KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police have tightened security in sections of West Kingston following Sunday’s shooting of Leighton “Livity” Coke, the brother of jailed West Kingston drug lord Christopher “Dudus’ Coke.

The police said that Livity and a female companion were shot by a gunman early Sunday as they walked along a road in the central parish of St. Catherine.

They were both rushed to hospital where Coke is stable but the woman is in critical condition.

Shortly after the incident, the police high command rushed to dispel rumours that Coke had died and urged residents of West Kingston to remain calm.

The police, along with the military have put measures in place to prevent an outbreak of gun violence particularly among rival gangs in West Kingston.

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Disaster officials are monitoring an increase in activities taking place at Kick ‘em Jenny, the region’s only submarine volcano located between Grenada and the Grenadine island of Carriacou.

In a release early Sunday, the National Disaster Management Agency said it has been advised of the increase in activity by the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

“The UWI/SRC recorded a high amplitude signal, lasting about 25 seconds, on one of the Grenada stations.  The signal was also recorded on a station in Montserrat.  This signal follows an increase in the number of background events associated with the Kick-‘em-Jenny volcano,” said the release which confirmed that persons in the St Patrick’s area have reported feeling tremors.

As a result, the alert level is now on yellow and sea users and ships have been warned to stay away from the vicinity of the volcano.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A new Commissioner of Police has been appointed in Jamaica. He is George Quallo.

Speaking at his installation as the island’s 29th Commissioner of Police on Friday, Quallo pledged to develop culture of proactive policing within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The new Commissioner also said that central to the JCF’s focus on arresting crime and violence is the need for the organization’s intelligence capabilities to reflect the current demands.

Simultaneously, he said, the JCF’s analytical tools have to be upgraded to produce relevant and reliable information.

“I commit to ensuring that greater attention and resources are focused on the expansion and improvement of our intelligence machinery. I firmly believe that with better and more calculated intelligence, the quest for preventing crime will be enriched and will find expression in more coordinated and successful responses.”

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment”.

Glasser was addressing the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas. Held recently in Montreal, the gathering included more than 1,000 delegates from 50 countries, including the Caribbean.

“We recognise that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is arguably the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment, because without those efforts our other efforts to reduce many hazards and the risks those pose to communities would be overwhelmed over the longer term,” Glasser said.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The bamboo plant can be found in abundance in several Caribbean countries, but the director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Dr. Hans Friederich, says its importance in dealing with climate change has been missed by many of these countries.

“Bamboo and rattan, to a lesser extent, have been in a way forgotten as mechanisms that can help countries both with mitigation of climate change and with adaptation. And I think, certainly for the Caribbean, for Jamaica, both aspects are important,” Friederich told IPS.

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