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Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Government’s tax cuts have been hailed by chief executive officer of Jamaican Teas, John Mahfood, as a good move, but the businessman said yesterday evening that it was inadequate to boost the personal financial well-being of the majority of...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Despite a gesture of reconciliation towards Buju Banton, his son Mark Myrie Jr has implored the dancehall star to be a better father. The two were allegedly involved in an altercation two days before Banton’s major Long Walk to Freedom concert at...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

An apparent scam forced the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) yesterday to accommodate the registration of thousands of young people from across the island who responded to a WhatsApp hoax that was being circulated. Daily, the JDF invites 80 to 120...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

It is now left up to Mark Myrie Jr to obtain a medical report to substantiate his claim that he was physically assaulted by his father, Mark Myrie Sr, popularly known as Buju Banton, before the police can decide if any charges should be laid....

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The live Facebook broadcast of the mass murder of 50 people and the injuring of around 50 others in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday has been cited by Professor Anthony Clayton, chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, as giving credence to...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:05 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Equipment and training to protect the country’s territorial waters and disaster recovery are two areas in which Japan is willing to assist Jamaica, says former adviser to two Japanese prime ministers, Yukio Okamoto. Okamoto, an international...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:06 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) was given the perfect platform to drive home the message of responsible drinking to thousands of patrons in attendance at last weekend’s Jamaica Rum Festival at Hope Gardens in St Andrew. At the inaugural...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:15 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The civil Aviation Authority has imposed a temporary restriction on Boeing 737-8 MAX and 738-9 MAX operating in Jamaica’s airspace until further notice. Operators who had flown the aircraft into Jamaica before receiving the directive from the...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:15 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Alleged breaches of the Political Code of Conduct in Portland Eastern have, seemingly, irked Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown, prompting her to send a letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, demanding action. In the letter, dated March 13...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:07 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A recent call from Santana Morris, one of Jamaica’s youth ambassadors to the United Nations, for the island to quickly become multilingual, has found favour with State Minister Alando Terrelonge. The state minister said that the Government was...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:05 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Broadcasting Commission has urged the Holness administration to increase its oversight responsibility beyond free-to-air electronic media to policing social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. Citing growing concerns about...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Eight years ago, a minor tremor felt in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, prompted then Jamaican ambassador to Japan, Claudia Barnes, to update her list of Jamaicans living in the East Asian country. Almost a week later, on March 11, 2011, a 9.1-...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:13 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) CEO Suzanne Stanley is hoping that the recent international spotlighting of the health impact of fires at the Riverton City landfill will nudge the Government to move faster with its divestment plans. The issue was...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:11 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

If a group of fourth-formers at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston were to apply for jobs today, they would be that bit more confident that they would blow their interviewers away. That’s because of an innovative job-preparation and orientation...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:18 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A prominent member of the local Rastafarian community has hailed reports of Rastafarianism being the fastest-growing religion among British soldiers as a victory for the faith, even as the Jamaica Defence Force has not yet warmed up to the idea of...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

By helping to steer persons clear of a life of crime, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is not only looking at the benefits to the justice system, but also the gains the country could enjoy by being able to redirect funds to tackle...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:13 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Nine years after his brother was reportedly killed execution style by the security forces, Tivoli Gardens fire victim Handrel Wheatle strongly believes that he is battling a curse. His face a canvas of pain and despair, Wheatle stared blankly at...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:13 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Before the end of her tenure as Jamaica’s Youth Ambassador to the United Nations later this year, Santana Morris wants to see a more urgent move towards Jamaica introducing multilingualism, starting from the early childhood level. An avid traveller...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:18 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

There are growing concerns about a squatter settlement on the banks of a gully behind dwellings on Acadia Drive in St Andrew, which is proving a nuisance for residents and present a multiplicity of health and safety issues. In substantiating the...

Published:Monday | February 4, 2019 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With more than 100,000 passengers connecting to the free Wi-Fi service on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses over the last five months, the company installing the devices believes data-privacy fears, which surfaced among commuters before...

Published:Monday | February 4, 2019 | 12:08 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

People who abstract electricity illegally are finding ingenious ways to beat sophisticated equipment installed by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) geared towards preventing them from doing so and continue to cause disruptions in the...

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Nearly seven years after raising concerns about the quality of coconut water on the market, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has still not got a handle on the growing number of unregistered bottlers of the product. The standards watchdog...

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:22 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Before the intervention of the LASCO Chin Foundation, there was a warrant out for the arrest of Kevon McLeish for owing more than $60,000 in rent almost nine months ago. Today, he is not only a free man in that he was able to avoid jail time,...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Opposition spokesman on Industry, Commerce and Competitiveness Peter Bunting has described restrictions imposed by outside powers on the development of Jamaica's medicinal marijuana industry as "international economic injustice".Bunting made the...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Six high-risk inmates who were being housed at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre on South Camp Road in Kingston (FAACC) have been relocated to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre, with the aim of enhancing the security of the inmate population...

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