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Jamaica Gleaner Lead Stories
published: Tuesday | October 28, 2008

Messy affair - Health Fund poured cash into JUTC security
The multibillion-dollar National Health Fund (NHF), which provides financial support to the national health-care system, was being inappropriately tapped to foot private security bills. Security guards were hired for its former chief executive officer, Rae Barrett....

Christie to probe NHF contracts

Contractor General Greg Christie has been called in to probe the tender process at the National Health Fund (NHF), following some 'shady' awarding of contracts.At the same time, Rudyard Spencer, minister of health and the environment...

Americans queuing up to vote in Jamaica

United States nationals living in Jamaica have been going into the American embassy in St Andrew to cast their vote in the presidential election.One national, who requested anonymity, spoke with The Gleaner yesterday hours after voting...

Informal settlements set back community policing

The rugged spatial design of informal settlements in Clarendon is frustrating the efforts of law enforcers to implement community policing in crime-ridden areas of the parish, police told a Gleaner Editors' Forum in the parish on the weekend...

Rape doubled in September

Rape and carnal abuse cases doubled in September when compared with the corresponding month last year, according to the latest review from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.Rape cases increased from the reported figure of 32 in September 2007 to 64 this...

Teachers sign salary deal

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) yesterday inked a new salary-and-fringe-benefit agreement with the Government, which will see teachers' salaries increase to 80 per cent of their counterparts in the private sector....

JPS bills to drop 10%

Customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) can expect to see at least a 10 per cent reduction in their energy bills in November.A significant plunge in the cost of oil on the world market has resulted in a drop in the cost of fuel...

Wayne Chen to head UDC

BUSINESSMAN Wayne Chen has confirmed that he has been asked by Prime Minister Bruce Golding to chair the board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC)."I have been approached and I have expressed a willingness to serve," Chen told The Gleaner...

Financial fallout for fertiliser firm in Jamaica

New operational measures are imminent at Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited as government-imported fertiliser has cut its sales by more than 50 per cent this month.While refusing to comment on whether job losses loomed at the island's sole manufacturer of inorganic fertiliser...





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