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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 12:57

Cocaine worth $90m seized at NMIA

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Over 12 pounds of cocaine with a street value of US$600,000 or $90,603,000 was seized at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday.

Brazilian sports legend Pelé is being buried today, with his nation of more than 200 million people and the world watching.

Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, is firing back at the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) over its third quarterly report on police fatal shootings, labelling aspects of it as "dishonest" and being "nonsense".

Wednesday, 14 December 2022 15:07

Jamaica reintroduces Civics in schools

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Civics Education, which encourages good citizenship, greater respect for cultural integrity, and nation-building, among other things, has been reintroduced to the National Standards Curriculum at all levels. 

Minister of Education and Youth Fayval Williams, in addressing the official launch ceremony on Tuesday, said the reintroduction of civics comes out of deep concern at the levels of incivility and lack of respect for self, others, and authority that continues to be displayed across the country. 

By adding it to the curriculum, students will come to “comprehend the pride, dignity, and the seriousness of being Jamaican”, she noted.

“Our aim is that the guidelines provided and used by teachers will help to strengthen the foundation for a successful and balanced society in which our people appreciate the rules that govern the relations we have with fellow citizens and our Government,” she said. 

The launch ceremony, which was held at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle headquarters, involved participation from key stakeholders, including the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA). 

Chair of the National Committee on Reparations, Laleta Davis Mattis, who represented Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Oliva Grange, said a “deficit in identity” continues to impact the behaviour of children and youth.

“The 2011 national census revealed that the African descendant population represents over 92 per cent of the population of Jamaica. The reality is, even as we roll out [this programme the] ministry will continue our dialogue on other elements of the curriculum and school operations that work together for the development of student self-identity,” she noted.

President-elect of the JTA, Leighton Johnson, emphasised that the successful reintroduction of civics in schools will require collaboration from all stakeholders.

“Our schools cannot accomplish this task of changing the mindset of our people and creating good citizens alone. With [this] reintroduction it is hoped that, once again, we can impact the minds of our students to become decent citizens who will embrace positive values and attitudes, resulting in good ethical practices,” he said.

Wednesday, 14 December 2022 15:01

Chef gets life in prison for killing 15-y-o girlfriend

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A St Andrew chef, who in 2017 murdered his 15-year-old girlfriend, was sentenced in the Home Circuit Court to spend life in prison.

Motorists have until the end of January 2023 to pay off their outstanding traffic tickets to have demerit points expunged upon the implementation of the new Road Traffic Act.

Wednesday, 14 December 2022 13:59

Vybz Kartel juror found guilty

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VALERIE Neita-Robertson, KC, says she will be appealing Tuesday's guilty verdict handed down to her client Livingston Cain, the juror in the Vybz Kartel murder trial who was accused of offering $500,000 to the jury foreman to influence other jurors to return a not guilty verdict.

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 13:07

Gov't moving on NIDS implementation

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is closer to the implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS).
Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:13

Holness in the US for 'Don' talks

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island for Washington on Tuesday to hold talks with the relevant authorities in the United States in a bid to get better cooperation on identifying and dealing with individuals in the North American country who continue to influence crime and violence in Jamaica.

The male student who was charged with the fatal stabbing of his 16-year-old William Knibb Memorial High schoolmate, Kamal Hall, and who pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter last month, was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison when he appeared in the St James Circuit Court on Monday.

Commissioner of Police, Major General Anthony Anderson says the reimposition of the states of emergency (SOEs) in several parishes was necessary after an increase in murders following the expiration of the emergency measure last week.