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Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Two counsellors who work extensively with the special-needs community are calling for training to be provided for stakeholders and personnel within the various agencies who have to interact with children with disabilities.Counsellors the Reverend...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Experts in the local building industry are raising concerns about how contracts are being awarded under the public-private partnership programme (PPP).Addressing a Gleaner Editors' Forum last Friday at the media house's North Street, Kingston,...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The debate surrounding plans to create a new building to house the Parliament in the vicinity of National Heroes Circle in Kingston has taken another twist, with one of the island's leading architects questioning the decision.Fellow of the Jamaican...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Andre Coleman is one of a number of students who have benefited from the disabled-friendly environment at Mona High School.Fourteen-year-old Andre was born with the birth defect spina bifida due to his mother being diabetic. This resulted in both of...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

With at least 50 of the nation's children having gone missing from 10 child-care facilities between February 2016 and March of this year, head of the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR), Greig Smith, has admitted that the situation is...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

With residents of Portmore, St Catherine, reporting an increase in mosquitoes in recent weeks, the Ministry of Health is urging Jamaicans not to drop their guard against the pesky insects which have been spreading the Zika virus (ZIKV) across the...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Terms such as 'primary surplus' and 'fiscal space' were replaced with 'spending more than you earn' and 'financial well-being of a government' as Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) co-chairman Keith Duncan went On The Corner in the rural...

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Members of the police force spent yesterday in mourning as news spread that a second colleague had died from injuries he received at the hands of the marauding criminals loose in the society.The cops were still coming to grips with the death of...

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

China's Ambassador to Jamaica, NIU Qingbao, is urging local contractors to stop complaining about the number of Chinese companies landing big contracts in Jamaica and instead work on making themselves more attractive."I strongly believe...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Two years after Jamaica's Parliament passed amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act making it no longer a criminal offence to posses two ounces or less of marijuana, two United States-based ganja advocates are calling for further changes to make the...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 11:48 AMRyon Jones

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has granted 1,644 work permits to foreigners in the first four months of this year while rejecting one application, but it has still rejected claims that it has been too free in the approval process.With...

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

A leading international proponent of marijuana policy reform is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to take the reins in developing the country's legal ganja industry or risk embarrassment.According to founder and outgoing head of the United...

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Karl Samuda, the minister of industry, commerce and agriculture, is moving to tidy up an untidy situation that now exists, with the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) being part of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).In 2015, the...

Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton might have to go cap in hand to the finance ministry for more money to increase the personnel allocated to the Community Mental Health Services.That is one of the recommendations of the Mental Health and...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

He might have taken over the leadership of the People's National Party (PNP) without the bitter battles that his predecessors P.J. Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller faced, but Dr Peter Phillips is under no illusion that there is no one in the...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Manager of the leading banana chips making company in western Jamaica, Robert Chambers of Maroon Pride, is expressing displeasure with a new strain of banana which is being introduced as a possible saviour for the local industry.The FHIA strain of...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Some local banana chips manufacturers are unable to meet demand for the popular snack due to a shortage of the fruit.Manager of the leading banana chips manufacturer in the west, Robert Chambers of Maroon Pride, said despite planting a portion of...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The Kingston and St Andrew Health Department has given the Salvation Army seven days to clean up its rat-infested facility on Mannings Hill Road in St Andrew.The ultimatum was issued after officials of the health department and representatives of a...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The government is facing fresh calls for incentives to be provided to encourage Jamaicans to get married, based on benefits to be derived by children born in wedlock."There is no doubt that marriages in which two people are really committed to each...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 12:32 PMRyon Jones

Rats are running riot at the Salvation Army facility on Mannings Hill Road in St Andrew, which is home to a nursery catering for children as young as three months old, a basic school, a children's home, a school for the blind and visually impaired,...

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) is stepping up its efforts to clamp down on business establishments which violate the copyright of musicians by playing music without paying.Two...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Consideration is being given to relocating the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre less than six years after it was officially opened.Correctional officers and civilian workers have, for years, been calling for the facility to be moved...

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 3:51 PMRyon Jones

It is not a job for the faint of heart, but it is one which Rudolph Murray and Sherman Anderson enjoy, so much so that they have been doing it for at least 10 years each.Murray and Anderson are among a handful of Jamaicans who call themselves 'sky...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 8:11 AMRyon Jones

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Norman Grant, believes that while Jamaica's coffee production has declined sharply over the last 25 years, the time is ripe for the industry to grow.Grant said 25 years ago approximately 4.5...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

She might not have won the US$1 million on offer by the Varkey Foundation, but Tracy-Ann Hall returned from Dubai feeling every inch a winner."The way I look at it is there were 10 of us in the competition and one had to win. And if I had won I...

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