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PNP says upcoming conference is not an election indicator

People’s National Party General Secretary Paul Burke, says the upcoming party conference will not be an indicator for the party's support in the next local government elections.

Responding to questions at a press conference today (September 18) Mr. Burke said the party has never used the turnout of a conference as a marker for its possible success in an election.

Mr. Burke explains that the party’s preparations for the local government elections have already begun and the candidates will be ready by March 1, next year.

Men charged with Mario Deane’s murder appear in court

The two men who have been charged for the killing of 31 year old Mario Deane, again appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate court today (September 18).

They are 35 year old Marvin Orr of port Antonio, Portland and 25 year old Adrian Morgan of Westmoreland.

They are charged with the murder of construction worker Mario Deane in August, who was allegedly beaten to death while at the Barnett Street police lock up in Montego Bay, St. James.

Retrial starts for 2 men on murder charge

The re-trial of two fishermen charged with the murder of three children in Portmore, St. Catherine in 2004, began in the Home Circuit Court today (September 18).

The Crown is leading evidence at the trial that Rohan McCarthy and Ricardo Britton threw gasoline around a three bedroom wooden house and lit it with a bottle torch.

The three children: 5-year-old twin boys Tyreek and Tyrone Henry and 3-year-old Moesha Lee were burnt to death in the fire.

PIOJ outlines country’s failure to sustain economic growth

Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Colin Bullock, says the country's failure to sustain economic growth, can be attributed to its inability to transform the living conditions of many Jamaicans.

Speaking at a function in Kingston this morning (September 18) Mr. Bullock says if Jamaicans are kept poor and uneducated, many will not be able to participate in the transformation of the economy.

39 % schools rated effective by NEI

The National Education Inspectorate (NEI) says 39 % of the schools in its latest round of inspections has been rated as effective.

The NEI inspected 129 schools over a 7 month period, from September 2013 to March 2014.

The Chief Inspector’s report with the findings was released today (September 18).

The NEI says the objective of the inspections to establish a baseline of the quality of educational inputs and outputs in the schools inspected.

Student feared dead in accident near Brown’s Town

One student is feared dead and several others seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident near Brown's Town in St. Ann this afternoon (September 18).

Irie FM News has learnt that a bus, which plies the Clark’s Town to Brown's Town route, collided with a truck along the Retreat main road.

The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m.

The bus was transporting school children and adults from Brown's Town.

The police are still on the scene.

St. Elizabeth bank robbed of $3 million

Four armed men held-up and robbed the Newell Branch of the People's Cooperative Bank in St Elizabeth Wednesday.

Police say $3 million was taken from the bank.

The men reportedly held-up a manager and three tellers, and robbed them at gun point.

Chik-V cases on the rise

The government is reporting 31 confirmed cases of the Chikungunya virus.

This was revealed by Minister of Health Dr. Fenton Ferguson in parliament Wednesday.

“Up to the week ending the 13th of September 2014, there were 524 notifications of which 251 were classified as suspected cases. As of September 16, 31 cases were laboratory confirmed 26 were discarded due to negative lab results, 194 cases remain suspected."

Lawyers concerned about volume of cases traversed in Home Circuit Court

Defence attorney Leroy Equiano has expressed concern about the large number of cases being traversed from one session of the Home Circuit Court to the next.

Mr. Equiano was speaking on behalf of the private bar at the opening of the Michaelmass session of the Home Circuit Court today (September 16).

He says sometimes court had to be adjourned, so that a witness could be located.

INDECOM says probe into Mario Deane's death not affected by missing witness

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it does not believe the escape of a critical witness in the Mario Deane case will adversely affect its investigations.

Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM Hamish Campbell says Indecom has adequate information from other witnesses, on which to build its case.

The escaped witness, 21 year old Fahdean Ferguson, otherwise called ‘Tussain and Joshua’ is still on the run.


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