Women take lead - Females to head three of Ja’s larger Christian denominations
For decades, women have outnumbered men in the pews of most Jamaican churches, but the top echelons of the local Christian community have remained the sole domain of the males. Not anymore.When the Reverend Karen Kirlew takes office as the first...

US preacher blasts J'can churches for elevating female leaders
United States Baptist minister Steven Anderson has blasted Jamaican male preachers for allowing women to move into leadership positions in some local churches.The Reverend Karen Kirlew will be sworn in as the president of the Jamaica Baptist Union (...

'He should get more' - Survivors of deadly attack at Moncrieffe's Patio Shop disappointed that killer could be back on the road in 15 years
The scars across 20-year-old Jadene Wilson's body are like magnets, attracting questions that force her to reflect on the March 24, 2017 bloody rampage at Moncrieffe's Patio Shop on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.Justice Martin Gayle last Thursday...

Second chance for teens - Diversion programme keeping children who experiment with sex out of custody
More than 200 children who have committed sexual offences in the past two years have been spared criminal charges as a result of a diversion programme that was introduced by the Ministry of Justice.According to police records, 104 adolescents were...

Uncivil behaviour causing senseless slaughter - Rev Dick
Outgoing president of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU), the Reverend Dr Devon Dick, has again decried the high levels of lawlessness and social disorder in the island.According to Dick, there is rank incivility among Jamaicans that includes rudeness...

Closing in on corrupt cops | Internal investigations body wants more teeth
Assistant Commissioner of Police Assan Thompson, who heads the branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) mandated to investigate internal disciplinary matters, wants more authority to move after corrupt cops.Thompson last week argued that the...

Closing in on corrupt cops | Shoddy investigations allow the guilty to walk free
Head of the Court of Enquiry in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Gladys Brown-Ellis, has expressed concern about what the "shoddy investigations" coming to her office regarding suspected breaches by members of the force.The Court...

Thieves target NCU - Students beg for more protection from the police
The violence in August Town, St Andrew, has left students at the University of the West Indies Mona campus and the University of Technology in fear, even though they know they are not the targets of the criminals.In Mandeville, Manchester, students...

Steeper penalties for child traffickers - Lawmakers pass bills to double maximum sentence, allow for judge-only trials
Child traffickers now face up to 20 years in prison, which is double the previous maximum penalty under the Child Care and Protection Act.The Senate passed companion bills yesterday to amend the Trafficking in Persons and the Child Care and...

Street lights shot out by gunmen in August Town restored
It was as if Christmas was in the air in August Town, St Andrew, when residents returned home on Wednesday night to see street lights, which had either been shot out by gunmen or had just gone bad. The lights once again shone brightly after the...