Chief Justice promises best courts regionally in three years; backlog to clear in six years

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Jamaica’s chief justice today pledged to deliver all outstanding judgements in the Supreme Court by year end and to clear the current backlog choking parish courts within six years. This formed part of a declaration he made in an…

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No surprise to latest US travel advisory; no fallout expected

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Jamaican government officials say they are not surprised by the latest advisory issued by the United States (US) Department of State warning its citizens against travelling to Jamaica. “It’s no secret with the violence in the country…

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Adoption apartheid - Archaic laws skewed against fathers and men who seek to adopt children into common-law homes

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Jamaica’s adoption laws should be overhauled because they prejudicially disenfranchise men and overwhelmingly favour would-be moms, a senior official overseeing state adoptions has charged. Maxine Bagalue, adoption coordinator at the Child…

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Three months’ full pay! - Bipartisan support for maternity law amendment

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There is consensus that all Jamaican mothers should benefit from full pay for the first three months after giving birth, a bipartisan canvass of four female parliamentarians by The Sunday Gleaner has revealed. The four parliamentarians,…

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Nursing home anarchy - Gov’t loses handle on ballooning rogue facilities

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As concerns grow about the care of Jamaica’s ageing population, fewer than a third of nursing homes are registered, Sunday Gleaner checks indicate. Only 17 facilities governed by the Nursing Homes Registration Act were licensed up to 2017, the last…

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Near $400m medical cannabis boon for St James - Investors eye May start-up; full production by September

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WESTERN BUREAU: Canadian and Jamaican investors are teaming up to plough in up to US$3 million (J$380 million) into the set-up of a major medical cannabis operation in the rural community of Industry, St James, near the border with Trelawny. They…

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Poll: PNP has sway but Crawford in dead heat with Vaz

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Findings of a poll conducted by the Caribbean Research Development Services Inc (CADRES), which was commissioned by the People’s National Party (PNP) and released yesterday, show that the PNP holds majority support in the constituency of Portland…

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Maternity leave under threat - Women jeopardised by short-term contracts

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Forty years after the Maternity Leave Act was passed, those who helped to shepherd its passage are concerned that the surge in contract work is depriving scores of employed women of this benefit. Among those who share this concern is Linnette…

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Fire Brigade board denies nepotism, favouritism charges

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The board of the Jamaica Fire Brigade has defended its promotion practices despite a damning revelation in the March 3, 2019, edition of The Sunday Gleaner that a senior human resource official had cited favouritism and nepotism among multiple…

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The sound system industry provided jobs for the ordinary Jamaican

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The heels are long gone, the last sound system is packing up and patrons are heading to the exit where the ‘soup woman’ and ‘jerk chicken man’ eagerly wait to satiate tormented appetites. This is the usual tale at any dance session or party – men…

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