Your news in a nutshell
- St Catherine North under SOE
- Ja Women in Theatre Festival starts tonight
- PM says SOE tribunal to be named
- Clogged sinkholes causing MoBay floods
- Eight ransomware cases in 2 years
- Over 500lbs ganja found in St Mary
Determined to stem the murder tally in St Catherine North now at 48 since the start of this year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that a state of public emergency in the police division, saying some rights will be suspended. The state of public emergency will be in effect for an initial 14 days and covers Spanish Town and its environs, Bog Walk, Linstead, Jones Avenue, Shelter Rock, Lakes Pen, Sligoville and several other communities where criminals have been active in recent weeks. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
For the second staging on the Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival (JWTF), organisers Dahlia Harris of DMH Productions and L. Nicole Brown of talent agency 231EP, have their efforts to accommodate as many participants as possible. JWTF is scheduled to take place in two parts. From March 19 to 22, artistic showcases will take place at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts. Then, from March 22 to 25, the festival will move to JAMPRO’s Training Room on Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, for panel discussions. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal will be named shortly. The tribunal will adjudicate on appeals brought by persons who have been detained under the powers granted to the security forces. This as he says some rights of citizens in the St Catherine North Police Division will be curtailed during the period of the public state of emergency. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says choked-up sinkholes in proximity to Cornwall College played a major role in the flooding that impacted the western city last Friday, and he wants the matter to be addressed to prevent a recurrence. “Up by Cornwall College is a perennial problem as there is no drain up there,” said Davis. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
There has been an increase in cases of cyber extortion, ransomware, identity theft, and electronic fraud, according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Warren Williams, head of the communications department in the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Communication Forensics and Cybercrime Division. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.
There was no arrest in the discovery yesterday of 579 pounds of ganja estimated to value $2.3 million at the Paggee Beach in Port Maria, St Mary. Reports are that about 2:45 p.m., a police team went on an operation in the area when men who aroused their suspicions were seen putting knitted bags on a boat. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.