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Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:07 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Judges must be held accountable for their conduct if Chief Justice Bryan Sykes’ ambitious vision of First-World standards in six years is to be achieved in local courts, the Jamaican Bar Association has said. The State should also ensure that...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:15 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican women are being advised that spending less than $20,000 annually for breast-cancer screening and the chance of early detection is likely to save their lives and millions of dollars in expenses. At the same time, women, particularly those...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:06 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites has labelled the move to subsume the National Council on Education (NCE) under the Ministry of Education as dangerous, saying that it will effectively strip the council of its independence. On...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:22 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is reporting that the dengue virus peaked around two to three weeks ago and that normality could return to the health sector in another month. The minister’s disclosure came yesterday in Gordon House where the...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:13 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Government’s much-touted Jamaica Eye project should be fully rolled out by September, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has assured. However, his opposition counterpart, Fitz Jackson, has charged that the surveillance infrastructure...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:19 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) prospective candidate for the East Portland by-election, Ann-Marie Vaz, has rubbished claims of political victimisation levelled against her by People’s National Party (PNP) supporters, declaring that her type of...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:21 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Having moved from three legal customers in 2013 to 715 at present, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is describing the massive jump in electricity regularisation in the south St Andrew community of Majesty Gardens as its greatest success...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:29 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Successive governments have refused to divest Jamaica’s largest dump because the Riverton City site is located in the midst of mainly poor residents living on the margins and not the wealthier middle and upper classes, a noted environmentalist has...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:15 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s chief political referee, Donna Parchment Brown, is urging those jostling for control of the vacant East Portland seat to exercise restraint as temperatures run high in what is expected to be a hotly contested race. The partisan rallying...

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 | 12:14 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:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:23 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Government should move post-haste to levy a tax of at least 20 per cent on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) as a disincentive to consumption and pump the revenues into programmes focused on health promotion and obesity prevention, professor of...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:17 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Research and development (R&D) will be included in Jamaica’s measurement of gross domestic product (GDP) as of September 2020 onwards, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has revealed. GDP measures a country’s economic activity and is...

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:23 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

With 30,000-plus trees planted and close to 3.5 million PET bottles removed from the natural environment in less than seven years, the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) has enviable success. But Programme Director Stephen...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

It was in 2016 that Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his intention of having the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), through youth engagement, influence the country's socio-economic development and strengthen national security.At that time, Holness...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Almost half of the nation's youth captured in a recent U-Report survey don't know the symptoms of dengue fever, with 39 per cent of the respondents saying that social media is the best way to reach them with information about the illness.The result...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The review of safety and security procedures at children's homes islandwide is now all but complete, and a report will be sent to the prime minister before the end of the month, state minister with responsibility for youth Floyd Green has revealed....

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The titles that roll off the tongues and resonate across the globe may be world-record holder, national awardee, or first black woman to win a world swimming crown.But when renowned Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson calls time on her remarkable career...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's sporting history isn't short of memorable chapters, to put it mildly. Still, on the morning of Sunday, June 9, when 'Jamaica, Land We Love' permeates the football stadium in Grenoble, France, the island with less than three million people...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica yesterday sided with 18 other members of the Organization of American States (OAS) in favour of a resolution not to recognise the legitimacy of Nicol·s Maduro's new term as Venezuela's president.The resolution was passed in Washington...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica will soon have a new consul general to New York, as an official from the foreign affairs ministry has confirmed that Trudy Deans completed her tour of duty on December 31 and the post is now being occupied by Deputy Consul General Lisa Bryan...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The parliamentary Opposition is terming as premature and unwarranted, a likely move by the Government to introduce legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam held by Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

When Renee Clarke's phone rang shortly after midnight into yesterday, and the shaky, unknown voice on the other end told her that her youngest sister, Shanique Clarke, had just been cut down in a hail of bullets, it sounded like a sick joke.For...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:16 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

When Rosemarie Forrester departed her home parish of Manchester in August 1994 to take up a housekeeping job with a Kingston-based family, the then 23-year-old set one solitary goal: to give her two young children the opportunity of a good education...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

State Minister with responsibility for youth, Floyd Green, has signalled that there will be tweaks to the Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica (YACJ) programme in spite of the overall success of the inaugural council.While not disclosing the changes,...

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