Steeper penalties for child traffickers - Lawmakers pass bills to double maximum sentence, allow for judge-only trials

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

Child traffickers now face up to 20 years in prison, which is double the previous maximum penalty under the Child Care and Protection Act.The Senate passed companion bills yesterday to amend the Trafficking in Persons and the Child Care and…

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Rats frustrate returning residents

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

Snow Hill, Portland:An unbearable stench, which is further compounded by rat infestation, is causing havoc in the lives of two returning residents who are forced to endure the illegal dumping of garbage near their house in the community of Snow Hill…

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Street lights shot out by gunmen in August Town restored

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

It was as if Christmas was in the air in August Town, St Andrew, when residents returned home on Wednesday night to see street lights, which had either been shot out by gunmen or had just gone bad. The lights once again shone brightly after the…

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Explosion probe - Ministry, police launch investigation into Mona High chemistry lab blast; students, teacher hospitalised

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

School officials at Mona High School are now hoping for the best for two students and a teacher who were injured in an explosion at the institution on Thursday.The explosion has triggered an investigation by the Ministry of Education and the Matilda…

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ZOSO enhances Jamaica Day festivities in Denham Town

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The zone of special operations (ZOSO) did not put a damper on Jamaica Day activities in schools in Denham Town, Kingston, yesterday. In fact, principals believe that the presence of the security forces enhanced safety and order at the institutions….

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Wheatley to hold talks with Venezuela on Petrojam share buy-back

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Minister of Science, Technology and Energy Andrew Wheatley has said that he would hold talks with his Venezuelan counterpart in the first week of March regarding proposals by the Jamaican Government to repurchase the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam,…

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Peter Espeut | Home sweet home: Jamaica the coastal zone

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As The Gleaner recognises Peter Espeut’s 25 years as columnist with this publication, today, we continue a special series of articles from the natural resource manager and rural development scientist.The coast fronts the sea, but the coastal zone is…

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Contractor general calls for scrutiny of company that bought Caricel

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has called for a detailed review of the application of Involution Limited, the South African company that bought the controlling interests of Caricel Jamaica.Addressing the bi-weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of…

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St Ann’s Bay Methodist Church to be rebuilt - Galbraith

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann:After being rebuilt following destruction by fire in the late 19th century, the Methodist Church in Jamaica has again committed to rebuilding the St Ann’s Bay Church, which was gutted by fire on Tuesday morning.The building and…

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Petrojam to be upgraded as regional energy supplier

Gleaner on February 24th, 2018 | File Under Headline News -

The Government is moving to position the country’s state-owned oil refinery as one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the region, declared Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who said that Petrojam Limited would be upgraded to supply the energy…

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