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  • Man Shot, Chopped, Set On Fire In Cassava Piece

    A male resident of Cassava Piece Road in Kingston 8 was this morning shot, chopped and set on fire by attackers during a home invasion.

    The police say 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called ‘Israel’ or ‘Trulups’, was at home when about 3:30 armed men allegedly kicked opened the door to his house.

    The gunmen reportedly opened fire hitting Thomas then used a machete to chop him several times and afterwards set him on fire.

    He died at the scene.

     

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  • Gang-raped, held captive for a month - Woman struggles to recover from wicked ordeal

    At 22 years old, many females are often seated in a stable job or on the verge of launching her career. This is, however, not the case for single mother Kim White*, who says she is haunted by her past.

    "Imagine losing yuh virginity to a bunch of man against yuh will. Me hate man with every breath me take, and is like me don't know me bed head different from the bed foot. I fail at everything, and life is just really wicked to me," she said.

    The Kingston-born woman told THE STAR that her agony began at age 14. A grade eight student at a high school in St Catherine, White said that she learnt the hard way when she disobeyed her mother's order of heading straight home after classes.

    "Me leave from school and follow one a me friend dem go drop off her likkle brother at her home. When she go inna the yard go drop off the likkle bwoy, two man come and start look me. Me tell dem me nuh ready fi do road yet, and dem just start draw me inna one big yard," White said.

    She said that her friend had returned outside and was shouting her name but her mouth was gagged.

    "By the time me fren come out, me coulda hear she a call out me name, but me couldn't answer cause the bwoy cover me mouth. Them carry me go weh round a one place that look like a tunnel," she said.

    White said that when she got far inside the tunnel, she was greeted by another frightened and dirty teenager.

    "One next fat girl did in deh, and she had on a uniform. When dem leave, she tell me say dem soon come back and me keep on ask if dem a go kill me, and she say no. Dem tie me up and put a socks in mi mouth," she said.

     

    Accept her harsh reality

    Hours later, White said that she and the other girl were viciously raped by at least six men to the point of where she was left unconscious.

    "Them pull her and carry her outside, and when she come back she a bawl. Me a ask her a wah but she would a never answer me. Them pull me and carry me outside, but a bare darkness did out deh. Dem put me on a spring bed and about six a dem rape me. The first one who go, all a him blood up because a the first me a get touch. Me honestly never know when dem done cause me find myself back inna the tunnel a bleed like crazy," she said.

    Their plight for the day didn't end there, as they were once again brutally abused.

    Days turn into weeks, and White said she had no choice but to accept her harsh reality. With no resources to take showers, she told THE STAR that she and the other girl would be wiped off with a bottle of water and dirty rag before being raped. In addition, she said that they hardly got any food.

    White said that during the third week of being inside the 'tunnel', she tried to befriend one of her captors, who told her that he was being 'forced' to sexually abuse her.

    Eventually, he said that he told them how to escape.

    "We start run and him say when we reach the end of the tunnel we fi just run and nuh stop. We drop and chip up, but we never stop. Me can't tell you how long we a run for. We end up all jump inna one river and then we end up out a Ferry," she added.

    White said that they managed to find a police station where they reported the matter.

    She was later reunited with her family, while one of her kidnappers was killed by the police. Another, she said, is still behind bars.

    Although she spent a year getting counselling, White said her life has been a living hell.

    "Me nuh trust nobody name friend because me still feel like a me fren did set me up. As it relates to man, me nuh waa inna no relationship with any," she said.

    White told THE STAR that she hopes for better days and has dreams of becoming a registered nurse after she completes her secondary education as she has not attended school since the incident.

    *Name changed

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  • Cockroach milk is the new craze - scientists say it is the next super food

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    Would you drink cockroach milk if your life depended on it?

    Already some Jamaicans have scoffed at the idea of consuming the milk, which according to scientists is rich in protein, fat and sugar, and could be the next super food.

    “There must be other things weh can eat or drink other than roach milk, nuh care how good it is and which scientist test it,” Kingston resident Cynthia Brown told THE WEEKEND STAR.

    Miguel Clarke, another Kingston resident,  told THE WEEKEND STAR that he would earn from cockroaches than consume their milk.

    “Nuff cockroach deh bout. Every day mi kill dem. Mi see man farm all roach so mi would do that but mi nah put that a my mouth. Yuh mad? Man eat all kinda thing still, enuh, but cockroach? Fi wah?” he asked.

    Today is being observed worldwide as World Milk Day. Researchers have said the milk of a pregnant cockroach packs more protein than cow's milk.

    Professor Marvin Reid told THE WEEKEND STAR that he does not know much about cockroach milk but notes that there are many studies being undertaken to find cheaper foods.

    LESSER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

    “I know that with the World Health Organisation they have been examining cost-effective solutions to improve dietary quality, especially in areas that are considered lesser developed countries, and one of the strategies involves using proteins in insect. That includes insects that are very common and easy to harvest,” he said.

    Reid, the acting director of the Caribbean Institute for Health Research at the University of the West Indies, said the consumption of foods is often linked to the way people are socialised.

    “From a stomach perspective, all that it sees is molecules. For the stomach, a protein molecule is a protein molecule irrespective of where it comes from and if it’s easily digestible. From a nutritional standpoint, if it is easily digestible and it has high proportions of essential amino acids, then from that stance we have no reservation in recommending it,” Reid said.

    According to USA TODAY, a  retired professor of biology at the University of Iowa said the production of cockroach milk is very time consuming.

    "It takes 24 to 48 hours to produce "half of a drop" of cockroach milk," Barbara Stay, a cockroach milk researcher told USA TODAY.

    Stay said she never tasted cockroach milk, stating emphatically that: Cow’s milk is good enough for me." 

     

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  • Man who recently chopped traffic cop in Christiana now charged

    The man who last month attacked and chopped a police corporal who was on traffic duties in Christiana, Manchester has been slapped with a charge of wounding with intent.

    “I can confirm that the attacker has been charged,” said Wayne Cameron, the Superintendent in charge of Manchester Police Division.

    The police, however, did not give the name of the accused man.

    Reports are that the corporal was in uniform driving a service motorcycle in the town of Christiana on Tuesday, April 17, when the machete-wielding man walked up to the officer and chopped him in the face.

    The man, who is said to be of unsound mind, then chased the officer, who fell to the ground and got up in a flash in an attempt to elude his pursuer.

    The attacker was eventually shot and injured by a licensed firearm holder who was in the area.

    The police said the wounding with intent charge was laid against the man who remains in hospital under police guard. He was reportedly mobbed by citizens after the attack on the lawman.

    He suffered a broken leg among other injuries,.

    As for the injured policeman, he had to undergo corrective surgery and has since been released from hospital, Cameron said.

    Videos of both the attack on the lawman and some of the mob handling of the attacker were circulated on social media.

     

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  • Two Jamaicans make false claims as Grenfell Tower fire victims

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two Jamaicans, a man and a woman, pleaded guilty to fraud today following reports that they falsely claimed that they lived in the Grenfell Tower in London that caught fire in June last year.

    Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52 reportedly received £125,000 after they claimed they were Grenfell victims and had been staying with friends on the night of the fire.

     

    According to Sky News, Douglas has been housed at a hotel in Kensington for 276 nights at a cost of just over £55,000 and after complaining about the food in the hotel, she was given a pre-paid credit card, running up charges of more than £11,000.

     

    She reportedly had a pre-paid Oyster card so she could travel free of charge.

     

    In the meantime, Brooks spent 243 nights in hotel accommodation, costing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea more than £49,000.

     

    He racked up charges of £9,000 on a pre-paid credit card and was also given an Oyster card.

     

    The accommodation, plus financial support, added up to £67,125.35 for Douglas and £58,396.89 for Brooks.

     

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