Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller told a gathering of officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), other international organisations, Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors and other policy makers from across the Caribbean, that economic growth by itself will not be enough to lift the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean region to a significantly higher standard of living. “The growth we seek must be robust, strong and sustained. The growth we are working for must be equitable and inclusive,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. She was speaking on Thursday (October 23), as she declared open, a high-level forum organised by the IMF focusing on “Unlocking Economic Growth in the Caribbean.” A copy of the full press release can be viewed below.
Officials in New York have confirmed a doctor identified as Craig Spencer has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, the first such case in the U.S. city. Spencer was placed in isolation after he showed symptoms including a 103-degree Fahrenheit fever and nausea following a return from Guinea, where he treated patients suffering from Ebola. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York has sought to calm fears by New Yorkers as he stated that the city was fully prepared to stop any spread of the deadly pathogen.
Assistance has been provided to Caribbean states by the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) hit by Hurricanes recently. In the case of Bermuda, both Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo ravaged the island on October 11 and 17 respectively, causing considerable damage to vegetation and their structures. There were 12 injuries reported and many roofs damaged. Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) reported that more than 80% of their customers were left without power. On Monday, October 13, Anguilla received a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo causing damage to the electricity infrastructure. CEO of Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC) immediately sought assistance of CARILEC to repair damaged infrastructure and restore power to their customers. Disaster response is one of the many benefits afforded to members of CARILEC, a service which is opportune during times of major disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and volcanic eruptions. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
30-year-old Rohan Wilson, and his common-law wife 24-year-old Samantha Gillings a Customer Service Representative, were shot to death by unknown assailants in a section of Windsor, St. James on Wednesday. Residents summoned the Police to the area after hearing several explosions in the area, and during a search, lawmen found nothing. The bullet riddled bodied of the Wilson and Gillings, were found on Thursday by residents who alerted the Police. A motive for the double killing has yet to be ascertained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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