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Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The drive from the Corporate Area to Ewarton in St Catherine or Moneague, St Ann, or any other towns along the way is now a lot smoother, shorter, and definitely much more enjoyable, but it comes at a high cost. It's not the extra fuel, or food and...

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

One of the country's leading veterinarians has taken issue with media houses for their continued use of the term 'swine flu' in reference to the Influenza A H1N1 2009 virus, which has been determined to be the cause of recent deaths in Jamaica and...

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) will today (International Women's Day) ramp up its new media campaign aimed at raising public awareness about the harsh realities of violence against women.The campaign will shine a light on some of the most...

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Gary Sinclair, managing director of communications firm FLOW, has set a July deadline for the full repatriation of its customer contact centre service to Jamaica, following yesterday's contract signing with Advantage Communications Limited.The...

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 12:51 AMChristopher Serju

Evidence that Jamaica’s dirty problem is growing is everywhere. Garbage strewn all over the streets, in gullies, open lots, thrown from private and public vehicles, dumped indiscriminately by citizens. Jamaica’s failure to effectively...

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The razor-thin majority enjoyed by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Parliament has prompted speculation about the ability of the Andrew Holness administration to govern effectively, given its one-seat (32-31) win in the February 25 general election...

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 4:21 PMChristopher Serju

Security consultant Robert Finzi-Smith says the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government should provide well-needed resources to better equip and mobilise the security forces.  He is also urging the new administration to make a parallel socio-...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for St Catherine Central, has challenged the police high command to verify the source of a photograph of a group of policemen it says has been used as campaign material for the party...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 4:08 PMChristopher Serju, Gleaner Writer

At midday only 66 of the 185 registered election day workers had cast their ballot at the Edgewater Community Centre in Portmore, St Catherine, with most of the voting taking place between 8 and 9. When The Gleaner team returned at about 1:35 there...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 1:47 PMChristopher Serju, Gleaner Writer

“We started right on time. I don’t mean one minute past eight,” Sergeant Julene Stewart told The Gleaner team when we caught up with her at the Police Academy at Twickenham Park, St Catherine, some two hours after the polls opened...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Known the world over as an ambassador for reggae music, Dr Rita Marley has now ventured into a new business: an aromatic home-care line of products appropriately name Royal Rita - Mystic of a Queen.The line includes candles, incense, and room mists...

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The People's National Party (PNP) has described as insufficient and inaccurate the disclosure by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness about the source of funding for his dwelling and insists that it will not be drawn into...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A WIN for even one of the candidates contesting the February 25 general election under its lighthouse symbol would be a very big deal for the National Democratic Movement (NDM), and, by extension, the country as well, according to chairman Michael...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 10:50 AMChristopher Serju

A waste of time and money by Norris Grant is how Olivia 'Babsy' Grange characterised the challenge from the People's National Party candidate for the St Catherine Central constituency, during Tuesday's nomination exercise.With a huge turnout of...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Government recently signed contracts for the start of phase two of the National Farm Roads Programme under which 41 "priority" roads in farming communities across the 13 parishes outside of the capital, Kingston, have been identified for...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The scarcity of job opportunities for young people in Linstead, attributed to a paucity of sustainable economic development over many decades, is being blamed for a new crime wave in which unemployed youth are targeting senior citizens."There is an...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

None of the children attending the new Barbara E. Lee Hing Banana Ground Basic School in Manchester has any concept of the late Jamaican woman in whose honour their comfortable, spacious, and fully equipped school was named.But the accolades that...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Crowded streets characterised by a combination of snail-pace traffic and erratic driving, as pedestrians and motorists compete with vendors for space, have created an illusion that Linstead is enjoying an economic boom. Not so, say business...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has challenged churches to bring more of Christian principles to bear on teachings in schools, given that some 50 per cent of schools in Jamaica are either owned or sponsored by Christian churches."We need more...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Imani Duncan-Price was on the ground in the community of Wickie Wackie on Saturday helping with garbage clean-up, as well as a door-to-door sensitisation programme aimed at getting residents in the East Rural St Andrew constituency up to speed about...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The warning from the health ministry for Jamaican women to put off having babies for the next six to 12 months because of the potential impact of the Zika virus (ZIKV) on newborns came too late for Terry Forrester, who was already into her final...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Health Minister Horace Dalley on Tuesday defended the Government's decision to advise women to consider putting off pregnancy for at least the next six to 12 months in order to reduce the risk of Zika virus infection, given the potentially serious...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The off-ramp giving motorists travelling from May Pen, Clarendon, access to the town of Old Harbour, St Catherine and its environs via Highway 2000 East-West was officially opened yesterday morning in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony."It complies...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Health Minister Horace Dalley is calling on every Jamaican to get directly involved in the national drive to reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites across the island in order to reduce the spread of the Zika virus for which the Aedes aegypti...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

David Jean-Marie, president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), on Monday charged the 2016 recipients of its scholarship fund to use their cutting-edge training at the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Palisadoes Park, Jamaica, to fuel the...

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