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Zinc fences to be torn down in Mt Salem
Some 1,000 metres of zinc fencing in the Mount Salem zone of special operations (ZOSO) will be removed and replaced with concrete walls. The project, which is estimated to cost $26 million, forms of part of the general infrastructure development in the Mount Salem ZOSO.
The project will be implemented over a nine-month period, and is estimated to result in the employment of 75-100 persons.
The contract signing for the project will take place at the Mount Salem Primary School in St James tomorrow.
Six of Westmoreland's most wanted behind bars
Six of the 10 persons listed as wanted men and persons of interest, following the flare-up of gang-related violence in Grange Hill last week, are now in police custody.
They men, who are all from addresses in Westmoreland, are: Haldane Hamilton, otherwise called 'Fishy', Jeffery Ramdass otherwise called 'Boogie', Cassinero Shields, otherwise called 'Gaza Man', Tevin Tomlinson, otherwise called 'Nandy', Derval Williams, otherwise called 'Lukie', and Eggerton Gordon, otherwise called 'Jason'.
In the meantime, the Westmoreland police said an operation carried out in the Solas area of Frome yesterday resulted in the seisure of an Uzi submachine gun along with two magazines, and twenty-four 9 mm cartridges were seized. Two women and seven men were detained during that operation.
Man charged for lottery scamming
Officers assigned to the Area 1 Lottery Scamming Task Force have taken a man into custody for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) Special Provisions Act 2013, during an operation in Meggie Top, Spot Valley, St James, yesterday.
Reports are that between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., the team carried out special operation at a premises of the man, a searched was conducted and a laptop computer and a cellular phone were found and analysed. Files were found with identify information of persons living overseas. He was arrested on reasonable suspicion for possession of identity information and placed into custody.
His identity is being withheld pending further investigations.
PNP takes Gov't to court over NIDS
The parliamentary Opposition yesterday filed an action in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that sections of the National Identification and Registration (NIDS) Act 2017 breach guaranteed constitutional rights of Jamaican citizens and legal permanent residents of Jamaica.
It is also seeking an order that the sections are null and void and should be struck down.
The action taken by the Opposition comes against the background of the bill being rushed through both Houses of Parliament despite the pleas for amendments from the parliamentary Opposition and several civil-society groups, including the Bar Association of Jamaica, that the bill be sent to a joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament for more deliberation on aspects of the proposed act.
"The People's National Party (PNP) supports the concept of a national identification system and the use of modern technology in the administration of critical government services; however, the NIDS Act is flawed," PNP President Dr Peter Phillips said.
Three arrested for ganja in St Elizabeth
Three men were charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act in Lacovia, St Elizabeth, on Monday. They are Glenford Welcome, 56-year-old, mechanic of Port Maria in St Mary; Kerron Wilson, 37-year-old, mechanic of Vineyard district in St Elizabeth; and Leroy Gordon, 39-year-old, farmer of Port Maria in St Mary.
Reports are that about 5 p.m. on Monday, detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division were on operation in Lacovia when two motor vehicles were signalled to stop. During a search of one of the cars, occupied by Wilson and Welcome, 14 black plastic bags with loose ganja weighing approximately 195 pounds, with an estimated street value of $780,000, were seized.
Five more scholarships for children of police officers
More children of law-enforcement officers across the region will receive support for tertiary studies under the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Foundation scholarship fund.
The US$3,000 fund was set up 10 years ago to enable Caribbean students to pursue studies at colleges and universities in the areas of engineering, communications, marketing, finance, industrial engineering, human resource management, criminology, and forensic science.
Leader for the Motorola Solutions Foundation in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LACR), Ramon Canto, said that five more scholarships will be added to the 10 already being granted for a total of 15 awards per year.