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  • No lottery scammers allowed! - MoBay landlords issue strict rental rule

    Landlords in the so-called 'scamming capital', Montego Bay, St James, have started to crack down on lottery scammers using their premises to conduct the illicit trade.

    After perusing some classified advertisements for properties in western Jamaica, THE STAR observed that several homeowners now advertising their premises for rent have shelled out extra cash to ensure a prominent 'no scammers' note is included in their vacancy listing.

     

    Crafty scammers

     

    One landlord who advertised a one-bedroom flat in Norwood, St James, about two weeks ago, said he placed the 'no scammers' condition in this

    listing because the scammers have become particularly crafty when renting places to operate.

    "What they are doing now is using the women to get the place because if they come up front with you, they're not going to get it. People rent them places and it hard fi get them out the place. They use it as a base. So when you rent it to one, all six a them come inna the place," he said.

    While the landlord did not mention being fearful of criminal charges, the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Acts, 2013 states that "The owner, occupier or any other person responsible for the management of any premises commits an offence where that owner, occupier or other person knowingly causes or knowingly permits the premises to be used for any purpose which constitutes an offence under this Act."

    Meanwhile, the landlord, who has been renting his properties some three years now, said he easily identifies scammers by their tight pants below their buttocks, and bleached out faces. He explained that he has had multiple encounters with scammers trying to rent his place by using trickery.

    "I agreed to pick up the girl [prospective tenant], and when me take a stock, is one of them [scammers] me see come on the bus with her. So me say plain and straight, there is no scammers allowed, and if you come by free will, you will leave by force," he said.

    The landlord also relayed another instance in which a man he deemed to be a scammer came to his premises in the company of someone dressed in the uniform of a prominent hotel, hoping to land the apartment. However, he said they became antsy after the 'no scammer' condition was mentioned, promising to call back, but never did.

     

    Deep-seated issue

     

    The Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis said lottery scamming remains a deep-seated issue in the city, despite the assiduous efforts of lawmen, and other entities.

    "It comes with a particular type of behaviour that most landlord don't want at their place. These guys party all night and them play music aloud in their cars, and have a lot of people around them at times, and stuff like that. So, you don't want to put your good tenants through this type of behaviour," Davis said.

    He admitted that the prevalence of the 'no scammers' notices might paint a negative picture of Montego Bay, but he notes that landlords reserve the right to stipulate who they accommodate on their premises.

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  • George Quallo is new commissioner of police

    Deputy Commissioner of Police George Quallo has been appointed new commissioner of police, Loop News understands.

    Quallo replaces Dr Carl Williams who suddenly stepped down from the post in January.

     Quallo has been in charge of Territorial Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force since 2016. He was promoted to deputy commissioner in 2015.

    He's been in the force for 40 years. 

    Assistant Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has been acting in the post of commissioner since Williams left the force.

    FEATURED IMAGE: Deputy Commissioner of Police George Quallo.

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  • I WAS LEFT IN PAIN’: Health authority probes claim of neglect at Port Antonio Hospita

    An investigation has been launched by the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) into a claim by a sickle cell patient that a nurse at the Port Antonio Hospital refused to give her pain medication that was prescribed for her.

    The patient, 23-year-old Vanessa Dormer, actually recorded a video of her experience with the nurse, which was then posted on Facebook and Youtube.

    Dormer was admitted to the hospital last month for 11 days because of sickle cell anaemia.

    She contends that despite a doctor prescribing pain medication for her, the nurse in question refused to give her the pill, leaving her in excruciating pain.

    NERHA has expressed knowledge of the video, and has held a meeting with its senior managers, from which a report is to be produced.

    Dormer has also been advised to make a formal complainant, and she has been invited to a meeting with NERHA officials.

    In the apparent video, Dormer can be heard asking the nurse for the medication, noting that she was “due the Pethidine, from 5:30 this morning.”

    In response, the nurse told Dormer that having been in the hospital for 11 days, her pain should have gone down.

    “Pethadine is not a pain killer, it’s a narcotic,” the nurse said.

    Dormer however insisted that the physician prescribed the Pethadine and it was the only medication that eased her discomfort.

    “But it ease mi pain, mi never tell him [the doctor] what me want,” the Dormer said.

    The nurse still didn’t oblige.

    “Doctor can prescribe, I don’t have to give it,” the nurse said.

    Check out the video.

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  • Calabar student stabbed in Half-Way-Tree

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    Reports have emerged that a Calabar High School student was stabbed during an incident in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew on Friday.

    Indications are that the student is being treated for wounds received after he was attacked and stabbed twice.

    However, while indicating knowledge of an incident, up to Friday night, school officials were still reportedly unclear of the details of the matter.

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  • Serena Williams holidays in Port Antonio

    Tennis superstar Serena Williams was recently spotted holidaying in Port Antonio's Blue Hole and enjoying its azure waters.

     Williams who won the Australia Open earlier this year is no stranger to Jamaica, having visited the island several times.

    Only this February she was here with her non-profit foundation the Serena Williams Fund helping with building work on the Salt Marsh Primary School in Trelawny in conjunction with Helping Hands Jamaica.

    Williams had to pull out of the recently concluded Miami Open due to a knee injury.

    She issued a statement which read: “ I have to withdraw from the BNP Paribas  Open and the Miami Open. I have not been able to rain due to my knees and I am disappointed I cannot be there. I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive. I look forward to being back as soon as I can.”

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