Rape added to charges against King Valley Gang members

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PROSECUTORS in the ongoing trial of eight men accused of being members of the vicious Westmoreland-based King Valley or Lawless gang yesterday successfully applied for a further amendment to the 11-count indictment to include rape among the various offences.

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Residents of Vernamfield given update on development

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RESIDENTS of New Yarmouth, Vernamfield, and surrounding communities in Clarendon were given an update on the Government’s planned development for the area at a community meeting on Wednesday.The meeting was held in Gimme-Me-Bit and was addressed by Shernette Sampson, a representative of the New Yarmouth Housing Development Project.

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Minister urges speedier move to digital society

Observer on January 18th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), Fayval Williams says that the time is right for Jamaica to move with more speed towards implementation of a digital society.

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Hidden cameras to identify litterbugs in western Jamaica

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LUCEA, Hanover — The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says it will be using hidden cameras across sections of western Jamaica to expose litterbugs, as it continues to grapple with illegal dumping.

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Bloodthirsty gang

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WHEN members of the murderous King Valley Gang turned their guns on each other and began wiping out family members of those within its ranks as a means of intimidation the entity began splintering, one gang member turned State informant testified in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

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E-passports part of transformation at PICA

Observer on January 18th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

JAMAICANS are on the cusp of receiving electronic passports (e-passports) as part of the transformation process taking place at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).This forms part of the new national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project, which was launched Wednesday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.

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Tough measures needed for delinquent parents says JTA president

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ANCHOVY, St James — President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Owen Speid is calling for tough sanctions against parents who neglect the role of raising their children.“I believe that if parents… continue to be delinquent, they should be punished with hard labour and sentenced [to] community service at the school.

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Haiti has an alarming level of hunger, says report

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Global Hunger Index (GHI) has ranked Haiti 111th out of 117 countries — an indication of an alarming level of hunger across the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country.In it’s latest report, GHI — revealed that Haiti suffers from an alarming level of hunger with a score of 34.7, down eight points, compared to the year 2000 when the score was 42.7.

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BVI residents get lands to cultivate medical marijuana

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TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (CMC) — Premier Andrew Fahie says his Administration will be giving 100 citizens a half-acre plot of land for the cultivation and production of a medical marijuana initiative.Fahie, speaking recently on a local radio programme, said he is hoping that the programme will begin by May of this year.The premier further said Government was working on incentives for potential investors.

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World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27

Observer on January 18th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) ­— The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died yesterday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometres from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents.

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