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pnp-headquarters.jpgPeople's National Party's Ralston Wilson will be among the Councillors sworn in at the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation on Thursday after a magisterial recount for the Ginger Ridge division confirmed that he won the seat in the Local Government election.

Mr. Wilson defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Huit Johnson by 16 votes in the final count.

Following the recount on Tuesday, Mr. Wilson's lead was increased to 18 votes.

Mr. Johnson, who will be the councillor/caretaker says he has accepted the decision.





There has been a change to the islandwide de-bushing and drain cleaning programme which remains at the centre of controversy. The programme has been reduced from $600 million to $400 million.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Opposition earlier walked out of the House after insisting that the Prime Minister should speak about the programme.

Mr. Holness subsequently did speak on the matter, in the absence of the Opposition, and outlined that $400 million will be spent on the programme and that there will be a change to its scope.

"We have expended approximately $219 million out of the $400 million that has been allocated. The balance of approximately $180 million will be used exclusively to deal with the island's drainage network according to the strategic templates of priorities prepared by the NWA," he asserted.





Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Trinidad

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earthquake.jpgA magnitude 6.2, earthquake hit Trinidad and Tobago at roughly 5:42pm on Tuesday afternoon.

The epicenter of the earthquake occurred just 16km south east of Scarborough, Tobago at a depth of 29km.

It was located 78 km north east of Arima and 99 km north east of Port of Spain.

People reported feeling the earthquake nationwide including Chaguanas, Trincity, Point Fortin, Couva, Arima, Santa Cruz, Port of Spain.

There is no tsunami warning currently in place.





Granville Valentine, General Secretary of the National Workers' Union (NWU), has described the dismissal of 12 workers from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) as an inhumane and unlawful act of political discrimination.

The workers, mainly from the agency's Parks and Markets Department, were recently handed termination letters, dated November 30.

They carried out a peaceful protest at the agency's Half Way Tree headquarters Monday afternoon.

Mr. Valentine, claiming political victimisation, said the workers are supporters of the People's National Party (PNP).

"It is inhumane, it is downright cruel to men of straw. These are persons who are at the lowest level of the economic scale and it's unfortunate that right after the national election, that persons would have taken such steps, which is deemed and looks in every direction to be political victimisation," Mr. Valentine lamented.

The NWU general secretary said a meeting on Monday with union representatives and the management of the NSWMA ended on a hopeful note.

"We are expecting that the senior management must do the prudent thing and reinstate these persons with immediacy and ensure that they too have a good and peaceful Christmas," he declared.





woman-shot-dead-chrissy-vaughan.jpgThe police in St James have vowed to bring to justice the man responsible for Monday morning's gun slaying of popular Montego Bay mortician, 31-year-old Chrissy Vaughan.

"He (killer) is known to the persons who were there (crime scene ) and we think that in very short order he will be brought to justice," head of operations at the St James Police Division, acting Superintendent of Police, Gary McKenzie told members of the western Jamaica media fraternity, at a press conference at the Freeport Police Station on Monday afternoon.

The shooting occurred sometime after 2 am, outside a club in Bogue Village, St James, where Vaughan was among a group of patrons when a fight broke out between two members.

One of the two reportedly took out a gunand fired, shooting the mortician in her head, as she sought to flee the scene in her motorcar. She lost control of the vehicle which slammed into a sidewalk.

The police discovered Vaughan slumped around the steering wheel of the vehicle, suffering from gunshot wound. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"Early this morning, the police were notified that an explosion was heard in the Bogue Village area. Based on what we gather so far, persons were at a club. They are known to each other and the understanding is that a dispute developed and one person drew a firearm and fired shots, one of which caught her," DSP McKenzie related.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA woman was fatally shot in Montego Bay, St. James early Monday morning.

She has been identified as 31-year-old Christine Johnson, an embalming officer from Bogue in the parish.

About 2:00 a.m., Ms Johnson was at a party with a man, when an argument developed between her companion and another man.

Ms Johnson walked away from the argument and proceeded to her car. But as she was about to drive off, one of the men allegedly pulled a firearm and shot Ms Johnson in the head.

The car crashed into an embankment.

Both men left the scene.

Ms. Johnson was pronounced dead at hospital.





Would-be robber shot and killed by ex-JDF soldier

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed in Half Way Tree, St. Andrew Monday afternoon.

It is reported that he attempted to rob a former member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) who had just left the bank. The ex-soldier was reportedly in civilian clothing when the male trailed him from the bank and attempted to rob him at about 12:20 p.m.

The would-be robber reportedly attacked the ex-soldier with a knife, slashing him on the hand, thus forcing the former army man to use his licensed firearm to shoot his attacker. The man reportedly died on the spot.

The dead man has been identified by his alias Biggie. He was from Chestnut Lane in Kingston.

A photo of the would-be thief laying facedown in a blue shirt is being circulated on social media.





peter-phillips-photo-2.jpgpeter-bunting-photo-1.jpgFollowing Sunday's announcement by People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller that she will not be seeking re-election, the two Peters - Dr. Peter Phillips and Peter Bunting -- have confirmed that they will be available for nomination when the time comes.

In an interview Sunday night, Mr. Bunting told popular radio station RJR, that he was up to the task of leading the PNP in the next general election.

"I intend to offer myself when the schedule for nominiations is made clear and to signal that I'm available for the next four years until the next general and local government election," he declared.

Also speaking with the same entity following the party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Dr. Peter Phillips announced his intention to bid for the PNP presidency.

"Certainly, when the arrangements are in place for our elections to be held for the presidency of the party, I intend to offer myself," he stated.





cholera-cemetery-in-st-andrew.jpgA public health expert wants details on the process which resulted in approval being given for a commercial development on a cemetery on Waterloo and West Kings House Roads in St Andrew where victims of the 1860 cholera outbreak are buried.

The land has been partially cleared and drilling equipment is in place.

Town Clerk Robert Hill reportedly told RJR News that approval was granted in September for work to be done on the land and NEPA and the Public Health Department have declared that there are no public health risks.

Head of the School of Public Health and Health Technology at UTECH, Professor Winston Davidson, says this will not be enough to ease public concerns.

"I don't know that there are any hazards, but it is very important for the public to know the evidence...I have never researched this. But it is something that I have to look at ...."





Four persons killed in Manchester in 24 hours

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crime-scene-7.jpgFour persons were murdered in Manchester in two incidents between yesterday and this morning.

Three persons were killed in Craighead. The other incident took place in Albion.

Report are that a family was attacked at a house in Craighead early Sunday morning. Two women and a man were killed and the house set on fire. They have not yet been identified.

Meanwhile, in Albion on Saturday afternoon, 33-year-old Mark Evans, a taxi operator, was shot and killed by a gunman on Palm Drive. The police report that about 4:45 residents heard explosions. A man was seen running away with a gun in his hand.

Evans' body was found in the driver's seat of his car with what appeared to be bullet wounds.





portia.jpgComrades, I have been in politics for many years and I have been assessing my future as leader of my beloved People's National Party. I have been reflecting on what the past 10 years have meant and mean. It has been quite a journey.

We have been in Government and in Opposition. In 2012, we had a landslide victory and led a four-year period of some of the most fundamental strides to set the Jamaican economy on the right track. Now we are back in Opposition by the slimmest margin ever. What decade it has been! We have held together through some very stormy seas.

Earlier this year, I signalled to the Party that I wanted to see us through the Local Government Elections. There was a reason for that. I never wanted a new leader of this movement to commence their term with an election loss which we expected in the Local Government election. I wanted to give that person a clean slate on which to build. I have given over 40 years of selfless and dedicated service to this great Party and country. I have been through some tough battles for this party. I have witnessed many Comrades fall. There were times along the way when only a few brave souls were left standing.The only thing we had was courage but we were fighting for a cause and we were never going to quit on the people.

In you my Comrades, I see the best of humanity - You are resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in the future of the PNP. With courage and confidence in our ideals, this great party will never tire, never falter, and never fail. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. I have been blessed to represent my party and nation. I am proud of and happy about the strong endorsement given to me by the delegates of the Party in September. To receive 93% of the votes is indeed an overwhelming endorsement. However, there comes a time when one must assess their political future.

Today, I am indicating to the Party that I will not offer myself for re-election as President of this noble movement for the next political year beginning in September. I want the transition to a new leader to be seamless. I will lead the officers to establish clear guidelines and a period for campaigning. There will be sanctions and a ban on public advertisements. Any action by candidates and their supporters to tarnish other comrades or bring the party into disrepute will be met with sanctions. Those who want leadership must remember that the PNP is bigger than all of us. If we cannot put the party before personal ambitions, we do not deserve to lead this movement. I will do everything I can in the time I have left as Leader of this Party to lead our reconnection with the Jamaican people and to influence the return to power of the PNP.

Comrades, let us resolve today to do our best to unite the party and build bonds that will never be broken by pettiness and personal ambitions. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. I thank you for the countless acts of sacrifice, courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed especially over the last 10 years.

God bless you.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOdane Smith, otherwise called 'Queng Queng',an alleged West Kingston gangster has been slapped with charges relating to two counts of murder.

Smith was recently listed as one of the Kingston Western Police Division's most wanted men; he was earlier this week charged with the two counts of murder and is expected to face a third capital charge soon.

Smith was held during a police operation in the division on November 22.

In a follow-up security operation in the division on Thursday afternoon, an illegal gun was seized and five men taken into custody.

The gun, an Intratech 9mm pistol, was reportedly seized on Gem Road.





julian-robinson.jpgMember of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson took over as general secretary of the People's National Party (PNP) on Sunday, promising to lead a secretariat that is fair and impartial.

Robinson replaces Paul Burke, who served as PNP general secretary for the past three years.

He said his team will focus on people, processes and policies.

Robinson said he wants to ensure that the PNP's processes are in line with first world standards.

In addition, he said the policies developed by the party must be to uplift quality of life for all Jamaicans.





Another cop shot dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe policeman who was fatally shot on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston this morning has been identified.

He is 31-year-old Corporal Kamoi Miller who was attached to the Kingston Eastern Division. It is believed he was off-duty at the time of the incident.

Our news team understands that the 31-year-old officer was found slumped over the steering wheel of a 2011 Toyota Rav 4 he was driving with gunshot wounds to the back and head.

Residents initially heard the explosion and a subsequent crash. They called the police, who found their colleague dead in the car.





Portia to step down as leader of the PNP

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portia.jpgPresident of the People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller says she will be stepping down soon.

Speaking on Sunday to members of the PNPs National Executive Council (NEC) at Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St Catherine, Mrs Simpson Miller announced her imminent departure and promised to give the new president enough time to rebuild the party to win the next general election.

It was only in September that she was reconfirmed as PNP President when she dismissed a weak challenge from Dr. Karl Blythe.

Sunday's announcement came amidst calls for Mrs Simpson Miller to step down, in light of the defeats suffered by the PNP in the February 25 general election and the November 28 local government election.

Portia Simpson Miller was first elected PNP President in February 2006. In that contest she prevailed over three other candidates - Dr Peter Phillips, Dr Omar Davies and Dr Karl Blythe.





UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday apologised for the first time to the people of Haiti for the role played by the world body's peacekeepers in sparking a devastating cholera epidemic in the country.

"On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly we apologise to the Haitian people," he said three times -- in Haitian Creole, French and English.

"We simply did not do enough with regards to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti," Ban said. "We are profoundly sorry for our role."





new-jdf-chief-meade.jpgBrigadier Rocky Meade has been sworn in today as Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

The swearing in ceremony took place at 3:00 p.m. at King's House.

Brigadier Meade will succeed Major General Antony Anderson who has been appointed National Security Advisor.

He has been Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for five years.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgThe Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has announced that the Jamaican flag will be flown at half-mast tomorrow, December 2, on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuban Fidel Castro Ruz, who died on last Friday.

According to the OPM, Jamaica will join the rest of Caricom in the symbolic gesture of condolence to mark Castro's passing and mourn with the people of Cuba.





5 seats to PNP and 5 to JLP in St Thomas

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe tie in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation remains after the official count was completed in all ten divisions.

Both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) has five seats in the ten member corporation.

In the Seaforth division, Vivene Spencer of the JLP polled 1,223 votes, beating the PNP's Dexter Effs, who polled 719 votes.

In the White Horses division, Hubert Williams of the PNP polled 1,301 votes, defeating the JLP's Daveon McKenzie, who polled 1,007 votes.

The final count in the municipality ended about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.





prince-harry-and-rihanna-photo-1.jpgPrince Harry is on a royal tour in the Caribbean and found himself in Barbados for festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the island nation's independence from Britain.

The country's most famous native star, Rihanna, was also in attendance, and the two met up twice on Wednesday.

Rihanna sang the Barbados national anthem with the country's national youth choir and the Prince made a speech before a mega concert at Kensington Oval cricket ground in Bridgetown in front of a 20,000-strong crowd.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice have identified the businessman who was shot and killed in Twickenham Park , St Catherine yesterday as 49-year-old Shawn Hall of March Pen Road in Spanish Town.

It is reported that about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Hall was standing at his tyre shop along the Greendale Main Road in Twickenham Park when he was pounced upon by a group men dressed in orange shirts.

The reportedly shot him several times, killing him on the spot and then escaped.

No motive has been established.

Persons in the Twickenham Park area have described Hall as a good person who provided employment for several persons in and around the community.





us-wanted-top-10.jpgA man believed to be a Jamaican citizen has been listed as one of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

While acknowledging that the man's identity and nationality is still uncertain, FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said investigators are calling him 'Marlon Jones'.

In a statement posted on the FBI's website, Garriola said 'Jones' has an "extensive violent criminal" history and uses multiple alias names and dates of birth.

"We're calling him Marlon Jones based on his criminal history in New York, but at this point it's anyone's guess what his actual birth name is. We don't believe he is a US citizen," Garriola said.

According to the FBI Special Agent, 'Jones' has been charged with crimes in the state of New Jersey under the name 'Rasheen Brantley' and served time in New York under the name 'Floyd Evans'. Further, he said 'Jones' has used the names 'Anthony Howard', 'Anthony Winter' and variations of those names.Garriola said Jones is about 5'10" tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has provided dates of birth ranging from 1970-1981.

"The biggest challenge right now besides finding him is trying to figure out who he really is," the FBI agent underscored.

Garriola said 'Jones' is wanted in connection with the early-morning killing of four people, including Jamaican gang leader Robert 'Rodigan' Davis, in California on October 15 this year. The Los Angeles Police report that 10 persons were also injured in the shooting.





Cops probe murder in Spanish Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed in Spanish Town, St Catherine this afternoon.

The police say that the was standing near a tyre repair shop along the Greendale main road in Twickenham Park when he was pounced upon by men who shot him.

The identity of the dead man, who is said to be from the Young Street area of the Old Capital, was not revealed by the police.

A probe is being conducted by the St Catherine Major Investigation Division.





jetblue.jpgReports are that a JetBlue Airways flight which had been scheduled to land in Kingston at 6 p.m on Wednesday had to be diverted to the Sangster International Airport because there were no lights on the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The plane, which left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 5 o'clock this afternoon is carrying 150 passengers.

One passenger on board said the plane had started its descent into Kingston, when the pilot announced that the Norman Manley airport had advised that the runway lights were not working.

As a result, the plane had to be diverted to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.





Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia

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The Word of the Year embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months. This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the "other." Fear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level. However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse. Because our users' interest in this overarching theme emerges so starkly for one specific word in our trending lookup data, xenophobia is Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year.

The word xenophobia is actually relatively new, and only entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in two Greek words, xénos meaning "stranger, guest," and phóbos meaning "fear, panic."

Dictionary.com defines xenophobia as "fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers." It can also refer to fear or dislike of customs, dress, and cultures of people with backgrounds different from our own.

Within the recent past, we can date user interest in the term xenophobia to April 2015, when there was a massive surge in lookups that was larger than any of the peaks seen in 2016. This spike in lookups was connected to attacks on foreign workers and overall rising xenophobia in South Africa. While lookups for xenophobia in the US also rose during that time, it was lookups from Dictionary.com's worldwide users that made this particular surge so significant.

The largest spike in data for the term xenophobia this year occurred on June 24 with a 938% increase in lookups-that's hundreds of users looking up the term each hour. This was the day after the UK voted to leave the European Union as the result of a much debated referendum, also known as Brexit. Another lookup trend that was influenced by the Brexit vote: user interest in the term hate crime soared in the month of July as newspapers covered an increase in crimes motivated by prejudice in post-Brexit UK. In October, the British Home Office reported a 41% increase in hate crimes the month following the EU referendum.

Soon after Brexit, the second largest surge in lookups this year for the term xenophobia leads us to the 2016 US presidential race. On June 29, President Obama gave a speech in which he expressed concern over the use of the term populism to describe Donald Trump's political rhetoric. Obama insisted that this was not an example of populism, but of "nativism or xenophobia." The biggest spike in lookups for the term populism occurred on June 30 as a result of Obama's speech.





10 per cent voter turnout

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reporting a 10 per cent voter turnout between the hours of 7 and 11 o clock for Local Government Elections.

A total of 183,743 ballots were cast across all 7,050 polling stations.

Meanwhile, 782 electors voted for the mayor of the Municipality of Portmore during the same time period. This accounts for 8.12 per cent of the electors eligible to vote in that election.

Voting continues slowly across the island, with polls set to close at 5:00 p.m. today.





Teen shot on Local Government Election Day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTeenager has been rushed to hospital after being shot multiple times along Windward Road in Kingston on Monday afternoon, Loop News understands.

The shooting occurred as Jamaicans cast their ballots in Local Government Elections but it's unclear if the incident was politically motivated.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), has confirmed the incident but said it could not offer any more details at this time.

Investigators are probing the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was beaten to death by residents of Cockburn Avenue in Kingston, after an 84-year-old woman was found dead inside her house.Reports are that the grandmother had also been raped.

The police have not released the names of the deceased.

The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit says initial reports are that the woman's relatives discovered her body about 7:30 am.





jamaican-sophia-lamb-and-andre-curtis-photo-op.jpgCops are searching for a Jamaican man, Andre Curtis, who is the estranged husband of a 44-year-old nursing assistant found stabbed to death in her Bronx apartment Saturday.

Sophia Lamb's mother found her sprawled out on the living room floor in their shared Baychester Ave. home near Aldrich St. in Co-op City at 1:45 p.m., police said.

Lamb died at the scene.

Her husband, Andre Curtis, was kicked out of the home weeks ago - but was back Friday night trying to talk to Lamb, her mother, Sylvia Malcolm told the Daily News.

According to reports, police were eyeing Lamb's husband as a "person of interest," and no one was charged with the killing as of Saturday night. Curtis moved into the apartment with Lamb and her parents in June after emigrating from Jamaica, relatives said. The pair had met in the island 15 years ago.

Within a month of moving to the Bronx, Curtis' normally cheery personality changed - and he became cold and controlling, said Lamb's father, Audley Malcolm.

"She wanted to have dinner with her sister, he said no. She would come home late from work and it's a problem," the grieving dad said.

"I told her, go to Immigration [Services] and cry like you've never cried before, throw yourself on the floor and tell them you're not leaving until they come and take him back to Jamaica."

Lamb's co-workers at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County, were among those who rushed to the scene in disbelief. Mourners huddled in the building's lobby and sobbed as technicians from the city medical examiner's office carried Lamb's body out of the building.





producer-seanizzle-involved-in-car-crash-in-serious-but-stable-condition.jpgProducer and artiste Seanizzle, whose given name is Sean Reid, is said to be in "serious but stable condition" at the Kingston Public Hospital after an early morning accident.

Seanizzle's car is reported to have been pushed over an island into oncoming traffic, where a Toyota Rav 4 slammed into his car.

Producer Black Sheep said that he saw Seanizzle at the KFC on Washington Boulevard at about midnight on Sunday.

"He had been recording songs and had gone to get food for the artistes. He went through the drive through and I went inside but we left at about the same time. I turned down to Duhaney Park side and he went up the Boulevard," he said.

Black Sheep then reported dropping off a USB storage device at a nearby plaza and then heading in the direction towards Seanizzle's studio when he encountered a traffic jam in the vicinity of overhead bridge at Drewsland.

"Then mi bredrin say 'nu Izzy car that', and mi say no, him muss reach home by now. So we jump out in time fi see the police dem put him in a jeep. Then his car ketch a fire, and the police start push everybody back," Black Sheep said.

Black Sheep, who visited the KPH, noted that Seanizzle was conscious but "woozy" because he had suffered a concussion in the accident.

"The nurse asked him what year it was and he said 2012, but she said that was understandable. Mi just glad say him alright, he is in serious but stable condition but because it is a head injury, the doctors have to monitor him. Is a double lick him get, first from the taxi man, then from the Rav 4," he said.

Artiste Mr G. who refers to Sean as his 'brother' says it was God who saved Sean.

Seanizzle has been producing music for over a decade.





fidel-castro-collage.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out on the passing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (pictured with former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1963), saying that history will record and judge the 'enormous' impact that Castro had on 'the people and the world around him.

The White House released Obama's statement on Saturday morning in which he noted the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba has been marked by 'discord and profound political disagreements' for nearly six decades. Obama offered his condolences to Castro's family and said his thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.

Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule. He has been branded 'one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century'.





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Fidel Castro (gesticulating), with two members of the 1970s Jamaican Peoples' National Party Government, P.J. Patterson and Arnold Bertram, to his left.

Leader of the opposition Peoples' National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Fidel Castro, said he was a great leader and consummate friend of Jamaica, whose legacy will live on.

Mrs. Simpson Miller, in her statement, said despite being born into material comfort, Mr. Castro dedicated his life to the struggle for Cuba's social and economic revolution and the liberation of the Cuban people.

She said, through his efforts, Cuba stands as a proud nation, providing quality education and training, a first rate health care system, among other social advances.

She noted that many of Jamaica's best medical practitioners were trained free of cost in Cuba and Cuban doctors, nurses and other health care professionals continue to share their expertise locally.





PM Andrew Holness remembers Fidel Castro

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fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has written to Cuban President Raul Castro extending deep sympathies on behalf of Jamaica at the passing of Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader.

In a statement on Saturday morning, Mr. Holness remembered Fidel Castro for his revolutionary leadership and guidance of the Cuban state. He said many Jamaicans still vividly remember his visits to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister said the people of Jamaica remain deeply appreciative of the significant contribution that Cuban medical personnel continue to make to Jamaica through technical cooperation, initiated under the leadership of Fidel Castro.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-1.jpgBearded and ferocious, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba unchallenged for nearly half a century despite being hated by the United States whose secret service more than once tried to assassinate him.Castro, who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90, Cuban state media reports.

At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny

"There are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba," Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, told CNN in 2012.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good," said Pastor, who died in 2014. "Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died."

Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States. President Barack Obama announced in December that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and urged Congress to lift a 52-year-old economic embargo.

Cuban President Raul Castro -- who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier -- announced the breakthrough to the nation, but observers noted Fidel's silence on the matter.

Castro's stage was a small island nation 90 miles from the underbelly of the United States, but he commanded worldwide attention.

"He was a historic figure way out of proportion to the national base in which he operated," said noted Cuba scholar Louis A. Perez Jr., author of more than 10 books on the island and its history.

"Cuba hadn't counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro," said Wayne Smith, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.

Castro became famous enough that he could be identified by only one name. A mention of "Fidel" left little doubt who was being talked about.

No other non-royal ruler clung to power as long as Castro did.





There are reports of a generally low turn out of Election Day workers and members of the security forces, who voted today (Friday) ahead of Monday's Local Government poll.

In St. Thomas, rain affected the turnout at polling stations, but in Portland, voting went smoothly. In West Portland there was 70 per cent turnout at the four polling stations. In Kingston and St. Andrew, voting got off to a smooth start, but few voters also turned out Friday morning.

Some Thirty-eight thousand 877 special services electors were eligible to vote.

Election Day workers and members of the security forces who did not vote today will not be able to do so on Monday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe five-month-old baby who was shot along with her mother Friday morning in Farm Heights, St. James is undergoing treatment at hospital.

The infant was reportedly shot in the abdomen when gunmen opened fire her and her mother on the Farm Heights main road about 8:45 a.m.

The mother, 30-year-old Alexia Brown, died on the spot.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St. James Police, said the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

He is urging anyone with information to assist the police.





wanted-man-roshad-moss.jpgRoshad Moss - alias 'Shut' of Lime Hall, St Ann, man once considered St Ann's most wanted - and who has been charged in relation to two murders in Lime Hall, St Ann - was remanded in custody when he appeared before the St Ann Parish Court recently.

He will next appear in court on December 14, by which time his attorney is to receive the file in relation to the charges. He appeared in court on Thursday, November 17, on charges of accessory to murder that occurred in 2015 and a murder committed earlier this year.

Moss first came to national attention when he was charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Maurice Cox, Jr on May 29, 2015. The main perpetrator behind Cox's killing, Kevin Rattigan, was on the run for over a year before being caught on Tuesday, September 27.

Police said Rattigan and Moss were members of the 'After Dark' gang that has since been dismantled by the St Ann police. However, Moss allegedly committed another murder while on bail for that offence. Police say Moss was a key player in two murders in Lime Hall on Tuesday morning, January 5, when a taxi operator, David Hudson and Damion Campbell, alias 'Iron Man' were shot and killed in a home invasion.

Reports are that at about 1:30 am, 30-year-old Hudson, was at home when he was pounced upon by gunmen who opened fire killing him. Campbell, who was also at the home, was shot and died in hospital on January 6.

Moss turned himself over to the police on January 6 and was later charged, but only in connection with Campbell's murder. Those murders were believed to have been connected to the disappearance of four family members - who are now presumed dead - on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Moss was granted bail again by the courts in relation to the murder of Campbell. One of the conditions of his bail was that he was to report to the Crofts Hill police, in Clarendon. However, the police later said that Moss was not reporting. Following several attempts to locate Moss, he was apprehended in a taxi close to the community of Moneague, St Ann on September 28.





Mother shot dead, baby shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAlexia Brown 30-year-old mother of Farm Heights, St James was shot and killed and her five months old baby shot and injured during an attack by unknown assailants in her St James community on Friday morning.

Reports are that about 8:30, Brown was walking in her community when she was pounced upon by unknown men who alighted from a motor car which drove up.

The mother and her baby girl were shot and rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead, while the toddler admitted in a serious condition.





Popular Mo Bay photographer stabbed to death

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mo-bay-patrick-osbourne-nov-25.jpgA popular photographer from the second city, Montego Bay, was set upon and stabbed to death by unknown attackers close to his workplace Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Patrick Osbourne of Pitfour, St James address.

Reports are that about 9:30, Osbourne who just left work was about to enter his car when he was attacked from behind and stabbed multiple times.

He was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was rushed.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.





PNP councillor Kari Douglas injured in accident

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pnp-councillor-kari-douglas.jpgPeople's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas, was reportedly injured in a motor vehicle accident last night.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson, in whose constituency the Trafalgar division falls, says Douglas was not seriously injured.

He also says she is expected to make a quick recovery.

Robinson says Douglas had just entered her car, which was stationary, when it was hit head on by a car along Old Hope Road.

Robinson is calling for all candidates participating in the local government election campaign, to be very careful as they traverse the roadways.





leo-taddeo-chairman-new-ear-homes.jpgFollowing quite a lengthy submission by Queen's Counsel K.D Knight in the St Catherine Parish Court, the bail conditions of Leo Taddeo, the director of New Era Homes, were changed

Taddeo, whose title has included chairman and CEO of New EraHomes, was arrested in the latter part of 2015 and slapped with charges of sexual grooming/soliciting sex from a minor. It alleged that in 2013, the accused man was driving his private motor vehicle and saw a group of children and called them, two of whom are sisters. It is further alleged that Taddeo offered them $500 on each occasion that he fondled them.

In September 2015, he allegedly offered one of the sisters several thousand dollars for sexual relations. The child reportedly told her father about the incident, and Taddeo was subsequently nabbed in a sting operation.The Crown also outlined that there are other charges pending against Taddeo because investigations have revealed that it was a frequent practice for Taddeo to solicit young people for sexual acts.

New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

Knight argued that the bail conditions were inconvenient and onerous for his client, given his hectic travel schedule across the island. Taddeo is charged with sexual grooming.

The judge agreed to change the bail conditions to allow Taddeo to report twice instead of three times to the Matilda's Corner police station.

When Taddeo attended court two months earlier, the judge had granted the lifting of the stop order between September 17 to 28th to give Taddeo enough time to see the physician on September 20th and return his travel documents to the court by September 28th. But Taddeo had since decided against traveling.

The New Era Homes director will return to court in January. New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

He will return to court on January 29, 2016.





hotel-workers-mangled-vehicle-nov-23.jpgLoved ones are expressing shock and sorrow at Tuesday night's fatal collision that claimed the lives of two female employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann, adding to the tragedy in June that claimed four workers from the very same hotel

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Jodian Duncan, a waitress of Exchange, St Ann- and 24-year-old Shanique Grey, a member of the kitchen staff, from Oracabessa, St Mary.

Reports are that at about 11:45 pm, Duncan and Grey were passengers on board a 29 seater Bahia Principe staff bus, travelling east towards Ocho Rios, when the vehicle collided into a truck, which was parked in the vicinity of the Pearly Beach property on the Dunn's River main road. One of the females died on spot and had to be cut from the wreckage. The other female died at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

Eight other employees of the hotel are in stable condition in the hospital. The police had said that preliminary investigations have suggested that speeding may have been a cause of the accident. Several friends, family members and co-workers of the deceased women took to Facebook to express their sadness at the passing of the two females.

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Lattie Kiara Robinson, a friend of Jodian Duncan posted, "Mr death seh him nah give nuh warning when him a come. Yuh nah here nuh calling all. Yuh hear a mourning and bawling. Sigh... today ur here tomorrow ur gone. Joe Joe Duncan (Jodian Duncan) smh pass the accident last night only to reach home hearing ur involved in that accident and pass away sigh #Rip Jody remember the days at Bahia u were a fun loving person surely gonna missed by many. #REST IN PARADISE HUN."

Kenzie Duncan wrote: "God I Call Up On You This Morning Only You Can Help US! I pray for Joe Joe Duncan family and the bahia staffs god cover us help us to cope. Jesus you know the pain we are feeling now. (R.I.P) FRENNY."

A strong message was posted by a friend of both crash victims, Aries TJ Johnson.

who commented on the fact that several other staff members of Bahia Principe died months before in an accident in Llandovery, St Ann. "Few months ago sum died and now look at this Shanique Shaniboo Grey, shes gone and I went to school with Jody (Jodian Duncan). Not a nice feeling at the momemt and me and Shanique will alwasy be reasoning. Now her life as ended rip ladies."

On Tuesday night, June 21, four employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel died as a result of injuries they received in a three vehicle collision on the Llandovery main road. Those killed at that time were: 21-year-old Michael Glasgow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, St Ann; 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann; 24-year-old Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary and Teisha Douglas from St Thomas.





DHS: Tens of Thousands of Green Cards Have Vanished

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green-card.jpgTens of thousands of green cards, used to identify foreign citizens living inside the United States legally, are unaccounted for, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday.

"It appears that thousands of green cards have simply gone missing," Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said in a news release Monday. "In the wrong hands, green cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States. It is vital that USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks."

More than 200,000 approved applicants have reported to USCIS over the past three years their cards were never delivered, The Daily Caller reported. Hundreds of those were sent to the wrong addresses, according to the IG report, revealing "the problem was far worse than originally thought," the IG wrote.

The actual number of missing cards is not known for certain, since the USCIS uses reports from applicants to determine its number.

Carlson said Tuesday the INS "tried to downplay this." Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told Carlson it was a "significant bureaucratic screw-up," but said, "They have no evidence . . . that any of these [missing cards] have gone to anyone ineligible to receive them."

Rivera said the missing cards are a problem, but people overstaying their visas are a bigger threat. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul called the missing green cards "unacceptable."

"We cannot let 'free passes' into America fall into the wrong hands and be used by terrorists, criminals, or others to hide amongst us," McCaul said in a statement on his official website.





Dudus is NOT dead; he did not hang himself in prison

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dudus-disguise.jpgThe police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.

In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.

The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force's international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.

The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such "frivolous and mischievous" statements that could lead to "unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters".





West Kingston violence intensifies

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Police on Wednesday warned the public to avoid the West Kingston section of the city after the lawmen came under heavy gunfire. The police later reported the arrest of two men following a gun find that same evening.

There is a recent flare-up of violence in the area resulting in several murders. This week, a vendor was killed in the Coronation Market, leaving other vendors in fear. The police were quick in apprehending a suspect in the Tuesday morning murder.

Despite several issues such as street lighting and the functioning of parish councils being highlighted in Wednesday's local government debate, an appeal by the Jamaica Labour Party's Kenisha Allen to vote against the PNP dominated post-debate talks.





Jamaican HIV-positive man to be extradited to Canada

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A Jamaican man is to be extradited to Canada where he is wanted on 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday said that George Flowers has been accused of having unprotected sex with four women knowing that he was HIV-positive and without informing them of his status.





zika-virus.jpgThe naysayers believe that the Zika virus threat was nothing but a big hoax and now the World Health Organisation on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long-term problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern," the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann said.

While Zika causes only mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women with the virus were said to risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly - a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.

Many athletes and other competitors stayed away from the Rio Olympics over the great Zika fear triggered by the WHO, however, there were no reports of anyone catching the Zika virus while in Brazil, the supposed epicentre of the disease.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA robbers was reportedly killed while attempting to rob a school-boy in the Corporate Area this week.

A man was Thursday stabbed to death after he attempted to rob two students along a dirt track on Molynes Road in St Andrew. Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that about 6:00 pm, the now deceased, armed with a firearm, allegedly robbed a student. He then reportedly proceeded to rob another student, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

However, the police are now seeking the public's assistance to identify him. The police say he is of dark complexion, medium build and about five-foot-10-inch long. The deceased has cornrow hairstyle, a tattoo on his lower arm marked "N", and was clad in a blue T-shirt, white merino, blue jeans pants, and a pair of black slippers, the police say.

The incident comes several weeks after a Jamaica College third form student was stabbed to death by a man during a robbery attempt.





Murder accused murdered on his court day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man accused of murder was shot and killed while getting ready to attend court Monday morning.

Dead is Milton Grant, 27, who was pounced upon by gunmen at his home in Thompson Pen, St Catherine while cleaning his shoes.

Grant was shot multiple times.

The Major Investigation Division of the St Catherine North Police Division, which is investigating the homicide, is yet to establish a clear motive for the crime.

Grant was to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court.





crime-scene-7.jpgTwo people were yesterday pronounced dead after they were hit by an out-of-control motor truck along the Sandy Bay main road in Hanover.

Dead are: 33-year-old Christopher Leite of New Hampshire, United States of America and 34-year-old Damion Jones, whose residence the police did not disclose.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 7:45 pm, Leite and Jones were standing on the roadway when the driver of a white Isuzu motor truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into them, causing severe head and body injuries.

They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Donald Trump's election as president, saying: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels."

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted.





Jah Cure arrested in The Bahamas, but charges dropped

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jah-cure-bahamas-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Jah Cure is once again a free man after he was arrested in Bahamas on Tuesday over his now-viral altercation over the weekend at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel.

The Grammy-nominated singer was reportedly charged with 'Disturbance of the Peace' however the charges were later dropped after the artiste pleaded not guilty. Cure's manager was also charged for the incident and pleaded guilty, he was fined $150 Bahamian dollars or one month in prison.

JAH CURE arrested in Bahamas / NOVEMBER 2016





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgAt a press conference on Monday, reggae singer Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, denied that he was involved in the fight, which was captured on video and shared thousands of times on social media. Jah Cure, who had earlier posted on social media, reiterated that he was trying to "be a peacemaker and saviour" and stop the fight when he was attacked by a drunk man, causing him to "fall" on the ground and appear to be unconscious.

He also denied that he was "fighting over a married woman," or was fighting with his sound engineer or a concert promoter, as was splashed all over social media.

Instead, Jah Cure claimed that he was breaking up a fight between a drunk man and one of his friends, after the drunk man allegedly grabbed a woman's "bottom" who was with a man in his entourage.

Jah Cure said if the security officers at the Atlantis resort had "done their job" instead of allegedly "pulling out their phones to record," the entire situation could have been avoided. He said his lawyers have drafted a letter to the head of the Atlantis security team and the matter will be handled the "proper way." He has also requested that the person who videotaped the encounter be "dealt with" accordingly.

"There was no security at the Atlantis hotel that came to help which is a big negligence," Jah Cure said at a press conference on Monday.

"Because there was no security, I, Jah Cure, had to take up the job as the security, which Atlantis needs to pay me for because it bring me into a situation and ridicule me in a certain way and have me getting discriminated all over the world because someone supposed to be doing their job and not have their device in the Atlantis using it to make the video and create a lot of negative and lies...

"But on the negligence of the Atlantis. . . if their security wasn't trying to record this and they was doing their job, Jah Cure would not have been in this mess. So I end up doing the Atlantis security guard work by parting this. I am an artist that came here for a show, I am not a referee, I am not a fight parter," he added.

"My lawyer is addressing it, they are sending a letter to the head of security over there. We are approaching everything properly because this created such a bad energy for me."

The singer also stressed that he was not injured during the fight and at no time was he knocked unconscious.

The hotel has since stated that their security was in fact in place and made efforts to get things under control.





Workers injured at Royalton hotel construction site

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Four workers were injured in a reported accident at the construction site at the Royalton Blue Waters hotel in Trelawny this morning.This is the second construction accident at a Royalton property this year.

It is reported that the workers were installing glass fixtures when the accident occurred. The injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, who confirmed the incident says a technical team from the parish council has been dispatched to the site to conduct an investigation and provide him with a report.

In May, five construction workers were injured after the collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security guard was shot and killed by gunmen after a robbery at the Newell PC Bank in St Elizabeth this afternoon.

The guard's name has not been released, but The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that he was employed to Guardsman Limited.

The police report that shortly after 2 o'clock, four men entered the bank and got into an argument with the security guard.

It's reported that a tussle ensued and the guard was shot several times.

Before escaping, police sources say the gunmen forced open a door at the bank and stole over $100,000.

It's believed that they also stole the guard's firearm.





A former national footballer who has been held in connection with Saturday's shooting death of a pastor and a deacon in Montego Bay is now in hospital under police guard after he was shot during a firefight with the police.

The dead clergymen have been identified as 27-year-old Pastor Ryan Jackson and 23-year-old Deacon Bucklair Smith, both of Rose Heights in St James and who conducted their ministry at First Fruit International Church of Jesus Christ Healing and Deliverance Ministry.

The Montego Bay police report that about 5:40 pm police were on an operation in the Kerr Crescent area of Montego Bay when they heard several explosions and went to investigate.

The police say two men opened gunfire at them when they got to the location.

The police returned the fire, hitting one of the men who, they said, was later found with a 9mm pistol containing six rounds of ammunition. His accomplice managed to escape. Jackson and Smith were found with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

A senior investigator said that the former national football representative, who played once for Jamaica on the Under-23 team, was wanted in connection with a murder committed in St James earlier this year.





YARDFLEX Weekly Headline Roundup

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- Security boosted in W. Kingston following outbreak of violence

- 5 Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in St Elizabeth

- Bravo sent home from Zimbabwe tri-series after blasting WICB president Cameron

- PNP supporters out for Angela Brown Burke

- Transport Ministry to Appoint Investigator In Charge to Determine Cause of Plane Crash

- Record betting on US presidential election

- KPH certified as centre of excellence for spinal surgery

- Beenie Man and D'Angel's Marco Dean records song for his birthday

- Curvy diva Yanique records single- sets her sights on making her name in the dancehall





For the second time in two weeks, persons have invaded educational facilities, disrupting operations.

On Wednesday, there was an incident at Cumberland High in St Catherine, when gunmen entered the compound and the previous week, there was an incident which led to the shooting of two students at Robert Lightbourne High School in St Thomas.

The Education Ministry said normality returned to Cumberland High on Friday.

In the meantime, Coleridge Minto, Director of Safety and Security in the Safe Schools Programme, is urging teachers and students to download the Stay Alert app.The app can be used to alert the police even without data or internet.

In the wake of reports of criminals dressed in school uniform, the Education Ministry is urging administrators of educational facilities to ensure that students are properly identified while wearing their uniform.





Tivoli tense as Dudus' son shot

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The police and military are maintaining a strong presence in sections of West Kingston following the shooting of four persons, including the son of convicted drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke on Friday afternoon.

Michael Christopher Coke was shot in the abdomen and is now in hospital. Donovan Samuels, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Tivoli Division, was injured in the chaos while trying to escape the gunfire. He reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Shortly after midday on Friday, a group of JLP supporters had gathered at the Livity Plaza along Spanish Town Road following the nomination of their candidates, when gunmen from Denham Town reportedly opened fire on them. The shooting sparked chaos, forcing shoppers and motorists to flee the market district.

The police say the shooting is part of the ongoing feud between gunmen from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.





Cop shot during gas station robbery

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman is now in hospital in serious condition after he was shot and injured during a robbery attempt in St Andrew last night.

His identity has not been released.

However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says he is assigned to the Protective Services Division.

The Half-Way Tree Police reports that two men armed with guns were in the process of robbing a pump attendant at a gas station along Washington Boulevard when the policeman attempted to assist and was shot several times.

CCU says his condition is considered serious, but stable.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 12-year-old boy is dead and his eight-year-old twin sisters are now in hospital, one of them in critical condition, after boulders fell on a house in Broadgate, St Mary last night.

The dead boy has been identified as Raheem Davy.

Relatives report that Raheem and his sisters were at home watching television when three large rocks fell on their house.

It's reported that all three sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital where Raheem was pronounced dead.

Relatives say the house was completely destroyed.

Councillor for the Castleton Division Lenford Danvers visited the family and is trying to arrange assistance.





National Commercial Bank (NCB) is reporting a net profit for the twelve months totaled $14.4 billion dollars for its 2016 financial year.

This represents a 17.5 per cent increase over last year, or in dollar terms, $2.1 billion increase in profit.

Net interest income, which is NCB's largest source of revenue, increased by 8.3 percent or $2.2 billion due to an increase in its loan portfolio.

Loans and advances increased to $189.1 billion from $165.4 billion last year.





Dudus' son undergoes surgery after shooting incident

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dudus-disguise.jpgMichael Christopher Coke, the son of incarcerated Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, underwent surgery this morning and remains hospitalised in stable condition.

According to police reports, the younger Coke was among a group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters gathered at a plaza in west Kingston when he was shot in the upper part of his body.

The shooting triggered fears among residents of reprisal attacks.

However, head of the Kingston Western Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers says a number of measures have been put in place to ensure there is no escalation of violence in the area.

Among them is the deployment of additional police personnel along with members of the Jamaica Defence Force to hotspots and a curfew which will remain in place until tomorrow.

Chambers says the police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances under which Coke was shot and are urging persons who were present to come forward and assist investigators.





scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgA small plane has crashed in Greenwich Farm, St. Andrew.

Three passengers were on board. Two have reportedly succumbed to their injuries.

UPDATE: Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, is to appoint an Investigator-In- Charge (IIC), to determine the cause of the crash of the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) aircraft in the Greenwich Town area of St Andrew this afternoon.

According to a release from the ministry, this appointment is in keeping with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Act and Henry will name the IIC on the recommendation of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

Minister Henry explained that the investigation will gather information from all available sources to determine the cause of the crash. These will include but are not limited to: the aircraft records, the pilot and students' pilot records, eye witness statements, air traffic control reports and accident scene evidence.

He added that it is regrettable that only one person survived the crash and even though he is in critical condition, prayers and excellent medical care can result in total recovery. Henry has also extended condolences to families of the victims and has promised to publish the cause or causes of the crash, as soon as the investigation is completed.





US government puts hold on gun exports to Jamaica

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gun-shooting.jpgThe United States Government has placed a temporary hold on the export of firearms to Jamaica.

A statement from the US Embassy in Kingston Thursday afternoon said in light of recent events concerning the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), it is reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process.

During the review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as the US authorities request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licences for firearms from the United States destined for Jamaica.

The FLA has recently been in the spotlight in the wake of the Patrick Powell trial.

Calls have been made for an immediate investigation to determine why it did not withdraw the firearm users licence issued to Mr. Powell, who was recently found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

Concern has also been raised after an internal check of the FLA's records revealed systemic weaknesses in its operations.





Major police operation Downtown nets nine

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police-cars.jpgNine men were detained on Thursday during a major police operation in downtown Kingston.involving officers from Mobile Reserve, Caribbean Search Centre and the Kingston Central Police Division.

The cops targeted men involved in purchasing stolen phones and petty robbers roaming the commercial district.

Ground Commander Deputy Superintendent Conroy Reid, told RJR News that the operation was part of the police initiative to clamp down on robberies and other illegal activities in the lead up to Christmas.

The cops seized a quantity of ganja and searched several stalls owned by vendors along Orange Street and Luke Lane.





flight-instructor-jonathan-worton-killed-in-plane-crash.jpgFriends and family have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jonathan Worton a young flight instructor who was killed in a plane crash on Thursday in Greenwich Town.

Was tragically killed when the plane he was travelling in reportedly crashed into a house and burst into flames on impact.

Worton was remembered as a kind and gentle soul as friends and family took to Facebook and other social media channels to mourn his untimely passing.

"Somebody please tell me I'm dreaming. Please tell me it's not true. My friend isn't dead!! Jonathan Worton... omg why," said one woman in disbelief.

Another woman added, "No words can express this terrible loss - R.I.P Jonathan Worton We are Praying for the entire Worton Family at this time."

Worton, after graduating from the Caribbean Aviation Training Center in 2014, was appointed by the school to the position of Assistant Ground School Instructor.





j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, the man accused of the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, has been charged by CISOCA with having sex with a minor.

He was charged on Wednesday.

It is alleged that he impregnated the minor.

This is the third charge to be laid against him as he was out on bail for illegal possession of a firearm, when he allegedly killed the Jamaica College student.

He was remanded on Wednesday when he appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court for the murder of Nicholas Francis and is to return to court on November 23.

Hart is accused of killing the schoolboy while attempting to steal his cellphone and watch on October 23. The incident took place on a bus near Jamaica College.





Two dead following plane crash In Greenwich Town

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scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgThe Health Ministry is reporting that the third victim of the Greenwich Town plane crash is alive, though critically injured.

Earlier, the police and the Fire Department had reported that the third victim was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

However, the chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner a short while ago that the patient, a student pilot, is alive.

"He became conscious enough to give a history to doctors at KPH. He's now sedated with burns to 60 per cent of his body, bone fractures, eye trauma and obviously inhalation injuries from any fumes he is likely to have inhaled," De La Haye said.

He said the patient is expected to go to the Intensive Care Unit.

The fight instructor and another student were pronounced dead on the scene.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact and also ignited a house.

The police say the small aircraft crashed sometime after 1 o'clock this afternoon on Seaview Lane in the community.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller in whose South West St Andrew constituency the crash happened visited the scene expressing regret at the incident.

A female relative of one of the victims who turned up at the scene was crying uncontrollably.

In the meantime, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the incideni.





It was total disorder in the once noble and upstanding House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon as Opposition members tried to block the tabling of a bill.

The Bill, the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016, would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation. The Opposition has been insisting that there should first be consultation with the people of Portmore.

It also says there should be no change until the Electoral Commission of Jamaica indicates its agreement with the proposal.

And, in a major blow to the government, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has recommended that it delays the legislation that would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

For more almost three decades, the parliament has adopted a convention of accepting recommendations of the ECJ. The ECJ made the recommendation following its hastily convened meeting Wednesday to consider the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the major players in the illicit lottery scam, who was wanted for extradition to the US was taken into custody following a joint operation in Kingston on Saturday, November 5.

A Panamanian woman who attempted to help him to escape the police dragnet was also taken into custody for immigration and other violations.

He is 27-year-old of Lavarick Willocks of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny who has been wanted for extradition to the US from March of this year. The female has been identified as 23-year-old Aylin Panay of Panama.

Earlier this year a major operation was conducted across western Jamaica, the Corporate Area and St. Mary to capture Willocks and his associates.

Nineteen persons were taken into custody, including seven of whom extradition warrants were executed on. He however managed to elude the police and has been on the run since.

Reports are that on Saturday, November 5 members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) carried out another operation in the Corporate Area for his arrest. He was captured a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden.

A search of his hotel room yielded USD$10,000, $148,000 JMD, several electronics devices and jewellery, which were seized by the police.

Willocks will appear before the court on Tuesday, November 8.





The police are reporting that 28-year-old Ashema Miller, a banker of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew has been missing since Saturday.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall.

The Constant Spring Police say Miller was last seen at home wearing a pink blouse, light blue jeans and a pair of multi-coloured beaded slippers.

Her hair was braided at the time.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ashema Miller is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 924-1421, police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





crime-scene-demo.jpgYoung woman, believed to be around seventeen-years-old, was hacked to death in full public view by a man on Sunday afternoon on Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20.

Reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit are that around 5:00PM a female was standing on Washington Boulevard, near the entrance of the Cooreville Gardens community, when a man walked up to her and started to chop her with a machete.

The woman, whose identity is at this time unknown, died on the spot.

However, the woman's attacker, whose identity is being withheld, is in police custody.

An eyewitness to the incident used social media to share the details of the horrific ordeal.

"Wow. The world is just so evil. Was just at a crime Scene right now on the Boulevard. A man chop up a little girl, no more than 15 n just stood over her body," said the man on Facebook.

Police say that while the incident appears "unprovoked" they are investigating the matter.





buju-banton-daughter-jodi.jpgJodian Myrie, the daughter of incarcerated Grammy award winning dancehall artiste Buju Banton is representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the local government election set to be contested this month.

Jodian, graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and the University of Technology where she pursued a course in marketing, will represent the Hagley Park Division of the St Andrew East Central constituency, which is represented by Dr Peter Phillips of the People's National Party (PNP).

The election is set for November 28, with Nomination Day scheduled for this Friday, November 11.

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Accused in JC student's murder for court Wednesday

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j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, who was last week charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, will appear before the St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, November 9

Reports are that about 4:20 pm on October 26, Nicholas was a passenger on a bus travelling along Old Hope Road in St Andrew, when Hart allegedly tried to rob him of his cellular phone.

Nicholas reportedly resisted and was stabbed in the left side of his chest. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.





khajeel-mais-mother.jpgAllana Mais, the mother of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, is to contest the November 28 local government elections.

Mais was presented by PNP President and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller as the party's candidate for the Norbrook Division at a meeting of candidates for the imminent local government poll held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Sunday.

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Norbrook has traditionally voted for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), but Mais, who said she was "from a PNP family", believes she has a very good chance of winning.

Sunday's candidate meeting was the first of two meetings. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday in Montego Bay, St James.





Victims in Portmore triple murder identified

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have identified the three people who were murdered along Grange Lane in Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine last night.

They are: a female known only as 'Maxine' and two men known as 'German' and 'Albert'.

The police say a man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the police about 8 o' clock, all four were at a pub playing dominoes when a man armed with a gun entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting them multiple times.

A motive is yet to be established.





A third teacher collapses and dies at school

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Shenoria Hemmings Lee, language arts teacher at the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, collapsed shortly after making a presentation at a National Standards Curriculum Workshop at Central High School in Clarendon. She was taken to May Pen Hospital where she was reported dead.

"As the minister of education, I express condolence to the teacher's immediate family and indeed the school family and friends and colleagues. It is a very sad day for education. We are grieving, and may her soul rest in peace," said Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, who was informed about the teacher's death just after returning from St Thomas, where he visited Robert Lightbourne High School at which a student was shot on Wednesday,

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), in a statement, also extended condolence to the school and immediate family of the teacher.

JTA President Howard Isaacs said the association is extremely concerned about the number of teachers dying while on the job. He appealed to his colleagues to do what they can to avoid the deterioration of their health, and urged the Ministry of Education to meet with the JTA to discuss the welfare of teachers.

Hemmings Lee's death comes just after the deaths of fellow teachers, 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College, and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High, who both died last month.





schoolboy-dies-after-match.jpgAnother student athlete has died after competing in a sporting activity.

Sixth-former Saymar Ramsay of Spot Valley High in St James died after playing a basketball match in Montego Bay against Cornwall College yesterday.

It's reported that after the game Ramsay complained about feeling ill and was taken for medical treatment.

He subsequently died.

His death comes weeks after St George's College football player Dominic James collapsed at a football match and later died..





Hillary Clinton challenges FBI over email probe

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hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpgHillary Clinton's presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate's email use.

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election.

Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling".

But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau's decision.

In his letter to Congress, Mr Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be "pertinent" to its previous inquiry into the Democratic candidate's use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Mr Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be "misleading" and also risked being "misunderstood", given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.

In a memo he acknowledged "we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations". But he said he felt an "obligation" to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by Mr Comey was "long on innuendo" and "short on facts".

There was, he said, "no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary".

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Mr Trump meanwhile has said the issue is the biggest political scandal in the US since Watergate, which brought down President Richard Nixon.

At a rally in Colorado on Saturday, he said: "Her criminal action was wilful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.

"Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her illegal actions from public disclosure and exposure."

The FBI has already established that Mrs Clinton had held classified information on a private email server.

In July, Mr Comey said Mrs Clinton's handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was "extremely careless", but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.





$1 Million reward for info in JC student's murder

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the man wanted in the murder of Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis has been increased to $1 million.

Crime Stop is offering to anyone who comes forward with the information that leads to the arrest of Quacie Hart. Funds for the reward were provided by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and family and friends of Jamaica College.

Persons with information about Hart's whereabouts are being asked to call Crime Stop at 311. Crime Stop says that persons do not have to reveal their identity when they provide information on the whereabouts of Hart.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

President of JC's Old Boys Association Major Basil Jarrett said yesterday that so far the association had collected $215,000 to offer as a reward.

Jarrett said persons wishing to contribute to the reward may contact JC's Old Boys Association, which has an office on the school's Old Hope Road campus.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon Police are investigating a double murder in Hayes on Monday.

Those killed have been identified as Natasha Lewis, 38, and labourer Garsham Dixon, 54, both from Raymond District.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Dixon were killed as they stood among a group of persons in the community some time after 5:00 p.m. The group was approached by heavily armed men who opened fire.

The community has been tense since Saturday's killing of a 26 year old woman.

Shop operator Althea Linton was taken from her home shortly after 4:00 a.m. Her body was found with gunshot wounds in the nearby community of Land Lease about four hours later.





It has revealed that there have been more attacks on students in the Corporate Area, following last week's fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis.

Errol Holmes, President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Jamaica College, has shared information that at least two other attacks have taken place, which involved students from the institution, as well as Ardenne High and Kingston College.

Mr. Holmes made the disclosure following Monday's silent protest at Jamaica College against violence affecting children.

He is pushing for an exclusive JUTC school bus service for the Corporate Area during peak hours or for legislative changes to be made, which will force public transport operators to have video recording devices in their vehicles.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are still processing the three men who have been held in connection with the killing of Dr Martin Garwood whose body was found at his home last week.

The police say following investigations they intercepted a vehicle with the three men aboard and subsequently arrested them.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Forty-year-old Garwood was murdered at his home in Barbican, St Andrew last Wednesday.

He was attached to the Kingston Public Hospital and was also the doctor of the Young Reggae Boyz team.

His colleagues reportedly went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When they arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found his body with multiple stab wounds.





Suspect in murder of JC student charged

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe suspect in the killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, has been charged and is set to appear in court on Friday.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force, via its twitter handle, announced Sunday afternoon that Quacie Hart has been charged for the killing of the student. This is after Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer Adrian Christie. Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident. Hart is currently on bail after being previously charged for illegal possession of a firearm. He is set to appear in court on January 17, 2017 on that matter.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, the man charged in connection with the October 9 March Pen Road killings, was remanded on Tuesday when he appeared before the St. Catherine Parish Court.

He is to return next Wednesday to settle legal representation.

He told the Parish Judge that he is in the process of hiring an attorney. Mr. Campbell was charged last week with five counts of murder.

Investigators say Campbell, who is reportedly a member of the Clansman gang, led a group of gunmen to his family's house in March Pen where five persons were shot and the house set on fire.

Three children, including his 14-year-old son, were among those killed. Campbell, is also facing charges of rape and incest.





Ardenne High School student drowns at YMCA pool

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The Ardenne High student who was rushed to hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) after an incident at the Kingston YMCA has died.

He has been identified as Jevaughn Brown -- a third form student at the Hope Road based institution, in St Andrew. Ardenne Principal Nadine Malloy said that the student was visiting the YMCA for community service at the time of the incident.

However, early reports are that after the community service session ended, and the work coach left, the student, despite prior warnings, went into the deep end of the pool and got into difficulties.

The student was rushed to the nearby Andrew's Memorial Hospital on Hope Road where he died.





Man jailed for killing fellow Jamaican in the UK

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killer-douane-brown.jpgA report from bbc.com says that a Jamaican man has been jailed for 21 years in the United Kingdom for stabbing another Jamaican to death inside an Internet cafe.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jamaican Douane Brown reportedly stabbed Horace Williams in the neck at the cafe in Smethwick in April of this year.

Brown, who is from Bickington Road in Birmingham, was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, capping a five-day trial.

The convict will serve at least 21 years behind bars for the offence.

Reports are that on the day of the incident, both men exchanged glances across the cafe some time before Brown reportedly pulled a folding knife from his jacket pocket and launched the attack that led to Williams' death.

It was theorise that there was some history of bad blood between the two men, but the attack was reportedly not prompted by any aggression on Williams' part.





Teen found with gun and arrested

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The police are reporting that a teenager is now in custody following the seizure of a homemade firearm and one 9mm round of ammunition at a shop on the Mammee Bay main road in St Ann, this morning.

Reports from police in St Ann's Bay are that about 1:20 am, lawmen carried out a raid at the shop at which the teenager was a patron.

A search of the premises and his person resulted in the seizure of the firearm and ammunition, the police say.

The police say his court date will be announced later while investigations continue.





j-c-student-killed.jpgThe man wanted for the shocking killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, is now in police custody.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force says Quacie Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer.

The CCU says he is being processed and is expected to be questioned later.

Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

He was then thrown out of the bus, breaking one of his hands in the process.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident.





vegas-and-khajeel-mais-family.jpgMr Vegas was part of a prayer vigil held in Half-Way-Tree offering moral support to the family of the late Khajeel Mais on Tuesday.

Mais, 17, was shot and killed when the taxi he was travelling in collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle on Highland Drive in Havendale in 2011. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired shots at the taxi, hitting the boy.

The St Andrew businessman, Patrick Powell, 59, who was fingered in the murder of Khajeel Mais, was freed on Monday after the seven-member jury was directed by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to return a not-guilty verdict on murder and shooting with intent charges.

According to Mr Vegas, he and other Jamaicans are dissatisfied with the court's ruling.





bulldozer-red-hills-road.jpgThe Supreme Court has turned down an application seeking an injunction to prevent the registered owner of the property at 85 Red Hills Road in St. Andrew from evicting the current occupants.

The court's decision on Wednesday is unwelcome news for scores of families who are facing eviction from the property.

"What it means is that we still have the purview of acting on the court orders by removing persons from the property; unless of course, the government comes up with something substantive in terms of an offer and at this time I'd prefer something in a more formal way directed at us," explained attorney Franklin Grenyion, who is representing the owner.

The eviction was halted following the government's intervention last Thursday.

Housing Minister Dr. Horace Chang had asserted that the government has the authority to acquire certain properties for particular types of developments under the Local Improvement Act.





Hunt on for killer of JC third form student

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j-c-student-killed.jpgA hunt is now on for a man who fatally stabbed a student of Jamaica College in St. Andrew.

Nicholas Francis, who was a third form student, was held up yesterday afternoon while on a bus.

The incident took place near the school. It's reported that a passenger attempted to steal Nicholas' cellphone.

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says the student was stabbed twice and later succumbed to his injuries. He is appealing to those who saw to come forward.

And in light of yesterday's incident the Education Minister says the authorities might have to take a second look at increasing security on public passengers buses.





US ganja farmers 'fretting'

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ganja-seized.jpgGARBERVILLE, California (AP) -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a marijuana-producing mecca at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.

California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use -- an issue that has sown deep division here among long-time growers. The Costas and many fellow marijuana farmers have yearned for the legitimacy and respectability that could be bestowed by legalization. But they also fear Proposition 64 will bring costly regulations and taxes and could put them out of business if corporate interests and big farms take over.

"It will end traditional marijuana farming like this," said Laura Costa, sitting in the middle of one of four 40-plant gardens, puffing on a glass pipe. "It will end our way of life."





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgAttorney-at-law, Bert Samuels, says that his client, reputed gang leader Tesha Miller, is living in fear because of trumped-up charges.

He says the police have linked miller to some 77 gang-related murders committed in Spanish Town, since March. However, he says his client knows nothing about them.

Mr. Samuels states that Miller has a suit in the Supreme Court against the Attorney general and the police, for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and breaches of his constitutional rights, which is set for hearing November 7 to 9.

The suit results from a case some years ago in the gun court, in which Miller was accused of robbing a taxi driver of a motor vehicle.

Samuels says Miller was convicted of the charge, but he was freed on appeal, following investigations which proved that at the time when its alleged that Miller was involved in the robbery, Miller was actually at a police station reporting, based on a court order.

The attorney says he fears that Miller might not be able to attend court come next month, because he is afraid that the police will want to hold him on trumped up charges.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgOn Monday, businessman Patrick Powell was acquitted of murder and shooting with intent charges of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in the Home Circuit Court after the case against him crumbled.

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The verdict has set social media on fire with making a comparison with Vybz Kartel's 2011 murder trial.

Michael Dawson, the co-author of Vybz Kartel's book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has spoken out in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict: "Vybz Kartel must be justly granted his freedom if we are going to convince the people of Jamaica that there are the same set of rules for the sons of poor people and the sons of rich people."

Michael Dawson further stated that "This has to be done either by the DPP's office in the name of equal rights and justice, initiating the process to have his conviction overturned, or not oppose his Appeal. Justice must be equitable if our nation is to move forward. Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle did not die so a rich person has a better chance at justice than a poor person; that should have ended in the 1800s, this generation in 2016 must believe that they will be treated fairly under the law, if they are going to respect the law."





The police are still processing the Barbican, St Andrew property where the body of Young Reggae Boyz doctor Dr Martin Garwood was found Wednesday morning.

Garwood who was 40 years old, worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Jamaica Constabulary Force Communication Officer Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Garwood's colleagues went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When colleagues arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found Garwood's body with multiple stab wounds. Lindsay says information gathered suggests that the incident may have happened around 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

She says the doctor's black Honda CR-V motor vehicle may have been taken by the killer or killers. However, Superintendent Lindsay says there was no sign of forced entry to the doctor's residence.





JC student stabbed to death on coaster bus

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j-c-student-killed.jpgJamaica College is in deep grief following the murder of a ?third-form student who was stabbed and killed on a bus near the school Wednesday afternoon by a man attempting to steal his cell phone.

Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Francis reportedly boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus in the vicinity of Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St Andrew and was soon after accosted by a man who demanded his phone.

Francis resisted and was stabbed in the hand and chest by his assailant.

The student was then thrown from the bus, breaking his arm in the fall.

It's not clear what happened to the perpetrator.

The driver of the bus took the student to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died.

Francis played an active role at the recent funeral of fellow third former, 14-year-old Jordan Miller, who died at home in late August.





Jamaican man gets 34-month sentence in Cayman

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court.jpgA Jamaican man, who escaped a gun conviction in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for his role in drug trafficking and other related offences.

Jamaican national Marlon Crowe, along with Caymanians Leon St. Michael Hydes and Clebeland Swaby Powery, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to import 194 pounds of ganja and were sentenced last Wednesday to prison terms ranging from 34 months to four and a half years.

According to www.caymancompass.com, Justice Charles Quin found three men not guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm and then sentenced them for the ganja in which the firearm had been found.

On February 4, Cayman's Joint Marine Unit on board the vessel Guardian found the men in a boat drifting approximately 20 miles off East End.

Also on board was a large amount of ganja.

The men were arrested on suspicion of importation of the drug.

A firearm and 64 rounds of ammunition were also found on the vessel that police officers later brought to Grand Cayman.

Justice Quin found there was no case for them to answer to because there was no forensic evidence such as fingerprints or DNA to link any of them to the gun.

Attorney Crister Brady advised the court that Crowe, 34, had no previous conviction in Cayman or in Jamaica.

Crowe was sentenced to 34 months, while Swaby and Hydes were sentenced to three and a half years and four and a half years, respectively.





Ministry of Health prepared to probe dog meat saga

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chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgThe Health Ministry is now prepared investigate into whether Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat, this following a recent picture of a a skinned, unseasoned animal, resembling a dog, in a cooking pot which started making the rounds on social media. It was accompanied by a voice note of a woman saying that she was now offering the proof that Chinese were cooking dog and serving as other acceptable meats.

Since then there have been many comments on Facebook as many claim they would not be ordering any more Chinese food.

The Ministry of Health is now weighing in on the issue and they are promising to launch an investigation into the allegations.

"If there are sufficient reasons for us to launch an investigation, then we will do that," an official from the Ministry of Health reportedly said.

The social media message, which has sent tongues wagging across Jamaica, contains an image of

Under Jamaica's Public Health Act, the slaughter of animals or poultry for human consumption is monitored by the health authorities.





Sharon James, Tesha Miller's mother fed up

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Tesah Milller's mother Sharon James, says she is now considering legal action against the police who have been constantly harassing her in search of Miller.

The mother of reputed Clansman Gang leader, who is the caregiver for several children, says the frequent visits by the police since Miller's deportation from the United States in March this year has been traumatic

James says she is now considering counselling for the children.

Communications officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said the police have been making visits to locate Miller as the investigators have an interest in him. But she says she is unable to speak to the frequency of the visits. She reiterated that Miller remains a person of interest and the police are making efforts to find him.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says Miller is living in fear because of the potential for trumped up charges against him. He says the police have linked Miller to some 70 murders, but his client says he knows nothing about them.





Young Reggae Boyz team doctor stabbed to death

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Team doctor for Jamaica's Young Reggae Boyz Dr Martin Garwood was on Wednesday stabbed to death at his home in Barbican, St Andrew.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed the incident, but said it has no details.

However, police investigators say Dr Garwood, who also worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, was stabbed multiple times.





Alia Atkinson breaks World Record in Tokyo

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alia-atkinson-photo-3.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson has broken the 50 metres breaststroke short course world record at the FINA World Cup Tour in Tokyo.

Alia won the event in 28.64 seconds, beating the old mark of 28.80 seconds which was set by Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009. This is Alia's second world record as she is currently tied with Ruta Meilutyte for the 100 metres breaststroke record. She won today's event ahead of Russia's Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis.

The Jamaican is one of only three women ever to have broken the 29-second barrier in the 50 metres breaststroke. She will receive a US10,000 bonus from FINA for breaking the world record, along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powelll was tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty as sin for the 2011 murder of former Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais. He was set free by the court on Monday after the prosecution's star witness turned 'hostile' and the case crumbled.

Social media has erupted with the theme being that Fada God nah sleep and the murderer of the young boy, whoever he or she is, will be meet hisor her Waterloo.


All we have the energy to do is share some of the thousands of comments from social media.

Dean

This is the most ridiculous and intentionally corrupted case I've ever seen in all my life. Mek mi feel like mi neva learn nuttin growing up. Jah know


Rush

How vybe kartel found guilty and this guy clear and present with all evidence implicating him but he walks free


Kidani

Failure to hand over his firearm is a fine ,which he can pay he's off


Desroy Smith from Facebook, 1 hour ago

How convenient! Free him of murder, then charge him for withholding the murder weapon. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Russian_

NO JUSTICE


Homar

I don't want hear or see nothing about this case anymore. ... that firearm should be seized immediately after the shooting. . What is happening in Jamaica???


Herbert

Seems to me that the system was played to set Mr Powell free. First how can a firearm holder refuse, for five years, a lawful request for the provision of his gun for ballistic testing in a murder case. Could the firearm licence not be revoked rendering possession illegal and forcing Mr Powell to 'take' in his firearm. Over the intervening 5-year period why was the 'gun charge' not taken before the courts before the murder trial given the importance of the potential ballistic evidence, now immediately after his acquittal that case is before the courts. The playing of the system continues even after the trial with both defence lawyers on Beyond the Headlines sanitizing their client and ducking questions about Mr Powell's refusal to submit his gun for testing.


Norman_S

We would also like to know if the firearm permit has been renewed within the last 5 years.., while the police needed it for examination...!?


Nicole Henry from Facebook, 2 hours ago

KARMA naah release him.....

Stewart from Facebook2 hours ago

It's all about the money. God not sleeping n no bad deed will go unpunished


Heidi-Ann

Send home the man, prosecutors already freed him of murder, so tell me now after 5 yrs u going to try him on gun charge when u never took his gun or his X6, where u going to find the evidence now?


Ashley 2

Oh please what a travesty of justice, so many years later they are talking about him not turning in his gun, could not happen here his old ass would be sitting in a cell.


Pixie

This is fuckry. The key evidence in the crime wasn't turned over. What a bomboclat system wicked, court and everybody working with this man.


Okema

There is no justice for mediocre are the poor......but the rich will get away with anything


Dale

A money run Jamaica, as long as u have u money u can't go jail.


Colin

This come in like circus


Marva

The judge police killer Powell and his lawyer are a sets of evil heartless people the judge should have ordered this man to turned his gun in are you telling me that this killing took place 5yrs ago and he still holding his gun no somethings is not adding up the blasted man killed the young boy are we that blind wake up people he knows that if he turned the gun in and they run ballistic on it the truth will comes out smh


Sandra

All he may end up doing is pay a fine


Kellkell

Me would a pay smadi shoot him in a him head 1 bbc shot!


Brenda

That's putting the cart in front of the horse or what, that should have been done already, that would have clear up every thing perfectly.


Deon

after 5 yrs him never turn over gun.


Marva

What sort of nonsense is this how comes he got acquitted and the murder weapon is still with held by the by this man where Jamaica got their laws from


Whitney

In all of 5 years. now the court a ask him to turn over his gun. After d case close... Unu really love insult d average man. This case grieve mi to d core. No man mi ago pray cause nothing abt this is right





x6-murder-trial-khajeel-mais.jpgx6-trial-powell.jpgThe family of Khajeel Mais refused to speak with reporters after accused Patrick Powell walked free in the X6 murder case on Monday.

Mais' parents left the court teary-eyed after the crown, unable to prove that Powell was on the scene when the former Kingston College student was shot, offered no further evidence in the case. Mais was shot dead on July 1, 2011 while he was travelling in a taxi in Havendale to meet up with friends to attend a fete at the Meadowbrook High School. The killer was believed to be driving a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle. Powell's Belgrade Loop, St Andrew, home was subsequently raided by the police and two BMW X6 vehicles were seized.

The case began to crumble last week when star witness Wayne Wright, the taxi driver, said he did not see the shooter and said that cops asked him to lie that he saw the killer. Earlier this month, Khajeel's sister Kimberly took to social media to vent her frustration with the delay and the pace of the justice system.

"At first, they gave Vybz Kartel's case precedence, saying limited court rooms available to try cases. Vybz Kartel has been convicted (more than two) years now... So I guess a life wrongfully taken does not matter to the country," she said in a Facebook post.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-1.jpgX6 Murder Trial: Khajeel Mais murder accused Patrick Powell walks free

Businessman Patrick Powell has been found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

The prosecution rested its case Monday morning in the Home Circuit Court.

Jurors were instructed to return a not guilty verdict after the prosecution said it had no further evidence to offer on the matter.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that when the prosecution started the case, it was presented on the basis of credibility and identity. He said it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Powell was at the scene of the incident. He said only one person could do that and that was taxi driver Wayne Wright.

The prosecutor said with Mr. Wright responding the way he did during cross examination last week, the crown could no longer proceed with the matter.

Powell was accused of opening fire on a taxi in which the teenager was a passenger on July 1, 2011. Khajeel died after being shot in the head and back.

Last Friday, prosecutors requested an early adjournment to review their case after the key prosecution witness recanted on his statement. The driver of the taxi testified that he did not see the shooter. He denied giving a statement to the police, identifying Mr. Powell as the man who fired on his vehicle along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors were forced to treat him as a hostile witness.





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.

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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.





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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A Message from the Principal

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This track is slated for our Melbourne Park Campus in Jamaica W.I.

Currently, this endeavor will cost conservatively USD$400,000.

I am pleased to inform you that with the effort of certain stakeholders, we have managed to secure seventy-five percent (75%) of this cost through an overseas foundation.

Our task, is to secure the balance of One Hundred Thousand USD ($100,000) within a timely manner or the offer will be withdrawn.

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Kingston College

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DUTY CALLS...

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For immediate Release
www.fundingthecause.org
For more information, contact:
PR Director - Ingrid Abrahams Larmond @ 5084774

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 www.caribbean-airlines.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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"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 one....it could have been ours " said Myrie, noting that that KC's founder Bishop Gibson was a St Georges College student.

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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.

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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.

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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 TheFifthColumnNews.com 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.

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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.
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  • 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 www.go-jamaica.com/muj.





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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Dailymail.co.uk, 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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 2