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Stories by Sashana Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2024 | 12:10 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Five international construction companies will be making bids to rehabilitate the country’s roads under the Government’s $40-billion Shared Prosperity through Accelerated Improvement to Our Road Network (SPARK) Programme, Minister with...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2024 | 12:10 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Despite the “moderate” impact observed on Monday as hundreds of taxi operators across the island withdrew their services, citing grievances with the Island Traffic Authority’s (ITA) demerit points system and other regulatory issues, one sector...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

In a few weeks, the first batch of students enrolled in the Sixth-Form Pathways Programme (SFPP) will leave the high-school system. And although principals say they had to push through resource constraints and find creative means to get their...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A worrying cloud of uncertainty over four vocational subjects dissipated on Tuesday after the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reversed its decision to discontinue certifying them. Education sector players have labelled the reversal as a...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2024 | 12:09 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The booming white-tailed deer population in Portland is driving farmers to despair as their fields are ravaged, leaving them reeling from millions in losses annually as the invasive species roam unchecked. Kendrick Thompson, a farmer in Industry,...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Security experts are calling for an internal review of the measures of protection in place at Gordon House in downtown Kingston, which houses Jamaica’s Parliament, following Saturday night’s arson attack on the building. Police reports are that...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Despite “short notice” from the Government that the ban on plastic lunch boxes which was to take effect today has been further delayed until July 1, at least one importer of the product is relieved that some clarity has been brought to its...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2024 | 12:08 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The almost 30 per cent increase in funds allocated to the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) for the 2024-2025 fiscal year is not enough to address the needs of those it serves, sociologist Dr Orville Taylor has asserted...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Just days before the plastic lunch box ban kicks in, importers and distributors are slamming the Government for its deafening silence. Their frustration mounts as they accuse officials of blindsiding stakeholders without the promised consultations...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2024 | 12:10 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Damion Crawford, the opposition spokesman on education, has labelled as “exaggerated and misplaced” the concerns raised over the suspension of four vocational subjects by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Last week, the regional body said...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:10 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A replica of the Windrush monument at the Waterloo Station in the United Kingdom (UK) is to be mounted in downtown Kingston next year, Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has announced. She made the proclamation while speaking on Friday at the...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:06 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The Constitutional Reform Committee (CRC) says it would be willing to review the citizenship qualification for the prime minister of Jamaica if Cabinet requires it. Its statement follows recommendations from some political commentators that the...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2024 | 12:08 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Across decades and media houses, Job Nelson was a custodian of the sporting soul, translating the drama of competition into prose that resonated with readers far and wide. From the fervent arenas to the quiet corners of training grounds, his keen...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2024 | 12:12 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The principals of some local technical high schools expressed alarm on Tuesday over initial reports that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) would be suspending four vocational subject areas next year, arguing that their schools would be most...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2024 | 12:08 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Mark Golding is facing calls to renounce his British citizenship as a demonstration of his “firm commitment” to Jamaica and to avoid any conflict of interest if he were to become prime minister. After a week of criticisms from...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2024 | 12:08 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Leighton Johnson, is expressing frustration after the Ministry of Education reneged on its promise to pay all teachers who were engaged in the marking of school-based assessments (SBAs) for last year’...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2024 | 12:13 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The last five days have been very distressing for Denise Anglin, who is desperately hanging on to hope that her daughter, 29-year-old Danielle Anglin, will return home alive. Danielle, a grade four teacher at the St Peter Claver Primary School in...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Mark Golding are being encouraged to put aside their “animosity” and engage in further Vale Royal Talks to resolve the current impasse in the constitutional-reform process. The Vale Royal...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2024 | 12:07 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A system to organise the information collected using traffic enforcement cameras is currently being developed, head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Betty Ann Blaine is being remembered as a champion who fought passionately to protect Jamaica’s children. The prominent children’s rights advocate died on Monday in Atlanta after ailing for some time. She was 75 years old. Blaine, who founded...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2024 | 12:12 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey wants the Interception of Communications Act to be amended to impose a time limit within which telecommunication companies should provide information requested by the police. The act, which was passed in...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2024 | 12:06 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Since January, Sonia Fuller, a retired teacher, has been forking out $5,000 every three weeks to pay truckers to bring water to her house. Fuller lives in Essex Hall in West Rural St Andrew and, about 15 minutes from her house, runs the New River...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2024 | 12:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) says it has established policies in place to minimise disruptions that may occur during the sitting of examinations. The statement follows a series of bomb threats directed to at least three high schools...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2024 | 12:09 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s goal to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 has been bolstered by its recent certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis (EMTCT)....

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2024 | 8:26 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Jamaica holds a premier spot among birdwatchers globally, who often flock to the island to observe the 31 species that are only found here. But that enthusiasm for birds is not apparent locally, Damion Whyte, president of BirdLife Jamaica,...

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