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Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Wayne Cameron to head Police Officers’ Assn

Superintendent Wayne Cameron has been elected to be the new chairman of the Police Officers’ Association (POA).

Cameron came out on top in the elections at the POA’s annual conference at the Iberostar Hotel in St James last Friday.

He heads a seven-member executive, which includes Superintendent David White as vice-chairman and Superintendent Maldria Jones Williams as secretary/treasurer. Superintendent Christopher Phillips who chosen as assistant secretary/treasurer. Superintendents Catherine Lord and Alvin Allen, along with Assistant Superintendent St George Jackson, complete the seven-member executive.

The POA represents members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from the rank of assistant superintendent and above.



Margaret May Macaulay re-elect IACHR commissioner

Jamaican attorney Margaret May Macaulay has been re-elected as a commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Voting was held at the recent 49th Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia.

Macaulay will serve for the period 2020-2023.

OAS member states also re-elected Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño of Panama and elected new members Guatemala’s Edgar Stuardo Ralón Orellana and Julissa Mantilla Falcón from Peru.

“By January 2020, when the elected commissioners begin their terms, the IACHR’s composition will consist of five female commissioners and two male commissioners – the highest female to male ratio in the history of the IACHR,” the organisation noted in a media release.

She was first elected as a commissioner in June 2015 by the OAS General Assembly for a four-year period from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2019.



Canada urges J’can NGOs to seek funding for projects


Canada is urging non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Jamaica to submit proposals for small-scale but high-impact projects that align with the Ottawa’s international assistance priorities.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica Laurie Peters said the proposals should be submitted to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives programme by July 31 with applicants eligible for up to CDN$25,000 (J$2.6 million) per project.

Peters said that the High Commission is looking for projects that focus on women and girls, empowerment and equality, environment and climate action, and growth that works for everyone, including boys and young men.

She said that persons could also submit projects with emphasis on peace, security and violence prevention.

“So, we are inviting local organisations to our website, and look at the application details and do send in your applications,” she said.



Bermudan gets lengthy jail term for killing J’can

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC):

A Supreme Court judge yesterday sentenced a 22-year-old man to a minimum of 35 years in jail for the 2017 fatal shooting of a Jamaican national.

Morlan Steede, who was 30, married and the father of a four-year-old daughter, was murdered as he “ran for his life” from a lone gunman, who chased him through the back streets of Pembroke parish.

Kiari Tucker, 22, was convicted by a jury’s unanimous verdict last month on charges that he murdered Steede and used a firearm to commit an indictable offence after nearly six hours of deliberation. Steede’s was the 35th gun death in Bermuda since 2009.

In sentencing Tucker, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said the accused must serve at least 25 years before he is eligible for parole on the murder charge and was given an additional 10 years for the use of a firearm.