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Probe into alleged vote buying

NASSAU — An investigation has been launched into the conduct of plainclothes police officers who allegedly protected Free National Movement operatives as they sought to buy votes ahead of the May 7 general election, Minister of State for National‚Security Keith Bell revealed yesterday. As previously reported by The Nassau Guardian, in a letter dated May […]

Kamla booed at band launch

PORT OF SPAIN — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was loudly booed by patrons after her arrival was announced at the launch of mas band YUMA’s 2013 presentation, Imagine, on Wednesday night. Venue was Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain. Against proper protocols, the MC at the time announced the arrival of President George Maxwell […]

Cops told to grin and bear it

ST JOHN’S — Officers at the Barbuda Police Station may be forced to continue working under uninhabitable conditions at the dilapidated station building for a few more months. That’s because the government reportedly projects that the new station would be completed some time near the next General Elections, constitutionally due in 2014. Senator McKenzie Frank […]

Bus driver held for sexual assault

KINGSTON – A 27-year-old bus driver is now in Police custody after he was charged for sexually assaulting two girls, aged 15 and 17. He has been identified as Clayon Tyndale of a Rose Town address in Kingston 13. Detectives from the Centre of Investigation for Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) said it is […]

Top cops to get $2.4m.

PORT OF SPAIN — Trinidad has taken a decision to make a total ex gratia payment of over $2 million to Canadian top cops Dwayne Gibbs and Jack Ewatski, following their resignations announced on Monday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The men, who signed a three-year contract in 2010, resigned 14 months before their term […]

Four survive small plane crash

FREEPORT — A family of three and an unidentified male passenger survived a plane crash yesterday after the pilot was forced to ditch the small plane in mangroves to the east of Freeport Aggregates, just off Grand Bahama Highway. The 45-year-old pilot, Raymond Meadows Sr., his wife, their 10-year-old and the male passenger had reportedly […]

Manning gets warm welcome home

PORT OF SPAIN — It was a love thing at Piarco International Airport on Tuesday night as former prime minister Patrick Manning returned home and was mobbed by emotional supporters. Manning, with the support of a walking stick, made his way through the arrival gates of the airport just before midnight with his wife, Hazel, […]

Portia: Reflect on the journey

KINGSTON — Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller led hundreds of Jamaicans who turned out Tuesday night at the Seville Heritage Park here for the annual Emancipation Jubilee to celebrate the role played by black leaders in their fight for freedom more than 170 years ago. Addressing the huge crowd […]

Top cops quit

kamla announces resignations of canadians gibbs, ewatski
PORT OF SPAIN — Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs and Deputy Commissioner of Police Jack Ewatski have tendered their resignations with effect from August 7, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-B

Safe and secure

KINGSTON — The Jamaica Constabulary Force says plans are in place to ensure Jamaicans enjoy the highest level of security during the upcoming Independence celebrations. The security plans, according to Senior Superintendent Assan Thompson, the JCF’s point man at the Jamaica 50 Secretariat, will centre around the increased deployment of police personnel across all 19 […]

Power licence not exclusive

KINGSTON — The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the all-island licence held by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is not exclusive, paving the way for other players to enter the market for distribution of electricity.
The ruling by Justice Bryan Sy

Carnival tune irks women's group

ST JOHN’S — Women Against Rape has taken issue with veteran soca band Onyan and the Burning Flames over this year’s tune titled Kick Een She Back Doh. The local women’s advocacy group called for the catchy Carnival melody to be banned from the airwa

Just party, ok

by Donna Sealy A provocative, and often times controversial calypso commentator, says the time has come to abandon all calypso competitions. Instead, said Dr. Cleve Scott, who has judged Pic-O-De-Crop competitions in the past, there should be one big party, which he said was what Soca Royale was, with judges. “It is widely established by now […]

Pastor: Jamaica a country of hustlers

A Baptist pastor from St Ann used his sermon at yesterday’s National Independence Thanksgiving Service inside the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston to blast the nation’s leaders, and charged that Jamaica is pervaded by hustlers. Standing before a congregation that included the governor general, the prime minister, the opposition leader and other State officials, Reverend […]

Fire diverts carnival parade

ST JOHN’S — A sudden fire that gutted one vehicle and severely damaged another on High Street forced Carnival’s vibrant opening parade to be diverted to ensure revellers’ safety. The blaze, which started at around 5 p.m. on Saturday, completely destroyed a Ford Expedition before setting a nearby Toyota Corolla alight. The route was subsequently […]

TT $150m. hotel battle

PORT OF SPAIN — Hyatt Corporation, the international hotel chain and manager of the government-owned hotel on the Port of Spain waterfront, has initiated arbitration proceedings against the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France, for “multiple breaches” in its Hotel Management Agreement. The International Court […]

Babies test positive for deadly infection

NASSAU — Eight babies have tested positive and two of them have died as a result of an infection in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Princess Margaret Hospital, the Public Hospitals Authority announced yesterday.
The bacterium is known as Acinet

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