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St Catherine cop dies suddenly after feeling chest pains

Sadness hovers over the St Catherine north police division following the sudden death of a senior investigator.

Dead is 55-year-old Sergeant Dale Peart of the St Catherine Major Investigation Task Force.

Sergeant Peart who has served the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for almost 30 years, died after complaining of chest pains.

Reports are that sometime yesterday at about 3:30 p.m., Sergeant Peart was reportedly on duty in the Ewarton area, when he complained of chest pains whilst driving and collapsed.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.

Guyanese national barred from entering Jamaica

The Ministry of National Security is confirming reports that a Guyanese man, Gerald Anthony Perreira was removed from a flight in Antigua that was en route to Jamaica.

This, after the Portia Simpson-Miller led administration was threatened with a lawsuit after Mr Perreira, a Guyanese Muslim leader was barred today from entering the country to attend the 19th anniversary celebration of the Million-Man March.

The celebration got underway at the National Arena today. 

Businessman Dwayne Vaz declared winner in Central Westmoreland

Amidst the outpour of heavy rains across sections of Westmoreland, PNP supporters of businessman Dwayne Vaz are celebrating victory this afternoon, after he was elected the representative to replace the late Roger Clarke.

Mr Vaz was declared the winner following the counting of the ballots at the Manning's school in Westmoreland this afternoon.

The young businessman edged his contender attorney-at law Michael Erskine by 84 votes, winning with a total of 329.

Mr Erskine received some 245 votes.

St Ann clean-up exercise in fight against chikungunya to begin next week

As clean-up activities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites across the island continue, stakeholders in St Ann have decided to carry out a clean-up drive across the parish next Wednesday October 22.

The exercise will be carried out as part of efforts to control the spread of the Chikungunya virus.

The decision was taken at a special meeting of the St Ann Parish Disaster Committee at the council yesterday.

Health minister to seek support from Cuba in response to Ebola threat

Minister of Health Dr. Fenton Ferguson is to lead a delegation to Cuba to seek support in light of the threat of Ebola.

Dr. Ferguson made the announcement yesterday at the official reopening of a health centre in St. Thomas.

Dr Ferguson said he has met with the Cuban Ambassador and a broad delegation including the private sector will be visiting Cuba to seek support from the government. 

The minister again called for unity in the coordinated response to Ebola.

J’can Govt. defends spending $4m to deport Abu Bakr

The Jamaican government is defending the almost $4 m spent for a private plane to take Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr home.

The leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen group was flown back to Trinidad yesterday (October 16) morning after arriving the day before and was denied entry into Jamaica in the interest of national security. 

Acting Permanent Secretary in the National Security Ministry Karen Clarke-Davis says Abu Bakr was that of a threat to national security that a decision had to be taken to get him out of the country immediately.

Alpha Primary student is latest Chik V related death victim

Ten year old Alpha Primary School student Akaliah Anderson is the latest Chikungunya virus related death in the country.

A statement from the Education Ministry this afternoon (October 17) says young Akaliah, had reported to school for only the first day, Monday September 1, after which the girl reportedly presented with symptoms of the Chikungunya virus.

The ministry says after being absent from school for some time, it was reported that her condition had not improved after which she was subsequently admitted to the hospital. 

High risk people urged to continue medication, even if have Chik V

In light of recent Chik-v related deaths, persons with pre-existing chronic illnesses are being advised to continue taking their regular medication unless otherwise advised by their doctor.

Persons with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk of complications from the Chikungunya virus which may, or may not, result in death.

At least 7 people have died so far, from Chik-V related symptoms, which complicated a previous medical condition. 

Ebola temperature scanners installed at airports

Government has acquired temperature scanners to monitor arrivals at the nation’s two main airports.

The temperature scanners where handed over by Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marion Bullock-Ducasse to medical personnel at the Norman Manley International Airport this afternoon (October 17).

The four scanners, which were donated by the husband of Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller, are estimated to cost some US $500 each and can scan temperature from a distance within a matter of seconds.

Hoteliers preparing for any possible Ebola case

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it has been doing its part, to raise awareness among hotel workers on the deadly Ebola virus.

The association says for a month now, it has been boosting its preparedness mechanism, and ensuring that workers are updated on what to do, should the Ebola virus reach our shores.

Just two days ago, an American tourist who visited Liberia within the last two weeks, was allowed into the island.

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