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Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:55 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government has been urged to give an additional month’s maternity leave to mothers instead of offering fathers time off from work. That call has come from outspoken president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:55 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The police have for the past two years failed to execute a warrant of committal on Jamaican cricketer-turned-politician Daren Powell, who has been held in contempt because of his failure to comply with a 2016 court order. The warrant of committal,...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:54 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

New York-based professor Dr Donna Wright has urged Jamaicans to invest in the talents of the special-needs community, especially those in schools, to enhance their contribution to national development. Wright, who is originally from Jamaica, was...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:53 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Shocked at the run-down state of the four main cemeteries in Trelawny, a Jamaican expatriate has committed to clean the burial ground in her hometown of Martha Brae because of the failure of municipal authorities. Judy Doctor, who lives in the...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:53 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland police have taken two suspects into custody in relation to last Friday night’s brutal murder of a Negril businessman and his Italian wife who were tied up and shot in what the police believe was a West End home...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:53 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Holness administration is moving to root out some of the inherent unfairness in the compensation structure for public-sector employees. This follows the signing yesterday of two contracts, valued at US$5.4 million and US$1.6 million,...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:52 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The team undertaking a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the decrepit Ward Theatre has been criticised for failing to retain the iconic building’s core character and for not having sufficient dialogue with musicians and performers. The nub of the...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:35 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the fate of the principal of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Dr Nicholeen DeGrasse Johnson, remains uncertain, a male lecturer at the centre of a sexual harassment scandal brought to light by The...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Despite its appointment of Keisha Prince as Jamaica’s acting corruption czar, the Integrity Commission says it is seeking to wrap up its hunt to fill a number of vacant senior positions. Interim Director of Corruption Prosecutions Dirk Harrison had...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:35 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As Tesha Miller was found guilty of accessory before and after the fact to the 2008 murder of then chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Douglas Chambers, residents and business operators in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday pondered...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:33 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: St James remains under the gun with six persons slaughtered in the last four days despite a number of security initiatives meant to curb the parish’s runaway murder figures. The latest victim has been identified as 28-year-old...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:32 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With LATAM Airlines committed to three flights per week to Jamaica from the lucrative South American market, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is predicting that the pie will get even bigger with a multi-destination arrangement with...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:31 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Mark Thompson was able to witness the birth of his child at the Lionel Town Hospital in Clarendon recently. It was an eye-opening experience that he thinks more fathers should have. Though the ministry has no policy allowing for that practice,...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:29 AM

 A St Mary man believed to have broken into at least two houses has been nabbed by the Manchester Police. The man, 30-year-old George Hamilton, has been charged with housebreaking and larceny in relation to two...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:16 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

National Works Ageny (NWA) CEO E.G. Hunter has blamed bureaucratic bungling for several missed deadlines in the completion of the Legacy road projects in the Corporate Area. He told The Gleaner that when the NWA signed off on the contracts to...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer -

As she sang a hymn about Jesus while slowly making her way down the stairs of the Supreme Court building yesterday, Sharon James said she was “somewhat surprised” when her son, reputed gangster Tesha Miller, was convicted of accessory before and...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:06 PM

The Integrity Commission has announced the appointment of Keisha Prince as its director of corruption prosecution. Prince, a deputy director of public prosecution in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), is being seconded to the...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:45 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Despite an endless number of eviction threats and pledges to regularise squatters on lands owned by The University of the West Indies, stakeholders and residents of Mona Commons are seemingly no closer to fixing a problem that took root some six...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:44 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston and Olivia Brown/Gleaner Writers

As vendors prepare to pick up the pieces after fire ravaged the May Pen Market on Sunday afternoon, councillor for the Denbigh division, Joel Williams, has charged that improved security measures be placed on the agenda. In an interview with The...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:39 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“I entered teaching by accident.” It’s not quite the revelation you would expect from a LASCO-Ministry of Education Principal of the Year, but yesterday Linton Weir bagged top honours after the former agriculturist traded his fork for chalk and...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:39 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaican insurance companies racked up underwriting losses totalling $570 million over the first half of this year, mainly because of the carnage on the roadways, which has claimed close to 400 lives. The more than half a billion dollar in losses...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:38 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Donald Tapia, the United States’ top envoy in Jamaica, is encouraging Jamaican business leaders to take greater advantage of the five to 20 per cent tax-free export arrangement embedded in the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI),...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:35 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Government is seeking to revive the local dairy industry by boosting technical competence in breeding and genetic strategies to improve milk yields from cattle. The agriculture ministry said it is on a mission to slash the growing milk import...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:28 AMAndré Williams and Romario Scott/Gleaner Writers

Shock and grief gripped a section of Waterford in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday after three members of a family were shot dead in their living room shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday. The three – 74-year-old Pamela Russell, her daughter 48-year-old...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:28 AM

The question of whether parliamentarians should receive better pay and emoluments, which has been the subject of intense public discourse in recent weeks, will be raised today in the House of Representatives. Minister of Finance and the Public...

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