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Published:Wednesday | July 16, 2014 | 7:00 AM


Farmer's death a lesson for all, says Malvern councillor

A St Elizabeth farmer died yesterday in a fire he allegedly lit on his farm.

Reacting to the incident, Darren Powell, councillor for the Malvern division, said although it was tragic that a life was lost as a result of the latest fire to affect the area, it should serve as an even greater deterrent to individuals who insist on lighting fires with scant regard for the consequences of such actions.

"What I gathered [is that] he was on his farm taking care of his garden, and, eventually, lit a fire. Yesterday (Monday), I believe he went there to do the same and he was encouraged by his fellow colleagues not to light the fire, but for some reason today (Tuesday), he felt motivated to carry out the act and he lost control of the fire," Powell said.

He added that it was also a lesson for him and other representatives to do more to ensure that residents desist from such activities.

Man held with gun, ammo

A man was arrested on Inverness Drive in Sandy Bay in Clarendon after he was reportedly held with a .38 revolver containing four .38 cartridges.

The May Pen police say about 9:23 p.m. on Monday, a police team was on patrol when the man was seen acting in a suspicious manner. He was stopped and searched and the firearm and ammunition found in his possession.

He was subsequently arrested, but the police said his identity was being withheld pending further investigations.

Miscommunication blamed for NTCS money row

Members of the National Transport Co-operative Society (NTCS) who mounted a protest Monday in relation to unpaid monies say it was the result of miscommunication.

On Monday, more than 100 transport operators protested outside the offices of attorney-at-law Patrick Bailey demanding an explanation for the failure to remit millions of dollars to them.

The Government had been ordered to pay the NTCS $1.8 billion for breaching a franchise licence after it cancelled the agreement years before it expired.

The transport operators claim they have not been able to get payments from the second installment of funds made by the transport ministry in June.

But following talks yesterday evening, spokesperson for the protesters, Edgeton Newman, said it had been decided that another meeting would be held with members on Sunday.

Alando Terrelonge, one of the lawyers for the NTCS operators, had said the delay in making the payments was caused by confusion about who is leading the entity.

Samunya search continues

It has been almost one month since four-year-old Samunya 'Poochy' Bloomfield went missing from her home in Grove Farm, St Catherine, around midnight on June 20.

The police have not found any new leads in the case.

Samunya's father, Kris-Nieve Bloomfield, told The Gleaner that the family is still hoping for her return.

Crime Stop Jamaica is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Samunya's safe return. Anyone with information on Samunya is urged to call its hotline at 311.