Latest News (WICKED ACT): 3-y-o girl raped by 17-y-o in Trinidad

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 8:25 AM 
TRINIDAD (Trinidad Express) -- A three-year-old girl is in critical condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex after she was raped at her parents’ home in Guaico, Tamana, allegedly by a 17-year-old boy.
According to police, the incident took place at about 2:00 pm on Friday.
The toddler was reportedly left in the living room of the home watching television as the child’s mother went to tend to her husband, who police said was bed- ridden.
Police said while the woman was in the bedroom, she heard screaming from the back of the home. 
The mother rushed out to investigate the source of the noise and she found the toddler lying on the ground, naked and bleeding from her vagina.
The three-year-old was then rushed to the Arima District Medical Hospital before she was transferred to the Sciences Complex where she reportedly remained in a critical condition up to yesterday.
The police were notified and a party of officers who were conducting police exercises in the district, responded.
The teenager was arrested and up to late yesterday was said to be in the custody of Cumuto Police. Source: Jamaica Observer
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Clarendon, Jamaica: Man Beheads Cousin, 33-year-old Lincoln McLean After Heated Argument

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

A dispute between two cousins resulted in one beheading the other in Thompson Town, Clarendon this morning.

Dead is 33-year-old Lincoln McLean, a farmer of Wakefield district, while his cousin, who turned himself in to the police, is facing murder charges. 

Reports reaching The Gleaner-Power 106 News are that the accused and the deceased were involved in an argument over crops, a matter for which both men are before the courts. The argument escalated and the accused used a machete to chop McLean several times before decapitating him. 

This is the second murder in two days in the usually quiet Thompson Town- Mocho area. On Friday, a man used a stone to kill a mentally ill man in Mocho. It's reported that he had had a 20-year-old dispute with the mentally ill man. 

The police in the Thompson Town and Mocho divisions say they are keeping a close watch on both communities. more

JACKS HILL, JAMAICA: Major Bush Fire Raging In Jacks Hill, Residents Worried

The fire as seen from Jacks Hill - Bianca Welds @biancawelds
The fire as seen from Jacks Hill -
 Bianca Welds @biancawelds
Homeowners in Jacks Hill, Mavis Bank and surrounding areas are worried as a massive fire continues to rage. 

Fire-fighters have been trying to contain the blaze since Friday afternoon. 

District Officer at York Park Fire Station, Garth Mills, says every effort is being made to extinguish the fire.‎‎ He could not confirm if the massive fire is an immediate threat to houses and other properties.‎ 

The Jacks Hill fire - Kerrin McLean
The Jacks Hill fire -
Kerrin McLean
However, personnel at the Half-Way Tree Fire Station told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that they have been receiving callsfrom residents who are expressing concern that the fire may make its way to their doorsteps. Meanwhile, personnel at Half-Way Tree say they are concerned about the number of open fires being lit across the Corporate Area.They say in recent times open burning has caused extensive damage especially in areas with high vegetation. 

They further say the situation is being compounded by the dry spell.‎‎ 

IN JAMAICA: "I Love JA" is the 2014 Festival Song by Rushane ‘Deep Jahi’ Sanderson....Second place was won by Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson for Jamaica Boom, and third went to Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson for My Jamaica.

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer  Monday, July 28, 2014    
WITH his song I Love JA, Rushane Sanderson — 2012 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall champion — added another major accolade to his burgeoning musical career by winning the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, St Andrew, on Saturday night.
"I never thought I'd win in my wildest dreams," Sanderson told the Jamaica Observer.
Rushane ‘Deep Jahi’ Sanderson (left) won the 2014
Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)
Jamaica Festival Song competition on Saturday
 night with his entry I Love JA. Here he accepts
 his trophy from chairman of the JCDC Aston Cooke.
Second place was won by Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson for Jamaica Boom, and third went to Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson for My Jamaica. The all-male field also consisted of Rodger 'Rojjah' Mendez, Phylbert 'Pehtrol' Graham, Oliver 'Oliver Smoothe' Gordon, Calvin 'King Saloman' Wisdom, Richard 'Bastic' Patterson, Carl 'Clearance' Grey, and Evol 'Bono G' Holness.
Twenty-three-year-old Sanderson, who goes by the stage name Deep Jahi, received a trophy and $500,000 in prize money. He also joins the list of distinguished festival song winners including Roy Rayon, Eric Donaldson, Tinga Stewart, and the late Stanley Beckford.
In light of several quality performances, especially from Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson, Sanderson managed to squeeze ahead of the field once he touched the microphone, displaying excellent vocal control and range in what was a challenging song.
Thompson would take home to the Best Performer and Voters Choice awards. Both he and Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson had excellent performances getting the crowd up and out of their seats dancing in the aisles.
Between the initial performances and the announcement of the winners, the audience was treated to music from Ikaya, Nesbeth, and Bugle, who received good response while belting out his hits like What I'm Gonna Do and Nuh Compatible. more

IN JAMAICA: Eight shot, four fatally in St Catherine in two days...In the latest incident, police say Tevin 'Gaga' Pryce, 20, and Dwayne Hall, 26, were executed by armed men

Monday, July 28, 2014    
GUNMEN went on a killing spree in sections of St Catherine over the weekend, shooting a total of eight people, four fatally, in two separate incidents between Saturday and Sunday. The series of attacks has awakened shock and fear in the central parish, which has been quiet in recent months.
Detectives go through their paces at the scene where
 two men were killed and four others injured in
 Gordon Pen, St Catherine. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)
In the latest incident, police say Tevin 'Gaga' Pryce, 20, and Dwayne Hall, 26, were executed by armed men in a deadly daylight attack in Gordon Pen, a community on the outskirts of Spanish Town. Four others were injured in that incident.
According to the police, a group of people were at a house on Gordon Pen Boulevard around 11:30 am when armed men invaded. Pryce, who was the intended target of the attack, was shot multiple times and is said to have died on the spot. “Based on reports he was shot close to 10 times,” a police source said.
The gunfire sent people scampering for cover. The wounded were taken to hospital where Hall succumbed to his injuries and the others admitted. Less than 24 hours earlier, detectives were called to Fairview Avenue where two men, one of them said to be a relative of a senior civil servant, were chased, shot and killed. They have been identified as Rohan Knight, 40, and Delroy Edwards, 43.
The police report that about 8:30 pm the men were having a conversation when they were approached by gunmen who opened fire, hitting them.
They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. Head of the St Catherine North Police Senior Superintendent Anthony Castelle said a number of strategies implemented in the division over the past several months have been reaping success and have resulted in a reduction in major crimes. In light of that, he sent a strong warning to criminals that the police would continue to monitor the communities to ensure that the gains made would not be eroded. more

IN JAMAICA: Separated and unhappy because divorce is costly...."We sleep in separate rooms; he has his girlfriend, I have my man," she said. "We've been married for 12 years and I want a divorce but we have no money....."I called one lawyer's office and they told me it would cost me $90,000. Mi really couldn't bother with that,"

 BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE  Monday, July 28, 2014    
GETTING married is easy: You can choose a church and go elaborate and expensive, or you can save money by simply getting an officiant and a couple of witnesses and voila, you can be man and wife in as little as half an hour. But getting divorced is hard, so much harder than getting married, in fact, that many couples are choosing to enter long-term separations rather than face the arduous process.
Liquid Gold models Paul and Krisanna.
"When I realized what I had to go through for a divorce I just decided I wasn't going to bother with it," Bernice F told All Woman.
"I decided that since I was not getting into another relationship anytime soon I just couldn't bother. I told my husband that he was free to go ahead and start the proceedings if he wanted to, but I couldn't bother."
Bernice said she has been married for a total of 17 years, but has been separated for seven of those.
"I called one lawyer's office and they told me it would cost me $90,000. Mi really couldn't bother with that," Bernice said. Thus she said she never attempted a divorce even though she wanted to be totally free from an abusive and stagnant relationship.
Melinda B's story is similar -- she is stuck in a marriage with a "virtual stranger" because neither party can afford the divorce process.
"We sleep in separate rooms; he has his girlfriend, I have my man," she said. "We've been married for 12 years and I want a divorce but we have no money. Plus I don't want any argument over who will get what. Hopefully I will outlive him and get the house for me and the children, without having to bother with a divorce."
For Harold, who is contemplating crawling through the process to make provisions for his children after his wife, from whom he has been separated 23 years, recently took up with a new man, just the quote from the attorney he consulted left him floored.
"Seventy grand. Now where will I find that kind of money? But I have to consider it even though I didn't think of it before, because I don't want this many to lay claim to my property," he said. "I don't think my wife is entitled to half, and I want to set things clear legally before she does."
The legal avenues for getting a divorce in Jamaica are limited to getting a private lawyer to represent you or getting legal aid, which is partly covered by the State.
The process:
1. You have to be married for two years or more in order to petition for divorce. This can be waived in certain circumstances.
2. You must have separated and lived separately continuously for a year before filing.
3. If these requirements are met, you must retain the services of a lawyer, preferably one who specializes in divorce.
4. The divorce petition is filed in the Supreme Court by the attorney.
5. If the divorce is approved, a decree nisi will be granted, and six weeks later, the decree absolute. The decree absolute can be stalled if there are issues with child custody or division of property. more

Dennis Brown Lands International Success With 'Money In My Pocket'

Published: Sunday | July 27, 2014 Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Beginning his career in the late 1960s, as early as age nine, Dennis Emmanuel Brown went on to record more than 50 albums, establishing himself as a pioneer in the Jamaican music industry.
Dennis Brown - File
Dennis Brown (File)
Born on February 1, 1957, Brown had quite a successful career, one that earned him the title, 'The Crown Prince of Reggae'. And although he started out very young and was enjoying local attention, Brown did not break onto the international scene until 1971 when he recorded and released the single, Money in My Pocket. The song found huge success in the United Kingdom, climbing the charts and reaching the top 20.
The song was produced by Joel Gibbs, more popularly known as Joe Gibbs at the time. Clearly proud of this particular achievement, Gibbs gushed about it to The Sunday Gleaner in an October 2013 article where he made mention of Winston 'Niney' Holness, who was also a huge part of the song's success. "Niney brought Brown to me about 1970-71, and told me he had potential and that I should take care of him.
We became very close. He came with a song to record, but I had this song, Money in My Pocket, which I co-wrote with a guy from MoBay. I told him it would be a hit, so he shouldn't play with it," he was quoted as saying. The rest of the story was told through the song's success. Brown went on to record a host of other hits which also enjoyed international success, including No More Will I RoamShould ISilhouette and If I Had the World. more

Alia Atkinson wins to advance to 100m breaststroke semis as she goes after her second swim medal for Jamaica

Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 7:26 AM    
GLASGOW, Scotland - Alia Atkinson won her heat of the women’s 100m breaststroke at the Tollcross Swimming Centre a short while ago to book her spot in the semi-final scheduled for 8:05 pm (2:05 pm Jamaica time).
Atkinson, who won Jamaica’s first medal at these games when she copped silver in the 50-metre breaststroke on Friday, clocked 1:07.95, the second fastest time going into the semi-finals.
Australia’s Sally Hunter had the fastest time of 1:07.77, topping a race that involved Jamaica’s Zara Bailey who touched the board seventh in 1:14.49.
Bailey was also in action in the women’s 200m individual medley finishing sixth of seven competitors.

Digicel Foundation supports families of children with special needs in JAMAICA....NEARLY 400 caregivers of students have benefited from a specialised training seminar

Sunday, July 27, 2014    
NEARLY 400 caregivers of students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities or emotional and behavioural problems have benefited from a specialised training seminar hosted by Digicel Foundation between July 19 and 24.
The training seminar was hosted by the Digicel Foundation in partnership with Irish Autism Action, which seeks to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism.
Shannon Eidman, community outreach co-ordinator
 at Irish Autism Action, encourages caregivers of children
 who have learning disabilities at the seminar.
The training was designed and developed following a visit to Jamaica by Irish Autism Action in 2013 to a number of Digicel Foundation partners across Jamaica.
A needs assessment conducted identified two key areas for support -- training for parents and siblings of a family member with special needs; and training for developed individuals who work with persons with special needs.
Over the course of the training seminar, participants benefited from a wide range of interactive sessions on behaviour management, facilitating language and communication, promoting independence in daily living, self-care and wellness for parents of children with special needs and supporting siblings of children with special needs. more