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Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 6:19 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's sporting star Usain Bolt has admitted that he has faced "strong" levels of classism and racism from Jamaica's upper class throughout his rise as a global athletics icon. The multiple world and Olympic record holder...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Twenty-two-year-old Chanise Kiffin, the University of Technology (UTech) student whose story of bravery and determination to overcome earned her national support, has died, leaving her family and friends reeling.Her brother, Nicholas Campbell, told...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 5:44 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), now the subject of scrutiny over the quality of its training and education, is to be upgraded to a university. The Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies, says the Cabinet has sanctioned legislation to...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 10:14 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is being accused of employing unqualified and inexperienced people to teach its students and breaching international guidelines. Auditor General Pamela Munroe Ellis made the disclosure in a report on an...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 12:21 AMJovan Johnson

Fifty-four year-old, Clair Harris, is living dangerously in her New Longsville, Clarendon, house that sits precariously on the edge of a hill left bare following excavation work for a $1.3 billion road project now underway.  Harris...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A $1.3 billion dollar road project in Clarendon that was due for completion in March is to be extended by three months, and the National Works Agency (NWA), which oversees the project, is insisting that there will be no cost overruns.However, the...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Opposition Spokesperson on Finance Audley Shaw is warning of a "crisis of productivity", with the expected implementation of new pension arrangements for public-sector workers.The Government is pushing to institute legislation for the new public-...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

After more than two decades of implementing a range of anti-poverty measures, Jamaica is still faced with almost one in every 10 citizens being undernourished.This has been confirmed by a United Nations report, which says the figure of approximately...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2015 | 8:20 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Theatre expert and university lecturer, Dr Brian Heap, is being sharply criticised on social media for suggesting that Miss Jamaica World Dr Sanneta Myrie compromised her chances of winning the Miss World crown by wearing an "unflattering...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government and teachers seem set for a major showdown following revelations that there is a consideration to offer better salaries to trained public-sector science and math teachers than their other colleagues to keep them in Jamaican classrooms...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 8:40 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Leading Jamaican scientist, Professor Errol Morrison, is supporting the Government's decision to consider paying science and maths-based teachers more than their other colleagues to keep them in Jamaican classrooms.  Education Minister,...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 5:03 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it will not support any move to pay certain categories of teachers more than their colleagues, to keep them in Jamaican classrooms.  Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says the government...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 8:23 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican government is considering providing better salaries to trained science and mathematics teachers than their other colleagues in a bid to keep them in the classrooms. Jamaica has been losing some of its best teachers in these two subject...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 4:43 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Malissa Bryan, one of the mothers whose child died in the infectious outbreak leading to the dead babies scandal says she is taking steps to sue the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew. Bryan told The Gleaner/Power 106 News...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 12:52 PMKarlene Brown, Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writers

'He wanted to serve his country', was the cry from relatives of Eric Morris, 16, a student of the Norman Manley High School in Kingston, who was stabbed to death late Sunday by another teen in their Grants Pen, St Andrew community. The...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 7:11 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A policewoman and a Coaster bus conductor almost came to blows in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew earlier today sending some passengers scurrying and causing a pile up of traffic. The cop was part of a team attached to the St Andrew Central Police which...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2015 | 2:38 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is now putting in place measures which will result in a reduction in Jamaica's murder rate next year.  From January to October, 1,038 people were murdered...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 7:24 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Auditor General's Department says the blunder in reporting the debt of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) was the result of a typographical error. In a report tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2015 | 7:46 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis is reporting that the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) has racked up more than $300 billion in debt in the past six years, posing serious financial threats to the government...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 4:26 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Government senator, Sandrea Falconer, has accused Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, of 'desperation' and engaging in 'dirty politics', for posting on his Facebook page, a photo of two hospital patients sharing cramped quarters...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 9:05 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A 22-year-old female medical student of the University of Technology was this evening shot dead in Hope Pastures, St Andrew during a reported robbery while on her way home from school. Her name is being withheld, however, she was a student...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 5:32 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The UK-based Privy Council has confirmed that an unsigned letter opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte claims she has from the court, is authentic.  During her contribution to the Caribbean Court of Justice debate in the Upper House last...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Two weeks after winning one of the world's most prestigious literary prizes, the Man Booker Prize 2015, Jamaica's Marlon James says locally there needs to be a reassessment of how literary works come to be branded as pro-or anti-Jamaica.In an...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 5:04 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A mother whose child died this month reportedly as a result of a bacteria outbreak at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew, says she is considering legal action.  The mother, whose name is being withheld said her baby...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2015 | 9:45 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Customs Agency, says it may soon increase the duty-free limit for online shopping to US$100. Currently, buyers have to pay duties on imported goods that cost US$50 or more.  However, speaking on a soon-to-be published edition of...

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