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January 19, 2018
Raw sewage has flooded the section of Spanish Town Road between Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town in west Kingston, making life for residents and passersby a living hell. Many complained about the awful smell and expressed fear of becoming sick.

More inspection for scrap metal

Scrap metal containers that were packed for export after December 21, 2017, will have to be re-inspected. The instructions were issued yesterday by Commerce Minister Karl Samuda.

Samuda has also ordered that the export of brass under the trade will be restricted. The measures follow the theft of five metric tons of brass sugar mill bearings from the Worthy Park Sugar Factory in St Catherine.

Seventy-four (74) brass sugar mill bearings valued at $16.5 million were stolen from the factory between December 22, 2017 and January 11, 2018. This is the second major theft of brass bearings from a sugar factory, following a similar incident in 2013 at the Monymusk factory in Clarendon.

Illegal gun seized in Duhaney Park

Detectives assigned to the St Andrew South Division arrested one man following the seizure of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition in Duhaney Park, Kingston 20, on Wednesday.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that at about 5 p.m., a search was conducted at a premises and one Springfield 9mm pistol and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition were found.

The identity of the man is being withheld pending further investigations.

Road death reaches 18

Fitzroy Fletcher, 55, a contractor of Steer Town, St Ann, died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident on the Bull Point main road, Ocho Rios, on Wednesday.

According to the Ocho Rios police at about 10:20 p.m., Fletcher was driving a Toyota RAV 4 motor car, travelling in an easterly direction along the main road. On reaching a section of the roadway, the vehicle developed a skid, spun around and collided into a tree. Fletcher sustained multiple injuries and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Since the start of the year, 18 persons have died on the nation's roads.

Minister Reid wants fire report

Education Minister Ruel Reid said he is now awaiting reports on the fire that destroyed the Walker's Place of Safety in Kingston on February 16.

"We need to have clear guidelines and standards under which these homes operate, to ensure that we don't have a repetition," the minister said.

Thirty-four of the 36 children housed at the Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston, have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church. Two children perished.

Reid said that the affected children have been safely settled in three other homes, and there will be no "inordinate" disruption to their schooling.

Gender workshop planned for Kingston

Plans are advanced in the preparation for the inter-parliamentary workshop on gender affairs. The workshop will take place on January 24 and 25 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The meeting will be hosted by the Olivia Grange, the minister with responsibility for gender, and will see participation by parliamentarians and gender experts from 11 countries. Grange describes the event as an opportunity to "discuss gender equality and gender mainstreaming and to address the issues that affect our women and our men."

 Three arrested in St Mary drug bust

Five pounds of ganja was seized during an operation in Boscobel, St Mary, on Wednesday. Three persons, including one female, have been arrested and charged.

Reports are that at about 7 a.m., lawmen were in the area when a shack was searched and the illicit drug was found in their possession. All three persons were subsequently arrested and charged with illegal possesion of ganja and dealing in ganja.

They are 51-year-old Jerome Jackson, a fisherman of Bascobel; 65-year-old Errol Watson of Highgate and 60-year-old Rosemarie Addisonm, a cleaning attendant of Highgate, all in St Mary.

Enid Bennett to be buried on Saturday

Enid Bennett, a former state minister in the Ministry of Social Security in the 1980s, will be buried on Saturday.

The Office of the Prime Minister yesterday announced that she will be accorded an official funeral. The service will be held at the St. Helen's Catholic Church in Linstead, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Her body will be interred at Heartfield Cemetery, Linstead, St Catherine.

Bennett, who served as Member of Parliament from 1976 to 1997, died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital on December 22. She was 86.

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