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Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:12 AM

JUTC bus driver charged with murder

Thirty-nine-year-old Oral Clarke, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus driver implicated in the recent stabbing death of a taxi driver in St Andrew, has been charged.

Clarke turned himself in to the police following the September 23 death of Akeeno Britton, a taxi operator of Ambrook Lane, Kingston 10.

Reports from the Hunts Bay Police are that about 6:45 p.m., both men had an altercation on Washington Boulevard in Kingston 20, where a knife was used to stab Britton several times.

Clarke was charged with murder last Friday.

Earthquake rattles three Caribbean islands

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 rattled three Caribbean islands early yesterday, but there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre at the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies said that the early-morning quake was felt in St Lucia, Dominica and the French-island of Martinique.

It said that the quake had a depth of 20 kilometres.

St Vincent begins three-month observation of UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS (CMC):

The Permanent Mission of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations says it has begun its three-month observation period of the UN Security Council.

The mission said that the October 1 to December 31 observation is ahead of officially taking up the country’s two-year seat on the Security Council on January 1, 2020.

“St Vincent and the Grenadines is a small country that consistently punches above its weight in international affairs,” the statement said. “The state uses the tools of diplomacy and multilateralism to advance its interests in the global arena.”

It added: “While SVG (St Vincent and the Grenadines) is small, the combination of our history, experiences, and perspectives – which we refer to as a ‘small island exceptionalism’ – compels us to lift our voices and share our unique opinions on the issue of climate change and its implications for global peace and security.”

T&T gov’t blames blinding of diabetic patients on illegal drugs

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

The Trinidad and Tobago government is blaming the use of illegally imported of drugs for the partial or total blindness of seven diabetic patients.

The patients were reportedly injected with the medicine in July and have since become blind in one or both eyes.

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh told reporters that the unregistered drug was illegally imported into the country and described the situation with the patients as “an absolute tragedy”.

In its statement in July, the Ministry of Health said: “It would have had to be brought into the country via parallel illegitimate importation channels. The Chemistry, Food and Drug Di­vision of the Ministry of Health has already seized stocks of this drug from the supplier.”

Deyalsingh told reporters there were certain doctors and pharmacists who have failed to conduct their duties for the sake of money “ … because the profit motive is so high that greed triumphs ethics and that is what happened in this case”.

He noted that the matter was also before the courts.