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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1990, Kingston, Kingston Vol. CLVI No. 259 ESTABLISHED 1834 SJnily NOVEMBER 1990 PRICE THIRTY-FOUR PAGES Uent high utility shop lifting TT7TTH LESS THAN two months to go before W shop owners in Kingston's many plazas are anxious and fretful instead of being able to look with glee at busy cash registers and stock having a short stay in their display windows. Increased high utility shop lifting and slow business activities are causing shop operators sleepless nights. The cost of renting office space In the recently refurbished Tropical Plaza on Constant Spring Road has increased from per square foot to S65 per square foot or an In- crease of more than 100 per cent. At the Village and Mall Plazas rent- has gone up by SO per cent at some stores. At Kings and Lane also on Constant Spring rent Increased between 40 and 60 per cent. Mr. Derek Mahfood. owner of Mall and Village was un- available for comment. Several businessmen told the Gleaner that based on the high rentals they arc barely covering their overheads and after the to take a serious look at their operation. Rent In some of these plazas range between and per month. Edward manager at Am- art In one of Kingston's newest the said one of the major problem his company faced at the moment was the high rental. the rent was not so high busi- ness would be far much better than it Is at the he said. He said because there was a slow down In the economy with the high Inflationary many people were now economizing on their scarce dollar. The manager at Little Lees In Tropical Marcla told the Gleaner that business was much slower now than this time last year. They were hoping that as Christmas draws nearer spending will pick up. R. manager at Paradise Store In Premier Plaza said busi- ness could be better but they were putting up a fight to keep going. Ivanhoe managing director of The Family Tree and Super- doughshous Bakery In Premier Pla- za said store operators were under severe pressure and were even sell- ing their .t the banks from seizing He said they were facing high rentals and decline In sales. He lodgements are apart from one or two busi- nesses. People who are faced with lower sales and Increasing ex- are being forced to sell furniture or any other assets to prevent the bank from moving Mr. Yee are no Im- mediate signs of any upsurge in retail sales. The future looks grim with gigantic light and con- sumers facing barrages of price Slot machine gambling only TOURISTS and local hotel guests will soon be able to gamble in but only in coin operated machines. There will be no full blown casinos...as yet at least. But several of those attending a function to sign the gaming machines deal In Ocho Rios yesterday said they expected casinos after a while. A multl million-dollar joint-venture deal to place gaming ma- chines In most of Jamaica's top hotels was signed aboard the Holiday' cruise liner at the Ocho Rios pier yesterday. The agreement was signed between a Jamaican company. Elec- tronic Amusements whose directors are Danny Tony Wright and Arnold Bertram and top executives Peter Temling and Robert Beh of Carnicon Management a US-based with cruise shipping and casino connections. Mr. Melville signed on behalf of Eletronic Amusements and Peter Temling for Carnicon. Mr. Melville declined to disclose the amount of money electing only to say of dollars. All I can say Is that It Is a lot o' Mr. Melville said there was no law to bar Jamaicans from gambling centres but mere fact that the machines would be placed in meant that 90 per cent of the money would be foreign IDowie photo SUDDEN A policeman bends to remove shrubs to look at the face of this man who fell and died on the sidewalk in front of the Coke Methodist Church at East downtown yesterday. A crowd soon assembled at the scene. Up to news time the man was unidentified. Street noises hamper court By Norman Cuff THE wheels of justice at the St. Andrew Resident Magistrate's Court at Half-Way Tree have been grinding slowly since this week with street .noises causing almost total lock-down of the No. 2 Crimi- nal Court. St. Andrew Resident Magistrate Norma Mclntosh suspended trials In the No. 2 Court which deals mainly with drug cases of unlawful possession and'breaches of the Public Utilities Act. The noise from especial- ly from motor vehicles using Max- field Avenue coupled with the heat inside the courtroom have for years been hampering sittings. In an effort to preside In a er Mrs. Mclntosh used to transfer her cases to the section of the building dealing with Civil when one of the two courtrooms were available and with a fairly good air condi- tioning system there was little or no disturbance behind closed doors. But with both Civil Courts in use for most of this she has had to be putting up with the double nuisance. With the air conditioning system in the No. 2 Court malfunctioning and the two portable fans failing to provide any conditions have been unbearable. the blaring sounds and shrill particularly from Enca- va mini-buses which appear to have been fitted with the loudest the justice system. In what is a continues to be undermined. Some time Mrs. Mclntosh declared that she would test the law regarding the turning on of sirens by Fire Brigade units at the neighbouring Half-way Tree Sta- and the Station was asked by the Clerk of the Court If the sirens could be put on after leaving the immediate vicinity of the Court. The reply from the District Offi- cer was that the regulations require that the sirens be turned on before leaving the premises. Formal complaints have beeri made to the Ministry of Justice about the heat but nothing has been done. On she suspended trials and yesterday morning only dealt with Spirit Licences. Violent deaths at 463 UP to Tuesday a total 463 violent deaths had been recorded in the island for making this one .of the most violent years in the last' ten year. Police have killed more than 100 of those to have died. Except for when 889 peo- ple died violently due to the political tensions which had engulfed the figures this year rank as the third highest since 1981 and the highest since 1984. And there are two months remaining. If the rate of violent deaths continues the year could be the bloodiest since 1980. The following list shows the number of people killed violently during the last decade. 1980 1981 1982 1983 439. The nation is still numb at last week's triple murder of Albert Re- his common law wife. Jen- nifer and their daughterat their home in Ginger near Bath St. Thomas on Saturday. On Sunday Owen Thorpe. alias was shot and killed in Arnett while attending a dance In that community. Last Amos Harris 35 and a 24 year-old security David were killed while on a collection trip for Jacksons Food Fair In Westmoreland. Cleaning the world's floors with the world's broadest line of floor maintenance equipment. Slain Calabar boy's famil but not bitter THE family of a Calabar High School student who died following -wounds to his head allegedly In- flicted in a fracas with a school- are traumatised but have shown understanding and little bit- terness about the event. i Peter 16. died Sunday af- ter being hit on the head with a Stone Thursday. In the last hours of his his speech and hearing went and a six-hour opera- tion could not save his life. The boy who Is alleged to have committed the offence and his mother are In a state of deep de- pression and have expressed sor- a minister of religion who has The late Peter Chin seen them has said. The mother of the boy alleged to have hit the other with a stone on the was at hospital when the boy's condition deteriorated. She had to be reports say. The two boys of about the same age got involved In a fight Thurs- a day after a friend of Peter was said to have been struck by the boy who is alleged to have hit Peter. Andrew the boy's himself an old student of when asked how he felt tried to fight back the tears. He feel very sad and depressed. He never really deserved this. He was such a lively and likeable always in the latest The school community has been rocked with despair and some shame by the event. Minister of Religion Garnett Roper who knows the families of the two boys In- volved has tried to help the school overcome Its grief. He told the school on Red Hills that the students as individuals and the society in general would have to discover the in man. Anybody could want to fight or win a fight but it took a big man to call he said. C-2000 FLOOR POLISHER 512 UPRIGHT VACUUM PBi2 Accessoni FOREXT-iS DV-7 DRV VACUUM WITH STAINLESS STEEL-TANK EAGLE Nobody looks after your nest egg tetter than the EAGLE. ___ interest oftyour current account- Eagle Commercial Bank Limited HEAD 24-26 Granada Cratcant. Kingston 5. Jamaica. Tatox No. 3548 EAGLE JA. 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