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Kingston Gleaner (Newspaper) - March 14, 2015, Kingston, Kingston A MAGISTRATE yesterday urged prosecutors in the multimillion- dollar money- laundering case against Kingston attorney Dawn Satterswaite and four others to consider adjourning the impending trial indefinitely. That appeal by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey came in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court after attorneys for Satterswaite and her co- accused indicated that they are awaiting decisions in three cases, now before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, that could impact the money- laundering case. “ If the Appeal Court rules in favour of the accused [ Satterwaite and her co- accused], this [ money- laundering], case would collapse without a ball being bowled,” explained Ian Wilkinson, the attorney for two of the accused, Janet Ramsey and Paulette Higgins. Wilkinson, in his application to have the case adjourned indefinitely, also pointed out that the decisions of the two high courts are likely to be appealed. Prosecutors gave several reasons for opposing the application by defence attorneys, but their argument did not find favour with the senior resident magistrate. SEEK ADVICE “ I don’t think you should proceed with so many things hanging over your head,” Pusey told prosecutors. “ I am prepared to give you an opportunity to run this by your colleagues and take a principled position. I urge you to take the time and sit down with your superiors in the interest of justice,” Pusey added. As a result, the case was adjourned until next Friday when prosecutors are expected to indicate their decision. Prosecutors have alleged that over an 11- year period, starting in 1989, Satterswaite purchased some 30 high- end properties valued at close to $ 500 million for Andrew Hamilton, a Jamaican who was convicted in the United States on drug charges and is now serving a four- year prison sentence. It is further alleged that Satterswaite had the properties registered in the names of Hamilton’s close relatives and friends, and that she was responsible for maintaining them. WESTERN FOCUS D1- D4 ENTERTAINMENT C7- C8 CLASSIFIEDS D5- D7 MEMORIAM D8 THE GLEANER, SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015 • www. jamaica- gleaner. com • gleanerjamaica • jamaicagleaner • NEWS A3 Study shows Corporate Area needs additional fire station K INGSTON AND St Andrew need an additional fire station. This is one of the key recommendations of a study conducted by University of Technology ( UTech) lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, Alvin Clarke. The study utilised Geographical Information System ( GIS) technology to analyse emergency responses by the Jamaica Fire Brigade ( JFB) during 2010. In explaining the findings to The Gleaner , Clarke outlined that demographic changes and widespread fire incidences indicate that an additional fire station is needed in Kingston and St Andrew. “ If you check the data to see when the last station was built in Kingston and St Andrew compared to how the population has grown, even in areas like Liguanea, the golden triangle area, where you have one- acre lots occupied by single family, say 30 years ago, it’s now an apartment complex with about 30 families,” he said. INCREASED POPULATION He went on to explain that the increased population puts pressure on the Half- Way Tree station, which responds to most of the fire calls. “ The Half- Way Tree station tops the list for the most calls received and responded to. If one station is under increased pressure to respond, you can just imagine what would happen to the personnel working there.” The Stony Hill station was the last fire station built in Kingston and St Andrew. It was built in 1979. According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, the population of the parish at the end of 1977 was 643,800. At the end of 2012, the population of the parish was 666,041. Kellier takes fight to praedial thieves Richard Mitchell Staff Reporter WITH PRAEDIAL larceny a long- standing problem for the more than 230,000 farmers across the island, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has announced multiple initiatives aimed at reinvigorating the praedial larceny prevention programme. Speaking at a media briefing, Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier acknowledged the negative repercussions that theft of agricultural crops and livestock have on the country. “ Praedial larceny undermines productivity, threatens livelihood, and is a crime that must be arrested. Our estimates are that $ 5 billion is lost annually as a consequence of praedial larceny and farm theft. That would amount to some $ 50 billion over the last decade,” the minister explained. “ Praedial larceny is also the greatest deterrent to agricultural growth, given that this scourge discourages new players from entering and investing in the sector,” noted Kellier. INITIATIVES The minister announced the appointment of Deputy Superintendent of Police ( DSP) Kevin Francis as head of the Praedial Larceny Unit. Included in this new team is Sergeant Damian Harry, who will be the praedial larceny prevention officer, and Trudy- Ann Edwards, the praedial larceny prevention coordinator. “ The significance of these appointments is that being active members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force ( JCF), they will have access to and will be able to mobilise members of the entire force across Jamaica to deal with praedial larceny issues,” Kellier announced. “ We now expect an intensification of operations on the ground,” he added. Kellier announced that he will continue to work on a “ slew” of legislative amendments in an attempt to deter acts of praedial larceny. Among those changes, Kellier said he will propose to expand the definition of praedial larceny to cover livestock, including fish, and will also seek to “ significantly” increase fines for breaches under the respective acts. The minister also used the occasion to publicise that the recently launched National Animal Identification and Traceability System, which he said is an integral part of the anti- praedial larceny effort, now has in its database 500 animals. NORMAN GRINDLEY/ CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER These women on Weymouth Drive, St Andrew, wear masks to protect themselves from smoke coming from the Riverton City dump in Kingston yesterday. RM urges trial adjournment in money- laundering case Landfill smog puts health services under pressure SCORES OF asthmatics and persons with other respiratory problems were turned away by health professionals at public- health clinics when they got into difficulties caused by smoke from the Riverton City Landfill, which has overwhelmed the city over the past few days. Janice, a mother of six, was sent scurrying to a clinic in Drewsland, West Central St Andrew, after the smoke from the burning dump descended on the community in which she lives. Like many others, Janice said she was turned away because of an unavailability of a drug known as Ventolin that is marketed in Jamaica. This has forced the South East Regional Health Authority ( SERHA) to move with dispatch to put additional measures in place to deal with the current health conditions being experienced by citizens in the Corporate Area and environs in the wake of the fire at the Riverton City Landfill. Chairman of the SERHA board, Dr Andrei Cooke confirmed late yesterday that in light of the ongoing environmental challenges, some hospitals and health centres were experiencing an increase in the demand for services, particularly for respiratory conditions. COORDINATE RESOURCES “ We have been instructed by the Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson to activate SERHA’s Emergency Operation Centre, which is being manned by the regional technical team, to streamline and coordinate our response efforts,” Cooke said. “ In addition, some health centres will remain open over the weekend, starting at 8 a. m., in anticipation of the number of persons that are likely to require urgent health- care services during this period, should the prevailing conditions continue.” UPDATE ON RIVERTON CRISIS THE FIRE at the Riverton City Landfill has been causing distress to thousands of residents. At a press conference held yesterday, the heads of various national agencies provided an update on the situation. Here are some of the main points:  The fire started 4: 15 p. m. on Wednesday. Up to late yesterday, it was still raging, but no timeline was provided for extinguishing the blaze.  The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is coordinating the national emergency response, pulling on resources from multiple agencies.  The fire is affecting approximately half of the 120- acre facility.  This is possibly the largest fire ever at the landfill.  Authorities need more heavy- duty equipment to fight the blaze and are appealing for private- sector help. FILE Dr Fenton Ferguson, minister of health.

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