Confirmed: Hurricane Sandy death toll climbs to 58





The death toll following the passage of Hurricane Sandy has climbed even further in the Caribbean as it bears down on the US main land.

According to officials at least 58 people are now dead with Haiti accounting for the highest casualties with 44 and 12 other people now missing. Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas were directly, however Haiti has sustained the most damage as continuous rain has fell since October 23 as Haitian PM Laurent Lamothe describing the situation as a disaster of major proportions, "The whole South is under water" he informed. As Hurricane Sandy approaches the US East Coast it is expected to become a 'Super Storm'.



  
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3 men linked to East Kingston triple murders surrender to Police

Three men who were named as persons of interest in the murders of three men, and the injuring of several others in a section of Rockfort, East Kingston have all surrendered to the Police. The men were named as persons of interest after 32-year-old Adean Strawn, 31-year-old Terrence Dixon, and 32-year-old Loxley Brown o/c “Ricky” were shot dead. All three were among a group of persons sitting along a section of St. John’s Road, Rockfort sometime after 7 pm on Wednesday night, when armed men approached them and opened fire on them. Yesterday, Police conducted a raid in East Kingston, where several persons were also taken into custody to be processed.
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MP Pryce calls for cooperation, to aid Police probe fatal Siloah crash

Member of Parliament for North Eastern St. Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce, has pleaded with members of the community to cooperate with investigators pursuing the driver/owner of a Honda Civic Motor Car involved in a fatal accident yesterday in the Constituency. The collision left Balaclava resident Renford Findley dead, and his daughter who attends the Siloah Primary admitted in hospital. According to Mr. Pryce, the collision has left a family and community shattered, which was made all more painful after the driver of a Honda Civic motorcar fled the scene of the collision. “I am pleading with those who may have information which can help the investigators to come forward – mercy and justice requires that you do,” said MP Pryce. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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JLP: Current crime wave could affect Tourist, Christmas commercial season

Opposition spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, says that he is alarmed at the number of murders and shootings which have been occurring since the start of October. He has called on the Minister to use every effort to “nip the current crisis in the bud”, as any increase in crime and violence, at this time, could detonate pent up feelings of frustration and desperation which have been building up over the past year, under the current government and made public in recent opinion polls published in the Press. In a press release, Smith said that what is most frightening about the criminal attacks is the brazenness and brutality of the gunmen which, if not brought under control, could create serious consequences for the economy as the December Tourism and Christmas commercial season approaches. “I hope that this is not a case where the Minister sees the appointment of a new Commissioner of Police, as an opportunity to reduce focus on serious domestic crimes. The appointment of a new Commissioner is no insurance against increasing crime and violence,” said Smith. A copy of the full press release can be viewed below.
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59 confirmed Chikungunya cases in Jamaica says CARPHA

59 confirmed Chikungunya cases in Jamaica says CARPHA
In its latest report the Caribbean Public Health Agency says as of October 20, there were 59 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus in the island. This number has been hotly been disputed with many medical personnel stating that Chikungunya cases are being underreported. However communications manager of CARPHA, Carlton Kirton told the compasscayman news outlet, that there could be several reasons for the disparity between the agency and local reports, as updates from the agency are done on a weekly basis, which could result in a delay in the number of cases of a disease.
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WHO says 1-million doses of Ebola vaccines by end of 2015

The World Health Organisation has announced that by the end of 2015, one million doses of an Ebola virus vaccine will be produced. WHO said “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of 2015. Meanwhile vaccines could be offered to health workers treating patients with Ebola as soon as December 2014. The UN agency cautioned that the vaccines would not be considered a “safe bet” in ending the current outbreak in West Africa.
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Ananda Alert activated for missing Longville teen

14-year-old Shaday Taylor of Morning Glory Drive, Longville, Clarendon, has been missing since Tuesday, October 09. She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 157 centimetres (5 feet 2 inches) tall. Contact the May Pen Police at 902-9850, Police 119 or Hear The Children’s Cry 929-0431, 294-8123, 294-8124, 822-0483, 294-8125. No photograph of Shaday Taylor was available.
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Dallas nurse to be discharged after Ebola free status

Dallas nurse to be discharged after Ebola free status
Dallas nurse Nina Pham is to be discharged from a hospital in Mayrland, USA after being declared free of the Ebola virus, the National Institutes of Health reported. The 26-year-old nurse contracted the pathogen while treating Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan who died on October 8. Pham is to make a brief statement today during a news conference.
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Hurricane Gonzalo increases forward speed after pounding Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo increases forward speed after pounding Bermuda
At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Gonzalo was located near latitude 34.7 degrees north and longitude 63.2 degrees west or about 305 kilometres north-northeast of Bermuda. Gonzalo is moving towards the north-northeast at 35 kilometres per hour. This motion is expected to continue today with an increase in forward speed. A turn towards the northeast with an increase in forward speed is forecast tonight, with additional acceleration likely on Sunday. On the forecast track, the centre of Gonzalo will continue to move away from Bermuda this morning and pass just southeast of Newfoundland tonight and early Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 165 kilometres per hour, with higher gusts. Gonzalo is forecast to weaken during the next 48 hours. The system is expected to become an extra-tropical cyclone on Sunday. Hurricane Gonzalo is not a threat to Jamaica.
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Alcoa signs agreement to sell all its stake in Jamaica's bauxite industry

Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC), has signed a definitive agreement to sell its 100 percent stake in Jamaica's bauxite industry to Noble Group Ltd. The agreement sees Alcoa selling its stake for $140 million, the Caribbean News Now reported. AWAC will over the next three years continue as the managing director of the bauxite operations in Jamaica, under a compensated service agreement and employees will remain employed by Jamalco. According to the Caribbean News Now, the Noble Group does management of a portfolio of global supply chains which covers a range of energy and industrial products.
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Two cops hit with corruption charges by MOCA

Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who were arrested by the Major Organized Crime & Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Wednesday, October 15 for Reasonable Suspicion of Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice were charged today. They are: Sergeant Orel Ayres and Constable Oscar Beckford. Reports are that the Policemen, both of whom are attached to the Portmore Police Station, allegedly solicited a sum of money from a serving member of the JCF, in order to dispose of a case file which implicated him. A report was made to MOCA and following investigations, both men were arrested during a sting operation after the sum of money was collected. They are scheduled to appear in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
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Aguero scores four in Man City victory over Tottenham

Argentina striker Sergio 'Kun' Aguero fired Manchester City to victory over Tottenham Hotspur with a four-goal salvo despite missing a penalty, to temporarily carry them to two points from leaders Chelsea. Aguero scored two of the goals from the spot, after four penalties were given to City. Federico Fazio was sent off on his debut for Spurs, who will be disappointed that they did not get more in the exciting encounter. Chelsea can restore their five-point advantage when they play Crystal Palace later.
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Chelsea beats Crystal Palace to restore EPL lead

English Premiership early leaders Chelsea FC claimed an impressive 2-1 away win over Crystal Palace to restore their five-point adavantage at the top of the standings. Oscar gave Chelsea the lead with a wonderfully taken freekick after six minutes in the match. There were then two red cards as Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off for a dangerous challenge, and Damien Delaney picked up his second yellow card to be sent off leaving Palace down to 10 men. Cesc Fabregas solidified Chelsea's dominance in the game, finishing off an impressive move from the London side. Hull City with four minutes remaining grabbed a late goal as Manchester United loanee Wilifried Zaha, setup Frazier Campbell to score. Chelsea held on to grab all three points with the win.
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Welbeck scores late as Arsenal grab 2-2 draw with Hull

Danny Welbeck scored a 90th minute goal to give Arsenal 2-2 draw against Hull City in the English Premiership today.The Gunners took the lead from a wonderfully worked goal from Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez after 13 minutes in the game. Hull were level in controversial circumstances when Mohammed Diame seemed to hold back Mathieu Flamini, and rob him of possession in the penalty box, and he chipped the ball over the keeper, to leave the Arsenal players incensed. It was then 2-1 to Hull as they took the lead a minute into the second half as Abel Hernandez scored a header from a Tom Huddlestone cross. In the 90th minute, a mazy run by Sanchez saw him setup Welbeck who fired home for the draw.
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Southampton registers 8-0 win over Sunderland

Southampton continued their impressive form in the English Premier league with an impressive 8-0 win over Sunderland to stay third in the standings. Goals from Santiago Vergini, two from Graziano Pelle, an own goal from Liam Birdcutt, Jack Cork, Victor Wanyama, and Sadio Mane saw Southampton register the biggest win in today's fixtures. The result sees Southampton remain one point behind Manchester City with 16 points, while Chelsea who grabbed a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace have 22 points.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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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

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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

So, I’m browsing the internet minding my own business when I stumbled upon new research which shows that women lose 90% of their eggs at
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