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Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:34 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Nervous residents in Westmoreland, including a woman who had four family members murdered by hoodlums in less than four months, are adamant that they want the latest state of emergency to remain in place for as long as possible. “Them can stay as...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An audit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed that the selection of caterers to prepare meals for persons in custody is done at local police stations, triggering concerns that the process lacks transparency and is open to “the risk...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The three policemen who allegedly shot a man to death in St Catherine early Sunday morning before engaging an off-duty colleague in a high-speed chase and a fierce gunfight had been removed from front-line duties, but not suspended, a high-ranking...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:29 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) has raised fresh concern about the spate of fatal crashes, saying that there was an “overdose” on the weekend when another six lives were lost. They included a teen mother, who died after the Nissan Tiida...

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Government Senator Don Wehby has suggested that the Jamaican legislature needs more persons like his opposition counterpart Damion Crawford. “Let me say this with all sincerity: We need more people in politics like you with that passion, that...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:40 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Several players in Jamaica’s underworld, with assistance from unscrupulous medical practitioners, are now raking in millions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, an emerging frontier that can have deadly consequences for the...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s Constitutional Court has ordered that well-known Montego Bay businessman Patrick Chung must stand trial for allegedly having sex with his daughter over a nine-year period beginning in 1986 when she was 13 years old. Further, the panel of...

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Nervous Caribbean leaders need not worry about dwindling political and developmental support from the European Union (EU) because of possible changes to the make-up of the European Commission, a top EU official has indicated. Negotiators from...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The ruling by the Constitutional Court that the National Identification and Registration Act be struck from the books should serve as a guide to the Andrew Holness administration on how to approach the crafting of legislation, the parliamentary...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A local betting company has revealed that it sold just around $20 million in wagers on the East Portland by-election and nearly five dozen persons have cashed in on Ann-Marie Vaz’s historic victory. Adam Bjorn, owner of Betcris Jamaica, said his...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A tremor felt by about 9 p.m. on the streets of Port Antonio marked a tectonic shift in the political landscape of East Portland as Ann-Marie Vaz of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) engineered a massive victory in a seat that was held by the People’s...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica College (JC) board of management has disputed public statements made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that his Government donated $30 million to the construction of the school’s state-of-the-art stadium. Further, the board revealed that...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Placing Senator Pearnel Charles Jr at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), which already has three ministers without portfolio, will accomplish nothing, political commentator Martin Henry has suggested. Karl Samuda, Mike Henry...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man who raped a woman three times while holding her hostage inside her home for three terrifying hours has had his 40-year sentence slashed by 16 years. The Court of Appeal, in a ruling handed down last Friday, ordered that Neville Barnes, 44,...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Police and financial investigators have in their possession documentary evidence detailing alleged improprieties committed by sacked Education Minister and Senator Ruel Reid, law-enforcement sources have revealed. “We have collected several...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Education ministry is one of two state agencies that are now the subject of separate performance audits being conducted by the Auditor General’s Department (AGD). The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is the other agency. The audits, according...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has said that the $14-billion stimulus package that forms the core of the Government’s 2019-2020 Budget is “easily” sustainable. Further, Clarke pushed back at suggestions that not everyone in the society would...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An American missionary who was conferred with Jamaican citizenship yesterday has admitted that the country’s crime problem and the barbaric killing of two of his compatriots in St Mary nearly three years ago has left him a little nervous about his...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Painting a picture of cruel victimisation, former Petrojam human resource manager Roselee Scott-Heron felt wronged by her sudden dismissal two days before Christmas in 2016, one of her attorneys has revealed. Symone Mayhew, the lead attorney for...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A former general manager of the scandal-scarred Petrojam has asserted that non-disclosure agreements (NDA) have no place in the employment arrangement for public-sector employees. Further, Howard Mollison has signalled that he would be willing to...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A teacher who suffered severe injuries to her neck, shoulder, and upper back after a chair collapsed with her during a class at Bellefield High School in Manchester has been awarded close to $7 million in damages.The Supreme Court has ordered that...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health did not obtain approval for five contracts, valued at $17.9 million, that were awarded under a multimillion-dollar technical cooperation between Jamaica and a leading multilateral organisation to bolster the country's response...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

One of the country's top criminal-defence attorneys has suggested that lawmakers enact special sanctions for law-enforcement personnel proven to have "planted" evidence on an accused person to secure a conviction.For Bert Samuels, the maximum...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Police investigators have theorised that bad weather, and not captain error, turned a routine boat trip yesterday into a tragedy for a small family and their close friends.The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit confirmed last...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness should publicly name all the individuals, entities, and consultants that collected millions of dollars "they were not entitled to" from the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam and use all legal and persuasive means to...

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