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Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Junior Education Minister Floyd Green has urged the more than 39,000 students completing the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) today, along with their parents, not to lose sleep over the results.He assured them that there is a space for every child...

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The government has given its approval for the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) to spend US$1.2 million to roll out the online passport application system by September of this year.Initially, the online platform will be solely for...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Data presented by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) has indicated that the Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang is responsible for 103 of the 183 murders committed in the St Catherine North Police Division during the...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is heading back to the bargaining table in another attempt at shaking the piggy bank some more as they seek to get a better wage deal from the Government.This, after members of the General Council of its...

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Shackelia Jackson, sister of Nakiea Jackson - the 29-year-old restaurant owner who was fatally shot by the police in Orange Villa, Kingston four years ago yesterday expressed renewed hope in her questfor justice.This, she says, after a meeting with...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fujitsu Caribbean, Mervyn Eyre, has cautioned leadership at both national and enterprise levels against putting the brakes on technological innovation, stating that any such action will only result in "...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed confidence that there will be a transformation of the Jamaican justice system under the leadership of newly appointed Chief Justice Bryan Sykes. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for Justice Sykes at...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Noting that the advantages of technology can act as a catalyst for the transformation of the society and economy, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the legitimate privacy concerns raised by citizens in relation to the National...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The education ministry is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the 17-year-old student of Wolmer's Boys' School who was taken into custody for questioning yesterday over alleged threats of violence and murder against...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

His intention was to snap the more than century-old Kingston Parish Church located at the corner of King Street and South Parade in downtown Kingston.However, when photographer Karim Lyn stumbled upon pure, unfiltered joy in the form of a little...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has the potential to reap as much as US$6 billion annually from the Diaspora but is maxed out at US$4 billion, particularly because of a lack of a clearly defined engagement strategy.This US$2 billion of unrealised economic value from the...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

While acknowledging that the road-widening project now under way along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew will be an inconvenience, the main regret expressed by motorists, commuters, and operators of public passenger vehicles is that the planned 14-...

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton, has urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness to "move with haste" in confirming Justice Bryan Sykes as Chief Justice.Panton, the longest-serving appeal court president, contends that there...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hit back at critics regarding his decision to appoint the country's new chief justice in an acting role, declaring that he was from a different age and his way of thinking may not always coincide with those who hold...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

There was no handing over of mock cheques, let alone media, on hand for publicity.However, the contributions made by many ordinary Jamaicans in the aftermath of the inferno that swallowed the Walker's Place of Safety is just as significant as the big...

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

One hundred and thirty murders have been committed across Jamaica in the first 27 days of this year, a 17.1 per cent increase when compared with the same period last year.This is 19 more murders than the 111 committed between January 1 and January...

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of lessening the plight of the nation's most vulnerable children. Members of the private sector and the public must also act if these youngsters are to see a brighter future, many-time World...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

For the country to claim a future of productivity, prosperity, and peace, Jamaicans must turn from moral insensitivity and move towards clear-minded moral clarity where citizens live for each other as people of truth, the Rev Astor Carlyle has...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Four sets of siblings who were temporarily displaced after a fire destroyed the Walker's Place of Safety on Monday night are living together once again in three children's homes across the Corporate Area.The hellish blaze at the Lyndhurst Crescent,...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

A caregiver at Walker's Place of Safety for seven years, Jacqueline Gutzmore, was a dejected woman yesterday morning as she stared into space for long periods nearby the premises of the fire-gutted facility at the intersection of Lyndhurst Road and...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

She was so close.As Annakay Moreland waited anxiously for the clock to strike midnight to signal her 17th birthday, so, too, did her peers and caregivers who had big plans."We the staff and the children were planning to sing happy birthday, probably...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

When he takes the stage today to accept the 2018 Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr Community Service Award for Lifetime Achievement, Professor Dexter Barrington Gordon just won't accept in the name of his faithful family and colleagues.The 62-year-old...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The message that hit home for the hundreds who gathered to celebrate the life of Ian Anthony Boyne at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston yesterday came from the veteran journalist himself - and in no uncertain terms."We must cherish one...

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

There is a long way to go before three-year-old Javail Pennant can have some semblance of a normal life, but for now, his devoted mother, Sophia Dixon is content to just give thanks for the "blessing of hearing", as she puts it.Afflicted with aural...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Indicating that proper procedures are not being followed, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Laurence Watson has called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to intervene in the "worrying" situation between the Ministry of National...

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