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Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:01 AMAndre Poyser

Scotiabank Chief Executive Office (CEO) Jackie Sharp left the boardroom for the classroom yesterday.In recognition of Teacher's Day, the banking executive took over the grade six classes at Alpha Primary School and received a warm reception from the...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, is of the view that unidentified special needs among students have impacted Jamaica's ability to achieve a literacy rate of 100 per cent."One of the things I have asked the ministry to...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Neville Williams' Sunday dinner was still sitting on the chest of drawers in the one-bedroom house he shares with his wife, Paulette Williams.The 80-year-old, who has been blind since his early 40s, told The Gleaner yesterday that he lost his...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Children can say some of the most amazing things when asked the right questions and given an opportunity to fully express themselves.As Child Month is celebrated throughout May, The Gleaner sat with selected children to hear their voices on the...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 12:19 AMAndre Poyser

From the 44th floor of the Paraiso Bay Building, David Johnson can see Miami, Florida, stretched out before him until the McDaniel Memorial Bridge fades into the horizon. From this height, it is not the breathtaking view that moves him to tears, it...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 11:01 PMAndre Poyser

A plan by the Minister of National Security Robert Montague to undertake consultations on the legal impediments to the resumption of hanging, has been described as a waste of time by attorney-at-law and human rights activist Nancy Anderson."It's a...

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Child Month, which turns the spotlight on the nation's children, is only two days away, and what should be pleasant thoughts of achievement and planning could well be derailed by trauma that the children have been suffering as their blood stains the...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The fiscal discipline engendered by the economic reform programme under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) appears to have taken root among ordinary Jamaicans.The latest data from the Survey of Consumer and Business Confidence for the first...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 2:27 PMAndre Poyser

While they welcome the announced 65 per cent increase in the tuition contribution per student by the government, high school administrators are arguing that this will not be enough to make up for the shortfall expected from the removal of auxiliary...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is calling for the private sector to assist the National Youth Service (NYS) in meeting a target of placing 6,000 young people in summer jobs.Addressing the launch of...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 11:03 PMAndre Poyser

One civic leader in Flint, Michigan, has described the Pump-n-Spray product invented by Jamaican entrepreneur Jovan Evans as a miracle idea.Servants Without Borders (SWB), a Washington-based non-profit, has partnered with Evans, the Branson Centre...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Munro College will this year celebrate 160 years of educating boys from all walks of life in Jamaica.The occasion will be marked by a series of activities that will be held throughout the year. Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid, who is a past...

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Ahead of the launch of its 160th anniversary, Munro College has asserted its dominance in the Burger King-sponsored National Secondary Schools' Debating Championships.The all-boys boarding institution defeated long-time rivals Cornwall College and...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

A plan by state minister in the youth ministry, Floyd Green, to undertake a strategic review of child-care facilities has not gained the support of Opposition Spokes-person on Youth Lisa Hanna."It's totally unnecessary and a duplication of efforts...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Chief Education Office in the Ministry of Education, Dr Grace McLean, has said the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) is no longer considered a failed programme.CAP, which was introduced in 2010 as an alternative for students who did not graduate...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith, while admitting that she is aware of previous consultations on diaspora voting, says she will be pushing ahead with a fresh round of consultations."I am aware that some consultations through a joint...

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

With a number of potential deals to be made with overseas buyers during this week's staging of the 43rd staging of Expo Jamaica, local manufacturers and exporters are being urged to pay attention to the rules that determine the readiness of their...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) has disclosed that it has been receiving numerous complaints about the Automatic System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) that is currently being rolled out by the Jamaica Customs Agency."Customs is putting in a...

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

There appears to be some amount of division among prominent members of the diaspora community as it relates to plans by the Government to begin consultations on the possibility of introducing diaspora voting.Patrick Beckford, a former advisory board...

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Third-generation cane farmer Kenneth Newman has indicated that he may be put out of business if the price he receives per tonne for the sugar produced from the cane he supplies to sugar manufacturers remains at its current level."I supply cane to...

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Kelly Tomblin, president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), is arguing that the visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaica last year has improved the energy prospects for the island.Tomblin, one of...

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Minister of state, in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, said he will be seeking to get an official list of those school boards that do not have a student representative sitting on them."I think that is unacceptable. We...

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has announced that the Youth Parliament is to be reintroduced."There was a time that there use to be a Youth Parliament. We believe it is critical to reinforcing ideas...

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

United States President Barack Obama's recent visit to Cuba holds special significance for former senator and attorney-at-law Arthur Williams.Williams' son, also named Arthur, was instrumental in providing Obama's speech writers with research...

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser

The Economist magazine has suggested that British Prime Minister David Cameron offer the £25 million offered to Jamaica for the construction of a new prison to other Caribbean countries in need of new penal facilities.In an exposÈ titled Caribbean...

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