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Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 11:23 AMLivern Barrett

General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang yesterday disputed claims by the police that no permission was granted for the party's motorcade that came under gunfire in the community of Flanker, in St James on Nomination Day....

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 10:45 AMLivern Barrett, Staff Reporter

A British mortar expert has described the Jamaica Defence Force's (JDF) use of the explosives during the May 2010 operations as risky, reckless and irresponsible. Chris Cobb-Smith, who has worked as a security consultant for Amnesty...

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A projectile found in the body of a man who was killed during the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens was not fired from a gun, a United States-based firearms expert has concluded.The metallic projectile, which has been measured at...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:56 PMLivern Barrett, Staff Reporter

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has given an assurance that a United States-based firearms expert brought in to testify before the west Kingston commission of enquiry enjoys immunity from prosecution under the Firearms Act....

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A day after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced that Jamaicans will go to the polls later this month, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams has given instructions for scores of police personnel to be recalled from vacation leave.At the...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness turned to scripture yesterday as he sought to calm nervous party supporters hours before Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced February 25 as the date for the general election. With the...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 3:07 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Staff Reporter

Member of Parliament for South East Clarendon, Ruddy Spencer, is calling for an urgent economic intervention in Lionel Town, in the parish, which he said is about to see “the worst days of its life”. Nothing that Monymusk Sugar Estate...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A renowned security researcher has raised concerns that the country's law-enforcement apparatus may have become too reliant on extraditing criminals who continue to operate with impunity.The concerns of Professor Anthony Harriott, director of the...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett

Since 2011 law enforcement agencies have used the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to take J$148 million from the hands of criminals but still renowned crime researcher, Professor Anthony Clayton is questioning the application of the law by members...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has warned that an unprecedented attempt by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to search the army's Up Park Camp headquarters could prejudice the public interest.The assertion by the JDF is one of...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE POLICE High Command has revealed that it plans to continue discussions with the judiciary to ensure that the most dangerous criminals remain behind bars after they are caught.Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams made the disclosure yesterday...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

LEADER OF the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness has revealed that he will make his financial records public by the end of March.Holness has come under scrutiny for a mansion he and his wife, Juliet, are constructing in the upper St Andrew...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

WITH THE carnage on the nation's roadways spilling over into 2016, Dr Morais Guy, minister without portfolio in the transport ministry, is pushing lawmakers in the Upper House to swiftly pass the new road traffic bill that provides tougher sanctions...

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...

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