Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Holness wants Kingston to become major tourist destination http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-wants-Kingston-to-become-major-tourist-destination_77916 PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that his Jamaica Labour Party Government plans to restore tourism in Kingston in a big way.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We do have tourism (in Kingston) now. People do come, but we want to make it a big thing,&rdquo; Holness told the large crowd attending Wednesday night&rsquo;s launch of the Peter Tosh Museum at the Pulse Centre, Trafalgar Road, Kingston.<br /> <br /> Jamaica, said the prime minister, ought to be seen as the centre of the Caribbean, &ldquo;not just geographically&rdquo;, but as the centre for culture and lifestyle and for innovation and creativity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we put up institutions like these we are stamping our authority on this position,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> He said that he has asked Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett to support the museum because it will eventually support the Government&rsquo;s tourism aims for the city.<br /> <br /> He praised Pulse&rsquo;s chairman, Kingsley Cooper for seeing fit to use his company&rsquo;s funds and the contribution of its staff and consulting experts to invest in the establishment of the Peter Tosh Museum.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have given something of immeasurable value to the country and the Government endorses this initiative,&rdquo; Holness said.<br /> <br /> In June this year, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job creation, Daryl Vaz, announced that the Development Bank of Jamaica was reviewing proposals for the development of Kingston as a cruise ship destination.<br /> <br /> He said that there were plans to make downtown Kingston a destination &mdash; including the construction of a cruise ship pier and the revitalisation and restoration of downtown Kingston area and other waterfront areas &mdash; of world-class standard, along with existing places of interest, to attract cruise ship lines.<br /> <br /> A number of current and former members of the Jamaican Cabinet attended the launch of the Pulse event, which was also addressed by . Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia &lsquo;Babsy&rsquo; Grange; as well as former Cabinet ministers Lisa Hanna, Dr Wykeham McNeill and Dr Omar Davies.<br /> <br /> Members of Tosh&rsquo;s family, including his youngest daughter, Niambe McIntosh &mdash; who was only five years old when he died &mdash; and his former female partner, Marlene Brown, also spoke at the event. <br /> <br /> Tosh, a major reggae star, was a founding member of the famous Wailers singing group which also included reggae icon Bob Marley and Bunny &ldquo;Wailer&rdquo; Livingstone. <br /> <br /> He was killed by robbers at his home in Barbican, St Andrew, in September 1987. Tosh, who was born in Westmoreland on October 19, 1944, had hits that included<br /> <br /> Get Up Stand Up (For Your Rights);<br /> <br /> 400 years and<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m the Toughest.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371541/235694_62658_repro_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374627/235694_ld.jpg &lsquo;Hostile witness&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Hostile-witness-_78060 TAXIMAN Wayne Wright, the main witness in the X-6 murder trial, yesterday spent almost the entire morning on the witness stand denying information he had allegedly given to the police in relation to the shooting death of Khajeel Mais.<br /> <br /> This included details that he had seen the shooter with a gun and that he knew him as &lsquo;Nigga&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Didn&rsquo;t you tell the police that Nigga was the man who came out of the BMW X6&hellip; ,&rdquo; Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor asked. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;No,&rdquo; Wright shouted out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Didn&rsquo;t you say that he also had a gun in his hand?&rdquo; Taylor further asked.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No,&rdquo; Wright again answered.<br /> <br /> Wright, in his testimony, which was continuing from Thursday and was again full of contradictions and maintained his testy demeanour which included rolling his eyes and shaking his feet, also denied telling the police that he had known Nigga for eight years and that he knew that Nigga drives a dark blue BMW X6.<br /> <br /> Wright was also asked about Mais whom he testified that he had never met before the day he took his taxi.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Did you ever say I have known Khajeel from he was a young boy, he is from Crane Avenue and he is now 17. He attend Kingston College?&rdquo; the prosecutor asked<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Who say that, me?&rdquo; The witness asked in a surprised tone.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No, I never say nothing, never,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Didn&rsquo;t you tell Officer Hines that Khajeel was attending KC,&rdquo; Taylor questioned.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No! I couldn&rsquo;t know him school, I couldn&rsquo;t know that, all a dem deh is put up by unuh,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> But he later admitted that he told the police that Khajeel was about 16 or 17 and that he told them that he was from Crane Avenue.<br /> <br /> Wright also denied that he told the police in his statement that he had seen the vehicle that he hit and that it was more blue than black and that it had on a BMW logo. <br /> <br /> The witness, during his first day on the stand, had testified that he did not see the vehicle that he had collided with and that he did not have time to take notice as shots started firing right after the collision and he had not seen anyone on the road.<br /> <br /> Wright had also testified that on the night of the incident it was raining and the area was foggy.<br /> <br /> But, on that same day he had also testified that he had told the police in his statement that he was sure that the car that he hit was black and that it was an SUV type or an X5 or a &ldquo;big back&rdquo; vehicle.<br /> <br /> Wright, who shortly after the trial resumed yesterday was adjudged a hostile witness by the prosecution, after permission was granted by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to treat him as such because he showed himself to be inconsistent and adverse, grudgingly admitted that he gave the police two statements after initially insisting that he had only given one statement.<br /> <br /> However, he testified that the police tried to influence him to lie about the vehicle.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mr Thompson show me a vehicle at Constant Spring Police Station and tell me say &lsquo;go over there and tell dem a dat yu lick&rsquo;, and me said mi nah do dat and a him a show mi the man,&rdquo; Wright claimed during his testimony.<br /> <br /> He also testified that when he was giving the second statement the police officer had stopped taking the statement after he had got a phone call and had ripped up the statement and threw it into a small bin and that the police then took him to the murder scene and then took him home.<br /> <br /> Following that he said one Inspector Thompson came for him and took him back to the station.<br /> <br /> According to Wright, that was the officer who had told him to lie about the car and also about the man called Nigga.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t tell him nothing. A him show me a driver&rsquo;s licence and say &lsquo;dis a de man him name Nigga, him tall, him about six foot, mi waa yu help me wid him, a long time mi want get him&rsquo;,&rdquo; Wright said.<br /> <br /> The prosecutor then asked: &ldquo;Didn&rsquo;t you say to Inspector Thompson &lsquo;the only reason I have to say that is Nigga fire the gun is because is only Nigga mi see firing at my taxi?&rsquo;&rdquo;<br /> <br /> But Wright strongly denied this. &ldquo;No! No! They were begging me to do that, I told them no I am telling the truth,&rdquo; he insisted.<br /> <br /> He was further asked if he did not tell the police in his statement that Nigga was of thick built, brown complexion, black hair and that he had a &ldquo;high-up&rdquo; bottom.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No. Mr Thompson told me all of those,&rdquo; Wright answered.<br /> <br /> The witness was also questioned about what he had allegedly written in his statement about incident leading up to the death of Mais.<br /> <br /> Wright also denied telling the police that on the night in question he had driven behind a dark coloured BMW X6 &ldquo;more black than blue&rdquo; from Havendale Drive on Highland Drive and was about two feet behind the vehicle. He also denied telling the police that the reason he was so close was that he wanted to overtake the vehicle.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Did you tell the police &lsquo;I tried to get around but he was in the middle of the road?&rsquo;&rdquo; Taylor asked.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I tell him I was going around and it touch,&rdquo; Wright replied.<br /> <br /> The prosecutor them asked him if when he had earlier testified that he had bumped into a vehicle out of nowhere and &lsquo;the touch&rsquo; that he just mentioned if they are not two different things and he disagreed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You are trying to make it into two different things. You a make statement for me to talk and I am not doing it,&rdquo; Wright told the prosecutor.<br /> <br /> Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for the shooting death of Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi, which collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. <br /> <br /> It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the taxi, hitting the boy.<br /> <br /> Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.<br /> <br /> The trial ended early yesterday after the lead prosecutor made an application for the matter to break until Monday in order for the prosecution team to have discussions on how they will be dealing with the rest of the case. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374486/235971_62996_repro_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Y http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374487/235971_SLD.jpg 01 2 Parents, guardians urged to introduce children to road safety http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parents--guardians-urged-to-introduce-children-to-road-safety_78044 THE Road Safety Unit is appealing to parents and guardians to introduce their children to road safety training as early as possible.<br /> <br /> The unit also wants parents and guardians to invest in the necessary protective devices such as helmets, knee pads and elbow pads for children before allowing them to ride a bicycle. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Parents and guardians also need to ensure that their children wear seatbelts when travelling in vehicles; small children should be fitted in a child/infant carrier and a booster seat should be used for those who are too old for infant carriers,&rdquo; the unit said.<br /> <br /> The unit, in a release yesterday, said it is particularly important for adults to accompany children, especially those in the age group five to nine years, when they have to venture into the traffic environment since those in that age group do not have a developed appreciation for proper road safety etiquette.<br /> <br /> It highlighted the case of a seven-year-old boy who died from injuries he sustained after he was hit by a car in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Monday evening. <br /> <br /> Twenty-one children have been killed in traffic crashes since the start of the year, a 91 per cent increase when compared to the 11 recorded for the similar period in 2015.<br /> <br /> The 21 children who have been killed since the start of the year represents a 17 per cent increase, when compared with the 18 children who were killed for the similar period in 2014. The release said 48 per cent of the children killed on the road this year were passengers of private motor vehicles and 24 per cent were pedestrians.<br /> <br /> Three hundred and five persons have been killed in 253 fatal crashes this year, a two per cent decrease in fatalities and a 12 per cent drop in fatal crashes, when compared with 2015. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374624/235937_62978_repro_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Y http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374626/235937_SLD.jpg 3 &lsquo;Fat Man&rsquo; to answer incest, rape charges after murder case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Fat-Man--to-answer-incest--rape-charges-after-murder-case_78003 REPUTED gangster Marvin &lsquo;Fat Man&rsquo; Campbell, Snr, who was scheduled to answer to incest and rape charges in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday was not brought to court.<br /> <br /> An officer of the court informed the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer that Campbell would not be brought to court until next Tuesday, but gave no reason for the decision.<br /> <br /> Campbell, who police say is a member of the Spanish Town-based Klansman Gang, was Thursday charged with five counts of murder and is also scheduled to appear in court for those charges next Tuesday.<br /> <br /> He is accused of leading a group of gunmen to his family&rsquo;s house on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, where the five people were killed and their house torched.<br /> <br /> The victims were identified as Salesha Evans, 24, and her nine-year-old son Revaughn Evans, Vaniesha Bartley, 22, and her two-year-old daughter Koyandra Wynter; and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr.<br /> <br /> Two other people were also injured in the October 9 attack.<br /> <br /> The police had reported that gunmen went to the community, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting occupants.<br /> <br /> The Police High Command listed Campbell as a person of interest in the killings and asked him to turn himself in. He later surrendered to the police in the company of clergyman Bishop Rohan Edwards.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Racquel Porter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13347673/marvin_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 3 PHOTO: Roadblock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Roadblock_77980   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375437/235379_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 4 Bar attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bar-attack_78045 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; One woman was shot and killed and three other people shot and wounded when two gunmen went berserk at a bar in the tough inner city community of Norwood, St James, on Thursday evening.<br /> <br /> The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, Norwood, St James.<br /> <br /> Police said about 6:30 patrons were at a bar in the the Paradise section of Norwood when two armed men walked up and sprayed the facility with bullets.<br /> <br /> The four injured were taken to hospital, where Dixon was pronounced dead.<br /> <br /> The police, who had not yet ascertained a motive for the attack, said the wounds to the three others were not considered life threatening.<br /> <br /> More than 200 murders have been reported in St James since the start of this year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11831883/CrimeScene2_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 4 Irish potato programme to be expanded to new areas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Irish-potato-programme-to-be-expanded-to-new-areas_77860 THE Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be expanding the Irish potato programme to new planting areas for the 2016/17 crop year.<br /> <br /> Darliston in Westmoreland and Hounslow in St Elizabeth, which were not adversely affected by the recent dry spell, are among new planting areas being considered for the expansion, which is part of Government&rsquo;s strategy towards 100 per cent self-sufficiency in Irish potato production.<br /> <br /> JC Hutchinson, minister without portfolio at the ministry, said Wednesday that in addition to intensive participatory training of farmers, there will be several strategies towards climate change resilience for the Irish potato sub-sector. <br /> <br /> Minister Hutchinson was speaking at the second of a series of seminars organised by the ministry, in collaboration with AgroGrace and Newport-Fersan, for Irish potato stakeholders at the Christiana Potato Growers&rsquo; Co-operative Association in Manchester.<br /> <br /> Through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, 2,000 farmers will be trained, field visits conducted and production areas monitored. The training will include spray calibration, new planting techniques and appropriate use of fertiliser to coincide with the 2016-2017 crop, which is aimed at planting 1,200 hectares of Irish potato with an expected yield of 15 million Irish potatoes. <br /> <br /> Minister Hutchinson commended the Manchester farmers for their outstanding contribution to the Irish potato programme and urged them to start planting their 2016-2017crop early to take advantage of the rainfall that is now being experienced. Manchester is expected to plant 850 hectares, that is 75 per cent of the total production of Irish potato for the 2016-2017 crop year. <br /> <br /> Among the objectives for the $1.1-billion programme, which will include a direct cash injection of $48.3 million from the ministry, in addition to technical support valued at over $700 million for the 2016-2017 crop year, is a 10 per cent increase in productivity. The programme also aims to provide crop care and productivity support in the form of agro-chemicals for 40 per cent of the targeted hectares to a maximum of two hectares per farmer, and to establish eight validation plots by the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) on which participatory training will take place. <br /> <br /> Hutchinson assured the farmers that they would have a ready market for all the Irish potato that they would produce through marketing agreements/contracts between the farmers and buyers. This arrangement would be made through the Potato and Onion Producers&rsquo; Association. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374484/235635_62614_repro_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Y http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374488/235635_SLD.jpg 02 4 Adolescent Resource Centre opens at Women&rsquo;s Centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Adolescent-Resource-Centre-opens-at-Women-s-Centre_77948 THE Women&rsquo;s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) has strengthened its sexual and reproductive health support services provided to teen mothers through the opening of an Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC).<br /> <br /> The German Embassy provided $1.8 million for the refurbishing and equipping of existing space at the WCJF Kingston campus, to house the facility.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, WCJF Executive Director Dr Zoe Simpson said ARC will enable teens to have access to services in a confidential and hospitable environment.<br /> <br /> These include individual and group counselling on contraceptive methods; screening and referrals for sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus; mental health services to screen and treat for post-partum depression; counselling for victims of gender-based violence; and access to gynaecologists and midwives.<br /> <br /> The WCJF director noted that the centre will also offer support to adolescent males, providing individual and group counselling on sexual and reproductive health as well as psychotherapy to prepare them for fatherhood.<br /> <br /> The Ministry of Health, Jamaica Family Planning Association, National Family Planning Board, and non-government entity Eve For Life, are among partners in the operation of the centre.<br /> <br /> The WCFJ is a government agency mandated to provide adolescent mothers with continuing education and to have them reintegrated into the formal school system after the birth of their babies. Some 46,000 young women have been assisted since its inception in 1978.<br /> <br /> The WCJF first operated an adolescent clinic called Knowledge and Education for Youth (KEY) in 1994, providing individual and group counselling, limited medical services, contraceptive counselling, contraceptive methods for adolescents, and training in peer counselling.<br /> <br /> In 1998, the activities of KEY were reduced and the name of the centre changed to the Kingston Centre Counselling Clinic. In 2014, the facility was closed down and its activities placed under the general programmes of the WCJF. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374457/235776_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 4 JFB says bush fire education programme a success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JFB-says-bush-fire-education-programme-a-success_77943 THE Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is reporting success in its Community Bush Fire Management Education Programme, which was launched in 2015 following a series of devastating fires that affected farms. <br /> <br /> Senior deputy superintendent at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, said that the fires, which occurred in Mavis Bank, St Andrew, and Nain in St Elizabeth, resulted in millions of dollars in losses to farmers.<br /> <br /> He said several communities in the affected areas participated in a three-month pilot programme, which was sponsored by the British High Commission at a cost of 7,000 pounds.<br /> <br /> It included training of residents and the design and implementation of fire-safety programmes that will encourage maximum community participation. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund has provided $1.8 million to extend the initiative across all parishes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are seeing that the training is bearing fruit. In Mavis Bank, where fires destroyed acres of farmland last year, we have not had a single incident of fire since the programme was implemented,&rdquo; Ebanks said while addressing a<br /> <br /> JIS Think Tank on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> He noted that one of the features of the training programme is that the community members, having seen first-hand the devastation caused by the fires, have come on board.<br /> <br /> He related that in one case, a community member, who is designated a Fire and Life Safety Warden, was leaving the island and he called in to say who would be acting on his behalf. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;What we are seeing is that community members are now integrally involved. They are going to each other and reminding them of the dos and don&rsquo;ts and making sure that, inasmuch as is possible, they do not engage in practices that can lead to fires,&rdquo; Ebanks said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, assistant commissioner of the JFB Sean Martin, who also addressed the<br /> <br /> Think Tank, is again imploring farmers to desist from using the slash and burn method to clear land. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It destroys the moisture, the nutrients and, overtime, it also leads to land slippage. When you burn, the top soil is loosened, so when it rains this can cause flooding,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374454/235774_62810_repro_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Y http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374458/235774_SLD.jpg 03 4 &lsquo;I can&rsquo;t say goodbye properly&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/I-can-t-say-goodbye-properly_77964 PORT-A-PIMENT, Haiti (AP) &mdash; Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, a 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humour and bad luck at cock fights, in the roughly two-and-a-half weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown.<br /> <br /> Family and neighbours near the hard-luck town of Port-a-Piment have dug by hand through wreckage and scoured the riverbanks, but to no avail.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It pains me that I can&rsquo;t say goodbye properly,&rdquo; said Bernadette Desravine, holding her father&rsquo;s ID card and mud-smeared baseball cap. &ldquo;But I believe I will see him again in heaven.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Hopes have dimmed for Haitians combing the countryside for missing relatives in the Caribbean nation&rsquo;s hardest-hit zone, the remote and long-ignored south-western tip. The central government says the official toll stands at 546 dead and 128 missing, but many believe the figures could be higher and some rugged areas still have not been fully assessed.<br /> <br /> While relief can often be slow and chaotic in disasters all around the world, the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s poorest and least developed country is perennially beset by natural catastrophes and particularly ill-equipped to handle them. In crucial first days, assistance is often too little and too late, stalled by impassable roads, collapsed bridges and a lack of resources and infrastructure. Communications were wiped out by Matthew in large parts of the south-west, with no emergency backup.<br /> <br /> With Haiti&rsquo;s interim government taking the lead in directing relief efforts, there were no boats reaching cut-off coastal towns for days, dive crews or teams with trained search dogs looking for the missing and the dead. The UN stabilisation mission, the US Government&rsquo;s disaster assistance response team and numerous NGOs all told<br /> <br /> The Associated Press they never received any specific request from Haiti to help locate the missing amid the ongoing effort to ferry emergency food, water and medical supplies.<br /> <br /> Government personnel and an army of international aid workers are delivering more relief supplies to people, but local authorities in southwest Haiti say it is falling short of meeting desperate needs.<br /> <br /> Interior Ministry spokesman Guillaume Albert Moleon insisted the Government has the situation under control. He praised teams of civil protection officials and volunteers who are reaching marooned rural communities, and said authorities are methodically keeping track of the dead and helping the living.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s so much to accomplish,&rdquo; Moleon said.<br /> <br /> Exasperated local officials said that with no heavy equipment to move debris or other resources, they were virtually powerless to help frantic relatives searching for loved ones or care for the injured.<br /> <br /> Germa Mazile Celestin, a senior civil protection official in the fishing town of Coteaux, said municipal authorities helped bury 22 storm victims and made an effort to help find the area&rsquo;s two missing people: a 72-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman. But she conceded it wasn&rsquo;t much.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The little that we did was indeed very little because we just don&rsquo;t have the resources,&rdquo; she said at her home, one of the few in town that still has a roof.<br /> <br /> Mayor Jean Gabriel Fortune of Les Cayes, the largest city in the south-west, asserted there are no accurate numbers for the missing and dead and he suspects some towns may be reporting higher figures to attract foreign aid.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I do think there are Haitians who are boosting numbers with the objective of attracting this relief they have heard about but are not benefiting from,&rdquo; Fortune said. &ldquo;And I also know that when central government officials claim they have things under control, they don&rsquo;t know what they&rsquo;re talking about.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Days after Haiti&rsquo;s devastating earthquake in 2010, the Government issued wildly conflicting death tolls, adding to confusion about how many people actually died and to suspicions that nobody really knew. Weeks later, the official count was raised from over 200,000 to some 316,000 dead just ahead of a UN donor conference, without clear explanation of how it got there.<br /> <br /> Authorities say it remains far from clear whether all 128 people said to be missing from Hurricane Matthew were in fact in areas ravaged by the Category Four storm. One man in Les Cayes reported his wife and two children as missing, but according to Fortune, neighbours said the woman and her kids had taken a bus to the capital, using the storm as an opportunity to leave an unhappy home.<br /> <br /> Edma Desravine, the missing grandfather, is one of 10 people who vanished from the foothills across a rushing river from Port-a-Piment when Matthew roared through.<br /> <br /> His family and other villagers have been walking by a woman&rsquo;s corpse for two weeks, averting their eyes and covering their noses and mouths with shirttails to try to filter out the stench. Officials said they have no idea whether the body has been included in the town&rsquo;s official death toll, or simply has yet to be tended to.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I hope her family will come down from the mountains and put her in a coffin,&rdquo; Bernadette Desravine said outside the family&rsquo;s damaged shack, built in harm&rsquo;s way near a riverbed. &ldquo;I wish our family had that luck.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374448/235781_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 4 Grange announces plans to upgrade National Library http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Grange-announces-plans-to-upgrade-National-Library_77950 PLANS to upgrade the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) to facilitate the growing catalogues and collections created by local artistes and historians are to be undertaken by the Government.<br /> <br /> The disclosure was made by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister Olivia Grange on Thursday at a ceremony to launch the Miss Lou Archives at the library in downtown Kingston.<br /> <br /> Grange indicated that although investments have been made to ease space constraints by digitising and storing content from the library online, more upgrades are necessary.<br /> <br /> To that end, the minister informed that short-term plans will include the off-site storage of newspapers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Guyana, which the library had acquired during its time as the West India Reference Library.<br /> <br /> Grange also noted that investigations are being undertaken into the construction of another floor at the present site.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;These moves will allow us to comfortably house the personal archives of other distinguished literary giants of Jamaica,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the minister informed that in the long term, a modern and larger facility will be required to effectively carry out the library&rsquo;s mandate of preserving documents published in Jamaica by Jamaicans and about Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Grange used the opportunity to urge local creators of content, in whatever field, to deposit their material at the NLJ.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just about writing, it&rsquo;s about films [and] recordings. It is important that the National Library is given support,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> The minister lauded the work done by the staff of the library for cataloguing the letters, scripts and other works of Miss Lou, some of which have never been revealed to the public, for research and study.<br /> <br /> In an emotional tribute by her son, Fabian Coverley, Miss Lou was described as a &ldquo;proud&rdquo; Jamaican, who did not hesitate to share her knowledge with anyone she met.<br /> <br /> She was also described by her son as &ldquo;God-fearing&rdquo;, &ldquo;generous&rdquo;, and &ldquo;selfless&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He noted that his mother taught the nation to value themselves and to be confident in who they are.<br /> <br /> Coverley informed that the archives will help to keep his mother&rsquo;s memory alive for generations.<br /> <br /> More than 88 per cent complete in cataloguing, the NLJ is to add the collections of Miss Lou&rsquo;s husband, Eric Coverley. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374412/235777_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 4 NCB staff donates $2m in cash, supplies to storm-ravaged Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NCB-staff-donates--2m-in-cash--supplies-to-storm-ravaged-Haiti_77939 THE National Commercial Bank (NCB) has donated approximately $2 million in cash and supplies to the Haiti relief effort.<br /> <br /> The contribution, from the bank&rsquo;s staff, was handed over to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Thursday at the NCB Atrium offices in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Director general of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, who accepted the donation, said that NCB is among several corporate entities and members of the public who have already contributed to the relief effort.<br /> <br /> He is urging Jamaicans to continue to give. &ldquo;We are still collecting donations. Members of the public can take items to the ODPEM offices anytime between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays and we will collect them, store them and ensure that they get to the people who are most in need in Haiti,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He said it is expected that the donations should reach Haiti within the next five to six days.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Major Davis is asking for more cash contributions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Businesses are still open [in Haiti] so we prefer cash because we can actually spend the cash in Haiti. The cash can be used to stimulate the economy, to get persons back into work and put food on their tables. In addition to that, we would never want to end up in a situation where we have products that we have to ship, that is going to cost us more to ship them than the products themselves,&rdquo; he pointed out.<br /> <br /> Chief executive officer of NCB Foundation, Nadeen Matthews, said that as soon as pictures showing the impact of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti began circulating, staff members across the country started to enquire how they could assist.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Right away,we opened an account and told staff members where they could drop off supplies. Haiti, being our neighbours and given our regional aspirations, we also have an interest in ensuring that they are doing okay,&rdquo; she shared.<br /> <br /> Last month, Haiti was pounded by Hurricane Mathew, a Category Four storm that left hundreds dead and others homeless and in need of aid. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374251/235771_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM 4 Men engage cops in shoot-out, flee leaving gun behind http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Men-engage-cops-in-shoot-out--flee-leaving-gun-behind MANCHESTER, Jamaica &mdash; The police yesterday seized a firearm after a group of men travelling in a motor car in Dusanine district, Manchester, allegedly engaged them in a shoot-out.<br /> <br /> Reports from the Mandeville police are that about 9:30 am, the police team signalled the driver of the motor car to stop. However, the driver disobeyed and in an attempt to flee, crashed in a nearby field.<br /> <br /> The men then reportedly opened gunfire at the police officers before escaping.<br /> <br /> The scene was processed and the police say a Taurus .38 revolver was found in the area. <br /> <br /> No one was arrested. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375972/Shooting_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:22 PM 5 Legislation passed to facilitate int&rsquo;l financial, business services http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Legislation-passed-to-facilitate-int-l-financial--business-services KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; The recent passage of three key pieces of legislation in the House of Representatives should better position Jamaica as a place of choice to facilitate the administration of international financial and business services.<br /> <br /> These include: the General Partnership Act 2016; the Partnership Limited Act 2016; and the International Corporate and Trust Service Providers Act. <br /> <br /> The General Partnership Act will formalise the process for foreign partnerships pursuing business transactions in Jamaica and facilitate mergers and conversion of such arrangements.<br /> <br /> The Limited Partnership Act aims to accommodate commercial activities not deemed suitable for other categories of business engagements in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The International Corporate and Trust Service Providers Act seeks to promote and maintain high standards of conduct, ethics and competence in the provision of international corporate and trust services.<br /> <br /> Additionally, the latter is also intended to ensure that international service providers adhere to modern, internationally acceptable standards of best practices.<br /> <br /> The Bills were piloted by minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz.<br /> <br /> The Bills were initially approved by the Lower House, but had not been passed in the Senate prior to the dissolution of parliament for the February 25 General Elections.<br /> <br /> In closing the debate on October 19, Vaz commended the review committee for its input in the Bills&rsquo; development, and thanked the opposition for supporting them.<br /> <br /> Opposition spokesperson for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, said the &ldquo;far-reaching&rdquo; pieces of legislation will enable the ushering in of a new financial services sector.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They will revolutionise the business environment and cause a greater level of investment by sophisticated investors, both locally and abroad. They will also provide for those (interests) already in partnerships, to improve their situation so that the attendant risks and liabilities and protection for those partners are also part and parcel of these pieces of legislation,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Hylton further said the Bills would also greatly enhance the environment for doing business in Jamaica.<br /> <br />  This, he explained, by creating the conditions for increased investment and &ldquo;present a much more sophisticated environment for the sophisticated business men that Jamaica&hellip;wants to attract.&rdquo;  <br /> <br /> Hylton suggested that a review mechanism be implemented within five years as part of engagements to improve the legislation.<br /> <br /> Some of the Bills&rsquo; other significant features include: provisions for interests in existing partnerships to decide whether they wish to remain as they are or to convert; and provisions for partnerships to be formed and registered as entities with separate legal personalities and partners with options for the liability to be borne by general and limited partners and governance of the partnership.<br /> <br /> Additionally, partnerships with separate legal personalities must register before they can lawfully operate.<br /> <br /> The Registrar of Companies will be the Registrar of Partnerships and must maintain a Register of Partnerships.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11933991/Daryl-Vaz_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 3:53 PM 5 US father sentenced to 1,503 years in daughter's rape http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-father-sentenced-to-1-503-years-in-daughter-s-rape CALIFORNIA, United States (AP) &mdash; A 41-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period.<br /> <br /> The Fresno Bee reports the man was sentenced Friday to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history.<br /> <br /> The Associated Press is not naming the man to avoid identifying his daughter. The AP does not name sexual abuse victims.<br /> <br /> A jury in September found him guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor.<br /> <br /> Prosecutors say the victim was raped two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013, when the girl got the courage to leave.<br /> <br /> Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr noted that Lopez had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375916/gavel--2-_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 3:21 PM 5 Trump vowing to sue 'every one' of his female accusers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-vowing-to-sue--every-one--of-his-female-accusers PENNSYLVANIA, United States (AP) &mdash; Donald Trump on Saturday pledged postelection lawsuits against every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behaviour, and he charged Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party with orchestrating the allegations.<br /> <br /> "Every one of these liars will be sued once the election is over," Trump said, adding, "I look so forward to doing that."<br /> <br /> Trump's threat overshadowed his intended focus during a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, that was billed as a chance for the Republican nominee to lay out his agenda for his first 100 days in office. Trump promised to institute a hiring freeze on federal workers and to label China as a currency manipulator, but he first seized on the chance to once again try to discredit his accusers.<br /> <br /> "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign," he said.<br /> <br /> Ten women have publicly accused Trump of unwanted advances or sexual assault in the weeks since a 2005 recording emerged in which the former reality TV star made sexually aggressive comments about women. Trump has denied all allegations while insisting some of the women weren't attractive enough for him to want to pursue.<br /> <br /> Trump stuck to his belief the election is "rigged against him", repeated false concerns about widespread voter fraud and insisted Clinton should have been barred from running because of legal questions about her use of a private email system as secretary of state.<br /> <br /> He also complained that a "corrupt" media is fabricating stories in order to make him "look as bad and dangerous as possible."<br /> <br /> "They're trying desperately to suppress my vote and the vote of the American people," he said.<br /> <br /> Amid Trump's struggles, Clinton has been displaying growing confidence and making direct appeals to voters "who may be reconsidering their support" for Trump following a string of sexual assault allegations and other troubles for the GOP nominee.<br /> <br /> "I know you may still have questions for me," Clinton said Friday in Cleveland. "I respect that. I want to answer them. I want to earn your vote."<br /> <br /> Her campaign headquarters in New York was back up and running after an envelope containing a white powdery substance arrived on Friday, triggering an evacuation of the 11th floor. Police said initial tests showed the substance wasn't harmful, and Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said four people who received a full medical examination reported no health issues and were released.<br /> <br /> Clinton was also getting a campaign boost on Saturday from singer Katy Perry, who planned to push early voting during an event in Las Vegas. The pop icon has been a vocal Clinton backer and was the featured entertainment at the Democratic National Convention.<br /> <br /> With the debates now behind them, Trump and Clinton have few natural opportunities to significantly alter the course the race, especially with early voting already underway in 34 states. Yet neither candidate wants to overlook any opportunity to secure a few more votes. Though he acknowledged the possibility he may lose, Trump said Friday he would keep up an aggressive schedule in the final days so that he could end the race with no regrets.<br /> <br /> "I will be happy with myself," Trump said.<br /> <br /> More than 4.4 million votes have already been cast. Data compiled by The Associated Press showed that Clinton appeared to be displaying strength in crucial North Carolina and Florida, and may be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.<br /> <br /> Trump appeared to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, although those states would not be sufficient for him to win the presidency if he trails Clinton in Florida or North Carolina.<br /> <br /> The symbolism of delivering his message in Gettysburg was not lost on Trump's aides, who said they chose the location because of its historical significance as the site of the battle that is seen as the turning point in the Civil War. It was also meant as a nod to President Abraham Lincoln's abolition of slavery and his efforts to expand the Republican Party tent.<br /> <br /> Trump has often pointed to Lincoln as he's tried, with little luck, to expand his appeal with African-American voters and other minority groups. To Trump's dismay, many of those groups have written off his efforts as condescending and cynical, and he trails Clinton by wide margins among minority voters.<br /> <br /> Pennsylvania has been a hotbed of campaigning by both candidates in the final days of the race. Trump was spending his second consecutive day in the state, while Clinton had two events of her own in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The AP analysis of the most competitive states rates Pennsylvania as leaning Democratic in the presidential race. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375853/tram_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 3:00 PM 5 New initiatives to deal with Zika, dengue and chikungunya http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-initiatives-to-deal-with-Zika--dengue-and-chikungunya HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) &mdash; Health leaders from the Caribbean have joined their counterparts in the Americas in agreeing to a series of actions to monitor, diagnose, treat and control arboviruses, a group of mosquito-borne viruses that includes Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.<br /> <br /> The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) said that the agreement came during an international meeting held here this week.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika&mdash;with its unfortunate complications like microcephaly, neurological syndromes, and its social and economic impact&mdash;take an especially heavy toll on our region&rsquo;s most vulnerable populations,&rdquo; said the Dominica-born PAHO/WHO Director Carissa F Etienne.<br /> <br />  &ldquo;The incidence of these arboviruses puts pressure on the region&rsquo;s health systems and presents a challenge that we need to address in an integrated way, combining resources and sharing experiences and best practices developed by each country to confront them,&rdquo; said Dr Etienne.<br /> <br /> She urged delegates to reach a consensus on a road map for the region to follow in the coming months for integrated prevention and control of these mosquito-borne diseases.<br /> <br /> A PAHO statement issued after the meeting noted that a framework for these actions is presented in a regional strategy on arboviruses that was approved last month by ministers of health from throughout the Americas during the 55th PAHO Directing Council in Washington, DC.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are currently very few vaccines available to prevent arboviruses. The strategy therefore recommends a series of prevention and control measures aimed at reducing mosquito populations, ensuring timely and accurate clinical diagnosis, and strengthening epidemiological surveillance and laboratory networks. It also emphasises active involvement of communities in the elimination of mosquito breeding sites,&rdquo; PAHO said.<br /> <br /> Acting deputy director of PAHO&rsquo;s Health Emergencies department, Sylvain Aldighieri, said &ldquo;in the Americas, we have more than 500 million people living in areas at risk of Zika, dengue, or chikungunya, because of the presence of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries these diseases&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Aldighieri said among the challenges this presents is the potential reintroduction of &ldquo;old enemies&rdquo; such as yellow fever in urban areas where the mosquito is present.<br /> <br /> Moreover, dengue continues to infect nearly 2 million people every year, with life-threatening consequences if the disease is not detected on time. Many questions remain about chikungunya&rsquo;s long-term consequences as well as its potential to cause death in a small number of patients.<br /> <br /> In the case of Zika, Aldighieri explained that all sub-regions of the Americas are currently reporting cases of microcephaly or other defects associated with congenital Zika syndrome.<br /> <br /> However, much remains to be learned about the full consequences of the syndrome, what proportion of babies in infected women are affected, and what its relationship is with other arboviruses circulating in the same area.<br /> <br /> Aldighieri said based on the experience with Zika, the region&rsquo;s countries need to remain alert to other circulating arboviruses, including Mayaro and Oropouche viruses, which could present new challenges.<br /> <br /> The PAHO statement said that the ministers present at the meeting exchanged various ideas on the matter with Guyana&rsquo;s health hinister, George Norton, discussing the challenges his country faced in Zika.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All told, delegates &hellip; are looking for consensus in actions to improve epidemiological surveillance for Zika and other arboviruses, as well as clinical management of patients infected by various arboviruses.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They are also exchanging experiences and approaches on control and elimination of mosquitoes, and working to strengthen laboratory networks that can quickly detect and diagnose arboviruses,&rdquo; the PAHO statement added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13235033/223149_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:19 PM 5 Trinidadian Gov&rsquo;t condemns sexual harassment of women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidadian-Gov-t-condemns-sexual-harassment-of-women PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) &mdash; The Trinidad and Tobago Government has condemned the sexual harassment of a woman by three young men earlier this week, saying that &ldquo;no part of our culture and laws adheres to women being abused&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The Government was reacting to a video that has gone viral in which a young lady claims she was being sexually harassed by three men after coming from a gym.<br /> <br /> In a statement, the Government said that it is aware of the &ldquo;disturbing video being circulated on social media&rdquo; and &ldquo;strongly condemns these acts of harassment&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> It said it wanted to remind the public that &ldquo;every woman and girl should be allowed to walk the streets freely without the fear of being abused by others.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No part of our culture and laws adheres to women being abused,&rdquo; the statement noted, outlining the redress that persons being sexually harassed could take under the law.<br /> <br /> The Government said that harassment is unlawful under the Offences Against the Person Act, saying this includes making contact with the person, whether by gesture, directly, verbally by telephone, computer, post or in any other way, or giving offensive material to the person.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The penalty for this offence is a fine of TT$2,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) and six months imprisonment upon summary conviction.<br /> <br /> If the conduct causes the victim to fear that violence will be used, then the penalties are higher,&rdquo; the statement warned. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375843/sexual-harassment-300x244.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:01 PM 5 Local gov't election focus of PNP regional executive council meetings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Local-gov-t-election-to-be-focus-of-PNP-regional-executive-council-meetings KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Opposition Peoples&rsquo; National Party (PNP) says that it is expecting local government elections in November, therefore its six scheduled Regional Executive Council meetings set for Sunday, October 23, will focus on the party&rsquo;s preparations for these elections.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;High on the agenda will be the continuing outreach and voter engagement programmes at the community level and the promotion of the party&rsquo;s message, &lsquo;With the People, For the People&rdquo;, the party said in a news release Saturday.<br /> <br /> Party President Portia Simpson Miller has charged candidates to give life and meaning to the party&rsquo;s local government theme, stating, &ldquo;this is a qualitative extension of people power. It goes deeper and wider, meaning that not only are we advocating power to the people, which is essentially what people power is about, but we are committing ourselves to be with the people&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> She further stated that &ldquo;this obliges us to understand the people, to listen to the people even when we do not agree, learn from the people and to give leadership to the people&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The RECs will be held in Brown&rsquo;s Town, St Ann; Port Morant, St Thomas; Kingston; Twickenham Park, St Catherine; Brompton, St Elizabeth; and Anchovy, St James, and will also see to the election of vice chairs, secretaries and treasurers of the respective regions.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295897/Portia-Simpson-Miller_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:31 PM 5 GG encourages young people to believe in themselves http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/GG-encourages-young-people-to-believe-in-themselves ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging young people to believe in their God-given potential, in order to make tangible contributions to the building of a better Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Addressing the second in the series of the I Believe Initiative (IBI) Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) for the County of Middlesex, at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa in St Ann, on October 20, the governor-general urged youth &ldquo;never to give up regardless of your circumstances&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Through the YCC, we are presenting a raft of ideas and options to provide and help you to better understand how to navigate your way through this sometimes unfriendly world; how to avoid pitfalls, and to show you some strategies that you can use to engage in conversations with each other and with us as you assess pathways to achieving your goals in life,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Highlighting the tremendous contributions of the country&rsquo;s past and present leaders, the governor-general encouraged the young persons at the conference to &ldquo;eschew the evils of society and be a part of that dynamic conversation and that dynamic action, while you are developing your gifts&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am so proud and confident in our young people, and that&rsquo;s why I believe that we must train them and give them the tools and trust them to do what is right,&rdquo; the governor-general said. <br /> <br /> He informed the hundreds of youth participating in the conference to remember that there is a national aspect to their lives and that they can no longer stand aside and observe.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have to jump in the raging water, go through the fire to make this country the place where we can live, work, raise our families and do business. You are not allowed to be a bystander. We all must be in this together. Together we aspire, together we achieve. I, therefore, say to you all, find and occupy your place,&rdquo; the governor-general said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12872496/gg_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:12 PM 5 2 J&rsquo;cans among 3 held in Curacao ganja bust http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/2-J-cans-among-3-held-in-Curacao-ganja-bust A dash-patrol aircraft of that country&rsquo;s Coast Guard reportedly discovered, at 40 nautical miles northwest of the island, a suspicious go-fast boat this week. The Curacao Chronicle reported that the team sent boats from both Curacao and Aruba to inspect the suspected vessel.<br /> <br /> The Coast Guard officers reportedly found three crewmembers on the boat &mdash; two Jamaicans and a Dutch citizen who resides in Curacao.<br /> <br /> The officers also found a considerable quantity of drugs.<br /> <br /> The boat and its crew were reportedly transferred to the Coast Guard in Parera, after which the crew was handed over to the police.<br /> <br /> The Curacao Chronicle reported that after further inspection, officers found that there were 32 bales of marijuana with a total weight of 398 kilos.<br /> <br /> See original article from Curacao Chronicle. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12866643/197157_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:47 PM 5 Colombia's largest airline cancels flights to Caracas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Colombia-s-largest-airline-cancels-flights-to-Caracas BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) &mdash; Colombia's largest airline has cancelled all flights to Caracas after what it said was a security breach involving one of its aircraft and Venezuela's air force.<br /> <br /> Avianca's spokeswoman Gilma Usuga said that all flights to Europe will also be rerouted to avoid Venezuelan airspace until the security of its operations can be guaranteed. The decision affects multiple daily flights between Caracas and Bogota and Lima, Peru.<br /> <br /> Usuga said that the incident took place on flight between Madrid and Bogota Friday night. She refrained from further comment until the two governments clarify what happened.<br /> <br /> Local media said the Boeing 787 was flying at a high altitude when it was approached in a menacing fashion by one or possibly two fighter jets, setting off a collision warning system. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375745/ven-flag_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:32 PM 5 Montague attends Caribbean Basin Security Initiative in Washington http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Montague-attends-Caribbean-Basin-Security-Initiative-in-Washington KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Minister of National Security Robert Montague this week attended the sixth annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington DC.<br /> <br /> The dialogue is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Barack Obama in 2009. <br /> <br /> According to a news release from the Ministry of National Security, the occasion brought together senior representatives from the Caribbean, the United States, and international partners to strengthen regional cooperation on citizen security and combat the flow of illicit narcotics and other transnational crimes that threaten regional security. The United States has reportedly committed nearly $437 million to CBSI since its inception.<br /> <br /> Recognising a strong link between security, social development and economic growth, this year&rsquo;s dialogue addressed ways to advance Caribbean public safety and security institutions as well as harmonise sources for crime analysis for greater peace and stability in the Caribbean and the hemisphere, the ministry said.<br /> <br /> At the end of the dialogue, the ministry said the member states committed to the priorities of substantially reducing illicit trafficking, advancing public safety and security and promoting social justice to improve the lives of citizens.<br /> <br /> They further underscored the importance of implementing policies to promote security, continuing efforts through regional integration mechanisms, and financing Caribbean national and regional public safety and security institutions; and also underscored the value of international partner support and the need to improve coordination and reduce duplication of efforts. <br /> <br /> This would be geared towards maximising the effectiveness of that support towards advancing common security objectives in the Caribbean, the ministry said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375701/montague-1_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:14 PM 5 Early voting data shows strengths for Trump and Clinton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Early-voting-data-shows-strengths-for-Trump-and-Clinton WASHINGTON, United States (AP) &mdash; Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before election day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.<br /> <br /> Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. Those are important states for Trump, but not sufficient for him to win the presidency if he loses states like Florida or North Carolina.<br /> <br /> "The Trump campaign should be concerned," said Scott Tranter, co-founder of Optimus, a Republican data analytics firm. His firm's analysis suggests a "strong final showing for the Clinton campaign" in early voting.<br /> <br /> Early voting &mdash; by mail or at polling stations &mdash; is off to a fast start. More than 5.3 million votes have been cast already, far outpacing the rate for this period in 2012. Balloting is underway in 34 out of 37 early-voting states.<br /> <br /> In all, more than 46 million people are expected to vote before Election Day &mdash; or as much as 40 per cent of all votes cast.<br /> <br /> Both parties are encouraging their supporters to vote early. The outcome of those ballots won't be known until counting begins after polls close on November 8, but some clues are available. Some states report the party affiliations of early voters, as well as breakdowns by race and gender.<br /> <br /> The data that is available represents a small sample of the more than 120 million people who will cast ballots in the presidential election, but a notable one. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375656/voting_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:53 AM 5 Cornwall College, Bridgeport defeat opponents in Flow Super Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cornwall-College--Bridgeport-defeat-opponents-in-Flow-Super-Cup ST JAMES, Jamaica &mdash; Cornwall College and Bridgeport both won their first Flow Super Cup games on Friday&rsquo;s opening night at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall and booked their places in next weekend&rsquo;s quarter-final round.<br /> <br /> Jourdaine Fletcher scored a hat-trick to lead former daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College to an easy 3-0 victory over Denham Town High and took the winning run to 14 games straight while former Manning Cup winners Bridgeport eked out a hard fought 1-0 win over Dinthill Technical in the first game of the double-header.<br /> <br /> They joined other first-round winners Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys and Excelsior High who scored big wins over Little London High and Ocho Rios High, respectively, in the Sabina Park double-header.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College, who were beaten in the first round in 2014 by eventual champions Jamaica College, got past the first stage this time as Fletcher scored in the 16th, 37th and 60th minutes over an overmatched Denham Town High.<br /> <br /> The West Kingston team did get one chance but hit the crossbar deep into the second half after Cornwall College had made wholesale changes.<br /> <br /> In the first game, a 20th-minute penalty conversion from Shakoon Powell was the difference between the teams as Bridgeport handed Dinthill their first loss of the season.<br /> <br /> Bridgeport&rsquo;s assistant coach Jason Grant told OBSERVER ONLINE afterwards that they were &ldquo;elated&rdquo; with the victory and &ldquo;we stood up to the test and produced the result that we needed&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said they knew coming into the game that Dinthill was &ldquo;a quality team but we were prepared and we got what we wanted&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Kevin Williams, the Dinthill coach who was losing for the first time since he took over the team this season, said they made the adjustment at half time to be more offensive, &ldquo;we put more people in attack and we created the chances we needed but we just could not finish, we did not execute well&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Bridgeport took the lead when Powell slotted home from the penalty spot after Dinthill&rsquo;s Richard Reeves had dragged down Javaughn Dunn just inside the 18-yard area.<br /> <br /> That was the last scoring chance for Bridgeport as Dinthill dominated the possession and created several scoring chances, especially in the second half when they had the Manning Cup team hanging on.<br /> <br /> Dinthill dictated the possession in the second half and should have won easily but for poor finishing, hitting the frame of the goal on no fewer than four occasions, twice in the space of two minutes late in the game.<br /> <br /> In time added on Antonio Roberts, a second-half substitute, had two chances form close range on both sides of the six yards box but all his efforts came up short.<br /> <br /> Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375712/football--6-_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:37 AM 5