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Ochi drop-in centre won't be a prison
Mayor of Ocho Rios Michael Belnavis says every effort will be made to treat persons who turn up at the drop-in centre for the homeless with respect.
"It is not a prison. Yes, it is properly fenced and they are secure. There will still be those who will be roaming the streets, but they won't have to be going through garbage bins looking for food, as they will be given meals and they will be given a change of clothes," he said.
Belnavis said the town needs a facility to provide for the needs of persons who are homeless or facing challenges and in need of care.
"So, the humane thing to do is to create an environment where they can be cared for, washed or get a shower, clothed, medicated, and at the same time given a hot meal. For phase one, it will be a drop-in centre. For phase two, we will accommodate some level of sleep-in," he said.
Dream Entertainment donates house to needy
Dream Entertainment Limited has offered its support to the fourth annual staging of Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica's 5K by donating one "dream home", for a family who is desperately in need.
Kamal Bankay, director of public relations at Dream Entertainment, said his organisation now wants to join in with other corporate bodies because of the difference being made in the lives of thousands of Jamaicans from this initiative.
"We are fully supporting Food For The Poor Jamaica for this life - changing event in Jamaica. People from all around the world have supported our events over the years, and we believe it is very important for us to give back to Jamaica and support charitable initiatives in our country. In keeping with this, we have decided to donate funds to cover the cost of one dream house in time for this year's 5K event," Bankay said.
Fewer fatal crashes
Fatal road crashes continue to be on the decline, data from the Road Safety Unit have revealed. Statistics from the unit indicate that as of yesterday, fatal crashes have decreased by 14 per cent while fatalities have decreased by 10 per cent when compared with the similar period in 2017.
Some 96 persons have been killed from a total of 85 fatal crashes. Of that group, 21 were motorcyclists, 20 were drivers of private motor vehicles and 17 were passengers of private motor vehicle.
Kenute Hare, director of the Road Safety Unit, is urging all road users to take road safety seriously. He said the majority of our road crashes are related to bad driving practices.
20-year-old held with gun
A 20-year-old man, Omally Christobell, otherwise called 'Mali' of Johns Lane, has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
Reports from the Central Police Station are that at about 12:45 p.m. on Monday, a team from the Proactive Investigations Unit was conducting patrol in the area when they saw Christobell acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. He reportedly attempted to elude them; however, he was held and searched and a Glock 22 pistol with thirteen cartridges taken from his waistband.
A search of his home was conducted and an additional nineteen rounds of ammunition were reportedly found inside a bedside table. He was subsequently charged.
Christobell will appear before the Gun Court, downtown Kingston, on Friday.