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CISOCA investigating apparent rape video posted to FB

rape[Jamaica Observer] – The Centre for Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has commenced a probe into an apparent rape video posted to Facebook yesterday.

The user who posted the video has come under heavy backlash since. The footage, which is a recording of sexual intercourse between a man and a seemingly unwilling female participant, was posted from the account of a man Facebook users allege is 25 years old.

The sobbing female could be heard saying “Odane no, Odane no”, while begging him to stop.

She said, “Odane please, you wouldn’ waan nobody do your sister so, so please!”

The sobs continued. “But yuh diss me,” the man argued. “Odane please,” the female begged again.

The dialogue continued with him warning the female: “Weh mi seh? Stop di ….noise. One word out a yuh mouth an me shot yuh a bax.”

The video has attracted several unfavourable comments with angry Facebook users accusing the man of being a rapist. A post to his profile since the video went viral reads: “All who a talk bout rape get this in a unnu heads, mi neva rape from mi born…”

The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) told OBSERVER ONLINE Tuesday that they are aware of the video and that CISOCA is investigating the matter.

CCU said they are, however, unable to divulge further information because of the sensitive nature of the case. Facebook users say the female in the video is underage.

 

Caribbean to launch hospitality and investment guide

Tourism-ocho-riosBARBADOS (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the first ever Caribbean Tourism and Hospitality Investment Guide targeted at international investors will be launched in Puerto Rico next week.

The guide has been produced by CTO in collaboration with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). It will be launched at the 2015 Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference and Operations Summit (CHICOS) in Puerto Rico, November 12 and 13, and at CTO’s Caribbean Week in Canada business events next week.

The publication showcases a wide range of investment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector in CTO member states and lists incentives that Caribbean Governments are offering to attract new business.

The Investment Guide focuses on the performance of the region’s tourism and hospitality sector and Caribbean economies. It also highlights increased airlift to the region and new investments in the industry – a reflection of investor confidence in the region.

“Ours is an attractive and desirable destination with a strong, competitive advantage due to our natural resources and authentic experiences,” said CTO Chairman Richard Sealy.

“Investing in the Caribbean makes good business sense. We know it and we are proud to produce a guide that illustrates it,” said Sealy, who is also, Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport.

CHTA President Emil Lee urged investors to use the document to learn about the “incredible opportunities” which can be realized from investing in the Caribbean, noting that despite its growing pains, the Caribbean tourism industry continues to expand and diversify.

“Public-private initiatives at the regional and destination levels are actively addressing those issues which are important to the industry globally . . . lowering utility costs, improving the visitor experience, holding the line on taxes, incentivizing investments, and maximizing productivity through investments in our people.” he said.

 

Jamaican sentenced in US for giving fatal penis enlargement injection

Kasia Rivera
Kasia Rivera

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A Jamaican woman who caused a man’s death by injecting silicone into his penis has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

Kasia Rivera, who resides in East Orange, New Jersey, could also be deported to her native Jamaica under the sentence imposed Monday.

The 38-year-old woman had pleaded guilty in September to reckless manslaughter, shortly before her trial was to start. She admitted delivering the silicone injection that killed Justin Street in 2011.

Authorities say the 22-year-old East Orange man went to Rivera’s home so she could inject his penis with silicone, which he hoped would enlarge it. But the silicone she used wasn’t the kind used for medical procedures, and it caused an embolism which killed him.

Rivera acknowledged that she wasn’t a trained doctor or licensed to administer the injection.

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