Woman held with stolen baby ‘just a pawn’, says lawyer

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DENYING that she played a role in snatching baby Nyyear Frank from his mother’s arms last October, Anniesha Ramsay said she was promised a baby after she miscarried her first child in August 2019.The revelation was made yesterday when Ramsay, 21, made her first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to answer to the charge of child stealing.

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Ganja growers want answers

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GANJA growers are calling on the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to clarify the conditions under which cannabis has been exported from the island, even before the passage of the import/export regulations that are still in draft.

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Closing arguments in King Valley gang trial start Monday

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PROSECUTION and Defence lawyers in the nearly month-long trial of six accused members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley Gang will on Monday begin presenting their closing arguments before Chief Justice Bryan Sykes.

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Sixth murder in St Elizabeth since Jan 1

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Police are investigating the presumed shooting death of a man whose body was found at his home in Stonefield, Barbary Hall, south-west St Elizabeth on Wednesday.The deceased has been identified as 51-year-old Michael Taylor, also known as “Jumbo”.

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WHO seeks US$675m to help countries fight coronavirus

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TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Director general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has asked for $675 million to help countries address the expected spread of the virus. He acknowledged that the sum is a lot, but told a news briefing Wednesday that “it’s much less than the bill we will face if we do not invest in preparedness now”.

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Gov’t seeking to bolster security in schools

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MINISTER with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information Karl Samuda says the Government is looking to provide the requisite resources to bolster security arrangements at schools in order to safeguard students, teachers, and other stakeholder users.

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Conch closed season remains in effect until March 31

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THE National Fisheries Authority, an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has advised fishers, traders and the public that the conch closed season remains in effect until March 31.During this time, it is illegal to catch, sell or process any conch meat. Conch meat, which has been previously declared, must remain in cold storage until the season officially reopens.

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Paulwell wants ZOSOs instead of SOE in sections of eastern Kingston

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OPPOSITION Member of Parliament for Kingston Eastern and Port Royal Phillip Paulwell wants the Government to remove at least three communities in his constituency from under the recently declared state of emergency (SOE), covering the Kingston Eastern Police Division.

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Death merchant

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A Jamaican who, not satisfied with shipping at least 15 guns and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition to Jamaica in 2017, was planning to ship several more before he was held by United States law enforcement agencies, based on leads from Jamaica’s Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch.

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57 months not enough for gun-runner

Observer on February 7th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The Jamaican man responsible for sending 15 guns and more than 3,000 assorted rounds of ammunition in a barrel to the island from the United States has been sentenced to 57 months in a US federal prison. That’s just not enough time. There’s clearly room for greater justice, given the murder situation in Jamaica. When he comes back at the end of his sentence, he should begin to serve more time here. 

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