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Deceased driver identified
The St Catherine North police have identified the driver who perished in a motor vehicle crash along the Linstead Bypass in St Catherine on Sunday.
He is Dejaneo Richards, 21-year-old of Lumsden district, Bamboo, St Ann.
Reports are that about 3:25 p.m., Richards was driving a 1991 Nissan motor car along the road.
Reports are that upon reaching the entrance to Swamp Lane, he overtook another motorist and slammed into the front of an International motor truck travelling in the opposite direction.
Richards was rushed to Linstead Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, the police said that speeding was a factor and the are asking motorists to take their time on the roads.
JDF to conduct exercises
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will be conducting training exercises in and around Port Maria, St Mary, until Friday. The exercises started on Monday.
The JDF is advising residents that there is no need to be alarmed by the presence of the soldiers, as the training exercises will not involve any live firing and pose no danger.
Residents are asked not to interfere with and/or move training aids. In the event that unexploded ordnance's or paraphernalia are found, please report it to the JDF headquarters at telephone number (876) 960-8776.
Members of the public who may have concerns about the presence of soldiers in their area may also contact the JDF at (876) 960-8776.
Gun seized in Duhaney Park
Detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse arrested one man for breaches of the Offences Against the Person and Firearm acts at Baldwin Crescent, Duhaney Park, Kingston 20, yesterday.
Reports are that about 2 a.m., officers went to a premises in search of a man being accused of having sex with a person under the age of 16.
The man, as well as the dwelling, was searched and one Taurus 9mm pistol with two magazines and 26 rounds of ammunition was seized.
The man was subsequently taken into custody. He will be charged soon. His identity is being withheld pending further investigations.
Government refutes pay rumours
The Government is advising that all public-sector employees, including ministers of government, the leader of the Opposition, and opposition members of parliament got the same five per cent increase on basic pay for 2018-2019 as all other public servants whose unions signed a wage agreement with the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
Retroactive pay to April 2017 was paid in the March salary for all these categories of workers as per the terms of the signed agreements.
Claims being circulated in social media fuelled by statements that the government ministers paid themselves hefty salary increases before signing off with other groups are patently false.
In the meantime, negotiations are still ongoing with some groups in the public sector.
ATI booklet launched
The Access to Information Unit launched its youth information booklet titled Abby and Friends ATI Adventure at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, in Kingston.
The booklet was designed to inform young people, especially high-school students, about the Access to Information Act (ATI), primarily through storytelling.
It highlights the journey of a group of friends as they seek to use the ATI law to finish a school project.
The publication takes its readers on a knowledge-filled type of adventure, with an activities section, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the ATI.