The stationary front is expected to dissipate across the central Caribbean over the next few days. According to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service fresh northerly winds and rough seas a...

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers on deployment on the streets. (file photo)

The entire parish of St James is now locked down by members of the military in what is reported to be a limited state of emergency that has been imposed by the Government. Soldiers are visible stopping and searching motor vehicles at various points in the parish where 335 murders were recorded last year. Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)) armoured personnel carriers on deployment on the streets. (file photo) There has been no let up to the bloodletting in the parish this year, with criminal attacks there moving to the point where in a daring attack by gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles, a man was killed and others injured in an incident on the roadway near the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the parish capital and the national tourism centre, earlier this week. Speaking in Mandeville on Wednesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness signalled that the Government intended to take firm and resolute measures to tackle the country’s crime problem, and noticeably avoided questions that were posed by journalists who sought the details behind his statement. Now it appears that it was not just talk, but a sign of the action that was underway. More details to come.

A 30-year-old Jamaican man will serve 18 months in a Barbados prison. Bassonia Collister McDermouth arrived Barbadosby air on Thursday, January 11,2018, from Kingston, Jamaica. Having cleared Immigration, he was interviewed by members of the Drug Squad. A subsequent search of his personal effects revealed the counterfeit currency. He was later arrested and referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he passed out a total of 60packages wrapped in transparent tape each containing Cannabis. He was subsequently charged for the offences. Members of the Drug Squad havearrested and formally charged a Jamaican National for a number of drug-related offences which were committed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday, January 11, 2018. McDermouth was arrested and charged for: 1.Possession of Cannabis 2.Possession with intent to supply; 3.Trafficking; and 4.Importation. He also faces an additional charge for: 5.Possession ofCounterfeit Currency He appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District ‘B’ Magistrates Court today, Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He pleaded guilty to the drug offences and was fined $4,000.00 forthwith or 18 months in prison for the offence of Trafficking Cannabis. He was convicted Reprimanded and Discharged (CRD) for the remaining drug offences. He was not required to plea to the Possession of Counterfeit Currency. The fine was not paid, and alternatively, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves

The foreign exchange shortage currently being experienced by Trinidad and Tobago is causing issues between this country and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, issued a stern warning to Trinidad and Tobago over the ongoing issue of Vincentian traders in agricultural products being unable to convert their earnings from playing their trade with Trinidad and Tobago to Eastern Caribbean dollars. He commented that the issue may end up before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Gonsalves said that while his government has implemented short-term measures to deal with the matter, a long-term solution is needed. According to a report by the Jamaican Observer, as a result of the ongoing situation, some traders have large stockpiles of Trinidad and Tobago currency in Port of Spain and farmers in St Vincent are reportedly reluctant to sell their produce to these traders because of the delay in getting paid. In response to this, as a short-term solution, a facility has been set up at the Bank of St Vincent and the Grenadines that allows the conversion of Trinidad and Tobago dollars to Eastern Caribbean dollars. Gonsalves told reporters he intended to raise the issue at the upcoming intercessional meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders in Haiti next month. Gonsalves said Port of Spain cannot simply say that things are difficult and it doesn’t have the foreign exchange. He said,“I understand that you have a problem but put aside some of this extra money that you have and pay me.”

LIAT's new CFO, Rojer Inglis

LIAThas announced the appointment of Rojer Inglis as Chief Financial Officer. The airline made the confirmed the news via a press release last Saturday. Inglis replaces Julie Reifer-Jones who assumed the office of Chief executive officer in 2017. Prior to joining LIAT, Inglis was the CFO of National Health Insurance Plan, Turks and Caicos and has held positions at WASA St. Lucia and Cable & Wireless Barbados Ltd. Inglis is a Chartered Certified Accountant with membership in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He brings a wealth of experience having worked for over 30 years in senior financial and leadership positions. Inglis stated that he is looking forward to his role in helping the company as it works towards financial stability and sustainability. Chief executive officer Julie Reifer-Jones said: “We are looking forward to working with Mr. Inglis at LIAT as he brings a wealth and variety of financial experience to the company especially at this time when the airline industry is undergoing rapid changes”. The management of LIAT expressed their gratitude to Andrea James who acted in the position of Chief Financial Officer during the period of vacancy. “Mrs. James, through her leadership of the finance department, was able to help us navigate some very turbulent times while the search for a chief financial officer took place,” noted the CEO. Inglis’ appointment took effect on January 8, 2018.

TheCayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) last Friday participated in the Clifton Hunter High School Career Fair. The Career Fair provided a platform for students to lean of the numerous and diverse career opportunities available in the health care field. “We are always willing and excited to do our part to nurture the next generation of health care professionals in the Cayman Islands and to help them to gain a better understanding of the skills and education required for jobs in the field,” said Communications Officer Monique Spence. “We also want to bring greater awareness to the non-clinical career opportunities and the medical specialties that are available,” she added. HSA’s engaging and interactive booth featured displays from various departments throughout the Authority including the pathology laboratory, dental unit, dietary services and EMS. Experts from each of these departments were available to answer questions about their job roles and to distribute career leaflets highlighting other clinical and non-clinical careers in health care, their educational requirements and growth opportunities. Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) Career Services Manager Heather-Ann Cahill thanked the HSA for supporting the Career Fair at the Clifton Hunter High School. “It was a tremendous success due to your active engagement with students and their excitement at taking full advantage of opportunities to learn about your business. We appreciate the time and effort you and your colleagues made and continue to make to improve the lives of our young people,” she said. The authority’s annual summer internship programme for students is expected to open for registration on March 1 2018 and close on April 30 2018.

17-year-old Amateur footballer Kareem Foster is a rising star in the sport. Having started playing in primary school, his natural ability and willingness to train hard led to him becoming theyoungest ever member of the Truth for Youth School squad at seven-years-old. The Bodden Town native captained the winning team in the Under 9 inter-primary school football league and was a member of the champion team in the Touch of Elegance under 12s basketball league. In Grade 6, Kareem was selected to behead boy at Truth for Youthand held other leadership positionsthere including prefect and house captain. While at Clifton Hunter, Kareem went onto further develop his talents. In 2015, he was honoured to get a ‘hat trick’ of awards at the Cayman Islands Football Association awards ceremony by winning the Under 15 Top Goal Scorer, Most Valuable Player in the FA Cup and League’s Most Valuable Player. During that year, Kareem was twice voted winner of Digicel’s Sportsperson of the Week and helped take the Cayman Islands to third place in a regional Under 15s Boys Championship in St. Maarten. Known for his prodigious talent, Kareem played in the Men’s Premier League at just 16-years-old with the Cayman Athletics Sports Club under the guidance of coach Gillie Seymour. Kareem is a member of the Cayman Islands U20s national side, his talents bringing him to the attentionof British football scouts. He was subsequently headhunted and trained with both Swindon Town and Ipswich Town teams, scoring the winning goal for the latter against Nottingham Forest. On and off the football pitch, Kareem leads his peers by example, by not giving in to adversity. He certainly lives by this maxim, winning golds in the long jump and the high jump at a track and field meet while recovering from a fractured shoulder earlier this year. Kareem’s community activities while at school included volunteering as George Town Football Camp’s youth coach and being a youth referee in the Primary Schools Football League. Kareem’s goal isto continue growing as a footballer while concentrating on his education. He is currently studying at Loughborough College in the U.K. and is on a two-year football scholarship from London Rangers Football Club. True to his calling, Kareem plays for both the club’s Under 18s and men’s teams.


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