Protesters stop bulldozers in their tracks - Highway construction in Red Berry stalled as homes, graves threatened

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After four days of clearing lands for a section of the May Pen to Williamsfield leg of Highway 2000, a fierce protest by residents in Red Berry, Manchester, has halted China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). The order, which was revealed on…

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‘I won’t cut her hair!’ - Parents of dreadlocked girl incensed at ‘systemic racism’ after court ruling

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Sherine Virgo said she will not cut her seven-year-old daughter’s hair despite yesterday’s court ruling that Kensington Primary School did not breach her child’s constitutional rights when it denied her access in 2018 for having dreadlocks. “I will…

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Sparta Gang bust - St James most wanted nabbed in St Andrew police raid

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WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has described as a major blow to organised crime the arrest of 10 alleged gang members in St Andrew on Thursday, one of whom was wanted by the St James police for a 2017 double murder. One of the…

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Court quashes law forcing attorneys to police clients

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Jamaica’s legal fraternity has lauded the Court of Appeal’s decision on Friday to quash the much-disputed 2013 amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) that lawyers said would force them to police their clients. The Jamaican Bar Association (…

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Maroons suspend Emancipation celebrations

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MOORE TOWN, Portland: The Moore Town Maroons in Portland (East) have suspended Emancipation Day celebrations this year owing to health concerns associated with the spread of the coronavirus. Colonel Wallace Sterling of the Moore Town Maroons in…

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Psychiatrist: I’m serving 90 mental inmates in Spanish Town

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WESTERN BUREAU: Forensic psychiatric expert Dr Myo Kyaw Oo has lamented the shortage of psychiatrists to treat Jamaica’s approximately 240 prison inmates who have mental-health issues. Oo, the only doctor in Jamaica who is licensed to do forensic…

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JAS hit hard by Denbigh cancellation

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This year’s cancellation of what would have been the 68th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon because of coronavirus restrictions has resulted in significant financial losses, the Jamaica’s main farming lobby…

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Reason behind the beat! - Drummers and dancers dispel fear linked to Kumina

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‘Jubilee, Jubilee, this is the year of Jubilee, Queen Victoria set us free … . This is the year of Jubilee’ are the words of the song that Kumina drummers, singers and dancers usually used to welcome the morn of August 1, celebrated as Emancipation…

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True freedom should reflect in standard of living – Ryan

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For Jamaicans the period August 1 to 6, referred to as Emancipendence in Jamaica, is a time for reflection and celebration of freedom from slavery and oppression. It is said that during this time in 1834, the Emancipation Declaration was read from…

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JDF praised for fighting seen and unseen enemies

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Citing the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) role in combating COVID-19, Prime Minister Andrew Holness saluted army personnel on Armed Forces Day at Up Park Camp for their hard work and professionalism. He said the JDF remains vital to Jamaica’s…

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