January 22, 2020

Coke’s sentencing in US the talk of Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When drug baron Christopher “Dudus” Coke ruled her slum neighborhood, Gloria Petgrave and her neighbours felt so protected by the area’s criminal benefactor that they never locked their doors. Now, with Coke in New York facing sentencing Friday, Petgrave says she is frightened to step outside at night in the West […]

Jamaican drug lord faces sentencing in US case

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities say Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke was so ruthless that he once ordered a rival killed with a chainsaw. However, another episode left a more lasting impression with the general public: He was arrested wearing a curly black wig. A mug shot of Coke wearing the wig as […]

Police shootings prompt outrage in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Security personnel armed with M16s and machine guns manned roadblocks and detained dozens of young men Thursday as part of a crackdown in a Jamaican ghetto where a 13-year-old girl, two elderly men and three others were killed during reported shootouts between police and gunmen. Residents of the Denham Town slum […]

Soldier deaths affect Prince Harry’s Jamaica plans

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The lighthearted tone of Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour changed Wednesday as the British royal modified his schedule at a military camp in Jamaica out of respect for six British soldiers reported killed in Afghanistan. Harry, a British Army captain who recently qualified as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, was scheduled to […]

Jamaica’s famed coffee industry facing hard times

BRANDON HILL, Jamaica (AP) — A few years ago in this mist-shrouded mountain town, steep slopes were quilted with some of the world’s most valuable coffee trees. Farmers scrambled to increase acreage and pickers painstakingly filled wooden boxes with ripened berries at harvest time. Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with underbrush and bamboo […]

Jamaica PM seeks to cut ties with Queen soon

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s prime minister said Thursday that she wants her Caribbean country to sever ties with the British monarchy soon so it can turn the page on its colonial past and focus on development. Portia Simpson Miller first announced her desire to replace Queen Elizabeth II as Jamaica’s head of state […]

Son of Skatalites member killed in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Relatives say the 32-year-old son of a founding member of the pioneering Jamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites was fatally shot about an hour after accepting a music award for his ill father. Ruth Brevett says her son Okine was killed Sunday by a gunman at the entrance of his […]

Jamaica gang feuds driving rise in murder rate

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is developing a new policy to battle crime as gang violence drives the homicide rate higher, the country’s top security official said Tuesday. National Security Minister Peter Bunting said 165 killings have been reported by police so far in 2012, compared to 135 slayings during the corresponding period last year […]

Radio ‘godfather’

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Wilmot Perkins, a veteran Jamaican journalist considered the island’s “godfather of talk radio,” has died. He was 80. Perkins died Friday at his home after a brief illness, according to statements from his former employers. The Jamaica Observer newspaper published a statement it said was released by former Prime Minister Bruce […]

Jamaicans must adopt culture of tolerance and healing

Jamaican Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding says it is important for Jamaicans to adopt a culture of tolerance and healing, as the country celebrates its 50th year of Independence from Colonial rule. He explained that part of the aim of the Restorative Justice Programme is to help Jamaicans who have been perpetrators […]