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Stories by Syranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

After being at the helm of their registered early childhood institutions (ECIs) for decades, the principals of Sanguinette ECI and York Town Basic School are positive that they are now within touching distance of Early Childhood Commission (ECC)...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is guaranteeing that there is an active national security strategy at work that has led to an overall reduction in crime. However, he pointed out that to make the details public was a sure way to ensure failure....

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

A successful country where every child gets the opportunity to maximise their learning potential and realise their dreams without depending on scholarships is the fervent wish of Dennis Harris, head of Unicomer Jamaica Limited, the operators of the...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Pointing out that data collection is usually an expensive undertaking, the leadership of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is convinced that its current World Bank-funded US$500,000 islandwide business/establishment survey is value for...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Acknowledging that fisher-folk continue to poach from the fish sanctuaries it manages within the Portland Bight and Pedro Bank areas, the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation says that it is now working to establish a memorandum of...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Transport Minister Robert Montague has said that the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is offering an exceptional service given the resources at its disposal and that the commuters, for the most part, are quite pleased.Montague...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:25 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Sports has proven to be a more attractive activity than reading for children along Maxfield Avenue and the surrounding communities in the Kingston 13 area.But, according to Denelle Wilks-Mohalland, coordinator of the literacy, arts and sports camp...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Fisheries specialist Dr Karl Aiken is maintaining that once the new Fisheries Bill becomes law, the introduction of significantly increased fines, penalties, and prison terms will act as a disincentive to illicit activities in the fishing industry....

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court last Friday granted an injunction preventing the board of management of the Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, from blocking a five-year-old girl from entering the school because of her dreadlocked hairstyle.The...

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson has charged the latest group of seasonal farm workers heading to Canada to be good ambassadors for Jamaica, imploring them to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner on and off the job.Robinson...

Published:Friday | August 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) yesterday revealed that an overflow of contaminated storm water from the nearby West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) property in Ewarton caused the discolouration that was observed in a tributary...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The first hearing in the constitutional claim filed by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) to have school policies that prohibit the wearing of dreadlocks by children struck down is scheduled for Friday.Filed on July 18, the legal action is being pursued on...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Up to late yesterday, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said that it was yet to confirm the identity and source of the pollutant that was observed in a tributary of the Rio Cobre in Linstead, St Catherine.NEPA began carrying out...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Describing as "ridiculous" the overcrowding in the accident and emergency (A&E) departments at local hospitals, chief medical officer of MDLink, Dr Che Bowen, is contending that the take-up of telemedicine services can greatly ease the current strain on the healthcare system...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Underscoring that its customers are now far less tolerant of power outages due to their heavy reliance on electrical devices, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) will this year invest US$116m (J$15b) to improve the reliability of its...

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Human-rights advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) yesterday filed an action in the constitutional court, asking it to rule that public schools cannot set a 'no-locks policy' that forces children to remove their natural, locked hair in order to...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Most young Jamaicans don't feel safe when using the nation's roadways despite learning about road safety in school, according to the findings of the latest U-Report poll.U-Report is a free application led by the United Nations Children's Fund (...

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

By their own admission, long-time residents of Fletcher, a rural community of Kitson Town in St Catherine, tried but were unsuccessful in having water meters installed at their homes and, in turn, were never billed for the precious commodity.So it...

Published:Monday | July 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Third-wave feminists, the supposed group of people behind the present efforts to legalise abortion in Jamaica, are an extreme and dangerous group who are hostile to culture and civilisation as we know it, says Wayne West, chairman of the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has revealed that a Manchester resident, who was extradited and convicted in the United States on drug-related charges, is being investigated for aiding and abetting the acquisition of hundreds of firearm...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Pointing to the many challenges faced by parents of children with various types of developmental disabilities (DDs), Michael McKenzie, father of a six-year-old who suffers from autism, has charged parents to play their part in the growth of all...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Representatives of the two major political parties registered with the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have endorsed the recommended appointment of Glasspole Brown as director of elections.At the same time, former director of elections,...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Advocates on either side of the abortion debate agree that the citizenry, youth in particular, is in need of more clarity on the controversial topic. But both sides contend that a different campaign is required to achieve this.For Shirley Richards,...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

SportS has proven to be an unmatched, unifying force in the often-divided east Kingston community of Rockfort. And unattached youths in the Top Temple section of the community are adamant that this is one way to ensure lasting peace in the area.They...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Since having to fork out almost $2 million in telephone bills for a former chairman months after he had demitted office, the management of the state-owned Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) has said that rigorous controls are now in...

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