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Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 3:29 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writers, Gleaner Writer

A senior member of the Jamaican military today surmised that the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens would have been "very messy" if women and children were used by gunmen as human shield....

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 4:20 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the west Kingston commission of enquiry Sir David Simmons has ruled that no new witness statements will be accepted after today. The ruling came after attorneys for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) raised concerns about a statement taken...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 12:21 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Lloyd D’Aguilar-led Tivoli Committee still has standing at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry. Last week the group, was given until today to provide witness statements to the committee or lose its standing at the commission. The...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 11:53 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has revealed that there was intelligence at the time which suggested that there were criminals armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens....

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 3:33 PMGleaner Writer

The reported raping of a woman in front of her daughter yesterday afternoon and the shooting of a policeman by criminals who invaded the Longville Park community in Clarendon has left residents fuming. This morning the angry residents came out to...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 1:40 PMJodi-ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

Members of the police force spent a big portion of this morning trying to control large crowds that gathered at various Digicel outlets in the Corporate Area. This comes after the telecommunications company sent text messages informing customers that they would be ...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 10:25 PMRaymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Asafa Powell were at their best on the second day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championship inside the National Stadium with impressive wins. Fraser-Pryce...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 1:13 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, is insisting that there is no attempt to weaken the power of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). A parliamentary committee is reviewing INDECOM and Bunting and Justice Minister, Senator...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:26 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer who served as one of the army's ground commanders during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens has revealed that he was extremely surprised when he heard of the number of persons who died in the...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 7:12 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Opposition says Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Anthony Hylton, should be fired over what it calls his embarrassing handling of a proposed US$5 billion logistics hub investment. Today, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) informed...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 6:24 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) says it will be moving to address the problem of the stagnant water with an overbearing stench in a section of downtown Kingston.  For more than two weeks, the water, which has settled at...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:57 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired army officer has revealed that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) used "explosives" to clear a roadblock leading into Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations. However, retired Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Sewell, who was in...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:27 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) colonel has given evidence before the west Kingston commission of enquiry that appears to contradict aspects of the testimony given by Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Rose. Lieutenant Colonel Andrew...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 3:39 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Jamaica Defence Force chief, Major General Stewart Saunders, has described  the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens as successful. That description came as Saunders testified during cross-examination before the...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 10:49 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Chief of Defence Staff Major General Stewart Saunders has testified that he has no idea who may have tipped off drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke about a pending extradition request from United States...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 10:25 AMRobert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's men’s Olympic football team departed the island yesterday to participate in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifiers in the Dominican Republic intent on a historic berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The under-23...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 9:35 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The former head of the Jamaica Defence Force Major General Stewart Saunders has revealed that drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was captured based on intelligence provided by the military. Coke was captured in June 2010 along the...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 1:50 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Retired army chief Stewart Saunders says he believes former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and other police top brass were aware of plans by the military to use mortars in the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens. At the same time, Major...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 1:26 PMLeighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s discus thrower Traves Smikle has lost his appeal against his two-year ban imposed by a Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in June 2014. Smikle, the former national record holder was banned for two years, after traces of the...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 1:10 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Retired army chief Stewart Saunders has revealed that he authorised the use of masks by some soldiers who participated in the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens. Saunders said the masks he authorised partially covered the faces of the soldiers...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 12:32 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former army chief Major General Stewart Saunders this morning revealed that it was entirely his decision to use mortars during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens. Testifying before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, Saunders said there...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 12:20 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

General Stewart Saunders this morning repeated that drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke "hurriedly" left his upper St Andrew home and drove to his west Kingston stronghold of Tivoli Gardens nearly five minutes after he and the...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 11:24 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the west Kingston commission of enquiry Sir David Simmons has given the Tivoli Committee one week to fulfill certain obligations or be barred from further participating in the hearings. This development came after the new attorney for...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMGleaner Writer

THE STORIES about absentee fathers are always told, but little about those who yearn to fulfill their obligations and who must deal with the tricks played by the mothers involved.A frustrated grandmother related an incident to Family and Religion...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 11:04 PMGleaner Writer

Joy Powell is a cook from May Pen in Clarendon Jamaica, who migrated to the United States over 20 years ago.Today she has become the face of authentic jerk chicken and pork at a takeout only Jamaican restaurant in Orange, New Jersey.Called the...

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