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Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE sweeping gun-control measures announced nearly 1,500 miles from Jamaica's shores by United States President Barack Obama could help to turn around the island's rising murder rate, local law-enforcement stakeholders have suggested.Nearly 1,200...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 10:56 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The St Richards Primary School teacher accused of beating a student causing him injuries this morning pleaded not guilty to assault charges. It was the first court appearance for Beverly Dinall since the alleged incident sparked a national debate...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

WITH PIECES of chicken strewn across a grill and the sound of calypso music blaring from a car stereo, good friends Peter Young, Christopher Frederick, and Julian Rodney were all set to ring in the new year.It was even more special because they had...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FIFTY-ONE-year-old Albert Barnes did not stand a chance.A video recording captured by the internal camera system on board the No. 72 Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus he was operating has reportedly shown that the married father of two...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The country's escalating murder rate and a lack of faith in the security forces to keep citizens safe have been cited as two of the factors behind a 14 per cent jump in the number of Jamaicans issued with a firearm licence this year.At the same time...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2015 | 11:58 AMLivern Barrett

FAMILY MEMBERS were last night maintaining a vigil at the hospital bedside of former Spanish Town Mayor Dr Raymoth Notice, even as one lawmaker suggested that his shooting is a reminder that all Jamaicans are at the mercy of rampaging criminals....

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

IT WAS just after midnight Sunday morning when Lady Saw, the dancehall icon who has converted to Christianity, got a message from God.The 43-year-old artiste, whose name is Marion Hall, said the Lord gave her the name of a young woman who she claims...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

With St James crossing the 200-murder mark this calendar year, business leaders have suggested that more creative steps be taken to tackle crime in the parish.The situation is the same in Westmoreland, according to one business operator, who is...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Dancehall icon Lady Saw yesterday declared that she cares "zero" about the potential earnings she stands to lose this holiday season because of her decision to become a servant of God.The 43-year-old entertainer, whose given name is Marion Hall,...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

With fraudsters making off with more than J$500 million each over the past two years, the police are warning citizens and business operators to be wary of tricksters this Christmas season.Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, head of the...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 11:36 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Some 700 additional police personnel are to be deployed across the island for the Christmas season. Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations Clifford Blake, who made the announcement this morning, says the additional personnel will be taken from...

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

RETIRED HEAD of the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) Assistant Commissioner Granville Gause has admitted that five months after the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens, his unit did not have certain "basic information" about bodies that were...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) mortar expert has conceded that use of the explosives during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens would have caused "a measure of shaking" to buildings in the community.Major Warrenton Dixon testified before the...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 2:12 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The use of mortars during the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens saved lives. That was the assertion made this morning by Major Warrenton Dixon, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer tasked with supervising the use of the...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer charged with supervising the use of mortars during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens has dismissed claims by residents that the explosives caused damage to several buildings in their community.Major...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 1:27 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons is to rule shortly on whether the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) must produce the after-action report on the use of mortars during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens. This...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:07 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer has revealed that only two mortar rounds were fired into Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations. This assertion by Major Warrenton Dixon came this morning as he sought to dismiss claims by residents of...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORMER POLITICAL Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair has suggested that future administrations must commit to disconnect government and party resources from area dons as a first step towards diminishing their power and influence.Blair's suggestion came...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 1:30 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Bishop Herro Blair has testified that drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was unarmed when they met at his Tivoli Gardens office in May 2010. When asked how he knew that, the popular elicited laughter at the west Kingston commission of...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A HIGH-RANKING member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has testified that police crime scene investigators were not dispatched to Tivoli Gardens until 11 days after the start of the May 2010 operation in the west Kingston community.Crime...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:21 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior police officer giving testimony at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today sought to explain errors in his witness statements. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Winchroy Budhoo yesterday admitted to making four errors in the...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

RIDICULOUS and absolutely insignificant. Those were just some of the words used by private-sector leaders and one government watchdog group to describe the maximum penalty of $1,000 and/or three months in prison for persons found guilty of breaching...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORMER PUBLIC Defender Earl Witter has asserted that the deaths of more than 70 civilians and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens would not have happened if the extradition request for drug...

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 2:39 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Public Defender Earl Witter has again described the May 2010 police-military operation in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens as a "siege". It came as Witter, who is testifying before the west Kingston commission of...

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORMER PUBLIC Defender Earl Witter yesterday recounted how news that 72 persons had been killed in the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens but only four illegal firearms seized was described by retired army chief Major General Stewart Saunders and...

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