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Stories by Livern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The man seen on American television stations last week blaming Jamaica’s high murder rate for trying to illegally enter the United States (US) by boat is a “former don” with multiple convictions, Jamaican law-enforcement officials have revealed....

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A police constable believed to be a high-ranking member of a violent criminal gang is now in custody facing serious charges, police officials have disclosed. His arrest, according to senior law-enforcement sources, is just the tip of the iceberg as...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Winnifred Jackson’s house now sits precariously near the edge of a gully behind her property in the east Kingston community of Harbour View. The unpaved gully runs behind at least 25 other homes along Harbour Drive and was dug out over five years...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:07 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Allowing Dr Dayton Campbell to remain in his position as general secretary of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) “weakens the leadership” of the political organisation, one of his predecessors has warned. Almost six months into his...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Keith Clarke did not have a familial relationship with drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, nor did he know him, the widow of the slain businessman has revealed. Dr Claudette Clarke, who, for over a decade, has heard “a number of rumours” linking...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A provision in Jamaica’s charity laws has left the $100 million raised three years ago through the Shaggy...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Madria Wellington* was at a bus stop near downtown Kingston waiting on public transportation to get home after a long day at work. It was close to 7 p.m. on a Wednesday evening last month, and the 23-year-old supervisor would soon get into a car...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A prosecutor would have virtually no chance of pinning a charge of assault on a man seen viciously attacking a woman in a viral video without help from the victim on the receiving end of the brutal beatdown, according to legal experts. It appears...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans are walking away from their marriages in droves amid the throes of a coronavirus pandemic. Since January 1 this year, some 1,220 divorce applications have been filed in the courts, figures compiled by Court Administration Division (CAD)...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Margaret Alexander* was getting ready to leave work earlier this month when she noticed that her ex-boyfriend had entered the small gaming lounge she managed. The certified locksmith, she claimed, had been stalking her for months, either trailing...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A “comprehensive” audit of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) is now under way amid claims of “poor management and lack of accountability” of the institution’s assets levelled by its alumni association. Over the last three...

Published:Sunday | April 4, 2021 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

At least 29 people have died this year in motor vehicle crashes that occurred after the start of the nightly all-island curfews, new statistics have revealed. The death toll resulted from 25 fatal crashes that involved a total of 39 vehicles, some...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A grandmother caught in the middle of an international child custody battle was briefly jailed this week for failing to comply with a court order. Daisy Elizabeth Raymond, 64, a retired teacher, was arrested at her home in Portland about 7:30 p.m....

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:43 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A silent surge in mental health disorders triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has placed Jamaica on the verge of a crisis that could have devastating long-term implications, medical experts have warned. There are fears, too, that amid the escalating...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jonathan Anderson* was convicted in 2015 for a number of traffic breaches he insists he did not commit. But the convictions in the Traffic Court for unlicensed motor vehicle, unlawful use of licence plates, and not having motor vehicle insurance...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Nearly 400 appeals filed in the last four years challenging rulings handed down by Jamaica’s high and parish courts have stalled because of the absence of transcripts. Between 2016 and February 22 this year, a total of 311 transcripts and 67 judges...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Government, after months of silence, has disclosed that it has signed a five-year J$4-billion contract with the Israeli firm ELTA Systems Limited, but has sought to assure Jamaicans that they have nothing to fear. The disclosure and...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica averaged four murders per day over the first 42 days of this year. For a bloody six-day stretch, which started on January 29, average daily murders climbed to five when a total of 30 persons were killed, including 10 on January 31 alone,...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2021 | 8:57 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

It was mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve three years ago and the market in the central Jamaica town of Mandeville was buzzing with activities. Suddenly, gunshots rang out, sending shoppers and vendors scampering for safety. When the shooting ended,...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Amid the limited return to face-to-face classes in Jamaica’s public school system, some principals are quietly asking parents to sign a waiver indemnifying their institutions should students contract the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). But the use...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

More than 500 Jamaicans were sentenced in the United Kingdom (UK) to at least 12 months in prison over a four-year period ending in 2019. The staggering figure comes as the British government, under fire for what lobby groups there describe as...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Chinese operatives are eavesdropping on mobile telephone calls being made by Jamaicans on the Digicel network, the departing top American diplomat here has alleged, opening the door for speculation on what Jamaican authorities may know. But the...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Peter Phillips has admitted that his failed attempt more than a decade ago to wrest control of the People’s National Party (PNP) from then President Portia Simpson Miller was ill-advised. And, while the PNP continues the search for answers for...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The race for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP) is going down to the wire, a new opinion poll has revealed. A week before a vote is cast in the party’s presidential election, St Ann South Eastern Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A veil of secrecy clouds the criteria used by the National Workers’ Union (NWU) to confer voting rights on dozens of persons to elect the next president of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP). Approximately 3,400 delegates, drawn from the...

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