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Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Officials of Symbiote Investments Limited, which trades as Caricel, were among several persons on Thursday charged with breaches of the Telecommunications Act following a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Symbiote CEO...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

“It nuh make nuh sense.” That’s the conclusion of Bull Bay resident Sophia Rhoden, who has characterised as a sieve the quarantine imposed on the communities of Seven Miles and Eight Miles since last Friday. She echoed the sentiments of several...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:30 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

With fewer than 100 persons tested since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Jamaica last Tuesday, raising questions about the country’s capacity, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday declared that there is enough...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

In a bid to contain the local spread of the COVID-19 disease, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a raft of restrictions including limiting gatherings in public spaces to 20 persons or fewer, prompting operators of KFC, Jamaica’s...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:18 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Students spanning grades four to six since last Friday have been granted free access to social-learning platform EduFocal following the closure of schools for 14 days amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Gordon Swaby, CEO and founder of the online platform...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

There have been mixed reviews of the recent announcement by the Government that general consumption tax (GCT) will be reduced by 1.5 percentage points to 15 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year, which begins on April 1. The GCT cut is expected...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Religious groups across the island have taken precautionary measures in response to the emergence of COVID-19 here. Everett Brown, president of the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists, outlined new protocols for the church’s operations. In a...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Government will not be releasing low-risk or short-term inmates from correctional and remand centres even if COVID-19 reaches epidemic proportions, Matthew Samuda, minister without portfolio in Ministry of National Security, has said...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:28 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said that based on information from the World Health Organization, there is a remote chance that the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, can be spread by a person who is asympomatic. He was,...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:25 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The test results for five of the seven individuals currently in public isolation facilities should be known today, according to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie. The CMO made the revelation yesterday evening at an emergency...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Despite the growing concerns over the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus in the United States and the United Kingdom, the Holness administration has acknowledged that the potential fallout from Jamaica’s major trading partners has swayed the...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2020 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

A Supreme Court judge has, in recent weeks, quashed at least two rulings by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), finding that the quasi-judicial labour body does not have the jurisdiction to settle redundancy issues. In the first case, the IDT...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:31 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Donald Tapia, United States (US) ambassador to Jamaica, has dismissed an accusation by CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley that the North American superpower is attempting to split the 15-member regional bloc. In January, US...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:28 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The Court of Appeal has lifted a stay of execution of the judgment against Television Jamaica and CVM Television, which must consequently now pay the $19.5 million in damages awarded by the Supreme Court to People’s National Party councillors...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:12 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

President of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Professor Fritz Pinnock, and former Education Minister Ruel Reid were dealt a heavy blow yesterday when a Full Court panel unanimously rejected their renewed application for judicial review as they...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The majority of cases brought before the island’s parish courts over the last three years have been disposed of in half the standard time, according to Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, citing statistics from the Parish Courts of Jamaica 2019 annual...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte has supported a call by the head of the country’s chief child-protection and welfare organisation for a more transparent sex offenders’ registry. She argues that the restriction on who can access the registry...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:18 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Language Unit (JLU) has welcomed the call by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes for software developers to create a programme to do voice-to-speech Jamaican Patois transcription for use in the nation’s courts. “So it may mean at some point,...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The results of the latest RJRGLEANER Group-commissioned Don Anderson Poll, which shows Jamaica split on the effectiveness of states of public emergency (SOEs), did not surprise security expert Robert Finzi-Smith, who says that the issue of crime...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:19 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The hours-long police raid on premises at Eastwood Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday was carried out in relation to an alleged breach of the Telecommunications Act by Caricel, according to acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey. However,...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:07 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Zaila McCalla, former chief justice of Jamaica, has been appointed as a selected commissioner to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), the country’s election oversight body. Her appointment comes after the December 31, 2019, resignation of...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:36 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Rodje Malcolm, executive director of human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), has welcomed yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court describing it as “an important one for accountability in Jamaica”. A three-member panel of judges...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The family of late businessman Keith Clarke is hopeful that justice will be served following yesterday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court deeming “null, void and invalid” the immunity certificates issued to the three soldiers accused of his 2010...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

At least one political analyst believes that the appointment of government senator Matthew Samuda as minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security will help ease the burden on portfolio chief Dr Horace Chang, as the Jamaica Labour...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The Mona Law Society at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has come under fire from at least one senior member of the law fraternity for the posting of photographs of some female law students in skimpy clothing on its Instagram social...

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