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Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Portia failed to list failures in PNP address, says Henry

Public affairs commentator Martin Henry says People's National Party President Portia Simpson Miller was forgetful of failures as she listed her administration's successes at Sunday's party conference.

He says it is not typical for political leaders to highlight areas that are not impressive on major political platforms. However, the commentator says Jamaicans are facing what he calls substantial pressures that make it necessary for all areas to be highlighted.

Henry says Simpson Miller neglected to speak on the poor condition of public infrastructure, the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar, and the creaking public health system.

Regarding the key industry of agriculture, Henry says with the removal of European preferential treatment on certain products, the entire sector is moving in a negative direction. He says political talk is not sufficient to improve the future status of agriculture without what he calls a radical reworking of Jamaica's position on the world market.

Man charged for nursing school bomb scare

Twenty-eight-year-old Yuhan Winter has been charged with causing public mischief after he caused a bomb scare at the University of Technology's St James campus of the Caribbean School of Nursing last week.

Reports from the Barnett Street police are that about 11 Thursday night, a call was allegedly made to the campus to inform them that a bomb was on the roof. According to the caller, the bomb would be detonated within five minutes.

The police, fire department and other emergency services were summoned. On their arrival, the area was searched, but nothing was found.

Winter, who is from Albion in the parish, was subsequently arrested and charged.

He is expected to appear before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on September 25.

11 firearms seized by police in last 48 hours

A powerful AK-47 assault rifle was among 11 firearms seized by the police within 48 hours at the weekend across the island.

Five men have been arrested in relation to the seizure of the deadly weapons.

Ninety-six rounds of ammunition were also seized.

The largest seizure was made in the community of Rosemount, St James, where seven firearms were removed from a motor vehicle on Saturday morning. The police say they approached a group of men standing beside the vehicle. The men reportedly ran as the police approached.

A search of the vehicle revealed weapons including a Glock 19, Heckler & Koch 945 and Colt .45 pistols.

Later on Saturday in Clarendon, the police say they found a homemade firearm at a premises in Kemps Hill and arrested and charged 34-year-old Rohil Martin, for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

On Sunday in Westmoreland, the police took four men into custody after seizing four firearms during an operation in Farm Pen district.