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Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Twenty students from the University of Technology (UTech) are hoping that the Ministry of Health will stick to its promise to allow them to start practical training tomorrow, even though this is more than a month later than scheduled."We had...

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Tracy-Ann Hall could find herself US$1 million richer before the end of this month, but that would not tempt her to leave the classroom where she...

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Firearm ranges across the island are to come in for closer scrutiny amid allegations that bullets from these facilities are finding their way into the hands of criminals.There are about 13 shooting ranges operating in the country, with at least six...

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

She is not yet an adult, but for the past three years she has been selling in the Coronation Market to provide for herself and her family, while still going to school.To compound the matter, she has anger-management issues and is still dealing with...

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin has described announcements made by the Government just over a week ago to tackle the nation's crime problem as a knee-jerk reaction and is calling for "carefully thought out measures that are...

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

Despite a significant improvement in the treatment of persons with mental illnesses in Jamaica over the past 50 years, a task force established by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has concluded that there is much more that is needed to be done...

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

A lack of cash could lead to the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) closing its School Intervention Programme (SIP) in Clarendon despite the good work it has already done in savingseveral off-track youths in the violence-plagued parish.Youth Peace...

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

As the debate intensifies over the possible rate increases which could face Jamaicans as more and more customers leave the Jamaica Public Service Company's (JPS) grid, there are calls for a collaborative approach to the issue.Manager of the Grid...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Pamplona, SPAIN:SportsMax La Liga Experience winner Calvin Palache watched in awe as his football idol Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid defeated Osasuna on Saturday.Palache and his partner, Tishana Sharpe, were at the stadium to witness the win...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Pamplona, SPAIN:Jamaica needs some ultras, and I am not talking about football supporters fuelled by racism, or politics, or prone to violence, or those who verbally abuse match officials. I mean fans who stick with their clubs and national team...

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The Government is looking for international help to tackle the pollution crisis facing sections of Jamaica, even as it vows that efforts will be made to enhance the monitoring of air quality across the island.Following last week's exposÈ by The...

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Eighty-three-year-old Winston Armstrong has been waiting for more than two years to collect $300,000 he is owed by the State after a police vehicle hit his motor car."I need the money to help me, as I am a pensioner. Thankfully, I didn't suffer any...

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

With many local entities turning to solar systems or other renewable systems to reduce their reliance on more expensive energy supplied by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), there is a another indication that persons who remain on the JPS...

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

PAMPLONA, Spain:SportsMax's La Liga Experience winner, Calvin Palache, and his partner have already started receiving the VIP treatment with surprises, fine dining, interviews and photo shoots.But that was just the beginning for the couple, as they...

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is calling on the regulatory bodies with responsibility for air quality in Jamaica to carry out their duties.JET is also requesting that Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who is the minister of the environment,...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Residents of Duckenfield and surrounding communities in St Thomas will have to live with the nuisance of soot (fly ash) from the Golden Grove Sugar Factory blanketing the area for some time as the company says it is unable to implement some of the...

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Residents of the sprawling community of Portmore, St Catherine, are breathing in some of the worst-quality air across Jamaica as unregulated garbage dumps, illegal burning and other activities foul their environment.Consultant physician and...

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Thugs in the vicinity of Six Miles and in the nearby New Haven community in St Andrew are collecting thousands of dollars each week by operating illegal garbage disposal facilities.A Sunday Gleaner probe has found that the men who operate the mini...

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

The Public defender has recommended that officials of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation be called on to account for their conduct in the application process which saw permission being granted for the construction of a petroleum storage and...

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 2:10 PMRyon Jones

Even as some residents of St Thomas bash Seprod over the soot from its Golden Grove Sugar Factory, many are wary that their criticism could cause the factory to close.The residents are aware that the sugar factory is one of the few games in town in...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

It is like negotiating an obstacle course for many females who have to seek public transportation at bus parks and hubs across the island as the so-called 'loader men' and conductors push, pull, and sometimes, force them into vehicles.With the...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 1:57 PMRyon Jones

Local manufacturing and distribution giant Seprod is operating its sugar factory in Golden Grove, St Thomas, in breach of several environmental rules, and residents of neighbouring communities say that they are paying the price with health issues,...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Having acquired the Jamaican entity J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) five years ago, one of the major player in the global spirits industry, Gruppo Campari, is lauding the quality of the rum produced locally...

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2017 | 8:07 PMRyon Jones

Elaine Thompson ended the 2016 season as the most dominant female sprinter in the world, earning her a nomination for the 56th RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year award.Thompson catapulted to the forefront of female sprinting last...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRyon Jones

Marlon Samuels' performance in the 2016 final of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 has seen him being nominated for this year's 56th staging of the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the year award.Samuels showed once again...

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