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KINGSTON, Jamaica: 3 Children injured in downtown Kingston shooting .... two 15-year-old children and a 7-year-old admitted to hospital

Monday, October 20, 2014 | 8:37 PM  
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The police have confirmed that two 15-year-old children and a 7-year-old were shot and injured about 7:20 pm Monday at the Intersection of North and Church Street in downtown Kingston.
The children were reportedly walking in the area when a lone man on foot approached them and opened gunfire hitting all three. 
They were taken to the hospital where they have been admitted in stable condition.
Initial reports are that the children were attacked in a drive-by shooting.

Fashion designer Mogul, Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 in Connecticut

Associated Press By SHELLEY ACOCA  NEW YORK (AP) —
Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.
Oscar
Oscar De La Renta
De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family and friends and "more than a few dogs," according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen.
"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said. "All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."
The late '60s and early '70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that was finally taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style — and their influence is still spotted today. more
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The cost of chikungunya, also called CHIKV, to Jamaica is now ravaging the island of Jamaica, shutting down court cases, crippling productivity and, in some regretful instances, taking lives from complications associated with the virus...With the prediction that some 60 per cent (1.6 million) of Jamaicans will be affected by CHIKV...estimating a loss to the Jamaican economy of at least $30 million

Kent GAMMON  Monday, October 20, 2014    
THE chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, is now ravaging the island of Jamaica, shutting down court cases, crippling productivity and, in some regretful instances, taking lives from complications associated with the virus.
BAUGH... dealt with a polio outbreak scare back in 1983
 so effectively hardly anyone remembers it. At right:
 FERGUSON...kept his job in the face of bungling the
 country’s response to CHIKV
The minister of health, when the alarm bells were first rung by the Jamaica Labour Party's caretaker for Eastern St Thomas, said he was politicking and scaremongering on the part of the Opposition party.
The minister of health insisted some weeks ago that only 34 cases were confirmed for chikungunya when, in that very week, almost half of an entire high school in Eastern St Thomas had its student population sick with the symptoms of the chikungunya virus.
The Opposition put on a press conference to inform the nation how to deal with the chikungunya virus and that the virus was spreading at an alarming rate. The minister of health then reluctantly had to admit, after the evidence was overwhelming with Jamaicans down with CHIKV, in an address to the nation that the country was dealing with an epidemic of CHIKV. Worse yet, the minister of health reported that his ministry had been preparing for the onslaught of the chikungunya virus some two years before it reached Jamaica.
The effects of an epidemic on the economic health of a nation are catastrophic and the CHIKV epidemic is no different. With the prediction that some 60 per cent of Jamaicans will be affected by CHIKV, that is one million six hundred thousand Jamaicans, and with a downtime of five to 10 days, we are estimating a loss to the Jamaican economy of at least $30 million using a daily wage of $2,000.00 per day. This is a very conservative estimate and is certainly not the type of loss to the island's income that Jamaica can afford in the throes of an IMF economic straightjacket. more

HERO IN JAMAICA (GREAT STORY): 11-y-o Toni-Ann Miller to be honoured today....Toni-Ann Miller rushed into a burning building to save the lives of two children younger than herself....for her bravery and is to be conferred with a Badge of Honour for Gallantry at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony on the lawns of King's House today. PLEASE CONGRATULATE HER.

Monday, October 20, 2014 Jamaica Observer   
IT is a deed from which many would have shied away, but then only 10 years old, Toni-Ann Miller rushed into a burning building to save the lives of two children younger than herself.
Toni-Ann receiving her award from GG
Her own safety was the furthest thing from her mind when she quickly responded to the cries of a little boy who was trapped in a blazing house, thick billows of black smoke signalling that he was in serious danger.
A year later, she is being recognised for her bravery and is to be conferred with a Badge of Honour for Gallantry at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony on the lawns of King's House today.
Toni-Ann recalls that she was on her way home from school with friends in the Mount Hermon community of St Catherine, when they came upon the burning structure.
After rescuing the six-year-old boy, who came away unhurt, Toni-Ann, who knows the child asked him for his younger brother. Learning that he was still inside asleep, she re-entered the building to take the five-year-old boy to safety.
By this time, “half of the bed was burning”, Toni-Ann said.
The younger boy sustained minor burns to one of his arms.
Eleven-year-old Toni-Ann Miller 
will today be conferred with
 a Badge of Honour for Gallantry at the

 National Honours and Awards Ceremony 
to be held on the lawns of King’s House.
Toni-Ann’s cousin Judeen Cunningham, who is also her caregiver, says she is convinced that “Toni-Ann doesn't realise (the significance of) what she did”.
Recalling the account of an eyewitness, Cunningham says the concrete around the front door of the house gave way just as Toni-Ann emerged with the second child.
She says she's very proud of her cousin, who has been living with her since November of last year, and expressed amazement at the child’s act of heroism, quipping: “(I) myself wouldn't do that”.
The question on many people’s lips: How did she do it? “I saw my father doing it already,” the child says. more

IN JAMAICA: Radio station owner among 711 arrested for alleged electricity theft....According to JPS, the parishes with the highest number of arrests for electricity theft are St James with 128, St Elizabeth with 118, and St Catherine with 112.

Monday, October 20, 2014 Jamaica Observer
The owner of a community radio station was among 711 people arrested in relation to electricity theft since the start of this year, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reported Saturday.
According to the light and power company, a radio station owner/operator was arrested last week when a meter bypass was found powering the small media entity in St James.
Electricity Thief (File Photo)
“The radio station had been disconnected since February of this year for an outstanding balance, but was discovered this week (last week) to be receiving supply, via an illegal connection,” JPS said in a news release.
The arrests, the JPS said, spanned the period up to October 15 as the company continues multiple operations to counter electricity theft across the island, with the support of the security forces.
In addition, the JPS has also been conducting meter audits and account investigations.
According to JPS, the parishes with the highest number of arrests for electricity theft are St James with 128, St Elizabeth with 118, and St Catherine with 112.
The company also said that a cold storage operation in Cross Roads, Kingston “was recently discovered to be stealing electricity valued to the tune of half-a-million dollars per month. The facility served as a storage plant for bag juice supplies. more 

Farrakhan says Jamaica has let national heroes down ‘You are not free!’...."Breaking away from our colonial slave masters is what we started with in our Independence movement, but we never took it as far as it should be taken," said Farrakhan. DO YOU AGREE or DISAGREE?

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com  Monday, October 20, 2014    
NATION of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday criticised Jamaican governments over the years for not adequately building on efforts made by the country’s late national heroes to create an independent Jamaica.
Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan
Addressing hundreds of Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals gathered at the National Arena to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March (MMM) yesterday, the eve of National Heroes’ Day, Farrakhan said revamping the current education system was the place to start.
A Rastafarian man, who was among hundreds of
 people at yesterday’s 19th anniversary celebration
of the Million Man March, waves a pan-African flag
 while listening to an address by Nation of
Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan.
“If you want to be free, the first thing you have to think about is what kind of education should we possess that will allow us to continue the journey that Norman Manley, Bustamante and Michael Manley put us on,” said Farrakhan, noting that steps in recent time to introduce in schools the teachings of the country’s first national hero, Marcus Garvey, was a commendable first step.
He also suggested breaking allegiance to the queen of England, which he described as a necessary part of evolutionary growth and development, and a necessity if Caribbean countries are to become a regional power “with a voice that [will] affect the world”.
"Breaking away from our colonial slave masters is what we started with in our Independence movement, but we never took it as far as it should be taken," said Farrakhan. more

JOHN HOLT IS DEAD AT 69

VETERAN reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital yesterday. He was 69.
Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing.
“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death,” Forbes told the Jamaica Observer.
The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
Forbes said Holt did an operation at the University Hospital of West Indies in June and went to England the following month for a series of shows. Holt is one of reggae's most influential singers.
He had a remarkable career with the Paragons during the rocksteady era of the late-1960s.
His solo career is just as impressive. He recorded hits for producers Clement Dodd, Bunny Lee and Joseph Hoo Kim in the 1970s, as well as the classic album 1000 Volts of Holt, a big seller in the United Kingdom. His hits include Stick by Me and Only a Smile. more

ST. THOMAS, JAMAICA: Father, Lorenzo Findley hits children’s mom with building block arrested and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and was remanded when he appeared in court on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty. WHAT SENTENCE WOULD YOU GIVE HIM?

Sunday, October 19, 2014 Jamaica Observer   
A  delinquent father was last week brought before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court after he got upset at his "babymother" for taking out a summons to take him to the Family Court for child support and for using half of a building block to hit her several times in the head.
The court heard that the complainant was at her home in Bull Bay, St Thomas on May 31, when the father of two of her children, Lorenzo Findley, took up the piece of block and hit her repeatedly in the head.
The matter was reported and Findley was arrested and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and was remanded when he appeared in court on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty.
On Friday when Findley returned to court for sentencing, the complainant told the court that he attacked her because she insisted that she was going to take him to court.
She explained that on the day in question he was at her home when the police came to serve him the summons but he hid.
However, she said that when the police left he came out of hiding and a quarrel developed between them.
"Him say to me 'you neva send yuh next babyfada a court but yuh waa send me' and me say to him, yuh lucky, yuh a guh," the complainant told the court.
She said after that, Findley then grabbed the piece of block and started to hit her.
The magistrate then turned to Findley and asked him if he had anything to tell her as to why she should not send him to prison. "No, Your Honour," Findley answered. more