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Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Defence Force Corporal Dwayne Stevens and wife Stacey-Ann Stevens were granted bail in the sum of $600,000 for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act when they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday.Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Mark McLean was declared winner in the preliminary count of the municipal by-election in the Homestead division of the St Catherine Municipal Council, polling 1,409 votes to 136 for the People's National Party (...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Having been touted as a mechanism that will strengthen the National Identification System (NIDS), there are no specific provisions in the proposed Data Protection Act that specifically address the functions of the new ID system.That's the view of...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

"If you don't use it, you're going to lose it," was the warning from Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio with responsibility for land, to those who lease government lands. In his sectoral presentation in Parliament on Tuesday, Vaz announced that...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Recognising that some children encounter tumultuous situations at home, Betty Ann Blaine, co-founder of Hear the Children's Cry, has said that she still wanted them to consider options other than running away.In sharing details about the new '...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has described as unacceptable the fact that over the 15-month period, from January last year to March this year, judges at the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 27 per cent of the cases in which they reserved judgement...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) can finally present almost a decade's worth of audited financial statements, dating back to the 2007-08 financial year.Desmond McKenzie, local government minister, made the disclosure in his...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of National Security has said that it is working on a policy on how to treat, care, and house mentally ill persons who are incarcerated but who are unfit to plead.State Minister for National Security Rudyard Spencer told his...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday indicated that he would be turning to the Diaspora to help finance the construction of a new Parliament building at National Heroes Circle in Kingston.Holness, who was addressing the official launch of the...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Serious concerns are being raised about the level of discrimination that some school administrators display towards children who are wards of the State.The issue was raised by Audrey Budhi, director of children and family programmes at the Child...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

United States President Donald Trump has signalled his intention to nominate Arizona businessman Donald Ray Tapia as ambassador to Jamaica.A statement from the White House yesterday said that Tapia, who has served as chairman and chief executive...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Hamish Campbell, assistant commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), yesterday declared that the repeated allegations of 'planted firearms' was beyond anecdotal as findings contained in the oversight body's First...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Government has been urged to slow down the process of enacting the controversial Data Protection Bill into law as people continue to digest it and understand all the implications.President of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Dionne Jackson...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

In 1954, Stanley Roy Archer departed Jeffrey Town, St Mary, and headed to England, then seen as 'greener pastures', to earn an honest living to take care of his family. He ended up being caught in the rip-stream of what became known as the Windrush...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Staff Reporter

The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament on Tuesday rejected a project request from Hanover Western Member of Parliament Ian Hayles, who sought approval for $2.4 million for "Green Island Primary School multipurpose hall 2018-...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite being on the job for a mere one month, Errol Greene, the new regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), already has been making significant steps in his quest to mastermind the restoration of the...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The National Water Commission (NWC) has announced the establishment of a $15 billion local bond facility through National Commercial Bank Capital Markets Limited (NCBCM).The NWC said that the facility would enable it to become more financially...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The island's public school teachers should see a five per cent increase in their basic salaries come payday next month.The teachers will also see increases in several allowances, plus any top-up that they may be due on the five per cent retroactive...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Deacon Peter Espeut has described abortion, whether safe or unsafe, as murder and has asserted that no woman should be given that right.He was commenting on a recent survey finding that 42 per cent of persons polled agreed that women should have the...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The international press freedom advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to Minister of Energy, Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley to express concerns about what it says is the chilling effect that the proposed Data...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police investigators believe that they have "significantly disrupted" the murderous rampage of the Dexter Street gang following the arrest of 17 members of the Westmoreland-based network.According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, the...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Fewer than 50 per cent of Jamaicans have said that they know someone who has done an illegal abortion. However, one of the island's leading gynaecologists, Dr Michael Abrahams, is not convinced that that number is accurate."It is quite likely that...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchirst/Gleaner Writer

"No more!" That is what outgoing chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation Sergeant Cecil McCalla said to Government regarding the practice of police personnel working overtime and not being properly compensated.McCalla was addressing a militant...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Government is taking steps to impose more stringent fines on persons who smuggle contraband into correctional facilities.State Minister for National Security Rudyard Spencer said that the Government would be reviewing the Corrections Act to...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:20 AM

The Ministry of Health has named a multi-skilled, independent oversight committee for the rehabilitation project at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in a move to ensure accountability and provide transparency to the Jamaican public. The five-...

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