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Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 7:13 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) says it’s pushing to have a decision from its executive committee on the status of embattled member and councillor, Shernet Haughton within two weeks. The PNP has, on several occasions, said it is...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 12:31 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The St James Police say appropriate force was used yesterday to arrest artiste Dexta Daps at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The dancehall artiste, whose given name is Louis Grandison, has been charged with...

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

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has branded Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier, as an exuberant Minister who is seeking to prop up the ailing sugar industry at the expense of more productive sectors. The PSOJ’s...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 3:35 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna says doctors have been agitating for less restrictions to prescribe contraceptives for sexually active underage children living in certain circumstances. Under Jamaican laws children under the age of 16 cannot consent to...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Investment Ministry has reportedly been barred from releasing information on the controversial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Portfolio Minister, Anthony Hylton says will be signed with a company wanting to pump US$5 billion in Jamaica...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 8:10 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A high-level police team is to meet today to assess the evidence gathered so far in the investigation into last week’s murder of four people, including three teenagers, in Clarendon. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell, says...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The World Economic Forum has released a report ranking Jamaica in the bottom half of countries in the world with effective parliaments or law making bodies. Singapore tops the list of 143 countries. The Global Information Technology...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Youth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, says yesterday’s incident which left three young boys and an adult dead in Clarendon highlights that laws and regulations alone cannot help to address violence against children. She says parents and...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Youth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, says it's time the decision is made to remove the State's "veto" power that interferes with women’s control over their bodies and make it unlawful for them to do abortion. She first...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 7:19 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The 2015 information technology report has found that 80 percent of Jamaica’s population widely use social media networks including Twitter and Facebook. This weakens an argument by government minister Robert Pickersgill, who in the height of...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:54 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Aide to the Opposition Leader Sharon Hay Webster has confirmed that she has applied to the Jamaica Labour party (JLP) to be its representative for North East St Catherine constituency. The seat is currently held by the JLP’s Gregory Mair....

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:33 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A new international report says Jamaica is failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to drive social and economic transformation and catch up with more advanced nations. The finding was published in the...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The government is to acquire lots on the historical lands at Pinnacle in St Catherine for use by members of the Rastafarian community. Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, made the disclosure on the online current affairs programme, On the Record, to be...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding was this morning questioned at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry on his relationship with Reverend Al Miller, in whose company, then fugitive, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was found in 2010. ...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

An upset Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott, says there is no fire at the Riverton City dump in St Andrew, contradicting reports from the Jamaica Fire brigade. He says an “ugly” fire is at an open lot off Spanish Town Road. Minutes...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Defence Force soldiers and US secret service agents are manning the entrance to the Office of the Prime Minister in anticipation of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law and broadcaster Emily Crooks Shields will retake the airwaves on Thursday as host of the call-in programme 'Hotline' on RJR 94FM. She replaces veteran broadcaster, Barbara Gloudon, who hosted the programme for the last time...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2015 | 11:32 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Government of Jamaica is set to receive the backing of United States President Barack Obama for its handling of the economic programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Obama is to arrive in Jamaica tomorrow on a State visit, where he...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The police are investigating the circumstances under which an 11-year-old boy was shot dead in New Bowen, Clarendon last night. He has been identified as Steven Williams of Fourth Street, New Bowen. According to a police report, residents heard...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Ardenne High School is the 2015 champion of TVJ’s Schools' Challenge Quiz. They comfortably beat St. Jago 28-16 to lift the coveted trophy for the sixth time in the competition's 46-year history. It was a keen tussle up to the buzzer...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

St Jago High and Ardenne High will contest the 2015 finals of TVJ's Schools' Challenge Quiz competition. Quiz master, Marlene Stephenson Dalley, announced after the last semifinal match this evening that the live finals will take place next...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

"Nobody would give up this fight without going to the Privy Council. There are weaknesses in this particular set of rulings," Seaga said.

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Conflicting information is coming from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) about when the fire at the Riverton City dump in Kingston will be extinguished. The fire which has been burning since last Wednesday is a...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 1:43 PMJovan Johnson

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, is urging teachers in the public school system to dress appropriately for school. His calls follow criticism by the president of The Mico University College which was directed at teachers who do not dress or...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is asking the Government for a 25 per cent increase in basic wages for the more than 30,000 teachers in the public education system. The JTA wants the increase to take place over two years with 15 per...

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