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May 14, 2019

Cancer kills 4,000 Jamaicans each year


Approximately 4,000 Jamaicans die from cancer each year, according to heath minister Dr. Christopher Tufton.

He said that one in three Jamaicans is hypertensive; one in eight is diabetic and; and half of the population is obese or overweight.

According to Tufton, an average of 6, 000 Jamaicans die from cardiovascular diseases each year, 4,000 from cancer and another 7,000 are diagnosed with cancer. He argued that these conditions are preventable if people follow healthy lifestyle habits such as a balanced diet, daily exercise and have annual health checks.



New and improved Hagley Park Road by Summer

Work on the US$56-million Hagley Park Road Improvement Project is on track for completion by the end of the summer.

Ramona Lawson, senior communications and customer services officer, National Works Agency (NWA), said that the bridge works are “practically done”.

“We have allocated one month each for completion of the roads heading to Half-Way Tree and heading towards Three Miles. So we should be practically complete within the announced time if not shortly thereafter. It is safe to say that by the end of summer 2019, we should have sufficient use of the roadway,” she said.



Teachers arrested for fraud

Two teachers and a salary clerk employed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information are to appear in court on Tuesday, May 28 to answer to charges of simple larceny and conspiracy to defraud.

The three, who were charged by Fraud Squad detectives last week, have been identified as: 31-year-old Jermaine Saunders, a salary clerk of St. Andrew Park, Kingston 10; 31-year-old Delroy Elliott, a teacher of Cheapside district, Walderston in Manchester; and 35-year-old Ruel Young, also a teacher of Morris Hall district, Rock River in Clarendon.

According to information received from the Fraud Squad, the investigation revealed that Young and Elliott were overpaid more than $23 million between June 2017 and August 2018.

It is alleged that Saunders who is the salary clerk for both teachers, subsequently requested the return of a percentage of the overpaid monies, which was paid to him by way of cash and bank transfer. He however failed to turn over the monies to the ministry.



Man killed in Golden Spring Square


The St. Andrew North police are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of an elderly man who was ambushed and shot by unknown assailants Friday night in Golden Spring Square, St. Andrew.

He has been identified as 63-year-old Chesley Napier, otherwise called ‘Mr. Night’, a farmer of Mount Pleasant district in Golden Spring, St. Andrew.

Reports from the Constant Spring Police are that about 8:30 p.m., residents heard explosions and summoned them. On their arrival, Napier was seen with gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.



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