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Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Proving to Jamaicans that good things can come out of being incarcerated, 16 females from the Fort Augusta Women's Adult Correctional Facilities, now located on South Camp Road, St Andrew, excelled in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMHopeton Bucknor/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:After six months of peace, the community of Flankers in St James erupted into violence on Monday evening when a drunken man, who brandished a rifle at a group of men, was shot and killed and the weapon taken away from him.The dead man...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Former Gleaner editor Phyllis Thomas shared that all her successes at the award-winning newspaper, where she spent 45 years in a variety of roles, must be credited to God.She was the toast of an afternoon where the company paid homage to 24 current...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

State minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, has announced that plans are underway for the construction of a therapeutic centre for wards of the state who have been assessed to have severe behavioural problems."...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Law-abiding Jamaicans have been left at the mercy of criminals because critical state resources are being diverted to support the government's two main anti-crime measures, the zones of special operations (ZOSO) and the State of Public Emergency,...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, is rejecting the round of criticisms that came with Monday's announcement on the ban on single-use plastic and Styrofoam products.Chairman of the Wisynco...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Over the five-year financial period 2012/13 to 2017/18, the Students Loan Bureau's (SLB) stock of non-performing loans skyrocketed from $1 billion to a little more than $11 billion, according to Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis in a performance...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Parliamentary Reporter

A new profit-sharing agreement signed between the Jamaican Government and the United States firm that holds a stake in Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners has been described by the parliamentary Opposition as a "bad...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Gleaner Writer

Years after it was first proposed, the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill - which will provide for the establishment of a governing body for the profession as well as a regime for the licensing and registration of all government-paid teachers - is now...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Education minister Ruel Reid is seeking to allay the fears of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) that the Government is set to change the operations of the well-respected National Council on Education.Since 1993, the National Council on...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Within a few weeks, motorists should experience an ease in the traffic congestion caused by the recent closure of the Portia Simpson Miller Square (Three Miles) in St Andrew, with the construction of a bypass road now under way.Yesterday, the...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The growing trend of robots taking over jobs now occupied by humans, as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will in no way render local engineers useless, according to vice-president of marketing at the Jamaica Institute of Engineers' (JIE...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has revealed that he is aiming to make the country's judicial system, crippled for decades by chronic under-resourcing and a backlog of civil and criminal cases, the best in the Caribbean in three years.Sykes...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Circuit Court yesterday issued subpoenas for the doctors who examined Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the two inmates charged with murder in connection with the 2014 beating death of Mario Deane, to appear in court on...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Strict adherence to Jamaica's proposed building code can be a significant buffer against earthquake and hurricane damage, Dwight Ricketts, president of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE), said.He was speaking at the official opening ceremony...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Una-May Gordon, director of the climate change division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, has dismissed as "premature" questions about the range of penalties/sanctions for persons or institutions that run afoul of the pending ban...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMHopeton Bucknor/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:A sixteen-year-old student of Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, was among four persons shot and killed, as blood-thirsty gunmen went on a shooting spree in the western parish between late Sunday night and early...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Possibly adding to the high number of backlogged cases in the court system, operations at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston came to a halt yesterday as a result of a reported bomb threat.The suspected threat sent people scurrying for safety...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips yesterday indicated that the Government should compensate businesses operating within the proximity of the now-closed Three Miles area in St Andrew for the adverse effects of the road project, charging that they...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson/Staff Reporter

The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) yesterday demanded a fare increase for transport operators, who say they are being heavily inconvenienced by roadwork in sections of the Corporate Area.President of TODSS, Egeton...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has confirmed that the governments of Jamaica and the United States (US) are in talks over a new information-sharing agreement, but has denied that there is a rift between the two countries....

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:07 AM


In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the National Security Ministry, through its Citizen Security and Justice Programme and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, yesterday attended a church service to observe the beginning of Anti-Gang Week ...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Education Minister Ruel Reid has urged stakeholders to collaborate with his ministry to ensure the success of the newly introduced Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary-school...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Trisha Williams-Singh, is adamant that the parents of the embattled boys from Calabar High School in St Andrew who were to start fifth form earlier this month should move their boys elsewhere.After...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has encouraged justices of the peace (JPs) to partner with the police in the fight against crime by being the eyes and ears of their communities.Giving the keynote address at the installation ceremony for 22 JPs for...

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