|TRANSIT FARE HIKE - Portmore toll triggers increase in bus and taxi charges
MINUTES AFTER the official opening of the Portmore toll road yesterday, executive class buses and chartered taxis plying the route announced fare hikes of $10 and $150, respectively.
Importation of election vehicles now approved
THE GOVERNMENT is providing duty-free facilities to both major political parties to import 100 vehicles each into the island in time for election campaigning, giving up a total of more than $163 million in revenue.
Justice Training Institute to go regional
THE JUSTICE Training Institute (JTI) is posi-tioning itself to become the premier training institution for professionals involved in the administration of justice throughout the Caribbean.
Bi-partisan help for troubled Norwood
THE VOLATILE Norwood community, in north-west St. James, which has witnessed a spate of brutal murders within recent weeks, is to benefit from separate initiatives announced by the ruling People's National Party and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party.
Islandwide blackout - Technical difficulties trigger problem
IN A bizarre twist to the disclosure last week that Mirant intends to sell Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), customers across the 14 parishes were shocked by power cuts yesterday afternoon.
IT STARTED at a cost of $324 million in 2001. But five years later, after more than a billion dollars have been spent, eradicating screw worms from Jamaica is proving to be a mammoth task amid a whirlwind of administrative chaos.
Scores of motorists christen toll gates
A TOYOTA Hiace with a commercial licence plate number was the first vehicle to christen the toll gates at the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 yesterday morning.
Breaching the 'informa fi dead' culture
THREATS BY Ruby Kelly, founder of the Church of Dayton Diamond Ridge in St. Andrew, against members who leaked to the media the alleged involvement of a deacon in the sexual molestation of a 13-year-old school girl have left many perturbed...
Technology now aiding child pornography
PARENTS, do you know what your children are doing? Are you taking the necessary steps to ensure that the communication lines between you and your children are crystal clear?
Is a $30 toll profitable?
IS A $30 toll for motor cars enough to pay back French construction firm Bouygues Travaux Publics the $US100 million or JA$6.5 billion it spent on building the Portmore leg of Highway 2000?
Extortionists regaining ground in Kingston
EXTORTIONISTS HAVE once again turned up the heat on business operators in the commercial district of downtown Kingston. Reports are that at least four Chinese establishments on Princess Street were held up and robbed between Tuesday and Wednesday...
Fort Augusta prison to be preserved
A HUGE grey, steel door opens from within and a short dirt corridor takes us within the walled Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre for women. Close to mid-day, there is relative quietude as the women, repressed and stolid...