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Cop arrested for shooting Clarendon teacher

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Saturday evening arrested a police officer on suspicion of shooting with intent.

Flat Bridge bypass opened, free for a month

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
SPANISH Town, St Catherine — The Angels to Linstead section of the north-south leg of Highway 2000 will be opened to the public today and will be free of cost for a month. The opening provided what has been described as a “real alternative” to the Bog Walk Gorge and the close to 300-year-old Flat Bridge, which has seen its fair share of accidents, some fatal throughout the centuries. Last Thursday saw the symbolic opening of the roadway by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, a handful of her ministers, and officials from the China Harbour Engineering Company which is building the north-south leg of the highway. Here are some scenes from the ceremony.

Garrisons not a problem for PNP

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
DON’T expect the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) to join in a fight against garrison politics if the definition of garrison politics is a set of people consistently voting a particular way.

Contractor general denies delaying investigations until after election

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
CONTRACTOR General Dirk Harrison, has rejected as false, allegations that influential members of the governing People’s National Party (PNP) have instructed him to hold off on investigations into the controversial awarding of contracts in St Ann South Eastern until after the February 25 General Elections.

‘Mule’ says drug boss misled her on jail time

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
A man and a woman who were nabbed at the Norman Manley Airport attempting to smuggle six pounds of ganja to Curacao were fined and sentenced to prison when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Colour coding of taxis to be completed by March 31

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
The Transport Authority (TA) is slated to complete the colour coding of taxicabs, currently being carried out islandwide, by March 31.

Transgender woman accused of killing lover

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
A transgender woman who reportedly mowed down her lover during a domestic dispute, is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on February 25.

No wide-scale lay-offs, but public sector to be restructured — Phillips

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, says there is no plan for wide-scale redundancies in the public service in 2016/17.

Appleton hires 30 students for ZIKA clea-up

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — People’s National Party Councillor for the Siloah Division Audie Myers has hailed Appleton sugar estate for hiring and training 30 young people on a temporary basis to assist clean-up operations in Siloah and related areas.

Guyana says Suriname detained nine nationals

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 5, CMC – The Guyana government Friday confirmed that nine nationals had been detained by the Suriname military while fishing in the Corentyne River last month.

Rubio wilts, Trump strong in Republican debate

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
MANCHESTER, United States (AFP) — Surging Republican hopeful Marco Rubio wilted under sustained attack in the latest US presidential debate, denting his stature going into tomorrow’s New Hampshire primary dominated by frontrunner Donald Trump.

With no president in sight, Haiti gets transitional government

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haitian politicians inked a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government Saturday, just hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down with no replacement in line.

Germany shuts down German arm of Canada’s Maple Bank

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — The German financial sector watchdog, BaFin, said yesterday it has shut down the German arm of Canadian lender Maple Bank until further notice due to looming over-indebtedness.

Rescuers race to save buried Taiwan quake victims

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
TAINAN, Taiwan (AFP) —Rescuers are still racing against time to free around 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 34 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.

North Korea successfully launches rocket

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 19:00
SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — North Korea said yesterday it had successfully placed a satellite in orbit in an “epochal event” to boost its defence capability, with a rocket launch widely condemned as a ballistic missile test.

JLP candidate, Factories Corp in money squabble

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:00
A multimillion-dollar contract involving Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for St Ann South Western, attorney-at-law Zavia Mayne, is the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Contractor General, the Jamaica Observer can report.

A stout-hearted 5-year-old

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:00
You would think that having lost a leg to cancer when she was just three years old, Rusheka Goodhall would be disconsolate.

Second PNP candidate in tax problems

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:00
A second People’s National Party (PNP) candidate is indebted to the Government, in relation to taxes.

Party operatives said to be behind plot to kill former Spanish Town mayor

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:00
The plot to kill former Mayor of Spanish Town Dr Raymoth Notice took on another dimension last night when information emerged that elements from the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were involved in the attempt.

Lawyers battle for St Catherine East Central

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:00
ARNALDO Brown says he is confident of victory, having spent, he claims, $3 billion on the young constituency of St Catherine East Central.

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