One Person Killed as New Round of Anti-Government Protests Rock Haiti’s Capital

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One Person Killed as New Round of Anti-Government Protests Rock Haiti’s Capital

One person was shot to death as a new round of anti-government protests rocked Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. Protesters are calling for President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to resign.

“We found a body. The victim was in his thirties. We have not yet identified him, but he was not participating in the demonstrations,” police spokesman Garry Derosiers told AFP.

It was unclear who fired the deadly shot.

On Friday, President Michel Martelly said Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was ready to resign to help end the country’s political impasse amid the widespread protests, but stopped short of saying when this might happen and whether he would leave too.

“I need to feed my kids. I am a single mom. The government does nothing to change our lives,” said a protester who only gave her name as Yolaine. Source: France 24

***UPDATE: Laurent Lamothe has resigned as prime minister.***

Flippa Mafia Fails to Get Wiretaps Thrown Out in Federal Drug Case

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Flippa Mafia Fails to Get Wiretaps Thrown Out in Federal Drug Case (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Jamaican dancehall deejay Flippa Mafia, whose real name is Andrew Davis, is facing 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted on federal drug-related charges. He was unsuccessful in getting wiretap evidence against him dismissed at a pre-trial hearing at Camden County Superior Court on November 17.

Flippa Mafia was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, leading a narcotics organization, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and money laundering.

The dancehall star has another scheduled pre-trial hearing on December 8 and his trial is set to commence on January 8.

The Jamaica Observer reports, Flippa Mafia’s attorney, J. Michael Farrell, is hopeful that the immigration reform plan President Obama signed by executive order, will kick in to help his client get bail. He is currently unable “to take up his bail due to an immigration detainer,” the Jamaica Observer reports.

Flippa Mafia was arrested last year in a dragnet, “Operation Next Day Air.”

Doctors Without Borders: Cholera Cases in Haiti on the Rise

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Doctors Without Borders: Cholera Cases in Haiti on the Rise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just when you think the Ebola virus crisis is abating, another disease rears its ugly head. Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is reporting an increase in cholera cases in Haiti in the last few weeks.

Oliver Schulz, head of the group’s Haiti mission, said since mid-October more than 2,000 people, who are symptomatic are in need of emergency hospitalization in Port-au-Prince. He said compared to the same period in 2013, the number of cases treated by his group have almost doubled. The cholera epidemic is “particularly severe during the rainy season” in Haiti. MSF says, “in recent years, the population has slowly lost their immunity to the disease.”

In a statement posted on its website, MSF says “the Haitian health system is still facing shortages of funding, human resources and drugs,” four years on from the last outbreak in 2010, which “demonstrates the authorities’ lack of preparation for outbreaks that today are known and foreseeable.”

Schulz said, “Patients come to us in critical condition as there is no system in place to provide urgent care, despite the existence of a National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera.”

MSF believes a “lack of sanitary infrastructure and of measures to clean water risk aggravates the epidemic.” Schulz says, “eradicating cholera requires radical action to prevent and treat the disease.”

Cholera has killed nearly 8,600 people in Haiti since the outbreak started.

Bob Marley to Become Face of “Global Marijuana Brand” Called “Marley Natural”

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Bob Marley to Become Face of “Global Marijuana Brand” Called “Marley Natural” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaican reggae pioneer Bob Marley will become the face of a new “global marijuana brand” called Marley Natural, according to a report on “The Today Show.”

The Marley family has teamed up with private equity firm Privateer Holdings to distribute marijuana-infused creams, oils and accessories such as “vape pens” and “heirloom Jamaican cannibas.”

The late singer’s wife, Rita Marley said, “He’s 100 percent behind what is happening. He’s happy because this is what we dreamed of.  It was unruly for them to call it weed or drugs. We saw it as a spiritual thing, given to us by God.”

Family: Jason Forbes Dies on Floor of Jamaican Hospital After Workers Ignore Cries for Help

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Family:  Jason Forbes Dies on Floor of Jamaican Hospital After Workers Ignore Cries for Help

HORROR:  The family of Jason Forbes are blaming his untimely death of the floor of the Spanish Town Hospital Tuesday night, on the hospital’s negligence.

Here’s more from the Jamaica Observer:

JASON Forbes seemingly foresaw his death while lying on the floor of the Spanish Town Hospital Tuesday night, complaining about a pain in his stomach and pleading for assistance from health care workers.

When his name was eventually called on Wednesday morning and a security guard lifted him from the floor onto a wheelchair, he was dead.

“Mi belly ah hurt mi, unnu help mi nuh, unnu a guh mek mi dead,” Forbes, the father of a 13-year-old daughter, pleaded on Tuesday night, according to his sister Carmen Gunn.

His 76-year-old mother, who spent the night at the Spanish Town Hospital with Forbes waiting for him to be attended to, also tried to get some assistance for him, but was repeatedly told to sit down.

Gunn told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that, after getting to the hospital, some time after 7:00 pm, her mother was told to get Forbes registered, which she did. Gunn said that after her mother registered Forbes they sent her back out with him.

This is the latest controversy to engulf the island. This comes months after Mario Deane died after being beaten by inmates while in custody at a police station in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Dr. Michael Baden to Perform Autopsy on Mario Deane Who Died in Police Custody

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Dr. Michael Baden to Perform Autopsy on Mario Deane Who Died in Police Custody

Famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will perform an autopsy on Mario Deane, who died while in police custody at the Barnett Street Police station in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The family of the slain man postponed the autopsy until they could retain the services of an independent pathologist.

Dr. Baden told reporters at Donald Sangster International Airport, “I am concerned about deaths in police custody,” the Jamaica Observer reports.

Baden continued, “We have had a serious problem in the United States, and I have been involved for 35 years in investigating deaths through actions in police custody. And the [relatives] here are very concerned about the death of their son, and I think that’s a legitimate concern, and [I am going to] try and see if I can provide any answers as to what happened.”

Mario Deane was severely beaten by fellow inmates after he was arrested on Aug. 3 for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was allegedly denied bail after he was overheard voicing his dislike of the police. Deane was later taken to Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he died three days later, after he was allegedly beaten by inmates.

The police initially told doctors at the hospital Mario Deane had fallen off a bunk. Clearly that was far from the truth. Six police officers have been suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. The beating death sparked widespread protests in Montego Bay, as many demanded the truth.

6 Cops Suspended Over Beating Death of Inmate Mario Dean at Montego Bay Police Station

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6 Cops Suspended Over Beating Death of Inmate Mario Dean at Montego Bay Police Station

JAMAICAN POLICE BRUTALITY:  Six Jamaican cops were suspended for the beating death of an inmate, Mario Dean, on August 6 at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay.

The officers, all connected to the Barnett Street station, were suspended after a probe into the beating death by the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The Police High Command said two of the suspended are police corporals, one a police constable and the three others are district constables, the Jamaica Observer reports. The officers were all on duty when Mario Dean was beaten by prisoners in his cell on August 3.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds released a statement (H/T Jamaica Observer):

“We are urging citizens to remain calm and are appealing to relatives to support the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and Police investigators in their probe.  We are assuring the citizenry that the JCF recognises the duty of care and we will be unrelenting in this regard, especially as it relates to persons in our custody,” said Acting Commissioner Hinds.

Mario Dean, 31, was arrested on August 3 for marijuana possession at his home in Rosemount, St. James. He was later transferred to a local hospital after the beating, where he died.  My guess is that the Jamaican police have more on their hands than to arrest someone for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Businessman Clifford Brandt Among Inmates Freed in Armed Haitian Prison Break

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Businessman Clifford Brandt Among Inmates Freed in Armed Haitian Prison Break (Map Credit: Wikipedia)

Gunmen attacked Haiti’s Croix-des-Bouquets prison, freeing an unknown number of inmates, including Clifford Brandt, a prominent businessman who has been jailed since 2012 for kidnapping two kids.

Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said the raid was aimed at freeing Brandt. He also said two guards suffered bullet wounds in the attack who occurred beforre noon on Sunday.

The Haitian government is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the re-arrest of Clifford Brandt. The prison was built in 2012 with assistance from Canada to replace a prison destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

2 Dead, Others Wounded in Drive-By Shooting at Curacao International Airport

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2 Dead, Others Wounded in Drive-By Shooting at Curacao International Airport

SHOCK: Two people were killed, several others wounded in a drive-by shooting outside the arrivals area at Curacao International Airport late Tuesday.

There are reports one of the deceased was from the Buena Vista neighborhood of Curacao.  Police has not released any further information into the shooting.

 

6 Injured, 1 Critical, After Gunfire Erupts at Houston Caribbean Festival

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6 Injured, 1 Critical, After Gunfire Erupts at Houston Caribbean Festival (Credit: HCF)

Six people were injured after gunfire erupted early Saturday at the Caribbean festival in south Houston. One person is said to be in critical condition.

Houston police said in addition to the four men hurt in the shooting, two women were hurt in the stampede for the exits following the attack.

The Jouvert Festival party, which was a part of the month-long Houston Caribbean Festival, was held at the San Miguel Arena and was set to run until 6 a.m. Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The gunfire erupted shortly before 2 a.m. when someone fired into the crowd.