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Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

There is to be legal wrangling over the proposed National Identification System (NIDS), as Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has signalled that he will be taking the law to the Constitutional Court for it to be struck down.Phillips, also People's...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting more promising evidence in the search for oil in Jamaica's waters.The PCJ said a geological study it recently conducted with the integrated geoscience company, CGG Robertson of the United...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At least 204 persons have been killed since the start of the year, a 17 per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).This percentage hike...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As The Gleaner recognises Peter Espeut's 25 years as columnist with this publication, today, we present the first in a special series of articles from the natural resource manager and rural development scientist.The ecological space we call Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Seriously concerned about the future of her education, Bianca Gardener, eight-year-old honour-roll student at August Town Primary School in St Andrew, is beseeching the authorities to put an end to the violence wreaking havoc across Jamaica for the...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The education ministry is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the 17-year-old student of Wolmer's Boys' School who was taken into custody for questioning yesterday over alleged threats of violence and murder against...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Health is pushing to provide more than 1,700 men who have sex with men (MSM) with HIV testing and counselling services during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Up to December 2017, close to 400 MSM were engaged in the programme."Targets...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The head of the Clarendon police, Superintendent David White, has delivered an ominous warning to residents of Longville Park, as one of the most wanted criminals in the parish was cut down in a confrontation with cops."Start trusting the police and...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Venesha Phillips, councillor for the Papine division and caretaker for the Eastern St Andrew constituency, respectively, is adamant that a swift move must be made to halt the practice of local officials appealing to criminal elements to put down...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Certified Integrative nutrition health coach Meisha-Gaye Mattis Wilson says it is critical that Jamaicans take their well-being seriously, indicating that the society is currently experiencing a "health crisis".Wilson had the attention of her...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) will, this year, take additional steps to transform the organisation from a regulatory and enforcement agency into a trade facilitator.The Bureau will also pursue capacity-building exercises; targeted marketing...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The National Health Fund (NHF) will officially hand over to the Ministry of Health, this year, the Cancer Care Centres at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James and the St Joseph's Hospital in Kingston.A little more than $1.9 billion will be...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, says the Government is strengthening its capacity to investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking.She said that traffickers are coming up with new ways every day to carry out...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has commended outgoing ambassador of the People's Republic of China, Niu Qingbao, for the tremendous role he has played in raising the profile of bilateral relations and securing meaningful cooperation to positively...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The contentious bank fees bill has been dumped, at least for now, but even in its aftermath, Archbishop of Kingston Kenneth Richards has labelled as "wicked", the practice of many financial institutions pulling money from persons' accounts under the...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says she is "tired of hearing people disrespecting the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)".Brown, speaking last week at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights inSt Andrew, said that while it was...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Agriculture Karl Samuda has responded to whispers in agriculture circles that the ministry is moving to sever ties with the long-established Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Addressing the opening ceremony of the 63rd staging of the...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Deacon Peter Espeut is viewed as radical by his wife and others who know his mind and literary work well, but even though some, at times, disagree with his articles, the support for the veteran Gleaner columnist, who was celebrated at a special...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

University of the West Indies' senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, Dr Damien King, was forced to fend off an onslaught of criticisms from Opposition-backed supporters on the weekend, following his pronouncement that the Banking Services...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Cabinet is expected to give consent shortly for the release of funds to pay legal fees owed to lawyers for police personnel facing murder charges arising from the so-called death squad cases.The cases, which involve about nine policemen, have...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hailey Baker, the one-month-old baby who was born with a rare genetic disorder which required $31 million for treatment, has died.Hailey died at the University Hospital of the West Indies this morning where she had been admitted for the last three...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson

England-born criminologist Craig Pinkney is adamant that while Jamaica has its unique problems, the island's crime problem is not beyond solutions that have worked in some of the hardest communities in the United Kingdom and the United States.But...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The police are taking steps to increase their rate of arrest of persons who are paying gunmen to carry out killings for them.Reports on the streets are that 'killers for hire' are now making big money across the island, despite some taking a low of...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

More than a decade after east Kingston businessman Danhai Williams and six others were charged with 87 counts of fraud involving the Operation PRIDE scheme operated by the National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC), there has been no new...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMGareth Davis Sr

Crime may be the major nightmare for residents of several communities across the island, but for residents of Portland, that is far down on their list of major problems.Roads and infrastructure,...

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