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  • Hotel worker dies in explosion at Riu in St James

    One member of the Riu Hotel staff in St James has died as a result of injuries he received following an explosion on the hotel property this afternoon.

    Four others were injured and rushed to hospital.

    The identity of the deceased has not been released.

    It is not clear what caused the explosion but the police and fire-fighters are currently on the scene.

    More late information later.

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  • Second Romanian held locally for ATM scam

    The second of four Romanians who have been on the radar of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) for some time in relation to an ongoing ATM scam locally, has been held by the police.

    He was reportedly held with more than 20 fraudulent ATM cards and over $150,000 while allegedly making withdrawals from an ATM in the company of a Jamaican.

    The police are now hot on the heels of the other two Romanian nationals who are believed to be in the island, and who have also been implicated in the ATM scam that has reportedly so far cost Jamaicans over $50 million.

    Last Wednesday, two other Romanians attempted to enter the island, but they were denied entry based on police alerts and regional correspondence which pointed to one of the men as having been arrested, charged and convicted of fraud-related activities in the Cayman Islands.

    The international scammers, who have also targeted Barbdos and Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribean, have so far reportedly targeted ATMs  in St Ann, St Catherine and the Corporate Area locally.

     

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  • Twins burnt with hot water for stealing food

    The police have confirmed the arrest and charge of a woman who reportedly dipped her children's hands in a pan of boiling water because they stole food from the dinner pot.

    Charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm is Theresa Peters, 24 year-old labourer of Vaz Delight, Kitson Town, St Catherine.

    Detective Constable Barrington Brown of the Guanoboa Vale police said the victims are seven-year-old twins.

    "The mother of the two victims was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and is for court next week to answer the charge. She is also the mother of three other children. It is a sad situation all round," Brown told THE STAR.

    THE STAR understands that Peters was in the process of cooking ackee and saltfish and dumplings for dinner.

    She reportedly went to another section of the premises and when she returned, realised the twins took out some of the food.

    The irate mother reportedly boiled some water, grabbed the boys and then shoved their hands in the container with hot water.

    The police told THE STAR that the injury was noticed when the children turned up for school.

    The police were called in, and following an investigation, Peters was arrested and charged.

     

     
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  • Jamaican high jumper Germaine Mason dies in motorcycle accident

    Jamaican high jump record holder Germaine Mason is dead.

    Mason, a close friend of the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, crashed along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston on Thursday morning.

    Reports claim Mason, who partied with Bolt in London in August 2016, had been on a night out before the crash.

    The Jamaica Constabulary Force confirmed Mason's death on its Twitter page.

    Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted: "Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity."

    He was 34-years-old.

    Mason set a Jamaican record of 2.34 metres to win the Pan American Games gold in 2003.

    He won silver and bronze medals at the World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2002 respectively, the latter event held in his hometown of Kingston.

    Mason, in 2006, switched allegiance to Great Britain based on his faher's nationality and went on to win silver in the high jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

    The former Wolmer’s Boys' High School student, in 2004, cleared 2.25 metres to win bronze at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

     

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  • Eldest child of world's oldest person dies at 97

    DUANVALE, Trelawny — Ninety-seven-year-old Harold Fairweather, the eldest child of the world's oldest citizen, supercentenarian, Violet Mosse Brown, passed away quietly at his home here a short while ago.

    Fairweather, according to a close family member, was hypertensive and died about an hour ago following a short illness.

    His mother, Mosse Brown, affectionately called Aunt V, was born on March 10, 1900.

    On Saturday, the same day Fairweather celebrated his 97th birthday, she became the oldest person on earth, after the passing of the previous oldest, Italian Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899.

    Morano died at her home in Verbania, northern Italy, as the last survivor of the 19th century, reports said.

    Meanwhile, Aunt V, who now has four children alive, is not yet informed of the passing of her eldest child, who shared the same residence with his mother.

    Horace Hines

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