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Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Having been convinced by the leadership of the party’s Area Council Two that East Portland is ready for a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) wave, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to announce a by-election date on Friday. Labourites will gather...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:23 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston and Gareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writers

With the ability test section of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) out of the way, students, parents and teachers breathed a sigh of relief, even as they look to the other two challenges ahead: the performance task and the curriculum-based component....

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Law-enforcement officials are tight-lipped about the details surrounding a massive gun and ammunition find at one of the country’s ports. Yesterday, 20 firearms and nearly 800 rounds of ammunition were seized at a terminal in Kingston. Four rifles...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Education Minister Ruel Reid has referred a proposed code of conduct for educators and boards to the National Council on Education (NCE) for review, following public outrage over some of the clauses. According to Reid, there is currently no...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:21 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

Investigators probing the February 2 murder of East Portland Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Lynvale Bloomfield have again taken a man into custody as the probe deepens. The 21-year-old, who was first detained by the cops on February 13 and released...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:19 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

When Errol Simpson Jr did battle in the first-ever sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam yesterday, he had already passed his toughest test – braving spells of vomiting, pain and a high temperature with a steely will that even dengue fever...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

By helping to steer persons clear of a life of crime, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is not only looking at the benefits to the justice system, but also the gains the country could enjoy by being able to redirect funds to tackle...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:16 AMAdrian Frater and Hopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writers

Western Bureau: Terror reigned in the parish of Westmoreland between midday Monday and yesterday morning as eight persons were killed by bloodthirsty gunmen in a murderous rampage that spanned several communities. “Di Devil tek wi parish from wi....

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 7:56 PM

BRUSSELS, Belgium: More than 1,500 abolitionists will take to the streets of Brussels, Belgium on Friday to march for an end to the death penalty in several countries. The anti-death penalty advocates are in the European capital for the 7th World...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 7:45 AM

Eight people were shot, three fatally, shortly after 11 o'clock last night in the volatile community of Williamsfield, Westmoreland. According to the police, the victims were at a popular bar in the community when they were ambushed by men, who rode...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Man's body found in pit A body believed to be that of a man who was reported missing last Friday was retrieved from a pit in the Three Hills area of St Mary on Sunday. On Friday, a missing person report was filed by relatives of 35-year-old Warren...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:17 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Seeking to make good on his promise to formulate a code of conduct for politically active public-sector educators, the Ruel Reid-led Ministry of Education has outlined a raft of proposed regulations, which include clauses muzzling board chairmen,...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:16 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday approved the candidacy of Damion Crawford for the impending East Portland by-election. In a statement yesterday evening, the party said long-time aspirant, attorney-at-law Andrea Moore, also accepted the...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Analysis of data of the conch population off Jamaica’s coast indicates that the ban on the fishing, sale and export of queen conch (Genus strombus) will be extended well beyond the near one-year timeline announced by the Ministry of Industry,...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Appearing more hopeful than months ago when shock mock exam results triggered widespread concern, grade six students will today seek to ace the ability test component in the first ever sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), the secondary-school...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:14 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

While the Andrew Holness administration has performed moderately well since taking the reins of Government in 2016, producing economic stability and nominal growth, it is still dogged by the stereotype of scandal, political commentator Martin Henry...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:13 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Nine years after his brother was reportedly killed execution style by the security forces, Tivoli Gardens fire victim Handrel Wheatle strongly believes that he is battling a curse. His face a canvas of pain and despair, Wheatle stared blankly at...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:12 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Transforming the approximately 4,600 acres of cane lands at Bernard Lodge in St Catherine into a brand-new city with a host of social and civic amenities will take developers 18 years, according to the project’s urban planner, Martin Addington. It...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

With the 2019-2020 Budget Debate on the horizon, the People’s National Party (PNP) is mounting an early attack on the Estimates of Expenditure for the upcoming fiscal year, starting with the allocation to the Ministry of Education, Youth and...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Melissa Harriot, the woman who allegedly stole a three-week-old baby at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay last month, had her bail reduced to $200,000 when she appeared before the St James Parish Court yesterday. The 26-...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:15 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the Holness administration is pointing to the Opposition’s vote against extending the now-defunct states of public emergency (SOEs) last December as the reason for rising levels of crime in parts of the country, the prime...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:14 AMBryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has flatly rejected a claim by Lucea Mayor Sheridan Samuels that his recent trip to the parish, which included a town hall meeting in Lucea on health issues, was more of a political ploy than a...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:12 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

Port Antonio, Portland: Ann-Marie Vaz, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for East Portland, is throwing cold water on comments made by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips that the constituency is People’s National Party (PNP) territory....

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Mona Law Society (MLS) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has admitted that it was not fully aware of the true extent of the negative implications that the posting of photographs with law students dressed in clothing...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:10 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

An economics lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is suggesting that the Government adopt a transparent performance-based funding allocation framework to address the inequity in the subventions provided to tertiary...

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