Sharon Brydson a Government analyst and Deputy Chairman at the biology and zoology department at the Forensic Lab, became the twelfth witness to give testimony in the Vybz Kartel murder trail today. Brydson testified that on August 24, 2011 she received a swab allegedly found inside the living room of a Swallowfield Avenue house belonging to Vybz Kartel in connection with the investigation into the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The witness stated that she conducted two tests on the sample she received for the presence of blood and DNA analysis. The examination of the swab was determined to be human blood, and a comparative DNA sample from the alleged uncle of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams was also taken. Ms. Brydson then revealed, that the test sample allegedly taken from Vybz Kartel’s house, did not match the DNA of the alleged Uncle of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams; however she added that this could have resulted due to them being unrelated by his Father’s lineage. Following her testimony it was the turn of Corporal Shawn Howard a computer forensic analyst to take the stand. The Corporal stated that he received a number of items from a police official attached to OCID on October 3, 2011. Corporal Howard was then asked by attorney Piers Rodgers if he searched any of the phones he received to which he stated no. He was then asked if he knew that he needed a warrant to look inside the phone to which he stated yes. Rodgers later finished his cross-examination of the Police Officer. The trial will resume tomorrow morning.
Members of Parliament in France have approved a bill that will penalise persons paying for sex. The bill saw a majority vote of 268 to 138, with 79 abstentions. If the prostitution bill, is approved persons found guilty will be fined $2,030 for buying sex. Prostitution is legal in France, but pimping and soliciting in public are illegal. The bill will go before the Senate before becoming law.
43-year-old businessman Gary Pinnock was shot dead by a lone gunman in a section of the parish of Hanover yesterday. Pinnock who operates businesses in two parishes, was at his establishment in Hanover, when a lone gunman walked up to him and opened fire hitting him several times. Pinnock attempted to escape, but collapsed and died. A woman at the business establishment was then held at gunpoint and robbed of an undetermined amount of cash and other items before the gunman escaped. Police have begun investigations into the incident.
The Jamaican dollar slipped slightly against the United States dollar at the close of foreign exchange trading today. The American dollar gained $0.02 to end the day at an average selling rate of J$105.85 to US$1.
Road blocks were remounted along the Retirement main road in St. James by residents who are protesting what they claim is the lack of progress by the police into the probe of 14-year-old Cornwall College student Jouvhaine Whitmore. The teen who is the son of former Reggae Boyz player and coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore, died after he was struck from his bicycle near Granville, St. James on November 9, 2013. Residents are calling for justice and have threatened to continue their protests until the police provide answers.
Everton won their first meeting against their former coach David Moyes who left for Old Trafford, by beating Manchester United 1-0. Manchester United which looked lacklustre went behind when Oviedo scored in the 86th minute of the match to stun Old Trafford into silence. Everton took all three points and left Manchester United languishing in eighth.
Chelsea had to come from behind to complete a 4-3 win over plucky Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today in English Premiership action. US Men’s National Soccer Team forward Jozy Altidore put Sunderland ahead in the 14th minute, but Chelsea were right back in the match three minutes later when Frank Lampard equalised. Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead for the first time in the match on minute 36. The home side battled to get back on level terms and former Manchester United utility player John O’Shea equalised for Sunderland. Chelsea were back in front when Hazard scored again this time in the 62nd minute before Sunderland's Phil Bardsley bizarrely scored twice one an own goal in the 84th minute, and the other scored two minutes later past the Chelsea keeper. Chelsea still remains on 30 points only four behind pacesetters Arsenal, while Sunderland languishes at the bottom of the table with only 8 points.
Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) drivers who ply the Portmore route, in St. Catherine, have resumed duties after they temporarily took industrial action earlier today, Drivers took industrial after two of their colleagues were reportedly taken into custody, when two passengers were found without bus tickets by JUTC inspectors. A small amount of passengers If you have further details post.
A total of 56 Haitian migrants have been detained by the Bahamian military near the site where another vessel capsized earlier this week. According to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), the Haitian migrants were detained in the vicinity of Ragged Island yesterday during their search for survivors or bodies from the capsized boat on Monday which killed at least thirty persons near Harvey Cays. The detained Haitian migrants will be repatriated.
The Jamaican dollar lost further ground against the US dollar during foreign exchange trading today. The American dollar gained $0.06 to finish at an average selling rate of $105.85 to US$1. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar slid by $0.97 to end at an average selling rate of J$100.17 to CAN$1, and the British pound strengthened by $0.92 to climb to a new record high of J$173.02 to £1. On the markets, the American dollar sold for a high of $109.94 to a low of $85.79
Wolmer's Boys claimed the Walker Cup trophy for a second consecutive year today, beating Excelsior High 4-2 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw at normal and extra time. In a game of two halves, Wolmer's Boys took lead in the 37th minute when Kamarie Osbourne chipped the ball over the on rushing keeper and into the back of the net. Excelsior pressed for the equaliser, and they drew level from an expertly taken freekick by Colorado Murray in the 78th minute. The game needed extra time with both sides failing to break the deadlock in 90 minutes. Both teams, then played through extra-time and the scores remained the same, with penalty kicks needed to separate the sides. Wolmer's then triumphed 4-2 in the penalty shootout out to defend their title.
At the Vybz Kartel murder trial today, the prosecution's main witness, Lamar Chow faced more grilling from the defence team, this time from both Tom Tavares-Finson who is Vybz Kartel's lawyer, and Shawn Storm's Lawyer Miguel Lorne. Chow was asked, if he was aware that he was a paid an informer, to which he stated 'No', Lorne then asked if he knows what is an informer, "Yes Sir" he replied, the witness was then asked again if knew what was a paid informer, he replied "A paid informer". The witness was then asked several questions including if he wrote and signed a letter which he gave to his Aunt to submit to the Public Defender, where it was expressed that a statement delievered to the Police, was not given willingly, Chow denied ever hearing that before. Lorne then accused the witness of coming to the court to tell lies, however Chow again denied the lawyer's assertions. The murder trial will continue tomorrow, where the main witness will again face further cross examination. Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adidja Palmer along with his four co-accused Shawn Campbell o/c Shawn Storm, Kahria Jones o/c 'Ray Jones', Shane Williams, and Andre St. John have all pleaded not guilty to the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew.
The Trinidad Express is reporting, that Jamaica's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Sharon Saunders will be travelling to Jamaica next week where she will join Foreign Affairs Minister of T&T Winston Dookeran, for talks aimed at finding a solution to the impasse between both countries. The talks surround the deportation of 13 Jamaicans from the Piarco International Airport last week, which set off a firestorm of controversy with a Facebook campaign launched, urging persons to boycott Trinidadian goods. Saunders told the Trinidad Express that the issue was not an isolated incident, and immigration officials have denied Jamaicans entry into the twin island republic on a daily basis. The Jamaican Envoy refused to comment on statements made by T&T Prime Minister Kamla-Persad-Bissesar who claimed immigrations officials broke no law. Ms. Saunders expressed optimism that the situation could be amicably resolved during discussions to be held soon between the two Caricom nations.
Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran is to arrive in Jamaica with a delegation on December 2, to hold discussions with his counterpart A.J Nicholson over the impasse between both countries. The Trinidad and Tobago delegation will be in the island for two days. Among the topics for discussions at the meeting are: Hassle-free travel as stipulated in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, *Implications of the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling in the Shanique Myrie case; Treatment of Jamaicans by immigration officials; Conditions under which Jamaicans are accommodated; Access to consular representation; The appeals process; and the movement of Jamaican skilled nationals into Trinidad and Tobago.
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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