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Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Upgrading the effluent holding facilities at the Windalco plant in St Catherine may lessen the likelihood of caustic waste finding its way into the Rio Cobre, an executive at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has suggested. Last...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:22 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Stung by defeat after a weeklong legal battle with the St James Municipal Corporation, gay-rights lobbyist Maurice Tomlinson has vowed to reapply for permission to host a controversial forum after losing on a “technicality”. The Court of Appeal...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A gender-rights advocate has bemoaned the sentencing of Pastor Kenneth Blake, who, in July, pleaded guilty to having sex with a person under 16 years old. Blake, 56, pastor of Harvest Temple Apostolic Church on Slipe Pen Road in St Andrew, was...

Published:Friday | October 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The St James Municipal Corporation is now claiming that it did not withdraw permission from gay- rights group Montego Bay Pride from having a forum on same-sex marriage at the western city’s cultural centre. Attorney-at-law Georgia Gibson-Henlin,...

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 9:54 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to allay concerns about Jamaica’s economic prospects following the release of a recent survey that showed a dip in business and consumer confidence. The business confidence index in the third quarter fell by...

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 12:16 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The proposed Bernard Lodge township hailed by the Holness administration as a model of mixed-use development will have 76 per cent more lands designated for farming, a senior government minister revealed yesterday. The St Catherine town, slated for...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:54 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says parishes currently under a state of emergency (SOE) will see more relaxed business hours in a few weeks to facilitate increased commercial activity associated with the Christmas season. “The end of November – or...

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Taxpayers have forked out at least $25.9 million since October last year to carry out repairs on 98 buses operated by the cash-strapped Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) due to vandalism. Of the 98 buses, 18 sustained damage to the windshield,...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:35 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Discarded Education Minister Ruel Reid is alleged to have sent WhatsApp messages to Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock instructing him, among other things, to hire his wife, Sharen Reid. Reid’s wife, 49, is...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:07 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Point Hill Health Centre will be renamed in honour of the late former Minister of Health Dr Kenneth Baugh. Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, who made the announcement on Wednesday,...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:16 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, said that Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock should not have returned to duties last week Monday. “The details of the corruption...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Minority leader Councillor Andrew Swaby yesterday sought to ascertain the position of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on food vendors across the Corporate Area. His questions followed a statement from Town Clerk Robert Hill...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:17 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has been given the go-ahead to list the first-ever Caribbean green bond on the stock market, which will be used to raise money to fund environment-friendly projects. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement yesterday while...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican journalist Carol Rose has been made editor for the Florida-based Palm Beach Daily News. The Manchester native was appointed at the newspaper dubbed ‘The Shiny Sheet’ last month after serving in the position temporarily since June. For her...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:14 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said that Jamaica is on track to exceed its projected US$3.6 billion in tourism earnings for the 2019-20 fiscal year by some US$100 million. Bartlett said that the adjustment comes following the latest tourism...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:09 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

An expert witness yesterday testified that two audio recordings of conversations said to be between the female foreman and Livingston Cain, the juror accused of attempting to bribe the jury in the 2014 trial of dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, were...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The United States Government has moved a motion for the court to dismiss the suit by four Jamaican fishermen who have accused the US Coast Guard (USCG) of holding them captive in inhumane conditions for over a month. The American Civil Liberties...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has welcomed the appointment of retired Court of Appeal judge Justice Seymour Panton as chairman of the Integrity Commission. The appointment of Panton became official after the signing of the...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:10 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Several stakeholders focused on holding those in power to account yesterday lashed out after revelations that Government is seeking amendments to the Access to Information Act that would increase the exemption period for public access to Cabinet...

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2019 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court yesterday heard an audio recording, purportedly of an executive member of the parent-teacher association (PTA) of the Kensington Primary School, siding with the then principal in support of the St Catherine-based institution’s no-...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:21 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Ontario Court of Appeal judge Justice Michael Tulloch says that a proactive approach to crime-fighting has been proven to be effective. “An increase into understanding the social determinants of crime has led Canadian criminal justice policymakers…...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan yesterday began presenting arguments on behalf of a five-year-old girl who was blocked from entering Kensington Primary School in 2018 because of her dreadlocked hairstyle. Sherine Virgo filed a claim last year...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:27 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Dale Virgo, father of a then five-year-old girl who was blocked from entering Kensington Primary School in 2018 because of her dreadlocked hairstyle, has been struck from the claim. The claim, which was filed in 2018, said that the minor’s...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Yet another Corporate Area-based school has found itself embroiled in controversy, this time for allegedly collecting fingerprints from students. Merl Grove High School is reported to have begun collecting the biometric data from students during...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:30 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

In an effort to boost its efforts in helping the police crack more cases, Crime Stop has created a website dedicated to collecting tips. The website – 311tips.com – allows persons to anonymously submit tips in the form of text, photos, and videos...

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