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Published:Monday | February 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Police inspectorate to probe Santa Cruz jailbreak

Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight has said an investigation has been launched into Saturday's jailbreak at the Santa Cruz police lock-up in St Elizabeth.

Knight said the probe, which is being conducted by the Inspectorate of the Constabulary, will determine if there was any deviation from force policy.

Knight warns that disciplinary action will be taken if any member of the police force is found to be culpable.

The police say four men escaped from the Santa Cruz lock-up by cutting away the grill. Two of them, Ryan Thomas and Entley Smith, have been charged with murder, while the others, Nicolas Mason and Elrado Turner, have been charged with robbery and housebreaking, respectively.

The police are asking anyone with information on the men's whereabouts to contact the Santa Cruz police at 966-2289, the Black River police at 965-2232, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, police emergency number 119, or the nearest police station.

Jamaica's Forestry Act to be revised

Jamaica's environment minister has announced that a revision of the country's Forest Act is to commence shortly.

Minister Robert Pickersgill said the revision is aimed at making the legislation more broad-based and current and to allow the Forestry Department to have a greater impact in carrying out its mandate.

He said the revised act would also provide the necessary legal framework to support the provisions of the country's new forest policy that is now being drafted.

The forest policy will outline measures to improve transparency and accountability in the management and use of Jamaica's forest resources and expand the jurisdiction of the Forestry Department, among other things.


Kidney dialysis treatment dependent on imports

Almost every item associated with kidney dialysis treatment in Jamaica is imported, which accounts for a cost of US$350-US$450 per four-hour session.

This makes it prohibitive for most persons who need this life-saving procedure at least three times a week but opt for one session only because they cannot afford it.

"There is absolutely nothing available locally," Lurline Less, executive chairman of the Diabetic Association of Jamaica, told The Gleaner. "You have the acid that is the bicarbonate that does the filtering of the blood, you have the gauze, the tape, the needles, the dialysers (filters) and most of these things are disposable; one-off use and its into the garbage, so it's pretty expensive to keep purchasing for every treatment."

Mandeville SDA launches GA14

The Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church, in association with some 40 churches from several pastoral districts of churches in central Manchester, on Saturday launched a crusade themed 'GA14 - Reclaiming God's Agenda', an initiative they hope will seek to transform the lives of the people in and around the town and, by extension, the nation.

'GA14', meaning God's Agenda 2014, was conceptualised seven months ago by Pastor Greg Baldeo.

"We believe the devil is loose in the land of Jamaica, and we are reclaiming God's agenda, the devil is pushing his agenda and we are saying to Jamaica, it is time for us to reclaim what God has given us through the word of God.

Police double up on efforts to fight extortion

In a bid to prevent and further suppress extortion activities and build public trust and confidence, the police will be initiating increased investigative, operational and community-based strategies in affected policing areas.

Chief among these strategies is the launch of an islandwide anti-extortion campaign aimed at public education and awareness. The campaign, which will be officially launched on Monday March 3, 2014, also aims to encourage victims of extortion to come forward and report it to the police.

LIME wins seven American Advertising Awards

Telecommunications firm LIME pulled off a colossal haul of gold awards at the American Advertising Awards (ADDY Awards) 2014. The telecoms value provider copped an impressive seven awards including six gold, having impressed a distinguished panel of judges.

Topping the list is the entertaining LIME Talk EZ 'Hollywood' television commercial that won the 'Judges Choice' top overall award for Non-Traditional Advertising and is starred by LIME Brand Ambassadors Pretty Boy Floyd and comedic duo Ity & Fancy Cat. The same television commercial also won Gold in the regional competition in the same category.

LIME's awards were presented for submissions in the Caribbean region. This is the second consecutive year LIME advertising has won ADDY awards.