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O-Wrap: Athlete shot dead... Flash flood watches, warnings discontinued... JFJ cites case of police harassment

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:

1. Athlete Kavon Nelson shot dead in Kingston

Quarter-miler Kavon Nelson was reportedly gunned down at his home on MacVille Terrace in Kingston this morning after gunmen invaded his home sometime after midnight.

2. Plastic/styrofoam ban is no knee jerk reaction, says Vaz

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz, is rejecting as “false and without basis”, a claim by Chairman of the WISYNCO Group, William Mahfood, that the Government's decision to ban plastic bags and styrofoam containers “is a knee jerk reaction which will not work”.

3. Flash flood watches, warnings discontinued for all parishes

The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica has discontinued the flash flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of eastern parishes (St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew) effective immediately

4. Weather affects Constant Spring, Hagley Park, Waltam Park Roads; expect delays

The police are advising that the section of Constant Spring Road in the vicinity of the Rubis Gas Station has been reduced to single lane traffic in each direction due to the road surface being impacted by heavy rainfall.

5. Provide more information on plastic ban, PNP urges Gov't

The People's National Party (PNP) says that while it welcomes the announcement by Government to ban the use of plastic bags, styrofoam containers, and drinking straws, there is a lack of information on the implementation of the initiative.

6. More Court of Appeal judges to be recruited

President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Morrison, says steps are under way to recruit additional judges. He said the increase is being facilitated by the expansion of the Court of Appeal building on King Street, downtown Kingston, which “is now at an advanced stage”.

7. JFJ wants Commissioner to intervene in east Kingston case of police harassment

Rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is seeking to alert the public to what it calls an “imminent risk to the life and well-being of a citizen, Andre Smith, due to persistent police abuse, harassment and death threats” and is calling on the Commissioner of Police Major Antony Anderson to take action.

8. Health minister calls on workplaces to establish wellness programmes

Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, says workplaces should establish wellness programmes to minimise downtime and to increase productivity.

9. Businessman charged in $10-m counterfeit goods bust

The police are reporting that a 67-year-old businessman was charged in connection with the seizure of $10 million worth of counterfeit goods at a store located at the Boulevard Shopping Centre in St Andrew last Tuesday.

10. S Africa's top court legalises personal, private ganja use

South Africa's top court ruled Tuesday that private, personal cannabis use was legal in a landmark case that had pitted law enforcement agencies against marijuana advocates and the judiciary.

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