No room until a child dies - Aunt told no place in state facility for disabled teen unless a ward passes

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

Imagine being told that in order for your 16-year-old nephew, who has a severe case of cerebral palsy and who you are no longer able to care for, can only be accommodated at a state-run facility if a ward of the state dies. This is the reality for…

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Chuck: Don’t pressure judges over ‘light’ sentences

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Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has come to the defence of judges facing fresh criticisms over perceived slap-on-the-wrist sentences, even as he insisted that the sanctions they impose should serve as an “emphatic denunciation” of criminal conduct….

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NEPA cites Dillsbury developer for three breaches

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

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says since permitting construction to be undertaken at 29 Dillsbury Avenue in Barbican, St Andrew, it has cited the developer for three breaches. In an emailed response to a July 26 Gleaner story…

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Climate change threatening food security, warns RADA CEO

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The CEO of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson, has painted a grim picture of the implications of climate change on the island. “What we are experiencing in the environment now is not normal,” he told Tuesday’s…

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How the PNP chooses its delegates

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The majority of the People’s National Party (PNP) delegates who will vote in the September 7 presidential poll will come from the party’s groups islandwide and its National Executive Council (NEC). The NEC, which is the PNP’s highest decision-…

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Community rebukes pastor who impregnated 12-y-o

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While an affiliate of the Kingston-based Harvest Temple Apostolic Church was reluctant to speak on the outcome of the sexual offence case against their disgraced pastor yesterday, residents of the community heaped rebuke on the man of the cloth….

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Attorney says there are gaps in case against accused gangster

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A defence attorney yesterday asserted that the prosecution has not proven its case against accused Stephenson ‘Slim’ Bennett beyond a reasonable doubt, citing that the absence of hard evidence makes the case wholly circumstantial. In this respect,…

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News Briefs

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

Angela Brown Burke now Bunting’s campaign director Dr Angela Brown Burke is now the campaign director for People’s National Party (PNP) presidential contender Peter Bunting. News of the appointment has coincided with public comments following the…

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33 accused One Don gangsters remanded

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Thirty-three alleged members of the St Catherine-based One Don Gang were yesterday remanded until September 2, when defence attorneys are expected to make bail applications over a two-day period. Presiding judge Justice Leighton Pusey also made an…

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Pastor pleads guilty to sex crimes against 12-y-o - DPP explains why rape charged was dropped

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

The Kingston pastor who repeatedly had sex with a then 12-year-old girl whom he impregnated was never indicted for rape, Jamaica’s chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has revealed. Further, Llewellyn disclosed that her office did not have sufficient…

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