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Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:34 AM

In a bid to reduce the possibility for misunderstanding between the security forces, who are enforcing the state of public emergency (SOE) in Westmoreland, Hanover, and St James, ground rules have been released to provide guidance to the public....

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:33 AMHopeton Bucknor and Albert Ferguson/Gleaner Writers

Western Bureau: Dozens of persons have been detained and at least one gun and several rounds of ammunition found as the security forces crank up their operations under a 14-day state of emergency imposed in three western parishes on Tuesday to get...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:32 AM

News of plans to build a new police headquarters in No Man’s Land, South St Andrew, has been like music to the ears of security expert and ex-policeman Reneto Adams. Adams said that the relocation should form the first step in having other state...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:31 AMErica Virtue and Edmond Campbell/Senior Gleaner Writers

A furious minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz yesterday said he was unapologetic about his role in the controversial beach and land sale in St Ann, insisting that he was standing by the decisions he made to expedite the sale even...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:27 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Unlike counterparts in Montego Bay who are seemingly worried that the reinstatement of the state of public emergency (SOE) will impact their earnings, business operators in the resort town of Negril are seemingly more concerned...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The announcement that a new police headquarters is to be built in No Man’s Land in South St Andrew has been well received by many residents and civic and business leaders, but the news stumped Member of Parliament Mark Golding. Speaking to The...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:22 AM

WESTERN BUREAU: Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Bertel Moore was left fuming on Tuesday as he said that being head of the political directorate in Westmoreland, he should have been informed about the state of public emergency (SOE) implemented in the parish...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Last year, the Government gave a commitment to establish Jamaica’s first smart city, with the business district of New Kingston named the pioneer. However, urban planners and members of academia believe that while these aspirations are great, they...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:40 AM

Hanover, which, for many years, had the enviable distinction of being the nation’s safest parish, has lost its innocence in recent years with the emergence of deadly criminal gangs. Custos Dr David Stair, however, does not see the state of...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:40 AMJanet Silvera and Paul Clarke/Gleaner Writers

WESTERN BUREAU: A mere two weeks after the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) said it would not welcome a return of the state of emergency (SOE) in St James, the lobby took an about-turn in response to the declaration of a state of...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:39 AM

WESTERN BUREAU: Hoping that the intervention will help to curtail the spate of murders, Westmoreland’s custos, the Reverend Hartley Perrin, says that state of emergency (SOE) was long overdue in the western parish as too many innocent lives have...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Western Bureau: The state of public emergency (SOE) in Hanover got off to a very wet start yesterday as heavy winds and rains lashed members of the military and the police as they went about establishing checkpoints and commenced their operations...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:22 AM

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover? Pamela Broadbelt, shopkeeper, St James: “I believe the SOE is necessary, and hope they accomplish what they have set out to do...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/News Coordinator

The 2017 annual report of the Integrity Commission has revealed that five current and three former parliamentarians’ statutory declarations that were submitted to the oversight body did not receive the all-clear signal from the agency. The current...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

An audit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed that the selection of caterers to prepare meals for persons in custody is done at local police stations, triggering concerns that the process lacks transparency and is open to “the risk...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMEdmond Campbell/News Coordinator

Even as the Integrity Commission has submitted a damning report to Parliament on the Government’s handling of the sale of Rooms on the Beach by Montego Beach (1975) Limited to Puerto Caribe Properties Limited, the Auditor General’s Department says...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Holness administration, Minister without Portfolio Daryl Vaz, and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) have been slammed by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) for their role in the sale of beach property to Puerto Caribe Properties...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:15 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: A St James taxi operator, who first held his eight-year-old son hostage and then tried to kill him, was shot dead by the police following a bizarre six-hour stand-off in Comfort district, near Anchovy in St James, yesterday. The...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:14 AM

WESTERN BUREAU: The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has welcomed the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in the parish even as it calls for leniency with business opening hours. “Our primary concern is that lives are not...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:13 AMAdrian Frater and Livern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporters

WESTERN BUREAU: Western Jamaica civic and business leaders yesterday breathed a collective sigh of relief as Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a state of public emergency (SOE), blanketing St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, in a bid to...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 8:12 PM

Jamaica’s push to give vulnerable communities access to the Internet could be impacted as revenues for the main driver, the Universal Service Fund (USF), are waning.

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 9:20 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced states of public emergency for the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland and St James amid increasing murders.Holness made the declaration a short while ago during a press conference at Jamaica House."We must...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The three policemen who allegedly shot a man to death in St Catherine early Sunday morning before engaging an off-duty colleague in a high-speed chase and a fierce gunfight had been removed from front-line duties, but not suspended, a high-ranking...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has blasted some Caribbean countries for habouring what he described as petty jealousy for opposing moves a to establish a campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) in his country. “...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Government is once again being urged to place the troubling oil pricing mechanism at the State-owned refinery Petrojam under urgent review in order to make the process more transparent to the public. President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers...

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