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MOCA to receive independent agency status effective April 1

Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says as of April 1, 2021, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) will formally and legally be designated an independent Agency of the Ministry. “Since its...
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Firearm and ammunition seized in Olympic Gardens

Lawmen assigned to the Hunts Bay Police station say they have seized a firearm and several rounds of ammunition along Olympic Way, Kingston 11 on Wednesday. January 20. Reports are that about 7:30 a.m., acting on intelligence, lawmen searched...
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Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke tabled the third Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure on Tuesday.

Update | COVID INJECTION - Coronavirus fight boosted but Budget slashed by $3.5 billion

The Holness administration has rejigged expenditure to help bolster its capacity to fight the coronavirus outbreak as Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke unveiled a $3.5-billion cut for the 2020-2021 fiscal year when he tabled the third...
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$3b for vaccine first phase - Jamaica to receive 300,000 COVID doses April 21

Three billion dollars is being spent to vaccinate 16 per cent of the population against COVID-19, and the bill will climb with the Government giving early signals that the medicine could be introduced into the regular inoculation schedule for the...
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Monday’s fire damage to several Mile Gully businesses has been estimated at $10 million.

Mile Gully business owners lose everything in fire

MILE GULLY, Manchester: The early-morning phone call bearing news of misfortune is still ringing in the ears of three business owners of Mile Gully who lost all their merchandise valued at approximately $10 million. The Nash...
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Call for ZOSO as Allman Town under siege

People’s National Party caretaker for the Kingston Central constituency, Imani Duncan-Price, is calling for a zone of special operations (ZOSO) to be installed in the violence-plagued community of Allman Town. The appeal comes on the heels of...
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TT saga takes new turn

Two separate Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) annual general meetings (AGM) were set on Saturday, following separate special general meetings (SGM) by rival fractions, led by incumbent Godfrey Lothian and challenger Andrew Lue. While Lothian...
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Early DQ fuelled gold medal push – Russell

National bobsledder Carrie Russell says that while the opening-round disqualification at the Women’s Monobob World Series was a setback, it gave her extra motivation throughout the rest of the competition, which eventually led to her first win of...
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This Gleaner file photo shows steel being offloaded at the Tank-Weld port in Rio Bueno, Trelawny.

Construction material prices on the rise - Shipping costs, vaccine news seen as drivers

They blame a spike in commodity prices and shipping costs. Hardware merchants and suppliers say they’re shelling out up to five times more on imports into Jamaica, and that the construction materials they trade in would inevitably become more...
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Confidence up for the first time in four quarters

Consumer and business confidence inched up for the first time in four quarters, driven by expectations for jobs and future profits, the survey for the December quarter has found. Optimism broke through even though large numbers of Jamaicans are...
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Popular ska, rocksteady and reggae singer Owen Gray.

Pioneer Owen Gray grateful for JaRIA Award - But says he should be getting far more acknowledgement as honours list is unveiled

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, the annual Reggae Month prestigious curtain-closer, will this year see 27 awards spread across 18 categories, as the organisation pays tribute to the stalwarts for their yeoman service...
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Hollywood returns - Gaga, J Lo headline Biden inauguration

Gaga. J Lo. Hanks. Legend. Miranda. Bruuuuuce. It’s a far cry from a normal inauguration, with Washington locked down due to security concerns, and most inaugural events gone virtual because of the raging coronavirus pandemic. But one thing is...
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Editorial | Good riddance, Donald Trump

The transfer of power in the United States, from one president to the other, is a big deal, not only for Americans, but the world. But few in American history, except, perhaps, for Abraham Lincoln’s succession of James Buchanan in 1861, and...
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Elizabeth Morgan | CARICOM: An uncertain trade and economic outlook for 2021

The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM’s) outlook for 2021 could be a very short article; summary – not so good. The year 2021 is starting with general uncertainty about the trade and economic outlook. Much will depend on how countries are able to...
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Letter of the Day | Swift and decisive action demanded on Auditor General’s Report

THE EDITOR, Madam: The Gleaner’s expose on the Auditor General’s Report in regard to flagrant disregard for established procurement and contractual practices at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and other government ministries and...
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Harsher stance needed on crime

THE EDITOR, Madam: The Government needs to take a harsher stance on crime and murder and the illegal parties that are happening in Jamaica. And they need to start with the police who are operating parties in breach of the COVID-19 protocols. Those...
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President-elect Joe Biden.

Biden must lead US out of ‘dark winter’

WASHINGTON (AP): President-elect Joe Biden predicted he would take office amid a “dark winter”, and the outlook is only getting bleaker. No matter his first acts in the White House, the raging coronavirus pandemic could take another 100,000...
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Trump hits country with sanctions in final parting shot

CARACAS (AP): The Trump administration issued a parting shot to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, announcing a sweeping round of stiff financial sanctions that target a network accused of moving oil on behalf of the president’s...
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New COVID-19 challenge: Mutation rises along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could...
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Scientists tackle vaccine safety, efficacy

More than 2,800 scientists from 130 countries gathered on Friday in a virtual forum hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify knowledge gaps and set research priorities for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19...
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