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November 07, 2019
An anti-government demonstrator fuels a burning barricade with aerosol spray during a protest, in Santiago, Chile, yesterday. Chile’s president is sending a bill to Congress that would raise the minimum salary, one of a series of measures to try to contain nearly three weeks of anti-government protests.
An anti-government demonstrator fuels a burning barricade with aerosol spray during a protest, in Santiago, Chile, yesterday. Chile’s president is sending a bill to Congress that would raise the minimum salary, one of a series of measures to try to contain nearly three weeks of anti-government protests.

Trelawny man facing gun charges

Twenty-seven-year-old Davian Jarrett, otherwise called 'Fox', labourer of Bounty Hall in Trelawny, is scheduled to appear before the Western Regioal Gun Court to answer to the charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Reports from the Wakefield Police are that about 11:45 p.m., on Tuesday, November 5, lawmen were on patrol along the Bounty Hall main road when they observed Jarrett acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion.

He was accosted, searched, and a Taurus 9mm pistol along with a magazine containing twelve 9mm rounds of ammunition was removed from his waistband.

A court date will be announced later.

Westmoreland communities to be without water

The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising that it will be carrying out emergency maintenance work at the Bulstrode Treatment Plant in Westmoreland, today between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

As a result, customers served by this facility will be without piped water.

Areas to be affected include: Burnt Savannah, Grange Hill, Paul Island, Alma, Little London, Glasgow, Herring Piece, Part of Rock Spring, Broughton, Old Hope, New Hope, Bay Road, Glasgow and surrounding areas.

Cabinet approves contracts for SERHA facilities

Cabinet has approved contracts totalling J$1.7 billion for the provision of security and related services at health facilities managed by the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), for a period of three years.

Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Information, Karl Samuda, advised that Modern Investigations and Security Company Limited has been awarded a $436.6 million contract to provide services at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, National Chest Hospital, Hope Institute and the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre.

A $348.2 million contract has been issued to Shalk Electronic Security for the provision of security services at the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department and all health centres across the Corporate Area, while King Alarm has received a $355 million contract to provide services at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals.

Additionally, Marksman Limited has been contracted to provide security and related services at the Spanish Town Hospital, St Catherine Health Department Offices, Linstead Hospital and selected health centres across St Catherine at a cost of $382.8 million.

Atlas Protection Limited has been awarded a $193.5 million contract to service the Princess Margaret Hospital, St Thomas Health Department offices and selected health centres in St Thomas.

Uncollected garbage adding to health woes - PNP

People's National Party's (PNP) Shadow Minister of Local Government, Natalie Neita, says the build-up of uncollected garbage in communities across the country has reached crisis proportions and poses serious health risks to the nation.

Neita is calling on the Government to take steps immediately to address the situation and prevent the current health crisis from worsening.

Neita said Jamaica requires a properly functioning solid waste management system, with predictable garbage disposal schedule in communities across the island.

Neita, member of parliament for North Central St Catherine and PNP deputy general secretary, said her office has been inundated with islandwide complaints and concerns regarding the state of garbage collection.

JDF to mark Remembrance Day

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is inviting the public to this year's annual Remembrance Day Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday November 10 at National Heroes Circle at 10 a.m.

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, is observed on the second Sunday in November to commemorate the end of World Wars I and II, and to recognise the sacrifices of those who died in the wars.

More specifically, it marks the day World War One ended, at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Two minutes of silence will be observed at the same time (11 a.m.) in militaries across the world.

More than 10,000 Jamaicans volunteered for World War One alone and thousands died across both conflicts.

This year's Remembrance Day will also involve a church service at the Garrison Church in Up Park Camp.

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