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Published: Tuesday | December 31, 2013 Comments 0

Cops get 'til Thursday to charge man linked to Clarendon murders

The attorney representing the man taken into custody in connection with the murders of two teenagers in Salt River, Clarendon, has applied to the courts to have him released.

Dwight Reece yesterday filed a writ of habeas corpus in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court.

The 24-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday and faced a question-and-answer session by investigators on Saturday.

Police investigators told Senior Resident Magistrate Annmarie Nemhard that they were still awaiting telephone records and fingerprint analysis.

They also told the court that the man in custody was an associate of the main suspect who is still being sought.

The magistrate gave the police until Thursday to charge the accused or release him.

Nineteen-year-old Jamaican-American Franciena Johnson, of Brooklyn, New York, and her 18-year-old cousin, Nadia Fearon, disappeared last Thursday after reportedly leaving home together for May Pen.

Her body was found three days after with gunshot wounds, while Fearon's body was found later.

Haitian clinic awarded global health prize

A world-renowned clinic in Haiti has won a top global health prize.

The Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections has been named the recipient of the World Health Organization's prize for organisations that have made a significant contribution to combating tuberculosis.

This year's US$65,000 prize was designated for fighting tuberculosis in conflict and refugee areas.

The funds are expected to help with the construction of a tuberculosis hospital in Haiti.

US marijuana experiment begins tomorrow


As Colorado prepares to be the first American state to allow recreational marijuana sales, starting tomorrow, retailers are investing their fortunes into an industry that faces an uncertain future.

Officials, activists and governments around the United States (US) and beyond are watching the experiment unfold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot goes on sale in mid-2014.

The US Department of Justice, which for now is not fighting to shut down the industry, is also closely monitoring.

HEART Trust boss to head regional body

Dr Wayne Wesley, executive director of the HEART Trust/National Training Agency, has been elected chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA).

Wesley's election was held recently at the 22nd meeting of CANTA in Dominica.

As the newly elected chairman, Wesley, through the HEART Trust/NTA, has the opportunity to work with his CARICOM colleagues and fellow agencies in improving and strengthening the quality of the region's skilled workers.

His strategic thrust will be to advocate for CANTA to become the lead entity for technical vocational education and training (TVET) in the Caribbean, thereby facilitating the implementation of the requirements of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy.

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