KSAMC begins talks about replacing Golden Bridge in Stony Hill

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KSAMC begins talks about replacing Golden Bridge in Stony Hill

by Myesha Broadie

The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation has begun discussions with other entities, including the National Works Agency, about efforts to replace the compromised Golden Bridge in Stony Hill.

A crack appeared across the road yesterday (February 17) after a truck attempted to cross. The incident also resulted in broken National Water Commission, NWC, water mains that were under the bridge.

The bridge has been closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams, along with the corporations civil engineers, as well as representatives from the NWC and the NWA, visited the site today to conduct assessments.

The team also met with residents to come up with suggestions for an alternative path.

It was noted that residents could access the community, by foot, via another route close by.

Mayor Williams says the NWA and the civil engineers are examining proposals to replace the bridge.

He explained that a temporary bailey bridge is not being considered.

In the meantime, the National Water Commission, NWC, has begun repair work on the pipeline, under the Golden Bridge in Stony Hill St. Andrew, that was broken after the bridge was compromised.

Teams from the NWC, and the National Works Agency, NWA, as well as from the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation visited the site today (February 18).

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams said the NWC has already sent out a truck to distribute water to affected customers in the community.

Earlier today, the NWC held an emergency meeting to discuss solutions to the problem created by the compromised bridge.

Two raw water mains, which supply the Seaview Water Treatment Plant, were broken.

The Seaview Water Treatment Plant, which is the fourth largest water treatment plant in the corporate area, has been shut-down.

This has resulted in hundreds of residents in Stony Hill, sections of Jacks Hill, Skyline and Mount Ogle, being without water.

Corporate Public Relations Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan said the commission is looking at what options may be possible to respond to the situation.

He said the situation poses a challenge to the commission, as parts of the areas served by the Seaview Plant, cannot be served by any other facility.



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Court orders psychiatric evaluation for woman charged with stealing baby from Victoria Jubilee Hospital

Court orders psychiatric evaluation for woman charged with stealing baby from Victoria Jubilee Hospital

by Myesha Broadie

The court has ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the woman charged with stealing a day old baby from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital last month.

27 year old Peta-Gaye Ffrench of Hawkers Hall, St. Catherine appeared today (February 18) in the St. Andrew Parish court.

She was remanded to return to court on March 13.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith ordered psychiatric evaluation for Ffrench following an application made by Attorney-at-Law Rachel Donaldson.

Ffrench was arrested by the police on February 5 when she attended the Registrar General’s Department at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine to register the birth of the stolen baby.

Some staff members became suspicious after Ffrench gave conflicting information about the birth of the baby boy and called the police.

The child was reunited with his parents after DNA tests were conducted, confirming he was the baby stolen on January 9.



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CRH Renovation Projections Likely to Keep Rising, says Prof Gordon

Chairman of the Cornwall Regional Hospital oversight committee, Professor Archibald McDonald, says the most recent estimates for the completion of renovation work at the western-hospital, won’t be the final figure.

The independent oversight committee appointed by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to oversee the ongoing restoration work at the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, is now estimating repair work could cost up to $3.5-billion. That’s more than $1-billion higher than initial projections.

Initial projects done last year estimated the cost of the restoration work to be $2.2-billion.

Professor McDonald says it’s impossible to know the final figure until the work is closer to completion.

He says issues were discovered during the restoration work that cost the estimates to increase by about 50-percent.

Meanwhile Professor McDonald says it could cost up to $40-billion to build a new facility of a similar size the what is currently available. He says the hospital’s restoration is scheduled for completion by May next year.

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Former IDT Adjudicator Calls for Review of Labour Laws

A former member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, IDT, is calling for a review of Jamaica’s labour laws.

The former IDT member, Rion Hall, is supporting a call made by at least three groups representing local businesses, for a revision of the country’s Labour Laws of 1976. Mr. Hall says the labour laws cause the IDT to favour employees.

According to Mr. Hall, the laws were designed to be employee-oriented.

Mr. Hall says as things stand, the IDT will rule in favour of an employee even if the worker has done something wrong, as long as the employer breaks the tribunal’s procedure. He says when he got to the IDT in 2010, he pushed for this practice to be amended.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA, Metry Seaga, says the government has been slow to respond to requests from business owners that would make them more compliant with labour laws when it comes to dismissing employees.

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Stafanie Taylor up two places on ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings

Stafanie Taylor up two places on ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings

by Wayde Brown

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has moved up two spots to number 8 among batters on the latest release of the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s One Day International Rankings.

It comes after she compiled a series leading 158 runs, including two half-centuries, for the Windies women in the recent three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Dubai.

The in-form Deandra Dottin who moved up one place to number 20 and Hayley Mathews at 27 are the next highest placed West Indians.

India’s Smriti Mandhana meanwhile, leads the ODI Batting Rankings ahead of Ellyse Perry of Australia and Meg Lanning of New Zealand.

Taylor in the meantime is second behind Perry among all-rounders with Dottin in the no. 9 spot.

Among bowlers, Taylor continues to pace all West Indian at joint 13th alongside Dane van Niekerk of South Africa with Windies teammates Anisa Mohammed (25) and Shakera Selman – up 8 places to 26 – also in the top 30.

Pakistan’s Sana Mir continues to occupy the no.1 spot with Megan Schutt (Australia) and Jhulan Goswami (India) rounding out the top 3.

The Windies Women following their 2-1 series defeat to Pakistan are 5th on the ICC Women’s Championship table on 11 points.

Australia leads the way on 16, New Zealand are third on 14 followed by India and Pakistan on 12.

The top three teams along with World Cup 2021 host New Zealand will gain direct qualification for ICC’s pinnacle event. The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event in which they will be joined by six teams from four regions – Africa, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.



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Defending champions Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win in KPMG league

Defending champions Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win in KPMG league

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions, Cereal Killers will be looking for a repeat win as the 20th staging of the KPMG league gets underway tomorrow at the Liguanea club in new Kingston.

All Jamaica under 15 boys champion, Tobias Levy will be heading the Cerials line-up. However, standing firmly in their way are last year’s runner-up, the saints as well as 2018 semi-finalists, Stoneleigh coffee.

Another team to watch is former champions, the Milex eagles whose roster includes former Caribbean junior champions Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire as well as former all Jamaica junior champion, Tahjia Lumley.

Also in the mix are the newly formed power bolts which features junior national champions Savannah Thomson and Aman Dhiman, current holders of the under 13 titles.

At a ceremony held at the Liguanea club over the weekend, KPMG handed over their $300,000 sponsorship contribution to officially launch the tournament.

The 2019 KPMG squash league is scheduled to run for six-weeks and close to 60 players will contest the team-based handicap competition.



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12 In Custody following Police-Military Operation in August Town

A wanted man is among twelve people who are now in custody following a joint police/military operation in August Town where violence has erupted again.

A man was killed and another seriously injured shortly before noon yesterday.

Dead is Andrew Marriot, from Goldsmith Villa in August Town.

Reports are shortly before noon yesterday, Marriot was among a group of men who were attacked by heavily armed men.

Marriot and another man were shot. They were rushed to the hospital where Marriot was pronounced dead.

The other man was admitted in serious but stable condition.

Police say the men they picked up yesterday afternoon are from the Bedward Gardens area of the community.

The wanted man who was among those arrested was also found in possession of several rounds of ammunition.

There’s been a flare-up of violence in August Town since the start of the year.

Two people were killed on New Years day, while a number of others have been murdered in the past two months.

The police recently imposed a curfew in the area that covers parts of Goldsmith Villa, and are maintaining a heavy presence in the area.

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Caster Semenya expresses disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today

Caster Semenya expresses disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today

by Dwight Fraser

Caster Semenya has expressed her disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today in which the world athletics governing body disclosed the names of expert witnesses it plans to call before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Semenya, the women’s world 800 metres champion, arrived at the sports arrived at the Sports Tribunal in Lussane today to challenge proposed rules that could force her to lower her testosterone levels.

In a statement on its official website the IAAF revealed the names of experts supporting its Eligibility Regulations for athletes with disorder of sexual differentiation (DSD).



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Williams Instructs Petrojam Technical Team to Probe ‘Bad Gas’ Concerns

Newly appointed Energy Minister, Fayval Williams, has instructed a technical team at Petrojam to investigate reports about another batch of bad gas being produced at the state-owned oil refinery.

A resident from Portmore, St. Catherine, called our news centre recently, complaining of a foul odour coming from the refinery.

And a report in the Sunday Gleaner yesterday also claims that Petrojam employees have been complaining of an odour on the compound.

The newspaper also reports that a recent batch of fuel may be affecting the performance of some vehicles.

Minister Williams says in light of the reports, she met with the chairman of the board, Paul Hoo and Acting Manager at Petrojam, Telroy Morgan yesterday. She says she’ll update the country following additional meetings with entities which interact with Petrojam.

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Defending champions Cereal killers looking for a repeat in KPMG Squash league

Defending champions Cereal killers looking for a repeat in KPMG Squash league

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions, Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win as the 20th staging of the KPMG league gets underway tomorrow at the Liguanea club in new Kingston.

All Jamaica under 15 boys champion, Tobias Levy will be heading the Cerials line-up. However, standing firmly in their way are last year’s runner-up, the saints as well as 2018 semi-finalists, Stoneleigh coffee.

Another team to watch is former champions, the Milex eagles whose roster includes former Caribbean junior champions Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire as well as former all Jamaica junior champion, Tahjia Lumley.

Also in the mix are the newly formed power bolts which features junior national champions savannah Thomson and Aman Dhiman, current holders of the under 13 titles.

At a ceremony held at the Liguanea club over the weekend, KPMG handed over their $300,000 sponsorship contribution to officially launch the tournament.

The 2019 KPMG squash league is scheduled to run for six-weeks and close to 60 players will contest the team-based handicap competition.



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