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Published:Monday | November 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Fed up with the poor treatment experienced at public hospitals, Jamaicans continue to give the country's public health-care system a failing grade, revealed a recently conducted survey of the health sector.Health workers' rude attitude and lack of...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

They may not like it but they make use of it because it's free. That's the view of the average Jamaican about why they use public hospitals. In a Gleaner-commissioned poll conducted recently by Johnson Survey Research Ltd, Jamaicans continued to...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:14 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Angry at the carnage happening on the roads, in which several accidents have each resulted in multiple fatalities, Jamaicans are being urged to take collective responsibility to put an end to the madness."Enough is enough. We cannot continue like this. We all as a...

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Up and down Grove Road in Linstead, St Catherine, the story of Bishop Stephen Ricketts is quite an interesting, colourful tale. Depending on who you talk to, he was either a goodly bishop or a demon from hell.On an overcast Tuesday afternoon, four...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Amnesty International has thrown its full support behind the just released report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry and is demanding that the Jamaican Government immediately detail how it plans to implement the recommendations put forward....

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

The high-stress nature of the job coupled with the hostile and hazardous environment that they are forced to work in has led to members of the police force being plagued by myriad physical and mental-health issues, noted Commissioner of Police Dr...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Reacting to concerns that the raising of taxes on fuel has resulted in the spike in electricity bills consumers will face this month, Finance Minister Audley Shaw is arguing that the increase in special consumption tax (SCT) on heavy fuel oil (HFO)...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

With more than 60 countries in the Americas and Caribbean now fighting a Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged persons living in these areas to delay pregnancy - a move that could affect millions of couples.With...

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

The big 12.8 per cent increase in electricity charges announced by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) yesterday is just one more increase consumers said they have been bracing for, ever since Finance Minister Audley Shaw announced the new tax...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

ROSEAU, Dominica:Climate change has a significant impact on a number of sectors - tourism, agriculture, energy, water, food security, transportation, infrastructure and very importantly, health.However, it is believed that although the impact of...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Roseau, Dominica:WITH DATA showing that the world is getting hotter, governments across the Caribbean are being warned to seriously plan for the...

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Roseau, Dominica:The 2016 hurricane season is expected to be very active, with a forecast of increased rainfall and more flash flooding over the next six months.Based on data and predictions from several world-leading weather agencies, it is...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Calling it a dangerous move for politicians to interfere in judicial matters, at least two attorneys are advising Prime Minister Andrew Holness to stay out and allow persons trained in the law to carry out their duties, especially as it relates to...

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

The children were all fired up and excited to sit with Prime Minister Andrew Holness at his office yesterday - National Children's Day.What is it like being prime minister? What plans do you have for the country? What are your views on the treatment...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Although there are still only 10 confirmed cases of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica, the number of suspected cases is on the increase as more persons are turning up at doctors and health centres with symptoms associated with the mosquito-...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Insisting that the newly unveiled revenue measures will only be beneficial to the country, Minister of Finance and Public Service Audley Shaw said that not only was it putting back funds into the hands of the poor working class, but the earning...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Expressing disappointment that motorists have once again been called on to help fund the country's tax package, Leonard Green, president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), said the $7 increase in the special consumption tax (SCT)...

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Under the Government's proposed tuition fee policy, which will see the removal of auxiliary fees, school administrations can still ask parents to voluntarily contribute to the development of the institutions.Although emphasising that contributions...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

John Brown walks into the financial institution and asks to speak with a loan officer."Good morning, Mr Brown, how can I assist you today?" the loan officer asks pleasantly."A want a money to do a ting, how much a can get?" Mr Brown replies."What do...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Having been provided with clarification on the Government's plan to remove auxiliary fees, principals and school leaders are now on board with the plan, expressing relief that they will not be left to suffer.In fact, they say that with the proposal...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

The extreme difficulty in controlling the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito population has forced countries around the world to employ creative means in the ongoing fight against the vector. One such method is the sterile insect technique:...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Although Jamaica currently only has eight confirmed cases of the Zika virus (ZIKV), the country is no stranger to the mayhem of the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito as both dengue fever and chikungunya have wreaked havoc on the population....

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Potential small ganja investors are overwhelmed that regulations to guide Jamaica's legal cannabis industry have now been approved. Yesterday, a week after being appointed by Cabinet to lead the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), the new board of...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

Lack of opportunities, a high unemployment rate, the unbridled willingness to take risks, and a strong passion to succeed are driving an increasing number of young persons to start their own business. In...

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

With the country continuing to grapple with the Zika virus (ZIKV) and H1N1 influenza virus, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has instructed government ministers to implement a multi-ministerial approach to tackle the issues.Yesterday, Holness chaired...

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