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Published:Monday | March 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Religious groups should address moral decay - Thwaites

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has called for religious groups to speak out against what he says is a lack of "spiritual consciousness" among citizens.

He said the lack of spiritual links has caused many, including the nation's young, to find themselves involved in activities that run counter to the morals of the country.

Speaking at the University of Technology's Interfaith Day 2013 opening ceremony last Thursday, Thwaites said, "A lot of our people - young people - are adrift because they do not know what to believe in."

He said religious groups - and not just the Church - should play a role in getting the country back on track.

The 10th staging of the interfaith ceremony was held in honour of former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, co-founder and patron of the Jamaica Council of Interfaith Fellowship.

GG calls for moral awakening

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed concern about what he said is a decline in values and attitudes in the society.

"For too long, we have allowed our values, positive attitudes and respect for the rule of law to slip. Too many of us shun hard, focused work, preferring instead activities that provide instant gratification but do not build character. We have not preserved our natural resources, as we should, for future generations," Allen said.

The governor general was speaking at the installation ceremony last Thursday for Norma Lorraine Walters, who became the first female custos of St Ann.

"Starting with the people of St Ann, especially the leaders in our communities - our pastors, JPs, our teachers, police, social workers and others - ... wherever you live, wherever you are, I urge you to play your part in a national movement for the restoration of peace, love, honesty, forgiveness and reconciliation in your parish," the governor general said during the ceremony held at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann

Multiple charges for Kartel juror

Detectives from the Kingston Central Police Division have charged the juror in the Vybz Kartel murder trial who allegedly tried to sway others to change their verdict to not guilty.

Football coach 50-year-old Livingston Cain of Stony Hill, St Andrew, has been charged with five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He is to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

Cain was arrested at court last Thursday, shortly after the 10-1 guilty verdict was handed down in the keenly watched Kartel trial.

Among the jurors he reportedly attempted to sway was the forewoman, who reported the matter.

Lottery scam reaches St Thomas

The infamous lottery scam which originated in the western parish of St James has reached Jamaica's easternmost parish, St Thomas, with the police arresting a number of persons suspected to be involved in the crime.

A total of eight persons were arrested by the Morant Bay police in the parish last week, the latest being a man arrested in Prospect on Saturday. Among those arrested are two boys aged 16 and 17.

The last arrest followed a second visit to a dwelling house by members of St Thomas Operation Support Team and the St Thomas Street Crime Unit Saturday evening.

Earlier in the day, the police conducted a search at the location, where seven persons were found in possession of identity information as well as cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other technical gadgets.