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Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Patient care, teaching and research - the pillars on which the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) was established just over half a century ago - should receive a massive boost when an ambitious modernisation plan is completed.The hospital...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Reverend Shirley Chong, conceptualiser of the 'Sons of the Father' national men's movement, has rejected claims that this is an effort to further emasculate Jamaican males who are often accused of not living up to their responsibilities.With...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

There is some hope for disgruntled early childhood teachers who say that they are now being paid a monthly subsidy that is less than the minimum wage.The teachers are set to benefit from a salary increase under the Government's Housing, Opportunity...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Members of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee yesterday outlined a litany of constituency needs before representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), who were guests of the committee.The committee...

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

International Monetary Fund (IMF) country representative to Jamaica Constant Lonkeng Ngouana is here to monitor the country's commitment to the fiscal targets and to keep the country in line for a successful conclusion to the current four-year...

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Government will have to shell out more than $2 billion to produce new voter identification cards for the nearly two million people now on Jamaica's voters' list.Director of Elections Orrette Fisher last week confirmed the approximate budget to...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The steady trek of government and opposition parliamentarians to the community of Nain in St Elizabeth in the last two weeks was the clearest indication that something huge is happening in that area.Last Friday, Finance Minister Audley Shaw;...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has urged persons employed at the recently reopened bauxite plant Alumina Partners to deliver the absolute best work attitude and to commit to maximising individual productivity to ensure success in the partnership...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has opted not to renew the contracts of three senior managers whose association with the state-run entity ended on Tuesday.Cecil Thoms, communications manager at the problem-plagued company, told The Gleaner...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Oblivious to the controversy between Food For The Poor and members of parliament over the houses being provided by the agency, Semone Butler just wants to come out of the one room she calls home.She applied to the charity agency, Food For The Poor,...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

One week after 40-year-old Semone Butler carried her 17-year-old daughter on her back to prevent the child from having to walk through a flooded pathway to get to school for an external exam, the teenager blushed when a request was made for her to...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Weed lovers seeking to get high at entertainment events through ganja cakes and other edibles will have to find another route, as the Ministry of Justice has banned these products from all festivals and shows.This follows concerns expressed by the...

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Keith Duncan, co-chairman of the Government's Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), told residents of Swallowfield in St Andrew that he was determined to lead the charge for the success of the plan of action that hopefully would rescue...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

They might live in a constituency which has voted People's National Party since 1989 but the politics will not stop the people of Swallowfield from working with the Jamaica Labour Party to improve their community, but they have one demand - "talk to...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) expressing fresh concern about the number of persons living with depression in the Americas, Dr Maureen Irons-Morgan, who heads Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse in the health ministry, is worried...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided US$68 million (J$8.8 billion) in grant funding for the design of the long-announced national identification system (NIDS).The system is expected to be rolled out next year and will outfit every...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The United Pentecostal Church in Jamaica (UPC) has evicted members of a breakaway branch - Faith Apostolic Ministries - formerly Faith Chapel United Pentecostal Church, from the Renfield Avenue, Kingston 20, address they have called home since 1981....

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue

Local construction industry professionals have urged the Government to stop accepting "unsolicited proposals" from developers for large projects in Jamaica, saying that it is a recipe for corruption.Retired government town planner and fellow of the...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Miffed by what they consider the Government's "open-arms" policy towards foreigners in the construction industry, stakeholders last week told a Gleaner Editors' Forum that the talent required for "any major development" was present in Jamaica....

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Not for the first time, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Agri-culture Karl Samuda has clashed with the cash-rich Coconut Industry Board (CIB) over the entity's $5 billion worth of shares it holds in Seprod.The latest clash played out yesterday at...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Maryland, a rustic community in east rural St Andrew, came with high anticipation last Thursday to hear co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Keith Duncan explain elements of the Government's deal with the...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Persons, including journalists, who breachthe Criminal Justice (Administration) Act by taking pictures of prisoners in the precinct of a court in Jamaica could be fined the princely sum of $20 or a period not exceeding one month in prison.This is...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Local health officials have recorded almost 10,000 notifications of suspected cases of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica between January 2016 and March 2017.Figures from the health ministry seen by The Sunday Gleaner show that from the notifications...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Despite the one-seat difference between the Government and Opposition in the Lower House of Parliament, as well as disagreements over the new revenue package and revised property tax system, new Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips said his party has...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:47 AMErica Virtue

Twenty-eight of every 1,000 children in Westmoreland and St Ann have been victims of some form of abuse, making them the two parishes with the highest rates of reported child abuse across Jamaica. But child-protection agencies are not celebrating...

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