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  1. Murder tally shoots past last year
  2. West Kingston ZOSO widens
  3. More guns, ammo seized by police
  4. Police Federation wage talks resume Nov 13
  5. Liquid egg market poised for growth
  6. Police trucked to St Thomas as protests increase

1. Murder tally shoots past last year

Just released crime figures by the police have confirmed that Jamaica’s murder tally has surpassed that of last year’s with fewer than two months left in 2017. Crime statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) show that 1,359 persons have been killed up to November 4. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. West Kingston ZOSO widens

Seven months ago, residents of Hannah Town in Kingston were cowering in fear after gunmen sprayed at a birthday party on Hannah Street, killing one man and seriously injuring six others. Yesterday, they were still wary, but far less fidgety as the security forces officially expanded the second zone of special operations (ZOSO) to include communities closely neighbouring Denham Town – the area initially declared by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last month. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. More guns, ammo seized by police

Latest crime statistics compiled by the police show that up to November 4, the police recovered 739 guns, or 219 more than the number seized for the corresponding period last year. The data show that pistols account for the majority of illegal guns seized by the police with 478 recovered so far this year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Police Federation wage talks resume Nov 13

State Minister for Finance and the Public Service Rudyard Spencer has moved to quell disquiet among the rank-and-file members of the police force who have expressed concern at the slow pace of wage negotiations with the Government. Spencer told The Gleaner yesterday that the finance ministry has informed the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file police personnel that the next meeting for wage talks is set for November 13. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Liquid egg market poised for growth

Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, has given the stamp of approval to the operations of Crafton Holdings Limited, the country’s sole manufacturer and distributor of pasteurised liquid eggs. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Police trucked to St Thomas as protests increase

Police personnel from the Mobile Reserve in Kingston have been trucked ‎in to parts of St Thomas to help restore order as a days-old protest for better roads intensified this morning. Residents lit debris and packed large stones and trees onto the roads in places like Poor Man’s Corner, Woodbourne, Llandewey, Leith Hall, and Knightsville. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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