Detective explains delay in processing 'alleged' crime scenes

Members of the media on a guided tour inside Tivoli Gardens following the
May 2010 operation.

A senior detective yesterday defended the length of time it took for scenes of crime personnel to begin the processing of alleged crime scenes in Tivoli Gardens in the wake of the May 2010 operation to apprehend Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. Earlier this week, former Public Defender Earl Witter testifi ... Read More

Minister of Health Horace Dalley (left) and Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill (2nd left) participate in the groundbreaking for the just over $76 million renovation and expansion of the Linstead Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. Also assisting are Chairman of the Board of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke (centre), Project Manager at the National Health Fund, Orette Clarke (2nd right) and Acting Senior Medical Officer at the Linstead Hospital, Dr Tanesha Burke Grant (right).  Linstead Hospital to get $76-m upgrade
THE Accident and Emergency (A&E) department of the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine is to under ... Read More

SCOTLAND... there is much to do and I hope all 53
Commonwealth nations will look together at the vision Baroness Scotland is new Commonwealth SG
VALLETTA, Malta (CMC) — Britain's former attorney general Baroness Patricia Scotland was elect ... Read More

Ex-con gets two years for fraud
AN ex-convict, who tricked a man out of almost $295,000 after telling him that he had "links" at the ... Read More

Online prayer for the day

Saturday, November 28, 2015 7:00 AM    

O good Jesus, I accept willingly this trial which it has pleased you to lay upon me. I confide all my pains to your Sacred Heart, and beg you to unite them with your bitter sufferings, and thus perfect them by making them your own. Since I cannot render you the praise due to you because of the multitude of my sorrows and afflictions, I ask you to praise God the Father for all I suffer, with the same tribute of praise you offered him when your agony on the cross was at its height. As you thanke ... Read More

'Weapons of mass distraction'

Saturday, November 28, 2015    

(L-R) CHASTANET... the government has lost
sight of its respect for the citizens of
this country. FELIX... I do not believe I did anything
that warrants an apology

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has described as "weapons of mass distraction" the alleged accusations made by Housing Minister Stanley Felix regarding the functions of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Victoria Charles-Clarke. The DPP has already said she viewed the decision by Felix to "use a political platform" to call for her resignation as "very disturbing, and in fact appalling". "You know I think that ... Read More

Rowe denies report of planned job cuts

Friday, November 27, 2015    

ROWE... the Government is considering the management of
vacant positions, voluntary retirement and voluntary separation

FINANCIAL Secretary Devon Rowe has denied that there are planned job cuts for the public sector following a media report on his statement to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament. On Wednesday Rowe indicated that job separation is among the measures the Government will be taking in order to meet the nine per cent wage to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio by March 2017, as per its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In a release yesterday ... Read More

Private sector, civil society groups plead to political leaders

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter | Friday, November 27, 2015    

Caribbean Policy Research Institute Co-executive Director Damien King (right) adresses yesterday’s press conference at the
offices of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), where Private Sector Association of Jamaica President William
Mahfood (left), and President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Warren McDonald (centre), along with heads of the Jamaica
Manufacturers’ Association, Metry Seaga, and the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC), Jeanette Calder, called for leaders of
the two major political parties to be held accountable and be responsible on the political campaign. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

A coalition of private sector and civil society groups have appealed to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness to stick to the economic gains that have been made through the sacrifices of the Jamaican people. The groups who also want the political leaders to give the assurance that these will not go to waste regardless of who wins the next general election, outlined their concerns to the two leaders in a five-point letter. The partnership, comprising t ... Read More

Former Lucea mayor now under criminal probe after DPP reverses decision

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Friday, November 27, 2015    

HAUGHTON… resigned as mayor

Contractor General Dirk Harrison yesterday expressed regret that it took the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) eight months to be convinced that the public sector procurement regulations apply to the purchase of all goods, works, and services, irrespective of the value. Harrison was responding to DPP Paula Llewelyn's reversal of her decision that there was nothing criminal for which former Lucea mayor Shernett Haughton could be charged in relation to the issuing of contracts to relatives an ... Read More

Witter suggests State settle residents' claims

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator, Crime/Court Desk | Friday, November 27, 2015    

WITTER… settlement of claims would put an end to
the grievance of the complainants

Former Public Defender Earl Witter said yesterday that, in order to "accelerate" the healing process it would be better for the State to settle the claims of loss and damage made by West Kingston residents affected in the May 2010 operation to apprehend Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. Witter, who gave the evidence during questioning from Michael Williams, the attorney for the advocacy group Tivoli Committee, said this is more desirable than litigation, a process that can be protracted. "Yes, it woul ... Read More

J'can police monitoring radical groups

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Assistant Commissioner of Police
Assan Thompson says that although
the threat level to Jamaica is low, the
police continue to recognise that
Jamaica is not outside the reach of
terrorists and terrorist groups to
include ISIS.

THE Jamaican police say they have intensified their monitoring of people suspected to be involved with terrorist or radicalised groups. "Right now, anything that has any relation with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or other terrorist groups, we are treating that as an urgent matter," Assistant Commission of Police Assan Thompson told the Jamaica Observer Tuesday. He made the declaration on the heels of a meeting on Monday involving the police commissioner and other senior officers from ... Read More

Hanna: More wards of the state transitioning to tertiary institutions

Friday, November 27, 2015    

HANNA... State care must actually assist the children’s
development in a way that propels them to make quantum leaps
to be the best in this country

YOUTH and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna says that more children in State care are matriculating into tertiary level education. The number has increased significantly from two in 2012, to 48 in 2013/14. The minister credited the improvement to measures being implemented by the Government to ensure the growth and development of youngsters in children's homes and across the child State care system. She was speaking at the 2015 educational achievement awards ceremony, where 55 students were recogni ... Read More

Government to expand cash grants under PATH

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips (left) signs one of two loan agreements with the Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) valued at US $75 million, while IDB Country Representative Therese Turner-Jones (3rd left) prepares to sign. Looking
on at right is Labour and Social Security Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson. The signing ceremony took place Wednesday at the
National Heroes Circle offices of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. Assisting is senior negotiating officer of the International
Programme Management Branch (IPMB) in the finance and planning ministry, Nadine James (2nd left) and director in the IPMB,
Rose Lemonius-Stewart. (PHOTO: JIS)

THE Government says it will be expanding the provision of cash grants under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH). The enhanced benefits -- to be facilitated through a $6-billion (US$50 million) loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in support of Jamaica's Social Protection Strategy -- will assist the most vulnerable and needy in the society, particularly children and pregnant and lactating mothers. The loan agreement was one of two signed by ... Read More

Kellier wants youth to drive 'new kind of agriculture'

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier delivers the
main address at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs 75th Anniversary Gala
Banquet at the Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday.

AGRICULTURE and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier says the time has come for a "new kind of agriculture" that incorporates more youth involvement and the infusion of modern technology. "Greater level of mechanisation and an increased use of high quality inputs at the appropriate time, based on the physiology of the plant and the composition of the soils (are necessary)... .A consistent flow of excited well-trained young people (must be) willing to drive the new agriculture," the minister said. ... Read More



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