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Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMStaff Reporter

The safety and security of children was one area that reflected unanimous agreement among respondents in a Gleaner project that asked stakeholders to share their wish for Child Month.Leading the charge for a zero-tolerance approach to violence...

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2016 | 6:08 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Social commentator Dr Henley Morgan has described as unworkable, the proposal to remit the National Housing Trust (NHT) refunds of low income earners to their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) accounts. The president of the Jamaica Chamber of...

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 1:41 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Attorney-at-law and children and woman’s rights advocate, Margrette Macaulay, says Jamaica needs to fast track the review of the country’s anti-abortion law in light of the public health concerns associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) and...

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 12:53 PMJody-Ann Gilpin, Staff Reporter

Former Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington left no stones unturned, as he issued strong words of advice to government leaders last night, admonishing them to be diligent in their approach to crime in Jamaica.    ...

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 4:05 PMJody Ann Gilpin, Staff Reporter

There was little time for weeping and mourning at today's funeral for master photographer, Junior Dowie. Instead, there were hugs and pleasant memories as people turned out in large numbers at the Kingston Parish Church to celebrate his life...

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 2:17 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will put key constitutional and social issues to a referendum. Holness made the commitment in his inauguration speech yesterday. However, he did not name the issues which will be put to a vote...

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 2:50 PMAndre Poyser, Staff Reporter

While he was not willing to disclose a figure, Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Debates Commision (JDC), Brian Schmidt has said that the commission expended significant sums in preparation for the staging of political debates that should have been...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 2:43 PMAndre Poyser, Staff Reporter

When Jamaicans go to the polls on Thursday, the vote count will not only be watched closely by the competing political parties, but also by gamblers who would have staked a bet on the outcome of the elections. For the first time in the country...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 1:52 PMLivern Barrett, Staff Reporter

The operator of Madden's Funeral Parlour has revealed that "almost all" of the 25 bodies taken to his business place by police and soldiers one day after the start of the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens had decomposed. Ferdinand...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 10:45 AMLivern Barrett, Staff Reporter

A British mortar expert has described the Jamaica Defence Force's (JDF) use of the explosives during the May 2010 operations as risky, reckless and irresponsible. Chris Cobb-Smith, who has worked as a security consultant for Amnesty...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:56 PMLivern Barrett, Staff Reporter

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has given an assurance that a United States-based firearms expert brought in to testify before the west Kingston commission of enquiry enjoys immunity from prosecution under the Firearms Act....

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 11:43 AMDaraine Luton, Staff Reporter

Former Finance Minister Audley Shaw, is adamant that he left the economy in good health in 2012, and claims to the contrary by members of the People's National Party are lies that have been told on him and the Jamaica Labour Party. ...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 4:10 PMAndre Poyser, Staff Reporter

The 2016 Spelling Bee Champion is St Andrew's Chaunte Blackwood of Ardenne High School. After an intense showdown with 13 other parish finalists, Blackwood walked away victorious in The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Finals. The...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 12:35 PMAndre Poyser, Staff Reporter

After 10 rounds of spelling in the morning session of The Gleaner Children's Own Spelling Bee finals there have been a total of 13 misspelt words. The 14 contenders were given a total of 140 words. At the end of the morning session, when the...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 10:39 AMAndre Poyser, Staff Reporter

The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee is now underway at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Fourteen parish champions from across Jamaica are facing off in the finals. The students who emerged as winners from the parish finals of the...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 1:09 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The hotel accused of illegally mining and removing sand from Negril is defending itself saying it had been granted a licence to do so. The Negril Chamber of Commerce yesterday raised an alarm about what it described as what appears to be shady sand...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 2:31 PMStaff Reporter

An accident, which led to the injury of several students of the Garvey Maceo High School in May Pen yesterday has raised fresh concerns about the success of the pilot of a rural bus system being rolled out in Clarendon by the Government. The...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 12:21 PMStaff Reporter

The accident which occurred yesterday along Foga Road in May Pen, Clarendon is now the subject of an investigation by the Transport Authority. The Authority has asserted that the vehicle was being illegally operated. "A team from the Authority...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 2:51 PMStaff Reporter

American actor and author, Taye Diggs, who came to fame after he made his film debut in 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back', has sung the praises of Ja Biztown, the Junior Achievement project which exposes students to real life business. Diggs...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 10:16 PMShereita Grizzle, Staff Reporter

She was not among the acts billed to hit the stage at Saturday night's staging of Shaggy and Friends but Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller drew large cheers when she ran on to the huge platform on the lawns of Jamaica House. Comedians Ity...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 9:34 PMShereita Grizzle, Staff Reporter

Hundreds of patrons have poured on to the lawns of Jamaica House for the 2016 staging of the Shaggy and Friends concert to raise money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children. From as early as 6pm persons began arriving for the 7:30 show and not...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 1:44 AMAmitabh Sharma, Staff Reporter

“I am like a child on Christmas morning when I open my kiln,” said Wazari Johnson, his shirt dotted with spots, and hands caked in clay, ready to shape the docile, earthy mass of mud into statement pieces. It's love, he said, that...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:21 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison is encouraging teachers to avoid using corporal punishment as a means to disciplining students. Gordon Harrison says the habit of beating children needs to stop. Her comments come in light of a case...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 2:08 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The National Water Commission (NWC) is warning that the impact of the drought will extend into next year. As a result, the Corporate Public Relations Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan, is encouraging Jamaicans to continue to practice...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 4:18 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health is encouraging Jamaicans who travel to countries now being affected by the Zika Virus (ZIKV) to take steps to protect themselves from being infected. At least 10 countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Suriname and now...

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