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Published:Thursday | July 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The buildings at the centre of a scathing report by the Auditor General’s Department were dilapidated and threatened the safety of the students occupying them, the education ministry has asserted. In some cases, according to minister with oversight...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Financial investigators have indicated that a legal opinion received from the nation’s chief prosecutor yesterday provided “very good guidance” in their wide-ranging corruption probe involving sacked Education Minister Ruel Reid. Robin Sykes, chief...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The nation’s second-highest court has slashed nearly 30 years off the 45-year prison sentence imposed on a St Catherine man who admitted to raping a 13-year-old girl he abducted while she was on her way to school. Carl Campbell, 46, will now have...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The public will have a say in how the Government moves ahead with Petrojam in the wake of a report which recommended, among other things, that transfer of the management of the state-owned oil refinery to the private sector “provides the only...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Senior managers at Petrojam have been directed to craft a plan to implement all the recommendations made by the Auditor General’s Department in a damning audit of the state-owned oil refinery. Energy Minister Fayval Williams, who made the...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A proposal that Jamaican immigration authorities should be compelled to alert the police when convicted gangsters are about to leave the island has not found favour with lawmakers who are reviewing the so-called anti-gang legislation. Similarly,...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

There was a litany of blunders, some by senior cops, in the moments before and immediately after a 2013 mix-up with live and blank rounds at the police training school in St Catherine, resulting in a five cops being shot, one fatally, a document...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A woman yesterday detailed for prosecutors how an official at the then Manchester Parish Council, whom she had befriended, telephoned her days before Christmas in 2015 to ask her to encash a cheque for him. The Manchester Parish Council has been...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An eight-page indictment crafted by prosecutors has alleged that over a 42-month period, starting in June 2013, Sanja Elliott, a former official at the Manchester Municipal Corporation (MMC), his wife, and parents conducted a series of multimillion...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Financial Investigations Division (FID), the agency leading the sprawling corruption probe around sacked education minister Ruel Reid, has quietly gone to court and obtained orders to compel a number of individuals and entities to turn over...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:35 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A new mandatory requirement for Jamaicans and other citizens across the globe to disclose all the social-media platforms they have visited in the last five years, along with their user names, when they apply for American visas will have a “chilling...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man who was awarded damages and requested a $30-million payout from the Government after he languished in jail for nearly six years while his case crawled through the court system has been convicted on two counts of murder. Mervin Cameron was...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has said that there are “issues” with how the 19 guns stolen from a security company in Montego Bay, St James, on the weekend were being stored. However, FLA CEO Shane Dalling declined to discuss the issues...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:07 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Local church leaders, buoyed by offers of assistance from pro-life groups in the United States (US), are seeking to convince Jamaican lawmaker Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn to withdraw a controversial motion that seeks to legalise abortions. With Dr Alveda...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:30 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaican hotel chain Sandals has dismissed as “downright false” allegations raised in a lawsuit filed in the United States (US) that for decades, it “secretly” pocketed fees collected from guests as “local government taxes”. Lawyers for Vitali...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two of the three policemen implicated in the shooting death of a businessman at a party in Chedwin Park, St Catherine, last month are to face criminal charges. Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn ruled yesterday that Corporals Kurt...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Amid a spate of violent attacks and sexual abuse of young children, the nation’s top prosecutor Paula Llewellyn has challenged the police to use the Child Care and Protection Act to go after parents and caregivers who fail to report incidents...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A member of the Integrity Commission has publicly rejected aspects of the contentious report on the sale of the Rooms on the Beach property, but insisted that its author, former Contractor General Dirk Harrison, has the full confidence of the...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The results of autopsies conducted on a civilian and a policeman killed under controversial circumstances in St Catherine two weeks ago have raised more questions regarding the events of the fateful night. The two died following a wild, high-speed...

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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

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