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West breathes sigh of relief as taxi drivers turn out

The new school year got off to a smooth start in western Jamaica yesterday as fears that a planned strike by taxi operators and issues such as a shortage of teachers would have created problems never materialised. Clayton Smith, principal of Grang...

100 EOJ workers for PNP polls

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will send a 100-member team of presiding officers and polling clerks to conduct Saturday’s People’s National Party (PNP) presidential polls at the National Arena. The EOJ – the country’s electoral direc...

Cops to continue monitoring Corporate Area traffic all month

The head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s traffic division has indicated that more cops than normal were on duty at major intersections across the Corporate Area to monitor the situation as the new school year got under way. Assistant Commiss...

Bunting’s Rise United looking for a blowout

With just days to go before the delegates elect a president for the People’s National Party, the Peter Bunting-led Rise United team on Sunday tallied its numbers, declaring that it had majority support. A little under 3,000 delegates are eligible...

St James closes in on 100 murders

After a weekend of brazen gun attacks that left four people dead, St James, one of three western parishes blanketed by a state of emergency, is close to recording 100 murders this year. One murder was recorded last Friday, one on Sunday and two yes...

‘Like a monster’ - Fate of hundreds of J’cans uncertain as Hurricane Dorian pummels The Bahamas; Florida battens down

As Hurricane Dorian battered The Bahamas yesterday, leaving a trail of death and devastation in its wake, there was uncertainty about the fate of roughly 1,000 Jamaicans living in the badly devastated Abaco Islands. Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert ...

Editor's Forum | No run-off fears in Canadian farm-work programme

Canadian High Commissioner Laurie Peters has described the 53-year-old Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP), which sees thousands of Jamaicans heading north annually to boost farm labour in harvesting crops, as a “well-oiled machine”...

New radar to improve weather forecasting, says Thompson

Jamaica’s obsolete radar system is set to be replaced by state-of-the-art equipment following yesterday’s signing ceremony for the design, supply and installation of an S-band Weather Radar System to boost the country’s ability to more accur...

Wrong target - DPP clears constable, puts senior cops, Gov’t in firing line for deadly police school foul-up

There was a litany of blunders, some by senior cops, in the moments before and immediately after a 2013 mix-up with live and blank rounds at the police training school in St Catherine, resulting in a five cops being shot, one fatally, a document a...

Cheques found in kitchen, vehicle and gardener’s quarters in Elliott house raid

An investigating officer from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) yesterday revealed that a 2016 raid at the home of Sanja Elliott, one of the accused in the $400-million Manchester Municipal Corporation (MMC) fraud trial, ...

'Missing' teen among four arrested following gun seizure in St James

The police are reporting that a teenager who reportedly went missing from her house in Old Harbour, St Catherine in April was one of four persons arrested in connection with the seizure of a firearm in New Ramble district, St James on Monday T...

Not guilty...Clarendon 'death squad' cops freed of murder

A seven-member has found Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte not guilty of the 2012 murder of Anthony ‘Toby’ Trought.  The jury returned the verdict after less than an hour after being retiring for deliberations at 2:20 ...

Two ambushed, one dead in Annotto Bay gun attack

An attack in the dead of night on the weekend has left a woman dead and a businessman hospitalised. A police report is suggesting that about 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, 49-year-old Valrie Richards, a higgler of Gibraltar Housing Scheme in Annotto Bay, St...

NCB to reimburse customers’ late fees

National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) has said it will be reimbursing late fees to customers impacted by delayed salary payments due to kinks in a recent system upgrade. The bank said reimbursements are available for persons who incurred ...

Edward Seaga | 10 things about the former Prime Minister

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga dedicated almost half of a century to public service. Seaga died in a Miami hospital today at the age of 89. He had been battling cancer. Here are 10 things about him you should know: 1.      At the age of 29,...