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Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Notwithstanding the controversy and sometimes fiery exchanges that ensued in the lead up to today, Lisa Hanna this afternoon secured a convincing win to remain the People's National Party's (PNP) candidate to represent the South East St Ann...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is reporting a 30 per cent drop in the number of killings by members of the security forces for the first eight months of this year compared with the similar period last year. According to the...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The People's National Party (PNP) Secretariat says there could be a new vote in Central St James if claims of corruption and irregular procedures in yesterday's poll are proven to be true. MP Lloyd B Smith has described as disgraceful,...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

People's National Party (PNP) Central St James MP, Lloyd B Smith, says he is in fear after receiving death threats leading up to yesterday’s vote against him by delegates of his constituency. Smith says he received two threats by...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Shanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who won her free movement case against Barbados has now been approved by the People's National Party (PNP) to represent the Olympic Gardens Division in St Andrew in the next local government elections....

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With an embarrassed Police High Command forced to declare that recent criminal acts allegedly involving its members are not typical of the force, civil-society advocate Carol Narcisse said there are now even more reasons for the police union and...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, (CARIMAC) says it is shocked at the sudden passing of one of its prominent students, O’Shane Reid. The 23-year-old and Shanice Simmonds, 22, both students at the University of the West...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A student of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and another who just completed her studies, were killed last night in a car crash in Drax Hall, St Ann. They have been identified as 23-year-old O'Shane Reid and 22-year-...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 5:40 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) was this afternoon forced to pull from its Twitter account, a display picture many followers deemed offensive and inappropriate. The photo contained the words "Straight Outta...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 4:20 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The education ministry says it is considering organising Jamaican public schools into districts to increase efficiency and performance. Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, gave the update in reaction to a proposal contained in yesterday’s...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 2:23 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says he will not bow to demands from the Opposition to withdraw a controversial comment he made last week directed at poorly behaved children. Speaking at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA's)...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Among the five special awards presented to graduating cops at Friday's Passing Out ceremony in St Catherine was one for the recruit with the 'best Christian principles’. Friday's presentation was not the first time, however. The...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart says a new political ombudsman could be appointed in a matter of weeks.The office, which reports to Parliament, has been vacant since the June 2013 resignation of Bishop Herro Blair.Peart told...

Published:Monday | August 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says an organisational review of her office is expected to be completed by December. She told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the review, requested by her, has been ongoing since...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Nationwide News Network is rejecting claims by the daughter of People's National Party MP DK Duncan, that the station hacked into her messages to get a letter she allegedly wrote criticising Ian Hayles for wanting to challenge her father for a...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) says there could be run-offs in 12 constituencies to determine the party’s representatives for national elections. Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online this afternoon, PNP general secretary, Paul Burke, said...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015 | 10:05 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Commonwealth Students' Association is worried that many high schoolers could be denied the opportunity to qualify for tertiary-level education because of Jamaica's decision to allow tuition increases for sixth-formers. The Education...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Clayton Hall has resigned as principal of the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, to work full time with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA). His resignation comes ahead of the release of a follow-up education inspectorate report....

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 6:18 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Junior government minister Damion Crawford, is continuing his campaign against the Independent Commission of Investigation, INDECOM. This time he is accusing the entity of only being interested in public relations while failing to fulfill its...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 1:22 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The University of Technology (UTech) has rejected a request by students to delay the implementation of a contentious registration system, but has reduced the mandatory enrollment fee.  Returning students will now be required to pay $20,000...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Prime Portia Simpson Miller has told the United Nations that the time has come for a comprehensive write off of the crippling debt owed to international financial institutions by Caribbean small island developing states. She made the appeal during...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The United States is insisting that it will be difficult for Jamaica to improve on its human trafficking ranking without more convictions. The US was reacting to Jamaica’s concerns over its 2015 human trafficking report which maintained...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 1:22 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The police have declared as dead the former University of Technology student and a St Andrew businessman who went missing in 2013. Detective Inspector, Marvin Brooks, says charges against the three people held in the case will be upgraded to murder...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

"There is smoke everywhere," American footballer, Brandon Marshall, tweeted saying the entire Jamaica smells of ganja. Marshall who plays for the New York Jets in the National Football League (NFL) made the suggestions in two...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2015 | 9:18 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator AJ Nicholson, has reserved comments on reports of a poor relationship with former Ambassador to the United States, Professor Stephen Vascianne. Vascianne served for three years...

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