300 more lost - Mentally ill inmates languish in prisons, casualties of state forgetfulness

Gleaner on May 31st, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

More than 300 mentally ill people are serving indefinite prison sentences or have simply fallen off the court list, many languishing in limbo for decades. But Hugh Faulkner, executive director of the Legal Aid Council, said his organisation has…

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Cut links with dons, PM warns police

Gleaner on May 31st, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

Apparently seizing on a major scandal that has rocked the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Prime Minister Andrew Holness has charged the police hierarchy to weed out rogue cops who collude with criminal actors in the underworld. Addressing the…

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Edna Manley sends alleged sex harasser on leave

Gleaner on May 31st, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

WESTERN BUREAU: The male lecturer at the centre of the sexual harassment and assault allegations at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been sent on leave. This comes following a nine-hour meeting on Tuesday of the board…

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Cops hunt man after 8-month-old chopped to death

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester: The police last night called off the search for a man who was believed to have dramatically jumped into a sinkhole after allegedly chopping to death his eight-month-old baby and injuring the child’s mother. Superintendent…

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Brave Darian bows out

Gleaner on May 31st, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

Though Darian Douglas did not win the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, he is treasuring the experience gained from the competition and brimming with confidence at taking a second shot. The 12-year-old Gleaner Children’s Own Spelling Bee champion…

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CMU’s ambassador’s lips sealed

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Balfour Peart, the United States-based Jamaican businessman placed in the spotlight because of two payments by Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) totalling almost $700,000 towards a yacht party for since-discarded education minister Ruel Reid, has…

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Information will empower anti-corruption fight, says Calder

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Anti-corruption campaigner Jeanette Calder has made a strident call for more vigilance and for Jamaicans to put up a fierce opposition to corruption, dubbing the scourge a major drag on the country’s economic development. Calder, executive…

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Lost in prison - Ex-cop finally gets bail after 31 years behind bars without trial - Ex-cop finally gets bail after 31 years behind bars without trial

Gleaner on May 30th, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

After 31 years behind bars without standing trial and having not entered a guilty plea for the murder charge levelled against him, 61-year-old Walter Blackstock is set to be a free man, following a declaration on Tuesday by Director of Public…

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Flight instructor’s family to sue over deadly crash

Gleaner on May 30th, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

The family of Jonathan Worton, the flight instructor who died in a 2016 plane crash along with two aviation students in November 2016, is finalising plans to take legal action against the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre. At a press conference on…

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Darian, coach excited ahead of Scripps finals today

Gleaner on May 30th, 2019 | File Under Headline News -

With an expression of shock as he collected his medal, The Gleaner’s Children’s Own 2019 Spelling Bee champion Darian Douglas has landed a spot in finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States. The finalists were announced…

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