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  1. Second ZOSO tackling gangs
  2. 19 guns found in Kgn
  3. Ninja Man in police custody, trial begins
  4. Gov’t to assess needs of five hospitals
  5. Garvey statue vandalised
  6. Poor infrastructure blamed for rural urban drift

1. Second ZOSO tackling gangs

Twelve gangs wreaking havoc in Denham Town have been cited as the reason for the west Kingston community being declared the second zone of special operations (ZOSO). Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement yesterday during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. 19 guns found in Kgn

The police are reporting a major gun haul at a container terminal in Kingston. According to the police, some 19 guns, including six rifles were found in two freezers. Several rounds of ammunition were also found. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ninja Man in police custody, trial begins

Popular entertainer Ninja Man has been taken back into police custody as his murder trial begins. Justice Martin Gayle on Tuesday afternoon revoked the bail for Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne, at the end of day one of the long-delayed murder trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Gov’t to assess needs of five hospitals

The Government, through a private entity, will be assessing the capacity needs of five public hospitals across the island, to provide resources for the expansion of services. Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, said among the things that will be looked at are the technical specifications of the facilities, to expand medical services. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Garvey statue vandalised

The bust of National Hero Marcus Garvey, erected at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, has been vandalised. Images posted online overnight show the bust splattered with yellow paint and bird feathers with a sign stating ‘NOTICE: TAKE DOWN THIS FAKE STATUE. OCT 17, 2017’. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Poor infrastructure blamed for rural urban drift

Minister of Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda is blaming the lack of infrastructural development for both rural-urban drift and the migration of trained young people, who feel they have no other option but to move away in search of opportunities for advancement. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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