O-Wrap: St James state of emergency... Unsolved murder of 74-y-o man... Changes to scrap metal export

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:

1. State of emergency in St James; military takes charge
Several sections of the crime-infested parish of St James are now saturated with members of the Jamaica Defence Force, as they search properties and people in what is said to be a state of public emergency in the parish. Full story here

2. #StJamesSOE: High-powered rifle found in rice bag in Flankers
The joint military and police team deployed in Montego Bay, St James is reporting that during today's major security operations a rifle and ammunition were found in the Flankers area some time around noon. Full story here

3. PNP supports crime fighting effort in St James
The People's National Party (PNP) says it lends qualified support to the state of public emergency effort declared in the parish of St James and will await the regulations governing the operations, which are required to be placed before the Parliament. Full story here

4. Be careful who you transport, Henry tells taxi operators in St James
Minister of Transport and Mining, Lester “Mike” Henry this evening cautioned taxi operators in St James to be careful of whom they transport during the state of public emergency that was declared for the parish earlier today. Full story here

5. $200k reward for info on murder of 74-y-o man during home invasion
Crime Stop is offering a reward of $200,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of those responsible for the murder of Fitz Albert Barnes better known as Bunny Barnes on Young Street in Spanish Town, St Catherine last May. Full story here

6. Major theft at sugar factory prompts changes to scrap metal export
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda said he has given instructions for the re-inspection of all scrap metal containers that were packed for export after December 21, 2017. Full story here

7. Man shot dead on Spur Tree main road
The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that the body of a man was found on the Spur Tree main road yesterday. Full story here

8. BOJ to close temporarily tomorrow
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) will be temporarily closed between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm tomorrow. Full story here

9. US moves to bar Haitians from seasonal work visas
The US administration has moved to prohibit Haitians from applying for the visas which permits them to temporarily work in the country. Full story here

10. PSOJ encouraged by news of wage negotiation progress
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) said it is encouraged by news that some progress has been made with the wage negotiations between the Government and public sector workers. Full story here

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