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Students not making the grade

NASSAU — Nearly 50 per cent of seniors at government high schools do not meet the requirements to graduate with a diploma, and are instead awarded leaving certificates, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald said yesterday. This follows a trend observed in recent years. Fitzgerald’s comments came at a press conference at the […]

Flare up over flag

KINGSTON — Opposition Leader Andrew Holness wants Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to make a definitive statement on what the Government intends to do to protect and preserve Jamaica’s national symbols. In a statement yesterday, the opposition leader said he had written to Simpson Miller on the issue, and would also be writing to Governor […]

Warner concerned about conspiracy

PORT OF SPAIN — National Security Minister Jack Warner believes that criminal elements are working with the Opposition PNM to get him out of office. During a town meeting held at Warner Village, Charlieville, in his Chaguanas West Constituency on Tuesday night, Warner said the local underworld bosses want to see him out as Minister […]

Praying for crime ease

PORT OF SPAIN – A of prayer has been declared as part of the arsenal to help this country deal with crime. The decision was taken following a meeting yesterday between National Security Minister Jack Warner, heads of security divisions and heads of religious organisations at the Ministry’s Temple Court office in Port of Spain. […]

Three shoot-out suspects arrested

PORT OF SPAIN — Detectives from the Arima Criminal Investigations Department recovered two handguns, a shotgun and four shotgun cartridges on Tuesday after being involved in a shoot-out with a carload of gunmen. It was the first of two shoot-outs involving police in less than 13 hours. Around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Arima CID […]

Five more years possible for Buju

KINGSTON — Imprisoned Jamaican reggae artiste Buju Banton has found himself in a more troubling spot than he was before appealing his drug conviction and 10-year sentence earlier this year. Based on a ruling yesterday in a Tampa, Florida court, the Jamaican artiste now faces an additional five years in prison, which could push his […]

Violent weekend in Antigua

ST JOHN’S — Six stabbings, a shooting and a man struck on the head with an object, are just a few of the reports of violence that kept lawmen and emergency medical personnel busy on Sunday and Monday. Five of the incidents occurred at Lion’s Den on Sunday while two happened at Carnival City (Antigua […]

Crime fight pledge

  PORT OF SPAIN – Minister of National Security and acting Prime Minister Jack Warner has promised a swift and visible decrease in crime. Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago Business Luncheon Meeting yesterday, Warner promised both the local business community and the visiting Florida Lieutenant Governor General Jennifer Carroll […]

Police force better with locals

PORT OF SPAIN — The T&T Police Service is best left in the hands of locals.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, who officially assumed the portfolio yesterday, however, said he was undecided whether he would apply for the post next year wh

Well done

PORT OF SPAIN – As he gears up to take office tomorrow, soon-to-be acting Commissoner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday hailed the South Western Police Division as a success after it has managed to reduced crime within its districts by 20 per cent. Williams made the statement yesterday after a tour with acting?Prime Minister Jack?Warner […]

Opposition criticises $410m. fund

PORT OF SPAIN – Political Leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ), David Abdulah, says he is “deeply troubled” by Cabinet’s decision to provide $10 million to each serving Member of Parliament (MP) as the funds may be used as a means to pay “party hacks” and line the pockets of officials. Last Thursday […]

Blaze leaves four homeless

ST. JOHN’S – A Cashew Hill family was rendered homeless at sunrise today as fire ripped through their two bedroom wooden and concrete house. Two adults, a man and a woman, and two children resided in the house. Reports are that crackling noises alerted neighbours to the fire at about 5:55 am and the St. […]

Ernesto spares Jamaica

KINGSTON – A poorly organised and weakened Tropical Storm Ernesto stayed far from Jamaica’s southern coastline yesterday but managed to dump several inches of rain on the island as it churned rapidly westward through the warm Caribbean Sea towards the Nicaragua-Honduras border. Last night the National Meteorological Service (Met Service) said the tropical storm warning […]

Zuma joins celebration

KINGSTON – South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife arrived in Jamaica a short while ago for what has now been reduced to a one-day State visit. Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo MaNtuli Zuma were expected in the island yesterday for a two-day visit but that changed because of the threat of Tropical Storm […]

Squatters want reliable water supply

PORT OF SPAIN – Residents of Sunrees Branch Road, Penal, are pleading for Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar’s intervention to assist them in securing electricity and a reliable water supply in the area. Yesterday, the residents staged a protest highlighting their concerns, including better roads. The residents, backed by president of the Movement for Democracy […]

$10m. per MP

PORT OF SPAIN — In an attempt to “strengthen” the country’s system of local government and better “empower” citizens, the cabinet has approved the payment of $10 million to each Member of Parliament to be utilised for infrastructural projects within their communities, Minister of Planning Dr. Bhoe Tewarie said yesterday. Tewarie gave details and the […]

'Brand Jamaica' on show in London

KINGSTON — “Brand Jamaica” went on show today in London with the opening of the specially created Jamaica House – a 10-day celebration of Jamaica’s culture, food, and manufacturing capabilities. More than 10,000 persons have already registered online to attend the event at the O2 Arena where thousands of Olympic Games patrons pass through daily […]

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