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January 23, 2018
Resident donkey Pax demonstrates how juice was extracted from sugar cane in the 18th century during the Appleton Rum Tour.

Hundreds arrested in state of emergency

Since the state of emergency in St James the security forces have conducted several operations throughout the parish, with the support from members of various communities resulting in the arrest of approximately 200 persons.

Operations have been conducted in the communities of Flankers, Norwood, Glendevon, Salt Spring, and several other communities throughout the parish.

According to Inspector Dian Bartley of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, 197 persons have been arrested for varying offences, including shootings and murders.

Some of those detained have been granted bail, but 111 remain in custody.

Police trying to find 'Shorty'

An Ananda Alert has been activated for 15-year-old Suzan Menzie, otherwise called 'Shorty', of Oxford district, Free Hill in St Mary, who has been missing since December 31.

Reports from the Port Maria police are that at about 9 a.m., Suzan was seen at home dressed in a blue dress with split at the side and a blue denim jacket.

She has not been heard from since.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Suzan Menzie is being asked to contact the Port Maria police at 994-2223, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

Girls to get second dose of HPV vaccine

The Ministry of Health will begin dispensing the second dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to grade-seven girls by April.

In October 2017, the ministry began administering the vaccine and, to date, 5,009 girls or 22 per cent of the target population of 22,500 have been inoculated.

"Remember there were two doses," said Portfolio Minister, Christopher Tufton. "So, those who got one already, in six months' time they should get the second, which would complete the dosage."

The $100-million HPV programme is being undertaken by the Government to protect girls against cervical cancer.

Grange commends Women's Centre

Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and Sport, has commended the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) for positively impacting the lives of adolescent mothers despite the stigma that is attached to teenage pregnancy.

The minister was speaking on Sunday at a church service held at the Boulevard Baptist Church to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation.

The centre was set up to enable teenage girls who dropped out of school due to pregnancy to continue their schooling.

According to Grange: "The Women's Centre has been removing the major obstacles that seek to prevent adolescent mothers from leading successful lives" and "has helped more than 46,000 adolescent mothers."

Detectives hunt witness

Detectives assigned to the Centre of Investigation of Sexual Offences & Child Abuse (CISOCA) are seeking the public's assistance in locating a witness who is vital to a case currently before the Home Circuit Court.

She is Jodean Simpson, whose last known address is Dorothy Drive, Elletson Flat, Kingston 6.

She is scheduled to appear before the court on Friday, January 26.

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