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Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The states of emergency (SOEs) imposed across half the island as part of a push by the Government to reduce Jamaica’s ballooning murder rate will not be extended if the People’s National Party (PNP), under the leadership of Dr Peter Phillips, takes...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:34 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness last night confirmed six new cases of the novel coronavirus, including its first evidence of local transmission. The cases, which bring to eight the number of confirmed cases here, include two men, aged 63...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Daryl Vaz’s Cabinet post remains safe for now as Prime Minister Andrew Holness continues to “carefully” weigh issues surrounding the revocation of his United States (US) visa. In a statement last November, the US Embassy in Kingston revealed that...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says not accepting the resignation of Ruel Reid as education minister would have compromised the integrity of Jamaica’s “entire system of government”. Now, almost one year after Reid’s resignation, Holness believes...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An assistant teacher who admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old student at a Spanish Town high school while classes were in session has had 18 months shaved off his near nine-year prison sentence. Horace Gordon, 27, will now have to serve seven...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

For nearly three-quarters of an hour yesterday, nearly 300 vehicles were able to drive freely through a police-military checkpoint mounted at the intersection of Chisholm Avenue and Omara Road as part of the state of emergency (SOE) across the St...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The developers of The Orchards, a sprawling housing project in Old Harbour, St Catherine, could face legal action from at least one angry purchaser after they failed to keep a public commitment to deliver the remaining 200-plus units being...

Published:Saturday | January 4, 2020 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

February 2, 2016 seemed like a normal work day for Marlon McLeod when he arrived at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, St James. But within minutes, according to the then 26-year-old assistant guest relations manager, his life was...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:35 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The union that represents police commanders has shot down claims that they are using transfers and leave approvals to punish subordinates. Further, the POA, which represents cops above the rank of sergeant, has publicly thrown its support behind...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:43 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A female cop who resides in St Elizabeth with her young child and assigned duties in Hanover went to her union to complain after she learnt recently from her commanding officer that she was being transferred to Kingston. Sergeant Patrae Rowe,...

Published:Saturday | December 28, 2019 | 12:44 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The last desperate pleas of a six-year-old boy as a fast-moving fire engulfed his upstairs home in west Kingston last night brought some residents to tears. “We thought he was dead, and then we hear him at the window shouting, ‘Mommy! Mommy! Help...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Cars fitted with a smart system that will allow cops to do on-the-spot checks of individuals and motor vehicles are among a range of new technologies to be rolled out by the Jamaican police next year. Jamaica’s police chief, Major General Antony...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:46 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Court of Appeal has put on hold a decision by the General Legal Council (GLC) to strike well-known attorney Don Foote from the list of lawyers who are authorised to practise in Jamaica. Foote was granted a temporary stay of the punishment by...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:40 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man cradling a one-year-old daughter in his arms was not enough to stop marauding thugs from spraying him with bullets in what police investigators believe was another reprisal attack playing out on the streets of the east Kingston community...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Holness administration has vowed that the temporary two-hour extension of the lock-off times for entertainment events will not become a pathway to public disorder. The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to temporarily amend the...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An attorney for Petrojam has challenged a claim by former general manager of the state-owned oil refinery, Howard Mollison, that he was asked to provide company directors with information after he complained that a 2016 report to Parliament had...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Former Petrojam boss Howard Mollison has testified that the scandal-scarred state-owned oil refinery falsely indicated in a 2016 report to Parliament that his salary was more than $15 million and recounted how he was immediately dismissed after he...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:30 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Danielle Stewart* was living and working overseas in 2017 when a friend alerted her to The Orchards, an ambitious sprawling housing development under construction on more than 131 acres of decommissioned lands in Innswood, St Catherine. Stewart,...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:53 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Holness administration is moving to root out some of the inherent unfairness in the compensation structure for public-sector employees. This follows the signing yesterday of two contracts, valued at US$5.4 million and US$1.6 million,...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:39 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaican insurance companies racked up underwriting losses totalling $570 million over the first half of this year, mainly because of the carnage on the roadways, which has claimed close to 400 lives. The more than half a billion dollar in losses...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:37 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

At the end of January this year, a manager at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and two female employees who accused him of sexual harassment were all placed on administrative leave with full pay to allow for an independent...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:30 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Increased economic opportunities, upgraded infrastructure, and improved technology are just some of the benefits sceptical residents of Port Royal can look forward to under the latest plan crafted by the Government for the development of the...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:34 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Well-known attorney Don Foote has been struck from the roll of lawyers authorised to practise in Jamaica over claims that he under-reported by $9 million the amount awarded to a woman he represented in a lawsuit. He is the seventh lawyer struck...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:40 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Joeith Lynch completed sixth form at The Queen’s School in St Andrew in 2011 with eight passes and had her eyes set on studying medicine. By early July that year, according to a relative, the 18-year-old was in the middle of making plans for her...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:37 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jurors in the so-called beheading murder trial have been asked to rely on a liar, the attorney for the last remaining accused has asserted. Lloyd McFarlane, the attorney for accused killer Kemar Riley was making reference to the main prosecution...

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