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Stories by Livern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Nervous Caribbean leaders need not worry about dwindling political and developmental support from the European Union (EU) because of possible changes to the make-up of the European Commission, a top EU official has indicated. Negotiators from...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The ruling by the Constitutional Court that the National Identification and Registration Act be struck from the books should serve as a guide to the Andrew Holness administration on how to approach the crafting of legislation, the parliamentary...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A local betting company has revealed that it sold just around $20 million in wagers on the East Portland by-election and nearly five dozen persons have cashed in on Ann-Marie Vaz’s historic victory. Adam Bjorn, owner of Betcris Jamaica, said his...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A tremor felt by about 9 p.m. on the streets of Port Antonio marked a tectonic shift in the political landscape of East Portland as Ann-Marie Vaz of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) engineered a massive victory in a seat that was held by the People’s...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica College (JC) board of management has disputed public statements made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that his Government donated $30 million to the construction of the school’s state-of-the-art stadium. Further, the board revealed that...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Placing Senator Pearnel Charles Jr at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), which already has three ministers without portfolio, will accomplish nothing, political commentator Martin Henry has suggested. Karl Samuda, Mike Henry...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A man who raped a woman three times while holding her hostage inside her home for three terrifying hours has had his 40-year sentence slashed by 16 years. The Court of Appeal, in a ruling handed down last Friday, ordered that Neville Barnes, 44,...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Police and financial investigators have in their possession documentary evidence detailing alleged improprieties committed by sacked Education Minister and Senator Ruel Reid, law-enforcement sources have revealed. “We have collected several...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Education ministry is one of two state agencies that are now the subject of separate performance audits being conducted by the Auditor General’s Department (AGD). The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is the other agency. The audits, according...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has said that the $14-billion stimulus package that forms the core of the Government’s 2019-2020 Budget is “easily” sustainable. Further, Clarke pushed back at suggestions that not everyone in the society would...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An American missionary who was conferred with Jamaican citizenship yesterday has admitted that the country’s crime problem and the barbaric killing of two of his compatriots in St Mary nearly three years ago has left him a little nervous about his...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Painting a picture of cruel victimisation, former Petrojam human resource manager Roselee Scott-Heron felt wronged by her sudden dismissal two days before Christmas in 2016, one of her attorneys has revealed. Symone Mayhew, the lead attorney for...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A former general manager of the scandal-scarred Petrojam has asserted that non-disclosure agreements (NDA) have no place in the employment arrangement for public-sector employees. Further, Howard Mollison has signalled that he would be willing to...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A teacher who suffered severe injuries to her neck, shoulder, and upper back after a chair collapsed with her during a class at Bellefield High School in Manchester has been awarded close to $7 million in damages.The Supreme Court has ordered that...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health did not obtain approval for five contracts, valued at $17.9 million, that were awarded under a multimillion-dollar technical cooperation between Jamaica and a leading multilateral organisation to bolster the country's response...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

One of the country's top criminal-defence attorneys has suggested that lawmakers enact special sanctions for law-enforcement personnel proven to have "planted" evidence on an accused person to secure a conviction.For Bert Samuels, the maximum...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Police investigators have theorised that bad weather, and not captain error, turned a routine boat trip yesterday into a tragedy for a small family and their close friends.The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit confirmed last...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness should publicly name all the individuals, entities, and consultants that collected millions of dollars "they were not entitled to" from the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam and use all legal and persuasive means to...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A retired Jamaican businessman has recounted how he was enlisted by private-sector leaders in the late 1970s to help remove Michael Manley as prime minister after the then People's National Party (PNP) leader openly embraced former Cuban President...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Barack Obama's historic presidency was a "disappointment" for black people, a retired Jamaican businessman now living in the United States (US) has asserted.Leonard 'Gerry' Grindley, former chairman and managing director of the Grimax Group of...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Twenty per cent of the men and women in the police force, including senior officers, are "corrupt criminals and totally beyond help", a former high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has asserted.Mark Shields, the British-trained...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

When the health ministry moved its offices from the Oceana Building in downtown Kingston five years ago, it also left behind $175 million in unpaid rent owed to the state-owned Urban Development Corporation (UDC).According to figures compiled by the...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A leading voice in the Jamaican diaspora has fired back at government Senator Kerensia Morrison, pointing out that the shipment of guns and ammunition found at the wharf in Kingston last week is not a reflection of all Jamaicans living overseas."...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican police plan to seek the assistance of their counterparts in the United States (US) to help identify the persons behind the cache of guns and over 600 assorted rounds of ammunition that were seized at the wharf in Kingston on Wednesday,...

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