Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Haitian police fire rubber bullets at gas price protesters in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Six student protesters were wounded.

It was the second protest this week in Port-au-Prince to demand lower oil prices, in an impoverished country also struggling with political uncertainty.

Haiti recently announced a 30 US cent price reduction for a gallon of gas (3.8 liters), which sells for just over $4 in the country, but protesters said that was insufficient in light of falling oil prices on the international market.

Members of political organizations and students rallied at several university campuses.

In downtown Port-au-Prince, protesters threw stones at police who approached the law faculty located just meters from the presidential palace. Source: France 24

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny (Map Credit: Google)

Two teens, both aged 16, were arrested for the murder of 79-year-old retired nurse Hyacinth Hayden, who was found fatally stabbed in her Green Park, Trelawny, home on New Year’s Eve.

The boys, who were arrested on Saturday, are expected to be charged on Monday for the Hayden’s murder.

It is a sad commentary that Mrs. Hayden did so much good in the community to have her life taken by two young thugs. That’s assuming they are indeed the murderers and aren’t taking the rap for the real killer or killers.

Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden Killed in Her Trelawny, Jamaica Home

Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden Killed in Her Trelawny, Jamaica Home

Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden Killed in Her Trelawny, Jamaica Home

SHOCK:  Hyacinth Hayden, a retired nurse, was stabbed to death in her Green Park, Trelawny, Jamaica, home on New Year’s Eve. Police are trying to locate her suspected killer.

According to a distraught Ashley Hayden, husband of the slain retired nurse, shortly after 3:00 pm he left the family home to purchase a phone card and other items for his wife at a community shop.

He said that on his return, about 15 minutes later, he discovered the blood-drenched body of his wife slumped on the kitchen step. She was found with multiple stab wounds to the upper body, he said.

“… Her mouth [was] open and [there was] blood all over her chest. They (attackers) must have been around watching me. Is only someone who know that the dog was chained and could only reach a certain distance that could have done it,” said Hayden. “When me come back the dog a raise hell!”

There was speculation that the killer or killers, who might have been known to the retired nurse, lurked near her house until her husband left the premises to commit the crime.

Hayden said that when he went inside the ransacked house, blood was spattered all over the floor, which suggested that the killers may have been searching for money and other valuables.

“There was blood, from living room come right down. Every drawer pull out, everything turn upside down,” the widower said. Source: Jamaica Observer

This is a travesty. Hyacinth Hayden was doing a lot of good in her community and was taken away from her family as a result of a senseless act of violence. Absolutely reprehensible.

Small Plane With 2 Passengers Goes Missing in Guyana

Small Plane With 2 Passengers Goes Missing in Guyana

Small Plane With 2 Passengers Goes Missing in Guyana

Hours after AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control, a small plane with two passengers goes missing in Guyana.

NDTV reports the plane was flying over remote jungles in Guyana, when it went missing on Sunday.

The civil aviation department said the plane is a twin-engine, 10-seat Britten-Norman Islander. It was delivering fuel and other cargo for mining camps in southwestern Guyana, NDTV reports.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Doctors Without Borders:  Cholera Cases in Haiti on the Rise

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”

Bob Marley to Become Face of "Global Marijuana Brand" Called "Marley Natural"

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

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

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

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

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.