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JAMAICA: Phillips is now PNP president

JAMAICA: Phillips is now PNP president

With two losses for leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) under his belt, Dr Peter David Phillips today fulfilled his lifelong political dream of getting to the top of the 78-year-old party. Phillips was elected as the fifth president of the party during a special delegates conference held at the National Arena. A tearful […]

JAMAICA – Beef ban battle

JAMAICA – Beef ban battle

KINGSTON –– Jamaica and Brazil appear to be heading towards a trade row over the island’s ban on corned beef imported from that South American country as both sides yesterday took hard positions on the measure. The Brazilian Embassy in Kingston asked the Jamaican Government to lift what it described as the “unilateral ban”, pointing […]

JAMAICA – Farmers appeal for help after flooding

JAMAICA – Farmers appeal for help after flooding

KINGSTON – Ravaged by three days of heavy rainfall, farmers in the Rio Grande valley of Portland are appealing for assistance to resume their livelihood after losing hundreds of fully grown plants. The affected farmers, who hail from the adjoining communities of Seaman’s Valley, Cornwall Barracks, and Moore Town, suffered losses to several hectares of […]

JAMAICA – New crime strategy

JAMAICA – New crime strategy

KINGSTON – Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday tabled three Bills expected to play a dominant role in the Government’s continuing efforts to bring crime and violence under control. The most comprehensive of the Bills — The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) — will give members of the Jamaica […]

Jamaica bans corned beef imports from Brazil

Jamaica bans corned beef imports from Brazil

Amid fears of rotten processed meat being used in its products, the Government of Jamaica has banned the importation of corned beef from Brazil – where 99.5 per cent of the local product comes from. The public is also being urged not to eat any corned beef until the relevant tests have been done. In […]

JAMAICA – Mother claims family is plagued by fire

JAMAICA – Mother claims family is plagued by fire

KINGSTON –– Two months after her mother died in a fire on West Street in downtown Kingston, Carleen Aird’s daughter was yesterday left homeless after fire gutted the premises on which she lives. Aird is now of the view that her family is plagued by fire. Yesterday’s fire, which gutted several dwellings and business places […]

JAMAICA – Freed!

JAMAICA – Freed!

KINGSTON – Two police officers who were alleged to be members of a police “death squad” were yesterday freed of murder and wounding charges after they were found not guilty in the Home Circuit Court. Corporal Roan Morrison and Constable Collis Brown were unanimously found not guilty on both counts by a seven-member jury, following […]

JAMAICA – No choice

JAMAICA – No choice

KINGSTON – Audley Shaw yesterday said the Government had no choice but to continue the $11.4-billion drawdown from the National Housing Trust (NHT) to help prop up the national budget, as to do otherwise at this time, given the Administration’s $1.5-million tax break commitment, would have been fiscally irresponsible. Shaw, the finance minister, was fielding […]

JAMAICA – Below par

JAMAICA – Below par

KINGSTON – Civil military cooperation officer for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major Basil Jarrett, has said potential recruits have been responding well to the islandwide recruitment drive now under way, but very few are advancing. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer recently, Major Jarrett said their failure to advance is largely due to […]

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