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March 27, 2018
Javian Kiffin demonstrates how to do the poco dance during Edwin Allen's Champs celebration at the school yesterday.

Cops find illegal firearm

Police officers in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, removed another firearm from the hands of criminals on Sunday, March 25, saving numerous potential lives in the process.

Reports are that at about 4 p.m., a team conducted a snap raid at a premises on Ricketts Avenue. During the search, a Taurus Millennium pistol fitted with a magazine containing four .40 rounds of ammunition was found in a stove.

No one was arrested, however, detectives continue to following leads with the aim of nabbing the guilty parties.

Traffic changes for Barbican area this holiday weekend 

Contractors will be working into the Easter Holiday weekend as they continue final paving works along Barbican and East Kings House roads as part of the US$4.4 million road upgrade project in the area.

Stephen Shaw, manager, communication and customer services at the National Works Agency (NWA), said access to Barbican Square will be restricted for motorists travelling along Barbican Road from the direction of Liguanea as well as those travelling from Jacks Hill Road.

He said the traffic changes which will take effect 10 a.m. today, are to facilitate the paving of a 230-metre section of Barbican Road between the Jacks Hill Road intersection and Wiggan Loop.

Motorists travelling from the direction of Liguanea along Barbican Road destined for Barbican Square or East Kings House Road will be redirected on to Salisbury Avenue and then Paddington Terrace.

Motorists travelling along Jacks Hill Road will be asked to use Dilsbury Avenue to access Salisbury Avenue and subsequent roadways.

The works are expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

EOJ announces deadline for voters list registration

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reminding individuals that the deadline to register for the next voters list is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Persons intending to have their name added to this list, which will be published on May 31, 2018, must apply at an EOJ constituency office before the cut-off date.

Persons who meet the March 29 deadline should expect to receive their ID cards by mid-June.

Electors who register after March 29 will have to wait to be added to the November 30, 2018 list.

Individuals who are already registered to vote do not need to reapply. However, the EOJ is encouraging registered electors who have changed address to visit their constituency office and apply for a transfer of registration. This will ensure that the elector's information on the voters list remains up to date.

 St Catherine communities face water issues

The National Water Commission is informing customers in some sections of St Catherine, that the Eastern Headworks Water Systems, has been restored, however, some customers are still experiencing low water pressure or no water supply.

Customers can expect full restoration as soon as the system is fully charged. Areas impacted are: Kent Village, Spanish Town Road, Molynes Road, Washington Boulevard, sections of downtown Kingston, Hamilton Gardens, Christian Gardens and Pen, Newland Road, Cumberland, Cedar Grove, Edgewater, Waterford, Gregory Park, Braeton, Braeton Relift, Independence City, Hellshire, Eltham Acres, Eltham, Greendale, Keystone, St Jago Gardens, Patten Park, Richard Hall, Waterloo Gardens, and Ensom Acres.

Hospital gets new machine

The Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital has been outfitted with a new C-arm machine, which will help to reduce the number of amputations, by enabling the hospital to undertake more surgeries and reduce patient waiting time.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said it is the first piece of equipment of its kind that has been installed there.

The C-arm machine is used to provide high-resolution X-ray images in real time, allowing doctors to monitor progress and immediately make any corrections during surgical, orthopaedic and emergency care procedures.

The machine is valued at $16 million. It was acquired through funding efforts led by Food for the Poor and supported by other organisations, including the National Commercial Bank Foundation, Jamaica National Foundation, American Friends for Justice, Tank-Weld, Couples Resorts and the Issa Trust Foundation.

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