14 COPS ON KILLER RADAR Fourteen policemen are under scrutiny for their involvement in 30 of 129 fatal shootings over the one-year period ending June 2021. But more starkly, the same 14 have been flagged in 112 police-involved deaths between 2010 and June 30, 2021,...

Uncle believes jealousy behind suspected murder-suicide in Westmoreland WESTERN BUREAU: An uncle of 42-year-old dressmaker Alicia Smithson, victim of an apparent murder-suicide in Senior, a community on the Westmoreland-St James border, believes that jealous rage could be behind the tragedy. Police investigators have...

Gov’t not ruling out public-private prison The Government has given its clearest indication that it is not averse to considering a public-private partnership to build a state-of-the-art prison. The disclosure was made on Wednesday by Zavia Mayne, the state minister in the Ministry of...

Huntley factory crippled by neglect A little over a decade and a half after a juice factory was established in Huntley, Manchester, the multimillion-dollar facility lies inoperative, vandalised, and in ruin. Farmers in the area say they have watched with aching hearts as the building...

UWI team explores technology fix for child literacy crisis Experts from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, are working to develop software that will support national efforts to increase the literacy rate in young children through individualised learning. The software, dubbed Bright Start, is a...

Witness unaware of travel reimbursement policy for Petrojam board members A former administrative assistant at Petrojam testified Wednesday that she was not aware of any system at the state-owned refinery to reimburse board members who travel on overseas business trips without prior approval. According to the witness,...

Academic wants entertainment business training expanded to other prisons A senior University of the West Indies lecturer involved in the just-launched Mona Prison Project is hoping that the programme will be expanded beyond the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre to other prisons and even online. Dr Dave Gosse, who...

Most J’cans believe better police-citizen relations key to crippling crime – study Eight in every 10 Jamaicans believe that closer police-community relations can help to reduce crime, the latest findings of The AmericasBarometer have revealed. The AmericasBarometer is a regional survey carried out by the Latin American Public...

WHY ST ANN'S UNDER SOE A security crackdown has been imposed on St Ann to head off migratory offenders fleeing state of emergency (SOE) hotspots to the parish, which has already recorded a 38 per cent year-on-year increase in major crimes. That assessment...

Sav Hospital restroom now spick and span as Tufton orders audit A deplorable restroom at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland was in a much improved condition on Tuesday, 24 hours after Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton ordered an islandwide audit of health facilities. Tufton’s directive came on the...