Grief and anger in Brinkley

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BRINKLEY, St Elizabeth — Neville Sinclair struggled to contain his grief and anger as he told friends, neighbours, relatives and the Jamaica Observer team about the loss of his daughter.“Mi neva a look fi dis,” he said, gesticulating helplessly in front of his house in Brinkley, a remote farming district, close to Nain in south-east St Elizabeth, yesterday.

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‘We can’t tek it nuh more’

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NAIN, St Elizabeth — Over recent days, people living to the west of the bone-dry Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart bauxite-alumina waste, red mud lake at Myersville have been driven to the edge of despair by clouds of contaminated dust, carried on the wind.

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Retired DCP says Domestic Violence Act ‘weak’ after women killed

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ON the heels of a second woman being reportedly slain by her partner since the start of the year, retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Novelette Grant has declared that the 1996 Domestic Violence Act is “weak”.Twenty-seven-year-old Nevia Sinclair was stabbed to death, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, at her home in Brinkley, St Elizabeth, around 10:50 pm Sunday, the police have reported.

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Mayor wants Falmouth traffic changes to be permanent

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Consideration is being given to allow the recent traffic changes implemented in the Georgian town of Falmouth for the Christmas season to be permanent.

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Pompeo to visit Jamaica this month

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UNITED States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Jamaica this month for a meeting with Jamaican and Caricom leaders, a highly placed source has told the Jamaica Observer.The source did not give the date of Pompeo’s arrival nor where the meeting would be held. However, it is expected that developments in Venezuela and the Middle East will top the agenda.

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Inmates not getting proper health care, says rights group

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STAND Up For Jamaica (SUFJ) has renewed the call for health officials to do more to improve the well-being of prisoners at correctional facilities islandwide.In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Executive Director Carla Gullotta charged that neglect of the prisoners’ health is the main challenge that needs urgent attention.

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Missing children problem persists

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The disturbing trend of minors going missing for the weekend, and returning home in time for school on Monday morning is continuing.It is a phenomenon that Betty-Ann Blaine, founder of advocate group, Hear the Children’s Cry says has developed over the past two to three years, and which parents and caregivers say places them in a peculiar situation as they are unsure whether to report these children missing.

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Deadly date dad can’t forget

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If there was a date Hugo Lewis could skip, it would be January 4.Twenty years ago, on that date, Lewis’s first daughter, Tori-Ann, died at three months old. Two Saturdays ago, his third daughter, nine-year-old Nayalia, died.“I hate speaking about this date,” the distraught father told the Jamaica Observer recently.

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Clifton Boys’ Home happy with help coming from Sagicor Sigma Run

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REVEREND Canon Hartley Perrin, chairman of the Clifton Boys’ Home in Westmoreland, is anticipating silver lining now that help has come with the rebuilding of the home which was razed by fire in 2017.This ray of hope comes from being selected as one of three beneficiaries of the 2020 Sagicor Sigma Run set for February 16.

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BHC receiving more enquiries about liver transplants since historic surgeries

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Since the first-ever liver transplants in the island were performed two years ago at Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC), the hospital — the only one of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean — has received increased enquiries about similar procedures.

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