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  1. ZOSOs extended for 60 days
  2. Commonwealth Games: More medals for Ja
  3. Finance Minister addresses Gov’t multimillion spend on luxury vehicles
  4. Keith Clarke fam disappointed by murder trial delays
  5. Renovated Chapelton Family Court opens
  6. Ebenezer Home for mentally ill, homeless faces closure

1. ZOSOs extended for 60 days

The House of Representatives this afternoon approved 60-day extensions of the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James and in Denham Town, Kingston. “There have been no reports of major crimes, no abuse by the security forces, and the residents continue to cooperate with the security forces,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness in relation to Mount Salem. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Commonwealth Games: More medals for Ja

Shericka Jackson took the silver medal in the women’s 200m; Janieve Russell secured gold in the women’s 400m, while Jaheel Hyde copped a bronze in the men’s equivalent at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia . See full stories on the Gleaner’s website: Jackson & Elaine Thompson, Russell & Hyde

Nigel Clarke

3. Finance Minister addresses multimillion Gov’t spend on luxury vehicles

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke this afternoon in Parliament described as incorrect a Sunday Gleaner article which stated that the Andrew Holness administration has spent $190 million on luxury vehicles. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Keith Clarke fam disappointed by murder trial delays

The family of slain businessman Keith Clarke is disappointed that the murder trial of the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers accused of killing him has again been delayed, their attorney has revealed. Corporal Odel Buckley, Lance Corporal Greg Tingling and Private Arnold Henry, were scheduled to go on trial on Monday for shooting Clarke 21 times inside his Kirkland Close, St Andrew home on May 27, 2010. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Renovated Chapelton Family Court open

Residents of Chapelton and neighbouring communities in Clarendon now have a newly renovated Family Court, which was refurbished with funds provided by the European Union (EU) and government of Canada. The facility, which is located at the Chapelton courthouse, was officially opened last week by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck and Chief Justice Bryan Sykes. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Ebenezer Home for mentally ill, homeless faces closure

The Manchester-based Ebenezer Home for the mentally challenged and the homeless, which focuses on treating and rehabilitating individuals and placing them back into their communities or with families, has fallen on hard times and could close its doors as early as May if it doesn’t receive much-needed assistance. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.