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Haiti aims to revive military
as end of UN mission looms
GRESSIER---Their heads held high and chests puffed out, a group
of nearly 100 Haitian men in camouflage fatigues do jumping jacks
or march around an abandoned UN compound. But after a few
drills, they seek shelter from the blazing sun in the absence of
anything else to do.
As UN military peacekeepers prepare for a full exit, this small
engineering corps is the first wave of Haiti's efforts to try and
revive a military force some 22 years after a national army was
disbanded. While Haiti is a long way off from having a real military,
these initial efforts to build up a defence force at whatever level
excites some and unnerves others.
"We're proud Haitians and we want to make the nation stronger,"
said Lt. Ted Tesnor Wolsby, a base commander in the brigade
that has received months of military training in Ecuador but
has only intermittent duties fixing irrigation ditches or roads
back in Haiti for salaries starting at $318 a month.
Haitian leaders insist that a functioning defence force is
urgently needed following a phased drawdown of all the re-
maining 2,370 UN military peacekeepers. AP
ter, Ruel Reid has an-
nounced that the Gov-
ernment has provided
$100 million to the
Mona campus of the
University of the West
Indies (UWI) to cover
outstanding fees for de-
linquent students who
have been barred from
sitting final exams.
"We are intervening on
behalf of final years (stu-
dents) too," read a post this
morning from Reid's offi-
cial Twitter handle.
Before that, a post from
the handle of Prime Minis-
ter Andrew Holness said Reid
was "reviewing the matter and will
make an intervention."
Last week, the president of the Guild
of Students at the UWI, Mona, Mikaela
Gonzales, said more than 1,000 students
including many in their final semester
would be blocked from sitting final exams
scheduled to start later this month be-
cause they did not pay outstanding fees
and therefore lacked financial clearance.
Yesterday was the deadline to pay out-
standing fees although the guild had ap-
pealed to the university for an extension.
"Whilst we understand the UWI's
stance, the inability of students to access
education due to financial constraints
trumps all other reasons," read a state-
ment from the Guild.
The university administration has in-
sisted that students were aware of the
policy from the start of the school year
Over the years, students and the UWI
administration have had public disputes
over policies regarding delinquent stu-
dents and their chance to sit exams or
In 2012, students staged a massive
protest, marched into exam halls and
allegedly destroyed university property.
Several of them including the guild
president at the time were punished.
Alleged mastermind in
ATM scam from Romania
The alleged mastermind behind an automated teller machine
(ATM) scam that has created apprehension in the banking sector
was on Monday arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation
Detective Sergeant Orville Morgan, who is assigned to the St
Andrew South CIB, told the Jamaica Observer that both a Roma-
nian and Jamaican, were picked up at an ATM in Half-Way-Tree on
Monday. The men were allegedly in the act of withdrawing cash
from accounts for which they had captured information.
"We received information that a Romanian that we are looking
for, that we suspect is the mastermind behind the ATM fraud, iden-
tified in video footage and photos, was active," the sergeant said.
The two were allegedly caught with more than $180,000 and
19 US department store cards. ---Jamaica Observer
of world's oldest
Harold Fairweather, the 97-year-old son of the world's
oldest person, Violet Brown, has died.
Fairweather died at his Duanvale, Trelawny home
at 8.54 Wednesday morning after falling ill.
"It is a sad time," said Elaine McGrowder, the care-
giver for Fairweather's mother. She said, however,
that the death has come as a shock.
According to her, Fairweather woke up earlier this
morning and did his regular morning exercises and
later engaged her and his caregiver in their usual
"He gradually became disoriented and it appeared
there was a problem," said McGrowder.
She said soon after, Fairweather passed away.
"It all happened very quickly," she said in a grief-stricken
McGrowder said it will be especially difficult to inform the
117-year-old mother about the death of her son.
"She always prayed God allow him to bury her and not the
other way around," she said.
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