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Stories by Livern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2024 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The union representing teachers in Jamaica is now entangled in a lawsuit filed by a former president, who aims to nullify its current three-year wage agreement with the Government, according to court documents. La Sonja Harrison, immediate past...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2024 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

One of Jamaica’s major international partners has indicated that a US$2.3-million project it financed to help prevent flooding in the east Kingston community of Harbour View was completed without any “design failures”. But that assertion by the...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2024 | 10:25 PMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Government spent £185,659 (or J$36.2 million) for the services of the British legal team that represented Jamaica in the Vybz Kartel appeal before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) in the United Kingdom, official data obtained...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2024 | 10:26 PMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Sandino Hernandez* and his wife Dorothy*, a retiree, were overcome with compassion when a woman they met in June last year approached them for financial assistance three weeks later. The “timid, soft-spoken woman”, Jessica Fry*, indicated that her...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2024 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A forensic investigation has concluded that the now-shuttered Alliance Finance Limited (AFL) obtained benefits totalling nearly $1 billion from the criminal conduct for which it was convicted, the authorities have disclosed. The disclosure was...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2024 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Up to a year ago, Sebastian Henry* was toiling more than 12 hours each day as a chef to earn a weekly salary of $15,000. He would typically wake up around 4 a.m. each day to give himself sufficient time to prepare the breakfast menu at the St...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2024 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Fraudulent contracts, crooked invoicing and underhand cheque cashing were at the heart of a two-year multimillion-dollar raid of public funds by former National Energy Solutions Limited (NESoL) official Lawrence Pommels. Pommels used the...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2024 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Last week’s coroner’s inquest ruling that controversial religious leader Kevin Smith died by suicide has drawn a stinging rebuke from criminal defence attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson, King’s Counsel, who represents Smith’s estate and is...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2024 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Eleven years ago, Jeffrey James found out through a relative that a government-owned company was selling lands in the resort town of Negril, Westmoreland, and he immediately sprang into action. James, who is a member of the United States (US)...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2024 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The software engineer who was ordered to pay a Jamaican attorney over $12 million for allegedly causing the leak of photos and videos of their sexual encounter is facing “financial hardship”, his attorney has claimed. But the claim by Rodrick Brown...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2024 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Motorists who for over 15 years paid traffic ticket fines that were illegally imposed should be required to show proof in order to collect a court-ordered refund, attorneys for the Government have proposed. However, lawyers for the motorist whose...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2024 | 7:21 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A debit card belonging to an elderly woman residing in the United States (US) was allegedly used by a scammer based in Jamaica to purchase a new Mercedes-Benz motor car in Japan and to cover shipping costs. In another case, an accused lottery...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2024 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

It is “dangerous” and “a great risk” for the country’s chief prosecutor to continue to exercise the powers of her office following a ruling by the Constitutional Court on Friday, a top legal expert has warned. The Jamaican Constitution gives the...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2024 | 6:17 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A homeowner who complained for nearly a decade about the nuisance caused by a sewage pumping station erected next to his property has been awarded nearly $6 million in damages for breaches of contract. The award was made by the Supreme Court in a...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2024 | 12:10 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Harold Brady, the disbarred attorney and former politician, has been ordered to serve 30 days in prison for failing to hand over half of the $140 million he collected for a publicly owned company from the sale of a St Andrew property. However,...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2024 | 6:39 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Amid fears that the decision to overturn the murder conviction of popular entertainer Vybz Kartel and co-accused has exposed a major defect in existing laws, Jamaican authorities are now moving to hastily plug the gap that could allow accused...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2024 | 3:39 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A legal challenge is looming for the release of some 300 mentally ill detainees languishing in prison, some for decades, awaiting trial for various crimes. A group of attorneys representing human rights advocates Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2024 | 5:54 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) has awarded a former restaurant manager $5 million for her “unjustifiable” dismissal after its first decision in 2020 affirming her termination was overturned by the Supreme Court. The IDT is a quasi-judicial...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2024 | 12:07 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The main suspect being sought by the police in connection with a shipment of illegal guns that was intercepted at a warehouse in Montego Bay, St James, a few weeks ago is now in custody, law enforcement officials confirmed yesterday. He reportedly...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2024 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

An internal disciplinary charge now hangs over the head of the enforcement inspector who first flagged breaches at a controversial housing development undertaken by a senior public officer and his wife. Rhyan Henry, the inspector employed to the...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2024 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The cache of 64 guns and nearly 1,000 bullets confiscated at the Kingston Wharves on Friday were shipped from Miami in the United States and were destined for a violent gang based in the Jamaican capital, law enforcement sources have disclosed. The...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2024 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A software engineer based in the United States (US) has been ordered to pay a Jamaican attorney over $12 million for allegedly causing the leak of photos and videos of their sexual encounter in what has been described as a landmark case of revenge...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2024 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) appears to have backed away on its decision to slash 20 per cent from the salary of the enforcement inspector who first reported breaches detected at a housing development undertaken by a senior...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2024 | 8:41 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Drivers in the public transportation sector who were compelled for 15 years to pay illegally imposed traffic fines are now lining up to file a wave of lawsuits against the Government that could cost taxpayers nearly $2 billion. And the looming...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2024 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A claim that banking giant Scotiabank Jamaica has failed to account for more than $3.5 million that was left in an account belonging to late restaurateur Gloria Harris Prawl has triggered a legal fight with one of her children. Prawl, who died in...

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