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UPDATE: PEP postponed at Ramble Primary after teacher, baby chopped in Mandeville, Manchester Jamaica Thursday, May 30, 2019

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Lenford Pinnock, principal of the Ramble Primary School, close to Porus in Manchester, said that PEP examination was postponed today to allow the school community to deal with the trauma from one of the grade 4 teachers being chopped, allegedly by her child's father, early this morning.
The woman is undergoing surgery in hospital, while unconfirmed reports are that her eight-month-old baby has died.
Residents said that the incident took place at her McKinley Road home in Mandeville.
Pinnock said that the directive to postpone the examination for today was given by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information head office and school is being dismissed early.
He said that a trauma team from the ministry visited the school to console the Grade 4 students as a group as well as the entire school body.
Pinnock described the wounded teacher as “dedicated,” noting that she is known to go beyond the call of duty and have classes on Saturdays and Sundays for free, especially as her students prepared for the PEP examination, which is scheduled to take place today and tomorrow.
A search is now on for the man believed to have wielded the machete used in the incident. “Him run taxi. Him quiet but friendly. We grow up as one,” a resident of Ramble told OBSERVER ONLINE.
He said the taxi was found burnt out and it is believed that he set it ablaze.
“It is heartbreaking for everybody,” said the resident, who was among community members in Ramble speculating about the whereabouts of the alleged perpetrator.
Pinnock said that he is awaiting guidance from the Ministry of Education on the new PEP schedule for the grade 4 students at the school.

Alicia Sutherland

Search underway for taxi-man in deadly Manchester domestic dispute Thursday, May 30, 2019

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The police are reporting that the eight-month-old baby boy who received chop wounds during a domestic dispute on McKinley Drive in Manchester this morning has succumbed.
The baby has been identified as Roshane McPherson.
Meanwhile, a search and rescue operation is currently underway in Broadleaf district in the parish to reach the taxi operator who is alleged to have also inflicted serious chop wounds to the boy's mother.
The police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said the accused car was found ablaze in Porus, Manchester. It is further alleged he may have jumped into a sinkhole in the Broadleaf community.
Reports from the Mandeville police are that about 6:30 am, a team responded to reports of a domestic dispute at a house on McKinley Drive.
On arrival of the lawmen, the mother and child were seen with chop wounds. They were taken to hospital where Roshane succumbed to his injuries and the woman admitted in critical condition.
The CCU said the police have engaged other stakeholders with the relevant resources to assist in locating and removing the man from the hole. At the same time, Lenford Pinnock, principal of the Ramble Primary School, close to Porus in Manchester, reported this morning that PEP examination was postponed today to allow the school community to deal with the trauma from the incident as the mother is a grade four teacher at the school.

R Kelly hit with 11 new sex crime charges Thursday, May 30, 2019

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — Chicago prosecutors on Thursday filed 11 felony sex crime charges against R&B superstar R Kelly, in what his lawyer said was a re-filing of counts from an existing case.
Kelly is already facing 10 felony charges, filed in February, for the alleged abuse of four women.
The latest counts are re-filed charges from an allegation from 10 years ago, and not a new case, Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg said.
"These are the same conduct, just charged differently, same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts," Greenberg said on Twitter.
"It changes nothing," Greenberg said.
Kelly is currently out on bail. He will appear in court June 6 on the new charges, US media reported.
The Cook County State's Attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Four people killed overnight in Clarendon, Jamaica Tuesday, May 28, 2019

CLARENDON, Jamaica — The Clarendon police are reporting that four people were killed in the parish between last night and early this morning.
The deceased include a man and his common law wife who were shot dead at their shop in Bullards Content district, York Town.
Reports are that residents heard explosion about 8:15 pm and following checks Mark Myles and his common-law wife 40-year-old Debbie Hayman were found at their shop with gunshot wounds.
They were pronounced dead at hospital.
In the second shooting incident, 33-year-old Rajay Allen, unemployed of Red Road, Palmers Cross and 17-year-old Cavelle Dracket, student of Coates Pen in May Pen, were shot dead this morning by unknown assailants in Red Road.
Reports from the May Pen police are that Allen and Dracket were at home about 5:25 am when gun men forcefully entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting the two.
Both victims were transported to the hospital where Allen was pronounced dead and Drackett died while undergoing surgery.

Outpouring of grief for former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga Tuesday, May 28, 2019... Died on his birthday.

Edward Seaga
KINGSTON, Jamaica — There is an outpouring of grief from Jamaicans here and in the Diaspora following the announcement of the death of former prime minister Edward Seaga.
Seaga who  fell ill earlier this month celebrated his 89th birthday today.
“It should have been happy birthday alone, not RIP too, my sincere condolences to his family and colleagues,” expressed one social media user.
“Condolences to his family...the date he enter the world he left on the same... Papa Eddie you ran your race time to rest up now !!! RIP,” added another.
“OMG, my sincere condolences to the family and friends of “seaga” or Eddie, the Honourable “ Eddie” Edward Seaga, no matter what you think of him, you cannot deny his love and dedication to Jamaica and all things and people Jamaican, he was the last of the Jamaicans who blazed the trail bringing Jamaica into the 21st century, he has now passed on to rest in eternal slumber, let not any bad things be said about him, let him forever Rest In Peace,”  said another user.
Seaga, is Jamaica's fifth prime minister, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the JLP from 1974 to 2005 when he retired from active politics.
Since his retirement he has been an honorary distinguished fellow at the professorial level at The University of the West Indies, and also serves as chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica.

FORMER JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER, Edward Seaga, died on his 89th birthday, Tuesday, May 28, 2019