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Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:34 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The plan by the Andrew Holness-led administration to commence the upgrade of the Petrojam by constructing a vacuum distillation unit (VDU) to diversify its operations into the production of asphalt has been rejected by the Petrojam Review Committee...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:32 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Two former Cabinet ministers who spearheaded the amendment of Section 20 of the Maritime Drug Trafficking (Suppression) Act in 2016 are questioning the circumstances under which the Jamaican Government granted a waiver of jurisdiction in relation...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:33 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Even as he saw many of his friends leave the St Andrew-based Choice Christian Academy for other schools, 12-year-old Anjesh Zodge, in a show of resolve and stick-to-itiveness, made the bold decision, with the support of his parents, to remain at...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:13 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has admitted that more could have been done to get updates on five Jamaican fishermen in 2017 after the Government issued a waiver of jurisdiction to the United States Coast Guard to transport the men...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

After more than four months without a post-Cabinet press briefing, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has indicated that they will resume in short order. Cabinet meetings are held on Monday and are usually followed by a press briefing on...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A clause in the Trusts Bill with which Opposition Senator Lambert Brown took issue last week was amended at yesterday’s sitting of the Senate. Brown had raised concern over a clause in the bill that defined personal relationships as “every form of...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:12 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Yesterday’s sitting of the Senate morphed into a shouting match as opposition senators suggested that Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith was misleading the Upper House as she delivered a further statement on the five fishermen who have...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:21 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Amid claims of political interference in the selection of Darien Henry as the principal-in-waiting of Cumberland High School, the acting headmaster is embroiled in a heated dispute with academic staff who accuse him of being an autocrat intent on...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The High Court has ruled against Corporal Arleen McBean, who claimed that Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe and Inspector Sheldon Gordon illegally removed her from her post as chairman of the Police Federation. After the claim was filed back in March...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:12 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Steven Watt, senior staff attorney at the United States-based human rights group America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has hit back at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for what can be described as dereliction of duty after it...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government is now engaged in talks with United States Embassy officials to probe whether Washington adhered to maritime protocol in the wake of a lawsuit filed by four Jamaican fishermen who claim to have endured inhumane conditions...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The water woes that have been plaguing sections of the island this year are expected to continue into July and August as the Meteorological Service of Jamaica is urging citizens to prepare for what could be a very dry summer. “We would say that you...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:12 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

With thousands of Jamaican children victims of child labour, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security says that a national action plan is being developed to stamp out the practice. “So we are now in the process of finalising a national action...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

In commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with the help of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, schools and other interest groups, took to the streets of downtown Kingston to bring...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:23 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

It was a rare scene in the lobby of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston yesterday as three of seven jurors who found Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte not guilty of murder moments before engaged the acquitted cops in...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:06 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Less than a year after her husband was slapped with fraud-related charges, attorney-at-law Khadine Dixon has been charged with demanding property, obtaining money under false pretence, and conspiracy. According to a release from the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:10 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

At least one environmentalist has raised concerns about the impending amendments to the country’s motor vehicle import policy to increase the age limit of vehicles that can be imported into Jamaica. The amendment would see new age limits for all...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:23 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The High Court has upheld a ruling by the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, clearing the way for the extradition of controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal to face terrorism-related charges in the United States. Parish Court Judge...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:21 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Trial judge Justice Marcia Dunbar Green yesterday began her summation of the evidence in the trial of Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. The two cops are charged with the murder...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:23 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Following the ruling by trial judge Marcia Dunbar Green that Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte had a case to answer, the cops delivered unsworn statements after which attorneys began presenting closing arguments as the trial...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:23 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The State could face legal action following yesterday’s release of ex-cop 61-year-old Walter Blackstock, who spent 31 years in prison without standing trial and having not entered a guilty plea for murder. His release comes after a psychiatric...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:38 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The National College for Education Leadership (NCEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) valued at close to $6 million for the development of digital content to support an online programme in...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:32 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Gunpowder particles found lodged in the fibres of a shirt removed from the body of Anthony ‘Toby’ Trought have suggested that he was shot at close range. This is according to evidence given by a crime-scene expert, who said that when gunpowder...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s justice system is now equipped with an interactive online platform that gives judges immediate access to basic human rights law, and according to the United Nations’ (UN) Senior Human Rights Adviser George Abualzulof, it is the first of...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

More than 300 mentally ill people are serving indefinite prison sentences or have simply fallen off the court list, many languishing in limbo for decades. But Hugh Faulkner, executive director of the Legal Aid Council, said his organisation has...

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