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Connie Francis, head coach of Jamaica's senior netball team, says she is delighted with the performances from the Sunshine Girls as they have been nothing but brilliant at the ongoing Americas Netball World Cup qualifiers.

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Agrimy street war, reportedly of Jamaican origins, has erupted on the streets of Lauderhill, Florida resulting in the deaths of two men and the hospitalisation of another.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police High Command has condemned Thursday night's murder of Corporal Oliver Mullings, who was gunned down in the line of duty on Third Street in the Kingston Western Police Division, promising a "thorough investigation" of the incident.

Reports are that at about 10:45 pm, the Corporal was among a team of officers who responded to a call from residents in the area. It is understood that a gunman engaged the cop in an exchange of gunfire, during which both men were fatally shot.

The High Command has also expressed condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the slain Corporal.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Chaplaincy Branch and Welfare Department will be providing support to the family members, colleagues and friends of Mullings.

Corporal Mullings is the second lawman to be gunned down in less than a week.

On Saturday, 22-year-old Constable Brian Martin was shot dead at a wake on Ricketts Avenue in Kingston 13. Four other people were shot in the incident.

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By Andrew Clunis

It has been 21 years since the United Kingdom imposed a visa regime on Jamaica.

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When Sergeant Leon Fisher and Constable Kevin Lewars were called to duty in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on April 28, 2018 in St James, they had no idea they would be involved in a two-hour gun battle with Jamaica’s most wanted man, they also certainly did not know they would be given a Medal of Honour for Gallantry for taking down such a formidable opponent.

Sergeant Fisher and Constable Lewars were awarded on Monday during the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House in St Andrew.

Fisher gleefully expressed how shocked he was to learn that he was being given this prestigious award.

“I was happy, I wasn’t even sure. I had to make some calls to make sure it was happening,” he said.

Recalling the incident he said the most dominant thought running through his mind was not to die.

Despite being shot by Nico Samuels, the lawmen, along with his colleagues made the conscious decision to use their bodies as human shields to assist people, including an 18-month-old baby, out of the nearby apartments. Samuels was killed during the shoot-out.

Constable Lewars said that it feels good to know that the efforts that he and colleagues put in have been recognised.

When he spoke of the incident, the lawman stated that his training took over and he knew he would take action.

“When everything was happening, training took over. At the time one of the main things was to get Sergeant Fisher, who was shot and was bleeding, out of harm's way, but it took us a while because we were under fire,” he said.

“In the interim, we did what we had to do to repel the threat and it is just unfortunate that instead of giving up, this person decided he wanted to go out in a blaze of glory,” he added.

Sending a message to individuals who are thinking of joining the rank of the JCF, Lewars said: “The JCF is a noble organisation. It is rooted in tradition and we have some very exemplary persons serving, so don’t let it be a situation where you’re thinking of joining the JCF because you don’t have another option, join because you want to serve because it is a job to serve and protect and reassure the persons.”

Fisher and Lewars pledged to continue doing good work as they serve their country.

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By Andrew Clunis

At the rate we are going, Jamaica will run out of condolences pretty soon. It has become one of the most overused words in the country to the point where it now has very little impact.

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Jamaica will have to “work harder” to rebuild the trust of international merchants who have discontinued online transactions with local customers, de facto information minister Robert Morgan has said.

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Jamaica, ranked at 76th on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2022, was the most innovative country in the region, when compared to its Caribbean island neighbours Trinidad and Tobago and Dominican Republic. However, the country fell two places below its 2021 ranking of 74th.

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Chairman of the CARICOM Council for National Security and Law Enforcement, Dr. Horace Chang, says the United States has given a commitment to the region that it will work towards stemming the flow of illegal firearms into the Caribbean.
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Monday, 10 October 2022 10:50

JAMPRO Hunting New Head as Diane Edwards Exits

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation, JAMPRO, says it’s currently in the process of recruiting a new President as current Head, Diane Edwards, has given indication of stepping down from the role.

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