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.

 

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Top al-Shabaab militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi surrendered to Somali police. BBC News said Hersi, a leading figure in the group’s intelligence wing, surrendered to police in the Gedo region.

In June 2012, the US state department offered $3m (£1.9m, 2.5m euros) for information leading to his capture.

It comes three months after al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US air strike.

A Somali intelligence officer, quoted by the Associated Press news agency, suggested Mr Hersi may have surrendered because of a dispute with al-Shabab members loyal to the former leader.

BBC Africa editor Mary Harper says Somali intelligence had received a tip off that he was hiding in a town close to the border with Kenya. He fell out with Godane last year and has been on the run ever since but he is still a powerful figure, she adds. Ahmad Umar was named the new leader of al-Shabab, days after Godane’s killing last September. Source: BBC News

Cairns Tragedy: Mersane Warria Arrested in Murders of 8 Kids Inside Her Home

Cairns Tragedy: Mersane Warria Arrested in Murders of 8 Kids Inside Her Home

Cairns Tragedy: Mersane Warria Arrested in Murders of 8 Kids Inside Her Home

CAIRNS TRAGEDY:  Mersane Warria has been arrested in the murders of eight children inside her home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, The Australian reports . She allegedly fatally stabbed seven of her children and a niece.

Mersane Warria is currently being treated at a hospital for stabs wounds. She has been placed under police guard. The deceased children range in age from 18 months to 14 y ears.

 

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.”

Mikhail Gorbachev Warns World Closer to New Cold War

Mikhail Gorbachev Warns World Closer to New Cold War

Mikhail Gorbachev Warns World Closer to New Cold War (Photo Credit: White House)

Former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the world is closer to a new Cold War as a resut of the tensions between the major powers.

 

The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine.

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Gorbachev said at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Gorbachev called for trust to be restored through dialogue with Moscow, and suggested the West should lift sanctions imposed against senior Russian officials over the country’s support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Failure to achieve security in Europe would make the continent irrelevant in world affairs, he said.

 

He should level some blame towards current president Vladimir Putin for his role in the rising tensions after he invaded the Ukraiine and seized the Crimean region.

 

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Riots have erupted in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka as protests mount over white acting president Guy Scott, firing Edgar Lungu, the ruling party’s secretary general following the death of president Michael Sata.

The riots started on Monday night in several places in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, including the University of Zambia and a government building designated as a place for Sata’s mourners to gather, according to witnesses.

Protesters had descended on the building, Belvedere Lodge, with stones, machetes and other weapons, and police fired tear gas into the venue to clear demonstrators from the area.

The protesters were angry over the decision by acting president, Guy Scott, to dismiss Edgar Lungu, the ruling party’s secretary general.

Lungu, who remains defence and justice minister, said his dismissal was illegal and accused Scott, who is of Scottish descent, of “insulting our culture”. Source: News 24