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Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

He was clear on his stance against carnival activities, but the Reverend Astor Carlyle believes the Church's stance to host a massive parade will produce few results in yielding behavioural change.Some sectors of the Church last week announced that...

Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The academic future for students and the pending examination period are some of the concerns the National Secondary Students' Council (NSSC) raised as its leadership pleaded for stakeholders to come to an agreement in light of the ongoing strike by...

Published:Monday | March 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Drawing from his observation as a crime expert for many years, Captain Robert Finzi-Smith says that capital punishment will not work in Jamaica as criminals do not fear death. What they fear is being forgotten.Finzi-Smith, who is the general manager...

Published:Saturday | March 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

A proposal by Finance Minister Audley Shaw, which could see teachers receiving a 26 per cent increase over a four-year period, was staunchly rejected by President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Georgia Waugh Richards, who says that...

Published:Thursday | March 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

More than 61 per cent of Jamaican parents believe that the school has become a place that poses serious health threats to the lives of their children because access to sugary drinks is too easy.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, in sharing...

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Paul Miller, vice-chair of the United Church's Education Commission, is convinced that school fees have become a political football and has called for the interests of the students to be given priority at all times.Miller, who was among a group of...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Three years ago, when the Wortley Home for Girls in St Andrew was razed by fire, among those most devastated was Isabelle Robinson.And no, she was not a resident at the home. She is an ordinary citizen of Jamaica, who, as a four-year-old at the time...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Though she did well as a banker for more than 18 years, Pilar Rodriques knew that she was destined to start her own business, however, she wanted something different.It was then that she thought of establishing a laundromat and gym combo. In other...

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Despite extending great effort to arrive at the best repayment plans to meet the needs of customers, Monica Brown, executive director at the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB), said the organisation is being severely challenged by borrowers who lie, give...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The zone of special operations (ZOSO) did not put a damper on Jamaica Day activities in schools in Denham Town, Kingston, yesterday. In fact, principals believe that the presence of the security forces enhanced safety and order at the institutions....

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Office administration, English literature, principles of accounts, information technology, and social studies were some of the subjects that recorded the highest level of absenteeism for the January sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Examination...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The Wolmer's Boys' School administration is defending its decision to charge students a total of $5,000 for their Career Day and luncheon package, which will be held in April.A letter that The Gleaner received from a disgruntled parent showed that...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Certified Integrative nutrition health coach Meisha-Gaye Mattis Wilson says it is critical that Jamaicans take their well-being seriously, indicating that the society is currently experiencing a "health crisis".Wilson had the attention of her...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Blind trust has been cited as a big hindrance to some young people protecting themselves sexually and otherwise, a trend Hannalisa Morgan-Williams believes needs to be reversed.The targeted Interventions officer for the Kingston Chapter at the...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

A joint grant by the Japanese government valued at $10 million was not a want, but a dire need.That is how Veronica Gaynor, principal of the Iris Gelly Primary School in Kingston, described the donation which she received recently at the Ministry of...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

It was a day that brought together two significant events that are recognised and celebrated by many Jamaicans: Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day.Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of the holy season of Lent, during which Christians solemnly...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

In pushing for children to eat healthier food, the dire socio-economic constraints that some families face should not be ignored, says Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.In addressing persons at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica's Global Health...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The Paediatric Association of Jamaica is strongly suggesting that physical education (PE) should no longer be optional after third form, but now be mandatory for all students up to grade 11.That call came from Dr Abigail Harrison, who heads the...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The Reverend Christine Gooden Benguche believes that the Church needs to see homosexuals and persons who have had abortions as Jesus did instead of disseminating condemnation.Benguche is the first female president of the Methodist Church in Jamaica...

Published:Friday | February 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Anxiety and high stress levels racked a number of students who were among the first cohort who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) when it replaced the Common Entrance Examination in 1999. However, Fabian Bernard recalled that his situation...

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Sharing a mild threatening experience she had on Friday night, Aloun Ndombet Assamba, former high commissioner and parliamentarian, called on every Jamaican to get serious about playing their part to eliminate criminal incidents.Speaking at the Lay...

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Retarding the process of the judiciary and compromising the fundamental principle of Jamaica's Constitution are implications that Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Philips said are possible in light of Prime Minister Andrew Holness's decision to...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:13 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Courageous persistence through very unpleasant circumstances and the many hurdles of discrimination she had to overcome to become a civil engineer for over 30 years, propelled the Rotary Club of St Andrew to honour Grace Ashley with the Vocational...

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has a weighty burden to deal with.They are losing equipment, and no, it's not robbery or vandalism. Some patients coming in to them are so overweight that the scales spin until they break. Equipment like the cuffs for...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The lack of self-reporting from victims of human trafficking continues to pose serious challenges for crime fighters, but head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Deputy Superintendent Carl Berry, said that...

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