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INDECOM criticises DPP’s handling of ‘Kentucky Kid’ case

LLEWELLYN... would have been
“unethical” for my office to proceed with
the case. WILLIAMS... insisted that there was a
prima facie case that Hill’s right to life
was breached

THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has severely criticised the decision of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Lewellyn to drop the case against three cops charged with the murder of entertainer Robert 'Kentucky Kid' in December 2009. Commissioner of INDECOM Terrence Wil ... Read More

CAREY… I’m thrilled to be performing in
Jamaica for the first time ever Jazz & Blues signs Mariah Carey
GLOBAL superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline act for the 19th annual Jamaica Jaz ... Read More

One of the fishermen who was ordered to leave the Forum Fishing Village sets off to sea with his
belongings, yesterday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) UDC relocates fisherfolk from Forum Fishing Village
THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) yesterday acted on its plan to relocate fisherfolk from the ... Read More

The ‘unusual’ electricity connection discovered at Vineyard
Town Police Station is seen in this photo taken yesterday. JPS
said the connection is legal but is not in keeping with best
practice safety standards. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) How come?
THE Vineyard Town Police Station in Kingston was yesterday placed under investigation by the Jamaica ... Read More

JOHN MAHFOOD: Long-term preparation key to listing

BY MOSES JACKSON | Friday, October 31, 2014    

John Mahfood
stands in front of
Jamaican Teas’
22,000 square foot
factory, warehouse
and office at 2 Bell
Road in Kingston.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD
ROBINSON)

JOHN Mahfood and his father Adeeb placed Jamaican Teas in public listing mode the moment they acquired the firm's predecessor, Tetley Tea Company Ltd, in January 1996. For 13 years after the Tetley acquisition, the Mahfoods, with the elder Adeeb at the helm, operated the rebranded firm as a privately held family enterprise, but judiciously put in place all the systems and controls that could one day make for a seamless transition to public ownership. The galvanising event that sent the family ... Read More

Low visitor traffic from Ebola-hit countries to Jamaica

Friday, October 31, 2014    

People walk through an area occupied by Liberian refugees stranded due to the West African Ebola outbreak in the camp area
situated on the outskirts of the city of Accra, Ghana. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families
because of poverty, fear and logistics.

VISITOR traffic from Ebola-hit West African countries to Jamaica has been relatively low, with 66 persons coming from Sierra Leone; 65 from Liberia and 11 from Guinea, so far this year, for a total of 142. Countries, including Jamaica, have been on high alert for visitors from those West African nations, as fears of the deadly Ebola virus spread across the globe. Of the three countries, Sierra Leone has the largest number of visitors to Jamaica - 279 - in the past four years, broken down as fo ... Read More

OCA head bats for foetal homicide law

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison (File photo)

THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has suggested that, in cases where pregnant women are murdered, the accused should be prosecuted for the death of the foetus as well. "Life begins at the point of conception and as such a foetus represents another life that if lost, due to the deliberate action of another who intends to cause death or grievous bodily harm, ought to be punishable," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison told the joint select committee reviewing several pieces of s ... Read More

Genetics could influence whether Ebola will kill — study

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Nurse shows off ebola gear (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Ebola virus is often deadly, but not always, and a study on mice yesterday suggested that genetics may play a role in the severity of the illness. At a high-security, state-of-the-art biocontainment laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, scientists infected mice with a mouse form of the same species of the Ebola virus that is sweeping West Africa. Seventy per cent of the mice got sick, and more than half of this group died, some due to liver inflammation a ... Read More

Ministry to station more health personnel at Sangster airport

Friday, October 31, 2014    

The Sangster
International
Airport, in
Montego Bay,
St James.
(PHOTO: JIS)

THE Ministry of Health will be beefing up the number of health personnel stationed at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay as part of its Ebola Preparedness Programme at the country's ports of entry. The announcement was made by Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, after touring the airport on Wednesday. He pointed out that currently there are 13 public health inspectors, two public health nurses and an epidemiology clerk at the airport, adding that the number of workers will b ... Read More

Bellevue patient accused of stabbing 11-y-o boy

Friday, October 31, 2014    

A patient at Bellevue Hospital, who allegedly stabbed an 11-year-old boy in his side, was yesterday remanded for psychiatric treatment when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. The accused, Lionel Johnson, was remanded on a charge of wounding with intent and is scheduled to return to court on November 14. The police alleged that, on the day in question, the complainant was standing in front of a supermarket on Windward Road, downtown Kingston, when the accused walked ... Read More

Street Scenes - Oct 31

Friday, October 31, 2014    

TRAFFIC OBSTRUCTION

  TRAFFIC OBSTRUCTION Motorists are impeded by the tyres used to mark this deteriorated section of Spanish Town Road, near the Waltham Park Road intersection, in Kingston, as witnessed yesterday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) Caring cop A caring policeman ensures that this young girl gets safely across a congested Spanish Town Road, near the popular Coronation Market, in downtown Kingston yesterday. Street Scenes --> Read More

US rower robbed of food, passport near Haiti

Friday, October 31, 2014    

This undated photo provided by GC Media shows Victor
Mooney on the Spirit of Malabo in the Atlantic Ocean,
which he used to row across the Atlantic Ocean in honour
of his brother who died from AIDS in 1983. (PHOTO: AP)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A United States man who recently rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness about HIV testing was robbed yesterday off Haiti's north coast, authorities said. The incident occurred when Victor Mooney began having trouble with his boat near the tiny Tortuga Island, according to a US Coast Guard report. Mooney, a Brooklyn native, was headed back to the US from his trans-Atlantic journey but had diverted toward Haiti on advice of his US weather router, which w ... Read More

Mugabe defends wife's nomination to party leadership

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Grace Mugabe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday defended his wife's nomination to lead the powerful women's wing of the ruling ZANU-PF, as the campaign to succeed him intensifies ahead of a crucial party congress. "Why are some people so much opposed to it?" said Mugabe to hundreds of supporters who had gathered at the party's headquarters to back him and his wife. Grace Mugabe, 49, has shaken up the race to succeed her husband, who has ruled Zimbabwe for close to 3 ... Read More

ROADKILL AND MORE

Friday, October 31, 2014    

My friends, I don't know why, but is a long time mi nuh encounter so much roadkill (3) in such a short period of time. On one day there was the massive rat (15) outside the schoolgate and the crushed puss (18) on the much-traversed thoroughfare. Then on another day there was the big bulldog (11) swell like him ready fi buss, and on mi way to the country, one fat, mushy tail mongoose (18). Lawks, fi ah wild animal, how him unlucky so? Friends, did you know that pigs (7) can't look up in di sky? ... Read More



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