Relief! - Leaders hope state of emergency will drive down murders in Wild West

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WESTERN BUREAU: Western Jamaica civic and business leaders yesterday breathed a collective sigh of relief as Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a state of public emergency (SOE), blanketing St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, in a bid to…

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PM, other parliamentarians run afoul of integrity law

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The 2017 annual report of the Integrity Commission has revealed that five current and three former parliamentarians’ statutory declarations that were submitted to the oversight body did not receive the all-clear signal from the agency. The current…

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Free beach - Vaz, Gov’t, UDC fingered in J$1.3b resort property giveaways

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The Holness administration, Minister without Portfolio Daryl Vaz, and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) have been slammed by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) for their role in the sale of beach property to Puerto Caribe Properties…

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Food for thought - Audit: Police catering open to nepotism free-for-all

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An audit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed that the selection of caterers to prepare meals for persons in custody is done at local police stations, triggering concerns that the process lacks transparency and is open to “the risk…

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Cops kill man in dramatic six-hour hostage stand-off

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Western Bureau: A St James taxi operator, who first held his eight-year-old son hostage and then tried to kill him, was shot dead by the police following a bizarre six-hour stand-off in Comfort district, near Anchovy in St James, yesterday. The…

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Custos: SOE long overdue in Westmoreland

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WESTERN BUREAU: Hoping that the intervention will help to curtail the spate of murders, Westmoreland’s custos, the Reverend Hartley Perrin, says that state of emergency (SOE) was long overdue in the western parish as too many innocent lives have…

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Opposition welcomes auditor general’s UDC probe

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Even as the Integrity Commission has submitted a damning report to Parliament on the Government’s handling of the sale of Rooms on the Beach by Montego Beach (1975) Limited to Puerto Caribe Properties Limited, the Auditor General’s Department says…

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Vox Pop | Residents react to SOE

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QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover? Pamela Broadbelt, shopkeeper, St James: “I believe the SOE is necessary, and hope they accomplish what they have set out to do…

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Hoteliers back western SOE

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WESTERN BUREAU: A mere two weeks after the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) said it would not welcome a return of the state of emergency (SOE) in St James, the lobby took an about-turn in response to the declaration of a state of…

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MoBay Chamber wants relaxed opening hours

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WESTERN BUREAU: The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has welcomed the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in the parish even as it calls for leniency with business opening hours. “Our primary concern is that lives are not…

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