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A Jamaicanattorney-at-lawwas stabbed to death at her home in Red Hills, St Andrew on Thursday. The deceasedhas been identified as Nordraka Williams Burnett of the law firm Townsend, Whyte and Porter. Details are unclear at this time, but reports are that Williams Burnettdied after being stabbed by her husband, who isa member of the Jamaica Defence Force. The accused, who is reportedly mentally ill, is in police custody. Top counsel Christopher Townsend, one of the lead attorneys at the law firm where Williams Burnett worked, is grief-stricken by the development. “She was a valued member of staff and our close family member,” Townsend toldLoop News.

Photo courtesy the UWI Seismic Research Centre.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre recorded a total of three seismic events in the Windward Islands one of which occurred in Dominica, between Tuesday and Wednesday. The first event was recorded around 9:00 pm local time on December 11,2018, with a magnitude of 4.0. The event's location was latitude 16.74N, longitude 59.58W, with a depth of 10 kilometres. The event was located 224 kilometres east-northeast ofPoint-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, 255 kilometres east ofSaint John's, Antigua and Barbuda, and257 kilometres northeast of Roseau, Dominica. The second event took place just 17 minutes later around 9:17 pm local time with a magnitude of 3.7 and a depth of five kilometres. The event was just 11 kilometres northeast of Roseau, Dominica, 89 kilometres north-northwest of Fort-de-France, Martinique, and 100 kilometres south-southeast ofPoint-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. The third event took place around 3:00 am on Thursday morning with a magnitude of 4.0 and depth of 10 kilometres. The event was located just 94 kilometres of Bridgetown, Barbados,102 kilometressoutheast of Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and153 kilometres southeast of Castries, Saint Lucia. If you felt this earthquake, please tell us (http://uwiseismic.com/EarthquakeFeedback.aspx) DISCLAIMER: These events have not been reviewed by an analyst but were automatically located by a seismological computational system. These preliminary results may vary when new additional data are processed.


Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorised access to photos that could, in theory, include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn't yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind. It's not yet known whether anyone actually saw the photos, but the revelation of the now-fixed problem served as another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users, as well as how frequently these slipups are recurring. The bug is the latest in a series of privacy lapses that continue to crop up, despite Facebook's repeated pledges to batten down its hatches and do a better job preventing unauthorised access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information its users intend to share only with friends and family. In general, when people grant permission for a third-party app to access their photos, they are sharing all the photos on their Facebook page, regardless of privacy settings meant to limit a photo to small circles such as family. The bug potentially gave developers access to even more photos, such as those shared on separate Marketplace and Facebook Stories features, as well as photos that weren't actually posted. Facebook said the users' photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September. The company said the bug has been fixed. The company declined to say how many of the affected users are from Europe, where stricter privacy laws took effect in May and could subject companies to fines. Facebook said it has notified the Irish Data Protection Commission of the breach. The problem comes in a year fraught with privacy scandals and other problems for the world's biggest social network. Revelations that the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million users led to congressional hearings and changes in what sorts of data Facebook lets outside developers access. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. This bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May. With each breakdown, Facebook risks losing credibility with both its audience and the advertisers whose spending generates most of the company's revenue. "It's like they keep getting these chinks in the armor that is causing this trust deficit," said Michael Priem, CEO of Modern Impact, which places ads for a variety of major brands. Although Facebook doesn't appear to be losing a lot of users, Priem said some advertisers have been seeing data indicating that people are spending less time on the social network. That's raising concerns about whether the privacy breakdowns and problems with misinformation being spread on the services are taking a toll. But it's difficult to know how much Facebook's recent wave of headaches has been affecting the service because its growth, particularly among younger people, had been slowing even before the problems began to crop up, said Nate Elliott, an analyst with the research firm Nineteen Insights. Advertisers are unlikely to curtail their spending significantly as long as Facebook is able to maintain the current size of its audience, Elliott said. So far there has been little evidence a significant percentage of the users are worried enough about privacy to get off the service. "Even if people don't trust Facebook, as long as the value that the service provides is worth more than the cost of the privacy violations, then that may be a trade-off most people are willing to make," Elliott said. On Thursday, to counter the bad rap it's gotten around privacy, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" to talk to users about their settings and whatever else may be on their mind. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan gave Facebook's work on privacy a "B'' when asked by a reporter for a grade. By 2019, she said she hopes the improvements will result in an "A." Privacy experts might call it grade inflation. In any case, the company has its work cut out before it makes the top grade. The company has had to increase how much it spends on privacy and security, which put a dent in its bottom line and in August contributed to a stock price plunge.

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, store manager Stephanie Hunt poses for photos with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45 percent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider said Friday. Altria will pay another $1.4 billion for warrants that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 percent ownership stake in the Toronto company. That would mean Altria's investment would be in the same league as the $4 billion spent earlier this year by Constellation Brands to acquire shares of Canopy Growth Corp., another Canadian pot producer. The August investment by Constellation, which makes Corona and other beverages, was the largest to date by a major U.S. corporation in the cannabis market. Whatever hesitation larger corporations in the U.S. had about entering the cannabis market appears to be fading if there is a financial justification. Altria's huge investment lit up shares of cannabis companies that have begun to set up shop in Canada, where recreational use was legalized this year. Shares of Cronos Group Inc. jumped 31 percent and neared an all-time high at the opening bell Friday. Rapid growth in the cannabis market is expected to continue as legalization expands in the U.S. and social norms change. On Tuesday, ultra-conservative Utah became the latest state to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes. Consumers are expected to spend $57 billion per year worldwide on legal cannabis by 2027, according to Arcview Market Research, a cannabis-focused investment firm. In North America, that spending is expected to grow from $9.2 billion in 2017 to $47.3 billion in 2027.


A total of 136 officers from the uniformed services of the Cayman Islands Government were honoured during the Overseas Territories Long Service Medal presentation ceremony. The event took place at the Government House on December 6. Officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Cayman Islands Fire Service and Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service were recognised for long-service milestones reached between 2014 and 2017. The Overseas Territories Police Long Service Medal, Overseas Territories Fire Brigade Long Service Medal and the Overseas Territories Prisons Long Service Medal were presented in three categories: 18 year medals, 25 year clasps and 30 year claps. For the Special ConstabularyLong Service Medal, two categories were presented: nine year medals and 19 year clasps. His Excellency the Acting Governor Franz Manderson, made the presentations. Other Government representatives officiating wereActing Deputy Governor, Stran Bodden;Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Human Resources & Immigration, Michael Ebanks and Deputy Chief Officer for the Ministry of Financial Services & Home Affairs, Kathryn Dinspel-Powell.

The premiere of indie docu-film “Men’s Voice”, screened on International Men’s Day on November 19 exceeded its attendance target. There was standing room only at Regal Cinemas for the15-minute docu-film, produced by local filmmaker Freddie Diaz. Commissioned by the Family Resource Centre to highlight men’s issues on the day of the United Nations observance, the short film was exclusively shot with people from the community. In keeping with this year’s IMD theme “Positive Male Role Models,” Men’s Voice featured a series of one-on-one interviews. The contributors were several recognisable male influencers in the Cayman Islands, and students from a local school-based mentoring programme. Interspersed with global statistics about male societal challenges, the film offered an arresting insight into the types of issues faced by males in Cayman. The contributors also gave relatable evaluations about how some stereotypes work against males. Others spoke about the need to confront the isolation that occurs when persons do not share problems, which sometimes lead to crises such as gang membership, depression, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism. Some talked about the need to be positive role models for their children as a way of trying to break the cycle. “I was very encouraged to see such a large and diverse crowd of men, women and boys in the audience,” said Minister for Health, Dwayne Seymour following the screening. In addressing the audience prior to the screening, the Minister shared some personal experiences which had influenced his belief in the need to encourage more male role models. “As a male and one of the film’s interviewees, it was interesting to hear the views of other men on topics such as living with emotionally distant fathers and the destabilising effects of growing up fatherless. We can all do more to help boys and men surmount the obstacles placed on us by machismo culture and by unrealistic expectations about how men should and should not behave.” The film’s co-producer said that making Men’s Voice had been rewarding. “As a documentary film maker my job isn’t to impose my beliefs on the subjects but rather to draw them out to reflect their individual realities,” said Diaz. “The documentary format allowed males to tackle subjects they might have felt uncomfortable talking about to friends. I think they felt that the lens and just as importantly the producer behind it was non-judgmental and wasn’t looking to score points or to critique them,” he added. According to Department of Counselling Services Director, Judith Seymour, Men’s Voice generated plenty of positive feedback among audience members. “We were delighted with the stellar turnout. The response is something that can definitely be built on,” she said. “This isn’t a men’s film, it’s a people’s one. It’s a call to action, the first step down the long road to ensuring that men and boys feel just as empowered and supported in dealing with issues as women and girls in our community.”