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Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Since France 1998, Jamaica's qualification for the FIFA World Cup final has been nothing but a dream, and Gregory Park, St Catherine, resident Jason 'Buzz' McDonald is adamant that this is because of a lack of planning.According to McDonald, the...

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Some 20,000 jobs are expected to be generated in five years from the US$3-4 billion Jamaica-Gansu Industrial Park to be constructed in Nain, St Elizabeth, by the state-owned Chinese Jiuquan Iron...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has signalled his intention to have hotels use more local produce to minimise the incidence of glut in the domestic agriculture sector.Shaw was speaking yesterday at the launch of the 66th Denbigh Agricultural,...

Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has rejected claims that it is turning a blind eye to electricity theft in affluent areas, arguing that efforts to stamp out the practice in these communities are usually discrete, sometimes taking the form...

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

The magic of Messi and his predecessor, Maradona, as well as the pragmatism of Die Mannschaft, and the 'tiki-taka' style have won Argentina, Germany, and Spain, respectively, many local supporters throughout the decades.But once the 21st FIFA World...

Published:Monday | June 11, 2018 | 6:18 PMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Lamenting that Jamaica continues to struggle with air-quality issues, particularly in urban areas, chief executive officer of Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley, is beseeching the authorities to enforce the law in order to stamp out...

Published:Monday | June 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The findings of the latest U-Report poll have shown that most young Jamaicans don't believe that enough is being done by Government to address crime in the country.Of the 1,251 youngsters who were polled from June 1 to June 8, three hundred and...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

It did not come as a shock that her students managed to register a class average in the high 90s for this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), and in so doing, secured 100 per cent placement at traditional high schools.This has become the...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

By her own admission, Karen Gowie-Williamson, one of two grade six teachers at Elletson Primary, was discouraged by class performance during the months leading up to this year's sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). But yesterday, as she...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Since January of last year, more than 3,500 residents of 18 inner-city communities - the majority of whom were born prior to bedside registration in 2007 - have received birth certificates free of cost, allowing them access to basic social services....

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has said that, from a policy standpoint, zoning of secondary schools was inevitable and should begin to take shape within another 10 years.Speaking yesterday at a press conference to announce student performance...

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Acts of violence have eased, but tempers still flare regularly among the unattached youth in the sometimes volatile central Kingston community of 'Southside', and long-time resident 'Mega' wants this addressed through conflict-resolution seminars....

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Residents of the central Kingston community of Southside are convinced that the area will not develop without a synergy among the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating there.The collaboration would include GraceKennedy's Parents of Inner-...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-nine per cent of Jamaican youth have identified lack of resources in schools as a factor affecting children's access to education, according to the findings of the first U-Report Jamaica poll which asked youngsters between the ages of 13 and...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The latest crime statistics are indicating that all serious and violent crimes, except larceny, decreased between January 1 and May 26 when compared to the same period last year, resulting in a 1.6 per cent drop in murders.According to the Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

More than a year after the Government issued several policy guidelines governing tint on public passenger vehicles (PPV), the police are insisting that the rules have not been relaxed as they continue to prosecute PPV operators who are found to be...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Young Jamaica, Howard Chamberlain, yesterday declined an invitation from the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) to a public debate on the National Identification System (NIDS) legislation...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has signalled its intention to distribute its democracy passport to students from as early as grades five and six. This is in a bid to achieve consistently high voter turnout in future elections and overall...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Renowned for his powerful voice, hardcore lyrics and commanding stage presence, popular entertainer Bounty Killer yesterday showed that his painting skills were not too shabby as he applied fresh coats of paint to sections of the Victoria Jubilee...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Back in January 1976 when Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Education Centre first opened its doors, it was a poorly built wooden structure, and in the words of founding principal Junior Rowe, "students were just sitting on the floor"."I saw the need...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

U-Report Jamaica, a free social-messaging tool, is expected to provide the perfect opportunity for young people to hold the Government accountable for its youth policies and programmes."I need Government to actually realise what's at stake and take...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The large number of unattached youth in the sometimes volatile community of Nannyville Gardens provides the potential fuel for any fire in the area, but businessman David Chambers has a plan to address this.Chambers, a long-time resident of the...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Government is pumping millions of dollars into programmes to educate, equip, and empower unattached youth, but one resident of Nannyville Gardens believes that might just be flushing money down the drain.Fennela Haye is convinced that the...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has enlisted chef extraordinaire Jacqui Tyson to examine meals prepared in both government-run and privately operated children's homes, with a view to making them more nutritious and appealing...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Hamish Campbell, assistant commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), yesterday declared that the repeated allegations of 'planted firearms' was beyond anecdotal as findings contained in the oversight body's First...

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