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Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson, Staff Reporter

A severe shortage of uniforms is forcing some members of the police force to make their own or to wear uniforms washed out and patched up after seeing better days.Sergeant Raymond Wilson, head of the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file...

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Having borne the brunt of criticisms over the years from residents of St Catherine, who often blame them for not doing enough to stop the violence in the area, the police can now take a bow as they are being showered with praises by residents of...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The ministry of Education and members of the local book industry are promising minimal increases in the costs of textbooks this year, but some parents who have already started purchasing books are rubbishing this claim."That weh the ministry a talk...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Almost five years to the day after gunmen killed eight persons in Tredegar Park, St Catherine, Anthony Anderson, who lost four members of his family, has found that the old...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

A Corporate Area-based woman who was the first person to admit that she was scammed by someone who claimed to be an agent of the United States-based WorldVentures Holding is to get her money back.Having made contact with WorldVentures following the...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The United States-based WorldVentures Holdings has reiterated that it is not operating in Jamaica, even as persons continue to entice Jamaicans to invest in the direct-selling travel club with the promise that they will rake in thousands of US...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

A plan announced in 2011 to use money from the cash rich National Housing Trust (NHT) to make well-needed repairs and improvements to golden age homes, infirmaries and living quarters at police stations has been killed and buried by the Portia...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Despite work stoppages by some of its local workers and thieves targeting its operation, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is still gung-ho about the performance of its Jamaican employees and confident that they will ensure that the North-...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

More than eight months after Parliament passed the Disabilities Act, which makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica, a majority of government buildings are yet to be retrofitted to increase...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is promising that when the other stages of the North-South leg of Highway 2000 are complete, they will be part of the most modern roadway in the country. In addition, concerns about steep inclines such as the...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:02 AMTyrone Thompson

Some basic schools across the island are forcing parents to fork out as much as $9,000 to pay for the graduation of their six-year-olds despite pleas from the Education Ministry not to charge exorbitant fees for the exercise. A Sunday Gleaner probe...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) has confirmed that World Ventures Holdings is not regulated to sell financial products in Jamaica. The regulatory body has also hinted at possible action against persons luring Jamaicans into spending their...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Despite hundreds of persons being bilked out of millions of dollars in failed Ponzi schemes Jamaicans continue to gravitate towards get-rich-quick schemes with the latest being World Ventures (WV) Holdings. However, the company, which is based in...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging local housing developers, who are engaging in new projects, to construct 'climate proof' units in light of the increasing threat of more severe and punishing storms, hurricanes and dry...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Less than a week after the Education Ministry banned the "Charlie Charlie" game in the country's schools, the Islamic Council of Jamaica is warning that dancehall music should also be avoided, as listening to it puts its listeners under the...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Jamaica's prison population declined by almost six per cent between 2012 and 2014 and Minister of National Security Peter Bunting is linking this to the removal of juveniles from adult prisons and reforms to the parole process.Figures received by...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

With the memories of hurricanes Dean and Ivan fresh in their minds, residents of Portland Cottage and Rocky Point in Clarendon have started training in essential radio communication and evacuation techniques that they believe will prepare them in...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

There was an uptick in violent incidents in the island's schools last year despite several measures designed to keep students in check.The Jamaica Economic and Social Survey for 2014 is reporting 438 violent incidents on school campuses last year,...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The island's public hospitals continue to be flooded with cases of sexual assault, with the majority of the cases affecting females below the age of 19 years.According to the 2014 Economic and Social Survey Jamaica (ESSJ), 12.4 per cent of the 44,...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

British nationals travelling to Jamaica for fun in the sun are repeatedly getting caught trying to leave the island with illegal drugs, causing growing concern at the British High Commission in St Andrew.According to figures obtained by The Sunday...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Psychologists at the Child Development Agency (CDA) are urging parents to stop burdening their offspring with responsibilities of parenthood as these are leading to developmental and psycho-social problems within these children.Addressing a Gleaner...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The Ministry of Youth and Culture is still not ready to outlaw corporal punishment for children, even though psychologists say the act makes children more violent.Addressing a Gleaner Editors' Forum last Friday, Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

The ailing public health sector could be hauled into intensive care as scores of specially trained nurses have been leaving Jamaica for higher-paying jobs overseas.While Jamaican nurses have always been in high demand in foreign markets, the most...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Low pay, poor working conditions and a back-breaking work load are some of the factors highly trained local nurses have listed as they justify their decisions to flee Jamaica for North America.While accepting that their departure will further burden...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMTyrone Thompson

Former members of the Presidential Click Youth Club in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens are rejecting claims by former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington that their club was formed only after a compromise between police and gangsters...

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