the station during the morning rush last Wednesday.

All of Johnson's victims were white women ranging from their 20s to their 40s.

Damion Crawford says he is not gay

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damian-crawford.jpgPolitician Damion Crawford has come out swinging against allegations that he is gay.

The former junior tourism minister told an online portal that a letter containing the damning allegations about him was circulated at a People's National Party (PNP) meeting on Sunday.

"It's not the first time rumors have been brought against me and it won't be the last. I am sure of my heterosexuality and that's all there is to it" Crawford reportedly said.

hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) are now in contact with their Caribbean counterparts to determine whether a Chinese scamming network is operating in the region.

This follows last week's arrest of three Chinese nationals in Jamaica and three others in Dominica for alleged scamming activity.

The three Jamaican suspects were nabbed by the St. Andrew Central Police during an operation. The cops raided a house occupied by the men in Barbican, St. Andrew, and reportedly seized several skimming devices; blank cards and credit cards.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards.

More than J$6 million, US currency and other foreign currencies were seized in the operation. Documents with the information of credit cardholders were also seized.

C-TOC believes the Chinese men are members of a major international scamming network operating in the Caribbean.

Late Friday afternoon, investigators were using an interpreter to question the suspects.

Two killed at beach in Montego Bay

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe identities of the persons killed on the Redding Fishing Beach in Montego Bay, St. James yesterday have been released.

They are 16 year old Bertland Gray of Redding and 35 year old Leon Gillings, a coconut vendor of Mount Carey in St. James.

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, were shot and injured.

They remain hospitalised.

The police report that shortly after 2pm, the four were standing beside Gillings coconut stall when a car drove up and the occupants ordered coconuts.They then pulled firearms and opened fire at the group.Gillings and the 16 year old died at the scene.

No motive has been established for the attack.

crime-scene-gun.jpgA former member of the Jamaica Defence Force is in police custody, following the shooting death of a businesswoman in St. Thomas on Friday.

The Morant Bay Police believe the ex-soldier can assist them with information on the case. Kayann-Dean McKoy Ferguson, 26, a nail technician and auto parts dealer, was shot during a robbery outside her business place.

According to the police, shortly before 7:00 p.m., Miss Ferguson was sitting in a car with the ex-soldier at Fyffe Plaza on Church Street in Morant Bay, when a man approached the vehicle and demanded her handbag.When his demand was not met he shot Miss Ferguson.

She died while being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Poor leadership in schools to be tackled

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professor-chris-emdin.jpgChanging the way students are taught in Jamaican schools is one of the suggestions being put forward to achieve educational success for them and their institution.

The problem of poor leadership in schools has been a sore point highlighted in the National Education Inspectorate Report. The JN Foundation will be hosting a two day summit starting on Monday aimed at inspiring leadership in schools

Professor Chris Emdin from Columbia University in New York who is one of the speakers says he hopes to impress upon participants the need to be up front about what is not working in school. According to the latest National Education Inspectorate Report, most schools are performing at an unsatisfactory level in terms of leadership.

Of the 953 schools inspected, only one percent had an exceptionally high leadership rating.

robert-pickersgill.jpgMember of Parliament Robert 'Bobby' Pickersgill and an assistant have been robbed of $2.5M in jewellery and a quantity of United States and local currencies.

The robbery occurred at Pickersgill's Millsborough Avenue home in Barbican, St Andrew, according to prosecution.

The items - $2.5M in jewellery and US $3,800 belonging to Pickersgill, and US$3,800 and J$200,000 which is that of his assistant - were snatched from a vault in the bedroom of the People's National Party MP, between June 10 and July 10

Neither Pickersgill nor the woman was at the house at the time of the incident.

Pickersgill gardener - Cedrick Dougharty - has since been collared in the theft.

On Friday, Dougharty pleaded guilty to the deed before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, in Half-Way Tree.

Dougharty - who looks at least a decade older than his 36 years - cried as he admitted taking the items from his boss' home.

Tears could still be seen running down his cheeks after he was removed from before the court and placed in the holding area with other inmates.

The Long Lane, Stony Hill Road resident was remanded in police custody until September 5 when he will be sentenced.

He was ordered to give his fingerprint to the police.

Tearful funeral for Delus

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delus-funeral-photo-1.jpgThen tears flowed freely as the body Delmark "Delus" Spence body was carried from the church. A song recorded by Konshens, in memory of his brother, echoed throughout the halls of the capacity-filled church.

The service - held at the Church of Resurrection, Duhaney Park, St Andrew - saw scores of fans, family members, friends and players in the local entertainment industry coming out to bade farewell and pay tribute.


"He is gone but will never be forgotten," said a relative pausing as tears flowed.

As she spoke, Konshens, the brother of the deceased, provided support as she tried fighting back the tears.


Konshens - decked in dark shades, a white shirt and grey pants - stood in silence, lines of grief etched across his face.

A few feet away, other close relatives looked on with sombre faces.

businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgshango-jackson.jpgSt. Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie, who was convicted last month with the death of his girlfriend's estranged husband, Shango Jackson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison before the Home Circuit Court Friday morning.

Gowdie, an event promoter, was charged for murder but convicted for manslaughter. At the trial, Gowdie contended that he was acting in self-defence when he shot Mr. Jackson at a house in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

But prosecutors led evidence that on July 12, 2012, Mr. Jackson went to his home where his estranged wife also resided. Shortly after his arrival, an argument developed between Mr. Jackson and a man who was at the residence.

Prosecutors say a call was made and Mr. Gowdie drove to the house on Shenstone Drive. He pulled his firearm and fatally shot Mr. Jackson during an argument.

In passing sentence, trial judge Evon Brown told Gowdie that he showed no remorse for the shooting death of Mr. Jackson, who was the Operations Manager for Sparkles Production.

flat-bridge-crash.jpgflat-bridge-bishop.jpgBishop Stephen Ricketts and the seven persons were travelling in a Suzuki Grand Vitara when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while crossing Flat Bridge were returning from St Thomas where they had gone to hunt duppies.

Tales abound about the bishop's many animal sacrifices right in the street in front of his church; church members drinking animal blood; burying of live white chickens in the church yard to sanctify the ground; him being a self-professed "science man" who was well sought after to cast out demons or duppies and going on regular "duppy catching missions";

Residents of the community say that sometimes the bishop was seen travelling with a skull in his vehicle or going gravedigging.

In the early morning of Saturday, July 16, Ricketts' Suzuki Vitara was returning from what some residents described as a "duppy catching mission" with eight persons on board, when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned at the Flat Bridge in Bog Walk Gorge.


The bishop drowned in the Rio Cobre, along with two of his sons - Shevaughnie and Sujay Ricketts, as well as church members Benjamin Ellis, Crystine Morris and O'Neil Robinson.

El Frego Slew, who was driving the vehicle, as well as 19-year-old Shane Harris were the only survivors.


The sixth victim that was pulled from the Rio Cobre at 10 am on Saturday was O'Neil Robinson. Shane Harris, who was originally from Tawes Pen in St Catherine had lived with Bishop Ricketts and his family for the past three years.

All the victims were members of the Mount Maria Zion Truth Fellowship Spiritual Church of God located in the Commodore community.


crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are now probing the murder of a man on Old Hope Road in Kingston on Monday.

He has been identified as Errol Lewin. Police report that Lewin was at a cook shop, at 84 Old Hope Road, watching television with a group of other persons.

So engrossed was Lewin with the programme being aired that he never saw when a car pulled up and one man alighted.

The man pulled a firearm, walked straight up to Lewin and shot him several times, sending the other persons and the owner of the cook shop scampering for cover.

Lewin died on the spot.

The police are now investigating a case of negligence against one its members whose service pistol was stolen from her in St Catherine on the weekend.

It is reported that on Saturday, the police constable, who is stationed in St James, accompanied colleagues to function at Job Lane in Spanish Town.

Information reaching The Star is that she left her service pistol inside a motor car and went to use a restroom. When she returned, it was observed that thieves had broken into the vehicle and had stolen the firearm. Police confirmed that other personal effects were also stolen from the vehicle.

The matter was reported to the Spanish Town police and an investigation was launched.

A rose by any other name is just as sweet; cerrasse by any other name is just as bitter.

So when the Education Minister is saying that he is going to abolish auxiliary fee in schools and replace it with parent contribution - of the same amount or sometimes even more - the it's a case of six of one half dozen of the other.

A report states that the official policy of the Ministry of Education is for secondary schools to abolish auxiliary fees and instead request non-mandatory parent contributions not exceeding $20,000, except by spcial permission from the ministry to charge more.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jamaica College has asked parents to contribute $31,500 in fees, Wolmer's Boys has requested $27,000, while Manchester High, Campion College and Immaculate Conception High have announced fees of $21,000, $30,000 and $44,500, respectively.

This reflects the exact value of the auxiliary fees charged by these schools in the previous academic year.

So where then is the so called free education?

14 persons killed on the roads in 6 days

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14-killed-six-day-bog-walk-crash.jpgThe Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport is reporting that 14 people have been killed on Jamaican roads in the past six days.

The ministry had reported that up to June 12 there was a 10 per cent decline in fatal crashes and a two per cent drop in fatalities as the number of persons killed on Jamaican roads hit a 200 mark.

Now seven days later, the number of road fatalities is up to 214 - a two per cent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

According to the Road Safety Unit, males account for 84 per cent of fatalities since the beginning of the year.

The statistical report also states that motorists account for 26 per cent of deaths while pedestrians account for 18 per cent of fatalities in 2016.

lasco-top-cop.jpgCorporal Kimaryo Pinnock suffered a heart attack and has been at the Kingston Public Hospital since Friday.

Pinnock was named top cop at the Police of the Year Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in April of this year.

He was selected from a list of 12 finalists.

The Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force.

flat-bridge-crash.jpgThe driver of the vehicle in which six people died after it plunged into the Rio Cobre Sunday morning is to be slapped with manslaughter charges.

Calvin Allen, the senior superintendent in charge of police traffic division, said that the driver will be slapped with six counts of manslaughter.

Allen said also that the man had been driving without a licence.

The vehicle -- a blue 2012 Suzuki Vitara -- plunged into the Rio Cobre 1:00 am after the driver reportedly misjudged the turn onto the bridge.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara -- which was owned and operated by Bishop Stephen Ricketts who also died -- was carrying eight persons at the time

tivoli.jpgSenior Superintendent Steve McGregor, territorial Commander with responsibility for operation, said that there will be a meeting on Tuesday evening between residents and the police to ease the tension in the community.

"I will take a personal interest in the situation and on that day I will give them an update as to who has been charged, who has been transferred and so on," he said, referring to police.

The matter is being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations.

crime-scene-7.jpgA man who ran into a building and during an alleged confrontation with the police in Tivoli Gardens was shot and injured and later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital. A 9mm pistol with eight rounds was reportedly taken from the young man.

However, the 19 year-old is now being hailed as a good boy and residents say he was shot in his bed by the cops.

Residents have disputed the police's version of the shooting and demanded justice.

"Dem kill Tevin, dem go inside his house and kill him. It was no shoot-out, but that is what dem do all the time go inna people house and fire one barrage a shot and then seh a shoot-out and come and seh dem find gun when is dem a walk with spare gun," said one resident, who identified herself as Tuni

"We don't know why police officers don't like us in Tivoli Gardens. A sleep him a sleep inna him house and dem go wake him up an him hold up him hand. All him tripe a come through him side. Dem do mi friend bad and him nuh live no life yet, dem mek di whole a him bleed out," Tuni added.

The residents insisted that there was no shoot-out and that it was the police who were firing gunshots in the area and teargas on residents.

"Through dem neva want nobody video dem when dem a come down wid di body dem fire up one bag a shot and throw tear gas," one resident said.He said that following the shooting, the police came under attack from members of the Young Generation Gang, of which Gordon is belived to be a member, and had to call for assistance from Mobile Reserve and the Jamaica Defence Force.

"Police on duty at the police post came under attack from gunmen and Denham Town Police Station was also fired on," SSP Chambers said.

The senior officer said that, while the gunmen were attacking the police, residents mounted a fiery roadblock on Spanish Town Road and also hurled stones and bottles at the police resulting in two officers being injured -- one in the face and the other on his arm.

Young female doctor killed in crash

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young-doctor-dmegan-auden.jpgDr Megan Auden, 25, the daughter of popular Mandeville doctor Paul Auden, died Saturday afternoon after the car she was driving collided into two others on the Greenvale Road in the parish capital.

The Mandeville Police say about 3:45 p.m Megan was travelling towards Greenvale.

On reaching the intersection between Greenvale and West roads, her car skidded on a wet road surface into the path of two Toyota Corolla motor vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

She was reportedly flung from the vehicle and was soon after pronounced dead at hospital.

Ten passengers travelling in the other vehicles were injured and were also taken to hospital.

Tense calm in Tivoli after fierce gunbattle

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tivoli.jpgThere is now a uneasy calm in sections of West Kingston following Friday morning's disturbance which saw the Police post in Tivoli Gardens coming under attack.

The shooting erupted between the police and gunmen following the fatal shooting of a resident of Tivoli Gardens Friday morning.

He has been identified as 19-year-old Kevin Gordon, otherwise called Scrappo.

Residents mounted roadblocks along Spanish Town Road, forcing the authorities to issue an advisory telling persons to stay away from the area.

Fire destroys Old Harbour market

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firemen.jpgOver 200 vendors at the Old Harbour Market in St Catherine are without a place to ply their wares due to a massive fire which gutted the market early Friday morning.

The Old Harbour police confirmed that about 1:00 a.m fire was observed at the market.

An alarm was raised and calls made to the nearby Fire Station. However, the lack of a fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire Station in St Catherine did not help the situation.

Help was summoned from Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen.

The fire was brought under control after about four hours with the assistance of 37 fire personnel.

Relatives set 7 year-old girl on fire

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shocked.jpgA seven-year-old girl who was reportedly set on fire by relatives in Lionel Town, Clarendon has been admitted in hospital. The incident occurred on Tuesday but was brought to the attention of the police yesterday.

It's reported that the child sat on a container of rum which was later broken and spilled on her dress. The child's aunt allegedly used a lighter to set the seven-year-old a blaze. The child suffered burns to the left side of her lower body.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old aunt and the grandmother were charged by the police yesterday. The aunt has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm while the grandmother was charged with cruelty to a child.

The grandmother was granted bail while the aunt remains in police custody.

Tivoli residents shoot up police station

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tivoli.jpgThe Tivoli Gardens police station was fired upon this morning by gunmen after a Tivoli resident, 19-year-old Tevin Gordon was shot dead allegedly by the police in Building 12.

Reports are that, the attack on the police went on for more than 45 minutes.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens as well as West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie, have accused the police of acting unlawfully. They claim that the police opened fire on residents indiscriminately.

According to Mr. McKenzie, he too had to take cover due to the heavy gunfire allegedly from the police. He says he strongly condemns the action of the police.

The residents expressed anger at the shooting death of Gordon, who they claimed was killed in his house in cold blood.

shocked.jpgKingAlarm, the security company to which the two security guard victims of Friday morning's murder suicide were employed is expressing shock at the incident.

The agency says it has launched its own investigation into the matter.

Managing Director at KingAlarm John Azar says Martin, the man who killed his common law wife before turning the gun on himself, had been employed to the company for over 16 years and that he considers him a friend having worked closely with him in various capacities during the period.

Azar says reports from members of the team are that Martin was seen in a jovial and pleasant mood before the incident.

He says in addition to counseling for the team members, an offer has been extended to Martin's family to provide them with grief and Post Traumatic Stress counseling as well.

Almost a third of Rio Olympic tickets unsold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) -- Nearly a third of tickets to the Rio Olympics remain unsold just over three weeks from the opening ceremony, an official said Wednesday, insisting that sales were on course.

"We have sold over 70 per cent of available tickets," a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organising committee said in an emailed statement.

The spokesman said this was "ahead of our revenue targets" and that "our goal is to sell out all tickets."

The total unsold so far amounts to some 1.7 million tickets to events at the first Olympics ever held in South America, he said.

Cops kill man in St James

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man was fatally shot during an alleged confrontation with the police in Dumfries, St James, this morning.

He has been identified as Ricardo Campbell otherwise called 'Red Eye'.

The police say the matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Fourth person dies in Highway 2000 crash

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highway-2000-crash.jpgAnother passenger injured in Wednesday night's deadly crash along the Spanish Town leg of Highway 2000, has died.

This was disclosed by Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, Head of the Highway and Traffic Department. Initially, it had been reported that three persons had died from the crash, including the driver. However, SSP Allen confirmed that a fourth person who had been undergoing treatment, succumbed to injuries.

The first three victims have been identified as 54-year-old bus driver Everton Melhado of Dawkin district in James Hill, Clarendon; 67-year-old Veronica Edwards of Trout Hall Pass district, also in Clarendon and 60-year-old Hortense Barnett.

SSP Allen said investigations revealed that the driver was speeding with the packed bus when one of the tyres blew out, causing the vehicle to flip over several times.

He said 12 of the 17 injured passengers are still in hospital; four of them children.

crime-scene-7.jpgA man was shot dead, another injured during a break-in, while a woman was raped at gunpoint in three separate incidents in Portland last night.

In the first incident, the body of a man, who the police said has so far been unidentified, was found with gunshot wounds this morning at Snow Hill in the parish. According to the police, about 1:30 a.m. they were summoned to Snow Hill where they found the man's body lying in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. The police say the man is about 5'6" tall, of dark complexion and was wearing brown shorts, red slippers and blue shirt. The body has a tattoo on his left shoulder and had a low haircut. This would bring to five the numbers of murders in Portland since the start of 2016.

In the second incident also at Snow Hill, the police said a licensed firearm holder woke up to find a man standing in his bedroom with a gun making threatening demands. The firearm holder reportedly pulled his weapon from under a pillow and a shootout ensued. During the exchange of gunfire, the resident was reportedly shot three times in the leg. The gunman then ran away leaving behind a trail of blood, which the police say indicates he too might have been shot.

In the third incident, a man reportedly held up a woman at gunpoint while she was making her way home shortly after midnight. The police say the man raped the woman and robbed her of an undermined sum of money.

$17-M ganja haul in Clarendon

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police are reporting the seizure of over 2,800 pounds of ganja during operations carried out in Portland Cottage district in Clarendon Wednesday.

Reports are that between the hours of 12:30 pm, and 4:30 pm, police officers were conducting operations in the area when the drug, which has an estimated street value of J$17 million, was allegedly found.

Several individuals, including a foreign national, were subsequently arrested after the seizure; however their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

missing-clarendon-sisters.jpgTwo Clarendon sisters who abandoned their home, and were reported missing by family members, were found at a man's house in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-year-old Antoinette Lisa Mullings, who is eight months pregnant, and her younger sister 17-year-old Shanakay Mullings, both left their home in Longborough, Clarendon on Monday.

The girls had said they were going shopping in Mandeville, Manchester for the soon-to-be-born baby.

Head of the St James police, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, told THE STAR that the girls "left their home to visit the elder one's spouse, so to speak".

crime-scene-7.jpgThe St. Ann Police have charged Alexus Newland, otherwise called 'Dal Dal', of Milford, St. Ann in connection with the killing of three year-old Nevalesia Campbell.

Newland was charged Wednesrday evening following the completion of a question-and-answer session. He was initially identified by the St. Ann police as a person of interest following Sunday's discovery of the mutilated body of young Nevalesia. The infant's body was found with chop wounds in bushes in Brown's Town.

Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the St. Ann Police Division, told RJR News that Mr. Newland had retained an attorney. He's scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

In the meantime, the mother and stepfather of 3-year-old Nevalesia Campbell are booked to appear in Court this morning. Mahalia Poyser, a 24-year-old bartender and her common law husband, 30-year-old Roy Dawes, were charged on Monday with breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act.

Miss Poyser had initially told police that Nevalesia had been put to bed, and was later discovered missing. Investigators say the adults left Nevalesia and another child unsupervised to attend a party in the community. The mother discovered the child missing after returning from the party.

75 killed in truck attack in Nice, France

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shocked.jpgAt least 75 people have died in the French city of Nice after an attacker plowed a truck, which was "loaded with" grenades and other arms, into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations Thursday night, officials said.

The incident left an "apocalyptic" scene, according to eyewitnesses, on the famed Promenade des Anglais, put the city on lockdown and drew swift condemnation from world leaders.

The American consulate in Marseille said it was trying to "determine if any U.S. citizens were injured in the event."

The exact nature of the attack was unclear, but the Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor's office was put in charge of the investigation.

Christian Estrosi, president of the Nice region, told French TV that the motorist "fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him" and said that "the truck was loaded with arms, loaded with grenades."The truck was driven by someone who appeared to have "completely premeditated behavior," Estrosi added.

According to Eric Ciotti, who represents Nice in the French parliament, 75 people were killed and another 65 injured, including 15 critically.

Jamaica helping Guyana to fight crime

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Jamaica is providing assistance to Guyana in strengthening its crime and security intelligence-gathering strategies and techniques, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has announced.

Addressing the annual police awards ceremony Wednesday, Persaud said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has begun conducting an assessment of the Guyana Police Force's (GPF) crime and security intelligence system with the aim of recommending improvements.

He told the ceremony that the plan would be implemented as soon as it is completed and accepted by the authorities here. "Thereafter, we will pursue with implementing those recommendations and we are likely to see a great change in our intelligence infrastructure and see a great interface between crime intelligence and security intelligence and further develop pour general capacity to deliver the highly expected services of the people of our communities."

Having said that, here are some reactions to this article: Guyana gets help from Jamaica? Did I read right?. Please tell me this is a big JOKE...look at how many persons are being kill and instead of using all our resources and time to try and figure out how to stop the crime here in Jamaica we leave our problems to solve themselves and gone a Guyana. but a wah this!!...SMDH

But a wha dis? Jamaican police cannot fight their own crime but offering expertise intelligence to Guyana police?

Cho, man. Jamaica have a breed a criminal weh we need help with.Rahtid,wi gone international,scotland yard,mi6 and interpol soon call wi fi advice to bakscup

Ha this is a laughing matter because dem should a be looking for duppy film then once dem catch him they can show the Guyana police how fi dweet!!!

Tell me it ain't so. JDF helping other police department about policing? Thanks for making me laugh!

Over 300 new routes coming, promises gov't

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Commuters across various sections of the island will soon have access to increased public transportation. Transport Minister Mike Henry says effective next Wednesday, there will be a limited reopening of 436 Route Taxi and 48 Rural Stage Carriage Routes.

He says the routes include 18 newly created routes for Route Taxis and two Rural Stage Carriage bus Routes.

Applications for these routes will remain open until October 13.

Some of the new routes include Charles Town to Kinloss Trelawny, Lionel Town to Longville Park Clarendon and Port Antonio to Belleview Portland.

In the meantime, Mr. Henry says the new motor car age requirement for new road licence applications/take-over-service and change of vehicle is twenty years.

He says motor cars over fifteen years will, however, require a structural safety report, from the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).

Cop name 12 wanted men

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police-station.jpgThe St. James Police have released the names of 12 men they described as the parish's most wanted fugitives.

The men are wanted for serious crimes, including murders and shootings committed in the parish.

The release of the names of the men comes on the heels of the recent flare-up of gun violence in the parish which left 11 persons dead and 10 others injured last week.

Those wanted for murders are: Almando Junior Bravo, Richard Grey otherwise called 'Zombie and Delano Wilmot otherwise called 'Lano'.

Shaneil Lutan is also wanted for two counts of murder as well as Escaping Custody and Illegal Possession of Firearm.

Marcus Robinson otherwise called 'Killer' is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Escaping Custody.

Ithream Shuriah is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Robbery with Aggravation.

Those wanted for Shooting with Intent are Aswyn Jarrett otherwise called 'Skii Mask', Kevin Hemmings otherwise called 'Skelly' and Oneil Clarke otherwise called 'Goaty' as well as Marlon Samuels otherwise called 'Brutos'.

Jevaughn Campbell otherwise called 'Jev', 'Cooking Oil' and Adrian Robinson otherwise called ''Rasta' are wanted for Wounding with Intent.

The police are asking the men to turn themselves into the Freeport Police by 5pm on Monday. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these men is being asked to contact the nearest police station.

crime-scene-7.jpgA 3 year-old girl who had been gonee missing has been found. Dead.

Reports are that rsidents of Orange Hill, St Ann on Sunday morning, July 10 found the body of the little girl who went missing from her home in the area on Saturday night.

Extensive searches of the area were done late Saturday night into early this morning, where her body was found in bushes early Sunday morning.

It is being reported that the child had several chop wounds over sections of her body when she was found at around 11 am.

delus.jpgA date has been revealed for the funeral service for dancehall artiste, Delus, the brother of Konshens.

The day after Delus' untimely passing, Konshens had promised to keep fans abreast of the funeral arrangements. He did so on the weekend when he posted on social media that his brother's funeral is set for Saturday July 23.


According to the post, the service will be held at the Church of Resurrection located at 1 Dickens Avenue, in Duhaney Park. Start time is 11:00 am.

The 35 year-old Delus, whose real name is Delmark Spence, is said to have committed suicide at his home in Havendale, St Andrew, in June. His body was found in a bathtub with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head.

The entertainer's suicide death plunged the fraternity in mourning.

JUTC employee shot dead in Spanish Town

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has expressed sadness at the shooting death of one of its employees in Spanish Town, St Catherine, this afternoon.

He has been identified as Donovan Nugent, bus cleaner and janitor at the State-run entity.

Nugent is the second bus cleaner employed to the company to be killed. In 2015, 30-year-old Marvin McLeary was found dead on King Street in the parish.

Preliminary reports are that about 4:00 pm, Nugent was approached by an armed man at the Spanish Town bus park who opened gunfire hitting him. He reportedly died at the scene.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe burnt body of a female in her teens was reportedly found in a cane field in Toll Gate, Clarendon on Tuesday.

The police say the body could not be properly identified at the time.

In the meantime, the family of an 18 year old girl who went missing on Friday say the burnt body could be that of their relative.

The police say they will have to use DNA and await the findings from an autopsy to determine identity and cause of death.

black-man-killed-by-white-cops.jpgLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice will launch a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man shot and killed Tuesday after an altercation with two white police officers in Baton Rouge.

Sterling is one of at least 505 people who have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database tracking such shootings.

And his killing is the latest in a nationwide string of fatal police-involved arrests captured on video. Like many others, the first versions of what happened are coming more from a video showing a fragment of the incident than from police, who have had relatively little to say so far. Thus no clear picture has yet emerged of the full sequence of events that led to the death.

"The video is disturbing to say the least," Edwards (D) said.

The bystander video of the shooting, which circulated online Tuesday evening, showed two Baton Rouge police officers attempting to detain Sterling after the officers responded to a call "from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd's and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun" outside the Triple S Food Mart, a convenience store, according to a Facebook post by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Police said they responded about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, and that Sterling was armed with a gun when officers confronted him.

Sterling was shot and killed while pinned down by the officers.

godfrey-dyer.jpgOne prominent tourism stakeholder is insisting that a state of emergency is necessary to deal with the upsurge of crime in western Jamaica. Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, says the call for a state of emergency might be taken out of context with persons believing it to mean similar action to what took place in West Kingston. However, he said it should not be taken in that capacity.

"I'm not against a state of emergency, however, I can't see why the police are not using the army more. Why can't the army be downtown and elsewhere?" he questioned.

Mr. Dyer said he would support a limited state of emergency, but it should not be likened to the 2010 security operation in West Kingston.

"In my opinion, which is the lesser of the two evils? The amount of killings that are going on around downtown Montego Bay and all around the place...or (a state of emergency)? What a state of emergency means is that the army will have full power because they will be patrolling the entire area. I don't want people to mix up what happened in 2010; that was a different kind of state of emergency," he sought to explain.

He said the continuous incidents of crime will be more harmful to tourism, than a limited state of emergency.

Should a state of emergency be declared to arrest crime in Montego Bay?

Omar Robinson, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, is not in agreement with the call for a state of emergency, neither is the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce is not in support of the call.

Gloria Henry, President of the Chamber of Commerce, says while the state of emergency may have some short term benefits, it could cause more damage over the long term.

"We believe that it could be considered harmful in the long-term to the brand - Brand Jamaica, Brand Montego Bay. It wouldn't solve the problems we have in Montego Bay and we believe that security forces certainly have to take the necessary actions that are within the law and they need to use them along with intelligence to solve the issues that we are facing with the rising rate of murders here in St. James. We are also saying that the continued response of changing persons and changing leadership has not solved the problem either in Montego Bay," she asserted.

caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has confirmed that Two passengers died on the weekend having suffered medical emergencies while on separate flights.

Head of Communications Dionne Ligoure, said the first incident occurred on Friday on flight BW 524 where a passenger arriving at Piarco International Airport was unwell.

The passenger was taken to a health facility and he died while receiving treatment.

The second incident occurred on Saturday with a female passenger on flight BW 525.

The flight had to be diverted to Kingston in order to deal with the medical situation.

Miss Ligoure said the passenger was later pronounced dead by medical personnel in Jamaica.

butch-stewart-gordon-butch.jpgThere is controversy in Tobago over the proposed site for a hotel to be operated by the Sandals group.

Sandals Chairman Gordon Butch Stewart, has expressed an interest in a site known as No Man's Land for a 750-room hotel.

However objections have been raised about use of the location.

Stewart's admission comes as an online petition continues to gain support, calling on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) to start public consultation and have full disclosure and accountability on the proposed development in Tobago.

tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgThe lawyer for popular dancehall artiste, Leroy Russell otherwise called Tommy Lee has made contact with detectives from the Kingston East division regarding the request for the artiste to report to the Elletson Road police station for questioning.

The police say they are in dialogue with the attorney who made contact this morning.

A release last week from the police said Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning in relation to a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2.

He was asked to report to the police by July 4.

Meanwhile, the police say Rohan Smith otherwise called Dawg, who was also asked to report to the Elletson Road police by July has not yet done so.

He is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.

A store clerk who was arrested for stealing $45,000 worth of clothing from a boutique where she worked -- after she was seen on Facebook wearing some of the dresses -- claimed she did not really steal the clothes because she was going to return them after she wore them.

Shanna Williams, 31, of a Kingston address, was recently charged with larceny as a servant after police raided her house and found several articles of clothing from her workplace.

The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court heard on Friday that Williams stole the clothes sometime in June from the shop at Southdale Plaza in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

But Williams told the court: "I did not steal them, my intention was to just wear dem and bring dem back,"

The boutique owner then told the court that Williams was arrested after she posted pictures of herself wearing some of the stolen dresses from the store.

She also told the judge that she was reliably informed that Williams was planning to emigrate to the US in August and that she was planning to have a party in July.

The businesswoman said is fearful of losing her visa. Consequently, she said she just wanted her money and be finished with the matter.

The judge then told Williams: "From one fashionista, to another fashionista I am going to give you time to make restitution because you just got carried away with your love for fashion.

"She look good though," the judge said, which brought on more laughter.

The judge then asked Williams if she brought the money and she produced $16,000.

The female student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) who was hit when police personnel reportedly opened fire on an illegal taxi at the intersection of North Street and Mark Lane in Kingston about 7 o'clock Thursday morning, seems to be on the road to recovery.

INDECOM says it reported that the police signalled the vehicle to stop and after the driver complied, a cop opened fire at the vehicle. A gaping bullet hole could be seen in the back windscreen of the white Honda motor car through which the bullet came before it hit the child.

INDECOM says the scene and motor car were processed by forensic examiners and investigators and statements collected from witnesses. The incident later sparked a fiery protest in downtown Kingston. This is not the first time that someone is being injured in a vehicle on which the police opened fire. In fact, the issue was the subject in INDECOM's annual report released last year.

Witnessed the incident? Call INDECOM:
Kingston Office: 968-1932
Mobile: 878-0167
Toll free: 1-888-991-5555, 1-888-935-5550

The US Department of State has upgraded Jamaica to a Tier 2 ranking on its Watch List for its fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in its 2016 TIP Report which was published on Thursday.

The country's compliance with Human Trafficking laws and its comprehensive and multi-pronged approach to tackling this threat to human safety and freedom have led to the rise in the rankings by one level.

A Tier 2 ranking means that the country is making important strides in tackling this scourge and is well on its way to full compliance with international Human Trafficking laws and standards. Although the island has not reached a Tier 1 ranking, the US State Department has noted significant improvements in how we treat with victims and criminals involved in this transnational crime.

The report stated that the Government of Jamaica has increased its efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers.The country secured two convictions, over the reporting period for Forced Labour and Sex Trafficking.

What's more, Jamaica received recognition for the charges proffered against a public official. The report, further praised Jamaica's efforts in its protection of victims. The TIP shelter continues to be in operation, offering care and protection to victims.

kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgTVJ informed prestigious all-boys institution, Kingston College KC this week that the school has been banned from Schools Challenge Quiz. The reason given is that KC, the school which has won the quiz more times than any other school in Jamaica, brought the competition into disrepute last year.

Camperdown, which took TVJ to court over the handling of one of the matches, has also been barred from the competition for 2017 and 2018. Alas, in a letter to KC's Principal, Dave Myrie, TVJ's General Manager, Claire Grant, cited an outburst from one of the school's quiz coaches as the reason for the ban.

Coach Kenyatta Powell accused TVJ on social media of unjustly ending KC's run in the competition during a hotly contested match with Campion College. The dispute drew the attention of Jamaica's former Ambassador to Washington and KC Old Boy, Stephen Vasciannie, who insisted that justice should prevail and the the match be awarded to KC.

Vasciannie told Grant that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion, is unfair and unjust. He warned the TVJ General Manager that the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk. Former Jamaica Bar Association President and KC Old Boy, Ian Wilkinson, also expressed similar concerns.

KC has 7 days to appeal the two-year ban.

The police are, this evening, alerting members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Jamaican currency.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says multiple counterfeit notes have been discovered in the last 24 hours.

CCU says the counterfeit notes were discovered as cash that was tendered as payment at one of the country's international airport was being processed.

It says the forgeries are limited to the Jamaican $1,000 notes, which all bear the serial number CC174514.

CCU is urging members of the public to take the necessary precaution when dealing with cash and to immediately contact the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime division if any counterfeit notes are discovered.

tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPopular dancehall artiste Leroy Russell, otherwise called 'Tommy Lee' has been listed as a person of interest by detectives in the Kingston Eastern police Division.

They have also listed a man known as Rohan Smith, otherwise called 'Dawg' as a person of interest.

The police say Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning for a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2, while Rohan Smith is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams on Thursday, April 28.

Tommy Lee and Rohan Smith are being asked to report to the Elletson Road Police Station on or before Monday, July 4.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is being asked to contact the Elletson Road Police at 928-1261 or 928-1262, call the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest Police Station.

Usain Bolt diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear

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tear-usain-bolt.jpgSix-time Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, after running 10.04 to book his place in the men's 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials on Friday night, pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.

"After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday night) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear," explained Bolt in a Twitter post.

"I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships," added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.

Bolt continued: "I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio."

Bolt is targeting a defence of his 100, 200 and 4x100-metre titles in Rio.

In the absence of Bolt from the 100-metre final, his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake scored a hard-fought victory.

crime-scene-gun.jpgFriday night's shooting rampage in St James which has left three persons dead and six injured has been linked to the lottery scam.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says lottery scamming is behind the recent upsurge in violence across St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Addressing a press conference in Montego Bay on Saturday, Commissioner Williams said the lottery scam had become pervasive across western parishes, bringing with it violence and mayhem.

Nine persons were shot - three of them fatally - at a shop in the community of New Ramble.

Those killed have been identified as 16-year-old Adrian Thelwell, 27-year-old Nicholas Campbell, both of New Ramble addresses, and 28-year-old Troy Scoville of a Kingston address.

ganja-trafficker-money.jpgAuthorities in Miami have seized at least $24 million in cash following the Tuesday arrest of a suspected marijuana trafficker.

The Miami Herald reported that the bust is the largest in the history of the Miami-Dade Police Department and said officers were still counting the money Wednesday.

According to the Miami Herald, most of the cash was bundled in increments of $100, placed in vacuum-sealed bags, and stuffed inside dozens of orange Home Depot-branded buckets.

Tuesday's raid was the culmination of a six-year--long investigation into Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez. The Herald reported that Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, ran a North Miami store that sells equipment for indoor gardening. Investigators suspected the business catered to marijuana growers.

In addition to the raid on Gonzalez-Hernandez's house, where the cash was discovered, local police and federal agents raided the store, where they discovered marijuana seeds, marijuana labeled "Super Skunk" and "Chernobyl" and $180,000 in a safe.

Gonzalez-Hernandez, who reportedly admitted instructing his customers on how to grow marijuana, appeared in court Wednesday on charges of money laundering, marijuana trafficking and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, among other state charges. He ws ordered held on $4 million bail.

Gonzalez-Hernandez's sister, Salma Hernandez, was also arrested and charged with drug possession and conspiracy.

Student stabbed to death by another student

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crime-scene-7.jpgA student was stabbed to death in an altercation with a student from Oberlin High School on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that the student was on his way to school when he had an altercation with another youth of the same age group.

The incident unfolded in an area called Grant Hill.

A knife was brought into play and the teenager stabbed.

He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injury.

The student has been apprehended.

woman-killed -in-ochi-kyri.jpgA 58-year-old vendor is now in the custody of the Ocho Rios police after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death at her workplace on Tuesday morning, June 29.

Police officers on the scene confirmed that the woman is Kyria Nelson, a 22-year-old employee of Torpedo Loan financing company on Brown's Plaza in the heart of Ocho Rios.

She was stabbed to death at her workplace at some time after 8am.

It is alleged that the vendor had been seen sharpening his knife from yesterday. At sometime after 8 this morning, he awaited the young woman as she entered the loan company to carry out his plan.The man then proceeded to slash her throat and he stabbed her several times.

When he completed his act, he left her in the building and proceeded to escape where he was apprehended by the Ocho Rios police some distance away from the plaza.

Head of the St Ann police, SSP Wayne Cameron explained that Nelson was alive, when she was rushed to the hospital.

However, she later died.

Barrington Levy to headline Reggae Sumfest

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barrington-levy-photo-2.jpgBarrington Levy will headline Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break.

"God bless my fans, on the night of the show, you will see what happens. I am asking the fans to come with the good vibes, the happy vibes. Walk with your tape and leave your machete, walk with your queen and leave your machine. Keep it clean, seen," said Levy.

Three years ago, Levy stole the show with an energetic, one-hour set. Next month, he will once again be backed by his California-based band, Detour Posse.

Levy is still promoting Acousticalevy which features unplugged versions of some of his biggest hits.

Levy, Sanchez and Tarrus Riley are among the big names on the closing night of Sumfest which is held this year under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

Organisers have changed the format of the show, with an all-star Jamaican line-up over two days.

law-student-teresa-wilson.jpgJamaican law student arrested in the United States for mail fraud is alleged to have been involved in the lottery scam, in which she and co-conspirators defrauded an elderly victim of US $270,000 (J $34 million at today's exchange rate).

The allegations against 27-year-old Teresa Wilson are outlined in court document, a copy of which was provided to Loop News by the United States Department of Justice.

Wilson -- a resident of Montego Bay, St James who just completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School -- has been charged with mail fraud.

"It was a part of the conspiracy that co-conspirators would, and did, willfully devise and participate in a scheme to call an elderly victim, and make material false representation that they were associated with a lottery, including that one of the callers was an attorney for the lottery, to fraudulently obtain the victim's money," the document obtained by a popular website stated.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that the co-conspirators would and did make material false representations that the victim had won approximately [US] $3.5 million as part of the lottery sweepstakes," the document stated further.

The criminal acts involving Wilson -- who calls herself a "wild child, caring and loving", on her Instagram profile -- and her co-conspirators reportedly occurred between October 2014 and March 2015.

The money in question was reportedly sent by the elderly victim on dates in November 2015. On one occasion, the victim is said to have mailed a package containing US $120,000 via UPS from Virginia to a co-conspirator's address in Florida.

That sum was reportedly collected in March 2015 by a Dwayne Breary who signed the alias Sandra Smith in an effort to conceal who the recipients of the package were.

According to the document, law enforcement officials obtained telephone messages sent by Wilson to a Yanique Coach on March 19, 2015, instructing, "Check the stacks tho," in reference to money.

A few days later, on March 22, 2015, Wilson reportedly sent a message via telephone threatening Coach. The message reportedly stated in part, "People belly go bang and U can't step out fi sort out business and save u self... Weh U priorities."

Another co-conspirator in the scheme was only identified in the document as SS.

The victim reportedly sent the cash after being told that in order to receive the "lottery money" the victim needed to pay fees and taxes in cash.

The victim, who lived in Virginia, was told to send the cash through UPS to various addresses in Florida and Georgia, which the victim allegedly did, sending packages of "large amounts of cash" to South Florida and the Middle District of Florida.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and another co-conspirator would and did travel from Jamaica to the United States to obtain the packages," the court documents said.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and other co-conspirators would and did perform acts and make statements to hide and conceal and cause to be hidden and concealed the purpose of the conspiracy and the acts committed in furtherance thereof," the document said.

If convicted, the State is seeking a forfeiture order of Wilson's assets, "which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the violation, including but not limited to a money judgement representing the amount of proceeds obtained by the defendant as a result of the allegations alleged in the indictment".

Jamaican man missing at sea in Cayman

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Cayman police say a Jamaican man, 40-year-old Migeal Aedran Palmer is among a group missing at sea.

A Caymanian identified as 59-year-old Carl Demmie Ebanks of West Bay is also missing.

According to police, the men are believed to have left from Ronald Martin's Dock, on North West Point Road in West Bay, on Ebanks' boat for an unknown destination. The vessel has been described as a Wellcraft boat -- approximately 20ft in length.

The men were reported missing three days after setting out for sea.

Police said the men did not file any report with Port Authority before beginning their journey.

"On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week, before the men were reported missing, the police helicopter flew over large areas offshore, including the Sister Islands, in the course of its schedule," a release from the police said.

"During those flights, the crew would have noted the vessel had it been seen a distance offshore, but did not see any vessel matching this description. No distress flares were seen, nor were any emergency calls on Channel 16 heard [the marine emergency channel]," the release added.

The release added: "While the areas patrolled offshore on these days were large, it cannot be known, given the vagueness of the details provided, that these areas would have fallen in any search pattern. Likewise, given the time that had elapsed since the believed departure time of the boat, as well as the fact that the destination was unknown, no search area could be defined by the time of the report on Saturday."

Police said that all local agencies as well as regional law enforcement were notified of the missing persons.

The search continues for the men.

Be careful when buying pumpkin

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The public is being warned to be careful when purchasing pumpkins. The warning was issued after thieves stole some of the crop from the Bernard Lodge Estate in St. Catherine on the weekend.

Opposition Senator Floyd Morris, who operates the farm, said the pumpkins were sprayed with insecticide and fungicide on Friday.

"I am issuing a warning to citizens within the Portmore, Spanish Town, Gregory Park area, not to purchase pumpkins from unknown farmers because those pumpkins are likely to harm their health," he urged.

He said some of the pumpkins, which were not fit, were removed from their vines and left in the field.

Mr. Morris said the matter is to be reported to the police.

crime-scene-gun.jpgPatrick Brown, a 55-year-old vendor from St Catherine, was shot and killed about 10:00 pm Saturday in the vicinity of the Buff Bay market in Portland.

His wife Michelle, 45, was also shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that the couple was packing up to leave when they were approached by three masked men who made certain demands. One reportedly pulled a gun and shot Brown, while another shot his wife in her hand. They escaped in a motor car.

The couple was taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital where Brown was pronounced dead.

pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party National Executive Council has approved a nomination period for the positions of president and vice presidents.

The date was approved at the council's meeting yesterday at the University of the West Indies, a statement from the Opposition party said Monday.

"Nominations will open for the positions of president and vice presidents on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:00 am and close on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at midday," the release said.

It also said nomination forms will be available from the party's secretariat.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA student of the Norman Manley Law School Teresa Wilson has been arrested in the United States on charges of mail fraud.

The 27-year-old Wilson was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 16.

Wilson recently completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School, at the University of the West Indies, in St Andrew, and was awaiting final exam results when she was reportedly busted.

A law enforcement official at the Broward County Sherriff's Office reportedly disclosed that Wilson is now in the custody of the US Marshals Service of the Southern District of Florida.

Wilson had allegedly been on the radar of US investigators for at least two years.

Associates of Wilson's at the law school are urging others not to rush to judgement at this time.

Jamaican journalist Garfield Burford has been appointed News and Current Affairs Consultant at the state-owned Antigua & Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS).

The appointment became effective June 1, 2016. Burford joins the entity on a one-year contract.

Melford Nicholas, Minister with responsibility for Broadcasting in Antigua and Barbuda, said, "The appointment of Mr Burfod represents a significant milestone in the Ministry's pursuit, to transform ABS, until it becomes the new standard for Broadcast Media Services in Antigua and Barbuda".

Burford is expected to assist the management of ABS in developing and improving the standards for gathering, preparing and delivering the respective News and Current Affairs Programmes, a release by the government said.

Prior to his latest appointment, Burford spent nearly 13 years at CVM Television in Jamaica where he was news and current affairs manager.

Two students from Holy Childhood High were injured during a brawl along Half Way Tree Road in St Andrew on Friday.

Several students of the all-girls school and caused traffic pile up in the busy commercial district,as the two students ended up nursing injuries.Police have confirmed that students, along with their parents, had to go to the Half Way Tree Police Station giving statements.

The incident is the second violent flare up involving persons associated with an educational institution in the area, this week.

Earlier this week, there was a stabbing and shooting incident at the St Andrew High School for Girls compound which is located just across the road from Holy Childhood. That incident involved two males - a parent and another man. The men were reportedly attending a school leaving ceremony for sixth form students.

The driver of the ill-fated Honda Civic carrying workers at the Bahia Principe Hotel and which that crashed into a truck along the Laughlands main road, St Ann on Tuesday night has died, bringing to four the number of fatalities.

The St Ann police say 21-year-old Michael Glascow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, the driver of the car, died in hospital on Wednesday.

The other deceased have been identified as 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann, 24-year-old Jahnor Powell of Charlestown, St Mary and Teisha Douglas, whose address has not been ascertained. Two other persons remain hospitalised.

The six were travelling along the Laughlands Main Road on their way from work at the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel when Glascow lost control of his Honda Civic and crashed into a truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The impact the sent Glascow's car into another that was waiting to enter the main thoroughfare. Police say so far investigations suggest Glascow was at fault and no charges are pending against the truck driver.

The teacher who reportedly stabbed a parent - who in turn shot the teacher - is not a member of staff at the prestigious all-girls institution.

The police say one of the men was shot and the other was stabbed during the fight which occurred during a school-leaving service at the school on Tuesday evening. Unconfirmed reports are that a domestic dispute led to the altercation.

According to the police, they have not arrested any of the two men who were involved in the violent altercation at the school on Tuesday. Communication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Stephanie Lindsay, says no arrests were made because the police are still investigating the incident.

Lindsay says the police will prepare a case file to present to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide on how to proceed with the case.

On Wednesday,Principal of St Andrew High School for Girls, Sharon Reid told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that there are indications that the altercation stemmed from a domestic dispute. Shealso sent a letter to the Editor setting the record straight by explaining that the two persons were not affilated with the school.

One man charged for NCB worker's killing

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A man has been charged by the police in relation to the kidnapping and murder of National Commercial Bank (NCB) employee, Karetha Robertson.

Robertson was abducted from her home in Portmore, St Catherine, by two men back in March, and was killed shortly after.

Her body was found in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police have identified the suspect who is heading to court as Shamar Beckford.

There were recent reports of a suspect being taken into custody in connection with Robertson's murder, but prior to now there was no indication of any charged being laid against the implicated individual.

Police report Robertson arrived at her Portmore home on the evening in question, and was attacked by two men who bundled her into a waiting motor vehicle and sped off.

Her body was found hours later.

A Toyota Rav4 sports utility vehicle that was being driven by Robertson, was found at Hillary Avenue off Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

Body of policeman identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman, whose body was found in Spanish Town Friday afternoon, has been identified as Sergeant C Morrison who was attached to the Detention & Courts Division.

Residents discovered the body, which had stab wounds to the back of the head, at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon in the vicinity of Brunswick Avenue and Job's Lane, and alerted the police.

The body was found in a pool of blood, and clad in black sweat pants and a white T-shirt.

The sergeant's 1997 white Toyota Mark 11 was found earlier in the day on a nearby roadway with blood stains all over the interior.

Konshens mourns death of his brother, Delus

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konshens-and-delus.jpgSubkonshus music artiste, Konshens, is devastated by the news of his brother Delus' suicide.

The acclaimed deejay was among those who converged on Delus' East Riverside home Wednesday evening following the devastating news.

Konshens was seen openly crying over the tragedy.

Delus celebrated his birthday on June 18, while his girlfriend reportedly celebrated her birthday today (Wednesday). Friends say the two had gone to beach and everything seemed to be okay.

However, shortly after they returned home, Delus reportedly went in the bathroom and carried out the act.

Sources say that the act was captured on his cell phone.

Dancehall artise Delus commits suicide

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delus.jpgConfirmed reports are that dancehall artiste Delus committed suicide Wednesday evening at his East Riverside Drive home in Havendale, St Andrew.

A large contingent of police and various press persons have converged upon the scene since news broke that the entertainer shot himself in his bathroom.

Delus lived right across the road from Big Ship, the studio-and-house owned by veteran singer, Freddie McGregor.


Delus, who is the brother of dancehall heavyweight, Konshens, was a frequent visitor to Big Ship. However, Freddie McGregor was off the island at the time of the incident.

Delus was best known for songs such as What Tomorrow May Bring, La La La, Afraid to Love Again and Time.

gay-flag-and-us-flag.jpgThe United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown "across the globe" at all its embassies.

A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: "Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens."

The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.

businessman-huey gowdie-and shango-ex-wife.jpgSt Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie was Wednesday convicted of manslaughter in the Home Circuit Court.

Gowdie was on trial for murder arising from the shooting death of popular businessman Shango Jackson in the upscale community of Beverly Hills, St Andrew in 2012.

Jackson was shot and killed at the Shenstone Drive home he shared with his ex-wife, who was reportedly involved in a romantic relationship with Gowdie.

Prosecutors argued that Gowdie went to the premises to with the intent to kill.

businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgHowever, defence attorney argued that Jackson was shot after he attacked Gowdie and threatened to kill him.

After deliberating for nearly two hours the seven-member jury convicted Gowdie of the lesser charge.

The verdict left some of his relatives and friends in tears, among them being Jackson's ex-wife.

shango-jackson.jpgValerie Neita Robertson, Gowdie's attorney, said she was "grateful its not murder."

"It was a verdict based on the lack of intention to kill," said Neita Robertson.

She also indicated that she will appeal the verdict.

ex-cop-and-girlfriend.jpgA murder suicide in their community Wednesday evening, has left residents of Short Hill in St Elizabeth,in mourning. A nail technician was reportedly shot dead by and her lover, an ex-policeman.

The deceased have been identified as, 41-year-old nail technician Tamara McIntosh, a resident of Short Hill; and 59-year-old Easton Douglas of a Passage Fort address in St Catherine,Douglas is a retired police inspector.

According to reports from residents of the community, shortly after 6:00 p.m, gunshots were heard coming from a location, where Douglas was visiting McIntosh. Upon investigation, the bodies of the two were seen with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A glock pistol was seen on the ground beside Douglas' body.

Residents say the couple was involved in an 'on again, off again' relationship, which was apparently a source of much tension between the two.

Ethiopia's foreign minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrived in the island Sunday for an historic two-day official visit.

The visit is the first by an Ethiopian minister of government and is aimed at strengthening relations between Jamaica and Ethiopia.

It also comes nearly five decades after the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966.

The Ethiopian Consulate says Tedros will meet with several government ministers in an effort to boost what it describes as the long-standing relations between the two countries.

It says the Ethiopian foreign minister will also seek support for his country's bid to become a member of the United Nations Security Council next year.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man will have to serve two years in a Barbados jail after he failed to pay BD$15,000 in fines for drug-related offences.

Samuel Leroy Campbell was held after he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday. He was interviewed by Drug Squad personnel and sent to the hospital where he allegedly passed 121 packages of cannabis weighing one kilogramme.

Campbell was subsequently charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis and importation of cannabis.

The Jamaican appeared before a Barbados Magistrate and was fined $10,000, or two years in prison for possession of cannabis.

He was fined an additional $5,000 for importation of cannabis or two years in jail.

The fines were not paid and Campbell was sent to jail.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Bolt, Shelly in-form at JN Racers Grand Prix

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usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgReigning World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce warmed up for Jamaica's Olympic trials later this month by recording contrasting 100m victories on Saturday night at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix held at the National Stadium.


Bolt gave another indicator that he was rounding back into top form when he powered his way from behind to land the men's blue ribband event in a season's-best 9.88 seconds, two-hundredths of a second outside the world lead.

Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94 seconds with Yohan Blake third in a season's-best also with 9.94 seconds and former world record holder Asafa Powell fourth in 9.98, also his season's-best effort.

Fraser-Pryce who was running her first race since the end of May, shrugged off a niggling toe problem to post 11.09 seconds in recording a fighting victory in the women's 100m over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre 11.11 and Kelly-Ann Baptiste 11.15 seconds.

crime-scene-7.jpgThe police have not yet identified any suspects in the murder of the Canadian national who was shot and killed in the resort town of Negril last weekend.

The 35-year-old real estate broker, Andre Palakia of Ontario, Canada and his girlfriend were walking along the West End main road when two men approached on a motorcycle and attempted to rob his girlfriend.

She resisted and the men opened fire. Palakia who was shot in the incident was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The killing comes just over a month after Jamaica made international headlines with the brutal the slaying of two American Christian missionaries in Albion Mountain, St Mary.

According to the latest police statistics, more than 490 persons have been killed across the island since start of the year.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that they have now restored calm to sections of Old Habour Bay, St Catherine following a flare-up in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of four men in an alleged shootout around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The director of communication with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says illegal three weapons were recovered.

She said the incident apparently angered residents who converged and blocked the roads.

The residents also set fire to a vehicle that was on the scene.

However, residents say the men who were known to them were actually working in the area.

The shooting is reported to have happened inside a building.

Barbados authorities investigated a possible bomb threat at the Grantley Adams International Airport earlier today.According to reports, several emergency vehicles were seen rushing to the airport around 1:30 pm this afternoon, shortly after an Air Canada flight landed.

The plane was isolated on the tarmac as police responded to reports of a bomb threat.

The Barbados Fire Service said that the 180 passengers who were on board disembarked from the aircraft.The call that came into the Fire Service was that "there was an Air Canada flight, Airbus 321 and they said there was a bomb threat and it was due to arrive as 1:30 pm."

Nine fire officers, one divisional officer, one station officer and one subofficer responded from the fire station at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Three crash tenders were also at the scene.

The flight landed between 1:30 pm. and 1:37 pm.

Emergency services also carried out checks on the plane, and the airport has since been re-opened.

Isabelle Arthur, Manager, Media relations & Manager, Air Canada Foundation issued a statement:"A passenger became unruly today on flight AC1966 an Airbus A321 from Toronto to Barbados with 114 passengers onboard. Authorities met the aircraft after it landed and as a precautionary measure officials performed a full search of the airplane.Passengers have now been transferred to the terminal where our customer service agents are taking care of them.As this is now a police matter we are unable to comment further."

2 Jamaicans possibly killed in Orlando gay bar

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orlando-shooter-omar-mateen.jpgThe Jamaican Consulate General in Miami says it has received unconfirmed reports that at least two persons killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre were Jamaicans.

But the foreign affairs ministry says the consulate is seeking to confirm these reports.

Foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson Smith, who is abroad, says checks are being done through the Office of Foreign Missions and the hospitals in Orlando.

Senator Johnson Smith says she has instructed the Consul General to remain in touch with the Jamaican community and its leaders to provide support where possible.

Fifty people were killed in the mass shooting in a gay club on Sunday morning.

US group Fifth Harmony remakes Kartel's song

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fifth-harmony.jpgJailed dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel has again been given an international boost, as pop group Fifth Harmony has released a cover version of his hit single Gon' Get Better.

The release sees the group translating the catchy chorus from patois to English without changing the melody or meaning of the song.

Fifth Harmony is a five member American girl group formed in season two of The X Factor in 2012.

The group is currently enjoying the success of its single Work from Home which has made the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 8 million records sold.

Vybz Kartel on the other hand last week released a new album King of the Dancehall which is now exclusively available on Apple Music.

bishop-popeye-whittingham.jpgUnder the title, 'Making a Better & Brighter Jamaica', US-based Bishop Dr Popeye C. G. Whittingham, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with his charitable work in Jamaica. This includes raising money for school equipment and school supplies for needy students.

A philanthropist who is always seeking creative ways to fund his ever-growing portfolio of not-for-profit projects, Dr Whittingham wears the caps of NYPD Clergy liaison; NYPD Police Square Club Chaplain; Sergeant U S Army ((Disabled Veteran); NYPD American Legion Police post member and NYPD POPPA Suicide intervention Counselor

When quizzed about his latest act of altruism, he stated: "This means so much to me, because I have been through this while growing up. I was one of those kids..not able to get the things that I needed for school and it was very hard, very stressful and very depressing and as a child that shouldn't be."

He added, "My aim is to raise the funds from now so that when the school terms begin in September everything will be in place to provide the children with the supplies that they need so that they can focus on having a better and brighter education."

A few years ago, the Bishop put in place a scholarship programme (The Popeye C G Whittingham Scholarship Fund) which has already helped several kids from the inner city in Jamaica, including students from Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High School, his alma mater. Two scholarships are available for award each year.

Dr Whittingham, who is also a businessman, explained that reaching out through GoFundMe was a way of getting the wider community actively involved in the process of giving.

He concluded, "We know that with your help we can make this into a reality and make a bigger, better and brighter future for our children of Jamaica.

ganja-seized.jpgA man who allegedly attempted to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport with 17 pounds of compressed ganja is to appear before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

He's 28-year-old Michael Preddie, of Fairfield, Spur Tree in Manchester.

Preddie was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Tuesday.

It's reported that shortly after 9pm officers were carrying out checks when they were alerted to a suitcase belonging to Preddie.

It was searched and ganja valued at more than J$100-thousand reportedly found.

alexandra-dean.jpgA Jamaican nursing school graduate was killed last weekend after she was caught in crossfire at a Miami Gardens house party.

Alexandra Dean, 23, was at the party shortly before 11 Saturday night when people began fighting outside the home, 40 NE 212th Ter. Someone opened fire, and Dean was shot, according to Miami Gardens police. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took her to Aventura Hospital, where she died.

According to Miami Gardens Police, the house party drew in a large crowd since it was advertised on social media as a party inspired by "Project X," a movie about an epic high school party. When the large group of people arrived to the residence, a disturbance broke out, which led to the shooting, just before 9 p.m.


"That girl did everything in the world to get where she's at, where she was," said the victim's friend, Montreal.

Dean's mother Pauline Dean who flew in from Jamaica after she heard the news, said that she just wanted to help those in need as a nurse practitioner. "That was her dream," she said. "She didn't get a chance to do what she really wanted. Somebody cut her life really, really short. She's only 23 years old."

On Monday, a spokeswoman for the university released a statement that said, "Alexandra Dean was beloved by her fellow NSU students and faculty, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family. She was a good student in a tough program and had just participated in commencement ceremonies where she received her BSN degree this past May. She was preparing to take her nursing boards. Becoming a nurse was her passion."

Dean's mother said she cannot get the last conversation they had out of her head. "When I spoke to her Friday, I said to her, 'Study, eat, sleep, study, eat, sleep," she said. "She says, 'Yes, mom. I'm gonna do that.' Somebody invited her to the party." "Whoever shot that gun should know that bullets don't know directions," she said.

Police are currently investigating this case and are looking for the person or people behind it.

killer-mom-photo-1.jpgA hearing was held in Florida on Friday for a Jamaican immigrant accused of smothering her two children to death inside a home in Fort Lauderdale this week.

Sophia Hines was ordered to remain in jail without bond. Her attorney said his client was not well enough to appear before a judge.


It is reported that she is on suicide watch in the psychiatric ward of a Broward County jail. Public defender Betsy Benson said the Jamaican suffers from severe postpartum depression.

Police said Miss Hines, who is 40 years old, suffocated her 7-month-old son, St. Leo, and her 3-year-old daughter, Ariel, with a bed sheet Wednesday at a house in Miramar.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Miss Hines and her children were visiting from Philadelphia.

crime-scene-7.jpgA seven year-old girl is dead after falling ill and being taken to church for healing prayers.

The parents of a seven-year-old girl are being questioned by the police after she died while being prayed for at a church in Old Harbour, St Catherine on Tuesday.

The child, Iasha Frazer, reportedly fell ill with a high fever on Friday. On Monday her father left her in the care of his 16-year-old daughter after anointing her with alcohol.

But Iasha's condition worsened and her sister took her to her mother. The mother in turn took the child to a church to be prayed for but the prayers failed to heal the child and she died inside the church.

The police were then called and, after assessing the situation, took the parents into custody.

"They can be charged for negligence that led to the death of the child as they should have taken her to hospital," one cop said.

corey-and-devin.jpgNightclub operator Corey Todd pleaded not guilty to assault charges Wednesday morning when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

Todd was charged last week with assaulting last season's Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner, Devin di Dakta.

Todd is to return to court on August 22 to answer to charges of assault and malicious destruction of property.

Prosecutors reported that in January of this year, Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub in Constant Spring, Kingston and demanded that the artiste apologize for using his name in one of his songs.

During the alleged confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.

Decrease in transfer tax coming

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pnp-horace-chang.jpgThe government has signalled that it will reduce the transfer tax. This follows a recent call from the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ).

The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, at the RAJ's 50th Anniversary Symposium.

"This will be done as part of a total tax reform, but we have given a manifesto commitment and we will keep our commitments. They may be changed in form, but not changed in substance because when we are government, you have to look at the total picture. In opposition, we deal with the principles. We have given the commitment to reduce stamp duty and transfer tax and it will be kept," Dr. Chang asserted.

The Realtors Association, late last month, said it would lobby the government for a reduction of the transfer tax and stamp duty in the next fiscal year.

The taxes were reduced seven years ago, but were increased in 2014 as the government sought to raise additional revenue to satisfy the requirements of the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Lower transfer tax and stamp duty influenced a pick up in real estate activity in 2010.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chang has linked the decision to the reduce the transfer tax to the government's tax reform plan, which he says is expected to spur growth.

Cuban president to visit Jamaica

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Cuban President Raul Castro has been invited to visit Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, issued the invitation during the recent Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, which was held in Havana.

"He agreed and we'll work out a date, and most certainly, we will ensure the bipartisan nature of the visit," Mr. Holness expressed.

Raul Castro has been President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Green Island police are probing the shooting deaths of a man and his common-law wife and the injury of three men on the Prospect main road in Hanover on Monday.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson, otherwise called 'Bike', and 27-year-old Kimberly Brown, otherwise called 'Kim', both of Cousins district in the parish.

Reports from the police are that about 9:10 pm, the three injured men were travelling in a Toyota Belta motor car when they observed another motor car, which had crashed on the side of the road.

The men pulled over to assist. However, as they approached the motor car, their vehicle was fired upon by armed men on motorcycles, who were behind the crashed car.

All three men received gunshot wounds.

The driver of the motor car managed to get to the hospital and a report of the incident was made to the police.

On arrival at the accident scene, the police saw a Toyota Corolla crashed into a tree on the embankment.

The police say checks were made and the bodies of the deceased were seen with multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The police say two of the injured men were hospitalised in serious condition while one was treated and released.

No motive has been established for the incident, the police say.

crime-scene-7.jpgA couple who thought they were going to assist occupants of a car that appeared to have run off the Prospect main road was shot and killed Monday night in the parish.

And another motorist who went to their assistance was shot and seriously injured.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson and 27-year-old Kimberly Brownm both from Hanover.

The incident occurred around 9 o'clock when the couple left the car in which they were travelling to investigate what appeared to be an accident scene.

They were fired on by men on a motorcycle.

The motorist who went to their aid was also shot.

glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgEmployees at the Gleaner company are still in shock at the passing of two members of the Editorial staff within days of each other.

Senior reporter Gary Spaulding's body was discovered at his home on Monday. His death, follows that of another Gleaner colleague, Glenroy Sinclair, on Saturday morning.

Sinclair died from a heart attack he suffered while at work Friday afternoon.

Gleaner journalist Gary Spaulding is dead

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgSenior Gleaner reporter Gary Spaulding is dead.

Mr. Spaulding was found dead at his Hughenden home on Monday afternoon. He was 52 years old.

Employees at the newspaper company were overcome with grief as news broke of Spaulding's passing and many of them converged at his home after work on Monday.

Spaulding's death comes just days after one of his work colleagues, Glenroy Sinclair died after collapsing at work.

Spaulding's career in media spans decades.

He started off as a reporter at the The Gleaner Company before moving to RJR Communications Group in 1997. He began his second stint at The Gleaner Company in 2007.


policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgTwenty-seven-year-old Constable Gladstone Williams and 26-year-old Jessie Anderson of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew are to appear in court this week to answer charges in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams.

The policeman and the civilian were charged on Thursday with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm. Williams was charged after he was pointed out in an identification parade.

Corporal Williams was shot several times by armed men about 6:30 a.m. on April 28 at a bus stop on Brae Street in Dunkirk, east Kingston as she made her way to work.

She died from her injuries in hospital a day later.

prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three of her former ministers are to appear in court tomorrow in relation to the ongoing corruption case against Dutch oil firm, Trafigura Beheer.

Simpson Miller, along with former cabinet ministers Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, and Colin Campbell, as well as PNP member and businessman, Norton Hinds were subpoenaed by high court judge Lennox Campbell last week to answer questions in the matter.

However, the case is to be stayed when they appear tomorrow pending the hearing of the appeal filed by lawyers representing Simpson Miller and the other members of the PNP.

On Friday, the Appeal Court had dismissed an application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to strike out the appeal filed by lawyers for the PNP members. President of the Appeal Court, Justice Dennis Morrison, who delivered the decision, had also ordered that all proceedings in the Trafigura case be stayed until the appeal is heard.

Dutch authorities want to question officials of the PNP about a J$31 million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006. It is illegal for Dutch companies to donate to political parties.

At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with a Jamaican state agency under the then PNP administration.

norman-manley-airport.jpgA salary dispute involving fuel handlers at two of the island's international airports could force the grounding of some aircrafts at the facilities next week if the issue between a contracted firm and the fuel handlers is not resolved.

The dispute is between United Management Services (UMS) and the handlers.

Vincent Morrison, president of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), which represents the handlers, on Friday indicated that UMS is contracted by GB Energy and Total to manage the fuel farms at the two airports.

Morrison said the fuel handlers have been in negotiations with UMS since March of last year for an increase in their wages.

UCASE is now said to be waiting to see if its proposed terms will be met, before leading the handlers into industrial action.

The union is reportedly hoping to avoid a work stoppage because of the likely negative impact the withdrawal will have on aircraft which depend on the services of the handlers, but is insistent that the two marketing companies are in a position to offer a better deal to the handlers, whose request the union is contending to be reasonable.

reggae-boy-austin.jpgThe Reggae Boyz after a sterling 2-1 victory performance against World Number-3 ranked Chile on May 27 in Vina Del Mar, were upset 1-0 by Venezuela in their opening Copa America Centenario Group "C" match at Soldier Field in Chicago, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

The Boyz in an uneven first half performance, first put Venezuela under early pressure which saw JeVaughn Watson's header from the right side of the penalty box crash onto the crossbar and rebounded into play, where Adrian Marriapa failed to turn the rebound in.

After the Boyz applied some more attacking pressure, their defence was caught out by the Venezuelans, sending through Josef Martinez on the left side. He made no mistake in the 15th minute by slotting under the advancing body of goalkeeper Andre Blake to score against the run of play.

Nine minutes later Rodolph Austin was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle against a defenceless player, which left the Boyz with 10 men. Head coach Winfried Schaefer made a forced change 5 minutes from half time, replacing the injured Kemar Lawrence with Leicester City's English Premier League champion's captain Wes Morgan.

At the half, Venezuela 1, Jamaica 0.

And although the Boyz tried hard in the second half, Venezuela dominated possession with the numerical advantage to maintain the lead and won 1-0 at the final whistle. A disappointing result for Jamaica whose coach Winfried Schaefer was sent to the stands by the referee for arguing with match officials.

The Reggae Boyz next play on Thursday (June 9) against Mexico at the Rose Bowl in California.

zika-virus-photo-2.jpg"As part of the second phase of our activities we will be placing more emphasis on pregnant women, their partners and those who develop severe diseases such as Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), while we continue to engage the population and stress the importance of taking personal responsibility."

GBS and microcephaly are the two main possible outcomes of Zika that have concerned the global health community.

In fact, even before Jamaica confirmed its first case of the virus on January 29 this year, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory urging women to delay pregnancy because of the link between Zika and microcephaly, a condition in which an infected infant's head is smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex.

Based on what is known about the link between the two, the risk of microcephaly is highest in the first to second trimester. The Ministry of Health said that the two pregnant women are now in the second trimester.

"As it relates to the pregnant women, we only discovered the first case of Zika back in January, fast-forward nine months to the cycle of pregnancy and the reality is, we will begin, I think, to discover or otherwise, cases in September thereabout," Dr Tufton said. "...We believe that come September and beyond, the risk of seeing some of those cases will increase."

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered". Dr Tufton said, too, that the pregnant women are being "continuously monitored".

In intensifying its response to the Zika fight, the ministry will continue to monitor pregnant women at the community level throughout their pregnancies, including providing them with educational support, Dr Tufton said. And, with an estimated 40,000 women becoming pregnant each year, he said the ministry will provide bed nets for every pregnant woman who visits State-run antenatal clinics over the next six months. So far, the ministry has secured 20,000 of those bed nets.

zika-virus.jpgThe first phase, dubbed 'Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy', focused on cleaning up surroundings to reduce mosquito breeding sites and the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito - the vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Speaking at a press conference to provide an update on the ZIKV outbreak, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that Jamaica now has 16 confirmed cases of the virus, including the two pregnant women.

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered".

Sixty families will have the comfort of new two-bedroom houses from Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica later this year, thanks to the J$53 million donated by individuals, companies and others during the charity organisation's second annual 5K Run/Walk held on May 7.

Andrew Mahfood, CEO of FFP Jamaica, said these families will benefit in a phase basis in upcoming months.

"Hundreds of poverty-stricken families are currently on our waiting list for houses," Mahfood said in a recent interview, "They are in dire need, many of whom are single mothers with their children, who are suffering bitterly without a proper housing structure with necessary facilities that are in accordance with good standards of living."

Approximately $46.5 million was raised from the first 5K Run/Walk in May last year with over 50 houses built.

Get out your umbrellas this weekend

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Met Office predicts rain The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says a system has developed over the western Caribbean Sea and is currently moving west-northwestward away from Jamaica but will influence weather conditions across the island this weekend.

The Met Service, in a news release Friday afternoon, said the forecast is for periods of showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect sections of all parishes starting Friday afternoon and through Saturday.

The Met Service said it will continue to monitor the situation.

crime-scene-7.jpgSt Mary man has been charged with the murder of 53-year-old Dexter Dacres, a St James High School teacher whose decomposing body was found at his Granville, Trelawny home in March.

The accused, 19-year-old labourer Prince Walford of Hamilton Mountain, St Mary, is booked to appear in the Falmouth RM Court next week Wednesday.

The police were summoned to the Haven Heights section of Granville, on Wednesday, March 9, where residents became curious after detecting a foul odour coming from the teacher's rented apartment.

Upon their arrival, the cops found Dacres' decomposed body wrapped in a sheet, with multiple stab wounds. The police found a note which allegedly read, "I killed him because he tried to rape me" in the English language teacher's bedroom, where condoms and lubricants were also located.

The accused was recently picked up at his work place in Galena, St Mary and handed over to the Falmouth police. He was charged last week after reportedly confessing to the crime.

andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgLawyers for Prime Minister Andrew Holness have obtained an injunction barring Television Jamaica (TVJ) from rebroadcasting the programme 18 Degrees North that made certain allegations about his house and tax payments.

The injunction was granted by Justice Chester Stamp in the Supreme Court Friday morning.

18 Degerees North was aired on TVJ on Monday and was scheduled to be carried again on Sunday.

"The proposed rebroadcast would further harm the claimant reputationally, which harm could not be compensated by any award as to damage for libel," read a section of the documents.

Ganja licences good to go... almost.

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ganja-image-1.jpgAll those desirous of legally entering into the ganja cultivation business should soon have the opportunity to do so.

This is because the regulations governing Jamaica's legal marijuana industry are scheduled to be published online on Tuesday, May 31.

In a media outline on Monday, Hyacinth Lightbourne, chairperson of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), said the board has approved the licensing regulations, which were gazetted last Thursday.

Upon being published online, members of the public will be able to apply for licences to grow, process, distribute, sell and transport both hemp and ganja for medicinal and scientific purposes.

Ms Lightbourne said the stringent regulations in place are intended to discourage illicit practices in the marijuana industry.

Under the regulations, potential legitimate participants in the industry will have to acquire specific licences for each aspect of the industry they want to be involved in.

Ms Lightbourne said this measure is to ensure that the business is properly regulated.

She noted that the regulations do not address the issue of exporting ganja.

lucea-mayor-shernette.jpgFormer Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in a public office and breaches of the public sector procurement regulations of 2008 when she appeared in the Hanover Parish Court yesterday.

The charges stem from a report by the Office of the Contractor General that was submitted to Parliament in March 2015.

The report accused her of nepotism and criminal offences in the Hanover Parish Council's award of 22 contracts, with a cumulative value of $3.7 million, to her relatives and affiliates.

Haughton, a first-time councillor, resigned as mayor of Lucea in April 2014, but remains a People's National Party councillor for the Green Island Division of the Hanover Parish Council.

PM Andrew Holness retains lawyers

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has retained the services of senior attorney Gordon Robinson after the airing of a television programme Monday night in which he was the subject.

"I totally and completely reject the assertions, inferences and innuendoes made in the television Programme

18 Degrees North aired on TVJ on Monday, 30th May.

"In particular, I wish to make it clear that all my property taxes are paid up to date and I have never entered into any arrangement with the intent of evading any of Jamaica's tax laws or benefiting from public contracts," Holness said in a statement.

"I view this matter seriously and have retained legal counsel. Senior counsel has already advised that there are factual basis on which the programme's content is libellous," Holness said.

"My family and I have been the subject of several attacks on our character and reputation in the past. As a public figure, I expect to be a target. However, it appears that there is a co-ordinated and persistent attempt to tarnish me and my family. Now that the matter is in my attorney's hands, any future query or clarification should be addressed to senior counsel Gordon Robinson," the prime minister said.

prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgLawyers representing Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three People's National Party (PNP) officials in the long-standing Trafigura matter yesterday filed an appeal seeking to halt the proceedings after High Court Judge Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that subpoenas be issued for them.

Queen's Counsel K D Knight stated that he will be going to court on Monday and explained that an appeal has already been filed and the court order is a consequence of that appeal.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, QC, yesterday explained that the subpoenas were issued after Simspon Miller, Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell, Colin Campbell, and businessman Norton Hinds failed to appear in court.

The witnesses were required to give sworn testimony regarding the investigation by the Netherlands Government into the payment, in September 2006, of $31 million to an account bearing the name CCOC to which certain members of the PNP were signatories.

andrew-davis-shop-southdale-plaza.jpgandrew-davis-illusions-club.jpgTwo business owners were shot and killed in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, Monday night. They have been identified as 50-year-old Helen Meghoo and 60-year-old Andrew Davis.

Davis, who was the owner of the now defunct Illusions night club, operated a bill payment and lottery ticket business in Southdale Plaza. He and McGoo were shot multiple times as they sat inside their car, just after closing their about 7:45 pm.

According to the police, Meghoo and Davis, who is her common-law husband, had just closed up their business place on Southdale Plaza when they were attacked by a lone gunman.

The gunman reportedly sprayed the car with gunshots, hitting the two occupants multiple times in their upper bodies. The gunman escaped.They were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul Thomas, head of the St Andrew Central Police, says no motive has yet been established for the killings.Robbery has been ruled out as nothing was taken from the couple.

Two killed in Hughenden Avenue gun attack

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo men were murdered last night in Hughenden, St Andrew and two others injured while playing a game of cards on Hughenden Avenue, police have confirmed.

Information reaching our news desk is that about 8:25 pm, Adrian Thompson, believed to be about 34-years-old, of a Glenmuir address in Clarendon and 36-year-old Fabian Reid-Thomas, otherwise called 'Drippy', were among four men at a shop owned by one of the victims.

Reports are that a gunman approached and opened fire hitting them.

The men were rushed to hospital where Thompson and Reid-Thomas were pronounced dead and the other two admitted in stable condition.

No motive has been established for the incident.

Investigations are ongoing.

Lisa Hanna says she's running for PNP VP

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lisa-hanna-photo-3.jpgLisa Hanna has announced her bid for vice president of the People's National Party (PNP) via social media.

Hanna, who is the current chairman of the PNP's Region One, made the announcement on Instagram Sunday afternoon using the hashtags #IAmRunning and #LisaVP2016

The MP for South East St Ann says she will be running in a bid to strengthen the PNP and make it inclusive. She says she wants to build a party that is more accountable and transparent to delegates and Jamaicans, as well as uses modern management principles.

Hanna continued in her message on Instagram that she wants to build a party that practises "build of politics rather than a 'tear down, cut down, stab you in the back politics".

Former national security minister and PNP general secretary, Peter Bunting, has also given strong indications that he will be contending for president in September.

Teenagers, Beware of raper man taxi drivers!

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shocked.jpgTen teenage girls were raped last month by robot tax operators.

Head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross- Stewart, said that one person has been arrested in connection with an incident of rape that may be linked to a series of similar circumstances in the Corporate Area.

"For the last month we have had at least 10 cases of rape. These rapes were committed by men who drive white plate cars, reported to be unregistered taxis. The persons who were raped took them as taxis," Ross-Stewart said.

"We were able to arrest one person, simply because the young lady remembered. She had the presence of mind to take the registration number so we were able to track the person. We were able to arrest this culprit and we are now looking at some of these reports to see if he is involved in more than just this one."

Ross-Stewart has also encouraged parents to make a greater effort in ensuring that their children understand that they should avoid taking unauthorised taxis.

"Remember that when you take these taxis, even if they are red plates, just take a quick glance. I just want the young girls to understand that they must be able to care for themselves. Parents, tell your children not to just take any vehicle, (avoid) the white plates," Ross-Stewart.

BoJ stems slide in dollar

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The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says it sold US$158 million to the foreign exchange market on April 28 and May 20 in an effort to stem the slide in the value of the Jamaican dollar. It was the biggest intervention by the Central Bank in the market.

Speaking Thursday morning at the Central Bank's quarterly media briefing, BOJ Governor Brian Wynter, described the movement in the dollar as excessive.

According to Mr. Wynter, the pressure on the dollar was due mainly to the prospect of a large US dollar bond issued on the local capital market by a foreign financial institution.

He, however, expressed confidence that the BOJ's intervention is enough to settle the dollar.

"It is our expectation that these actions, combined with the economic conditions that I have described will restore calm to the foreign exchange market in the near future," he said.

In the meantime, the BOJ governor says he does not expect the recently announced tax plan to derail the inflation target of between 4.5 and 6.5 per cent this fiscal year.

"The tax on fuel, the $7 per litre, has a direct impact of something of the range of 0.2 percentage points added to the inflation number. But as I say, you're seeing a decline from other forces, so that's why I am hesitating to give a raw number," he delared.

One dead, nine injured in Portland crash

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man is dead and nine persons in hospital following a motor vehicle crash on the Woodstock main road in Portland Thursday.

According to the Buff Bay Police, about 3:20 in the afternoon, three persons were travelling in a Toyota Corolla when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle. It collided with a Toyota Wish which had seven passengers.

All ten persons were taken to hospital where 38 year old Marshall Carpenter died.

Two women are among the nine persons who remain in hospital. Three of the injured are said to be in serious condition.

Five dead in major road accident in St Ann

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st-ann-crash-photo-1.jpgFive persons have died, while several remain in hospital, following a motor vehicle collision on the main road between Runaway Bay and St Ann's Bay, in St. Ann.

No students were not among the fatalities, however, two students have been hospitalized with head injuries.

Principal of York Castle High School Raymond Treasure, students from at least four schools were on the minibus when it overturned. But, he says three students from his school were among those injured and taken to St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.


According to eyewitness reports, a minibus operating between Brown's Town and Ocho Rios collided with an SUV and overturned.

Firefighters had to cut the top of the bus to rescue those trapped in the vehicle.

The incident led to significant traffic delays in the area.


Prisoner shot dead after escape attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate who allegedly tried to escape from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre was this afternoon shot dead by a correctional officer.

According to the National Security Ministry, the inmate was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.

His name is being withheld, however, as his family has not yet been informed.

In the meantime, the Ministry says the police and the Independent Commission of Investigations are investigating.

vybz-kartel-money-featured.jpgThe way is being cleared for jailed dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to kickstart his appeal.

Reports are that Kartel could soon get several boxes of transcripts from his trial and once reviewed, he can instruct his legal team to start the appeal against his life-sentence conviction.

Tom Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay's attorneys, confirmed this development.

"The transcripts have been reviewed, and we were told that they have been copying and numbering the pages over the last couple of months. As you can well imagine, it is a couple of boxes of transcripts, but we have been informed that within the next week, it will be finished and Vybz Kartel will receive it, and then he can instruct his legal team, whosoever he chooses, to act and start the appeal process," Tavares-Finson reportedly told an online news outlet.

Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer; entertainer Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced on April 3 to life imprisonment for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that Vybz Kartel serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole. Campbell and Jones are to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John is to become eligible after serving 30 years of his sentence. Following a 65-day trial, they were convicted on March 13.

A fourth accused, Shane Williams, was acquitted by the 11-member jury.

Kartel is being held at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.


Ananda Alert for missing 12 year-old

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missing-child-devano-smith-photo.jpgA high-level Ananda Alert has been activated for 12-year-old Devano Smith of Wood Haven Avenue, Tree Oaks Gardens in Kingston 19 who has been missing since Tuesday, May 24.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

Reports are that Devano was last seen at school about 2:45 pm, dressed in a khaki shirt and khaki pants and a blue epaulet. He has not been heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Devano Smith to contact the Duhaney Park Police at 933-4280, police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

spelling-bee-chaunte-blackwood.jpgJamaica's Spelling Bee champion, Chaunte Blackwood has advanced to Thursday's final of the Scripps Spelling Bee being held in the US.

13-year-old Chaunte moved past 200 other spellers from across the United States and elsewhere to do battle for the coveted Scripps Spelling Bee Cup.

"I am thrilled and honoured to be among the top 45 finalists, down from 284, and I am am looking forward to this amazing experience here in Maryland", Chaunte reportedly told The Gleaner.

Her coach, Hanif Brown, himself a student, has been equally upbeat.

"Chaunte has already made it this far and we are hoping she will go all the way to the top," he said.

On Wednesday, Chaunte correctly spelt the word a-i-l-e-t-t-e and c-a-n-t-i-n-a.

Points from her preliminary test on Tuesday were added to her spelling score today. The final will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN starting at 10 a.m.

Chaunte, the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee champion, attends Ardenne High School in Kingston.

sex-offenders-registry-logo.jpgA total of 124 names were added to the Sex Offenders Registry between July 2014 and last December. The figure comprises 120 men and four women.

Janet Davey, Director in charge of Probation After-care Services at the Department of Correctional Services, says more than 80% of the offenders were charged with having sex with a minor. She says the list contains the names of ex-convicts and persons who received non-custodial sentences.

However, Ms Davey says the Sex Offenders Registry is underutilized. She is appealing to school administrators and others to use the registry to determine the suitability of prospective employees. She says the Department of Correctional Services is taking steps to ramp up its public education programme to increase awareness of the registry.


Pastor/teacher charged for kissing student

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A student who was left traumatised after she was kissed by her teacher, who is also a minister of religion, reported the incident to her parents and the man has been arrested and charged.

The pastor, who teaches at a traditional high school in Clarendon, is said to be among four male teachers who have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and child molestation in the parish.

Allegations are that the teacher, who conducts mentoring session at the school, was in a session with a female student when he kissed her.

The student told her parents who reported it to the school, which called in the police and the pastor was arrested and charged.

Labour Day in Pictures

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labour-day-1.jpgSenator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke and Mr. Robert Hill, Town Clerk assist with the installation of a new door at the St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Dev. Centre in East Rural St. Andrew. Garfield Bennett, Principal of the school looks on.


Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke giving a face lift to St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Development Centre in East Rural St. Andrew as Councillor Pat Morgan from the Dallas Division also joins in.

Ganja sub committee set up

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgBahamian arrested at Sangster International Airport

A Bahamian man who was allegedly held with cocaine at the Sangster International Airport on Friday, is now behind bars.

He has been identified as Burlin Mitchell Starr, 52, of South Beach, Nassau.

The police report that about 9 a.m., officers were conducting security checks in the departure hall when three parcels, wrapped in masking tape, were examined and found to contain two pounds of cocaine.

It has an estimated street value of J$1-million.Starr was later arrested.

He is scheduled to appear in court on May 27.

Abandoned baby found by fruit vendor

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shocked.jpgA one-day-old baby boy was found abandoned on Sunday, May 22 near the KFC in Old Harbour, St Catherine, by a fruit vendor.

The vendor found the baby with its placenta still attached in a black plastic bag and a hand written note nearby.

The note which appears to have been written by the child's mother stated that the she was a rape victim from Manchester and she could not abort the baby.

Also included in the note was the baby's birth date which was listed as May 21, 2016.

The vendor accompanied by the Old Harbor Police took the baby to the Spanish Town Hospital.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThee police officer, who is being held on suspicion that he had a female colleague killed last month, is now being probed for the 2013 murder of another police officer.

Information about the latest probe was disclosed by his attorney Peter Champagnie, who said detectives informed him of the development on Friday.

The suspect is being probed for the murder of Sergeant Courtney Simpson, who was attached to the Protective Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Simpson, who was the bodyguard of then state minister Julian Robinson, was shot multiple times at his gate in Harbour View, St Andrew, on the night of April 8, 2013, by men travelling in a white motor vehicle.

The suspect is expected to face a number of identification parade this week.

The cop was held several weeks ago in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams, who was shot six times while at a bus stop near her home at McKintyre Villa (otherwise known as Dunkirk), in Kingston, on Thursday, April 28.

The 54-year-old Williams was attacked by two men traveling on a motorbike. She died hours later.

A civilian was held shortly after, followed by Williams' colleague.

Trinidad in fear over ISIS terror threat

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isis.jpgThe twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is facing a potential a terror attack from ISIS.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is investigating an audio file, claiming that a terrorist attack will be carried out in Trinidad during the Corpus Christi holiday.

An unidentified man is heard warning citizens to stay away from the local shopping malls as he has received word of an impending terror attack. He also warned that the families of those involved in the plan have already been notified and he advises others to tell their families to stay inside.

"They planning a strike to hit the malls in Trinidad, ISIS, either between Friday/Saturday, or Thursday, Friday, Saturday," the voice says.

TTPS Head of Corporate Communications, Ellen Lewis urged persons to remain calm while police carry out their investigations. She has also reminded persons that the audio may be a hoax:

"It has been received and we are seeking to determine the source and whether it is credible...

"The intent is clearly to create panic and mischief as this is not the first [report] of its kind."

shocked.jpgA primary school principal who suffered the embarrassment of having his male member partially bitten off, was not shown the welcome sign when he turned up unexpectedly at his school last week.

The principal, who is on sick leave owing to the injury, drove onto the compound and when the students, teachers, parents and members of the community realised that it was him, drama unfolded.

The police had to be called to the school and the officers escorted the principal safely to his vehicle and watched until he drove away .

A parent, who was at the school last week when high drama unfolded, declared that the principal is no longer welcomed there

She said, "I attended this school, and now my children are here, and this type of embarrassment is distracting. The students are frightened and they don't trust him. They tell him they don't want him and dem run him weh. The police had to be called in and one of the officer cranked up him gun to scare away the children."

A father said he would remove his son from the institution if the principal in question continued working at the school.

"Mi a move my son and send him go another school 'cause a learn mi send my pickney go school fi learn, and pickney look up to principal. Mi nuh want nuh principal trick my child," he said.

Bryon Buckley, director, corporate communication at the Ministry of Education, confirmed that the ministry is aware of the disturbance which occurred at the school.

"A team from the ministry went there and spoke to the staff and the principal. He (the principal) was advised by the ministry not to be on the compound so as to quell things," Buckley said.

The St Andrew North police also confirmed that police were called to the institution to control the situation which had unfolded.

marvin-the-dancer.jpgDetectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have launched a probe into a recent 'dance routine' involving entertainer Marvin the dancer, his cronies and a female.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart said that police have since reviewed the online video of the incident. The video shows what appears to be a girl being humiliated on stage by Marvin the Dancer and at least three other men during one of his routines.

Police said they were now trying to find the girl to find out her age to determine whether charges could be laid against the dancer.

"If she is under age, the police would be able to act. In the case where the victim is adult, she would have to make a complaint to the police," one senior officer explained.

The officer went further to explain that if it is indeed a case where the alleged victim is mentally challenged - as it is being reported by some media outlets - a relative of the victim would have to make a report.

The footage which went viral last week shows Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing the female. In the video, it appears the female tries to get away but is cornered by the marauding males who force themselves on her while gyrating wildly.

The footage has triggered widespread condemnation from several groups.The dancer has since used his instagram page to apologize for the incident but this has done nothing to stop the reactions of concerned members of the public.

usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-4.jpgUsain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Friday.

The Jamaican, who holds the world record in the 100m and 200m, recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to the victory.

With the time, Bolt improved on his season's best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.

He didn't appear to be limited on Friday. Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.

New telecoms company enters the market

Cabinet has granted a mobile spectrum licence to telecommunications company, Symbiote Investments. The company will provide internet service in Jamaica. This is the third licence issued for the provision of mobile telecommunications service in the island.

Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says Symbiote will have to pay US$20.8 million for use of the spectrum.

Dr. Wheatley says Symbiote, a Jamaican company, will increase competition in the telecoms market.

"A timeline is attached for full roll-out of the infrastucture and operations. I believe that within a year, we should see significant operations taking place and a full roll-out of this company," he said.

In the meantime, the Technology Minister says 500 persons are expected to be employed by Symbiote.

Woman stabs teen to death for hitting her son

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crime-scene-7.jpgA woman is in the custody of the St Mary police, after she stabbed a teenager to death on Thursday evening, May 19.

Dead is 15-year-old Devario Gardner of Bromley, St Mary.

It is being alleged that the woman stabbed the teen following a report from her six-year-old child that the teen had hit him.

The unfortunate incident occurred around 4:30 pm, according to initial police reports.

It is being further alleged that the woman approached Gardner with the allegations that he had hit her son. A dispute later developed and the woman took a knife and stabbed the teen in the chest.

Gardner was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.

The woman was later taken into custody, where she is being held pending further investigations.

Gardner is said to be a student of the Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning in the parish.

A total of 14 high school students were arrested after being caught by the police on Wednesday afternoon at a house in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, where at least some of them were engaged in sexual activities.

They were released into the custody of their parents after appearing in the Family Court on Thursday. All 14 students were taken before the Family Court, accompanied by their parents, on charges of being in need of care and protection.

The students were taken into custody by personnel from the Hunts Bay and Duhaney Park police stations following a raid on the home in question, which is the residence of one of the boys who were involved.A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were among the eight boys and six girls who were arrested. The others were all 14-year-olds.

The police reported that the group of students was surprised by a police team at about 5:30 p.m. Of the group, two 'couples' reportedly admitted to have been engaged in sex at the time of the cops' arrival, but the others denied having been similarly engaged.

Arising from development, a senior police officer reportedly indicated that no sexual offence charges could be laid against the four students who admitted to having been engaged in sex, because they are all minors and the acts were voluntary on the part of all four.

merciless.jpgDancehall artiste Merciless will be seeking additional treatment on Wednesday after an attack by an iron-wielding assailant left him with bruises, cuts and a broken wrist.

The attack allegedly occurred on Monday afternoon when the 44 year-old deejay was at a mechanic shop in Free Town, Clarendon.

Eyewitnesses say that the deejay was approached by an unknown man who proceeded to severely beat him with a piece of iron, eventually breaking the deejay's wrist.

The deejay, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, was reportedly taken to the May Pen police station where the incident was reported.

The May Pen police have confirmed the incident.

usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgFor Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was "really bad news."

"It's rough. It's rough in the sport," the Jamaican great said Wednesday. "Something that's been tarnishing the sport for years."

Bolt was speaking a day after the International Olympic Committee announced that the 31 athletes could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency and others "are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They've proven that anybody who has cheated, they're going to catch."

Bolt will run in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he believed that the crackdown on doping could prove successful.

"Hopefully, we can take steps forward in making the sports better and in the upcoming years we won't have these problems," Bolt said. "But, I think it's a process, and I think over time we will get better because they're doing such a good job."

In track, Russia is banned from competing because of a WADA panel report detailing state-sponsored doping. The IAAF has yet to decide if the Russian track team will be allowed to compete in Rio.

"I don't really think about it," Bolt said. "For me, rules are rules. I really don't make the rules, so, all I do is follow the rules. I can't really do anything about it."

Friday's race will be his second 100 after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that, he needed a treatment in Germany on the way to Prague.

"I had a tight hamstring after the last race but I went to see a doctor and he solved the problem," Bolt said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm feeling much better. I was training yesterday and everything was better."

The six-time Olympic champion will race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF world challenge series.

"I'll be very happy with at least 9.8," he said.

Bolt acknowledged his career might be coming to an end but was still not there.

Two children killed in fire

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fire.jpgA four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were burnt to death when fire gutted a 10 bedroom house close to Studio One Boulevard in Kingston on Wednesday morning.

Close to 15 other persons were left homeless as a result of the fire.

Reports are that, at about 4:30am, persons saw smoke coming from a house located in the tenement yard and raised an alarm.

Fire fighters were quick on the scene but were unable to save the children.

Grief-stricken relatives of the deceased ran through the streets crying out when they discovered the children's fate.

"Mi want back mi cousin! Mi want back mi cousin!" a girl, who appeared to be in her teens, said.

The mother of one of the children, unable to cope with her loss, had to be rushed to hospital. A man, said to be the father of one of the children, had to be restrained from entering the burning house.

The entire house was destroyed.

Marcia Barrett, the cousin of the farm worker who died in Canada, has taken issue with the assertions made at the Ministry's news conference yesterday. Ms. Barrett remains adamant that her cousin, Sheldon McKenzie, was stripped of his labour rights under the farm work programme, which also tried to cut off his access to health care. The matter was publicised by the media in Canada.

Labour Minister, Shahine Robinson, denied that Mr Jackson was prevented from receiving health care. She asserted that less than a day after Mr. McKenzie fell ill the Jamaican Liaison office responded, and was kept abreast of developments concerning Mr. McKenzie. But Miss Barrett insists that apart from an initial conversation with Mr McKenzie's mother, there was no more communication with the Ministry's representative. She strongly opposes the Ministry's version of events.

She is also adamant that not enough was done by the Liaison Officer. In the meantime, Miss Barrett has not stated whether legal action is being contemplated. However, she has declared that she will now be more forceful as an advocate for other workers facing similar situations.

balfour-gordon.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband and wife pair abducted from their home in Hanover Wednesday night and later murdered have been identified.

The husband has been identified as 66-year-old Balfour Gordon and his wife has been identified as Aleth Gordon, 45.

The two, along with a worker, were abducted from their home in Elgin Town and taken to Mosquito Cove District, over three miles, where they were shot.

The three were abducted around 8:00 pm when the husband and his worker were washing his bus, Loop News has been told. They were taken away in the bus that was being washed.

The worker managed to make it to the hospital after the gunmen left them for dead. The attackers reportedly drove the bus back to the couple's home where it was left.

Mr. G accuse Dexter Daps of allegedly ordering death treats against his life.

damion-crawford-and-cliff-hughes.jpgCommencing May 25, former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Damion Crawford will be hosting his own current affairs programme on Nationwide Radio.

Nationwide senior reporter Abka Fitz-Henley tweeted the information a short while ago, along with a photo of Crawford signing the contract with station owner Cliff Hughes.

The programme called 'Straight Forward With Crawford' is to air on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

On May 3, Crawford announced he would be hosting a radio programme but he gave no details.

"A now the place mash up... they gave Damion Crawford a radio show. Him alone and the mic... Crawford & Company and ur my company. It's shelled," he announced then.

policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgThe Police Constable implicated in the murder of one of his colleagues was not pointed out Tuesday during an identification parade.

Witnesses failed to identify the policeman under investigation for the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.

He remains in custody as investigators continue their probe of the case.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said other ID parades are scheduled in the matter.

Corporal Williams was shot dead at a bus stop in East Kingston three weeks ago, while on her way to work.

hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican couple who was allegedly held with ganja in Guyana has been denied bail. They have been remanded to the New Amsterdam Prison until May 30.

The Jamaicans were allegedly found with 15.8 pounds of ganja, concealed in the false bottom of a suitcase while they were attempting to travel via the backtrack route to Suriname on May 12.

Benjamin Carrington, 29, and Dian Patterson, 22, who both gave their address as Papine St. Andrew, appeared before a Magistrate where they pleaded not guilty to the charge of being in possession of narcotics for trafficking.

Miss Patterson reportedly told investigators she was unaware of her boyfriend's business dealings.

Former Reggae Boy Fuller to retire

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reggae-boy-fuller.jpgFormer national striker Ricardo Fuller has called time on his playing career after taking part in a testimonial game to honour former stoke city defender Andy Griffin.

The 36 year old Fuller, who ended a three month contract with Oldham in January this year, says it will be his last parade on the field, having spent the last 15 years in the professional ranks.

Fuller played locally with Tivoli Gardens before moving overseas in 2001 to join Crystal Palace after which he moved to Preston North End, Portsmouth, Southampton, Ipswich and Stoke City, where he had his most successful stint.

He played 182 games for Stoke, scoring 43 goals. His returns at the international level were less impressive having netted just nine goals in 73 appearances.

500 pounds of ganja seized in St Elizabeth

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ganja-seized.jpgMembers of the Area 5 Narcotics police, on Sunday, made yet another major ganja seizure in the parish of St. Elizabeth.

About 500 pounds of ganja were found during an anti-narcotics operation in the Comma Pen community.

A search of a hut in nearby bushes, revealed the ganja which was in various stages of being cured in preparation for export. The ganja was seized and later destroyed. No one was arrested during the operation.

Taximan gunned down in Half-Way-Tree Sunday

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator.was on Sunday night gunned down in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

He has been identified A Lloyd Aitken of Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10.

Reports from the Half-Way-Tree police are that about 8:10 pm, police were alerted to Hagley Park Road, in the vicinity of the parish church, by the sound of explosions.

brother-and-sister-chevelle-jermain-lewis.jpgThe lives of sister and brother, Chevelle Asley Lewis and Jermaine Dominick Lewis were celebrated Saturday at Faith Temple New Testament Church of God in Portmore, St Catherine.

The two were killed in a motorcar accident last month after the vehicle in which they were travelling crashed into a house in Spanish Town.

A third form student at St Andrew High School for Girls, Chevelle was remembered for her active participation in school - tracks, swimming, Key Club, and dance - and her mischievous, yet loving presence.

Her brother Jermaine, a Kingston College alum, was remembered as a kind gentleman who, like his younger sister, was capable of making anyone smile.

"I'd like to think of Jermaine as the little giant with a heart of gold... who had a passion for life," his cousin Maurice Rose said in delivering the eulogy.

Former schoolmates reminisced on the brotherhood they shared.

An information technology technician, Jermaine was described as a promising individual who dreamed of owning an IT company some day.

Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Clarendon Police are probing a double murder in the parish Sunday night. A man and his common law wife were fatally shot at their home in May Pen.

Shortly after 9 o'clock, residents of Ivy Close heard explosions and called the police. The man was found with bullet wounds in bushes near his house, while his common law wife was found at the rear of the premises. She was also shot.

Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, Head of the Clarendon Police, who visited the scene, told RJR News that the cops are trying to establish a motive for the attack.

American woman charged for gun found in her luggage at airport.

An American woman who was last week arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition has been convicted.

After pleading guilty in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday, May 12, Nikkii Adams, 33, an insurance underwriter of Georgia in the United States of America, was fined J$600,000 or 18 months at hard labour for illegal possession of firearm.

She was also fined J$500,000 for failing to declare the firearm.

Police officers arrested Adams on Tuesday, May 10 after routine checks at the baggage area of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, revealed a Taurus pistol in one of the suitcases.'

Public gatherings have been banned in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth following the fatal shooting of 56 year old District Constable Lewis Robinson in the community early Monday morning.

Head of the St. Elizabeth Police Superintendent Lansford Salmon made the announcement Thursday while addressing the issue of crime in the parish, at a monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council.

Superintendent Salmon says the ban applies to all public gatherings and entertainment activities, especially those held at night.

He said the ban will be lifted when calm is returned to the community which is now very tense.

In the meantime, Superintendent Salmon said two other communities in St. Elizabeth are facing similar bans.

They are Braes River, where there was a recent shooting which left two persons injured, and Barbary Hall. He indicated that the ban in Barbary Hall will be lifted at midnight Saturday.

crime-scene-gun.jpgFive persons who are allegedly linked to lottery scamming were shot and injured by a gunman in Mandeville, Manchester Thursday night.

The individuals were at a plaza when the man walked up and opened fire on them.

According to the head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell approximately 9 p.m. yesterday, a group of five alleged scammers were at the plaza on Caledonia Road when gunmen appeared and opened fire hitting all five.

The men were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

According to the police, the victims are not wanted, but are a target for gunmen.

Information about several illegal activities at bars and clubs along Caledonia Road has since surfaced.

"It is really a cause for concern and we can't do anything just now as it concerns these businesses because they have their license to operate," Cameron-Powell said.

They have been admitted to hospital. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

Deputy Superintendent Hempford Wade of the Manchester Police told RJR News that one of the injured persons was linked to the lottery scam.

More good news for ganja

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ganja-licence.jpgThe Government of Jamaica has reiterated that it will be relying significantly on the establishment of a legalized marijuana and hemp industry to achieve the level of economic growth it has set itself.

"Jamaica cannot afford to miss this boat. Where there is no vision the people perish so we must change our mindset and get ready for success. We must be bold while ensuring we meet all of our international obligations," Finance Minister Audley Shaw, declared while opening the 2016/17 Budget Debate in Parliament on Thursday.

In that regard, he said he would be leading by example in his own constituency of Manchester North Eastern, taking steps to prepare farmers for their legitimate involvement in the industry and to establish extraction facilities to process and create value-added products.

"We will build an industry in Jamaica where we process and manufacture value-added products and not export raw materials. This is about an opportunity for small farmers who will now earn from land which is presently sitting idle," he said.

This, he said, was important to Jamaica's Tourism industry "where Jamaica will be positioned as the medical tourism capital for the world bringing Health and wellness to the world."

Jamaica is uniquely positioned, he added, to play a leading role in the medical marijuana industry.

Accordingly, he said the country "must move with a sense of urgency and turn ganja which has been a negative for Jamaica into a major asset creating wealth for our country."

Pointing overseas, he said the American market for legal marijuana is predicted to rise from US$6.7 billion in 2016 to US$21.8 billion by 2020.

"Canada has built a major industry which is opening up for full legalization next year. The Dutch ministry of Health is exporting medical marijuana to Canada, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Israel which is the largest recipient of United Sates aid has over 12,000 medical marijuana patients and is leading the world in research on medical marijuana," he elaborated.

Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke in China

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mayor-angela-brown-burke-photo-1.jpgMayor of Kingston, Senator De. Angela Brown Burke is representing Jamaica at the 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair May 12-16, 2016.

Dr TANG Lixia, Director-General, Foreign Affairs Office, Shenzhen Municipal People's Government expressed his gratitude to the office of the Mayor for her commitment and dedication to promoting friendly relations between the two cities.

Brown Burke also expressed her appreciation to Dr Lixia and the Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal for the invitation to attend the Cultural Industries Fair and reiterated her commitment to the cause.

Senator Burke also noted that a meeting will be held between the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and the Vice Mayor in Charge of International Relations and The Chief of Education Bureau in Shenzhen Education on May 12, 2016.

Shenzhen has 73 sister cities and friendship cities from 48 countries in five continents around the world. Their sister city network strives to include more members, generate concrete results and create mechanisms, which are ways to ensure that the cities would be able to connect with Shenzhen and other cities in the network, sharing resources and promoting cooperation across the spectrum in economic affairs and trade, education , culture, etc.

Mayor Senator Brown Burke returns to the Island next Wednesday.

The three teenage boys charged with the murder of Luciano's son, Menelik McClymont, were further remanded when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece further remanded the accused teens citing that the case file was not yet complete. They will return to court on May 26.

Charged with murder are Jerome Coombs, 18, of Bob Marley Boulevard in Cooreville Gardens, Kingston 20; Camanie Shaw, 18; and Nashlyn Anderson, 18, both of Ambrook Lane, Kingston 10.

Luciano, who was present in court, left seemingly disappointed that the matter did not get under way.

McClymont, 19, died on Sunday, February 28, as a result of stab wounds he received on Saturday, February 27. According to reports, McClymont was stabbed several times, around 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Parkington Plaza on Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew.

He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Jamaicans will have to pay more for petrol, cigarettes, and even departure taxes in order to compensate for a raise in the income tax threshold. However, the country has been spared increases in general consumption tax.

With an additional $7 in gas tax imposed starting today, motorists will now pay about $31 in taxes on every litre of 87 octane gasolene at an expected ex-refinery price of $100 per litre.

Before yesterday's announcement, Jamaicans were paying approximately $24 in taxes on each litre of gas.

Light bills are also likely to increase, as the tax on heavy fuel oil has been revised and a Special Consumption Tax has been imposed on liquefied natural gas, which is mainly used in the generation of electricity.

Audley Shaw's budget

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audley-shaw.jpgFinance Minister Audley Shaw on Thursday announced new revenue measures aimed at raising $13.7 billion to help fund the $580 billion budget.

Here is the full list of the revenue measures:

1. Across-the-board increase in income tax threshold to $1,000,272.00

2. Increase in personal income tax on salaries of persons earning over $6 million per year from 25 per cent to 30 per cent

July 1, 2016

3. Increase in Specific Consumption Tax on petrol by $7 per litre

May 13, 2016

4. Introduction of Special Consumption Tax on LNG and revision of heavy fuel oil regime

May 13, 2016

*This means electricity bills will increase

5. Increase in Special Consumption Tax on cigarettes from $12 per stick to $14 per stick.

May 13, 2016

6. Increase in departure tax from US$14 to US$35

June 1, 2016

*This tax will now be denoted in US dollars.

hands-behind-bars.jpgPHILADELPHIA, United States (CMC) - The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says several Jamaicans were arrested in a operation in Pennsylvania that targeted criminal immigrants, according to officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Arrests were also made throughout Delaware and West Virginia.

The number of Jamaicans arrested was not disclosed, however, the ICE said all of those arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States, or fell within the ICE's enforcement priorities for deportation.

Convictions include corruption of a minor, child pornography offences, indecent assault, robbery, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence, cocaine and heroin possession, and felony fraud.

In addition to the Jamaicans, nationals of Mexico, Uruguay, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Liberia, Honduras, Brazil, Ghana, India, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Bosnia, and Germany were also arrested.

Among the summaries of some of immigrants arrested is a 39-year-old Jamaican with prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

ICE said he was arrested on May 6 at a Philadelphia residence after being released from local custody and remains in custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

In fiscal year 2015, ICE said it conducted 235,413 deportations nationwide.

It said 91 per cent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offence.

hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers, charged with the murder of businessman Trevor Meikle, were remanded when they appeared in the Mandeville Criminal Court Wednesday afternoon.

Steve and Alwayne Edwards were charged on Tuesday with murder and robbery with aggravation. They are booked to return to court on June 29.

Mr. Meikle was killed on April 17 while at his daughter's house in Ingleside, Manchester.

His attackers stole cash and jewellery.

reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgFans of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's premier reggae festival, will this year enjoy a real Reggae Night.

This was among the big changes announced for the 2016 staging of Reggae Sumfest. Also, the organisers have made the decision to drop the two International Nights this year. Additionally, there will be no foreign acts on Reggae Sumfest.

The format for this year's Sumfest will include two nights - Dancehall Night on Friday, July 22, and Reggae Night on Saturday, July 23.

CEO of Summerfest Productions Joe Bogdanovich says it has become too expensive to secure an international act, adding that it can cost up to US$2 million (J$248 million).

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 17 - 23 in Montego Bay.

Student held with gun at school

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hands-behind-bars.jpgAn 18-year-old student of Charlemont High School in Linstead, St. Catherine is in police custody after he was allegedly held with a gun Tuesday morning.

According to a police source, the student was at school when he was searched and a homemade gun with three rounds reportedly taken from him.

The police subsequently searched the student's home in Linstead, St. Catherine. Empty bullet casings were reportedly found.

The student is to undergo questioning.

oracabessa-high-student-rushane.jpgA Grade 10 student of the Oracabessa High School in St Mary was stabbed to death on Monday evening by two other classmates.

Initial reports are that theboy was walking near to the vicinity of Oracabessa police station, when an argument developed between him and another male student of the Oracabessa High School.

The dispute turned physical between the two. A third student intervened in the dispute and used a knife to stab the Grade 10 male.

An inspector, who was near to the police station, rushed to the scene and assisted the student. However, he was pronounced dead at hospital.

The two male students implicated in the incident are also Grade 10 students of the Oracabessa High School.

They were taken in custody.

hotel-collapse.jpgTwo construction workers on the Royalton Hotel site that collapsed on Tuesday are reportedly still missing.

The Ministry of Health reportedly made the disclosure at around midday.

The Royalton Hotel is being established on the property which is the former Grand Lido Hotel, and is undergoing major reconstruction. A section of the resort under construction collapsed at about 6am, injuring several workers.

Five injured workers were taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover and the Savanna-la- Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, for treatment. One of the victims is reportedly in critical condition.

Reports are that the men were pouring concrete on a section of the construction site when it collapsed. Police and more than 20 firefighters and other rescue workers converged at the site.

Mother, 12-year-old son shot dead at home

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crime-scene-7.jpgA St James mother and her 12-year-old were murdered at home early Wednesday morning, the police report.

They are 49-year-old Yvette McLean and Devontae Haughton of Tucker District.

The two were attacked about 2:52 this morning by gunmen who kicked open their door and started firing on them.

Two other family members at the house were not harmed.

The mother and her son were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police are yet to establish a motive for the attack.

oracabessa-high-student-rushane.jpgRushane Murray, 16-year-old Grade 10 student of Oracabessa High School in St. Mary who was knifed to death by his classmates this week, has been described as a very quiet student, who was full of potential.

Rushane was a was on his way home when he was stabbed to death by another student following a dispute with a different male from the school.

"Rushane was a very quiet and pleasant young man, who had potential. He interacted well with his peers and had good respect for his teachers. He was never accused of any improper conduct," school principal Lofters is quoted as saying.

Murray was pursing Building Technology as his vocational area.

In the meantime, the school received several counselling and visits from various stakeholders on Tuesday to assist with the grief process.

These included officers from the St Mary Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), the Ministry of Education, head of the St Mary police, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay and members from both political divides.

In the meantime, the principal of Oracabessa High School revealed that the male student, who is accused of stabbing Murray was brought before the school board once for behavioural issues. However, the board reverted its decision to expel the student and placed him along with 10 others in a special programme to transform their behaviour.

The police report that Rushane, who is from Herbert Swaby Avenue, Tower Isle in the parish, was on his way home from school at about 5:30 pm on Monday, May 9, when a dispute developed between him and the other student.The police say the dispute became physical and a knife was brought into play, which resulted in Murray being stabbed.

He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The two students have not been charged and are still in custody.

hotel-collapse.jpgMinister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie has ordered the immediate halting of construction at the Royalton hotel site in Negril, Hanover saying there have been numerous breaches.

According to McKenzie, the order halting the construction will initially be for 30 days, but will be extended if necessary.

He says a preliminary report into the incident indicates that substandard material was being used, work was being undertaken outside of permitted hours and construction was being undertaken in areas for which there had been no approval.

McKenzie has also acknowledged that the Hanover Parish Council has long been receiving reports about breaches at the construction site, however, it failed to intervene.

"I'm not offering any defence, but we need also to strengthen the capacity of the local authority to respond in a more meaningful way," he said.

Meanwhile, the Negril Chamber has called for a speedy probe into the building collapse at Royalton site.

AK47 seized in East Kingston

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gun-ak-47-dunkirk.jpgThe Kingston Eastern Police on Tuesday seized an AK-47 rifle during an operation in the vicinity of Wildman Street, Dunkirk in Kingston 2.

The police say no one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

KSAC this week broke ground with the CHASE Fund to commence the construction of the Family Park at William Grant Park.

According to Senator Mayor Brown Burke "The Family Park will not only be a place of fun, relaxation and togetherness, but will also re-emphasize the celebration and importance of The Family where parents and children, brothers, sisters,cousins, aunts and uncles, religious organisations, students and adults will come to enjoy the facility, and feel a sense of belonging, a sense of pride and a sense of love. Where children of all ages will come to play, and they will learn through play: developing social and cognitive skills as they learn how to be kind to one another, how to look out for each other, how to negotiate their differences; gaining self confidence as they master new skills and teach others what they know."

Mayor Brown explained that "This idea was born out of the necessity to have a facility for children and families in Downtown Kingston, where families living in close proximity wouldn't need to go very far to enjoy a world class interactive park with distinctively thematic activity and play areas that are 'attention-grabbing' yet educational."

The full project is estimated to cost in excess of $50.0 Million Dollars the CHASE Fund will take up a major portion of this project to the tune of $20.7 Million Dollars which will go toward the building of the Mother Hen Corner, Journey to Africa and The Seashell Amphitheatre.

The KSAC will be actively engaging other partners to assist in the funding to funding of the other themed areas which are:• The Mosaic Space• Reggae Avenue• The Main Family Monument• the Tuck Shop• the Walking Trail• the restroom facility Structural Engineer Scheed Cole will be responsible for the execution of these area.

"Over 95% of the material to be used in the construction of the facility will be recycled material and it is for this reason that we I am using this opportunity to launch our plastic bottle collection drive and appeal to residents of Kingston and St. Andrew and the wider Jamaica, whether at the

Level of the household or large companies to donate! donate! donate! as many of your plastic bottles as possible to help us with the completion of this awesome project, approximately 3million bottles will be needed," says Mayor Brown Burke. Collection zones across the municipality will be announced very shortly.

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) have confirmed that a district constable was shot and killed in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth on Sunday.

Information is that the policeman was found dead in his Toyata Camry motorcar about 8pm.

He had gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Lewis Robinson, who was attached to the Santa Cruz Police station.

Residents heard loud explosions and summoned the police. Robinson's body was found along the Lacovia Main Road.

The St. Elizabeth police say investigations are ongoing.