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            [post_content] => On Wednesday night, the son of a well-known People's National Movement (PNM) activist was gunned down when he was entering a mosque for prayers. After being shot multiple times, 28-year-old Daniel Bostic died in a hospital. With rumors circulating about the possible cause of his attack, his mother, Marva Bostic who serves as a PNM education officer under the Patrick Manning administration, dismissed suggestions that the murder of her son, who converted to Islam two years ago, was propelled by political issues.

"I refuse to believe that someone will kill my son in the mosque in the month of Ramadan to set religious or political strife," she told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. "I donít know why this happened. I donít know that he has any enemies. I donít want to judge. Let the police do their investigations."

According to reports Bostic, a father of two, was entering the Jama Masjid mosque in San Fernando to pray when a man dressed in dark clothing walked up behind him and shot him in the back of his head.

"The call to prayer had just been made and he was on his way to worship when this guy just walked up behind and shot him. As he fell to the ground, the man stood over him and shot him a few more times," Newsday was told by a witness.

His sister, Kisha Bostic, shared that minutes before the incident she was contacted by her brother seconds before he was killed, but she had missed the call.

"I was checking my phone and I realised that he had reached out to me at 7.34 p.m. He called to tell me something but did not get through. He left a voice message and as I listened to the message, I heard the gunshots," she wept. "I have that message still on my phone. He called me as he was being hunted down . . . I heard the gunshots which took my brotherís life. It is tough for me knowing I dropped my little brother off and he tried to reach out to me and I wasnít there."

After hearing the news, several Muslim organizations expressed outrage at the shooting, but urged their members to be calm and not retaliate.
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Trinidad Opposition Party Activist's Son Gunned Down While Entering The Mosque To Pray

July 4, 2015
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On Wednesday night, the son of a well-known People's National Movement (PNM) activist was gunned down when he was entering a mosque for prayers. After being shot multiple times, 28...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Following the passing of the ganja law a couple months ago, the Jamaica government will be banning driver from smoking the herb while driving. Minister†without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Dr Morais Guy, announced that the condition will be added to the Road Traffic Act to prohibit that practice. Law offenders who are caught smoking while driving or in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public places will see a fine of J$10,000(US$85).

"We feel that we have the obligation and the responsibility to ensure that people who are driving should not be smoking at the same time," Dr. Guy said in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as he closed off the debate on the report of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Road Traffic Ac.

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, also contributed to the debate and said that impaired driving due to alcohol, and other drugs, such as ganja had to be addressed under the legislation.

"Research shows that cannabis impairs cognitive and psychomotor skills and a zero tolerance level should be adopted that prohibits the presence of any amount of drugs in the blood while driving," he said.

Ferguson also highlighted that several other countries, including the United States, have taken similar approaches.

"The enforcement of comprehensive and clear legislation with appropriate penalties, and accompanied by public awareness campaigns, is a critical factor in reducing road traffic injuries and deaths associated with speed, drunk driving, and the non-use of occupant protection measures, such as, helmets, seat belts, and child restraints. Road traffic injuries are preventable," the minister said.

In 2013, a record of 11,372 persons had to be treated at accident and emergency departments in public hospitals due to road traffic crashes. While 87% percent of those treated were in the age group of 10 to 44, with†20 to 29-year-olds counting for the majority of victims at the remaining 28%.
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Law Being Imposed In Jamaica To Ban Smoking Of Ganja While Driving

July 3, 2015
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Following the passing of the ganja law a couple months ago, the Jamaica government will be banning driver from smoking the herb while driving. Ministerwithout portfolio in the Mini...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Jamaica's Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson has announced that US$200 million was invested in various renewable energy projects that will occur by the end of next year. Some of the projects invested in are the US$45 million expansion of the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester, and the recent signing of a US$47 million financing agreement with WRB Enterprises and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for development of a 20 megawatt solar plant in York Town, Clarendon. Mr. Robinson assures that the government's focus on renewable energy solutions is well placed.

"Reliable energy sources have revealed that alternative energy technologies, such as wind, solar, and electrical storage, continued to gain ground in 2014, with solar, in particular, capturing almost 50 per cent of all global investments in clean energy, which grew to over $310 billion in 2014," he said.

The Wigton Windfarm is said to be the largest wind energy facility in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, supplying over 100 million kilowatt hours of electricity to the grid on an annual basis.

"When the new 24-mega watts generating plant comes on stream in early 2016, it will increase renewable energy input to the grid by two per cent," Robinson highlighted.

As it relates tot the development of the 20-megawatt solar plant in York Town, Clarendon, the minister shares that when the facility is completed, it will be one of the largest solar projects constructed in the Caribbean.

"It is of strategic national importance to Jamaica and is one of three successfully selected proposals from among 24 other projects . . . to provide a total of 115MW of renewable energy to the Jamaican power grid," he noted.

In addition to these projects, Robinson said that there are also prospects for hydro power development, following the completion of feasibility studies late last year, which displayed 26 MW in hydro potential from six local rivers.

"The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) will be carrying out an aggressive marketing drive to attract investment to exploit these commercial opportunities while increasing Jamaicaís renewable energy supply," he said.

The minister says that all the projects highlighted along with other all will contribute to their aim to increase renewable power generation to about 20% by 2030 and in the process reduce the importation of oil, which last year amounted to US$2 billion.

"To achieve this objective we have sought to involve both private and public sector entities in the development of our renewable energy resources. Our strategy is bearing fruit as we see local and overseas companies as well as government corporations investing in renewables," he concluded.
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Jamaica Renewable Energy Projects Receive US$200 Million Investment

July 2, 2015
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Jamaica's Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson has announced that US$200 million was invested in various renewable energy projects that will occur by...Continue reading