Cops hunting four juveniles seen in video that has gone viral

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The search is now on for four young boys seen handling what appears to be a Ruger 9mm pistol in a video which has gone viral on social media.In the video, the boys, who appear to be teenagers, are seen racking the slide of the firearm by disengaging the safety mechanism, with the magazine falling out at one point.

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JHTA condemns tourist’s killing

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has condemned the killing of repeat visitor to the island, Theodore Walling, 65, whose blooddrenched body was found inside his hotel room in Montego Bay on Wednesday.

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Coronavirus will most likely affect the elderly, says minister

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THE Government is projecting that as many as 1.1 million people, mainly the elderly with existing health conditions, could be affected should the coronavirus reach Jamaica’s shores.Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton made the projections during the National Disaster Risk Management Council’s meeting at Jamaica House, yesterday.

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$792 million added to budget for PCJ

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THE 2020/21 estimates of expenditure has been adjusted from $852.7 billion to $853.5 billion to reflect an additional $792 million to fund the operations of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which will be integrated into the Ministry of Science, Energy, and Technology.

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Officials: No Chinese entering island via Kingston Harbour

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THE video and images of a lifeboat docked at the Kingston Harbour, which shows persons disembarking and getting into a vehicle, are of nationals of several countries who left a container ship on a lifeboat to get food supplies, the marine police confirmed yesterday.

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Remember, you are being watched, new QCs reminded

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Court of Appeal Judge Justice Hilary Phillips yesterday issued a very strong charge to three leading lights in the island’s legal circles who have been called to the Inner Bar: “Remember always, your colleagues, clients, members of the media and the public are watching you.”

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Children’s homes preparing for COVID-19

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THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) which has oversight responsibility for 52 childcare facilities across the island has activated a National Emergency Disaster Committee as it prepares to protect some 4,000 children under its supervision should the dreaded coronavirus COVID-19 hit the island’s shores.This week, at least two high-level strategy meetings have been held with key representatives from across the CPFSA’s network.

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Peace Garden winners announced

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MARYLAND Infant and All-Age and Upper Rock Spring Infant and All-Age School were named winners of the second staging of the Violence Prevention Alliance’s (VPA’s) Peace Day Competition held on Tuesday in Hanover, taking the topmprizes from a field of 65 schools across the island.Pell River Primary School was second while George Headley Primary School was third.The day was celebrated under the theme ‘Peace is the Way for a Better Day’.

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New police recruits welcomed at ‘critical time’

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MINISTER of National Security Horace Chang yesterday welcomed 332 new police recruits to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at what he said was a “critical time” for the institution. The Passing Out Parade Ceremony was held at Twickenham Park, St Catherine.

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‘Not possible’

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THE professional association representing teachers in the public school system across the island has thrown cold water on the Government’s Education in Emergencies (EiE) alert system which requires that schools procure additional hygiene products and facilitate online and digital learning to prevent the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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