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Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Business mogul Joseph M. Matalon has declared that he would be "very disturbed" if it is proven that the millions of dollars his company donated to the People's National Party's (PNP) election campaign was misused.Matalon, who is the chairman of the...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Sharon Smith was on one of her usually short visits to Jamaica in December 2011 when she was bombarded with disturbing complaints about her then teenage son.Residents in the volatile Taylor Land, Bull Bay, St Andrew, community where the family lives...

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Former National Security Minister Peter Bunting has revealed that shortly after taking office in January 2012, he tried to salvage a police investigation that targeted a Jamaican official.The probe was being led by Les Green, then assistant...

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The State agency handling the liquidation of Cash Plus is warning members of the public about a scam that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable investors who lost billions of dollars when the unregulated investment scheme collapsed eight years ago....

Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has charged that former Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green was "less than fulsome" when he told an American newspaper that her office issued a ruling in 2004 that the Jamaican police had...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Two high-ranking members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been stripped of all operational responsibilities as a result of scathing criticisms from the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry about their conduct during the May 2010 police-...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The State agency handling the liquidation of Cash Plus Limited, the unregulated investment scheme that went bankrupt nearly eight years ago, is in the process of paying out just under $50 million, but investors who lost billions of dollars will...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness has summoned road safety stakeholders to an emergency meeting this week as the carnage on the nation's roadways continued yesterday with another major motor vehicle crash that claimed multiple lives.The early morning...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A police corporal yesterday declined to disclose who gave the authority for American law-enforcement personnel to join their Jamaican counterparts during an operation in St James earlier this year to arrest two of the eight Jamaicans wanted in the...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A prosecutor yesterday outlined how two officials at the Manchester Parish Council allegedly used Whatsapp, the Internet-based messaging platform, to orchestrate a fraudulent scheme that has defrauded the Government of $95 million and counting.The...

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A JUDGE yesterday had some harsh words for the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller before she found the popular pastor guilty of a corruption charge related to the 2010 capture of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece said...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The police constable who was convicted for the 2014 videotaped shooting of a taxi operator in Hopewell, Hanover, may avoid prison time.Constable Wayne Hamil was sentenced Wednesday to a fine of $1 million or three years in prison by Justice Chester...

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A former police constable who was accused by her superiors of having close ties with a reputed St James gangster is waiting to hear whether she will be allowed to re-enlist in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Keisha Pessoa-Sinclair's five-year...

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The decision of the Andrew Holness administration to scrap the controversial billion-dollar Negril Breakwater Project has been described as unfortunate by an executive of the coastal engineering firm that recommended the project."In a way, it's...

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Jamaican Bar Association (JamBar) is urging the Andrew Holness administration to tread cautiously with anti-crime measures that override the rights of citizens.Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte indicated on Thursday that the Government was...

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

Declaring that it was time to make tough choices, National Security Minister Robert Montague has revealed that he is now taking steps to have the budgetary allocation to his ministry kept from the public.Yesterday, Montague announced that he would...

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 12:01 AMLivern Barrett

Uriel 'Rooksie' James, the alleged gangster who was arrested by the police for three murders, yesterday saw the second charge against him dismissed.Unlike the first charge which was thrown out by a jury, the nation's chief prosecutor, Paula...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

More than six years after the deadly police-military operations in west Kingston, the Police High Command has agreed to have an independent panel scrutinise the conduct of several high-ranking officers and their subordinates during the incursion.The...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A HIGH Court judge has ordered the Government to pay nearly $1.5 million to a policeman who had a corruption case against him dismissed in 2010.The award by Justice Kissock Laing was handed down last month in a lawsuit filed against the State by...

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge barred the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) from arresting a high-ranking police officer and a constable on murder charges.Justice Bryan Sykes on Wednesday granted an injunction barring INDECOM from taking any...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Contributors to the National Housing Trust (NHT) do not "legally or beneficially" own any of the funds held by the NHT, lawyers for the agency have asserted.In fact, Kevin Powell, who is representing the NHT in a suit filed by St James businessman...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The attorney for a St James businessman has charged that the former National Housing Trust (NHT) board chaired by Easton Douglas breached its fiduciary responsibility to contributors when it agreed to pay over $45.6 billion to the Government for...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Supreme Court is today expected to begin hearing a legal challenge to the decision of the Portia Simpson Miller administration four years ago to tap into the...

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica maintained its 100 per cent conviction rate for human trafficking after a St Elizabeth man was yesterday found guilty of the offence in the Home Circuit Court.Rohan Ebanks was found guilty of rape, trafficking in person, and facilitating...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A resident of Tivoli Gardens has singled out former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, retired army chief Major General Stewart Saunders, and former Police...

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