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Published:Sunday | August 14, 2022 | 12:11 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It has been condemned and cauterised by the authorities multiple times, and on every occasion, unscrupulous persons have ripped open the ‘no-entry’ tapes, and made the abandoned premises theirs for business and pleasure. It is the abandoned Inez...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2022 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Whether to stave off police pressure or as a tactical hideout, gunmen are taking to the hills and bushes in several criminal hotspots, doubling the threat to the public and security personnel who pursue them. The practice is nothing new, but with...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2022 | 12:11 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

‘Set-ups’, grave-diggings, vigils, and tears. The story of a rustic Spring Grove community in Porus, Manchester, stumped in grief and preparing to bury two of their own killed in motor vehicle accidents exactly two months apart. The first, 48-year...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2022 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Already faced with the perils of COVID-19 and reports that a case of the monkeypox virus has been confirmed locally, Jamaicans are again being warned about the long-standing HIV/AIDS pandemic, which researchers at the Northern Caribbean University...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

An analysis of three single-use plastic bags submitted to the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) as part of a probe into the Government’s plastic ban has confirmed that the items still on the market are indeed in contravention of the law. The three...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2022 | 12:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The potency of marijuana since its decriminalisation in 2015 has reportedly increased threefold, which may give some users higher doses than they can manage, a chief researcher at the Caribbean Toxicology Unit (CARITOX) at The University of West...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2022 | 12:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

On August 14, 2010, the nation awoke to a bloodbath in Tredegar Park, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Eight people, among them an 11-year-old girl, lay bloody and lifeless – the aftermath of a dozen men storming several homes in a predawn attack. The...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2022 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Used for shopping, storage, garbage and waste disposal, giving and receiving of goods, and just about anything, the popularly called scandal bag has been the go-to choice for Jamaicans for decades. Banned or not, the use of plastic ‘black scandal’...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

There is a small informal community on the outskirts of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew, where residents live isolated from the rest of the area on bushy swamp lands strewn with board and concrete dwellings. Here, there are no roads. Dirt tracks,...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Defined as the illegal occupation of land and/or buildings, it is estimated that approximately 20 per cent of Jamaica’s population resides in squatter settlements. The matter of informal settlements has remained a perennial problem for decades,...

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2022 | 12:52 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Droves of Jamaican students have relinquished their right to an education, lured away by meagre earnings they have clung to since hustling illegally during the postponement of face-to-face classes because of COVID-19 some two years ago. Some are...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

So heavy was the pain after Marcia Johnson* buried her mother at the May Pen Cemetery in Kingston that it took her a while to revisit the grave. Almost three years later, the grief was manageable enough for her to make the trek. She was shocked to...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

They are listed as public beaches by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), but newcomers are warned against venturing on to their sands as it could quickly end in robbery or death. These are said to be the funnels through which...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Government yesterday sought to rectify aspects of a budget released by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which inaccurately itemised an $8-million spend on the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last month. The detailed budget...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:08 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

As the shaken soda oozed from the half-opened cap, grade four student Shania Acorn* gasped with disappointment. To her, it was as if liquid gold was being wasted, forever lost as the carbonated beverage muddied the ground below. “That’s the best...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Two years ago this time, the municipality of Portmore, St Catherine, was battling the dreaded COVID-19, isolated behind strict quarantine lines and embroiled in an outbreak dogging one of its major economic lifelines – call centres. Under tight...

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2022 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It’s a service that’s supposed to be free, but for many Jamaicans finding it difficult to locate a justice of the peace (JP) who knows them well enough to certify documents or write glowing character references, for between $150 and $1,500 on the...

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2022 | 12:15 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

In their world, nothing is safe or certain, and it is always wise to have a suitcase packed and ready for relocation. To be otherwise could be deadly. This is life for some 326 Jamaicans in the island’s witness protection programme – the majority...

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2022 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

With witness intimidation still a major concern dogging the justice system, the country shelled out more than $758 million on its witness protection programme between April 2016 and March 2021, with the bulk of the spend recently being on gang...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 12:07 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The best are smooth and amicable, cordial and easy, while the worst are inflamed with raw resentment, lies, and sometimes, even hatred. Yet Jamaicans are increasingly filing for divorce – a record 4,381 last year alone – as fingers point to COVID-...

Published:Sunday | March 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The feat is not for the impatient or claustrophobic, and at peak hours, it involves long waits, pushing, shoving, and the deadly COVID-19 disease lurking inches from those who dare. For many Jamaican commuters, however, there is little choice –...

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2022 | 12:05 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The police have now zeroed in on reports that lottery scammers have taken a foothold in the used-car industry to launder their ill-gotten gains. Sources say they especially have their eyes set on Mandeville in Manchester, which has seen a...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2022 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The final six minutes were the most excruciating for Kelly-Ann Tulloch on Wednesday night. For the past two weeks, she had not slept, as images of gunfights and bombs exploding on her son in Ukraine burned deep in her mind. Finally, her prayers...

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2022 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

An autopsy has returned inconclusive into the death of a newborn girl allegedly buried by her 13-year-old mother and grandmother in St Thomas, an eastern parish in which half the persons most wanted by police are suspected sex offenders. At least...

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2022 | 12:11 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The criminal underworld hidden beneath the busy St Andrew North Police Division is a maze of wealth, bloodshed, and extortion – a melting pot of business owners, organised criminals, and their hybrids. Beneath the eye, investigators say a man...

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