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Stories by Paul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Ruel Reid said that results from the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam have been misconstrued, noting that it will have no bearing on next year's actual examinations.Speaking at the ministry's Heroes Circle offices in Kingston...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) is expressing concerns with the pricing mechanism used by Petrojam, asking for a clear and transparent explanation. The organisation is also troubled by the excessive losses of fuel being incurred by...

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Petrojam's most liquid assets, cash, and equivalents covered only an average 17 per cent of its current liabilities over the five-year period 2013-2018 as cash generated from core operations was inadequate, an Auditor General's Department (AGD)...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:34 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The auditor general’s report into the systemic breakdown in resource management practices at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Petrojam, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday, outlines a series of recommendations that should...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Despite the more than encouraging decline in all categories of major crime, the national security hierarchy has decided to lay down the gauntlet in the ongoing war against criminal elements, with the launch of a massive island-wide operation aimed...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health is committed to establishing a National Diabetic Retinopathy Programme to combat an increase in diabetes, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said.He stated that diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment will become...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Pearnel Charles Jr, state minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, affirmed Jamaica's commitment to the development of a road map to foster the growth of the 'blue economy' on Wednesday at the Global Sustainable Blue Economy...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Fifteen-year-old St Hugh's High School student Tashi Munda had several great moments that highlighted her young life. However, the one that stood out the most for her principal was when Tashi stood tall at her school's last awards ceremony to...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The embattled human resource manager for Petrojam, Yolande Ramharrack, has resigned. Her resignation took effect on November 22.Ramharrack had been under scrutiny since July when it was revealed that she was hired without the required qualifications...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A United Kingdom (UK) political pressure group is insisting that apologies from Britain's Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, in and by themselves will not go far enough to erase the hurt that the hostile immigration policy, which gave birth to the...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Policing the masses can be a brutal, unforgiving and ungrateful job, but the officers at the Harbour View Police Station in east Kingston are relishing the magnitude of the role they have signed up for, and have gone on to create success stories by...

Published:Saturday | November 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Laurie Peters, Canada's high commissioner to Jamaica, has hailed her country's influence on helping to shape a more modern Jamaica through strong initiatives, citing as an example, the small-scale but high-impact Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke has said the Customs Act should be repealed and replaced if Jamaica is to take advantage of existing trade opportunities.The act has been on the books without significant change since 1941....

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Government is planning a radical shift in how venture capital is accessed, with Dr Nigel Clarke, minister of finance and the public service, disclosing plans to change the investment limits for pension funds holders, allowing them the latitude...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Fitness expert Jae Edwards, the owner of Sprytraining Fitness, who had set out on circumnavigating Jamaica in a kayak to raise awareness about the risks of lifestyle diseases, almost lost his own life when the seacraft he was making the journey in...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Portmore, St Catherine could become the next frontier for the fast-growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, as industry stakeholders seek to expand their operations to take advantage of the Sunshine City's large and highly educated labour...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Once Jamaica's most important investor country, Britain's investment interest in Jamaica diminished in recent decades, with Spain and China taking over that role. However, a second British wave is about to burst on to the horizon, according to High...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the leading cause of death in Jamaica over the past 30 years, and while there has been an explosion of initiatives...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is touting the importance of appreciating the value of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector to the Jamaican economy."We should not seek to in any way depreciate the value of the BPO sector. It is a very...

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

It is costing the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, close to $30 million per month to secure its 650 acres of space.Principal of the tertiary institution, Professor Dale Webber, who made the disclosure, said the sum spent for security was...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:23 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Students at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, are not being priced out of boarding, says Campus Registrar Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson.She was making reference to the new student dormitories, which are more costly than the traditional...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Panama continues to be an important partner in Jamaica's effort to further improve air traffic control and advance the country's maritime and port development, state minister for foreign affairs Pearnel Charles Jr has said.Earlier this year, the...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Brazil will not be part of any plans to use military intervention in Venezuela, says Carlos Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazilian ambassador to Jamaica.He said that more should be done to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the oil-rich South...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness told students at Penwood High School in his West Central St Andrew constituency yesterday that as part of their civic responsibility, they should resist criminality and reject the approach of dons in their communities....

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Far more needs to be done to identify people with mental-health issues, as that appears to be at the heart of some of the senseless slaying of children, asserts Romaine Sohan, guidance counsellor at Gregory Park Primary School in St Catherine.He is...

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