February 07, 2018
Seiwright Maise, a resident of Alderton, St. Ann, displays his baskets that he has for sale. Maise, who is also a farmer and mason, weaves wicker and raises common fowl for their eggs and meat.

UWI to hold crime forum

The University of the West Indies will tomorrow host a public forum to discuss crime-fighting strategies in volatile communities. The forum, 'Youth Perspectives on Strategies to Combating Crime and Violence,' will be held at the Mona campus' Senate Building during the Research Days event. It is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The main speakers will be youth from the August Town community, which experienced zero murders in 2016 but was recently placed under curfew due to an outbreak of violence.

"We have been listening a lot to the voices of the decision-makers, but youth in August Town have been living in violence all their lives. They would want to see a transformation, and we want to hear how they believe the crime [problem] can be solved," Olivene Burke, executive director of Mona Social Services, said.

Body found in shallow grave

The decomposing body of an unidentified male was found in Welch Heights district, Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Monday.

The body is about 6 feet long, of medium build, and was clad in a white merino, multicoloured underpants, black pants, and a pair of black socks.

Reports from the Spanish Town police are that at about 10:30 a.m., residents saw a body protruding from a shallow grave and alerted them. On their arrival, the scene was processed and the body removed.

Westmoreland men found with lead sheets

Two men were arrested for breaches of the firearms and lottery scam acts on Godfrey Street in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, on Monday.

Reports from the Grange Hill police are that at about 1:20 p.m., police were conducting an intelligence-led operation in the area which led to the search of a premises. During the search, one Springfield XD .40 pistol and 22 lead sheets were found. The men were taken into custody in relation to the find.

Gun recovered in Portmore

A firearm and several rounds of ammunition were seized in Newlands, Portmore, St Catherine, on Monday.

Reports from the Portmore police are that about 8:30 a.m., lawmen were patrolling the area when they observed a man removing a firearm from a bag that he was carrying. He was accosted and the firearm was taken from him. Upon inspection, it was found to be a Taurus revolver. Four .38 cartridges were also seized.

New passport building to be constructed

The Government is one step closer to beginning construction of the new Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) head office following receipt of the architectural designs.

National Security Minister Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for PICA, said that the designs will be submitted to the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation for approval to facilitate the project's commencement.

The new facility is to be built on property the ministry acquired on North Avenue, which is located close to PICA's head office on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew.

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