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  • Police tardiness affecting courts islandwide — Sykes
    CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes has said the tardiness for which he rebuked the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) last week is a problem affecting courts islandwide.
  • Witness details gruesome discovery of relative's body
    A relative of slain Westmoreland man Ika Clarke yesterday detailed for a courtroom the horror of stumbling across the charred body of the man he said he had left in good health just the day before, on a farm in Mint Mountain, Grange Hill, Westmoreland.
  • Opposition senator thinks provisions could 'water down' anti-gang law
    LEGISLATORS could include offences related to simple larceny and receiving stolen goods in the anti-gang law, in order to help the State convict perpetrators of organised crime.The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had called for the amendment in its submission to the joint select committee (JSC), which is overhauling the 2014 Criminal Justice […]
  • Mosquitoes in the cross hairs
    The country yesterday kicked off the Ministry of Health and Wellness-led 'National Dengue Clean-up' exercise which saw scores of people inspecting the grounds of schools and business places to identify possible mosquito-breeding sites, as part of the Government's three-day campaign to tackle the dengue virus under the theme 'Mosquitoes wanted dead, not alive!'
  • JPS residential customers facing possible 17% hike in light bills
    JAMAICA Public Service Company (JPS) has finally convinced the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to consider its proposal for a rate review, which could see its residential customers hit with a more than 17 per cent increase on their bills.Last July, JPS submitted an application for a tariff review to the OUR, but this was […]
  • Final rush
    With yesterday being the final day for applicants to get a provisional driver's (learner's) licence without having to pass a road code test, scores of Jamaicans converged on the King Street, downtown Kingston office of Tax Administration Jamaica. The requirement, which takes effect today, is part of provisions under the new Road Traffic Act passed […]
  • Anguish
    TAMAR Lewis thinks she might have escaped death as she was not at home when her ex-boyfriend allegedly broke into her house and damaged her appliances, but now she is dealing with the pain of losing her eight-year-old son.
  • Primary and secondary schools improving, but...
    THE National Education Inspectorate (NEI) says there has been a 23 per cent improvement in progress in primary and secondary schools since 2015, but at the same time it is worried about some of the findings on teaching practices.Among the NEI's concerns are that many teachers continue to demonstrate weaknesses in the enactment of student-centred […]
  • Gov't considering performance-based pay for ministers
    PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says Government is considering performance-based pay for ministers as part of measures to transform the public sector.The prime minister made the disclosure while addressing the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation's general staff meeting on Thursday at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
  • Lambert Brown calls for special corruption court
    OPPOSITION Senator Lambert Brown on Thursday proposed setting up a special division of the courts to deal with financial crimes and corruption.Speaking in the State of the Nation debate in the Senate, Brown also urged the Government to appoint an oversight committee to monitor the performance of the Integrity Commission (IC).

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