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One month old baby abducted in St. Ann

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a baby boy who was allegedly abducted from his mother in St. Ann on Monday.

The baby, who has been missing for more than 48 hours, is said to be between four and seven weeks old and has been identified as Ackeem Karram of Retreat Content, St Mary. 

Police reports are of a dramatic attack on the baby’s mother before the child was allegedly snatched.

Private sector groups want hold on some NHT projects

Three private sector groups have called for a hold be put on spending by the national housing trust, outside of its housing mandate.

The groups are calling for an urgent review of the governance structure at the NHT by an appropriate and independent body and for the recommendations of this review to be implemented as soon as possible.

Traffic Authority to charge fees for administrative services

The Island Traffic Authority says it will begin charging fees for administrative services.

The proposed charges are to come into effect on Monday December 1, following consultations with the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

The authority says the new charges are in a bid to recover operational costs, as well as to improve its overall offerings.

The new charges are expected to yield revenues of approximately $174 m annually for the ITA.

New NHT board members pledge to support entity

Two of the newest members of the NHT board, say they are offering themselves as part of the solution, despite the controversy surrounding the board's purchase of the Outameni property.

Pastor Michael Harvey - Vice President, of Northern Caribbean University, and Clayton Hall - Past President, of the Jamaica Teachers Association, say they are giving themselves in service to their country.

Both men steered clear of commenting on the continuing controversy over the $180 m purchase of the Trelawny property.

Opposition walks out of parliament upset over NHT/ Outameni issue

Opposition members today (November 25) walked out of parliament, upset that   Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller did not answer questions tabled by the Opposition Leader relating the controversial Outameni property purchase.

The walk out came after Opposition Leader Andrew Holness demanded that the Prime Minster respond today.

The Opposition has condemned the National Housing Trust's purchase of the property for $180 m and first tabled questions on the matter 2 weeks ago.

St Mary woman demands answers after son's alleged suicide at hospital

A St Mary mother is questioning why she has not been able to see the body of her son, after she was told that he allegedly committed suicide while at the St Ann's Bay hospital last Wednesday.

26-year-old Gayon Jeffery of Camberwell, near Fort George in Annotto Bay, St Mary was found tied with a piece of gauze hanging from an electrical outlet inside a bathroom  at the hospital.

Jeffery was reportedly admitted on the psychiatric ward at the St Ann's Bay hospital, after being transferred from the Annotto Bay hospital two days before.

Rocky Point residents call on NEPA to capture crocodile

Residents in Rocky Point Clarendon are expressing fear for their lives saying a crocodile has been seen on the beach and that it has attacked other animals.

The residents, especially fishermen say they see the crocodile on the beach mainly at nights and early mornings and fear it might attack people living in the community.

According to residents, the animal frequents restaurant areas for raw meat or food thrown on the beach.

Two fishermen say they have seen the crocodile and witnessed an attack on dogs.

Over $60 million stolen in credit/debit card fraud

Head of the Organized Crime Investigation Division, SSP Clifford Chambers says over $60 million is reported to have been stolen through credit and debit card fraud since the start of the year.

SSP Chambers says card fraud is one the two most prevalent financial crimes in Jamaica with the lottery scam being the other.

He explains that in 2013 debit and credit card scams involved over $79 million dollars with 78 arrests.

For 2014, SSP Chambers reports that there have been 71arrests.

PM appoints new members to NHT board




Cabinet has approved the appointment of the following persons with immediate effect to strengthen the Board of the National Housing Trust:

The Hon. Daisy Coke - Deputy Chair

Sgt. Raymond Wilson - Chairman, Police Federation

Mr. Clayton Hall - Past President, Jamaica Teachers Association

NHT board defends Outameni purchase

The National Housing Trust through its Chairman Easton Douglas says the trust did not only take profit-making into consideration, when $180 million was used to purchase the loss making entity which has been closed for some time.

Despite several high profile resignations and howls of criticism the board has stood by its decision over the purchase, saying it was a prudent investment.

Mr Douglas says the write off of the property as a loss was not a deciding factor in the purchase of the property which he says will be transformed into a symbol of national pride.


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