Mobay mayor hopes state of emergency will ‘brake’ crime | News

  Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, hopes support will be given to the state of emergency that is now under way in St James. “Many stakeholders, some openly and some quietly, were calling for such action, and now that it has been declared, I am hoping that they will support the action; and I hope that the police will be able to put not only a dent, but a major lid on the crime activities that are taking place in the parish, especially murders,” said Davis. St James recorded…

Legal Eagle : A new-look Supreme Court | Features

  The Government, through the minister of justice, has been very critical of the justice system, in general, and the criminal justice system in particular. Some of the comments point to delay in the delivery of judgments, light sentences given to convicts of serious crimes, bail offered to prisoners previously charged with serious crimes, or bail offered to persons charged with murder and firearm offences, and a litany of other complaints. The solutions proposed include the appointment of a new chief justice who will ‘crack the whip’ on the back…

Jureidini: H’View still have work to do | Sports

Though Harbour View Football Club has won its last two matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), general manager Clyde Jureidini still believes that his team has a lot of work to do to cement a place in the top half of the league. “The last two games we got good results, but we’re taking it each game at a time,” he said. “Even though we have won the last two games, you can also see that we have lost two out of the last five games.” He said:…

Spence expects ‘dog fight’ with Peterson | Sports

Errol Spence Jr, a boxer with Jamaican heritage, will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title tonight against former World Boxing Association champion Lamont Peterson at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is regarded as the first major fight for 2018, and is attracting a lot of attention worldwide. It will be broadcast on Showtime. Spence, who is aged 27, is an Olympian, having represented the USA in 2012 in London where he finished in the quarter-finals. He also reached the quarter-finals in the World Boxing Championships.…

Testimony: From sceptical atheist to man of God | Features

With God all things are possible, and nothing is impossible for Him. Well, for Roger Shakespeare and many other Christians, that is the reality. Shakespeare, who currently serves as a pastor at the Emmanuel Hope Restored Church of God at Chudleigh in Manchester, testified that he was an atheist before he turned his life over to the Lord. He said that three and a half years ago he had nothing to do with God. “Three and a half years ago I was an atheist, but currently I am a pastor.…

Phone call causes ‘sweet’ beating | News

A man who used a stalk of sugar cane to beat his babymother had to apologise yesterday in court. Ethan Bailey pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, however, his girlfriend begged the court not to proceed with the matter. The court heard that the two were at home when Bailey got a phone call which triggered an argument. The complainant was punched in her face and slapped in her head. Allegations are that Bailey swung a machete at the complainant before using the cane to beat…

Little Tanir is christened | Features

It was 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, when Bishop Donald Dawson, pastor at the Sanguinetti New Testament Church of God in Clarendon, called young parents Regina Hylton and Omarie Wright to take their baby son Tanir to the altar for christening. Supported by the lad’s godparents and officers from that church, the two proudly stood at the altar while facing the pastor and listened to every instruction before he prayed for Tanir and pronounced God’s blessings on him. Dawson reminded everyone that they all have an obligation to ensure…

Central Kingston responding to Bell | Sports

Former national youth coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell will lead Central Kingston FC into battle in his first game in charge of the team when they take on Santos in today’s feature game of the Magnum/KSAFA Super League competition at Winchester Park. Bell, who was recently appointed coach of Central Kingston, is also the coach of many-time Manning Cup champions St George’s College. Ansel Lee, assistant manager of Central Kingston, said that Bell has already made a huge impact on the team since his arrival last week. “He has injected some…

Seven arrested in gas raid | News

A joint police/military team seized approximately 5,000 litres of petrol resulting in the arrest of seven men in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. Reports are that at about 2 p.m., during a special operation at various locations along Bay Road and Pimento Way, several men were observed conducting the illegal trade of the petrol from makeshift gas pumps. They were accosted and 50 barrels containing petrol were seized as well as J$200,000 believed to be the proceeds as a result of the sales. Also, motor vehicles were removed from the…

Adrian Frater | Giving our own their just due | Sports

As a native of Trelawny, where to be kind is generally accepted as a way of life, I am happy that track and field superstar Usain Bolt, a son of the parish, has stepped forward with his $1 million offer to assist the wards of the Walker’s Place of Safety, in Kingston, who were recently displaced by a devastating fire. Bolt’s kind gesture, which was his immediate reaction after hearing the tragic news, did not come as a surprise to me. Based on what I know of his family, especially…