Caribbean News Round-up

Jamaica PM, Portia Simpson-Miller


Mutilated body of missing 6-Y-O found

POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING[Jamaica Observer] –  The police have reported that the body of a six-year-old St Ann boy who was reported missing on Sunday was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe district in the parish yesterday.

He is Daniel Anderson of Bellaire in Runaway Bay.

Reports from the Runaway Bay police are that about 4:15 pm, residents discovered the mutilated body and summoned them.

On their arrival, the police say the body was seen with a wound to the head.

The scene was processed and it was removed to the morgue pending a post-mortem examination.


Portia wants divine intervention before calling elections

Jamaica PM, Portia Simpson-Miller
Jamaica PM, Portia Simpson-Miller

[Jamaica Observer] – DESPITE members of the private sector, civil society and the parliamentary Opposition calling for the naming of the election date, prime minister and People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller told thousands of supporters on Sunday night that the date for the 17th General Election will not be announced without divine intervention.

“The journey might be long and I’m not telling you that the campaign will not be long. And I hear everybody guessing whether I’m going to call election or not. You will be appropriately informed when my master touches me and say, ‘my daughter go [now]’,” Simpson Miller told Comrades who converged for a mass rally in Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine.

The prime minister, whose prerogative it is to call an election, said the announcement will come at the right time.

“And as I go around, I will feel the pulse and then at the right time I will give you the sounding of the trumpet. Oh my Comrades, see the signal waving in the sky reinforcement…victory, victory, victory is nigh,” the party leader said to jubilant Comrades who she urged to “get ready”.

It has been widely speculated that the reason for Simpson Miller’s hesitancy to send Jamaicans to the polls is because of the findings of an internal poll which show the governing party trailing the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

The PNP’s Deputy General Secretary Paul Burke has, however, rubbished the assertion. He described it as “political speculation” and said “the party is ready, we are moving forward, the momentum continues”. Burke added: “We have a target of where we want to be and we are heading there, we are moving towards that target.”

In September, Director of Elections Orrette Fisher told the Jamaica Observer that a move by Parliament to implement a fixed election date would be welcomed by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).

Also, last month co-chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Richard Byles insisted that if the Government has any intention to call a general election, then it should do so and take the country out of its current state of limbo.

“If it is coming, then it should just happen and be done with. The last thing Jamaica needs at this point is a stop-and-start process, first yes, and then no, prolonging the period of political uncertainty,” he said then.


T&T more vulnerable to ISIS

Trinidad and Tobago PM, Keith Rowley
Trinidad and Tobago PM, Keith Rowley

[Trinidad Express] – Trinidad and Tobago is now more vulnerable to the threat of ISIS terrorism than it was to the threat of terrorism in 1990, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday.

And no one knows that more than the Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon, the Prime Minister added in an apparent contradiction to statements attributed to Dillon.

The Prime Minister was speaking to the media following the launch of the Committee to conduct a review of the levels of Health Care delivery at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.


2-Y-O girl shot in bed while sleeping

12243665_10153255081768506_1719115424_n[TT Guardian] – Tragedy struck early this morning in Diego Martin as a two-year-old girl was shot and killed by gunmen. However, the fatal bullet was intended for her father.

 Police identified the victim as Keira Singh.

According to reports, around 1am Kieron Paul, 25, his wife, their two-week-old baby, and Keira were all asleep in their Good Session Drive, Patna Village, Diego Martin home when gunmen forced their way into the house.

They fired shots at the family, intending to kill Paul, but it hit little Keira instead. She was shot in her stomach and died at the scene.

 Investigations continue.



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