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Man charged with retired cop's murder
Detectives from the Criminal Investigative Branch in Port Antonio have charged a man with murder, following the stabbing death of an ex-cop in the parish last Friday.
Charged with first degree murder is Ajardo Lawrence, 31. The victim, 66-year-old retired corporal, Homer Davis, was stabbed multiple times.
Lawrence is scheduled to appear in the Portland Parish Court today.
According to a police report, the deceased intervened in a dispute between Lawrence and a female when he was stabbed in the head and fell to the ground.
Davis, who served for 35 years in the Portland Police Division, was rushed to the Port Antonio Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Jamaica Society for the Blind to get computer lab
The Ministry of Health will be donating $250,000 to establish a computer lab at the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) through the 'Everyone's a Winner' 5k and 10k Run/Walk on Sunday, April 29, at Hope Gardens in St Andrew.
Chairman of the JSB, Daemion McLean, said funds raised from the event will be used to purchase computers for the lab and supplement the JSB's scholarship programme.
"This lab will enable training for blind and visually impaired persons, ensuring that they are equipped with computer skills that will allow them to function in the workplace," he said.
UWI launches photo exhibit
The University of the West Indies (UWI) will host a photo exhibition to mark its 70-year milestone and the 10th anniversary of the UWI Open Campus, Jamaica Eastern Region.
The regional institution, which began in 1948 as a college of the University of London, achieved full university status in 1962.
The photo exhibition, titled 'The UWI Then and Now ... Riding on the Shoulders of Giants', showcases the development of the university and the Open Campus over the years.
It captures several notable scenes and personalities, including professors in classrooms, research projects, administrative staff, and researchers.
Hospitality workers receive certification
The first cohort of 150 certified hospitality workers from the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) graduated recently.
The JCTI, which was created to increase access to certification for recent graduates and workers in the industry, saw, for the first time, persons being accredited as hospitality supervisors and in hospitality industry analytics. Individuals also received American Culinary Federation certification.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett also announced that the JCTI will become a part of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) Department of Tourism Innovation.
He said $10 million will be made available from the TEF in September to establish a curriculum in high schools for the certification of students in hospitality.
St Catherine woman missing
The police are reporting that Deloris Dennis, 65, otherwise called 'Plugy' and 'Del' of Corletts Road, Spanish Town, St Catherine, has been missing since Tuesday.
She is of brown complexion, stout build and is about 168 centimetres or five feet six inches tall.
Reports from the Spanish Town Police are that Dennis was last seen at the Spanish Town Health Centre wearing a yellow blouse, green skirt and a pair of white shoes. All efforts to contact her have proven futile.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Dennis is being asked to contact the Spanish Town Police at 984-2305, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.