37-yr-old Businessman shot dead in Westmoreland

37-year-old Omar Scarlett a resident of Pentecostal Lane, Darliston in Westmoreland, was shot and killed at his home in the parish last night. Scarlett who operates a Hardward and Block factory left his business establishment to pick up his wife at the Sangster International Airport in St. James; after he picked up from the airport, he dropped her off at their home, and returned to his business establishment to close for the day. The businessman then returned home, and it is reported that when he was about to open his gate around 9:20 pm, when he was pounced by two armed men. Police reported that a struggle then ensued, and Scarlett was then shot several times. The armed men then fled the area. An alert was made to the police, and upon their arrival, Scarlett was found suffering from gunshot wounds. he was taken to hospital where he died.
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Powerful earthquake rocks Pakistan

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northern Pakistan according to the Associated Press. One official from the Pakistani Meteorological Department stated that the quake could be felt in the capital Islamabad, and Peshwar. The center of the quake was located in the Hindu Kush mountains, however there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
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Man hospitalised after being shot 13 times in St. Elizabeth

A probe has been launched by the police in Junction, St. Elizabeth after a man was shot 13 times in the area. The man was reportedly at a dance, when armed men travelling on a motor cycle opened fire, hitting him 13 times, according to RJR News.He was rushed to hospital, and has since been admitted. A motive for the attack has not yet been established.
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US Embassy to close on Monday in observance of Labour Day

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kingston will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day, which is a federal holiday in the United States. All parts of the U.S. Mission, including the Consular Section, Paul Robeson Information Resource Centre, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Peace Corps offices and the U.S. Consular Agencies in Montego Bay and the Cayman Islands, will also be closed on the day. The Embassy and its affiliated offices will re-open for business on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
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St. Ann taxi operator dies after attack by armed robbers

34-year-old Richard Sewell was shot and killed by armed men during a robbery in Eltham District, St. Ann yesterday. According to the St. Ann's Bay Police, sometime after 2 am, Sewell was inside a shop, when three armed men entered the location and proceeded to rob him and other patrons. Sewell attempted to flee the location, but was stopped in his tracks and shot multiple times. The police was summoned, and Sewell was taken to hospital, where died while undergoing treatment.
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4 Bulls stolen near home of Roger Clarke

Four bulls were stolen from a location in the vicinity of a farm operated by the late Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Roger Clarke last night. Thieves reportedly entered the farm located in Bogue, St. Elizabeth and stole the Bulls including three Braham Bulls which value up to J$200,000. The police were alerted to the incident according to Irie FM News.
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US Coast Guard repatriates Cuban, Haitian migrants

Eighty-six migrants illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti were repatriated by US Coast Guard crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. recently. According to the US Coast Guard, These repatriations are a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits stemming back to Sunday. A total of 62 Cuban migrants were repatriated to Bahia de Cubananas, and 24 Haitian migrants were repatriated by the OCast Guard Valiant. For this year 2014, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 5,025 Haitians, 3,326 Cubans and 539 Dominicans have attempted to illegally migrate via the sea. These numbers represent the total amount of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.
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Constable charged with shooting death of Westmoreland farmer

Constable Gaynor Taylor has been charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) with the August 23 murder of 41-year-old Christopher Thompson in Burford Hill, Westmoreland. The Westmoreland-based Constable who appeared in Court on August 28, was granted bail in the sum of $500,000, and he will return to court sometime in November. Allegations are that 41-year-old farmer Christopher Thompson reportedly returned home on the night of August 23, and was informed that his brother-in-law had allegedly struck his daughter. A dispute reportedly developed between the farmer and the police officer over the incident, and the lawman allegedly opened fire hitting Thompson several times. Thompson was rushed to hospital, where he later died.
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Two perish in St. Ann crash

Marsha Farquharson of a Highgate, St. Mary address, and Latoya Davis of a Chalky Hill, St. Ann address perished in a two vehicle collision which left twelve other persons injured including a 1-year-old child yesterday evening. Sometime after 6 pm, a Mitsubishi Evolution motorcar was traveling to Ocho Rios along the Dunn's River main road, when the driver of the vehicle lost control of the vehicle, and collided with a Toyota Corolla motorcar. Davis died on the spot, while Farquharson died at hospital. Eight persons in the Corolla motorcar being operated as a taxi were taken to the St. Ann's Bay Hospital, while four persons were also taken to the same location for treatment.
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Fatal shooting in Portmore

36-year-old Omar Peart a resident of Cumberland, St. Catherine was shot and killed in a section of Portmore yesterday morning. Peart was inside a cookshop, when two men posing as customers approached him under umbrellas. One of the men reportedly ordered a cigarette, and the other then pulled out a gun, and opened fire hitting Peart in the head and neck. The Cumberland resident was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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NRSC finds no major fault with North-South Highway

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC), and the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) which recently conducted a tour of the of the recently opened North South Highway link, says they have found no fault with the construction of the thoroughfare. The tour was prompted by complaints by road users regarding the eight per cent gradient along a five kilometre section of the recently opened North-South Highway. “We can assure the public that the highway is a good addition to our road network. We recommend the road in terms of safety and quick passage to and from the Moneague area,” said Dr Lucien Jones Vice Chairman of the NRSC. A copy of the relwase can be viewed below.
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Police probe human fetus find at Riverton City dump site

Police have launched a probe after human fetus was found in a section of the Riverton City landfill in Kingston. According to the police, the fetus was found by residents, and they summoned the lawmen. Upon their arrival, investigators found that the fetus was wrapped in a piece of cloth, and placed under some card-boards.
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PNPYO commends reduction of JUTC fare increase for elderly

PNPYO commends reduction of JUTC fare increase for elderly
The People's National Party's Youth Organisation in a press release, says it commends commends the Ministry of Transport and Works for its quick response to the people of Jamaica, in reducing the fare increase for the elderly travelling on the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). The PNPYO then issued six recommendation to the JUTC such as the use of open windows for cooling instead of air conditioned buses in order to cut fuel cost; replacing some of the large buses with smaller ones such as coaster buses to service smaller or non-profitable routes., and improving customer service. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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One suspect charged in murder of visitor to Jamaica

One of two suspects held in connection withe the fatal stabbing of of a visitor from the United States in St. Ann. Dead is 41-year-old Dwight Ashall who was reportedly visiting Jamaica for the first time in 3-years has been charged. Charged with murder is 30-year-old Sean Thompson of a Montego Bay, St. James address. Thomspson who made his first court appearance after being charged was remanded into custody until August 28. Meanwhile, the second suspect is slated to face an identification parade. It is alleged that Ashall was visited by a number of male friends sometime after 11pm, on August 8, 2014, and he was later stabbed to death. A taxi operator who was transporting the alleged attackers of Ashall, spotted that they had blood stains, and drove to the Discovery Bay Police. Following several questions, lawmen reportedly went to a premises where Ashall was staying, and found his body with what appeared to be several stab wounds.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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