NIDS shot down - Court rules identity law unconstitutional

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A key plank of legislation championed by the Holness administration was yesterday struck down as unconstitutional, delivering a body blow to the Government’s identity law and offering vindication to critics who deemed it illegal and an overreach of…

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NIDS timeline

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2000: National Registration Bill tabled in Parliament. 2006: Cabinet approves proposal to implement National Identification System (NIDS). National Registration Bill withdrawn for redrafting and resubmission. 2008: Cabinet recommits to NIDS…

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NIDS law proved a thorny affair

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There were strong arguments on both sides of the debate as the Government pushed to establish the National Identification System (NIDS). Among the arguments put forward by the Andrew Holness-led administration was that the secure database capturing…

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PNP: Let ruling be a guide

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The ruling by the Constitutional Court that the National Identification and Registration Act be struck from the books should serve as a guide to the Andrew Holness administration on how to approach the crafting of legislation, the parliamentary…

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St James needs more vector-control workers, says health inspector

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WESTERN BUREAU: Lennox Wallace, the chief public health inspector for St James, says that the St James Health Department needs more vector-control workers to help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases. Speaking at the monthly meeting of the…

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Central High staff celebrates chairman’s resignation

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“Goodbye to my pain and my sorrows. So long! Bye, bye!” sang members of staff at Central High School just before they engaged in thankful prayer, embracing the news that the chairman of the school board, Henry Morant, had stepped down on Wednesday…

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Westmoreland builders granted amnesty amid spike in illegal construction

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WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation has declared a 47-day amnesty to allow persons building residential homes without the relevant permits to seek approval without penalties. The amnesty period of April 15 to May 31 was declared…

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News Briefs

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Dorraine Samuels’ funeral to be held Monday The thanksgiving service for the life of late broadcast legend Dorraine Samuels, the beauty queen-turned-programme host who made radio her kingdom for almost four decades, will be held in Monday, April 15…

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Regional Briefs

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St Lucian minister sent on leave CASTRIES (CMC): St Lucia Public Service Minister Dr Ubaldus Raymond has been sent on leave as the government launches an investigation “into recent information being circulated in the public domain”. A statemet…

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Robbery suspects held after dramatic chase

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Curious onlookers yesterday flocked Love Lane in downtown Kingston after a Nissan Tiida being pursued by cops slammed into a wall. Acting on a details in a report made by a victim about a robbery in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, about an hour earlier…

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