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Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An intriguing battle should be launched today when the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Dr Nigel Clarke and the People's National Party's (PNP) Keisha Hayle are nominated to contest the March 5 by-election in the St Andrew North West constituency.Clarke...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:56 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

No enquiries were submitted to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) about registered sex offenders last year, sparking fears that those tasked with protecting the nation’s children have not been doing their due diligence while hiring...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) recorded a sharp reduction in the number of patients it saw with gunshot wounds in December last year, and the hospital's CEO Errol Greene is convinced that this was linked to the introduction of a zone of special...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson

Ricardo Wittingham was all smiles last Thursday as his yard was among the latest to be fenced under the Zinc Fence Removal Project, part of social-intervention initiatives earmarked by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) in the Denham Town...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson

With more than 200 gangs said to be operating in Jamaica, British-based criminologist Craig Pinkney is arguing that it is pointless for the security forces to try to disrupt them as they will inevitably replenish themselves over time.Pinkney, youth...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

Jamaica's efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS could be stymied by the Church, as several persons who have tested positive have abandoned medical treatment because they were declared cured by their spiritual leader.Executive director of the...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

There is currently no known medical cure for HIV/AIDS, but national superintendent for the United Pentecostal Church of Jamaica (UPCJ), Bishop O'Garth McKoy, said he has encountered individuals who have been healed from the disease.The pastor...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

PersonS interested in becoming Jamaica's next commissioner of police have until February 21 to submit their applications to the Police Service Commission (PSC), with the selection expected to be made before the end of next month.The PSC yesterday...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

While universities in developed nations have been pushing the boundaries of research and innovation, those closer to home are stuck at the research stage, generally, according to University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor Professor Hillary...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Rocked by several allegations of mismanagement and frequent queries from the auditor general over its handling of State resources, the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has embarked on a campaign to repair its image, and the current management is...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are paying approximately $1.3 million per inmate for their maintenance each year, according to Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, state minister in the Ministry of National Security, as he added his voice to the State of the Nation debate,...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Councillors attending Thursday's general meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation vented their disgust with the National Water Commission (NWC) over what they say is a severe water crisis affecting sections of the parish.Councillors for the...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMShanna-Kay Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Councillors of the People's National Party in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation have joined other groups, including the Jamaican Bar Association, in calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to immediately confirm acting Chief Justice Bryan Sykes...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/ Gleaner Writer

Radcliffe McDonald, councillor of the Toll Gate division of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, had fellow councillors erupting in laughter as he shouted that some government agencies needed "Donald Trump-style" action to deal with them.His...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey/Gleaner Writer

The lawlessness of motorists and the inconsistencies with traffic signs and lights throughout Mandeville continue to make maintenance of order in the town extremely difficult, and stakeholders are now past their boiling point.Speaking at the...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMGareth Davis/Gleaner Writer

The years of living in squalor, coupled with enduring conditions way below the poverty line, could soon be over in a few months for retired and disabled ex-cop Lorenzo McLeggon, who is on the verge of owning his own home at Hart Hill in Portland....

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau:The opposition People's National Party (PNP) is taking issue with the manner in which the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) acted in slapping a three-month suspension on Councillor Michael Troupe, of the Granville division,...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMBryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:The new-found confidence, which is making residents in Hanover increasingly comfortable in providing vital information to the police, is making life difficult for criminals in that parish as they no longer have the luxury of operating...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

The Reverend Christine Gooden Benguche believes that the Church needs to see homosexuals and persons who have had abortions as Jesus did instead of disseminating condemnation.Benguche is the first female president of the Methodist Church in Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Members of the Upper House yesterday passed legislation with five amendments to absolve certain national heroes from criminal liability in specified events. However, one lawmaker urged his colleagues to insert in the proposed law that the country's...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from George William Gordon's letter to his wife, which was written less than an hour before his death:"My beloved Lucy, General Nelson has just been kind enough to inform me that the court martial on Saturday last, has ordered me to be...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMShanna-Kaye Monteith/ Gleaner Writer

Forty-four year-old Doreen Dyer, who, for the last couple of months has taken on the alias 'Machete Mom', can now breathe a sigh of relief following the closure of her case before the St Thomas Parish Court.Dyer ignited national fury last year...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Gleaner Writer

Breast cancer patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) who are Her2 positive are being denied access to a highly effective drug, Herceptin, through the National Heath Fund (NHF), according to Dr Saphire Longmore. The senator...

Published:Friday | February 9, 2018 | 12:53 AMEdmond Campbell

The Andrew Holness administration will be announcing measures shortly to address the use of styrofoam and single-use plastic bags that have posed serious environmental and health concerns locally. Government senator Matthew Samuda, who piloted a...

Published:Friday | February 9, 2018 | 12:48 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

A culture of impatience is how the first female president of the Methodist Church in Jamaica has described the root cause of crime and violence that have been overwhelming Jamaica. The Reverend Christine Gooden Benguche was elected at the St John...

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