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Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Public outcry about costs of the proposed Bernard Lodge city in St Catherine, as well as travel concerns and potential environmental fallout related to urban sprawl beyond the margins of Kingston, has caused Prime Minister Andrew Holness to order a...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:26 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

With the nation’s courts still hobbled by severe backlog, 1,024 cases have been traversed into the new Easter Term of the downtown Kingston-based Home Circuit Court as only 91 cases were disposed of in the previous term, much to the dismay of...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Cops, residents to meet in Sterling Castle today The police will be meeting with residents of Sterling Castle, St Andrew, at 4 p.m. today to address issues affecting the community following last week's murder of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers....

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:23 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: A pall of gloom is hanging over John’s Hall, St James, home of two-year-old Sasha-Gaye ‘Munchie’ Dennis, who succumbed to injuries she sustained when she and her 10-year-old sister were mowed down by a motor car along the Howard...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:23 AMAlbert Ferguson-Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Steven Kerr, director of the Human and Community Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), says that more men will begin to gravitate to the teaching profession if their remuneration is boosted by liveable wages...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:22 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Leith Dunn, senior lecturer and head of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona, says she is not in support of the recommendation that parents who abuse or abandon their children...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Even as the Government plans to roll out 20 more zones of special operations (ZOSO) across the island, stakeholders entrenched in Denham Town, Kingston, argue that social intervention has been under-resourced and impotent since the anti-crime...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:33 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is encouraging Jamaica to take immediate steps to address public-sector governance shortcomings. The IMF’s executive board made the call in its fifth review of Jamaica’s performance under the standby agreement...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has raised concerns about the fall-off in recent years in the number of Jamaicans vaccinated against measles even as he sought to assure the country that no imported case of the disease has been recorded. In a...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s Constitutional Court has ordered that well-known Montego Bay businessman Patrick Chung must stand trial for allegedly having sex with his daughter over a nine-year period beginning in 1986 when she was 13 years old. Further, the panel of...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:31 AMDanae Hyman/Staff Reporter

The parents of 41-year-old teacher Samuel Martin, who went missing last Friday, have said that despite his car being found and no leads days after his disappearance, they are remaining optimistic for the safe return of their son. “I am still...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:30 AMTamara Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Manchester: Workers at the Better Taste Bakery in Williamsfield, Manchester, yesterday struggled to carry out routine tasks as a main ingredient was missing. The staff found the going rough as they tried desperately to come to terms with the...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:28 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The scorched ground, charred wood and sheets of zinc scattered about are all that remain of the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston, which was devastated by an inferno in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a mere eight months after it was...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Alando Terrelonge, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is urging teachers to pay keen attention to how they treat boys in the classroom and to create an environment where they will not shy away from...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 9:37 AMCorey Robinson/Staff Reporter

There are renewed calls for more police duties to be outsourced to private security companies as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) continues its drive to bolster its boots on the ground. The JCF says there are just over 11,000 policemen and...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bishop Conrad Pitkin, the custos rotulorum for St James, is calling for immediate action to be taken to stop the growing murder tally in the parish, which he says is renewing fear among residents. Pitkin was speaking at the 38th...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Investigators have taken a third man into custody in relation to the murder of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers of Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew. This brings to three the number of persons now being questioned by investigators. “One other man is...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:25 AM

The Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is to be overhauled after a search of the hotel room of reggae artiste Buju Banton (real name Mark Myrie), who was in the twin-island republic for a show,...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:21 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is urging farmers to grow more pumpkins as he has found a market for the produce. Addressing the 2019 staging of the St Mary Agri-Expo at Gray’s Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has ramped up its public-awareness drive on the Save the Cockpit Country campaign with the release of a new set of public service announcements ahead of Earth Day, which was observed across the world yesterday....

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, has announced that in the next two years, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will become a non-government agency and will have to finance...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Children's safety takes spotlight Labour Day The nation will focus on projects related to children's safety for Labour Day 2019. The May 23 public holiday, usually geared towards encouraging citizens to undertake projects to uplift communities,...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite the many new policing initiatives and promises to curtail the rampant lawlessness plaguing the western region, the latest crime figures indicate that the region’s murder tally for 2019 has now exceeded 100, reaching 110 over...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:29 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Superintendent Vernon Ellis, the commanding officer for the St James police, is sounding a warning to the men who shot and seriously injured a policeman in Norwood yesterday morning. “We are not going to ask them to turn themselves...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:29 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Orville Plummer, pastor of the Sterling Castle New Testament Church of God, has called on parents in the community to expose adults who prey on the underaged. In a sermon yesterday at the church, the man of the cloth also announced a number of...

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