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Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:58 AMAdrian Frater and Hopeton Bucknor

WESTERN BUREAU: It was like a major fireworks display along the Rose Hall main road in St. James yesterday morning, as flames lit up the skies from an IGL truck, which developed mechanical problems and burst into flames, resulting in a huge traffic...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Attorney-at-law Gareth Forbes was shot dead at his home in Oakridge off Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 yesterday. The constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit reported that a relative found his body lying in a pool of blood about 10:00 pm. Upon...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:26 AMAndre Lowe/ Sports Editor

Swimming sensation Alia Atkinson and discus standout Fedrick Dacres yesterday walked away with the top awards at the RJRGLEANER National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.  Atkinson, who...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

More than 100 homeless persons in and around downtown Kingston were treated by the Rotaract Club of New Kingston last week at the Marie Atkins Shelter.They were able to access dental care, including cleaning, fillings, and extractions by the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay's mayor Councillor Homer Davis, who is also the chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, says he is disappointed that instead of immediate action, styrofoam is being given a much longer time to continue to destroy...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas /Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says that the ongoing restoration work at the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, is set to intensify, with plans afoot to replace the 10-storey building's inner...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A Crown witness yesterday, in answer to several questions, indicated that she could not remember some of the details surrounding the March 20, 2012, murder of 16-year-old Immaculate Conception High student Vanessa Kirkland.The witness, who was...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Effective February 11, Gillian A. Haughton will be the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM, Jamaica).In a press release yesterday, the organisation said that as CEO, Haughton would ensure that...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In light of the ban on single-use plastic bags, community relations manager at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Rachel Reid is encouraging Jamaicans to use more cardboard boxes to package their waste.Speaking at a Policy Forum...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says that the Government will exercise provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Act in the interest of public safety.The act is intended to empower designated personnel, known...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Health is advising persons to seek medical attention immediately after experiencing symptoms of dengue fever.Making the call, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie says that once individuals are infected with the...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Venezuelan Embassy in Kingston remains silent on the unravelling of the Petrojam partnership in which the Jamaican Government is looking to retake the 49 per cent stake the South American country owns in the state-owned oil refinery.Several...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Edmund Bartlett, tourism minister, earlier this week made an appeal to small hoteliers to take advantage of markets in social tourism, including accommodation and care for persons with special needs.He was speaking at a press conference at the...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/ Gleaner Writer

Fourteen-year-old Central High School grade nine student Areel Foster succumbed to her battle with dengue fever on Wednesday morning at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). The Clarendon-based school and family members are devastated by the tragedy....

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed that the total number of reported dengue cases in Jamaica last year stood at 996, over 100 more than had previously been reported, and that 79 cases have been recorded to date since...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica continues to pay dearly for corruption, with an estimated five per cent of the gross domestic product lost each year to the practice, amounting to millions of dollars. This is a serious indication of the failure of successive administrations...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's first female poet laureate, Lorna Goodison, was among a distinguished field of five who were awarded the prestigious 2018 RJRGLEANER Honour Awards at the newspaper's North Street offices in downtown Kingston yesterday.Goodison received the...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Addressing criticism that the Church is too silent on important issues affecting the country, president of the Jamaica Baptist Union and pastor of the St Ann's Bay Circuit of Baptist Church the Reverend Karen Kirlew said that the notion is the...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Almost half of the nation's youth captured in a recent U-Report survey don't know the symptoms of dengue fever, with 39 per cent of the respondents saying that social media is the best way to reach them with information about the illness.The result...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says that the country's water and power providers - the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), respectively - are failing to meet standards for notifying their customers of...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The corruption watchdog group National Integrity Action (NIA) has revealed that over a four-year period, ending in 2017, no annual reports detailing the statutory declarations of parliamentarians have been tabled in the House of Representatives as...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Justice ministry has delivered a scathing indictment of the system used by the police to record traffic tickets issued to motorists, revealing publicly that there are "deficits in the accuracy and adequacy" of information sent to the courts,...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is challenging Jamaicans to explore the potential of coffee-infused speciality items and by-products with a view to tapping into the growing multibillion-dollar consumer interest in health and wealth wellness."Our...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Maxine Lewis, principal of the Essex Hall Primary School in St Andrew, reached out in desperation to the Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation for assistance to purchase a desktop computer for the institution but admitted that she wasn't very hopeful...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater and Hopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writers

WESTERN BUREAU:As was the case last year when the Government was forced to declare a state of public emergency (SOE) in St James and beef up security across the other western parishes, killers are again on the loose in the region, with eight murders...

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