Shocked into silence - Some children stop talking, stop playing, after severe trauma
Traumatised by the murder of close relatives or friends, and scarred from excessive abuse, some of the nation's children have gone mute.Unfortunately, with only five speech pathologists in the island, there are not many persons qualified to get them...

Misunderstood boys being left behind
Of the more than 2,000 children seeking assessment at the Mico Care Centre annually, approximately 75 per cent are boys who are often taken there by desperate and frustrated mothers searching for help.The Mico Care Centre is operated by the Mico...

Mico Care Centre goes global
The Mico Care Centre is now designing a second version of its diagnostic reading test, which was initially designed for local students, but is being used in some Caribbean countries and sections of the United States.The first version of the Mico...

Leaderless brigade - Persons being given short-term acting stints in almost all top posts in the critical fire service
The Jamaica Fire Brigade is short a commissioner, two deputy commissioners, with several other top positions also vacant.The Sunday Gleaner has confirmed that the fire brigade is also short of a director of the human resource department and a...

On the Corner with EPOC | Importing trouble - Red Hills Road residents want more protection for local products
As the Jamaican market continues to be flooded by foreign goods, participants in the latest Gleaner On the Corner with the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) forum made a strong call for more protection for local products.The residents of...

On the Corner with EPOC | Cassia Park resident welcomes BPOs
The ongoing growth in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector across the island is being welcomed by a long-time resident of Cassia Park in St Andrew, who sees this as a possible solution to the high unemployment rate of Jamaica's youngsters....

Fixing flaws - NMIA tweaks crash-readiness plan after simulation test
Communication challenges and a shortage of some resources slightly marred a water and aviation emergency simulation at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston last Thursday.But operators of the airport were generally satisfied...

'Exercise Mockingbird' - Sangster airport emergency test this week
MBJ Airports Limited will conduct a full-scale aerodrome emergency exercise, titled 'Exercise Mockingbird', at the Sangster International Airport (SIA) on Thursday.The activity is to be confined to designated areas within the operational footprint...

INDECOM urges cops to stop tampering with crime scenes
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has repeated its warning to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force not to tamper with shooting scenes.This followed the fatal shooting of Renardo Powell on Marescaux Road in central Kingston...

11,000 detained, 400 charged - Opposition raises concerns with enhanced security measures; Gov’t cites reduction in crime
An opposition senator, citing official documents, has revealed that close to 11,000 persons have been detained by the security forces since the first state of public emergency was imposed in St James in January.Additionally, according to Donna Scott...