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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1990, Kingston, Kingston U j la the Farmers Weekly FOOD PRICES agriculture INDEX Regioul _...4 Foreign jj Leiten Acrou Fuunchl ....18 Jus .35 industry records growth......IS RENTAL COST DOWN...........................24 Vol CLV1 No. 277 ESTABLISHED 1834 NOVEMBER 1990 PRICE THIRTY-SIX PAGES By Leighton Levy NIGHTCLUBS in the Corporate Area are not as safe as the people who use them may think And the agency responsible to ensure regulations are or take action when they are is short staffed and says enforcement has become a little lax. During a tour by the Gleaner of some of Kingston s better known nightclubs vio lations of the Places of Amusement Regulations of 1955 were observed 1 he regulations call for. imong other things an ad tqtiate number of clearly indl ated exit and entrance signs to be displayed in all places of amusement and a clear passage to the entrance and exits to ollow easy exit In case of emer tie At least two fire extin must be in place espe Idllv If the place of amusement has a kitchen Inaccessible Many nightclubs art. not con forming to the regulations Even where some have fire exits the doors are often locked or otherwise inaccessible in many cases signs to rhe exits are not Illuminated in the nightclubs which are usually dark Because night clubs do not set limits on the number of people dlowed to be Inside at one time the danger to life appears grave in some Instances Night clubs are supposed to be checked at least once every three months to determine if thev comply with fire and safety regulations savs Rudolph Thomas of the Fire Prevention Division on Hanover Street Kingston but .hortage of statf has become a hindrance Howie s Place on Constant Spring Road a popular night spot visited features go go dancing and gaming machines among its attrac tions The club which good patronage had no apparent fire pre measures or equipment there The walls of the go go dancing section are devoid of fire extln gulshers and there is only one visi ble to this area On Red Hills Road The Duke Of La'l Club has two fire escapes but at the time of the Gleaner's visit both were grilled and were pad locked The club s superviser who gave her name as Beverly Lewis says that the grills are left open during business hours and also she has the keys for the padlocks on the grill on her person at ail times and could handle emergencies visible signs However there were no visible signs directing anyone to the fire escapes Turntable Club another popular club on the Red Hills Road enter talnment circuit is very spacious and has large passageways to the The exit signs are not illuminated and the fire escape at the back of the club is not very visible A patron coming to the club for the first time would not be able to determine quickly If the club had a fire exit One club against which action has been taken is Pipers Lounge on the 2nd floor of a block of buildings on Constant Spring Road The club is meeting most of the require ments laid down but the fire exit and a grill in front of it were locked when the Gleaner visited The Epiphany club Spanish Court Plaza in New Kingston is one of the few clubs visited that ob- serve most of the regulations laid down by the Places of Amusement Act The club has five fire extin- guishers Three are in the dancing area more details on Homeless people march on Jamaica House The Causeway bridge has been closed with immediate effect. There has been apparent damage to the bridge and its support systems that make it too dangerous for use. A release from the Ministry of Construction said the decision to close the bridge followed monitoring of the O.D. Minister of Construction said team of local and foreign engineers have just completed an assessment of the bridge and recommended that the condition of the bridge warranted its immediate The Causeway bridge is the main link from the western end of the Corporate Area with the Portmore community and its people. It is also used heavily at weekend by people travelling to Caymanas Park race track and to several beaches in the area. In the a team from the Ministry of Construction investigate damage to one of the piers under the bridge Thursday. The pier which forms the support for the seemed to be substantially damaged as a result of wave action and vibrations from the overhead traffic. 'Trinity's' trial V THE 9mm semi-automatic Brown- ing pistol which fired the bullet that killed Sonia 'Princess' Gardner at her home on May 2 this cannot be found by the police The police have been given until Friday to locate the firearm which belonged to the deceased's hus- band. Detective Assistant Superin- tendent Keith Trinity' who has been charged with mur- der Contacted by the Gleaner yester- day Police Commissioner Herman Ricketts said the matter of the had been brought to his attention He said he had directed the Dep- uty Commissioner of Police in charge of Mr Bertram Mil- to conduct a full and thor- ough investigation of the matter to determine responsibility and to re port to him as soon as possible Crown Counsel Hugh Wildman who Is marshalling the depositions in the preliminary enquiry dis- closed this devel- to Resident Magistrate Mrs Carol Lawrence-Beswick yes- terday when the case was men- tioned In the Half Way Tree court A warrant was also Issued for the arrest of Detective Corporal Louis Brown who was absent yes- terday and who was the first po- liceman to arrive on the scene He collected the firearm Brown gave his depos- tion on Monday the fire- arm was not taken to court It was Indicated by Mr Wildman that the firearm would be taken to court yesterday and tendered as an exhibit in the case on that occa- sion Wentworth the only mem- ber of the defence team told the court that they defence also had an Interest in the firearm being located as mod- ifications to the firearm will exon- erate our Gardner's ball was extended un- til November 30 Stone Poll HAVE people's personal situ- ation gotten worse or better or remained the same since the PNP came to power In Coming In the Sunday Gleaner THE homeless people who were evicted from their on Peter s Lane downtown last week marched on Jamaica House yesterday morning to seek an audi- ence with the Prime Minister Shortly after 1000 am yester Jav the group of nine led by Lloyd 55 and Anthony 29 ied across Lady Musgrave and down Hope Road to Ja- House They were met by the at the gate to the Prime si s office and were told to and see if the letter thev d to have sent to the Prime oier had been received Bogues an aide to the ic met with the home at the police post at the gate of -naica House In a meeting that closed to the press both parties the situation for a short After the meeting Mr Bogues said the Government would see what could be done to assist the homeless people Mr Ellis said now have to await the outcome of that meeting It has not been determined if the office of the Prime Minister had received the letter sent by the homeless people two and half weeks ago Anthony Hayles said if yester day's march failed to bring any results they would be marching on Jamaica House again next Friday Among the people who marched on Jamaica House was 50 year-old Mavis Dodd who claims that she has been living on the streets since 1980 She says that political warfare had robbed her of all her belongings and since then she has been living on the streets except for a brief period when she was living at Bellevue Hospital on Windward Road Ministerial appointments THE Peoples National Party government continues to grow with most of the 45 Members of the House being appointed to Ministerial posts Yesterday two more members were sworn in one as a Minister of State and a parliamentary Secretary In all there are 19 Ministers of Government 10 Ministers of State and seven Parliamentary Secretaries and the Speaker of the House With Mr Emerson Barrett s new a new Deputy Speaker of house will be appointed Of the- 45 PNP MPs in the House only seven do not hold a position In the Government The seven remaining back- benchers are A J OT Harry Patrick Lindel Fra- Dr Karl Arthur Jones and Mr Claude Clarke was fired as Minister of Industry and Commerce earlier this year p. 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