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8 MURDERED IN AUGUST TOWN SINCE JAN 1 : A Dad's Pain, Father of latest August Town murder victimweeps for his son , David Stewart

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THIRTY-five-year-old David Stewart is the eighth person to die at the hands of gunmen in August Town, St Andrew, since the start of the year.
The late David Stewart 
Stewart, a correctional officer, was opening the grille to his business place, Family and Friends, shortly after 7:00 am yesterday when gunmen, reportedly from a neighbouring faction in the community, pumped eight bullets into his body.
His father, Anthony, who was standing inside the business place with his son's blooded clothes, was brought to tears when the Jamaica Observer spoke to him. He was helplessly enraged and beside himself with thoughts of how his fourth son met his demise.
Police officers process yesterday’s
crime scene in August Town,
St Andrew. (Photos: Naphtali Junior) 
“Weh dem kill mi son fa?” the man, whose anger appeared to be fever pitch, questioned. “A this morning dem drop him home from work. One o'clock him come in and di last thing mi seh to him is if him eat already. Dem come tek mi son life fi nothing at all. You know how hard him work? Him nuh involve inna nuh foolishness. Dem man deh a pure peace him talk 'bout fi di community, but evil kill him.
“Him mother down deh stress out; all her pressure (hypertension) tek her. She don't even eat anything from morning. Di man have him son weh a seven. Weh him fi do now when him grow up?” he said, as he held up a shirt stained with the blood of his child. more


BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: Nabiyah Be, daughter of reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff stars in Black Panther opens in Jamaica today

Nabiyah Be plays Tilda Johnson in
the movie Black Panther,
which opens today. 

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer  Friday, February 16, 2018
When the fantasy/science fiction blockbuster film Black Panther opens in Jamaica this evening, an actress with strong Jamaican ties will be among the cast. She is Nabiyah Be, daughter of reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff.
This is the major screen debut for Brazilian-born Nabiyah Be who, like her father, is a singer-songwriter. In Black Panther she plays Tilda Johnson.
Nabiyah Be 
“Me and my other siblings are very proud and happy for Nabiyah as it is her first movie. We are all going to see it when it opens,” said her older sister, Odessa Chambers, a Kingston-based publicist and television producer.
The highly anticipated film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is directed by Ryan Coogler and is expected to break box office records, largely because of its portrayal of a black superhero.
Black Panther has a strong cast including Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Chadwick Boseman, and Angela Bassett.
As a child, Nabiyah Be was introduced to music by Cliff (real name James Chambers), best known for his starring role in The Harder They Come, and who has a massive following in Brazil. She has toured with her father as guest singer and backup singer. more

NIKOLAS CRUZ KILLED 17 IN MASS CASUALTY SHOOTING AT FLORIDA SCHOOL : ‘Numerous’ Fatalities, Injuries Reported In Florida School Shooting A suspect is now in custody.

 February 14, 2018 Associated Press

Emergency workers transporting a person from the
school on Wednesday. CreditWPLG-TV, via Associated Pres
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Seventeen people were killed and multiple people were injured when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Wednesday, prompting a massive police response and manhunt as frightened students hid in their classrooms.
"It's catastrophic, there really are no words," Sheriff Scott Israel said.  
CBS News has confirmed that the suspect has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19. A law enforcement source briefed on the shooting said the suspect appears to have pulled the school fire alarm, causing chaos, and then started shooting, reports CBS News news senior investigative producer Pat Milton. more 

JAMAICA Courts shut down as judges protest chief justice issue

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter  Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jamaica Supreme Court
Courts islandwide were on 'lockdown' yesterday morning as almost 100 judges met at the Supreme Court in Kingston to discuss concerns regarding the appointment of Justice Bryan Sykes as acting chief justice and Prime Minister Andrew Holness's comments in relation to the appointment.
“The thrust of the meeting was to reaffirm the hallowed principles of the separation of powers doctrine and the independence of the judiciary,” a spokesman for the judges said.
The unexpected, historic meeting follows heavy flak from the parliamentary Opposition, the Jamaican Bar Association, and several groups who have accused the prime minister of signalling an intent to interfere with the judiciary.
Holness drew the criticisms after saying at Sykes' swearing-in ceremony at King's House on February 1, that “actions that bring results will determine the assumption of the role of chief justice”.
Sykes replaced Zaila McCalla who has retired. more


ST. JAMES CRIME DROPS 50% Jan 1 - Feb 10th : Big Drop In Murders In St James As Other Parishes Face Pressure

Gleaner Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 5:10 PM John Myers Jr.
Having topped the list with the highest number of murders in 2017, the parish of St James is seeing a dramatic decrease so far this year.
This is according to the latest police statistics which are showing a 50 per cent reduction in the number of murders between January 1 and February 10. The figures show that 12 murders were recorded for the western parish between January 1 and February 10. This is compared to 24 for the same time last year.
St James is currently under a state of public emergency, now referred to as Enhanced Security Measures. But while the number of murders in St James has been reduced significantly, all other parishes and areas of focus have seen an increase, especially in Trelawny where killings have gone up 400 per cent.
The latest figures from the police show that Trelawny, which neighbours St James, recorded five murders for the review period, as opposed to one for the similar period last year. The other area that has seen a big jump in murders is Kingston Eastern where the number increased to nine, compared to three in the previous year.
St Andrew South is next with a 183 per cent increase at 17 murders so far. Last year, there were six murders in the area. more