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Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The physical and emotional scars serve as constant reminders for Majorie Hinds about the moment, 10 years ago, when she claimed a powerful blast from a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) mortar round changed her life for the worse. Hinds’ recollection of...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Amid the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 700 people have been murdered across Jamaica since the dreaded respiratory ailment reached local soil. The staggering death toll comes despite a range of stringent COVID-19 containment measures...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The contract killer who admitted his role in the gruesome murder of Tonia McDonald, wife of popular Portland businessman Everton ‘Beachy Stout’ McDonald, is cooperating with prosecutors under a plea deal. Denvalyn Minott, who pleaded guilty to...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Mark Golding is aware of the suspicion that his challenge for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP) has evoked among some party faithful. The unease in some PNP circles, insiders say, is based on fears that Golding is merely seeking...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Beauty queen-turned-lawmaker Lisa Hanna has emerged as the front runner to take over the reins of the floundering People’s National Party (PNP), according to a leaked internal poll commissioned by the party. But with the PNP heading towards a...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

With what are believed to have been coordinated attacks on the lives of police officers and their relatives last weekend, triggering the High Command to raise the threat level for cops to high, the Jamaica Police Federation is up in arms over the...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:39 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Nevada Powe was in class at the Campion College when he was alerted that his mother was at the St Andrew-based high school to get him. It was the 1970s and Powe’s mother, Grace Duncan, was married to Dr D.K. Duncan, the controversial and polarising...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Video footage said to have been captured in Portland Western is proof of the widescale and brazen vote-buying across the constituency during the recent general election, the losing candidate has charged. The 96-second clip, which shows a man...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Investment banker-turned-politician Mark Golding has emerged as a strong contender to take over as president of the People’s National Party (PNP) as Dr Peter Phillips goes into retirement. But PNP insiders have been quick to caution that it will...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Peter Phillips has predicted that his People’s National Party (PNP) will sweep 40 seats in this week’s parliamentary election, paving the way for him to become Jamaica’s 10th prime minister. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) controlled 34 seats in...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases among some of Jamaica’s front-line workers or first responders is on the rise as they confront new challenges emanating from a second wave of the deadly respiratory illness. More than a dozen...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:36 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s electoral laws should be amended to bar candidates flagged by the Integrity Commission from contesting parliamentary elections, the head of one civil society group has suggested. The commission is the body established to police the...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

St Andrew Western Member of Parliament (MP) Anthony Hylton has identified prominent attorney Tom Tavares-Finson as the person who, without instruction, entered a guilty plea on his behalf to breaches of the anti-corruption law. Hylton, who is...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:29 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Member of Parliament for St Andrew Western Anthony Hylton had both his conviction and sentence for two breaches of Jamaica’s anti-corruption law reversed by a judge in 2011, court documents have revealed. Just over three years after the reversal,...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Members of Parliament (MPs) from the two main political parties have embraced an initiative by one civil society group that seeks to empower citizens to hold them accountable, but with an important caveat. The first-of-its-kind ‘MP Tracker’ is an...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

While acknowledging that a “prosecutorial decision” by her office delayed Lynford Allen’s murder trial, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has placed some of the blame on the St Andrew man as well as the country’s under-resourced...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Criminal charges now hang over the heads of five current and former lawmakers who have been accused of flouting Jamaica’s anti-corruption law. The Integrity Commission, Jamaica’s corruption watchdog agency, has revealed that the five – two current...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2020 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

When Teri Nichols’ cell phone lit up two weeks ago with a message from a police detective in Jamaica, she immediately thought “more bad news”. It’s been four years since her husband Harold and another American missionary, Randy Hentzel, were...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2020 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Cindy Robinson was 22 years old when she visited the Morant Bay Health Centre, located in St Thomas, for a routine tooth extraction in April 2007. The government-run clinic has disputed her claim of negligence during the procedure, but Robinson...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2020 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Its first known murder in Jamaica was committed nine years ago. The last time the Jamaican police found evidence of its use was four years ago through spent shells found at the scene of a double murder in Portland. The two men killed in that...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Two months after lawmakers on both sides of the political divide lauded a $31.5-million donation from business mogul Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Jamaica’s corruption watchdog agency has warned parliamentarians that they should not accept cash and other...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

For Dr Peter Phillips, there is no second-guessing what has been the most rewarding aspect of fatherhood. “Just the love of my children. The unconditional love,” said the leader of the Opposition and president of the People’s National Party (PNP)....

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Amid signs that last year’s bitter presidential challenge remains a divisive issue, embattled People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips has agreed to hand over a key position to rival Peter Bunting, PNP insiders have revealed. As...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The United States (US) has been waiting four and a half years to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Holness administration that would help to stamp out corruption at the Jamaican ports that allow the importation of illicit items, the...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

One retired policeman has come to the defence of Superintendent Leon Clunis amid messages being circulated on social media alleging that the senior cop ignored a recommendation to “stand down” with plans for last Friday’s deadly raid in Horizon...

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