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Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:22 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

BLACK HILL, Portland: A Titchfield High schoolboy was killed and 23 children hospitalised when a 15-seater bus with almost double its capacity plunged over a precipice along the Black Hill main road in Portland yesterday afternoon. A female...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:22 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Five weeks after a controversial $9-million donation from Petrojam hit the bank account of the Sydenham Citizens’ Association, nearly all the cash was removed in nine withdrawals of $900,000 each, a Gleaner investigation has revealed. The donation...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Following a ruling by the director of public prosecutions that they be charged last Friday, corporals Kirk Fraser and Ramone Scott were yesterday remanded when they made their first appearance in the downtown Kingston-based Home Circuit Court. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Reputed gang leader Uchence Wilson was yesterday heard in an audio recording pleading with police personnel for his then girlfriend, accused Shantol Gordon, to not face criminal charges, claiming that she had no knowledge of alleged criminal...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Police and road-safety experts are hoping that the new Road Traffic Act will drive fear into deviant motorists, whipping them into line by making traffic tickets a greater deterrent to dangerous driving practices. With the police issuing more than...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMAdrian Frater and Mark Titus/Gleaner Writers

Western Bureau: Residents and members of the business community in St James are questioning the commitment of the authorities in preventing the outbreak of fires at the Retirement dump in the parish despite years of promises. Sections of St James...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Various government agencies involved in the Operation Restore Paradise now under way in Montego Bay, St James, are reporting a successful first day in their new push to restore law and order in the Second City. Yesterday, areas such as the Charles...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:26 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

A Trelawny woman and her five-year-old grandson were chopped to death by her own son in Martha Brae on Saturday night. He was later shot and killed after allegedly attacking members of a police party who had gone to the location to carry out...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:26 AMDanae Hyman/Staff Reporter

Emotions ran wild yesterday at the funeral of slain eight-year-old Shantae ‘Birdie’ Skyers as five mourners fainted, while Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Rural Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn broke down as she delivered her tribute and had to be...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:25 AM

The second highest decision-making body of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the Central Executive, yesterday unanimously supported a motion to refer People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) President Krystal Tomlinson to the political...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Tears, anguish and overwhelming grief permeated the Meadowvale Seventh-day Adventist Church on Chancery Street, St Andrew, which hosted the thanksgiving service for murdered eight-year-old Shantae Skyers yesterday, leading the funeral director at...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Reverend Al Miller, pastor of the Fellowship Tabernacle church in St Andrew, yesterday used his sermon to appeal to the Universal Service Fund (USF) to gift churches across Jamaica Internet connectivity. If this is done, said Miller, youth...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:16 AM

As banks jockey for position to put cash and credit in the hands of more Jamaicans, there is a warning from financial experts to university graduates that there is a serious risk of falling into a debt trap, especially if they are being manipulated...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Founder of Hear the Children’s Cry Betty-Ann Blaine has said that many children run away from home because of various factors such as abuse, the allure of sex and the desire to obtain things that their parents cannot...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue/Gleaner Writer

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is $90 million short of the funds it needs to conduct a sustained and effective campaign to raise awareness about traffic crashes and influence driver behaviour to stem the carnage on Jamaica’s streets. With...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is now awaiting a policy to be crafted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Ministry of Local Government to address the issue of social...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The Jamaican law-enforcement and justice systems appear incapable of clamping down on wide-scale fraud that caused domestic banks and other financial institutions to haemorrhage $750 million last year, a Sunday Gleaner investigation has unveiled....

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s commercial banks and businesses have been rocked by a swirling cheque fraud racket in which criminals rent accounts from customers and execute transactions. According to fraud prevention expert for the Jamaica Bankers’ Association, Lloyd...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AM

Even as credit and debit card fraud increases in Jamaica, incidence of the crime is massively under-reported, with a banking anti-fraud expert’s educated estimate of 5,000 victims a year being almost tenfold the 551 reported to the police Fraud...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AM

An assault rifle was among at least seven illegal guns taken off the streets as the police ramped up their enforcement efforts across several divisions on the weekend. At the same time, several persons were arrested in connection with the illegal...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:23 AMCorey Robinson - Staff Reporter

Cheap and underdesigned vehicles, primarily those favoured by taxi operators, are being blamed for many of the deaths from crashes on Jamaica’s roads, and traffic experts are urging the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) to implement stringent...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:23 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Road crashes have forced the Government to spend billions of dollars on treatment annually, but attendant costs such as diagnostic services, hospital occupancy, physiotherapy and emotional trauma are taking a heavy toll on the country’s healthcare...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The management of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has put in place special teams at all its depots in an effort to prevent further fires on its buses in light of three reported incidents over a seven-day period. A fleet engineer has been...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Two of the three policemen implicated in the shooting death of a businessman at a party in Chedwin Park, St Catherine, last month are to face criminal charges. Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn ruled yesterday that Corporals Kurt...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:22 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Trelawny Fire Brigade has confirmed that at least 25 businesses, including supermarkets and haberdasheries, are operating in the town of Falmouth in breach of the International Fire Code as it relates to having clear exits in...

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