JAMAICAN NEWS: January 3rd – 9th, 2015

POLICE COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES NEW POLICE UNIT—01/03/15Dr. Carl Williams, former police commissioner, plans to announce that three important divisions in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will merge in order to create an elite investigative unit charges with looking into organized crime. The new unit is expected to combine the Organized Crime Investigation Division, the flying Squad […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: Decemer 27th – January 2nd, 2015

POWELL OPPOSES SEPARATE LICENSING PROGRAM FOR JCF—12/27/14Ludlow Powell, the head of Jamaica’s Island Traffic Authority (ITA), is urging a committee charged with review of the Road Traffic Act not to provide the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) with its own licensing regime. Currently, the JCF operates its own licensing regime, which violates the Road Traffic act. […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: Decemer 20th – 26th, 2014

CHINESE ENGINEERING FIRM DONATES BUS AND TRUCK TO POLICE—12/20/14The China Harbor Engineering Company Limited has made a donation of a Toyota Hiace bus and a Toyota pickup truck to the Jamaica Constabulary force (JCF). The donation is designed to enhance the police’s capability in providing traffic management and security on the North-South portion of Highway […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: Decemer 13th – 19th, 2014

CDB TO BENEFIT JAMAICA—12/13/14The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has given its approval for US$10 million to fund Basic Needs Trust Fund projects in a number of nations in the Caribbean, including Jamaica. The projects are designed to improve access to education, human resource development, water and sanitation initiatives, and basic community access for low-income areas. […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: Decemer 6th – 12th, 2014

ANTI-LGBT ADVOCATES SCHEDULED AS SPEAKERS AT JAMAICA CONFERENCE—12/06/14Mat Staver, chairperson of the Liberty Counsel, and Dr. Judith Reisman, a challenger of the research of Alfred Kinsey’s studies on sexuality, are slated to speak at the International Human Rights Conference in Kingston. Staver will discuss international legal trends that impact the family, and Reisman will talk […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: November 28th – Decemer 5th, 2014

CHUCK SAYS REMOVING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN MEANS CHAOS—11/29/14Jamaican Opposition legislator Delroy Chuck says that if corporal punishment of children is removed from the Sexual Offenses Act it would mean “chaos” in society and make criminals of most parents on the island. He cited a study from 2012 in which the United Nations Children’s Fund […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: November 22nd – 28th, 2014

JAMAICAN INVESTIGATORS HINDERED IN THEIR WORK, SAYS RIGHTS ACTIVIST—11/22/14Mary Francis, a human rights activist in St. Lucia, says that investigators from Jamaica who were looking into a number of fatal police shootings in Vieux Fort in 2011 were hampered in their efforts due to problems obtaining evidence. Francis said their inability to access required evidence […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: November 15th – 21st, 2014

POLICE IN JAMAICA TRAINED TO REDUCE USE OF LETHAL FORCE—11/15/14Twenty-six Jamaican police officers are being trained by United States authorities in how to subdue individuals without inflicting permanent injury or killing them. The officers, who are members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), are taking a course focused on using batons and pepper spray instead […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: November 8th – 14th, 2014

MANLEY DAUGHTER CRITICAL OF OUTAMENI PURCHASE—11/08/14The daughter of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Sarah Manley, has criticized Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller about the purchase of Outameni Experience, a theme attraction in Trelawney that was purchased by the National Housing Trust (NHT) in bankruptcy. Manley believes the purchase is “scandalous” and a “betrayal” of […]
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JAMAICAN NEWS: November 1st – 7th, 2014

PATTERSON WINS LIBEL CASE—11/01/14P.J. Patterson received an award of J$12.5 million in damages from the Nationwide News Network and Cliff Hughes, the head of the network. The award was the result of a 2009 news article about a special charter flight from Norman Manley International Airport to Cuba among whose passengers was Mr. Patterson. Patterson […]
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