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  • Port Antonio mayor cries foul as rats plague town
    by Gareth Davis/Gleaner Writer on February 21, 2020 at 5:35 am

    PORT ANTONIO, Portland: The dumping of garbage along the coastline of Port Antonio, in the vicinity of Foreshore Road, which has transformed that area into a breeding ground for rats, has angered Mayor Paul Thompson. Thompson, who spoke with The...

  • Will you be selected for the Scotiabank Vision Achiever 2020 programme?
    on February 21, 2020 at 5:34 am

    The Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme has opened registration for the 2020 cohort of business owners who will benefit from specialised training valued at more than $20 million. The 25 entrepreneurs selected will take part in a 17-week programme...

  • ‘The OUR is useless!’ - Waterford councillor blasts regulatory body for not defending consumers
    by Ruddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer on February 21, 2020 at 5:33 am

    The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) was criticised by councillors attending Thursday’s general meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, who described the regulatory body as “useless”. Councillor for the Waterford division in Portmore...

  • You waah breadfruit? JP delivers!
    on February 21, 2020 at 5:31 am

    There is a new, fresh ready-to-cook product on the market. And you would not believe what it is made from: a local staple, one that so many know and love. Many refer to it as bresheh, but you may call it breadfruit. The Jamaica Producers family...

  • St James ambulance services inadequate - Costly private providers filling the gap
    by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer on February 21, 2020 at 5:28 am

    WESTERN BUREAU: With two of the seven government ambulance assigned to St James now out of service, there is no question that the parish is not equipped to adequately serve its just roughly 186,000 residents and thousands of visitors who travel...

  • Therapeutic centre for children coming soon
    on February 21, 2020 at 5:26 am

    A therapeutic centre that will offer psychological support to children who have undergone severe emotional trauma and are in need of therapeutic intervention is to come on stream soon. This was disclosed by Child Protection and Family Services...

  • Candle in the Dark continues to burn for the homeless
    on February 21, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Registered charity organisation Candle in the Dark Care Centre, which caters to the needs of the homeless in Mandeville, Manchester and its surrounding environs, had its infrastructural capacity expanded, courtesy of the JN Bank Member Advisory...

  • ADVERTORIAL | How to reduce your insurance premiums
    on February 21, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Dear Shannon, I don’t have the highest budget, but I would like to insure my vehicle in order to be in good standing. I have been told that comprehensive insurance is the best option, even though it is more costly, but I’d like to start off with...

  • Grade six teacher dies days before PEP exam
    by Carl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer on February 21, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Staff and students at the Ocho Rios primary school had to receive grief counselling earlier this week after a grade six teacher, 47 year-old Donald Rowe, died suddenly on Sunday. Rowe, of Hartland in Priory, St Ann, had visited doctors up to...

  • Former Chief Justice McCalla appointed to ECJ
    by Nickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter on February 21, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Zaila McCalla, former chief justice of Jamaica, has been appointed as a selected commissioner to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), the country’s election oversight body. Her appointment comes after the December 31, 2019, resignation of...

  • Ja ramps up campaign to ward off online human traffickers
    by Nadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter on February 21, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Jamaican public- and private-sector interests have ramped up sensitisation campaigns to curb the incidence of human trafficking, especially from predators lurking online, says chair of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, Carol...

  • Five killed in SOEs in 24 hours
    on February 20, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    The police are reporting that five murders were recorded in just over 24 hours in areas where a state of emergency has been imposed. The first killing happened about 11:50 a.m. yesterday when 31-year-old Omar Anderson was shot by unknown...

  • Soldier shoots cop in reported love triangle in Portmore
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    The police are probing the shooting of a cop, allegedly by a soldier, in a reported love triangle in Greater Portmore, St Catherine last night. The shooting was confirmed by Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, the head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit.

  • Strengthening the J-J coffee connection
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Deputy head of mission at the Japanese Embassy, Shotoku Habukawa, enjoys the simple pleasure of drinking freshly brewed Blue Mountain Coffee every morning, and it’s a privilege he treasures. His admission came during Tuesday night’s reception...

  • Earth Today | Water woes a useful reminder to preserve Cockpit Country
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:23 am

    AS JAMAICANS once again brace for water lock-offs, as part of the response to projected drought, one of the most important reasons to preserve the ecological gem that is the Cockpit Country is laid bare. So says Suzanne Stanley, chief executive...

  • Earth Today | Hit the road with your plastic bottles!
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Members of the public are being encouraged to take their plastic bottles to the MegaMart store at 29 Upper Waterloo Road on Saturday between midday and 3:00 oclock, where those who bring in 30 or more for recycling will receive gifts courtesy of...

  • Earth Today | ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’ moves to imprint recycling on Jamaican psyche
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:20 am

    THE JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) is doing its part to ensure the island’s ban on single-use plastics stick, with the encouragement to Jamaicans to change their behaviours. The entity is, therefore, making its second stop of the ‘Nuh Dutty Up...

  • Earth Today | Key government staff benefit from training in climate-smart planning
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:16 am

    JAMAICA WAS handed another tool to strengthen its climate resilience when key staff from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the National Water Commission, and the Institute of Jamaica, among others, were trained in the use of the Caribbean Climate...

  • Coronavirus derails Hanover council’s trip to China
    by Bryan Miller/Gleaner Writer on February 20, 2020 at 5:11 am

    WESTERN BUREAU: The on-and-off plan by officials of the Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC) to visit Huangshi city in China is officially off again. This time, it has fallen prey to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, which has claimed more than 2,...

  • SMART move by Mico - Push for e-learning to boost maths, science teaching
    by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer on February 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

    In its quest to strengthen electronic learning, a seventh SMART classroom was opened at The Mico University College in Kingston on Tuesday. The project was funded by the Mico Old Students’ Association (MOSA), the graduating class of 1973, and the...