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Published:Saturday | September 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

An effective and better-managed suicide hotline, 1-888-NEW-LIFE, is on its way for Jamaicans with suicidal thoughts, Minister of Health Christopher Tufton has said.Tufton made the announcement yesterday at the World Suicide Prevention Day Seminar at...

Published:Friday | September 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

As the World Suicide Prevention Day Seminar gets under way today at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, non-profit organisation RISE Life Management Services is offering its support lifeline to persons contemplating suicide.Responding to an...

Published:Wednesday | September 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

With adolescent mothers often dropping out of secondary school, 44 grants and scholarships were yesterday awarded to teenagers, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew under the A-STREAM Programme.A-STREAM is Advancing Secondary, Tertiary, Remedial...

Published:Tuesday | September 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

DIRECTOR OF the National Health Fund (NHF) and chairperson of its corporate governance committee, Cecile Watson, said last week that the benefits derived from the implementation of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica's (PSOJ) Corporate...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

"Disgraceful!" is the word used by chairman of the Police Federation, Corporal Arlene McBean, to describe a letter from Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke stating that he was unable to give a date for the continuation of wage negotiations for rank-and...

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Parents are being urged to leave home earlier than usual with their children when school restarts on Monday morning due to the ongoing major road repairs and traffic changes, which could cause excessive delays.Minister of Education Ruel Reid made...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The minister of education is reminding school administrators that there should be no mandatory fees for students entering grades 7-11, threatening disciplinary action against any institution that ignores that directive.Ruel Reid was speaking at a...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The Registrar General's Department (RGD) is reporting an increase in the number of fathers registered on their children's birth certificates since bedside registration was introduced in 2007.According to the RGD, bedside registration has been...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Elizabeth Brown* was not concerned when she received a copy of her birth certificate and noticed that the area for her father's particulars was blank. After all, she knew her father, and he was very involved in her life.But the 35-year-old Brown...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) yesterday launched its strategic plan for the 2018-2021 period."Over the next three years, we have simplified some of what we want to do. We have four priority areas that we will be working on to...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Member of Parliament Peter Phillips has advised the top Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students from the Maxfield Park division of his St Andrew East Central constituency to be wary of peer pressure.Phillips, who is also the leader of Opposition...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Persons being called to serve as juror need not worry about their safety, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has assured."Once they are empanelled, we try to provide them with as much security at least in the precincts of the court," Chuck said in an...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The opposition People's National Party is denying claims that it has called on the Government to increase bus and taxi fares.Reports have been circulating on social media that leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Philips, made the call while speaking...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Bulletproof windows are among the new features that will benefit judges come September when the newly renovated Court of Appeal opens in downtown Kingston.Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made the announcement yesterday during a tour of the $846...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Any expectation that the special consumption tax on cigarettes will be reduced has been stumped by the Ministry of Health, which has said that it was not going to happen anytime soon.The leading marketer and distributor of cigarettes and tobacco...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Days after delivering a crowd-pleasing set at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley shared with The Gleaner plans to expand his medical marijuana business while bristling at reports that he was exiting it."That's false. I am still...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

As the Government boasts of significant reduction in crime, stemming from the implementation of zones of special operations and states of public emergency, families of members of the security forces are being torn apart.Chairman of the Police...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Over the last 10 years, 26 attorneys-at-law have been disbarred by the General Legal Council of Jamaica, the majority as a result of professional misconduct stemming from criminal charges.Since the start of the year, the profession has been thrown...

Published:Monday | July 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Customs Agency is standing behind its decision to demand that persons come into its offices to provide electronic verification of the amount that they have paid for goods they order online.Several persons have complained about the hassle...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Scanners, body cameras, and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) are some of the measures being considered by the Jamaica Customs Agency as it seeks to beef up security at the island's ports.Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency...

Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Some of the major players in transnational crime in the region are Jamaicans who are posing a serious threat to the country, according to Minister of National Security Horace Chang.Speaking at an Anti-Illicit Trade Conference in Kingston yesterday,...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Criminals are wreaking havoc in the Jamaica Customs Agency, and the assistant superintendent of police assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), Victor Barrett, has warned that the integrity of that...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

More than 55 per cent of the cigarettes smoked in Kingston are illegal, according to data from a 2018 Illicit Cigarette Trade Study conducted by Carreras Limited.Managing director of Carreras, Marcus Steele, speaking during a conference held at The...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

There are two working bathrooms at the Rocky Point Fishing Village in Clarendon, but at the moment, the doors are closed because persons refuse to pay the $50 charged to use them.Instead, many persons have opted to make the beach their bathroom."A...

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Corporal Arleen McBean, chairman of the Police Federation, has said that the latest wage offer from the Government was a gross disrespect to rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).McBean, in a press release yesterday, demanded...

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