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Weekly Round-up: State of emergency extended… Teen gets life sentence for murder… Debate over Jr Gong's Grammy

Sunday, February 04, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness assured the Diaspora on Tuesday that Jamaica is not in chaos despite the on-going state of public emergency in St James, which has been extended for a further three months.

Members of both sides of the House of Representatives supported the resolution for the extension, with the opposition admitting that 14 days was not enough to restore peace in the parish.

On the crime scene, the teenager who fatally shot a Clarendon businessman execution style last February, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder.

And, there were mixed reactions to Damian "Jr Gong" Marley's Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for his 18-track album 'Stony Hill' on Sunday.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

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Jamaica not in chaos, Holness assures Diaspora

House approves extension of St James state of emergency

Tourism ministry says stopover arrivals increased by 13.7% last week

JLP picks Clarke

House passes MOCA, JPs Bills

Damian's Stony Hill wins Reggae Grammy

Grammy debate rages

August Town violence blamed on ex-convicts

CPFSA warns of unauthorised people soliciting donations for Walker's Place of Safety

It's official, DCP Clifford Blake to act as police commissioner

STATIN says unemployment at its lowest in a decade

Justice Bryan Sykes appointed to act as chief justice

10 murders over 12 hours

Shaggy gives hospital $100m

Teen gets life sentence for murder

Man killed, teen injured in shootout with security forces; Uzi submachine gun seized

St Catherine school coach accused of abducting, raping student

Jamaica sending first skeleton athlete to Olympics

Gutsy Boyz draw 2-2 with South Korea