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Jamaicans urged to prepare for duty-free trading

Jamaicans have been encouraged to get their businesses in order to tap into the huge export potential when Haiti opens up for duty-free trading less than a year from now. President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), ...

Court backlog persists despite some improvements

A total of 4,274 new cases entered the Supreme Court across all divisions between April and July this year, while only 3,337 matters were completed during the period. According to data from the Chief Justice's Statistics Reports for the Supreme Co...

JTA still awaiting PEP mock exam results

Dr Garth Anderson, president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), said he is still awaiting the official results of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam after he made a request to the education ministry close to a month now. Education M...

No unrestricted police powers - Lawmakers frown on proposal to detain persons for up to 14 days without filing criminal charges

Lawmakers yesterday levelled damning criticisms at the police, declaring that "too often" citizens are being charged with criminal offences without any investigation. The disapproval came after the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) proposed to a pa...

Taxi operators continue protest of new Road Traffic Act - Government source says nothing will change

Despite the chaos caused by taxi operators who protested yesterday for the second day across sections of the island over what they called "ridiculous" aspects of the newly proposed Road Traffic Act, a government source said that not much will chan...

Housing for poor coming - Holness announces $500m programme for indigent

The Andrew Holness administration is now crafting a programme through which $500 million will be spent to build "reasonable" housing solutions for the poor and indigent across the island. Further, Holness, the prime minister, signalled yesterday th...

We will not relent in arresting gang leaders - JCF

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will not yield in its efforts to arrest and charge gang leaders and members under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act (anti-gang law), a statement from the police has said. The stat...

JLP ripe for second term - Shaw

While acknowledging that the administration is only at midterm, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) firebrand politician Audley Shaw said it is ripe for a second term. "I know we are at midterm, but I already feel that victory is in the air for the Jamaica...

Four St Mary murders in 48 hours

The police have intensified their search for a group of men who allegedly shot and killed two residents in Annotto Bay, St Mary, Saturday night. Saturday night's attack increased the number of killings in the parish to four since Thursday. The l...

PM wants police wage dispute settled

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday expressed disappointment that wage negotiations between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Government remain unresolved despite numerous meetings between the parties. Holness, speaking yesterday at...