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Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

His daily thrust to inspire persons, especially those of colour, in addition to his historic visit to Jamaica, are things that readily come to the mind of some of the country's leaders as they reflect on the impact Barack Obama's eight-year reign as...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Admitting that there is a lingering issue surrounding drug abuse in Jamaica, Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, has called for a rigorous sensitisation among citizens about the Dangerous Drugs Act.The minister was responding to yesterday's...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

One in six males admitted to driving under the influence of some sort of dangerous substance, while one in 17 females did the same, according to a new survey, which stakeholders believe is putting people's lives in extreme danger. Many admitted to...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

St Ann, Westmoreland, Kingston and St Andrew currently have the highest number of drug users, according to the 2016 Drug Prevalence Survey that was conducted by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).According to the findings, alcohol use is...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Although many persons kicked off the beginning of a new year in merriment, with hopes and dreams and the possibilities of great things to come, it is quite likely that no family was happier than Milton Maxwell and his wife Angel Praba, who held...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Describing the ongoing sex scandal rocking the church as a "Red Sea" experience, members of the Covenant Moravian Church in St Andrew, while acknowledging that mistakes were made, vowed to remain strong in their faith.Leading the church in a time of...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) has said that there is urgent need for adults to be more vigilant when hosting private house parties in order to ensure that children are not exposed to any form of drug.Michael Tucker, head of the agency,...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Among those who attended the 110th anniversary ceremony of the 1907 Kingston earthquake yesterday was the Reverend Ronald Thwaites. His grandfather, William Alexander Thwaites, was killed after the dreadful disaster struck the island, resulting in...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

A recent assessment of earthquakes and Jamaica's preparedness has highlighted the eastern part of the island's susceptibility to that kind of the disaster, as of the seven tremors that were felt since the start of the year, six occurred in that...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Noting that the Church is currently going through a period of hurt after it was revealed that Rupert Clarke, a Moravian minister, was charged with having sexual intercourse with a minor, at least two members of the clergy have said that there has to...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday made a strident call to citizens to desist from supporting criminal elements in their families and communities, noting that crime was having a serious impact on the country's economic growth.He surmised that...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) has said it will be making a robust effort to encourage parents to use the Stay Alert app, which was recently introduced by the Ministry of National Security in a bid to protect students as...

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Harsh poverty conditions, in addition to concerns regarding parenting, are issues stakeholders believe have stymied childcare and protection in Jamaica, leaving them to call for robust measures - including a social children's audit - that would aid...

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Fencing is not a popular sport here in his homeland, but James McBean, founder and president of the Jamaican Fencing Federation in the United States, has been making outstanding strides and is envisioning that there will be a massive development of...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

While 29 soldiers have been returned to commence training at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) facilities, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was called in yesterday to assess what exactly caused 80 soldiers to fall ill from a respiratory...

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Errol Powell, chairman of P.A. Benjamin Company, is seeking to reassure the public that his company's flagship products, such as vanilla and other spices, will not be adversely affected by yesterday's immediate halt of production. Activities at the...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Horrific criminal experiences that many children encounter have created a cycle of psychopathic behaviours among that age group, which has resulted in many becoming some of Jamaica's most wanted 'shottas'.That was the conclusion of a recent study...

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Dr Junior Green vividly remembers the day he and his colleagues worked tirelessly to save the life of a 17-year-old boy, who was stabbed in the back with a knife which entered his spleen.This is just one of the life-saving missions the resident...

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Debby-Ann McKenzie-Cooks admits that the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) is not the easiest place to work. However, despite the many attractive offers she has received, both locally and internationally, which promised improved working conditions and...

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

With the Government's free health-care policy, which was intended to deliver equal treatment and service to all citizens, backfiring, placing a crippling strain on staff and resources, one doctor, echoing the sentiments of her colleagues, says it's...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has taken a beating over the years for what the public says is its failure to deliver the service it was created to provide. But this merciless flogging has brought at least one doctor close to tears, as he...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

He failed twice in his quest to matriculate to the Norman Manley Law School in St Andrew. That, however, opened the door for Stephen Rampaul to enrol at the St Thomas University of Law in Miami, Florida, where he was awarded a scholarship to pursue...

Published:Friday | December 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

This Saturday kickstarts what is expected to be a massive drive to gather women's clothing, for the annual SoHo Boutique Christmas Closet, which will hand over gifts to hundreds of young girls in state care.SoHo is encouraging its clients and other...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The St Elizabeth Technical High School created history yesterday as it produced both the Principal and Teacher of the Year at the annual LASCO awards ceremony.Keith Wellington and Kerene Nelson, respectively, copped the prestigious titles to rousing...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Dr Charles Douglas, chief executive officer (CEO) at the Jamaica Productivity Centre, believes a major obstacle that hinders businesses in Jamaica from growing and developing is an inability to measure.Douglas told The Gleaner that this is one of...

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