Criminals moving to avoid capture
The Police are urging members of the public to be on the lookout for strangers in their communities, based on intelligence which points to the migration of criminals to different areas.
Persons being sought for various crimes often try to elude law-enforcement officials by fleeing to other communities, where they continue to commit crimes. It is against that background that the police are advising citizens to report suspicious persons or incidents in their communities and to take greater care to protect themselves.
They are also urging adults to warn children to avoid strangers and lonely areas, and residents are being encouraged to become actively involved in the neighbourhood watch groups.
The public is also being reminded that harbouring a criminal is an offence punishable by law.
Gov't cancels announcement of clinker exports to pay oil debt
The Government has put off announcing a deal for Jamaica to export clinker to Venezuela as part of debt payments under the PetroCaribe agreement.
Clinker is an intermediate stage of cement production, which accounts for about 95 per cent of the material used for ordinary Portland Cement.
Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell was expected to use a press conference yesterday to announce the deal that would see the Caribbean Cement Company Limited supplying clinker to a Venezuelan company.
However, a brief statement from the Mining Ministry yesterday said the press conference had been postponed until further notice.
Under the Trade Compensation Mechanism of the PetroCaribe Energy Cooperation Agreement, Jamaica is allowed to settle a portion of its oil debt to Venezuela through the export of goods and/or services.
Jamaica has also been contemplating having its teachers train Venezuelans in the English language as part of its repayment options.
NEPA trying to find cause of stench over Kingston
Up to press time last night, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) was trying to determine the cause of the strong sewage odour that was spreading across Kingston and nearby environs.
NEPA's acting manager of public education, Ava Tomlinson, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the odour had stretched as far as Palisadoes, Port Royal.
She said NEPA, the National Water Commission, the Ministry of Health, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management were investigating the matter.
Privately owned lending agencies to be regulated
The Government is moving to regulate privately owned money-lending institutions as part of efforts to combat money-laundering activities.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, says amendments are to be made to the Micro Credit Act to facilitate the change.
Senator Falconer says the new regulations will help to protect persons who do business with private moneylending institutions as well as set out a framework for guarding against illicit activities.
She notes that in the last 10 years, there has been significant growth in privately owned moneylending institutions operating in the economy.