Resilient cops seek to clean up Ja
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has announced that a major anti-crime initiative, code-named Operation Resilience, has already been rolled out in several crime hotspots islandwide and is having an impact.
Speaking during a Jamaica Constabulary Force quarterly press briefing yesterday, Ellington said the operation began three weeks ago in several communities in downtown and western Kingston and has since been expanded to a number of central and western parishes.
Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, who heads the operations portfolio, said Operation Resilience would seek to remove illegal firearms from these communities, arrest criminal suspects, and ensure the safety of citizens.
Overnutrition threatens Jamaicans
Jamaicans are eating their way to an early grave, nutrition expert Deon Bent warned this week.
This is reflected in the growing number of young people now afflicted by chronic non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high blood cholesterol levels, among others.
"The country … faces another nightmare in that we have seen an explosion of overnutrition … [with] no segment of the population being spared … ," said Bent, the acting director of nutrition in the Ministry of Health. She was speaking at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held at the Greater Portmore High School in St Catherine on Wednesday.
Despite gains in tackling undernutrition, which has fallen to 3.3 per cent with only 0.1 per cent being severe - down from the 1970s and '80s - Jamaicans of all walks of life are coming up big on the wrong end of the scale.
CARICOM wanted more info to act on Haiti issue
CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin Larocque has dismissed suggestions that the regional body has been silent on the recent ruling by the constitutional court in Santo Domingo, which would see thousands of persons of Haitian descent losing citizenship in the Dominican Republic.
Larocque said he delayed responding to the ruling, as he wanted to gather all the relevant information concerning the case.
"There have been consultations going on with the Haitian authorities as well. Basically, the Community is concerned about the fact that persons have been made stateless. It's a human-rights issue," Larocque said.
He said persons must also respect that the decision was made by the courts in the Dominican Republic and cannot simply be overruled.
However, refusing to divulge too much information, Larocque said the discussions on the way forward are ongoing.
Last week, former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson called for CARICOM to vociferously denounce the court's ruling.