Hanover police investigating major gun find

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Hanover police investigating major gun find

by Donique

The Hanover police seized four firearms and several rounds of ammunition yesterday (April 21, 2019).

 

Reports are that about 1:10 PM, a team of police carried out an operation at the Santoy cemetery on Church Hill road, Green Island.

 

The search yielded one Intratec sub-machine gun, one Taurus pistol, one mini Taurus pistol one Smith and Wesson pistol and seventy-six 9 mm rounds of ammunition.

 

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, said with several social events scheduled to take place throughout the parish during the holiday period, the operations were part of plans to ensure the safety and security of residents and visitors alike.

 

Superintendent Beeput said an intense investigation is now underway to find suspected persons in relation to the seizure.



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Jamaica’s population declined in 2018

Jamaica’s population declined in 2018

by Donique

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that a steadily declining birth rate, and a negative net migration, led to a decline in Jamaica’s population last year.

 

Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, says an estimate of the population in 2018 indicated a decline of almost 1,700 people.

 

 

Miss Coy notes that the country’s birth rate declined by almost 4% last year.

 



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PM Holness announces scholarships in honour of former Prime Ministers

PM Holness announces scholarships in honour of former Prime Ministers

by Donique

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that his administration will be offering several scholarships in honour of Jamaica’s former Prime Ministers.

 

Speaking to members of the Jamaican diaspora in Atlanta, United States on Friday (April 19, 2019), Mr. Holness said the Government is putting a lot of effort into making sure the country’s education system is aligned with government’s economic priorities.

 

In this regard, several scholarships will be offered in key areas necessary for economic development.

 

 

The Prime Minister noted that steps will also be taken to assist poor families, with sending their children to university.

 

 

 



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Wanted men named in connection with shooting of Police Constable

Wanted men named in connection with shooting of Police Constable

by Donique Weston

The St. James police have listed two men as wanted in relation to the shooting of a police constable in St. James, yesterday (April 21, 2019).

 

The men are 23-year-old Brandon Stora, otherwise called ‘Cha Cha’, of Paradise Housing Scheme, in Norwood, St. James and Steve Earle, otherwise called ‘Pedro’, ‘Monster’, ‘Forehead’ and ‘Shane’, a welder of Hendon, also in Norwood, St. James.

 

The Police Constable, who is assigned to the Freeport police station, was shot and seriously wounded, near his home, in Hollywood, Norwood, St. James about 9:00 AM yesterday.

 

He was shot several times in the upper body and is in stable condition in hospital.

 

Citizens are being reminded that it is not only an offence to harbour criminals and provide a safe haven for them, but it also places the lives of family and friends at risk.

 

Brandon Stora and Steve Earle are being asked to turn themselves in to the Montego Bay police by 12:00 PM, on Tuesday, April 23.



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Man shot dead by cops in Westmoreland; angry residents protest

Man shot dead by cops in Westmoreland; angry residents protest

by Patrice Walters

The Westmoreland police have reported that the man who was shot and killed by cops in the Ashton community yesterday (Apl 20) had opened fire at the cops and the fire was returned.

This contrast with claims from residents that 26 year old Steve Grey, also called Urkel, or Shemar, was shot in cold blood.

Commanding officer for the Westmoreland police division, Superintendent Gary McKenzie, said based on reports, the cops were conducting an operation in the community, when they observed a group of men, whose actions aroused their suspicions.

One of the men ran on the approach of the cops.

Last night, upset residents blocked sections of the roadway and lit fires, in protest over the shooting.

Speaking with Irie FM News today (Apl 21) Superintendent McKenzie said the community remains tense, and that police are in the area doing intervention.

He said the roadways remain blocked, as the police await assistance from the relevant authorities, with heavy equipment.

 



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Police constable shot, wounded in St James

Police constable shot, wounded in St James

by Patrice Walters

A police constable assigned to the Freeport police station was shot and seriously wounded near his home, in Hollywood, Norwood, St. James this morning (Apl 21).

Reports from the Constabulary Communications Unit are that about 9:00 a.m. the cop was pounced upon by unknown assailants who shot him in the upper body several times.

The wounded cop was rushed to hospital and admitted for treatment.

He is said to be in serious but stable condition.

 



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Dr Chang hails Rastafari movement significance to Jamaica

Dr Chang hails Rastafari movement significance to Jamaica

by Patrice Walters

Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang says the Rastafari movement has been a very important part of Jamaica’s history, and that 56 years after the Coral Gardens incident, the movement must be given the respect it deserves.

Describing the 1963 Coral Gardens atrocities against Rastafari as one of the most horrific incidents in Jamaica’s history, Dr. Chang said while Rastas are a minority, they played a significant role in the country’s development and should never have been treated that way.

He said Rastafarians were the first set of people to assert their identities and be proud to do so after colonialism erased the identity of black people, making them mere slaves.

Dr. Chang said Coral Gardens was a reflection of the system of abuse inherited from colonial masters, and that 57 years after independence, Jamaicans must recognize that they are a black society and accept themselves as one people.

He said Rastafarians are fully deserving of any compensation they receive, resulting from the Coral Gardens incident.

Meantime, lecturer at the University of the West Indies Mona, Dr. Michael Barnett, has expressed hope that Rastafarian survivors of the 1963 Coral Grdens massacre will receive their compensation soon.

Dr. Barnett noted that many Rastas who survived the atrocity, have since died without being compensated.

He said every effort must be made to ensure that the remaining survivors are compensated, before it is too late.

Dr. Barnett said the matter is urgent, as most of the elders are suffering, and now need the funds to take care of their failing health.

He was speaking at the 56th annual commemoration of the Coral Gardens atrocities against Rastafari, at the Pitfour Nyabinghi Centre, where National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for North West St. James, Dr. Horace Chang announced that a $13 m trust fund has been established to compensate Rastafarians who suffered in the Coral Gardens incident.

 



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Marriages down; Divorces up

Marriages down; Divorces up

by Donique Weston

Jamaica continues to see a steady decline in the number of couples getting married.

 

That’s according to Director General of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy.

 

Miss Coy notes that marriages declined by almost 5% from 2017 to 2018.

 

She also adds that divorces continue to rise.

 

 

Data from STATIN indicates that divorces have been on an upward trend since 2014. Whereas only 1,744 divorce decrees were granted in 2014, that number has risen to 3,402 in 2018.

 

Similarly, marriages have been trending down for more than a decade.

 

Whereas 21,692 people got married in 2009, only 16,719 took vows in 2018.

 



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Govt sets up $13 m Coral Gardens trust fund

Govt sets up $13 m Coral Gardens trust fund

by Patrice Walters

A trust fund of $13 m has been established to compensate victims of the Coral Gardens atrocities committed against Rastafarians 56 years ago, in St. James.

Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang said arrangements for the fund have been worked out, between lawyers for Jamaicans for Justice and lawyers for the government.

The minister was speaking at the 56th anniversary of the observance of the coral gardens atrocity, at the Pitfopur Nyabinghi Centre, in St. James, yesterday (Apl 19).

Dr. Chang said the fund is for the Rastafarians who suffered in the 1963 incident and should be seen as a symbol.

Dr. Chang added that a comfortable home is being acquired by the government to house survivors of the coral gardens incident.

 



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KXIP falter despite Chris Gayle half century

KXIP falter despite Chris Gayle half century

by Wayde Brown

Chris Gayle despite slamming another half-century was unable to prevent Kings XI Punjab going down by six wickets to the Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

The left-hander, in his 65 minute stay at the crease, hit six fours and 5 sixes on his way to 69 off 37 balls to lead the KIngs to a defendable 163 for 7.

Mandeep Singh also added 30 while Sandeep Lamichhane (3-40) led the Delhi attack.

There were 2 wickets each for Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel.

Chasing 164, Shikar Dhawan (56) and captain Shreyas Iyer (58) set the platform by adding 92 off 62 balls for the second wicket. But once Dhawan fell, Capitals slipped from needing 28 off 24 to needing six off the last over with five wickets in hand. Iyer though held his nerve and hit the winning boundary off Sam Curran with two balls to spare.

Earlier, Gayle’s half-century gave Kings XI a breezy start and took them to 50 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay. But Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and David Miller managed just 21 off 23 between them, and once Gayle was dismissed, and Mandeep Singh failed to step up, Kings XI had to settle for 163 for 7.

Delhi with Saturday’s result moved into a tie for second place with the Mumbai Indians on 12 points while Kings XI Punjab are 4th on 10.



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