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  1. Bloody mayhem – Commish to address crime rate
  2. Bolt to feature in PES 2018
  3. Vogel’s widow says helper was about to be fired
  4. Police Federation want watchdog for INDECOM
  5. Two shot in Clarendon, one dead
  6. Anger over Marcus Garvey sculpture

1. Bloody mayhem – Commish to address crime rate

Jamaica’s police chief George Quallo is today expected to outline measures to stem the wave of murders that, in the last week alone, has left a trail of 54 bodies, at an average of seven per day, across the majority of police divisions islandwide. According to the latest Periodic Serious and Violent Crime Review, compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 33 persons were murdered across rural parishes and 21 in the Corporate Area. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. Bolt to feature in PES 2018

Jamaican sprinting star Usain Bolt has always fancied himself to be a good footballer, well, the eight time Olympic champion will get his chance to prove it – sort of. Bolt has been added to the line-up for the latest instalment of the popular football video game PES 2018, with the speedster available to gamers who Pre-order ahead of the game’s full release. See full story on The Gleaner website.

3. Vogel’s widow says helper was about to be fired

The tearful widow of former University of the West Indies lecturer, Dr Peter Vogel, testified yesterday that two days before his death, she told the family housekeeper accused of killing him that she was going to be fired. Parlan Vogel was giving evidence in the murder trial of the former helper, Yanika Scott, and her boyfriend, Kelvin Downer, which began in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, almost 10 years after the former lecturer’s death. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. Police Federation want watchdog for INDECOM

Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, has come out strongly against the Government’s position to dispense with a recommendation by a joint select committee of Parliament to establish a non-executive board to oversee the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. Two shot in Clarendon, one dead

The Clarendon police have launched a probe into the murder of 46-year-old Egbert Williams and the injuring of another man in May Pen. The police say about 1:30 this morning Williams was reportedly sitting on his bicycle in the vicinity of the May Pen Clock Tower when two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, walk up to him and opened gunfire. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. Anger over Marcus Garvey sculpture

Some persons were stunned and angry when they saw the bust of National Hero Marcus Garvey unveiled in the courtyard of the Faculty of Humanities and Education on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies on Friday, May 19. The tenor of the online and mass media feedback was very negative, brutal even. Some readers had absolutely no mercy on the university and the sculptor Raymond Watson, who were widely condemned in words ranging from the ‘ridiculous’, to ‘sarcastic’, to ‘threatening’. See full story on The Gleaner website.

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