Bribery in the Jury System

On September 30, 2011, Adidja Palmer, popularly known by his stage name Adidja Palmer, started his trial after nearly three years for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. His trial began November 20, 2013 and continued through to March 13, 2014 where he was found guilty. The jury 10-1 verdict shocked many of his fans, especially the ones who went to the hearing of the verdict. Later, other news took the nation and court by surprised; one of the jurors was bribed.

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Scotland Seeks Its independence… Crimea Should Too!

Crimea and Scotland Referendum

 

As the battle comes to an end between Ukraine and Russia, and Russian President Putin makes every effort to ratify its treaties, what’s next for Crimea? President Putin has shown the world that he is not to be contested as he has not backed down, despite requests from the international community. What is he trying to prove? It is still possible in this day and age for Crimea like Scotland to gain its independence, from both Ukraine and Russia?

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Nigeria College Shooting

A Adamu and M Faul “Nigeria College Shooting: Dozens of Students Shot Dead in Their Sleep” The Huffington Post. (29 September 2013) AP < http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/29/nigeria-college-shooting-students_n_4011912.html > Accessed on 29 October 2013.

In late September, suspected Islamic extremists gunned down more than 40 students in their dorms at an agricultural college in northeastern Nigeria. The attack was blamed on the Islamic insurgents – Boko Haram – who were accused of spraying bullets indiscriminately and torching classrooms. Witnesses to the crime said the culprits must have had “sophisticated rifles and improvised explosives”. Since the attack, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said there needs to be different approaches to handling insurgency.

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Athletes reputation tarnished by broadbrush labelling of adverse analytical findings

D Wharton, Los Angeles Times (23 August 2013)  Accessed on 29 October 2013.

D Wharton, Los Angeles Times (23 August 2013) < http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-jamaica-drug-tests-20130823,0,3890895.story#axzz2j7QqptxE > Accessed on 29 October 2013.

Several Jamaican athletes representing various sporting events have returned adverse analytical findings in the last few months. Recently, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) disciplinary panel recommended that Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown receive a public warning for a failed drug test. Campbell-Brown tested positive for a diuretic, which is a masking agent for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Syria: The Story So Far

D McElroy and A Spillius, “Syrian opposition warns outside military intervention may be ‘only solution’ to crisis” The Telegraph (London 22 Feb. 2012)  AFP/Getty Images

2011 was a period of protest and dissidence in the Arab world which led to the overthrowing of authoritarian governments in favour of more democratic movements. This would become known as the Arab Spring; and would see notable revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and the starting of Syrian uprisings.

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Campaign Finance Reform: Why It Is Important and Where We Are Now

The ECJ’s report on campaign financing was tabled in the Parliament on September 10, 2013, sixteen years after the matter was first raised by Anthony Hylton at the 1997 PNP Annual Conference. On September 24 the reforms were accepted in parliament and is now before the Senate. These reforms have been years in the making. In November 2010, the Parliament approved the Electoral Commission of Jamaica’s report on Political Party Registration. In April 2012, the Parliament of Jamaica approved “with concerns” the report and recommendations of the ECJ on Campaign Finance Reform. Many civil and political society leaders have been lobbying our government to adopt the reforms.

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The Goat Island Controversy

I Allen/ Staff Photographer, “Bridging the Gap on Goat Islands” The Jamaica Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica 25 September 2013)

Around late August, the Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, made an announcement after returning from a conference in China with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) that the CHEC had expressed the need for 3000 acres of land to build a port. He stated that the Chinese had an interest in the Cay off the coast of St. Catherine and that it is under heavy consideration. There was backlash from the Jamaican people and environmentalists. Both these parties were concerned with the environmental risks of implementing a trans-shipment hub on Goat Island.

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