Foreign plumbers leak in - Locals cry foul as labour ministry allows overseas tradesmen to flood Jamaica

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Too close for condoms! - HIV rate declining among female sex workers but intimate partners putting them at risk

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Warders walk! - Staff shortage worsens in Jamaica’s prisons

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Get help! - Cops urged to seek treatment for stress after colleague’s suicide

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Gleaner Editors’ Forum | Pressure on small farmers - New rules facing Jamaican exporters force more farming scrutiny

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Gleaner Editors’ Forum | Importing trouble - Local entities worried about lax regulation of food entering Jamaica

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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See you in 2022! - Four-year waiting list for civil cases in the Supreme Court

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Region Three holds the key … - As six vie for four PNP vice-president posts

Gleaner on July 22nd, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Toilet beach - Vendors pollute environment, refuse to use pay lavatory at Rocky Point Fishing Village

Gleaner on July 21st, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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…

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Former USF chairman mum on issuing of unlawful contract

Gleaner on July 21st, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

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]…

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