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April 16, 2018
Even on his bike, this motorist had a hard time navigating through the rocky road in Hagley Gap, St Andrew, when THE STAR vsited the community last week.

One man arrested for gun seizure

One Taurus 9mm pistol with a magazine containing thirteen 9mm cartridges was seized by the police along the Castleton main road, St Mary, on Saturday. One man was arrested and charged in connection with the seizure.

Charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition is 19-year-old Jerome McDonald, otherwise called 'Popsy', of Palm Grove Court, Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Reports from the Castleton police are that about 9:30 p.m., McDonald was among passengers on a Coaster bus which was stopped and searched by the police. A knapsack he was carrying was searched and the firearm and ammunition seized. He was subsequently arrested.

Cop suspended for behaving unprofessional manner 

Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has placed a police corporal from Trelawny division on suspension, following an incident in the parish were the policeman was captured on tape behaving in an unprofessional manner.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) is currently investigating the matter which occurred in the Clarke's Town area of Trelawny last week.

Most wanted man killed in St Elizabeth

Ryan 'Ratty' Peterkin, who was number three on the Jamaica Constabulary Force's most wanted list and one of St James' most violent men, was killed on Saturday morning during a confrontation with the security forces in Berkshire, St Elizabeth. One of his accomplices was also killed.

Peterkin, who has been evading capture since he was displaced from Montego Bay during the current State of Emergency, was wanted in connection with several murders and shootings along with other crimes.

Reports are that a security team went to a house in Berkshire, St Elizabeth to issue an arrest warrant for Peterkin. On the approach of the arrest team, the fugitive and another man opened fire and attempted to evade capture. A shooting confrontation ensued and Peterkin and his accomplice were shot. The two men were pronounced dead at the Savanna-la-mar Hospital.

One AK47 rifle with two magazines and 12 live rounds as well as one .38 revolver were recovered from the scene.

Jamaica Moves celebrates first anniversary

In celebration of Jamaica Moves' first anniversary, the Ministry of Health staged an all-day exercise and wellness event at Emancipation Park last Friday with activities for fitness enthusiasts and other persons living in Kingston and St Andrew.

There were work out and consultation sessions, physiotherapy, health screenings and dental checkups, all free of cost.

Portfolio Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, who participated in the day's activities, said the decision was made to return to the Emancipation Park, where the programme was unveiled in April 2017, because the facility promotes exercise and healthy lifestyles, through the areas that are open to the public for jogging, running, yoga and other things.

Massive growth projected for BPO sector 

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says the local business process outsourcing sector (BPO), which is valued at more than US$400 million, continues to grow exponentially, and could reach US$750 million by 2020.

"Over the years, we have seen tremendous growth in the local sector, boasting a compound annual growth rate of 20 per cent per annum," he said.

"Employment figures have more than doubled when compared to 2007. The BPO sector is now employing over 26,000 persons islandwide."

He noted however, that there are still too many persons who are in the dark about the opportunities that the sector presents, pointing out that BPO is more than call centre operations.

JamaicaEye gets private sector support

The national closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance programme, geared at improving public safety and security, is receiving strong support from members of the private sector, who believe that the initiative will make an impact on crime in the country.

Dubbed 'JamaicaEye,' the public-private partnership, launched in March, is designed to network CCTV cameras owned by the Ministry of National Security as well as accommodate feed from privately-owned cameras.

The feeds will provide useful footage in relation to criminal activity and other emergencies and will be monitored by a team of security professionals.

President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Howard Mitchell, says the programme is valuable, not only because of the impact it will have on crime, but because it serves as a template to show the importance of participatory democracy.

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