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Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Moore to campaign for Crawford 

Chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP), Fitz Jackson, has indicated that the decision to overlook Andrea Moore as the party’s candidate for Eastern Portland has her approval.

The PNP announced on Monday that Senator Damion Crawford will be its standard-bearer in the constituency, marking the second time in four years that Moore is being bypassed.

“Comrade Moore has had discussion with the leadership of the party and in her own judgement, she has concurred that Comrade Damion Crawford should be the standard-bearer,” Jackson said. “She will be campaigning head and shoulders with Comrade Crawford to ensure proper representation for the people of East Portland,” he added.

Jackson, however, sidestepped questions about whether Moore was promised Crawford’s seat in the Senate to gain her support for Crawford’s candidacy.

“That is a decision for the party president and Leader of the Opposition to make at the appropriate time,” the PNP chairman said.


Caricel case review off till March 18

The Court of Appeal last week granted the application by attorneys from the Attorney General’s Department for an adjournment in the matter against telecommunications company Caricel until March 18 to do further preparation.

Caricel is challenging the Supreme Court’s decision to have the government revoke its telecommunications licence, after an announcement by then Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley to do so in March 2017.

It was argued that Symbiote had not complied with all the conditions that were attached to its domestic mobile spectrum licence. Among the issues he identified were the company’s failure to address the matter of outstanding fees.

Jamaica’s international partners were reportedly adamant that Symbiote was not fit and proper to operate in the telecommunications sector.

Despite being denied leave by the Supreme Court to challenge the Government’s decision, Caricel’s parent company Symbiote Investments Limited took their grouse directly to the appeal court.

Subsequently, the Court of Appeal gave Caricel the go-ahead to challenge a decision by the Supreme Court to refuse its request for leave to seek judicial review of the Government’s decision.



New date for teacher held for crash death



Kerry-Ann Cunningham, the teacher charged for the death of seven-year-old Anchovy Primary School student Easton Stapleton last June, was given a new court date when she appeared in the St James Parish Court yesterday.

Cunningham, who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving, had her bail extended by presiding judge Annette Austin, who instructed her to return to court on April 3, when a trial date is expected to be set.

The judge set the new court date after Cunningham’s lawyer, attorney Jacqueline Minto, revealed that she would make a number of submissions related to the defendant’s case by March 11. The judge will then determine whether to transfer the matter to the Circuit Court for trial.

About 4 p.m. on June 12, 2018, Cunningham was on the compound of the Anchovy Primary School and was reversing her motor car when she lost control of the vehicle. The car struck and killed Stapleton.


Crime talks long delayed

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has slammed the Government for failing to schedule long-overdue bilateral talks on crime and violence.

“The Opposition has been waiting for a new meeting date from the Office of the Prime Minister for over six weeks, and despite our efforts, no new schedule has been offered,” Phillips said.

He said that plans were made at the last round of Vale Royal Talks to hold special consultation focused on solutions to crime.

Phillips explained that a decision was also taken for a meeting between Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte and Donna Scott Mottley, the party’s spokesperson on justice, to explore new legislation or strengthen existing laws to help curb crime.