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Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The shunning of remote rural schools in preference for ones in small towns is now a major concern for stakeholders involved in education in Hanover who are quite worried about the dwindling student populations in many remote rural schools.Marcia...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Based on research done by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), rural underdevelopment is the main reason for declining student enrolment at several of the primary and all-age schools in Hanover that are now operating far below their carrying...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Based on the impact it is having on the educational sector,what do you think the Government should do to stem Jamaica'srural-urban drift?Colin Johnson, farmer:"The Government should provide employment opportunities for rural people by looking for...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Miss Universe West sashing set for May 5 at Tropical BlissContributedThe Miss Universe Jamaica franchise will be extending its reach into the North West Jamaica for the first time when new franchise manager, etiquette consultant Michelle Parkes,...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Most of us don't have positive perceptions about germs. They are usually associated with disease and death so we often try to kill them before they kill us. Therefore, cleaning chemicals are often used in cleaning the objects we come in contact with...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

Nineteen (19) teams, divided into three zones, have been confirmed for the 2016 staging of the St. James/Burger King Under-12 Netball Competition, which recently had its official launch with a one-day rally and opening ceremony at the Montego Bay...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

It's there in the young man on the bus a few inches away, who coughs in your direction without covering his mouth, in the woman in the taxi speaking loudly into her cell phone for the entire ride, and in the group of high-school girls laughing and...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

QuestionThe following question was posed to residents of Hanover. Are you satisfied with the state of the municipal market in your parish capital?Answers"No. It is not sanitary and not conducive to food handling and people don't want to go in there...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

The Mandingo Youth Club, which is based in Mt Salem, Montego Bay, is being hailed as a haven for at-risk and unattached youths, many of whom have had their lives transformed through the club's programmes over the past two years.The club's...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

One of the recurring concerns about municipal and rural agricultural retail markets in western Jamaica, especially in the townships of Lucea, Savanna-la-Mar and Falmouth, is the perennial complaints about their unsightly, if not unhealthy,...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

With the new government announcing that priority attention will be given to the upgrading of local markets, stakeholders in western Jamaica are hopeful that the subpar municipal markets in the region will get some much-needed attention.A middle-age...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMO Dave Allen
Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

In this the age of increased access to information offered by providers such as Google, persons are more concerned about leg swelling as they now know it can be caused by a life-threatening condition. But how worried should...

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

In its recently released future-plans document, the National Water Commission (NWC) has noted that in 2010 and 2011, much of the agency's time was spent planning and preparing for the implementation of a transformative programme over the next five...

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

In a stinging counteract attack, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Steve McGregor says the St. James Parish Council (STJPC) and not the police is to be blamed for the presence of the disobedient vendors, who are overrunning the streets of...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 11:02 PM

In light of the water situation in their parish, residents of Hanover were asked the following question. Do you think the water being supplied to your community by the National Water Commission is adequate?"I have great service where I...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 11:02 PMAdrian Frater
Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMMark Titus

Despite an announcement that the Government plans to operate the Long Pond Sugar Estate, Trelawny, for at least three months in the current crop year, sugar cane stakeholders in the parish are still unhappy as there is a fear that the initiative is...

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

In the era when sugar cane held pride of place in many sugar-producing communities across the island, the community of Clarke's Town in Trelawny, which had all of 10 sugar factories, was a bustling township with a solid economic base.However, with...

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

In light of the problems now facing the local sugar industry, residents of Clarke's Town, Trelawny, were asked if they believe the Government made the right decision when the industry was privatised nearly six years ago?"No. Absolutely not. It was...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 11:12 PMOkoye Henry

Despite the new anti-vending initiatives, which were recently unveiled by the St James Parish Council (St JPC), disobedient vendors continue to operate with impunity in downtown Montego Bay, especially along the busy St James Street at nights.The...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 11:12 PMMichelle Parkes

Ps. Please use the Bright Spark logo with this column.Etiquette, for some men, does not belong in the same breath as manliness. For them, etiquette and manners conjure up lists of dos and don'ts, a nagging mother, or artificial formality .... and,...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 11:02 PM
Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Businessman Ewen Corrodus, custos of St James, has urged Jamaicans, especially young people, to get involved in the agricultural industry, declaring it the "soundest and most important form of investment" in the world today.While speaking at the...

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