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Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:11 PM

Three men accused of pumping 12 bullets into another have failed to turn up for court in the middle of their murder trial.

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:03 AMEdmond Campbell

Children in Jamaica are among the most vulnerable groups affected by rising poverty levels and account for almost half of those living in poverty, according to the National Policy on Poverty, a White Paper tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Mario Morrison and Gregory Roberts, the men charged with the murder of 15-year-old Shineka Gray earlier this year, will return to the St James Parish Court on October 9 when their case will be heard for committal to the Circuit Court....

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Jamaican Government will not be able to provide a sovereign guarantee for the multimillion-US-dollar project to develop Government Circle, comprising the construction of a parliament building, a museum,...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AM

The devastation being experienced in several countries in the Caribbean has not escaped the attention of business owners in Jamaica, who have urged their associates to make sure that plans are in place to alleviate damage should the country...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMPaul Clarke

The Ministry of Finance has moved to ease the pressure on the beleaguered court system by confirming, through a letter, that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) will now be able to employ some additional staff.The information...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMBryan Miller

Responding to concerns about the number of itinerant food vendors that are popping up in the towns andvillages across Hanover at nights,especially on weekends, the parish health department is now planning strategies to address food-safetyconcerns.In...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMSyrannno Baines

Advocating for the disabled community, Opposition Senator Floyd Morris has said that he will be scrutinising the National Identification and Registration Bill once it reaches the Upper House so as to ensure that the legislation is "comfortable for...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMJason Cross

The Jamaican economy will not grow by five per cent in four years without murders going down and the island's tourism pull increased dramatically, CEO of Jamaica Teas, John Mahfood, has said.He was speaking on Tuesday at a Kiwanis Club meeting at...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMCorey Robinson

Residents of Epsom, Eight West in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, said that they felt traumatised and vulnerable yesterday, following the shooting death of Constable Nicaldo Green at his home in the community on Tuesday night.Green, 29, was assigned...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMChristopher Serju

The introduction of fundamental changes to the regime on refined sugar importation for the retail trade announced by Karl Samuda, minister ofindustry, commerce, agriculture, and fisheries, on Wednesday, awaits his signature on a Ministerial Order...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:29 PM

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it is well advanced in proposing amendments to the Representation of the People Act for the holding of by-elections within a prescribed time. In a statement released today, the ECJ said by...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:08 PM

The police have launched a major probe into reports that at an inmate who was on Saturday released into the custody of immigration authorities for deportation, arrived in Canada on Monday with drugs in her suitcase.

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:38 AM

A 29-year-old police constable was on Tuesday night shot dead by unknown assailants as he arrived home in Portmore, St Catherine. The constable who worked at the Stadium Police Station had just entered his house when he was attacked and shot. His...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica is expected to reap significant benefits with the addition of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country's energy mix, and the environment is being touted as the big winner.Ahead of a planned conference on natural gas with local and...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:High Court Justice Glen Brown has taken the Ministry of Justice to task for failing to create additional courtroom space for the St James Parish Court despite several appeals over the past few years for extra facilities to help reduce...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMSyranno Baines

Child psychologist Dr Orlean Brown-Earle has cautioned schools about planning over-the-top memorials to commemorate the lives of students who have died, as it may reopen old wounds in those most affected by the passing."Oftentimes with memorials,...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMPaul Clarke

The status of the work on phase one of a plan to retrofit children's detention facilities across Jamaica has hit a snag, five years after the programme was established.The plan provides for the separation of juveniles from adults who come in...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMPaul Clarke

Asif Ahmad, British high commissioner to Jamaica, says that methods he employed in helping to fashion a healthy trade and investment relationship between the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and which helped to provide a sturdy economic platform...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMJason Cross and Ryon Jones

There is confusion surrounding whether a new Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) board has been appointed, after a series of conflicting press releases out of the Ministry of National Security.In the latest release sent out yesterday, the ministry...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles, yesterday shot down a question from Julian Robinson, member of parliament for St Andrew South East, after the lawmaker sought answers from the prime minister as to why he has not fulfilled...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Incensed by the red tape in the public sector that had delayed the approval by the Ministry of Finance of 17 additional posts for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Justice Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday directed a barrage of...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Some 10 per cent of Jamaican educators are performing below standard and the education ministry is urgently looking at strategies that will bring them up to par with their more successful colleagues.In an interview with The Gleaner at his offices in...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Education Minister Ruel Reid is contemplating establishing district boards in a bid to hold school boards more accountable.In an interview with The Gleaner, he admitted that a few boards had to be called in during his tenure as minister, as there...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AMRomario Scott

General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Dr Horace Chang, is insisting that the declaration of Mount Salem, St James, as a zone of special operations (ZOSO) was not influenced by politics.Chang, speaking at a JLP Area Four political...

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