Crooked River residents get new homes
Twenty-two families in Crooked River, St Mary, who were displaced following the passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, have been provided with new homes by the Government.
Family members were presented with keys to the 22 new houses, as well as letters of possession for the units, during a ceremony at the Annotto Bay High School in St Mary last Friday.
The 300 square feet, two-bedroom houses were provided through a partnership initiative involving Food For The Poor, which targeted persons in the parish who were deemed worst affected by the hurricane.
'Children with mental disorders need better intervention'
Mental health disorders affect an estimated 100,000 Jamaican children who are in need of assessment and intervention, says one of the island's most respected sociologists, Dr Claudette Crawford-Brown.
Lamenting the services available to those in need, the lecturer in social work at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, said, Jamaica, like the rest of the Caribbean, was prone to dealing with its social problems through the institutionalisation of its children.
"Therefore, our children who have behavioural emotional problems are all dumped in children's homes."
She was speaking during the launch of clinical psychologist, Dr Pearnel Bell's book, A Teacher's Guide to Understanding the Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, at UWI - Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, last Friday.
Third person from four-car crash dies
The Oracabessa police have reported that a third person has succumbed to injuries he received in a four-vehicle crash on the Wilderness main road in St Mary, Saturday evening.
While investigators have yet to determine the exact cause of the crash, they have confirmed that four vehicles - a Honda Civic motor car, a Suzuki Swift motor car, a Toyota Hiace minibus and a Leyland truck - were involved.
According to the Constabulary Communication Network, investigators have reported that the evidence indicates that the Honda motor car collided head-on with the Toyota Hiace minibus. The bus then reportedly ran off the road and into a ditch, while the Honda crashed into the Suzuki Swift which, in turn, crashed into the Leyland truck, which was parked along the roadway.
'INDECOM will get our full support'
The Police High Command has distanced itself from comments attributed to rank-and-file members who have vowed to protest the recent constitutional court ruling, which reaffirmed the Independent Commission of Investigations' (INDECOM) powers to arrest cops involved in questionable shootings.
The comments came following an article that was published in The Sunday Gleaner, which suggests that some members of the Force have raised a white flag in response to a court ruling.
Owen Ellington, police commissioner, in a release yesterday, said INDECOM will get the full cooperation of the force.
He also reminded members that they are committed to the people first.