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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

 

Car Runs Red Light Leaving Four Hospitalized

Four people were rushed to hospital following a traffic accident in downtown Kingston on Tuesday morning.

Reports are that about 8am, a black Toyota Wish motor car was travelling in a southerly direction from Pechon Street towards the waterfront when, upon reaching the intersection with Port Royal Street, it collided with a vehicle going in a westerly direction towards Marcus Garvey Drive before crashing into a light pole.

 

Four occupants of the Toyota were injured and subsequently rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Meanwhile, it is being alleged that the driver of the Toyota Wish had failed to obey a red light at the intersection, resulting in the crash.

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Chris Brown Arrested On Rape Allegation In Paris

US singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape, French police say.

A 24-year-old woman alleges that the star assaulted her in a hotel suite in the city earlier this month.

She reportedly told police that the pair met at a nightclub in central Paris, close to the Champs-Elysées, before they returned to the hotel.




The singer, 29, is yet to comment on the allegation. French police are investigating the woman’s complaint.

Two other men, identified as Brown’s bodyguard and a friend, have also been arrested.

This isn’t the singer’s first encounter with the law – he has a number of previous, high-profile convictions for violence.

He received five years probation and a community service order for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, in his car in 2009.

In 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman told police he had threatened her with a gun.
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He was later freed, and his lawyer said the accusations against Brown were “demonstrably false”.


JFLAG Seeks Public’s Help To Rebuild Headquarters

Describing itself as Jamaica’s oldest LGBT group, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexual and Gays (J-Flag) has established a crowdfunding page as it seeks funds to rebuild its office building known as ‘Rainbow House’, that was gutted by fire on December 30, last year.

The fire of unknown origin caused extensive damage to the building, located in St Andrew, as well as its contents.

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According to J-FLAG, the estimated loss from the fire is US$50,000 to US$60,000.

“We have received an outpouring of support from the LGBT community, our allies, partners and donors, offering condolences and seeking information on how they can help us in our rebuilding efforts. Thanks to our government and civil society partners who have opened their doors to us, we are slowly resuming operations on a limited basis,” J-Flag said in a statement.

“We are heartened that the important work we do means so much to everyone and we are grateful for any support we can get. Based on our capacity at this time, crowdfunding is the most effective way to reach our recovery goals,” the lobby group added.

Persons and organisations wishing to contribute may do so by sending an email to rebuilding@jflag.org.

The LGBT group said the fire “came on the heels of the commencement of our 20th anniversary celebrations earlier in December. As we celebrated, we reflected on all we have achieved in two decades, and looked forward to and began planning for a renewed and re-energised purpose,” it said.

J-Flag said it was “excited about our next phase of operations in expanding the LGBT movement and securing rights for all members of the community who continue to face a plethora of challenges simply because of who we are, who we love, and how we express ourselves.”

The gay lobby group said that while investigations are still ongoing, there is evidence that the severity of the fire means it has lost most of its files, equipment, furniture and other supplies (cumulatively 90 per cent damage).  Among the items lost are computers, projectors, office furniture, refrigerator, and kitchen utensils.


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