Chil­dren among 4 mur­dered in Claren­don; Grange ap­peals for info

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

(Ja­maica Ob­server) The Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Gen­der, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport, Olivia Grange, in con­demn­ing two shoot­ing at­tacks in Claren­don that left two chil­dren and a woman dead, urged Ja­maicans to speak out against per­pe­tra­tors.

Grange, in a me­dia re­lease yes­ter­day, said there could be no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the “cold, cal­cu­lated and de­spi­ca­ble at­tacks,” which took place within a 24-hour pe­riod.

“It re­quires all of us to end the vi­o­lence; we have to say what we know and help to con­vict the per­pe­tra­tors. We have to be­come in­form­ers. We can­not stay silent,” Grange said.

Fri­day morn­ing, a six-year-old boy, Ti­mothy Basaragh, was shot dead in the com­mu­nity of Farm af­ter men re­port­edly en­tered his home and opened fire hit­ting him in the throat and head. His mother was also shot in her hand.

The shoot­ing fol­lowed Thurs­day night’s in­ci­dent in Race Course that left three in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing a high school stu­dent, dead af­ter gun­men opened fire at pa­trons in a restau­rant and bar.

Those killed have been iden­ti­fied as 13year-old Shaneil Bart­ley, who was a stu­dent of Cen­tral High School, 24-year-old bar­tender Amoy Rick­etts and Randy Ranger.

Grange said the other vic­tims are in her prayers and has man­dated the Bureau of Gen­der Af­fairs to work with other state agen­cies in pro­vid­ing sup­port to those af­fected by the at­tacks.

In ref­er­ence to data re­leased by the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force just this week show­ing that more than 900 mur­ders had been com­mit­ted in Ja­maica up to Au­gust 12, the min­is­ter urged the com­mu­ni­ties and any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the at­tacks to “work with the po­lice to find the per­pe­tra­tors and put them away be­cause no one will be safe as long as the killers are free.” PARIS (Reuters) - Most French vot­ers are now dis­sat­is­fied with Em­manuel Macron’s per­for­mance, a poll showed to­day, mark­ing a dra­matic turn­around for a pres­i­dent who basked in a land­slide elec­tion vic­tory less than four months ago.

The poll, con­ducted by Ifop for news­pa­per Le Jour­nal du Di­manche (JDD) showed Macron’s dis­sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing at 57 per cent, 14 per­cent­age points worse than Ifop’s last poll in July.

Forty per cent ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the cen­trist leader - also down 14 points from July.

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