Confirmed: Squirrel cooking sparks fire at apartment





Fire fighters in Western Michigan, USA are blaming a blaze which destroyed eight units at an apartment complex on a man who used a blow torch to cook a squirrel on Wednesday.

According to fire chief Jim Koshel explained that the resident was attempting to prepare the animal for consumption when he used a blow torch to burn off its fur on the third floor of the building. Shortly after the building was set ablaze. In total 8 apartments were destroyed with two dozen other units damaged by smoke and water.



  
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US to send non-lethal aid to Ukraine

The United States will send additional non-lethal military support to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, in the latest U.S. move to reassure allies following Russia's annexation of Crimea and a buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. "Earlier this morning I called Ukraine's acting defense minister to tell him that President Obama has approved additional non-lethal military assistance for health and welfare items and other supplies,'' Hagel said, speaking at a Pentagon news conference after talks with Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak. The new support follows NATO's announcement on Wednesday that it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe "within days'' but made clear it will not intervene militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member.
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Forensics expert's testimony conflicts with Pistorius

A defense forensics expert in the trial of South African runner Oscar Pistorius has testified he thinks a magazine rack was in a different location than where Pistorius cited during his testimony. Former police officer Roger Dixon told the court Thursday that based on his interpretation, the rack was next to the toilet when Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last year. Dixon said bruises on Steenkamp's body likely came from her falling onto the rack. Pistorius has told the court that the rack was not next to the toilet on the night of the shooting. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has questioned Dixon's expertise and methods of analysis in several days of cross-examination. The trial is taking a two-week break after Thursday's session, and will resume May 5.
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Wall Street executives arrested in Venezuela bribery scheme

The chief executive officer and a managing partner of a New York-based US broker-dealer were arrested on Monday on felony charges arising from a conspiracy to pay bribes to a senior official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank. According to the indictment unsealed on Monday, Benito Chinea, 47, and Joseph DeMeneses, 44, who were the chief executive officer and a managing partner, respectively, of a New York-based broker-dealer (Broker-Dealer), are accused of conspiring with others to pay and launder bribes to Maria de los Angeles Gonzalez de Hernandez, a senior official in Venezuela’s state-owned economic development bank, Banco de Desarollo Económico y Social de Venezuela (BANDES), in exchange for her directing BANDES’s financial trading business to the Broker-Dealer. DeMeneses was also charged with conspiring to obstruct an examination of the Broker-Dealer by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conceal the true facts of the Broker-Dealer’s relationship with BANDES. In a separate action, the SEC announced civil charges against Chinea, DeMeneses and others involved in the bribery scheme.
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Caribbean Export supports Dominican Republic trade mission to Jamaica

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) led a delegation of Dominican Republic (DR) private sector business representatives to Jamaica from April 3-6, 2014, as a part of the agency’s efforts to spur increased trade between that country and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) within the framework of the CARICOM/DR Free Trade Agreement. The delegation served as a reciprocation of the mission of Jamaican firms that visited the Dominican Republic in September 2013. The mission included a delegation of 12 Dominican Republic firms led by Escipion Oliveira, deputy executive director of Caribbean Export, and was funded under the European Union 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP). The mission took place in tandem with the staging of Expo Jamaica 2014, in order to showcase the extent of Jamaica’s export capacity to the DR firms. Caribbean Export executed the mission with the support of Jamaica Promotions Ltd (JAMPRO), the Centre for Export and Investment in the DR (CEI-RD), the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the DR Embassy to Jamaica.
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YEA says no to JPS hike

The Young Entrepreneurs Association of Jamaica (YEA) is raising concern at the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited’s (JPSCo.) request for tariff increases of 15% for small businesses, and 21% for residential customers. This concern is raised against the background of small businesses facing significant challenges to meet their costs of production and operation, a significant proportion of which is related to energy charges. YEA Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Chair Andrae Blair states: “while we understand that the JPS Co. is only entitled to apply for a rate increase on the non-fuel and IPP tariff portion of their rates every five years, small business and residential customers have none the less seen significant increases in their energy charges over the last five years”. He notes that these increases were contributable to increases in the price of fuel, the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar, and the JPS Co.’s own inefficient rates of electricity generation. See below for complete press release
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Kartel Pictures, Videos, BBM messages, Leaked on Facebook

Kartel Pictures, Videos, BBM messages, Leaked on Facebook
A Facebook page entitled "Vybz Kartel Exposed Pics and Vids" has leaked pictures, videos, BBM messages and other evidence that was used in the trial against convicted Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts. The page features uncensored photographs purported to be from Vybz Kartel's mobile phone. The photographs include pictures of the entertainer posing with others, pictures of firearms, sexually explicit photographs, money, and at least one photograph of a beheaded body. There is also a video in which Kartel and several others discuss killing and the video which was introduced into evidence in which several young men are seen inside a house with one holding a pick ax. The page has been liked by 1,092 persons on Facebook.
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INDECOM records decrease in fatalities

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has recorded a sharp decrease in security force-related fatalities for the first quarter of 2014. At the end of the first quarter, the Commission recorded a total of 40 fatalities; this is 36 less than the first quarter of 2013 in which 76 fatalities were recorded. This represents a 47.3 per cent drop in the number of fatalities.
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Media reports ‘grossly inaccurate’ – CEO of Access Financial

Mark James the CEO of Access Financial Services Limited in a letter leaked to the media has stated that recent media reports about legal action taken against the company are “grossly inaccurate”. “The facts are that I have taken legal action against three of the directors namely Christopher Berry, Gary Peart, Brian Goldson, as well as Mayberry West Indies Limited,” James stated. He added that this move was necessary to protect not just the continued successes of its long term vision, but also the viability of the company. A copy of the letter can be viewed below.
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ODPEM urges vigilance in conserving water

Citizens are being urged by the Office of Disaster and Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to remain vigilant in conserving water, as Jamaica transitions from its traditional drought period into the rainy season. The ODPEM issued this statement following an announcement by the National Water Commission which implemented a new water regime for the Corporate Area due to declining inflows at the two major dams. In a media release yesterday the ODPEM stated that within recent years, agencies such as the Jamaica Meteorological Office and the National Water Commission have appealed to the need for preserving and conserving water in light of changing rainfall patterns and this year has been no different. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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More JUTC buses stoned

Two Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) buses were stoned earlier today in separate incidents. One of the incidents took place in Gordon Town, while the other took place along Heroes Cirlce, where the bus windscreens were shattered. This brings to 20 the number of buses damaged in attacks on the units since the JUTC reclaimed their routes in the KMTR.
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Lead Prosecutor calls Pistorius a liar

Lead Prosecutor calls Pistorius a liar
South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius of of lying during his murder trial, and that he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after they had an argument. Nel accused Pistorius in a Pretoria Court of lying when he stated that he brought a fan into his bedroom shortly before killing Steenkamp. Nel asked Pistorius to examine a photo showing a fan on a tripod in front of open sliding doors leading onto his bedroom balcony. The Prosecutor asked him what was wrong with the photo. After looking at it, Pistorius stated that the fan in the door would have stopped him running onto the balcony to shout for help after he shot Steenkamp. “Indeed, indeed,” Nel said. “I agree - because your version is a lie!” Pistorius then claimed police tampered with the evidence. The trial will continue on Monday.
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Jamaica has sixth highest murder rate in the World – UN

Jamaica has sixth highest murder rate in the World – UN
Jamaica has the sixth highest murder rate in the World, according to a report released yesterday by the United Nations. There were 39.3 murders per 100,000 persons in Jamaica in 2012 according to this year’s report published by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. Of note, almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide according to the (UNODC). Meanwhile men made up almost 8 out of every 10 murder victims, women accounted for the vast majority of domestic violence fatalities. The top ten countries are as followed: Honduras (90.4), Venezuela (53.7), Belize (44.7), El Salvador (41.2), Guatemala (39.9), Jamaica (39.3), Swaziland (33.8), St. Kitts and Nevis (33.6), South Africa (31.0), and Colombia (30.8).
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Cocaine found in Orange bag leads to arrest of Jamaican in Bahamas

Police in the Bahamas have announced that a 51-year-old Jamaican woman was arrested at a hotel on drug possession charges. According to officials from the Drug Enforcement Unit, they conducted a search at a hotel room where the Jamaican woman was staying and found an orange bag containing 2.4 pounds of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of US$16,000. A quantity of cash was also seized in the operation. Officials from the police stated that the Jamaican woman whose full name was not released, had arrived in the Bahamas on a commercial flight from Panama.
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Oscar Pistorius: I didn't hear Reeva scream

Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was "improbable" that she would stand in the bathroom saying nothing while Mr Pistorius was just 3m (10ft) away shouting at her to call the police. Mr Pistorius said he could not explain why she had not shouted out. The athlete, 27, denies murder saying the killing was a terrible accident.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

Image courtesy of  www.ridoutphoto.com
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

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"(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

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

Trademarking a Pose, Can you? - Image and Branding The famous Mobot Pose - In honour of Mo Farah One of the biggest issues in the world
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
A Cabinet Minister racked up an over JA$3 million cellular phone bill with taxpayers having to pony up the cash soon. The massive bill was
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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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