Politician investigated for $500,000 gift

THE INTEGRITY Commission, the body set up to police the annual statutory declarations of politicians to ensure they conform to the provisions in the (Parliament) Integrity of Members Act, yesterday revealed it investigated a gift of $500,000 given to a parliamentarian last year.

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AFTER 41 years of operation, the Integrity Commission was yesterday challenged by Government Senator Lambert Brown to declare why more politicians are not cited for corruption by the oversight body despite the strong perception in the society that parliamentarians are corrupt.

Teen sex out west frightens AIDS official

WESTERN BUREAUSharlene Kessna-Duncan, chairman of the St James Parish AIDS Committee, has registered serious concerns about what she describes as the loose and wanton sexual activities being practised by underage children.

Zacca calls talks with PM 'frank, constructive'

While the parties involved are tight-lipped, there are signs that tenuous talks between the Partnership for Jamaica and the Government have been salvaged.

JLP toasts members for Christmas

Seemingly infected with the festive spirit, members of the Standing Committee of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ditched differences and the customary Monday night agenda - at least temporarily - to celebrate the season and each other.

Stanberry intervenes in Agro Invest saga

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has put in place measures to address "the serious managerial weaknesses over the administration of AIC's (Agro-Invest Corporation) agricultural assets identified by the Auditor General's Department in last year's audit of the investment arm of the ministry.

Beating domestic violence this Christmas

Christmas and the festive season is meant to be a joyful occasion for the whole family to come together and spread the spirit of peace, love, and happiness.

Keep your head up, fêted state ward tells depressed kids

Food, gifts, and fellowship combined, to ensure that the hundreds of underprivileged children who turned out at Food For the Poor's annual Christmas treat, on the lawns of King's House in St Andrew, were not disappointed.

Second subpoena for witness in three cops' corruption case

WESTERN BUREAU:The Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday issued a second subpoena for a prosecution witness in the case against three policemen who allegedly took more than $320,000 from a motorist in exchange for not prosecuting him earlier this year.

Smarter policing cuts crime - Bunting

National Security Minister Peter Bunting is attributing the recent decline in criminal activities to smarter policing, in keeping with the increasing recognition that in many ways, the traditional reactive policing methods cannot meet the modern-day challenges of securing communities.

NWA says J$250m LED project still on track

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite failing to deliver on its promise to install new lights along Montego Bay's 'elegant corridor' for the start of the 2014-15 winter tourist season, the National Works Agency (NWA) has said the overall project, which is to have $250 million worth of LED lights installed, is still on track.

Chief justice urges new JPs to treat role seriously

WESTERN BUREAU:Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has said if more work is done in communities to address disputes, there could be a marked reduction in the number of criminal and civil cases brought before the formal court system.

The west not maximising its potential - Professor Williams

WESTERN BUREAU:PROFESSOR DENSIL Williams, the executive director of Mona School of Business & Management, has said the absence of a proper transportation link between the metropolitan area and western Jamaica is negatively impacting economic development in the west, especially against the background that the western region's service sector is key to economic growth.

Four Paths youth now 'Free to Dream'

MAY PEN, Clarendon:THIRTY YOUTHS from the Four Paths community in Clarendon 'graduated' last Thursday from a 10-week interactive project dubbed 'Free to Dream' at Versalles Hotel in May Pen.

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