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Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

For the last nine years, Joyce Whyte has refused to leave her house on December 19. That's the day she survived a horrific accident that claimed the life of her son in the Rio Grande Valley in Portland.But this year, being the 10th anniversary of...

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

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is adding its muscle to those trying to standardise and improve the quality of bottled coconut water being sold across the island.Manager of the Standards Development and Certification Department at the BSJ,...

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

No swiping, no waiting, no pin, no signature, just tap and go when paying for goods and services with your credit cards.That is what leading global payments and technology company Mastercard is seeking to introduce to Jamaica, contactless credit...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Absenteeism among adolescent mothers has always been a concern for the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF). However, with the introduction of virtual classes, this issue could become a thing of the past.The WCJF Virtual CSEC programme,...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

A disturbing image currently being circulating on social media of a patient lying on the floor of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), as a result of major overcrowding at the hospital, has drawn the ire of several Jamaicans.In an interview with The...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Local traditional journalists are being implored to remain steadfast and committed to fulfilling their duty of keeping citizens informed in spite of attacks across the world and the imminent threat social media poses to the profession.The charge...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The misuse and overuse of antibiotics by Jamaicans is costing the Government millions of dollars. However, while the financial implications are of concern, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said certain diseases could become untreatable and...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Mastercard is stressing that restaurants and stores are wrong in forcing customers to spend a pre-determined amount of money before their credit or debit cards can be run.In an interview with The Gleaner last week, the multinational financial...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

With approximately 11,000 merchant locations accepting Mastercard on the island, the leading technology company in the global payments industry said the decision to use Jamaica as the first Caribbean island to launch its 'I Accept' campaign was an...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

By using cash to pay for goods and services, Jamaicans are hindering the economy's potential to grow, according to leading global payments and technology company, Mastercard.Almost 80 per cent of all transactions conducted in Jamaica are done using...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans need to make a concerted effort to be educated on fire-prevention methods, noted fire and material science lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Dr Tanya Innis-Kerr."While I was doing fire investigations, one of the most painful...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Girls sitting in the laps of boys while riding public transport to and from school is not a new phenomenon, but Glen Bromfield, chief executive officer of the Medallion Hall Hotel, who is also a transport operator, has expressed concern that a stop...

Published:Saturday | September 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

A giant of a man is how William 'Billy' McConnell will be remembered by the many who came out to celebrate his life in a service of thanksgiving at the St Andrew Parish Church yesterday.McConnell, who lost his battle with cancer on September 19, was...

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...

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