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Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:46 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The security forces will, over the next eight weeks, beef up their presence on the streets in a bid to maintain law and order during the Yuletide season, the Government has said. Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang sought to assure both...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:46 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A jury got to watch yesterday as an assistant teacher recounted for police investigators how he walked in on the gruesome killing of a teenage girl who was later decapitated, along with her mother. It came after prosecutors played in court the...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:45 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Two brothers who were freed because of inconclusive video evidence after they were implicated in a brazen 2016 murder at a gas station in Glendevon, St James, were yesterday convicted in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston for an...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:44 AM

Hailed for his knack for championing global initiatives and forging strategic alliances, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett will be honoured with the Pioneer Award at the RJRGLEANER Communications Group Hospitality Awards on November 15. Slated for...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:43 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While legitimate lawmen continue to grapple with a crime wave plaguing St James, a band of police impersonators who shot and killed a man in Paisley district early yesterday morning are now adding to their headache. In the brazen...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 8:23 AM

Cases scheduled for today at the Mandeville Parish Court have been adjourned following an early morning fire which damaged parts of the upper floor of the two-storey structure.The initial assessment revealed that the damage was confined to a judge's...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:52 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: “I must obey Avyhwh Yahweh. I must obey Avyhwh Yahweh leaders. I must obey Avyhwh Yahweh authority,” were the lines written by a 49-year-old mother after being kicked out of the controversial Qahal Yahweh Church in Norwood, St James...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:29 AMCorey Robinson/Staff Reporter

Jamaica has been warned by a senior United States military commander to be wary of China’s campaign of “disinformation” in Latin America and the Caribbean, hinting that President Xi Jinping’s ties with Venezuela were part of a hemispheric axis,...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Qahal Yahweh sect in Norwood, St James, wooed followers with a benign message that soon evolved into a toxic cocktail of “mind control” that entrapped believers with scaremongering dogma, says a former member of the religious...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:28 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Mike Fray, a two-time individual Olympic finalist, died on Wednesday morning in Kingston in an apparent suicide. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death, which appeared to be caused by hanging. Fray, who had injured a shoulder...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A don gave the orders for a St Catherine woman and her teenage daughter to be decapitated because they were viewed as informers, according to the video-recorded confessions of three of the men convicted for the grisly crime. Transcripts of the...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The asset-rich Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited is struggling with a US$11-million (J$1.62-billion) post-divestment debt. SCJ manages 200,000 acres of land islandwide worth billions of Jamaican dollars. Managing director of SCJ,...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is assuring business operators at the White Marl Small Industrial Complex that the tenure of their lease agreements will not be affected by the divestment of the facility. Responding to concerns raised by...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:24 AM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has sought to assure the public that the problem that triggered its load-shedding operation on Tuesday night, leaving 150,000 customers across the island in darkness, has been resolved. Winsome Callum,...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Administrators of the University of Technology (UTech) are exploring interventions to mitigate the fallout of a 12-day strike by academic staff with end-of-semester examinations looming. President of UTech, Stephen Vasciannie, said discussions...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:22 AMAdrian Frater and Albert Ferguson/Gleaner Writers

WESTERN BUREAU: In a sweeping condemnation of Church and State, one of the reputed leaders of the controversial Qahal Yahweh congregation in Paradise, Montego Bay, has labelled the media and critics of his sect as being “sold out to the devil”....

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The two industrial fishing boats that were forfeited to the Crown after foreign crewmen pleaded guilty to poaching in Jamaica’s territorial waters on Saturday, March 2, have since been returned to the owners, who paid the cost of storage for the...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:10 AM

It appears that police investigators are nowhere near a breakthrough in the murder of Sashakay Fairclough and the shooting of her mother in Ocho Rios on September 14. Almost two months after Fairclough, 31, and her mother were shot as they drove...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:05 AM

More than $20 million has so far been raised in contributions from public and private entities towards the reconstruction of the Walker’s Place of Safety, which cares for over 50 children. The latest donation, of CAD$1,074 ($114,670) from Jamaicans...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Security forces battled their way on to the Qahal Yahweh Church compound Tuesday afternoon to remove three children reportedly in need of care and protection at what has been styled as a cultic stronghold of abuse, sexual assault,...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seven months ago, 75-year-old Clifford Preston, a one-time member of Qahal Yahweh, was thrice the victim of a brutal assault meted out by a group of ultra-radicals loyal to the religious sect. In the first attack, he said he was...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:27 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the White Marl Small Industrial Complex in St Catherine as the impending divestment of the warehouse facility may force the relocation or closure of several businesses, some of which have been operating there for...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that his current trip to China is part of the Government’s efforts to get Jamaica on board with the latest global innovations in technology and other areas. Holness and his delegation left the island last...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

One lawmaker has argued that the human rights of detainees who have been fed a single dumpling for supper in two separate cases – and a bulla in other instances – have been violated by the State. Peter Bunting, a member of Parliament’s Public...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:26 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: At least 10 fearful families have recently fled the once-quiet community of Bickersteth in St James, which has had its reputation ravaged by gun-toting gangsters using the multimillion-dollar telemarketing scam to fuel their thirst...

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