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Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Foreign plumbers leak in - Locals cry foul as labour ministry allows overseas tradesmen to flood Jamaica
The Ministry of Labour issued 18 work permits to plumbers from overseas last year, sparking concerns locally about the ease with which foreigners are being allowed to take jobs from Jamaicans.Eighty electricians, 23 mechanics, and 30 welders were...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: UPDATED: Get help! - Cops urged to seek treatment for stress after colleague's suicide
Western Bureau:The Police High Command has issued an appeal to the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to seek help when they are undergoing stress.Reacting to the death of Senior Superintendent Dermot Lawrence, who is believed to have...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Warders walk! - Staff shortage worsens in Jamaica's prisons
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) added 67 correctional officers to its ranks last year but still finished the year with 66 fewer officers as overworked and under-paid warders retired, resigned or died.According to 2017 Economic and...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Too close for condoms! - HIV rate declining among female sex workers but intimate partners putting them at risk
HIV prevalence among Jamaica's female sex workers is continuing the steady decline recorded over the past 10 years, but the intimate partners of these women continue to put themselves at risk by refusing to use condoms.That's according to the...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: See you in 2022! - Four-year waiting list for civil cases in the Supreme Court
A woman wept uncontrollably outside the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston recently after her lawyer told her that the first available date for the trial of her lawsuit would be in 2022."How can that be?" the woman queried, as she threw her...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Gleaner Editors' Forum | Importing trouble - Local entities worried about lax regulation of food entering Jamaica
Jamaican-made products are facing tough competition from imported items on supermarket shelves, and one local food-safety expert has revealed that the findings from the testing of some imported foods "would blow your mind".According to managing...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Gleaner Editors' Forum | Pressure on small farmers - New rules facing Jamaican exporters force more farming scrutiny
Farmers who supply crops to local exporters can expect a greater level of scrutiny due to the implementation of more stringent regulations by foreign governments aimed at protecting their consumers.With the introduction of the Food Safety...
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Region Three holds the key ... - As six vie for four PNP vice-president posts
An interesting battle is shaping up inside the People's National Party (PNP), with three newcomers and three of four incumbents now nominated for the four vice-president posts in the 84-year-old political party.Incumbent Noel Arscott has thrown in...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Toilet beach - Vendors pollute environment, refuse to use pay lavatory at Rocky Point Fishing Village
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...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Former USF chairman mum on issuing of unlawful contract
Bishop Dr Wellesley Blair, former board chairman of the Universal Service Fund (USF), has declined to comment on an employment contract he allegedly signed unlawfully that resulted in the termination of former USF CEO Dr Hugh Cross."Anybody [who]...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: The Vybz Kartel Appeal | The integrity of the evidence is intact - Prosecutors
The integrity of the phone video, text messages, and voice notes used to convict dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel of murder remain intact and was properly left to jurors to consider, a prosecutor has argued.Further, prosecutors yesterday asked the...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Employers not keen on employing disabled - study
A market study conducted by Dr Joy Moncrieffe of the Institute for Applied Social Research has confirmed the view held by many that employers are not keen on employing persons with disabilities (PWDs).The 2016 study said that while there were some...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: JTA gets funding to provide teachers with tablets
Minister of Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley has committed to providing $US40,000 (J$5.2m) to the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) to be used to procure tablets for educators.Speaking at the science, technology, engineering and...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Lions Club assists retired Portland cop
The Lions Club of Port Antonio, in keeping with its philanthropic mandate, recently donated a wheelchair to Rhoda Folkes, a retired district constable from Mill Bank in Portland.Folkes was presented with the much-needed wheelchair on Tuesday during...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: $43 million project to upgrade St Catherine Parish Court to begin soon
The Ministry of Justice this week hosted its first quarterly press briefing for this fiscal year at its Constant Spring Road Head offices in St Andrew, with the occasion also serving as a contract-signing ceremony for the refurbishment of the St...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Air traffic controllers say wage talks unproductive
Maintaining that the island's air traffic controllers (ATCs) are being "grossly underpaid", the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) says that it is contemplating "taking action" after a series of unproductive wage talks with the...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: US congresswoman wants greater partnership with the Caribbean
Technology and climate change are areas that Congresswoman Yvette Clarke believes Caribbean countries can strengthen while enhancing their relationship with the United States of America.Clarke, who was addressing students and staff of the University...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Overwhelming response to Houses of Parliament Design Competition
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has reported that less than two months after opening registrations for the Government of Jamaica's Houses of Parliament Design Competition, it has received a "resounding response from more than 200 architects...
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: PM makes official visit to Africa, Chang in charge of Gov't
Prime Minister Andrew Holness departed the island yesterday afternoon for historic official visits to Namibia and South Africa, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has announced.During the prime minister's absence, Dr Horace Chang, minister of...
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500: Tap local goods - Foreign investors must engage local producers, says Adam Stewart
The Government must insist that foreign direct investors tap into the wealth of world-class goods and services on offer by locals to ensure more sustainable economic development, according to Adam Stewart, chairman of the Tourism Linkages Network....
 
   
 
 
 
 
 

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